Travel: Chestertown, MD.

Donald and Dianne Cantor, both 54, took a six-month respite from their busy lives in Los Angeles six years ago to search for a new place with a gentler pace where they could retire. They bought a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and cruised up the Intracoastal Waterway, rejecting Jekyll Island, Ga., and some North Carolina towns and eventually settling on Chestertown, Md.

"We knew instantly that it was what we were looking for," recalls Donald. "It had a quality of life, peaceful yet vital."

Chestertown, founded in 1706, was once an important colonial port on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Now...

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