Maryland is a case study in a fascinating geography. The eastern edge of the state is a strip of Atlantic coastline fringed by barrier islands sandwiched between Delaware and Virginia, and just to the west is the sprawling Chesapeake Bay. With all of its many islands, bays, rivers, and inlets, Maryland, despite being a small state, has thousands of miles of shoreline. And while the ocean has a big influence on the state (it’s known for its crab cakes, after all), the western half of Maryland sinks deep into the Appalachians, so the beaches and estuaries don’t are not the only types of landscapes you will encounter. There’s plenty to explore here, especially if you’ve booked a cozy cabin rental for the weekend.
Washington DC, Baltimore, Annapolis and Ocean City are worthy urban retreats, but if you’re looking for outdoor adventure, you’ll find plenty in the Old Line State (a nickname Maryland has earned thanks to to the bravery of its soldiers in the Revolutionary War). On the eastern edge of the state is Assateague Island National Coast, a long stretch of protected coastline that offers hiking trails, bike paths and sandy beaches; it is also the home of a famous herd of wild horses.
Kayaking or canoeing is a great way to explore the tidal reaches of the Chesapeake Bay, and you might also have the chance to catch crabs (several of the best cabins we’ve arranged include kayaks and lockers to crabs for guests). The mountainous regions of the western half of the state are ideal for hiking (after all, the Appalachian Trail runs through it) and mountain biking (Swallow Falls State Park offers both, plus a surviving stand of old-growth forest), and during the winter months you can even take your skis out to places like Twig Resort.
Read on to see our top picks for the best Maryland cabin and home rentals statewide.