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Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie

Member since: 2014
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Speaks English, Spanish

Amazing River House Waterfront Apartment on Choptank River on 18 Acre Farm

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Greensboro - Moot Point Farm near Denton MD

Custom built 2 Bedrooms, 1 full Bathroom , Sleeps 6 with full kitchen on river

HOME ON THE RIVER:

A view of Choptank River (read James Michener's 'Chesapeake') from all rooms in airy 2 bedroom apartment with full kitchen & bath. Separate entrance, patio, dock with canoe and kayak. Peaceful setting within 2 miles of town and relatively close to Washington D.C.Baltimore, Philadelphia PA & Annapolis, Maryland as well as Dover, Rehoboth Beach Delaware and Assateague Island National Seashore. Just 45 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean.

The apartment's private entrance faces the river and borders on a creek which is on the crest of a hill giving a panoramic view of the river from all the windows of which there are 17 with four picture windows. Our home is called a 'tree house on the river' because of its closeness to the water(20 feet from the dock) and mature trees surrounding the house. The house is situated on 18 acre mostly wooded property.

THE FEATURES:

-Secure well lit private entrance close to parking area

- two bedrooms one with queen sized bed with down topper and comforter and the second with two twin beds one with foam topper and with with down topper and both bedrooms have convertible couches with foam and down toppers. All beds have fine sheets and pillows.

-well-equipped California kitchen (see features below)

- Full bathroom with tub

- Closets with hangers, iron and ironing board

- Central A/C and heating + ceiling fans in every room

- Recessed lighting + lamps

- high ceilings

-WHAT WE INCLUDE:

- Bathroom: a set of towels, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste, hairdryer

- Kitchen: Fridge stocked with water, eggs, butter, english muffins and milk.

- All cooking supplies incl. pots, pans, dishes, glasses, wine glasses, knives, silverware, bottle opener, and other cooking tools; appliances include toaster, coffeemaker, gas stove; snacks include coffee for Kruig coffee maker, cookies, tea, etc.

- Miscellaneous: All bed linens plus sofa bed and optional blow-up mattress with pillows and linens for extra guest or children, tourist info and maps of area, plenty of books, tissues, iPod dock and blue tooth speaker.

LOCATION & NEIGHBORHOOD

Having a private patio to use for meals with easy access to the dock where there is a canoe and three kayaks available for use. Additionally, there is a fire pit which overlooks the river. With a coffee maker (Cuisinart K style) and basic supplies guests can settle right in for a cozy stay.

Our area is rural but relatively close to large city centers such as Washington D.C. & Baltimore, MD and the historic towns of Annapolis, Easton, St. Michael's and Oxford MD. Just 2 miles from the Town of Denton and 45 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware as well as Dover, Delaware. There is a public landing and restaurants and an Irish pub in Denton along with a Super Walmart for your basic needs. Two large state parks within a few miles of our home and an Arboretum championing native plants of the coastal plain region along with a museum and shop.

TRANSPORTATION

Since we are located in the Eastern Shore of Maryland, a car is necessary.Bicycles are available to use at our home and there are many beautiful country roads to cycle.

RULES: This is a NON-SMOKING PROPERTY - you shall be asked to leave if you smoke on our property.

Check-in & Check-out: We are flexible about check-in time & check-out time if there is not other guest leaving or arriving the day of your arrival or departure.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie (Owner)
Member since: 2014
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Speaks English, Spanish

About Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie

We created a wonderful apartment to share with travelers seeking a comfortable place to rest and have an adventure. Avid runner, cyclist, skier and yoga teacher who enjoys travel, meeting new people and experiencing exciting places. Especially like entertaining friends and family at our home and sharing camp fires and paddling on the Choptank River on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. My husband and I have often traveled without knowing exactly where we would end up or stay for the night which has added to our experiences with our sons. Really like our home's rural setting but close to Annapolis, MD Washington D. C. and Baltimore MD and just 4 hours from my hometown of New York City.

Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie purchased this apartment in 1986

Why Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie chose Maryland

My husband Peter chose this property and then created Moot Point Farm and custom built our solar envelope house. The Choptank River, a major tributary to the Chesapeake Bay, is fresh water at our upper river location which provides seasonal swimming for the whole family. Additionally, there is outstanding fishing and abundant wildlife watching since there is very little development near our part of the river. The apartment is 20 feet from the stairs to the dock.

