Photo by David Trozzo
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
2 hours away
A good sign that winter is over: the return of migratory birds. At Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland, you can spot such spring harbingers as warblers, blue- and green-winged teals, and dunlins. The 25,000-acre Eastern Shore refuge is also home to pileated woodpeckers and one of the nation's largest populations of bald eagles.
You can further explore the refuge's flatland trails by bicycle, or kayak its tributaries. Blackwater Paddle & Pedal Adventures has rentals; for reservations, call 410-901-9255.
The nearby Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina boasts its own opportunities to see birds. The hotel's private nature preserve, the Blue Heron Rookery, lies within its 400 acres. Weekend rates are $199 to $349 a night, suites $399 to $799.