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Kent Island

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Kent Island is in the Chesapeake Bay at the eastern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and is quickly becomming a popular tourist destination in Maryland. Kent Island is a great place to sample authentic Maryland seafood, take a historic stroll, or enjoy a trip out on the Chesapeake.


Downtown Stevensville

Kent Island has a rich history dating back to 1631, when William Claiborne of Jamestown first set up a trading post on the island. It is said that Claiborne liked being on Kent Island so much that he decided to make it his permanent home, and he started what would become the oldest English settlment in Maryland. Ever since then Kent Island has thrived as the crossroads of the Chesapeake. Several people, from founding fathers en route between Annapolis and Philadelphia, to vacationers on their way to Ocean City, have visited the island. Many of them, like Claiborne, have even liked Kent Island so much that they decided to move there.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From Washington, take U.S. 50 east towards Annapolis, or if you're coming from the Baltimore area, take I-97 south to U.S. 50 east. Then, from Annapolis, follow U.S. 50 east towards the Bay Bridge (toll for the bridge is $6.00 eastbound only). After crossing the bridge, you're there! Exits 37 and 41 provide access to the island's major tourist attractions.

By plane[edit]

  • Bay Bridge Airport (FAA:w29) [5] is a small, regional airport with no scheduled commercial flights. Private planes park within walking distance of Hemmingway's restaurant and Kent Island Depot (a deli). Taxi's, rental cars, aircraft rental, flight training, and aircraft maintenance are available
  • Kentmorr Airpark (FAA:3W3) is a small grass airstrip with no scheduled commercial flights. Private planes park within walking distance of the Kentmorr Restaurant & Crabhouse and the Kentmorr Marina. Cab transportation to town is also available.

Get around[edit]

The main way to get around Kent Island is by car, at least for now. Routes 8, 18, and 50 are the main roads to take from place to place, but if you want to go on foot or on bike, you can use the hiker-biker trails. The Cross Island Trail, as its name implies, goes across the island from Terrapin Park to Kent Narrows, and the Kent Island South Trail goes from Matapeake Park to Romancoke Pier. The trails unfortunately do not connect with each other, but there are plans to fix that in the future along with another trail south of Route 50, connecting Kent Narrows with Chester. With the new trails, future trips to Kent Island may involve getting around by bike instead of by car, just be ready for the workout, even currently, Kent Island has over 12 miles of trail!

See[edit][add listing]

  • Historic Stevensville, located along the southern part of Love Point Road and East Main Street in Stevensville. Kent Island's historic downtown area has restored historic buildings, preserving its 19th Century small-town feel to this day. The area also offers shopping and dining. To get there, take Exit 37 to Route 8 north, then follow the signs to Stevensville and Historic Stevensville.
  • Terrapin Park, located off Skipjack Parkway in Stevensville. An award-winning nature park that offers beautiful views of nature, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Bay Bridge. To get there, take Exit 37 to Route 8 north, turn left onto Skipjack Parkway, then turn left onto Bateau Drive.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk, Chesapeake Bay Bridge, [6]. The Bay Bridge Walk offers a unique opportunity to take a 4.3-mile walk across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the longest bridge in Maryland. The walk is usually held the first Sunday of May, but it's not held every year, so check in advance.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Chesapeake Chocolates, 202 Island Plaza (WB Rt. 50, Exit 38A, behind CITGO), 410-643-7884, [1].  edit
  • Island Arts, 321 Love Point Road, [2]. 11am-5pm. Local artists, handmade gifts, island apparel. An artist studio in back, boutique & art store in front! Great for souvenirs, hostess gifts, natural and handmade soaps, unique bath products, nautical and Bay home decor. Even a section of casual "island-style" clothing and accessories! Affordable, quality, locally made products.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Annie's Paramount Steak House, 500 Kent Narrows Way N, Grasonville, tel. 410 827-7103, [7]. Also serves seafood.
  • Fisherman's Inn and Crab Deck 316 Main St, Grasonville, MD 21638 tel "410 827-6666 (crab deck) 827-8807 (restaurant)
  • Hemmingway's, 357 Pier One Road, Stephensville, 410-643-2722, [3].  edit
  • Kentmorr Restaurant and Crab House, 910 Kentmorr Road, Stevensville, tel. 410 643-2263, [8]. Offers inside and outside dining and also features both inside and outside bars. There is a nice sandy beach behind the restaurant, open to public.
  • Rustico Restaurant, 401 Love Point Road, 410-643-9444, [4]. M-Th 11AM-midnight, F-Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 12PM-10PM. Italian  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Fisherman's Inn and Crab Deck 316 Main St, Grasonville, tel "410" 827-6666 (crab deck) 827-8807 (restaurant).
  • Kentmorr Restaurant and Crab House, 910 Kentmorr Road, Stevensville, tel "410" 643-2263 (dining and bar) [9] separate bar and dining.
  • No Place Bar Love Point Rd, Stevensville.
  • Ram's Head Shore House, 800 Main Street Stevensville, tel: "410" 643-2466 fax: 604-0939 .
  • Red Eyes Dock Bar, Kent Narrows, Grasonville tel. "410" 827-EYES (3937).
  • The Big Owl Tiki Bar, 3015 Kent Narrows Way South, Grasonville MD tel "410" 827-6523.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Comfort Inn, 3101 Main Street, Grasonville, tel. 410 827-6767.
  • Hilton Garden Inn 3206 Main Street, Grasonville, Maryland, United States 21638 tel: "410" 827-3877 fax: 827-3876
  • Holiday Inn Express, 1020 Kent Narrows Rd. Grasonville, Md. 21638, 410-827-4454.  edit
  • Kent Manor Inn, 500 Kent Manor Drive, Stevensville, tel. 410 643-5757 (for lodging), [10]. A pricey, yet beautiful, country inn located just off of Route 8 near the Bay Bridge Airport, and across Route 50 from Historic Stevensville. Nice restaurant, too.


When on Kent Island, Verizon and Sprint get the best service (Telus/Bell/Aliant/Clearnet/Telus Mike for our Canadian friends, they work just as well), AT&T/T-Mobile (Rogers/Fido) get poor to no service, especially on the southern end.

Get out[edit]

Annapolis and Cape St. Claire are on the other side of the Bay Bridge, and Grasonville, Centreville, and Wye Mills are on the other side of the Kent Narrows Bridge. Grasonville is immediately past the bridge and beyond it lies Queenstown, the location of the Queenstown Prime Outlets which offer designer outlet shopping. Beyond Queenstown you have a choice of going north along Route 301 to Centreville and the upper counties, and southeast along Route 50 to Wye Mills and the lower shore.

Routes through Kent Island
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