What makes this apartment unique

Having been called 'a tree house on the river' by many guests since there is a oneness with nature which is afforded by the design of our home. Only removing the trees necessary for the footprint of the house and having almost three walls of glass gives you a very real sense of being outside when you are in our home. The ever changing view of the river is always enchanting as is the ebb and flow of the tide. Having raised our two sons (now 22 & 23) on the banks of the Choptank in our unique home has been a rare joy and provided a wonderful appreciation of nature in our children.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us and for the delicious surprise. We thought we would return the cookie favor :) What a special getaway and thank you so much.
Sep 2014
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Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)
Amazing River House Waterfront Apartment on Choptank River on 18 Acre Farm
average rating of 4.952381 based on 31 reviews
Owings Mills, MD
5

Beautiful and Quiet Retreat in Denton

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with our two beagles and another friend, stayed here in 2015 and again in 2016 for the BikeMS ride in Easton. It's a nice and quiet location, and Helen and Peter couldn't be more accommodating! They even bake the most delicious cookies that are waiting for you upon your arrival! They also took the time to print and laminate information about the area, as well as places to go eat and things to do.

If you are looking for a nice relaxing place to stay, (with the friendliest and most excellent hosts!)I would definitely recommend staying here!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the wonderful review and Ashley and her husband and their very quiet beagles were lovely guests at the River House Apartment at Moot Point Farm. They left our home in spotless condition and it was so good to have them back this year again.
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Peaceful & Quiet Getaway

  • 5 of 5

A very quiet escape from the drumbeat of life; we relaxed completely. Peter & Helen have provided a welcoming space and they, themselves, are the most charming host and hostess. The location was perfect for our activities and we appreciate so much every little detail so carefully planned!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review. Denise and Dennis were lovely guests at the River House and left our home in great shape. They communicated well and really seemed to enjoy our peaceful rural setting.
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A delightful spot!

  • 5 of 5

The River House Waterfront Apartment is lovely! It's cozy, comfortable, and pretty - with everything you need to settle in and feel at home. Helen and Peter went out of their way to provide extras which would make us feel welcome. It's a perfect spot for a relaxing getaway - great views of the Choptank River from inside the house as well as from the secluded outdoor seating area, which includes a grill and chiminea. We took advantage of the canoe and kayaks to go paddling on the river, and Peter and Helen very kindly helped us get the vessels in and out of the water. It's in a good location, mid-peninsula, with the Bay and the Atlantic both easily accessible. And an easy drive from DC. A great place to stay - would definitely go back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: June and her lovely family were special guests and the RiverHouse and we very much appreciate their wonderful review. They truly enjoyed the area and our quiet location and especially the Choptank River. We hope they make it back and wish them well for the rest of 2015.
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Beautiful, peaceful weekend

  • 5 of 5

We spent our anniversary weekend at the River House apartment and it was everything we could ask for. What a gorgeous spot on the river - and the apartment has a perfect view of it, from all angles! Our beagle enjoyed walking through the woods and looking at birds and squirrels through all the windows, which are pretty much the entire outside wall of the apartment. When staying here, you are just immersed in nature. Thank you for a wonderful visit to the Eastern Shore.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great having Thereas, Brian & their pup Alice at the River House for their anniversary and we very much appreciate the wonderful review. We wish them a super rest of 2015 and hope they visit again.
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Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The Moot Point was all it was described to be. It was very clean and well maintained. The apartment has all the amenities needed to provide a relaxing stay. It was so quiet and peaceful. If you want you are within driving distance to many small towns with different sights and things to do. We enjoyed visiting St. Michaels and Cambridge during the day and relaxing in the evening in the peacefulness of the apartment. We enjoyed watching the sunsets on the boat dock. We also enjoyed bringing our dogs and they made themselves right at home. The owner provided cookies, milk, eggs upon arrival. We will return and bring more family the next time.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jen, her husband and dogs were outstanding guests, very easy to communicate with and seemed to appreciate our rural location on the Choptank River. They left the RiverHouse apartment in excellent condition. We hope they do make it back with family and the we get to meet them as well since we were traveling during their stay.
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Perfect riverside getaway

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful, secluded alternative to the crowds, salt, and sand found at the beach. This is a well furnished apartment (complete with kitchen ware, board games, DVDs, fresh eggs from a neighboring farm, and more) in the above ground basement of a large home on the Choptank River. The apartment faces the river with a great view from every room. Five kayaks, a canoe, paddles, life jackets, beach towels, and beach chairs were available for use off of the private dock just steps away from the apartment. An outdoor patio with a table, chairs, and a clay chiminea is perfect for outdoor dining, hanging out, and roasting marshmallows. My girlfriends and I had a wonderful weekend reminiscing as we floated, swam, drank, and paddled around the river. Also, it was just a short walk to visit the neighbors llamas, which we enjoyed feeding; although, they were not interested in being petted.

