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Ferry Boat Ride to Smith Island, Maryland f

A July 2006 trip to Smith Island by Sandy Goes

Quote: Village of hardy watermen and their families who earn their living by the water. Smith Island is Maryland's only inhabited offshore island.

Ferry Boat Ride to Smith Island, Maryland f

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Overview

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Mail boats and passenger ferry boats run year-round to this tiny island on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Departure times will vary depending on the season. The mail boat costs round-trip and tickets can be bought at the ferry. What you will find on this tiny island is SOLITUDE. If this is for you, a visit to this unique village of about 200 residents is a unique experience to see how this working class of watermen lives. You will not find sidewalks, beaches, convenience stores, liquor stores, amusement parks, or entertainment, but will find tranquility and a leisurely-paced lifestyle. Weathered crab shanties line the harbors of Smith Island's towns. Picturesque wooden shanties house ...Read More

Ruke's Store

Restaurant

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Rukes is where the locals eat. You can't miss the small building as you arrive on the island from the ferry boat. A rustic country store with a small dining area, it is a local gathering place and social center. It's not real clean, and the gift shop resembles a flea market. Interesting decor if you can call it decor, but overlook the atmosphere that feels like a crowded garage full of junk and enjoy some of the best crab cakes you ever had. Reasonably priced. You can't put a price on the friendliness at this establishment.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2007

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Getting there is the "experience". If you like boat rides, it's delightful. You feel like you are going back in time when the ferry boat lands at the dock. The fun is taking a walk around the island. Not for everyone, but of interest to know that an area like this still exists in our fast-paced world. We happened to visit during an extreme heat wave and didn't get to explore all of the island, but I doubt there was a whole lot more to discover. Basically it is a really quiet spot to visit, but we found it interesting. Lots of seniors seem to make the trip for the afternoon boat ride and they usually include lunch at the Bayside Inn. We didn't eat there but believe the inn is owned by the folks who run...Read More

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