This time of year, I'm always eager to get outside with my family, to slow down, and to soak in the sun and fresh air of the great outdoors. Who doesn't feel that way after the long months of winter? Sitting along the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Rock Hall is blessed with many gorgeous landscapes. If you are planning a visit here (or if you're a local), one special way to take full advantage of all that Rock Hall has to offer is to have a picnic!
Here is Susan Gates, owner of Vintage Picnic, with 5 Tips for a Perfect Picnic:
The past few weeks of soggy weather may have banished the thought of picnics far from your mind, but blue skies will surely return. Here are five tips for packing your summer with fun, memorable picnics.
1. Location, location, location. Always good to have a favorite picnic spot in mind – or a new one to discover! Wineries are now top of my go-to picnic list, followed by historic sites/parks, shaded places near streams, or even a park bench in the middle of town. Why not decide to explore Kent County by planning picnics along pretty back roads? How about enjoying an outdoor evening concert or Chesapeake sunset with a picnic dessert?
2. Fun. When our kids were young, we let them do things on picnics that were verboten at home: slurping with straws, sitting on the picnic table, and jumping up to play. Ban the phones and pack a frisbee, baseball or croquet set. Make picnics fun and your kids will always want to come along.
3. Friends. Picnics are not solitary affairs. The more the merrier! Who can you invite? A friend in Rock Hall makes it an annual event to take her young nephew out for a picnic. Precious! How about a new acquaintance or first date? Outdoor casual is a lot less intense (and affordable) than other dining options. Plus, you can slurp.
4. Food and drink. Ah, finally, we get to the most important thing: what to pack to eat? I suggest starting simple: For a sweet picnic for two, pack a baguette with ¼ pound of thin-sliced salami, a wedge of brie cheese, and sliced tomato and avocado. Perfect! To add some protein, pack deviled eggs or sliced grilled flank steak or chicken. Top things off with chilled wine and a gourmet chocolate bar. Does it get better than that?
5. Beautify. My mother always insisted that we leave a picnic place cleaner than we found it. There’s no better way to care for the environment than by packing out what you pack in – even better, to minimize trash altogether by using recyclables. Leave not a trace – except a few baguette crumbs for the critters!
Thank you, Susan for these fun tips! Vintage Picnic will be back for their third summer here in Rock Hall, and will be celebrating with a grand re-opening over Memorial Day weekend. They are located at 105 Rock Hall Village. You can find out more about them at the Vintage Picnic website and keep up with the latest news on their Facebook page.
Throughout the spring and summer, I will help you plan a visit to Rock Hall, Maryland by showcasing the charming local businesses in the area. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a local-in-the-know, my series will help you and your family unwind and relax in one of the Eastern Shore's most picturesque towns on the Chesapeake. Be sure to catch each feature by signing up here to have each one sent directly to your inbox.