A Day Trip to Smith Island, Maryland / Ewell and Rhode's Point

If you are from the Maryland, Virginia, or DC area and you are looking for a nice cheap day trip Smith Island is the answer.  Smith island was discovered by a man name John Smith.  He was exploring the Chesapeake when he landed on the island.  The first settlers were in 1659 by English and Welsh settlers.  The Island was then named after the land owner of John Smith.  Smith Island has 3 towns.  One is named Ewell, the second is named Rhode's Point, and the third is named Tylerton which is on an island right beside Smith Island.

Of course being an island, the only way to reach it is by boat or ferry.  If you look at my other posts, you will see that I have a post about ferry schedules for Smith Island.  If you are looking for a nice day trip you can catch the afternoon ferry that goes across at 12:30pm.  Once you get to the island you will arrive at Ewell.  Instantly you will notice the old fashion Exxon station which is the only gas station on Smith Island.  Right beside it is a store called the Harborside.  The town of Ewell is easily walkable.  Make sure you take a high quality camera so that you can catch some of the beautiful scenery.  There is a museum on Smith Island which allows you to watch a nice short movie of the history and then explore the exhibits.  You can take a nice gift home from either the museum or the Bayside gift shop which sits beside the museum.  On the other side of the gift shop is a restaurant called the Bayside Inn.  You can enjoy a nice meal while watching the fisherman and crabbers coming and going while doing their daily work.  Make sure you listen close and you'll hear tons of different species of birds.  A restaurant called Rukes is also on the Island in Ewell.  I always stop in for a great piece of the Smith Island State Cake called the 10 layer cake.  It is out of this world.  Walk around and you'll notice that there isn't much car traffic on the island.  Most of the the cars are of course out of inspection, no license plates, and no registration.  There is about 2 miles that are drivable so it is sometimes pointless to own a vehicle.  The roads are mostly used for golf carts and mopeds.  You can rent golf carts, mopeds, and bicycles on the island if you wish to explore the other side of Smith Island which is called Rhodes Point.  Most of the beautiful water views are from Rhode's point.  You'll notice that most of the houses sit up high because of the tide coming in and out.  If the wind blows a certain direction, most of the roads get wet with saltwater.  One of the first things I noticed on the island was the fact that most of the mufflers on the vehicles were rusted off.  This is because of the saltwater.  You can stop and talk to many of the locals and ask them about life on the island.  Most of them will be happy to talk to you.  After you are done touring the island, make sure that you allow yourself enough time to catch the ferry boat back to the mainland in Crisfield.  It leaves Smith Island at 4:00pm.  Although it is a short time on the island, it gives you plenty of time to cover most of the island.  This is a place that I can almost guarantee you'll grab a friend or family member and visit a second time.  There are a few places that you can stay on the island.  There really aren't any hotels or motels in operation but there are a few houses that you can rent on the island.   For more information you can click the "Smith Island" tab at the top of this page.

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