Where: Delmar, Del.
Why: Super-sweet coffee, duck decoys and a crab lover's paradise.
How Far: About 100 miles from Annapolis, or just under two hours.
For $25.95, you could get an ink cartridge for your printer (on sale), buy a hardcover book (but not a very thick one) or splurge on a dust-mite detection kit (really). Or, if you really want value for your money, you could have all the steamed crabs, corn on the cob, fried shrimp, chicken and hushpuppies you can eat. Hmmm. . . . Tough decision.
As soon as you step inside the door of the Old Mill Crab House in Delmar, Del., just yards from the Maryland state line, you'll know you've entered a world of serious scarfing. Patrons shuck corn and pick crabs smothered in Old Bay, tossing husks and shells into a big can right next to their seats. Rolls of paper towels and bottles of Parkay squeeze-butter sit atop tables layered with brown paper. A symphony of claws cracking and mallets whacking surrounds you. You start eating and eating and, before you even realize you're running low, your friendly server starts piling on more. Pure bliss. (Be sure to get there early, though -- the space may seat 300, but it fills up fast.)
To keep hungry bellies distracted on the drive to Delmar, pick up a copy of the Bay Game at the toll booth before you cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge; passengers can while away the time competing to spot lighthouses, silos, cows and more. After stewing in traffic, you can take a break at the Kent Manor Inn, a restored Victorian estate whose bar menu features detailed histories of classic cocktails (did you know FDR celebrated the end of Prohibition with a dirty martini?).
There's more fresh air to be had as you wind through the back roads between Easton and Salisbury. Once you hit the latter, pay a visit to the capybaras, spectacled bear and South American ducks at the local zoo. And for something a bit battier, check out the fake feathered creatures at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art -- a must-see for anyone who's into decorative blue jays, antique wooden ducks or interpretive sculptures (our fave: the disturbingly realistic "Still Life With Grouse").
The Old Mill Crab House is open for dinner March through November. No reservations accepted. Route 54 W. and Waller Road. 302-846-2808. www.oldmillcrabhouse.com.
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