Waterfowl Hunting Season is Back!

It’s that classic time of year:  shorter days, brisk and windy, beautiful fall colors, the pleasure of a warm drink at any time of the day.  Fall into winter isn’t everyone’s favorite season it’s true, but around here we love it!  Gingerbread, hot chocolate, and of course, our homemade marshmallows make their recurring appearances.

Hunting season

Another constant at this time of year is the arrival of the hunter parties.  That’s right, hunters like to stay at nice places, too!  We’ve been hosting duck and Canada geese hunters ever since the doors opened in 1987; the Eastern Shore is the goose hunting capital of the world, after all!

For 27 years, every winter Danielle has been getting up extra, super early to offer a full Brampton Inn breakfast to these intrepid folks; sometimes as early as 4:30 am!!!  That is not something you can get just anywhere.  What’s more, she also offers to fill their thermoses with coffee, tea or hot chocolate.  It really doesn’t get more full service than that.   Coupled with the special rate available for our mid-week waterfowl hunters, it might be the deal of the decade.

Now, even if you’re not a hunter, or even an early riser, chances are you still like hot chocolate.   Here is a quick and very easy recipe for a homemade hot chocolate mix that is great to have on hand when you have a crowd.  This is another installment in our list of easy recipes that have very few ingredients that everyone should know.

 

Hot Cocoa Mix

2 1/4 cups cocoa powder

3 1/4 cups sugar

1 tablespoon salt

milk for serving (dairy, soy, almond, etc)

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together.  Try to get out any lumps. You can sift the cocoa if it’s easier.  Store in a large glass jar.  Easy, huh?

For each serving, the ratio is one cup of milk to 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix.

Heat the milk until just before it boils. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa mix. Blend until smooth.  The whisking will release the heat from the milk, so after it’s smooth, put it back over a low flame to bring back up to temperature, being careful not to scorch it.

For fun, add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or chili powder.  You can add vanilla or mint extract to the milk.  Serve it with a candy cane, or marshmallows.  Whipped cream and shaved chocolate.  Whatever your taste buds dictate!  And then, enjoy!!!

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New Sit-down Brunch Wedding : Maryland Wedding Packages

Although we may have been  just a tiny bit pre-occupied with a certain daughter’s (Sophie’s!) wedding this past August. . .

dream Maryland weddings

 

Maryland wedding venue

. . . we did still enjoy hosting the several small weddings and elopements that took place this summer.   Now we’re excited to tell you  about one of our new Maryland wedding packages we have to offer.

Starting this fall, we are offering the choice of a sit-down brunch reception in addition to the  standard hors d’oeuvre and champagne reception.    Most couples who are inviting a group of people want to be able to offer a meal to their guests.  While our hors d’oeuvre selection includes several quite hearty options, many folks still opt to add on dinner at a local restaurant after the festivities here at the inn.  We even deliver the wedding cake to the restaurant!  This stretches out the party a bit and makes for a full afternoon or evening.

It is difficult for us to offer dinner to wedding parties while there are other guests at the inn, so heading off to a restaurant in town is the only option for a sit-down meal.  Until now.

How about BRUNCH?  Isn’t it everyone’s favorite meal?  Something sweet and something savory, plus mimosas.  And a wedding cake. How can you go wrong?

Our Eastern Shore Brunch Wedding Package for 16 people includes a 2 night stay for the couple, romantic ceremony, flowers, mimosa toast, and an ample brunch buffet served in our formal dining room. And a wedding cake. Can’t forget the cake! Learn more

We love the Brunch Wedding option and think it will really fit the bill for a lot of folks.  If your guests need lodging, consider a whole house rental:  all 7 rooms in the house for your guests (you’ll be in one of the cottages); it couldn’t be any more convenient.

You can see some of our previous posts about our Intimate Weddings and Elopements at the Brampton Inn  here,  here and here.  If you have questions or want to come and visit our Maryland bed and breakfast in person to check out the grounds, please do give us a call.   We would love to show you around.

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful Handmade, One-of-a-Kind Shaker Furniture: Robert Ortiz Studios

We have several fine artists and artisans in and around Chestertown, MD, many of whom will be opening their studios to the public later this month and in early November for the popular Artists Studio Tour.

One of our very favorites is Robert Ortiz Studios right in downtown Chestertown.  Bob has been creating beautiful, contemporary shaker furniture pieces for nearly 30 years.  If you do visit his studio during the tour, or any other time, you will be just as likely to chat with him about fine wood working or furniture as music (he’s a percussionist), drama and acting (he’s an actor), or food (ask him where to eat in town!)

The pieces he creates are beautiful, functional works of art, combining the characteristics of both Shaker and Japanese design.  Just look at how fabulous these are:

japanese shaker furniture maryland

 

contemporary shaker furniture

These pieces are truly one of a kind, made with love and destined to become family heirlooms.

In these days of instant internet access and global shipping, it’s easy to find whatever you want with the click of a few buttons.  Except that usually these items lack soul and integrity.  Imagine owning a piece of furniture that was created, literally, just for you. By someone that you’ve sat with and talked to. Probably had coffee or tea with. Who’s a really nice guy!  You simply cannot get that on the internet.

Even if you’re not in the market for furniture, a visit to Bob’s studio is a must, especially during First Fridays.  There’s even a ceremonial Japanese tea house inside; how can you leave town without seeing that??

Just one more intriguing and unique experience you can only get here in Chestertown, MD and nowhere else. Isn’t time you planned your trip to our Maryland bed and breakfast?

 

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