Cambridge Maryland is located on the Choptank River, on the eastern shore – across the Chesapeake Bay from the southern end of the Washington DC area. A town of about 12,500 and right on the water, this whole area is known for its fishing, sailing, and crab hunting grounds.
The area was settled in the 1680’s by English colonists and is one of the oldest colonial cities in Maryland. The area was a landing point for the slave trade and huge plantations produced tobacco and grains as well as produce for local markets. As the tobacco market declined in recent years, so did Cambridge and the area fell on hard times. In 2002, the huge Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort opened, bringing jobs and life back into the area. Cambridge became a resort destination with golf courses, retirement and vacation homes, and a several heritage tourism attractions. The downtown area has been designated as a historical district.
But what draws many locals and visitors alike is the fishing. Striped bass, or rockfish up to 50 pounds have been caught in this area and will try to pull your arm off just reeling them in!
Go out in a small boat, drop a line and watch the Canada geese and ducks come in for a landing. There are hundreds of miles of riverside, marshes, creeks and plain open water begging to be explored. There are dozens of charter companies, marinas, tackle shops with everything you need. Drop a crab pot for the freshest crab cakes on the bay. You can also reel in white perch, croakers, sea trout and bluefish. The Bill Burton Pier is a favorite spot for those who don’t want to mess about in a boat (go figure!) and just drop a line.
Cambridge is not all about fishing. There are galleries, fine restaurants, shopping, historical sites, sailing, and local events to keep you entertained. The Second Saturday Artwalk is always a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Catch the farmer’s market on Long Wharf with local produce and crafts. The Beer Festival is in May and the Cambridge Crab Cookoff is in July. Don’t miss the wine festival in October.
Getting here: Cambridge is about 55 miles from Annapolis, across the bridge and south. There is a small airport near town, but the big airport is in Washington DC – about 120 miles away.
Housing: The median sale price of homes in the Cambridge area is $218,000. Like any area, there are million+ dollar homes and some that need some love. We found a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home on the SW part of town for $155,000 with 1585 square feet.
Weather: This is the eastern shore and has four seasons. The climate is considered humid subtropical. The summers are hot and the winters are cold. But the spring and fall seasons and a good deal of the summer is perfect for being outside.
Crime: The crime rate in this area is higher than we’d like to see it overall, but parts of the area are rated quite safe.
Population: 18.7% are over the age of 65.
Healthcare: There is a VA Outpatient Clinic in town as well as the Dorchester General Hospital, a 33 bed facility.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Cambridge at a countryside B&B. This is one of those places where you just wish you could stay longer or can picture yourself spending your retirement.
Zoom in and out on the map below to see Cambridge and local attractions!