Hidden away, but forefront in Cecil County, is the historic town of Port Deposit, Maryland. With a population recorded at only approximately 825 during the 2010 census, the town is charming and the locals are friendly. It's said that Captain John Smith was the first to visit this area when coming up the Chesapeake Bay in the 1600's. Located directly on the Susquehanna river, it's solidly built on natural granite which was also used to construct many of the original buildings. Unfortunately, many native Marylanders only hear of Port Deposit when the river rises and flooding occurs. But mostly the little town is beautifully set and provides a gorgeous view of trees, the Susquehanna river, and is an architect's dream of bridges.
Port Deposit is a lovely hidden getaway whether passing through Pennsylvania to Maryland or just for a unique spot for a family visit. So what's there to do? It's the perfect place to bring your boat for fishing or watersports on the river. An easy place to dock is in Marina Park, located on South Main Street. It has a boat ramp, areas for fishing, a pretty gazebo with picnic areas, and even a playground. Then stroll further down Main Street and stop in various shops or restaurants. Or take a walking tour of many fascinating historical homes and museums.
During our visit, we were looking forward to seeing what Lee's Landing Dock Bar was all about. It's only opened seasonally and truly has a feel of a beachfront Caribbean bar with Maryland local specialties. What a find!
We decided on lunch at the restaurant, which is half inside and half outside, and provides an amazing picturesque view of the Susquehanna river from every table. You can also sit up at the enormous wood bar and watch a sports game on one of the many televisions while having a drink.
Lee's Landing has a terrific menu featuring some of my favorite Maryland seafood specialties, including Maryland crabcakes, hot crab dip, soft shell crab sandwiches, even shrimp, mussels and clams. But even if you don't like seafood, they also have burgers, chicken and vegetarian options. If you are looking for a recommendation, I highly suggest the crab dip with pretzel bread sticks and the Seafood Trio. They are both fantastic!
Not in the mood for a sit down meal? Right on the property you can also grab a pizza, burgers, or a pit beef sandwich and beer, then take a seat and listen to some live music by the river. With stands reminiscent of the boardwalk at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland, this is such a fun atmosphere and right on the water.
Of course, we headed right to the traditional sweet treats. We couldn't resist and picked up a bucket of Fisher's Popcorn and Dolles Salt Water Taffy.
Of course, it's family friendly (I wouldn't lead you to any place that's not!) so the kids may want to head straight to the playground.
Why is Port Deposit on my Maryland hidden gems list? Tucked away in Cecil County, Maryland, it's a great escape to step into a little piece of history while enjoying traditional Maryland specialties with a gorgeous riverfront view.
This is the second in our series. Follow along over the next few months to virtually explore Maryland for more hidden gems. From the mountains to the city of Baltimore, Maryland has many luxury destinations, amazing dining experiences and unique activities to be found. You might just discover a new favorite spot for your next family vacation.
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