Gardens Galore at the Eastern Shore

wisteria

Please forgive us if we tend to be a little repetitive about  the natural beauty of our outdoor surroundings.  It’s just that every spring, things start blooming and popping out of the ground and it suddenly becomes so lush and vibrant… we can get carried away by it all: talking with guests about the gardens, taking and posting pictures,  cutting flowers for arrangements, you might think that’s all we ever do!

Take the wisteria pictured above for example.  It’s a knock out, isn’t it? Just last week it was barely starting to come alive, and then, pow!  It really takes your breath away.

Beachtree

The beech tree, or the wedding tree as we  often call it , is just about completely leafed out, creating that dappled sunlight that makes for beautiful photographs.

The tree peonies are just starting to bloom.  Yes, that’s right:  Tree.  Peonies.  They rock.

tree peony

The azaleas are on fire!

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And we can’t forget about the progress in the formal garden, where the vegetables take center stage.  This year we have even more asparagus, eggplants, broccoli, lettuces and more.  But we’ll cover that another time.

The grounds here at our Maryland bed and breakfast are best described as a wooded, garden oasis.  Mature trees and perennial plantings create a verdant atmosphere that’s perfect for an evening stroll, or an afternoon of porch-sitting, just taking it all in.  And new this year, we have a fountain . . .

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The slowly trickling water is so soothing!  It’s a new feature among many at the inn that make a stay here so relaxing.

But if you decide that you need even more of a garden fix, we’ve got just the thing for you. Did you know that we are just over an hour from Longwood Gardens, one of the premiere botanical gardens in the country??   It’s an easy day trip from the inn and if you’ve never been there you will not be disappointed.  Over a thousand acres, indoor and outdoor gardens and conservatories.  It really is an incredible place.  Our cute little fountain can’t compete with Longwood’s fountains, but we like it anyway.

Hope to see you in the garden some day soon!

 

 

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First Friday…and what Spring is supposed to look like…

It’s not as  if we WANT to keep talking about the weather, but what choice is mother nature really giving us?? A long, rough winter, no spring to speak of, thunder storms, tornadoes and incessant rain!

Fortunately for everyone, there does seem to be light at the end of the tunnel:  the forecast for the weekend actually shows SUN, and temperatures in the high 60′s.  Soooooo,  for anyone visiting Chestertown, MD this weekend, the trees and flowers will be extra vibrant and beautiful,  maybe something like this:

spring in chestertown

chestertown md spring flowers

Just in time for First Friday fun!  Downtown Chestertown does First Friday all year long. But, this just might be the  first First Friday of the year that won’t require winter outer wear.  Stroll the streets, drop into the galleries and shops that stay open late, and sample wine and goodies everywhere.

First Friday in Chestertown MD

And even though cherry blossom season is over in DC, there are still beautiful blooms to ogle here on the Eastern Shore.  Dogwoods are the main event this Saturday May 3rd at the Galena Dogwood Festival.  Only about 20 minutes from the Brampton Inn, this event includes a parade, live music, a beer and wine garden, and local Eastern Shore food!

flowering tree in Chestertown MD

So please take heart; the rainy days won’t last forever, the sun will shine again, and we’ll be waiting for you when you get here!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7th Annual Chestertown Taste of the Town : Kent County Maryland

This Sunday April 27  marks the 7th Annual Taste  of the Town in Chestertown, MD, a smorgasbord of local chefs, local food, local wine, and local beer, all up for grabs (well, except for the chefs!) downtown in Fountain Park.  Over the years it’s really grown  into a popular event for locals and visitors alike.  There are contests, raffles, an auction.  And food; did I mention food??

And for the second year in a row, some of the chefs will be participating in feature called “Diced!” – modeled after the TV chow “Chopped!” – preparing dishes on the fly from ingredients out of a “mystery basket”  supplied by some local farmers.

We always tell our guests how lucky we are to have so many fine restaurants in such a small area…and it really is true.  Here is a chance to sample dishes from just about all of them in one day!

Among the Chestertown restaurants participating are some of our very favorites including:

The Kitchen at Rock Hall, Brooks Tavern,  the Imperial Hotel,  Evergrain Bread Company, the Lemon Leaf Café,  the Inn at Osprey Point,  the Fish Whistle, Two Tree Restaurant, and Uncle Charlie’s Bistro and many other caterers, farmers, brewers and wineries.

The Kitchen at Rock Hall
Hotel ImperialIf you’re staying with at our Maryland bed and breakfast on that Sunday, it’s one of the only mornings we might recommend eating a lighter than usual breakfast!  The Taste of the Town is from 12pm to 3pm so you can nibble your lunch slowly all afternoon.  It’s a great way to spend an afternoon.  Try a local beer or a glass of wine and then, think of the incredible nap you could have after all that tasting!

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