What’s not to love about this quiet town across the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis? With it’s colonial feel, federal architecture, small streets, and central square, it’s fairly easy to find yourself daydreaming about the early days of our country and the history of the mid-Atlantic region. It’s “The Town that Fooled the British” as told by local legend that during the war of 1812, the British Navy was effectively duped in their bombardment of the town when the villagers dimmed the lights in their homes and hung lanterns in the forest outside of town. Shipbuilding and oystering built the town, but now it caters more to the vacationing crowd, with small shops and restaurants lining Talbot street, and one of our favorite places to stay right on the water. As a mid-point on the easterly route to and from North Carolina, St. Michaels has proven itself time and time again as a fantastic town for a quiet weekend getaway.
Meredith and I first stayed at the Inn at Perry Cabin for a brief mini-vacation on our way down to North Carolina for the holidays, but having fallen in love with the property, rooms, and style of the inn, we can’t imagine passing through the mid-Atlantic without squeezing in an extra evening at this incredible place to stay. View pictures and read more about the Inn at Perry Cabin here.
The first time Meredith and I stayed at the Inn at Perry Cabin, we arrived late in the evening, tired from a day of driving, and settled on The Purser’s Pub out of sheer convenience and laziness… it was only just down the hall from our room. The next two dinners, we just couldn’t help ourselves from coming back for more of its great food, drinks, and ambiance. View pictures and read more about The Purser’s Pub here.
Michael, Orvis, and I first stayed at the Inn at Perry Cabin this past December on our way down to North Carolina to visit our family for the Christmas holiday. I’d discovered the property on Jetsetter a couple of years ago, and been trying to coax Michael into planning a trip down to St. Michaels, Maryland with me ever since. It worked out that for our first trip we were even able to take advantage of a Jetsetter sale and book a room for two nights at a great discount! When we decided to launch Map & Menu and finalized our plans for March road trip, stopping for a night at Perry Cabin was a no-brainer – we loved every minute of our first experience here so much.
Dating back to the early 1800s, the Colonial-style inn overlooks the beautiful Miles River off the Chesapeake Bay, and has played host to numerous politicians and celebrities (you might recognize the inn as the setting for the wedding reception in the movie Wedding Crashers). The inn’s nautical heritage is evident around every corner, and you’ll find yourself meandering around the property (an original English land grant) for hours, taking in the gardens, paths, and waterfront.
It was such a treat to return to the inn only a few months after our first visit, and while we enjoyed the suite where we stayed in December, the decor of the room where we stayed on this second trip was even lovelier – I honestly would have never even thought that was possible! We also enjoyed a much bigger bathroom, complete with a clawfoot tub, this time around too. From our experience at the inn, you simply cannot go wrong with any room, but when in doubt (and this goes with any hotel, really), do try to book a room with a clawfoot!
Given that we first visited the Inn at Perry Cabin during the middle of winter, we did not have the chance to ride the inn’s bright blue bicycles into town during our first trip. When we saw them out in front of the inn in March, we wasted no time inquiring about using them, and ended up having the most splendid ride around town before grabbing bagels at Sweetie’s the next morning.
I know we’ll be stopping in St. Michaels several more times in the coming years, simply because it’s a perfect place to stopover during our long trips to visit our families in North Carolina. Staying for a night or two when all of the hydrangeas around the inn are blooming is certainly high on my bucket list. Here’s to hoping I’m able to make room in my summer shooting schedule for a quick visit!
Did we mention how much Orvis loves every extremely dog-friendly part of the property?
The first time Meredith and I stayed at the Inn at Perry Cabin, we arrived late in the evening, tired from a day of driving, and settled on The Purser’s Pub out of sheer convenience and laziness… it was only just down the hall from our room. The next two dinners, we just couldn’t help ourselves from coming back for more of its great food, drinks, and ambiance.
Recently featured as one of Garden & Gun’s “50 Best Southern Bars”, the classic charm from the hardwood floors, central fireplace, and Chesapeake decor makes the pub feel more like a club than a traditional bar and restaurant. Cozy tables of friends and couples, catching up over oysters and cocktails, an outdoor patio for drinks under the stars, and a menu that greatly distances itself from traditional pub-food, are just a few of the things that kept us coming back again and again. Meredith would be upset with me if I didn’t recommend the brick chicken, and I can personally attest to the buffalo burger, but having missed out on the fresh oysters on multiple occasions due to their popularity, you can bet that next time we’ll get there earlier and just make it a long evening.