We were worried that it would be weird and not very private staying in an apartment within someone's home, but this was not the case. Helen and Peter (the owner's of the house and apartment) were very attentive and sweet - and even left chocolate chip cookies for us! We felt kind of like long lost relatives by the end of our stay. That said, while I would highly recommend this location for a family or friend-filled vacation - it might not be ideal for a "romantic" vacation as there is a family living above.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susannah and her friends were fantastic guests at the RiverHouse apartment at Moot Point Farm. It was a joy having them truly relax and have such a special time together as friends. They communicated well and we were able to answer their questions and assist with making their stay as fun and comfortable as possible. We really hope they make it back and we wish them a wonderful rest of their summer. Oh and by the way we have had two couples get engaged at our River House hideaway which was such an honor as well as many couples celebrate their wedding anniversary since the apartment is so private and our home is so secluded!
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Location

Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Baltimore Washington International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Market Street Public House & Irish Pub
Nearest Ferry
49 Miles
Lewes DE and Cape May New Jersey
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Caroline Country Club, Denton, MD
Nearest Train
65 Miles
New Carrollton Metro and Amtrac Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Maryland Rt. 404
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Harry's on the Green, Denton Maryland
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Cape Henlopen State Park/Rehoboth Beach Delaware
Car: necessary

Choptank: The River I love

Since the first time I saw the Choptank River 30 years ago it has inspired my imagination and interest. In its 70 mile journey from its source near the border between Delaware and Maryland to the Chesapeake Bay is a unique, diverse and fascinating ecosystem. From its source about 30 miles upstream from Moot Point to about 5 miles downstream the river is not brackish or slightly brackish but wholly fresh; farmers irrigate directly from the river less than half a mile north of our dock. Although it is fresh water, it is still subject to the same tides as the bay and the ocean.

River Access:

Interaction with the river where we live is to some extent dependent on the tide. At low tide (once every 12 hours and 25 minutes) there is little or no water at the end of the dock and the small creek, Joiner Branch is clearly visible as it meanders into the river near the dock. At high tide there is 3 feet plus of water at the dock’s end and this is the best time for fishing, swimming and boating. Because the tides are on a lunar clock and most of us run on a solar one, this means high tide shows up at a time about 45 minutes later each day. Depending on when you visit, the tide may be high morning noon or night.

The river is not very clear most of the year but it’s not polluted either. Swimming with a vest or in pairs with supervision is fine. The bottom of the river is predominantly sand covered by mud anywhere the current is slowed by vegetation or small islands. If you are brave enough to wade in the shallow water, be careful, the mud can be many inches deep and will suck the flip-flop or loose shoe right off your feet. Although you may encounter sticks or small tree branches in the mud, otherwise it is not dangerous.

Off the dock at Moot Point the water is between one inch and 3 feet deep depending on the stage of the tide. It continues to be relatively shallow for about 100 feet and then drops off into a 50 foot wide channel at the middle of the river. The current flows in both directions depending on whether the tide is coming in (flood) or going out (ebb). Between tides when it runs the fastest, it flows about 1.5 miles an hour. During severe storms or when the wind is very strong, it can reach considerably faster speeds. This means you should not attempt to swim across the river unless you are an expert swimmer or are wearing a life-vest. If you feel overwhelmed by the current, head for the nearest riverbank and wait until your feet touch bottom.

Wildlife:

The river boasts a wide variety of animal, fish and bird life year round. Fish I have seen in the river here include catfish, large-mouth bass, white perch, yellow perch, crappie, alewives, darters, herring, shad, shiners, blue-gill, rock bass and striped bass a.k.a. rockfish. Rockfish are not common except during the Spring when they pursue large schools of baitfish that run up the river and in the Fall when the rockfish are mating.

