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Escapes: Details, Maryland’s rebuilt islands

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For the depature point for Poplar Island, take Route 50 across the Bay Bridge toward Easton. Bear right onto Route 322, then turn right onto St. Michaels Road/Route 33 and follow that onto Tilghman Island. Turn left onto Chicken Point Road.

For Hart-Miller Island, take Interstate 95 north to I-695 east to Route 702. When 702 becomes Back River Neck Road, turn right onto Wildwood Beach Road, left onto Riverview Road, then take the first right onto the gravel lane to the pier. To reach Cox Creek from Hart-Miller, take I-695 south to Exit 1. Turn left onto Quarantine Road and continue onto Maryland Route 173 south (Fort Smallwood Road). Turn left onto Kembo Road and follow it to Cox Creek.


Black Walnut Point Inn

4417 Black Walnut Point Rd., Tilghman Island


Inn and bird sanctuary with many wild visitors, including osprey, otters and dolphins. Rates, including breakfast, are $150-$250 in the historic main house and $350 for the cabins, which sleep four.

Hotel Monaco Baltimore

2 N. Charles St., Baltimore


In the former B&O Railroad building, just a few blocks from Inner Harbor. Summer rates start at $159 during the week and $179 on weekends.


Tilghman Island Country Store

5949 Tilghman Island Rd., Tilghman Island


Good deli sandwiches and a nice selection of wines, cheeses and homemade baked goods. Sandwiches and subs $4.50 to $10.

River Watch Restaurant

207 Nanticoke Rd., Essex


Steamed seafood, crab cakes and a great view of the marina. Two jumbo lump crab cakes, $26.


Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at Poplar Island

21548 Chicken Point Rd., Tilghman Island

Free three-hour tours available March-October, Monday-Friday at 9 a.m. Tours often fill up months in advance. Reservations: or 410-770-6503.

Hart-Miller Island

2024 A Riverview Rd., Baltimore

Free two-hour tours available year-round, Monday-Friday. Reservations: or 410-729-8649.

Cox Creek and Swan Creek Mitigation Wetland

1000 Kembo Rd., Curtis Bay

Free tours year-round, Monday-Friday between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Birders don’t need reservations but must sign in. Reservations: or 410-729-8649.

Masonville Cove

On the southern bank of the Patapsco River in Baltimore

Will open to the public later this summer. Free tours year-round, Monday-Friday. Reservations: or 410-729-8649.

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