8. St. Michaels, Maryland

Romantic Escape

Some say that tourist hordes have ruined this quaint enclave on Maryland's Eastern Shore. We disagree. Centuries of extracting sustenance and profit from the Chesapeake Bay have left a hardworking heritage that resists gentrification. After checking out the chic shops and pricey antiques on Talbot Street, explore the narrow side streets. Soak up the history. Enjoy the idiosyncratic jumble of architecture. The old-time watermen who once worked (and roistered) here might look askance at today's spas and posh lodgings. But they would certainly appreciate the still-plentiful views of their beloved bay -- and the crab cakes; 800/808-7622 or stmichaelsmd.org



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