Romantic Getaways Near Salisbury, MD

by Cynthia Smith

Salisbury, Maryland, is centrally located in Wicomico County on Maryland's peninsula. The Chesapeake Bay wetlands, and the Wicomico and Nanticoke rivers are nearby. The Atlantic Ocean and Ocean City are a 25-mile drive east on highway 50. One of the best times to visit the area is in mid to late spring, when temperatures are moderate, fish and birds are on the move, gardens and wildflowers are in bloom, and love is in the air.

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Romance of the Outdoors

The Ellis Bay Wildlife Management Area (dnr.state.md.us), part of the Chesapeake Bay wetland, is best accessed by boat. Spend some time fishing and crabbing, armed with the required fishing license or crabbing permit. Or spend a day kayaking in this 3,000-acre reserve in southern Wicomico County. Leonard's Mill, North Lake and Schumaker Parks (wicomicorecandparks.org), as well as Johnson Wildlife Refuge and Wicomico State Forest offer similar opportunities to hike and boat. Adkin's Mill (dnr.state.md.us), a four-acre pond, allows bank or boat fishing for species such as bluegill, black crappie and bass. Bald cypress trees edge a portion of the pond, which is in Powellville, near Salisbury.

Romantic B&B;

The Somerset House Bed and Breakfast (somersethousemd.com) is decorated with period furnishings throughout the six rooms and two homes on the property. A sauna comes with one of the two main-house rooms, both of which have private baths. Outside, the grounds have a formal garden and a croquet and bocce area. Somerset House is 13 miles south of Salisbury in Princess Anne, Maryland. The Alexander House Booklovers Bed and Breakfast (bookloversbnb.com) is also in Princess Anne. Known for its whimsical decor and author-related themes, this large home has a spacious veranda and gourmet food. The Inn has been featured on NBC's Today Show.

Colonial History

Pemberton Park (pembertonpark.org), in Salisbury, is home to Pemberton Plantation. The plantation home, Pemberton Hall, was constructed in 1741 and named for the original property owner. The Pemberton Hall Foundation, a nonprofit founded in the 1960s to preserve the site, restored the building, which was in ruin and about to be demolished. Colonial period living quarters are replicated within. The Hall is open from May through October with tours scheduled by contacting the Pemberton Hall Foundation.

Wetlands Art and Nature

The Ward brothers, Lem and Steve, two Maryland barbers who developed a love of woodcarving, became well known for decoy and other contemporary carved items. The Ward Brothers Workshop (wardmuseum.org) displays a reproduction of the brother's barbershop, which doubled as their workshop. It is one of four permanent exhibits at the museum. Their carvings as well as models revealing the historical and ecological importance of marsh- and wetlands are shown at the two galleries located within the Workshop.

Local Dining

On West Main Street, right in the heart of Salisbury, is the locally operated Brew River Restaurant and Bar (brewriver.com). With indoor and outdoor seating right on the banks of the Wicomico River, they offer dinner specials such as ribs, steak and lobster and all-you-can-eat seafood nights and a Sunday brunch. Brew River has three bars and live entertainment. The Breaktime Sports Grill and Pub (breaktimegrill.com), is an "over-21" venue that serves steaks, sandwiches and other pub fare. The pub has billiard tables and sports-tuned TV screens to watch while you dine. Adams Ribs (adamsribsfruitland.com) is in Salisbury. The restaurant specializes in ribs, seafood, and hamburgers. Most weekends they have scheduled entertainment.

About the Author

Obtained Nursing degree followed by Registered Nurse license in 1984. Have held several positions in long term and intermediate care, acute care and home health with much of this experience in leadership roles. Years of management and staff education give me a solid basis of nursing expertise and medical knowledge. In addition, conducting in-services and community health education forums involves public speaking, an ability I have utilized scores of times.