Continuing east on the Choptank and then up the Tred Avon River, we head into Oxford and get a slip at Mears Marina. Smaller and far less commercial than St. Michaels, Oxford exudes a very civilized, relaxed atmosphere centered on a number of fine boatyards and in particular, one legendary boat builder. Campbell’s now has three boatyard locations, and in addition to their superb service they also build a line of “Downeast” style boats ranging from 31 to 42 feet. Oxford Boatyard was founded in 1866 and is still a very busy place, providing top-notch service. It’s also the home to Oxford Boatyard Yacht Sales, the Bay’s Sabreline dealer. For lunch we revisit a very old favorite, Pope’s Tavern, where the food, service and company are still worthy of the walk from the marina. One of Oxford’s main attractions for boat lovers is the Cutts & Case Shipyard, which continues to build, maintain and restore some of the world’s finest wooden yachts. We had the honor of meeting Ed Cutts before his death in 2009, and we’re glad to see his legacy is being carried on. Again, we rely on our past experiences and choose Latitude 38° for dinner. Both our pan-seared scallops and grilled Ahi tuna entrees are superb. As we had back to our boat we see the last ferry leave on its short ride over to Bellevue, connecting Oxford to St. Michaels.