|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Smith Island's newest jewel, newly constructed waterfront cottage that sleeps 6 comfortably. Relax on the front porch admiring the beautiful sunsets on the bay, or enjoy watching the waterman working on the water. There is a deep water dock located front of the cottage, where you can enjoy fishing and crabbing or dock to with your own vessel. Along with these, we offer kayaks and bicycles without an additional fee. Come enjoy the history, wildlife, and the unique lifestyle of the islanders. You can live on island time! The ride on the ferry from Crisfield, MD is only the beginning of the experience. The ferry ride will be about a 40 minute beautiful ride through the Tangier sound. The boat captain will drop you off within walking distance to your destination.
Kitchen was nicely stocked and the cottage was very clean and comfortable. Weathered a big storm during our visit and stayed dry and cozy throughout. We looked forward to biking but were unable to use the bikes because the seats were too low and rusted so unable to adjust. In lieu of the bikes we found the road to Ewell very walkable.
My husband and I, along with our two young children ages 3 and 18 months, stayed at the Blue Heron Cottage in late August. From Start to finish, Kristy was able to answer all sorts of questions about the cottage and island. She even gave us the the numbers of some locals who could provide additional information about the unique way of life that Smith Island is all about.
We took a 5pm Ferry from Crisfield on a Saturday and Captain Larry was as awesome as could be. The boat took us right to this beautiful cottage. We started out enjoying a quiet dinner cooked at the home and a beautiful sunset on the outside porch. The house was equipped with everything you need to cook, including some extra spices and other ingredients you may find yourself in need of. The home is very cute and plenty of space for a family of four.
The sunsets and bird watching that night were incredible so I suggest planning to spend time on the dock or the porch, just enjoying the view or fishing off the deck.
The next day, we travelled to Ewell, which is 2 miles up the road. The house comes equipped with bicycles and kayaks, and though our family was too young to really utilize these, I can see that you could spend lots of time enjoying the marshes by boat. Ewell itself was quite nice and very obviously the center of action on the island. We ate at both restaurants during our stay and spent time talking to locals about their daily lives.
As someone stated before, this kind of trip really is for the adventurous family. You will need to spend a few nights here to truly understand what is so awesome about the Blue Heron Cottage and Smith Island as a whole. Be prepared that your cell reception will be spotty at best, there are no major gas stations or stores, and that the island shuts down around 5pm. If you are the kind of person who needs a luxury and action packed vacation, this is not the place for you (though the cottage is SO cute).
Tips: Bring all cash, bring bugspray, and bring some extra food in a cooler. If the roads wash out it is hard to get anywhere. Have one of the local fishermen deliver you some fresh steamed crabs :)
The cottage is probably best value on the island. It's new, well designed, and clean. The owner provided the essentials to have fun on the island - bikes, a golf cart, kayak, crab cage, and net - and I imagine it would cost a lot more to rent. The cottage is located away from the center of town, but the boat dropped us off on the cottage's dock about 50' away. The island is quiet and charming - right for people who enjoy the water, nature, and able to entertain themselves. The highlight of our trip is when the cousin (?) of the owner swung by and sold us a barrel of crabs. Do do that if available.
The only con's that you may want to fact in is that the round trip boat ride is $40/person & restaurants are a bit pricey. I recommend packing a cooler full of food and cooking crabs.
We greatly enjoyed our brief vacation at Blue Heron Cottage -- just what we were looking for -- lots of peace and quiet.
The Cottage is a wonderfully maintained and beautifully located on the Bay. All the Islanders are very friendly and helpful.
We were looking for a place to get away and relax and this was just ticket !!! No crowds, no flashy distractions, no expectations --- just right.
Hopefully, we will again be able to stay here -- for a longer vacation next time :)
Such a great family vacation enjoyed the peace and quiet and the beautiful sunsets. Enjoyed fishing and crabbing day and night. Local people are amazing, so willing to make your stay special we will miss them. Great house with all amenities the fishing pier was awesome caught at least 30 rockfish, threw all but 4 back, croaker, bluefish, even a few skates. Bought peelers from a shanty down the street who also steamed us some crabs after we didn't catch enough of our own. Love the beautiful quaint Rhodes Point. Just perfect place to unplug from the world and have some quality family time. Owners were awesome always quick to respond and help make your stay great. Will be going back soon
This cottage would have been perfect except there is no service to the house phone. Our cell phones didn't work and internet is only available 1.5 miles away. Basic phone service should be a primary concern in such a remote location, not only for ability to call the numbers provided for island services, but for safety reasons.
The cottage is comfortable, clean and other than no phone service, all necessary amenities were included. We enjoyed our stay once we finished the hike 1.5 miles to Ewell to get a 3rd bicycle for our son, and arriving there too late to rent one, a very kind islander lent us one of hers for the weekend after she provided us a little A/C and water! The cottage provided 2 bikes and 2 kayaks which we appreciated and used. We enjoyed biking around Ewell, eating at Bayside Inn, visiting the museum, talking to locals and sight-seeing. My son fished off of the pier right by the cottage. The history of Smith Island is fascinating, and the people are exceptionally kind.
We saw our island neighbor who happened to be a server at Bayside Inn while we were lunching there. She kindly offered us to order and pay for our later dinner meal, and she would deliver it to the cottage when she returned from work that evening. That was a blessing because in the mid-summer heat, biking/walking back and forth to Ewell more than once a day is too much. We planned to stay until the late ferry ride on our day of departure and, it would have been nice to line up a boat to see Tylerton, the town only accessible by boat, but there was the phone issue, and the captain of Jason II told us when he dropped us off that he would not make the late run to the mainland on our departing day, therefore we had to leave at 7 a.m. instead.
The cottage is very nice, the island very interesting and people extremely welcoming. Anyone will enjoy a get-away here as long as they know before hand: there is limited to no means of communication; golf-carts in Ewell are not rented overnight, therefore walking/biking from cottage to town 1.5 miles away is the only option; and regardless of what you read on the internet, ferry times between island and mainland are at the mercy of the captain.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$400|
No refunds due to weather conditions. If the ferry doesn't run then funds will be refunded at that time. Cancellations will not be refunded 15 days or later prior to check in. No pets allowed.