Maryland most certainly has its share of bustling cities, but it also boasts dozens of quiet towns where time seems to move at a slower pace. These smaller towns may be the perfect place to visit or live if you’re one that enjoys the simple things in life. Here are 12 slow-paced towns in Maryland worth looking into.
1. Smith Island
This inhabited island on the Chesapeake Bay is where time seems to stand still. Venture here to spend a day exploring by foot or bicycle.
This fishing town on the bay is quiet and serene. The fisherman here are hardworking, providing the residents and outlying counties with fresh oysters and blue crabs.
This historic town keeps things simple with antique shops and Civil War sites. Spending a day here is like taking a step back in time.
This picturesque town is underrated. The residents of Solomons are close-knit and enjoy the simple things like good food and watching the sunset.
Monkton is known for its sprawling rural scenery, filled with horse farms and estate homes. You can also find Ladew Topiary Gardens here, which is one of the most beautiful and unique gardens in Maryland.
6. Chesapeake City
This little town in the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal is radiant with charm. Folks here enjoy shopping local and watching the ships float by on the canal.
Thurmont is known as the 'gateway to the mountains.' Take a stroll around Main Street or head to the nearby parks, lakes, and overlooks. This place is surrounded by nature galore.
Chestertown's town motto is 'Historic colonial town on the Chester River.' The residents here take pride in the remarkable old homes and try to preserve the town history as much as possible.
9. Princess Anne
Several buildings in this eastern shore town are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town has a unique atmosphere where you're sure to experience peace and quiet.
Home of the Casselman River Bridge, Grantsville is sprinkled with other historic spots throughout the town. This spot is surrounded by beautiful foliage so it's a great place to visit or live if you love the outdoors.
Oakland is the westernmost town in Maryland. Take a step back in time while strolling the historic streets or watch the trains go by on the railroad.
Travel south in Maryland - almost as south as you can get - and you'll find the town of Ridge. This tiny town has simple and scenic views, and a few seafood restaurants worth visiting.
With so many small and peaceful towns in the Old Line State, this list could go on and on… What are your favorite slow-paced towns in Maryland? Any that you enjoy traveling to when you need some peace and quiet?