If you’ve crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, you’ve gone right by Kent Island. Located off the west coast of Queen Anne’s County, Kent Island sits at the base of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, connecting Maryland’s eastern and western shores. The island is just barely separated from the mainland by a narrow channel known as Kent Narrows.
Kent Island has deep roots in Maryland history. Kent Fort, founded in 1631, is the third oldest English settlement in the country, after Jamestown and Plymouth. Before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge opened in 1952, the area served as a hub for steamboat travel, and ferry service traveled between Kent Island’s Love Point and the Western Shore.
Next time you’re crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, plan a stop in the Kent Island/Kent Narrows area. Stretch your legs at a nature area or enjoy a meal are one of the many restaurants. There are also lots of hotels here if you need a place to stay. Water views and convenience to dining make this a popular overnight stop. Popular hotels in the Kent Island area include the Hilton Garden Inn Kent Island and the Holiday Inn Express Kent Island`. Or if you’re looking for something other than the typical chain hotel experience, consider a stay at the historic Kent Manor Inn.
Stevensville, Grasonville, and Centreville are towns on Kent Island and they’re the addresses you’ll see listed for most of the hotels.
Away from the hotels area, both Stevensville and Grasonville have nice historic districts.
Centreville is the county seat of Queen Anne’s County, and there’s a nice old courthouse building in town. It’s one of two Maryland courthouses that date back to the 18th century. The courthouse is located at 120 North Commerce Street in Centreville.
The area near the inlet between the island and the mainland is known as Kent Narrows. That’s where the biggest collection of restaurants are. It’s a nice place to have some seafood while you enjoy the view.
Hilton Garden Inn Kent Island – Waterfront hotel with a marina.
Sleep Inn Grasonville – An affordable hotel that gets good reviews.
Kent Manor Inn – Elegant property with a beautiful Kent Island location.
Kent Island Area Restaurants
The Kent Island area restaurants, located near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, are a good place to stop and eat on your way to or from Ocean City and the Eastern Shore. Good seafood and nice views also make them a popular destination for an evening out for people who live in the surrounding cities.
There are several restaurants located at Kent Narrows, offering attractive waterfront views. Annie’s Paramount Steak and Seafood House offers steak and seafood, and waterfront views. The Narrows Restaurant advertises their award winning crab cakes and cream of crab soup. The Fisherman’s Inn & Crab Deck has a full seafood menu and steamed crabs. Bridges Restaurant and Bar serves regional seafood and produce in an island-inspired setting. Live music on the weekends. Harris Crab House has fresh seafood and indoor or outdoor dining. Kentmorr Restaurant in Stevensville has a great waterfront view and an extensive menu that includes award-winning crabcakes. The Stevensville Crab Shack is also known for having excellent crab cakes and shrimp.
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