Although it’s been a long time, I have seen river otters cruise the river at dusk. There are many resident beavers living in the banks of the river but they are mainly nocturnal and hard to spot during the day. You can frequently hear them at night however, as they warn each other of approaching humans by the loud slap of their tails on the water. You will need to use stealth and sneak up on them to experience this behavior. Other animals to look for along or in the river are foxes, gray and black squirrels, raccoons, possum, turtles, moles, voles and deer. Occasionally you will spot a flock of wild turkeys.

People seem to associate the river with reptiles. There are frogs and turtles and eels, (none of them electric), and snakes as well. Please understand there are no poisonous snakes anywhere in or around the entire Delmarva peninsula on which the entire Choptank River watershed is located. This according to Nick Carter, who waded the wetlands and cruised the rivers of the Eastern Shore of Maryland as a wetland biologist for over 30 years.

From Wikipedia:

The Choptank River begins at Choptank Mills, Delaware, where Tidy Island Creek and Culbreth Marsh Ditch join together. It ends at the Chesapeake Bay in a very wide mouth between Blackwalnut Point on Tilghman Island, and Cook Point, near Hudson, Maryland. Tidy Island Creek and Culbreth Marsh Ditch rise in western Kent County, Delaware. The entire watershed is in the coastal plain. The Choptank reaches sea level near Denton, Maryland and is not salty until around 2 miles (3.2 km) below Denton. Greensboro, Maryland, about 6 miles (9.7 km) up the river from Denton, is the head of navigation.

Meaning of the word “Choptank”—“a stream that separates”, or “a place of big current” in the Nanticoke or Delaware (Native American) language

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Greensboro, Chesapeake Bay

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Summer 2016
5 Jul 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
3 night minimum stay
£379
for 3 nights
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£113
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£121
Fri,Sat,Sun
£772
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
Labor Day 2016
1 Sep 2016 - 6 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
£428
for 3 nights
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£129
 
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Early Fall 2016
7 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
£379
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£113
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£121
Fri,Sat,Sun
£772
 
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Early Winter
1 Nov 2016 - 18 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
£250
for 2 nights
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£105
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£113
Fri,Sat,Sun
£691
 
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Thanksgiving 2016
19 Nov 2016 - 28 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
£492
for 4 nights
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£113
 
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£234
for 2 nights
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£97
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Fri,Sat,Sun
£691
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Weekend Cleaning fee £38 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £76
Pet Fee £38 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

We only enforce check-in & out times when we have guests arriving or leaving on the same day.
This is a NON-SMOKING PROPERTY: Guests who smoke on our property will be asked to leave.
The pet fee is for one pet per weekend $50.00 and for a week is $100.00. An additional $50.00 for each additional pet /weekend & $100.00 for each additional pet/week.
Cleaning fee of $50./ weekend & $100./ week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Greensboro, USA

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Outlet and hair dryer available with tile floor and storage.
    Bathroom 2 - Outdoor Shower , For cleaning off after swimming or boating in the river.
  • Full bath with tub and shower and porcelain tile floor. Outlets for hair dryer (one provided) and pine cabinet for extra storage. Towel racks, luxury towels and shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste and soap provided. There is a first aid kit as well and shaving supplies.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , A pack and play crib is available.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , queen bed has pillow-top NEW mattress & down toppers on beds
  • Large airy bedrooms, both with a queen sized beds with NEW mattresses, one with down topper and a love seat that converts to a single bed and the other bedroom has a queen bed with a pillow top and two twin bunk beds one with a foam topper and the other with a down topper and a couch that converts into a full size bed. Both bedrooms have couches, chairs and a desk and large closets, ceiling fans and reading lamps. Wide pine plank flooring throughout entire apartment.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Our rural hideaway provides a great opportunity to experience nature in an intimate way. Almost no development surrounding us and close to two large Maryland State Parks and an hour away from Delaware Atlantic Ocean beaches. Our guests have delighted in sitting on the dock and watching the amazing array of waterfowl float and fly by, fish jumping out of the Choptank River and swimming in the river. The water is fresh therefore no sea nettles (jelly fish) which the rest of the Eastern Shore waterways and the Chesapeake Bay have. The historic towns of Oxford & St. Michael's Maryland are 40 minutes away and Historic Easton is 15 miles south of the farm and provides a movie theatre, many fine restaurants, and the historic Avalon Theater providing live performances with an intimate venue for small shows, the Stoltz Listening room. Lewes Delaware is 45 minutes away and is another favorite destination with an historic town and near the Cape May NJ/Lewes Ferry and Cape Henlopen State Park.

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