Some folks come here from St. Michaels and turn around and leave.
I liked this place so much I bought a vacation home here.
Right before the drawbridge is Knapps Narrows Marina
which has rooms on the waterside that beat any Maui sunset. There is a pool and just across the Narrows is a place to rent kayaks, sailboats, motorboats, jetskis and bicycles. There are 3 restaurants in this location, The Bridge, Bay Hundred, and Tilghman Island Inn ( also a great sunset place) Sit dockside on any of these and have some crabs or whatever.
The Tilghman Island Inn has upperscale rooms, a pool,
a great dockside bar and restaurant. They create their own entertainment. Go see.
There are several bed and breakfasts on the island, check the internet for rates. They range from very good to great. There are even a few rental homes, stop by Tilghman Island Real Estate ( I did and bought a house).
The Fairbanks tackle shop and gas station (the only one) is the local gossip stop. See the men sitting out front talking about the days catch or....get your fishing license here and the latest news.
Rent a bike and see the old watermans houses. Generations of families are still here. Take the main road all the way out to Black Walnut Point where there is a great fishing pier and a place to pull out your easel and paint. Go past the gate and you will come to an Inn that is on the tip of the peninsula.
Go down Fairbanks road and see a village that is pretty much the same as it was 100 years ago. There is a pier but very limited parking. Speed limit here is 5 MPH. Be careful at the turns in the road.
One of our favorite cafes is reopening after the owners took a vacation and rest. It's called
So Neat Cafe, open for breakfast and lunch. It really is so neat. The owners are former show riders and the place is worth a visit to see the interior.
There is a gift shop also. Stop in Crawfords Nautical which is in the Bank building for a huge selection of water oriented books and a complete history of the area.
The owners were former high powered execs and retired to Tilghman and opened this bookshop. The oldest establishment on Tilghman is Harrisons which has a gift shop with clothing ( Tilghman island is Tshirt ,baseball, cap and shorts ) and of course famous
Restaurant. The food is family style. Heaps of artery clogging good old fashioned food. Reasonable.
Some wild entertainment goes on here on holidays.You can arrange fishing here.
There are several festivals on Tilghman to support our local fire and rescue department. Local food and Gospel singers like you've never heard.
Park and walk around Dogwood harbour and see the fishing boats and some original skipjacks. Radie Murphy still takes tourists out on his skipjack and has some incredible stories.
Tilghman is bicycle heaven and that's about all the traffic you will meet.
All establishments are locally owned and the owners lend their character to their business( and some are real characters!!)
There are a few places that I've missed. See if you can find Mama's.
Come visit , say hello to everyone you meet because they will say hello to you,,, drive very slowly because we walk all over the island and we are not in a hurry.
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