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Beds, Breakfasts & Inns: Jewels Of The Chesapeake

| March 22, 2012, 10:51 AM | 1 Comment
Pooles Island Lighthouse, Chesapeake Bay, MD

Among the miles of meandering coastline of rivers, lakes, and creeks that make the Chesapeake Bay the largest estuary in the United States, are dozens of hidden bed-and-breakfasts dotting both shores of Maryland. Many of these smaller accommodations are renovated historic homes and carry on a rich culture of preservation and hospitality. Each is truly a rare gem. With many large hotel chains now featuring a continental breakfast included in the stay, the true bed-and-breakfast experience is about more than just the morning meal. The small Inns and B&B’s of the Chesapeake feature a welcoming and personal experience while still giving the visitor a quiet, private retreat from the stresses of everyday life.

One of the great benefits of a bed-and-breakfast is its location, and the Chesapeake region features some of the best choices anywhere. From charming historic towns to beautiful island vistas right on the Bay, Maryland is never short of amazing destinations to visit. The colonial port towns of Annapolis, St. Michael’s, and Oxford have a long past closely tied to the waters of the Chesapeake. In recent decades, these towns have blossomed with a new life, attracting tourists from near and far to their quaint waterfront streets lined with shops, antique markets, and art galleries. These historic towns, along with others, like Cambridge and Easton founded throughout Maryland’s history, have become cultural centers that harbor amazing local artists, eclectic fashions, and lively theater performances. Near St. Michael’s, the secret paradise of Tilghman Island offers amazing panoramic views of the bay and is home to several waterfront bed-and-breakfast locations. Each destination in the Chesapeake region has its own unique beauty and charm, with dining, shopping, and history just a few steps away.

In the Chesapeake, you are never far away from the great outdoors and a scenic retreat from the city. But relaxing does not have to mean sitting still. The natural beauty of the landscape provides miles of trails for hikers and cyclists and easy access to the water (from almost anywhere) provides a whole host of sports and activities, from charter fishing to kayaking, sailing to paddle-boarding. The Chesapeake region will make your heart race in more ways than one.

In recent years, the culture of personal attention that smaller Inns provide is attracting a whole new breed of culinary talent. Today, many bed-and-breakfasts offer fine dishes for breakfast and also often feature an in-house restaurant serving gourmet meals for lunch and dinner. In many of the towns on the Chesapeake, the best restaurant in town is the local B&B. Their proximity to agricultural centers and relationships with neighboring merchants give many inns the opportunity to highlight fresh local ingredients and spearhead farm-to-table movements in their community.

One of the challenges that Inns and B&B’s rise to meet, is the balance of modern conveniences with old-world charm. While many inns display historic architecture – from Colonial to Victorian-era and beyond – on the outside, the interior tells a different story. Keeping with an attitude of indulgence, most bed-and-breakfasts are now equipped with high-definition cable televisions, wireless high-speed Internet access, private baths, some outfitted with luxurious Jacuzzi tubs and steam showers, and some rooms even featuring romantic gas fireplaces. In addition to the modern amenities, there are also the classic personal touches like fancy bath products, premium linens, and fine antique furniture.

In today’s travel industry, the bed-and-breakfast stands in competition with discount hotels, motels, and all-inclusive packages. Locally owned by independent entrepreneurs, the small town B&B offers a different experience that is accessible to nearby visitors. It is a favorite choice for the weekend getaway to explore a nearby town within a few hours drive. Guests visiting these Chesapeake treasures are supporting the local economy, allowing these communities to thrive. A stay at a bed-and-breakfast is a pampered experience, with indulgences like waterfront views, Jacuzzi tubs, and premium linens included and many service upgrades like in-room massages available for a fee. The B&B is closely tied to the community, allowing concierge services to help plan the most out of a stay and gourmet dining often with fresh, local ingredients. And most importantly, the innkeepers are friendly and ready to welcome you to any one of the Jewels of the Chesapeake.

Experience These Jewels For Yourself

Eye On Annapolis has teamed up with Landmarks Great Deals to bring you exclusive deals at four unique inns doting the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. These are only available thru Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at these prices. Why not consider a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the day to day world and escape?

Black Walnut Point Inn
$299 for a 2-night Stay in a Private Cabin
Tilghman Island, MD
Explore this beautiful inn on the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore 
Tilghman Island Inn
$285 for 2-night stay, 3-course dinner, and in-room bottle of wine
Tilghman Island, MD
Explore one of the Eastern Shore’s most talked about inns
Inn at 202 Dover
$499 for a 2-night Stay
Easton, MD
Find out why this is not only Easton’s premier inn, but one of the world’s top inns.
Inn at Horn Point
$199 for a 2-night Stay
Annapolis, MD
Experience colonial Annapolis from your quaint home in Eastport

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