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Old 07-28-2014, 01:13 AM
 
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I have lived, traveled and worked all over the US and abroad. I am looking to settle and drove down the entire Eastern Shore this weekend on the back roads, stopping in Chestertown, Rock Hall, Oxford, Easton, skipped St. Michael's (been there), Cambridge and Salisbury. I got out of the car and talked to mini mart/gas workers, farm stand owners, and more.

Chestertown has a grocery store, 5 movie theatre and more. An old college....an Amish market with double yolk eggs and other natural foods....many farm fresh food stands.

Every town, no matter how small had the basics--food stores, chain pharmacies, book stores...I passed tiny towns with spas, nail salons, private gymnastics, bookstores and more. Churches of every denomination. Auto dealers right on up to Mercedes (saw 2). Progressive flyers for activities with children. Such a good time for them to learn about animals, birds, fish, wildlife, learn to swim. Also, sites for Harriett Tubman and Frederick Douglas. Teach them about diversity now. By kindergarten, prejudice is ingrained from the adults around them.

What I did not see were: garbage along roadsides, old junker cars or trucks, falling down neglected farmhouses--most were modern, new, gorgeous homes.

Starbucks is in the Hyatt at Cambridge and one of being built in Easton. The Salisbury Mall and area has all the chain clothing stores, restaurants, etc. Also, a Macy's. From Cambridge, you can pop across the Bay Bridge and get a fix of hoity toity-ism in Annapolis.

Want to see ugly? Go up Rt. 13N from Salisbury into DE. There will be the junkers, etc. The Eastern Shore is not the Beverly Hillbillies, the Ozarks, or Appalachia.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:42 AM
 
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Well whoop-de-do. A Starbucks in the Hyatt. What next?
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Don't listen to that poster nfu, I happened to enjoy your review and perspective. I did a quick stop in Chestertown last summer and loved it. I too have been searching for a place to settle down at retirement. Problem is Mrs. Mt Airy does not like the eastern shore, too flat.
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Don't listen to that poster nfu, I happened to enjoy your review and perspective.
Same here.
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:32 PM
 
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One doesn't have to travel to the eastern shore for chain restaurants, chain pharmacies, chain clothing stores but if all that makes it feel like home then I guess its okay.
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