Relocation Recon: Cambridge, Maryland

Relocation Recon: Cambridge, Maryland

In my quest for the place where I’d like to live next, I learned about Cambridge, Maryland, a mid-sized town on the Eastern Shore that fronts the Choptank River. The town was settled in the late 1600s and has a rich history. In recent years, it’s enjoyed an artistic and economic revival. New businesses are opening downtown, and the waterfront Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort has helped boost tourism.

Driving over the Sailwinds Park, Cambridge, Marylandbridge into town is breathtaking: the Visitor Center unfurls white architectural sails against clear skies with gentle waters to the left and right.

While meandering downtown, I had the most wonderful conversation with Carol Levy Ruark, owner of The Wine Bar on Race Street. Not only can you take in the shop’s wide selection of wines, cheeses and chocolate — oh my! — but you can grab an eclectic bite and learn all about Cambridge from someone who is rooted in the community and truly loves it. The folks I spoke with at Sunnyside and Choptank Charlie’s were also extremely welcoming and kind.

I love strolling by water. Cambridge makes it a special pleasure, with its colorful marina and Choptank River Lighthouse (pictured above).

 

Cambridge Maryland marina

Cambridge Maryland seagull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was lucky enough to be in town for the farmer’s market, held Thursday afternoons on the waterfront. Among the treats I scored were several ears of corn picked fresh that morning. But everything was tempting.

Cambridge Maryland farmer's market

Cambridge Maryland farmer's market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all, Cambridge has some lovely things to recommend it, but I wasn’t entirely sure it was the place for me. It looked great “on paper.” But I have an intuitive reaction whenever I first arrive in a town that tells me, with amazing accuracy, whether a place and I are in tune. I can’t always put it into words. In Cambridge, it might have been that it was bigger and busier than I expected, with what seemed like disconnections among the highway’s commercial strip, the historic downtown, the waterfront and different residential neighborhoods. From my first moments in town, I couldn’t quite find my rhythm. So my search continues. (Next: Ithaca, N.Y.)

Have you ever been to Cambridge? What did you think?

Sailwinds Park photo courtesy of Lee Cannon/flickr.

 

(4) Comments

  • Name
    18 Aug 2015

    Hi Karen,
    While in Ithaca NY go to Trumansburg NY. Wonderful little town not far from Ithaca. I have a friend who lives there.
    Diane

    • Karen Jones
      18 Aug 2015

      Diane, I’m afraid I’ve already made my visit to Ithaca, but you are the second knowledgeable person to recommend Trumansburg! I did only a one-day blitz, so I must go back — Finger Lakes! — and will definitely put Trumansburg on the itinerary.

  • Jackie Cangro
    20 Aug 2015

    Sometimes a place speaks to your soul and sometimes it doesn’t. This looks like a lovely coastal town, but it sounds like Chestertown felt more comfortable.

    Looking forward to hearing about your adventure to Ithaca.

    • Karen Jones
      20 Aug 2015

      Jackie, the most interesting thing about these trips is how they upend my expectations. Before I went, I was sure I would connect with Cambridge more than Chestertown, and it was the opposite. My preconceptions about Ithaca, too, were challenged. It’s training me to always keep an open mind.

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