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Oxford, Talbot County, Md.
Distance from Baltimore: 70 miles, about a 90-minute drive
Why it's worth the gas: The scenic and historic seaport offers charming glimpse of maritime culture. But it's no backwater - Oxford was listed among the Top 50 waterfront towns by readers of Yachting Magazine, no less. Stay at the Robert Morris Inn and enjoy afternoon tea.
Don't miss: A ride on the town's historic Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, established in 1683. The ferry takes about 20 minutes and is $5 round-trip for pedestrians. (With a car, it's $18.)
Information: Go to oxfordmd.net or tourtalbot.org or call 410-745-9023.