Things to Do
Vienna, Maryland, occupies a special place on the Nanticoke River called the “Vienna meander,” a straight and narrow part of the river that is caused by a sandbar that has long kept the town dry and on high ground.
The river was named for the powerful Nanticoke Indian Confederacy that dwelled along its shores and navigated its waters from the Chesapeake Bay to the inland reaches of Delaware. The first recorded European contact came when Captain John Smith encountered the Nanticoke’s near-present day Vienna on his historic voyage of exploration around the bay and up the Nanticoke in 1608.
Vienna has just completed a waterfront development plan called Emperor’s Landing, which showcases the town’s rich Nanticoke River and Chesapeake Bay legacy. We invite you to learn more about Vienna here.
Local Attractions and Eateries
Dorchester County is the “heart” of the Chesapeake. Our central location offers many great places to visit and eat on the Eastern Shore. Whether you are looking for a fine dining restaurant or crab house, gala or hoe-down, there is something local for you! Check out some of our favorite spots and events here. Also check our Upcoming Events page to see what is happening at the winery!
Whether you visit us on a day trip or on your way to-or-from a week down the Shore, you’ll find much to do on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Enjoy crab pickin’, beach time, restaurants, festivals, amusements … you name it!
Layton’s Chance sits on the border of Dorchester County and Wicomico County. Dorchester County boasts the Harriett Tubman Visitors Center, the Hyatt Regency Resort and Golf Club, as well as wine, beer, outdoor adventures, history, and so much more.
Wicomico County is known for the single A baseball team The Delmarva Shorebirds, The Ward Museum, large sporting tournaments, shopping, and great restaurants.