Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Capital Region

With rushing rivers and mountain vistas, city centers and country escapes, the Capital Region truly is a place for all seasons

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Capital Region

Places along the way

While the Capital region of Maryland surrounds Washington, D.C., it isn’t directly on the Chesapeake Bay, yet it still has plenty to offer the crab and oyster lover.  Waterfront restaurants on the wide and lazy Potomac River provide an ambience similar to those on the Chesapeake.

In Oxon Hill, check out Sauciety: An American Grill for spicy steamed hard crabs, soft shell crabs and oysters. National Harbor serves up raw oysters at several restaurants, and McLoone’s Pier House at the harbor presents steamed hard crabs for the authentic Maryland crab-picking experience.

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Off the water in Frederick, Maryland’s second largest city, you’ll find a culinary paradise. Firestone’s Culinary Tavern has a raw bar and uniquely crafted dishes to supplement your appetizers. Also check out Shuckin Shack Oyster Bar. Steamed crabs are served at West Point Crab House. If your visit is during the summer, look for the seasonal Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale from Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick. This crisp, citrusy ale was brewed to highlight the bold character of Old Bay Seasoning used to enhance steamed Chesapeake Blue Crabs and other seafood dishes. The Capital Region is such a dynamic area for foodies, that new dining opportunities are constantly coming on line.  

See a list of seafood restaurants in the Capital Region.

Museums, Festivals, and Events

Maryland serves up a diverse menu of seafood festivals, crab derbies and waterfront attractions. Explore maritime museums to discover what it was like to be a waterman in decades past. Try your hand at tonging or running a trotline, when you spend the day on a watermen’s heritage tour. See the unparalleled majestic beauty of a skipjack or log canoe race, both traditional watermen’s boats. Catch all the Chesapeake has to offer!

See more of the Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail.

The Waterfront at National Harbor features J. Seward Johnson's beloved sculpture, "The Awakening."

Maryland Lore

A deadrise is the traditional type of fishing boat commercial watermen use to set and pull crab pots on the Chesapeake Bay. Its wooden hull has a sharp bow that quickly becomes flat along the bottom. The rear of the boat has a large open work area, and the front has a small cabin structure.  

Make a quick trip to downtown Frederick — a foodie’s favorite with great restaurants like Brian Voltaggio’s Volt — Frederick has also quickly become a capital of the country’s thriving craft beer scene with stalwarts like Flying Dog, Brewery. Don’t miss the Museum of Civil War Medicine. And definitely catch a show at the Weinberg Center for the Arts where top comedians and bands from all over the world stop in to play.

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Trails in this Region

Capital Wine Trail
Frederick Wine Trail