Kathy Christensen

Dorchester County


Dorchester County: Just south of Talbot County is Dorchester County. Outside of its county seat, Cambridge, the county is less developed. It’s highlights are natural: beautiful wildlife refuges and incredible water vistas on the Choptank River.

It is the largest county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, home to 1,488 miles of pristine shoreline. It is a place of rich history. Agriculture and water-based industries are the county’s primary economic interests. Aside from statistics, it is the perfect place to enjoy sunsets on the Chesapeake Bay. Taylor’s Island draws sportsment from around the country, just as Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is popular among outdoor enthusiasts and bird watchers from around the globe.

Cambridge, Maryland

As the county seat, Cambridge is the most populated area of the county. Its downtown area is going through a revitalization phase, and many new subdivisions are being built on the outskirts of town. There is also a new resort in Cambridge: the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, including a golf club and community.

Some popular destinations are the fishing bridge, Sailwinds Park, the Cambridge Yacht Club, and the Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin. Try to time your visit to see the Power Boat Regatta, usually at the end of July.


Centrally located in the Chesapeake Bay region with a physical shape that resembles a heart, Dorchester County is known as the Heart of the Chesapeake. Dorchester County is one of the nine counties  on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the region separated from the rest of Maryland by the Chesapeake Bay.

Dorchester County is easy to get to: about 1.5 hours from Baltimore and Washington D.C, and less than three hours from Philadelphia.