Tidewater Times

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Going Back to Chestertown by Michael Valliant

Chestertown has it going on. It’s a small town, nestled right on the Chester River, with some of the Mid-Shore’s most popular annual events, an expanding number of bars and restaurants, distillery, bakery, theater, galleries, unique shops, historic inns, spirited bookstore and weekly farmer’s market with artisans of all kinds, to name a few things. And it’s home to one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Washington College, creating a diversity of ages and an incredible cultural life. If you haven’t

been to Chestertown lately, you owe yourself a day or an overnight trip. Like any town, Chestertown begins with its downtown area, which is a mix of longtime businesses and new shops and restaurants. Among the newer eateries and attractions is Bad Alfred’s, a brewpub and distillery featuring house-made spirits, local craft beer and wood-fired pizzas. It was opened in 2018 by Al and Jennifer Cassinelli. If you go for great pizza and drinks, there’s a good chance the owners will check in on you at your


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