Oxford, MD (June 27, 2011) – The Town of Oxford, Maryland has been named to the list of Top 50 Waterfront Towns in the World by readers of Yachting Magazine.
Over a six-month period, the prominent magazine asked its readers to nominate the best ports of call across the globe. The only criterion specified by the publisher was that the competitors be situated waterside – which goes without saying for boat people, of course. (How could a town be “best” unless it’s on the water?). The Town of Oxford has been included on the final list of top 50 waterfront towns in the world.
Among Oxford’s competitors: Poole, England, on the south coast, with the second largest natural harbor in the world; Seattle, Washington, with its extended boating season and cultural diversity; and Charlevoix, Michigan, perched on an isthmus between Lake Michigan and Round Lake.
Those who have visited Oxford or made it their home know well its many charms. For those who have not, a few lines from the magazine’s description should set their telltales a-flutter:
The serene and understated charm of Oxford, Maryland has captured the attention of boaters for centuries. Once a major Chesapeake port, today it’s home to fine boatyards, flawlessly restored 18th and 19th century homes and a few waitresses who will call you “hon” after taking your order … at one of the handful of fantastic restaurants …. If Oxford’s charms become addictive, requiring a year-round fix, it’s a fine place to put down permanent roots …. There are enough hidden coves and creeks to keep you occupied for an endless number of boating seasons.
Landlubbers, too, will find a warm welcome in Oxford – the many races and regattas held each summer can be enjoyed quite nicely from several locations in town, including the lovely public park just a short stroll from the dock from which the historic Oxford-Bellevue Ferry embarks.
About Oxford, Maryland:
The historic town of Oxford, Maryland, founded in 1683, is located in Talbot County on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Until the American Revolution, Oxford was an international shipping center, surrounded by tobacco plantations and home to a number of prominent national figures. Later it thrived on oyster harvesting and packing and other watermen’s trades, even as tourism and leisure activities increased. It guards its peaceful personality, architectural integrity, and small-town virtues to this day, while warmly welcoming visitors from right next door and around the world. The Oxford Business Association welcomes inquiries by telephone (1-410-745-9023) and at its website (www.portofoxford.com ); and the Talbot County Office of Tourism offers comprehensive information and trip planning services at its Easton office (1-410-770-8000) and on its website (www.tourtalbot.org ).