If you haven't been to St. Michael's, Maryland, before or in a long time, try to visit. This is the home of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, restaurants featuring crabs, and shops galore! Our purpose yesterday was shopping, although we were there all day, so meals were also on the agenda....
First stop, Antiques on Talbot--sorry for the blurry picture. I hadn't been here in 2 months; didn't find anything I had to take home with me this time, but I'll be back.
Bags Aloft is a long-time St. Michael's shop that I've visited many times over the years. My son still uses a duffel bag we bought there at least 10 years ago. This time, we were tempted by Vera Bradley!
New discovery--Take Me Home. My first reaction on entering this shop was "OMG!" Regina has had her shop here since February and I don't know how I missed it on my last trip to this town. It is a beautiful, restful shop, with great things, including one of my faves-garden furniture. Calgon, take me away! (Only ladies of a certain vintage get that one :))
The blue stool with the glass top went home with us!Run, don't walk, to this store!
An interesting visual counterpart (in every way) to Take Me Home was Oak Creek Sales, a short drive from St. Michael's in Royal Oak, Maryland. We found this complex (it's 2 jam-packed buildings with spillage into the yards) on the way to the Bellevue/Oxford ferry and made a stop. The girls found some small treasures for craftmaking inside, while our driver had a refreshment at Bella Luna next door (more on that later).
Waiting for the ferry in Bellevue at the tiny beach:Oyster shells in abundance!
Cute little replica building on the other side of the ferry in Oxford:
We only took the ferry one way and drove around Oxford. So many charming homes for sale that it was shocking. Too bad we're not near retirement! We drove back to Royal Oak and ended the day with a wonderful dinner at Bella Luna Restaurant and Market:
Everything was delicious! The bruschetta was especially memorable.
So get out your planners and schedules and find a way to fit this area into your vacation time. BTW, I offer all this information free and without obligation to the places mentioned!
The crabapples of spring.
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