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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Island Hop Around Maryland's Eastern Shore


5. Oddball Day

Schraeder's is home to 2,500 acres of hunting grounds.  

Lose your sea legs by exploring the area’s terrestrial delights. Get an early start with eggs, pancakes, and scrapple ($7.50) at Holly’s Restaurant in Kent Narrows before heading east on 301 to 2,500 acres of hunting grounds at Schraeder’s, where you can fire away at deer or turkey, or just a playful round of clay shooting ($23 for 50 clays). Drop your weapons and drive south on Route 312 towards Easton and find your way to the back of Hill’s Pharmacy where there’s still an old-time soda fountain and lunch counter. Order grilled cheese sandwiches ($4.50) and root beer floats ($3.50), then roam the Norman Rockwellesque neighborhood on the way to Trumpeter Swan Antiques (35 Dover St., Easton; 410-463-0274), which stocks a deep selection of classic wooden duck decoys. Next, drive north on Route 50 and then zigzag along Goldsborough Neck Road to Cottington Farm, where you’ll find an autumn bounty including hot peppers, radishes, and broccoli. Once you’ve had your fill of produce, head back to Easton and see who’s playing at Night Cat, a small venue known for attracting indie and bluegrass acts. End the night with Deep South barbecue at the BBQ Joint, where specialties include the Dog Bowl ($8.95), a plate of chili–cheese fries topped with spare ribs, and pan-fried chocolate chip cookies ($5.95).

Published on Oct 6, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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