Real Wood Fires :: Maryland Spring Break Getaway


Mutt's March Cartoon Of course Mutts is my favorite comic!

Well, March has arrived like clockwork and typically, the weather is a mystery.  Today it’s sunny and windy and kind of warm, but in two days we might have some snow on the ground and/or gale force winds!  Not much of a surprise.  No matter what, if March comes in like a lion or a lamb really has no bearing on what we do here.  We build fires.  From November 1st until March 31st.  Real wood fires.  Most of the wood comes from right here on the grounds.  It’s a lot of work but it’s one of the things that makes a stay at the Brampton different and special.  Two out of our 13 rooms have gas fireplaces.  They are lovely, and their advantage is that you can just flip a switch and have a fire anytime.  In the morning for example.   With the real wood fires, we do ask that you burn them in the evening, which means that you can’t have a fire the next morning (the fire making elves have got to sleep sometime), but hey, it’s nice to  have something special to look forward to each day right?

Spa bathroom on a Maryland spring break getaway

March is also the quietest month of the year for us, and so this is the time when we offer our very best specials.  Our March Spring Break Special allows you to stay for 3 nights but only pay for two of them.  Weekends and our fabulous cottages included.  Who doesn’t need a mini-vacation right about now?

Oh and guess what? We don’t have cable television, so think of it as an opportunity to unplug and unwind.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a few days off from the onslaught of detritus spewing from all the screens around you?  Take a break from reality AND the weather;  it can wait.   March 31st is the last day of fire season. So come visit us on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the land of pleasant living.

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A Very Special Special: 1 Day Only!

This is  a good news/bad news post.  Let’s rip off the band aid and get the bad news out of the way:  We hate to tell you but, if you’ve come across this blog searching for something for Valentine’s Day, let’s face it: you’re in trouble.  Nothing like waiting until the very last minute…sheesh.

Now for the good news:  If you’re one of the two hundred thousand or so folks born on February 29, then the rest of this post is just for you!


….is…. a…. LEAP YEAR!!   An extra day to get everything done you’ve been meaning to do; after all,  it always feels like there’s just not enough time in the day.  Too bad 24 hours probably isn’t enough time, eh?

Maryland Getaway

Wishful thinking?


Wouldn’t it be nice if every 4 years, everything just stopped and each and every person got the “extra” day for themselves:  to do whatever they wanted to do?  A national holiday; a mental health day for every woman, man and child. . . Yeah, yeah.  Fat chance right?  Ok then, what about those folks for whom February 29 really is a special day-like maybe a birthday?  Our very good news is that we have a very special rate for anyone born on 2/29 and wants to stay with us on their special birthday!

Had enough of the jokes about your age?  Tired of getting gifts and cards meant for children?  Exhausted about explaining how and when you celebrate?  We get it.

Come and stay with us.  We promise to take your birthday seriously.  We have rooms in the main house for the ridiculously low price of $129 (including taxes!).  You’ll get an amazing getaway along with our Romance Package thrown in for free!  Meet and mingle with your fellow leaplings.  Yes, there is a special name for you folks.  See the details here or give us a call. We’d love to help you celebrate.

Note: you will have to show us ID; we also take our specials seriously.  😉

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Surround your Valentine with Orchids at Longwood Gardens!

Roses may be the traditionally given flower for Valentine’s Day,  but not everyone always wants to be traditional.  Roses are lovely of course, but what if instead of flowers that will be gone in a few days anyway, you wanted to give the gift of an experience that you can share… and one that just happens to involve another beautiful flower…orchids.  Lots and lots of orchids.

About an hour’s drive from the Brampton Inn, Longwood Gardens is a premier horticultural and architectural display garden , with over 1000 acres of meadows, woodlands, water gardens and more, indoors and out. The Orchid Extravaganza is a special exhibit going on now through March: it’s the largest and most diverse collection they’ve ever displayed and truly something to behold:


Longwood GardensWhile it may not have the same impact as an orchid curtain or hundreds of orchids
festooning a 12 foot archway,  we do have a few of our own specimens here at the inn; it seems as though at least one is blooming at any given time.   I love the bright white blooms against the backdrop of the snowy yard and the stark limbs of the beech tree.

Even without its bright purple blooms, this orchid is still quite the looker with its dark green leaves , and it makes a dramatic statement in the pale yellow living room:

Orchids at Maryland Bed and Breakfast

Orchids are magical:  There are thousands and thousands of species; they bloom almost everywhere, from Patagonia to the Arctic Circle! They’re beautiful and exotic and everyone likes them.

So even if you don’t make it to Longwood gardens, we’re happy to share our orchids with you; but if you’re in the neighborhood, we do highly recommend the trip.  :)

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