Ecotourism

Water Trails, Hiking, Birding, Hunting

Ecotourism is more than taking a hike. It is travel that supports—rather than exploits—the places, people and environments of a destination. The undeveloped areas throughout the Delmarva Peninsula are ideal for ecotourism. They always have been. Vacationers sought the Eastern Shore wilderness long before the term "ecotourism" was coined.
picture of the marsh picture of a man and a boy looking at the water picture of a skipjack

People have been attracted to the shore by the beaches, tidal wetlands, creeks, deer, fowl, fish, and farmers markets for decades. The difference now is that tourists and tour guides alike are aware of the draw of natural areas and the need to protect them. Both the traveler and the host practice sustainable tourism.

The Chesapeake skipjack fleet is the last commercial sail powered fishing fleet in North America and an important part of Eastern Shore heritage. These boats were introduced to the Chesapeake Bay in the 1890s and became the preferred oyster dredge boat. Today only 16 of those survive afloat. Among these Hilda M. Willing retains essentially her physical appearance as originally built.

Enjoy a 3 hour sunset cruise for up to 6 people on this living piece of Delmarva history. Tours for four to six guests are available Monday - Saturday, April - October. To schedule contact Capt. David Whitelock 410.251.6980 or email hilda.willing@gmail.com (Value $240)

The Farm House is an excellent landing zone for your ecotour of the Eastern Shore. It provides all the comforts of home—hot showers, home-cooked meals, clean beds—smack in the middle of a place known for undeveloped beauty and access to wilderness. You can begin exploring right in our backyard! Bring your canoes and kayaks, your bikes, and your binoculars.

“This is one of the most beautiful establishments I've ever stayed in. The setting is peaceful and bucolic. The decor is exquisite—antiques, porches, homey touches like quilts, and a lovely landscape with a pond. Upkeep is tiptop. Close to Tangier Sound, country walks, and birds galore. Truly restful, quiet, casual, and comfortable.”

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  • Canoe, kayak
  • Hike
  • Bike
  • Bird watch
  • Take pictures
  • Hunt, fish, crab
  • Sightsee
  • Stargaze
  • Pitch a tent
  • Deal Island WMA
  • Boat ramps
  • State parks
  • Ward Museum
  • Discovery Center
  • Farmers markets
  • Vineyards
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagles
  • Herons
  • Blue crabs
  • Striped Bass
  • Trout
  • Large screened porch
  • Horseshoes
  • Croquet
  • Volleyball
  • Charcoal grill
  • Washer and dryer
  • Catering available
Call Nancy, 410-784-2179


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