A charming Chesapeake country house hotel
From its origins as a country house built in 1812 on the banks of the Miles River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to its rise to fame in the 2005 movie Wedding Crashers, Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond is known as one of the East Coast’s finest spa retreats. Stroll the lushly landscaped grounds — complete with croquet and bocce ball courts — take a dip in the zero-edge swimming pool, indulge in pampering treatments at the acclaimed Linden Spa, or treat yourself to high tea served daily in the Laura Ashley-appointed Morning Room before retreating to one of 78 well-appointed rooms and suites, many with spectacular water views.
It’s a quiet, restful haven for couples and families alike. Visitors spend their days on the water — many come by boat — or ride the hotel’s complimentary bicycles into the town of St. Michaels, which is full of antique shops, boutiques and restaurants.
Designed in traditional colonial style and updated several times thereafter, Inn at Perry Cabin was designed as the home purser Samuel Hambleton, a Navy veteran of the War of 1812. Since the mid 20th century, the property has operated as a hotel, first as a simple inn and then as a larger and more luxurious resort when it was purchased in 1989 by Sir Bernard Ashley of Laura Ashley fame, where the property rose to prominence as a luxury hotel and resort and also gained recognition for its use of the popular Laura Ashley fabrics and furnishings. The property still retains much of its historic charms, but today has a slightly more contemporary feel, with lighter and more streamlined fabrics and furnishings that let the natural beauty of the grounds shine through. Certain rooms, however, like the Commodore’s Ballroom, still offer iconic fabric-upholstered walls in a nod to the property’s famed heritage.
You have several pleasing room options at the luxury hotel. Beginning with Superior Rooms, choose elegantly appointed accommodations with early-19th-century inspiration. Don’t worry — we don’t mean feather-ticked mattresses, just dark wood furnishings and plantation shutters, complemented by nautically inspired artwork with tranquil water or garden views. Some room types include working fireplaces. Bathrooms have been modernized, some with deep soaking tubs and others with rain-head showers, and include Gilchrist & Soames amenities. Depending on your preference, opt for the “historic colonial section,” where rooms, as one might guess, reference heavier period furnishings and décor, or the more contemporary Deluxe rooms and the suites. Some rooms feature private terraces and walkout balconies overlooking the grounds, gardens and water. The top suite, dubbed the Master Suite, offers a spacious separate living and sleeping area, oversized private terrace, and one and a half baths, including a separate soaking tub and walk-in rain shower. All rooms include flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The Maryland hotel features four onsite bars and restaurants. The main restaurant is Stars, serving three meals daily on the terrace or in the restaurant. Offering American fare with local Chesapeake influence, Stars prepares dishes with fresh Maryland crabmeat, local heirloom tomatoes picked fresh at the farmers market. Step back to an earlier time with daily high tea served in the luxury hotel’s Morning Room, featuring a traditional three-layer tea tray with sandwiches, breads, scones and pastries.
Purser’s Pub and the pool bar are the places to be for cocktails. Sip a Lemon Drop martini and enjoy a light bite or play a round of chess in front of the fire or in the garden courtyard. When the weather warms up, head to the High Tide Pool Bar for a crab cake sandwich and blueberry lemonade (blueberry vodka, fresh lemonade and club soda).