Delicious Pie :: Maryland Summer Getaway

Maryland summer getaway
It’s late July and summer is in full swing here at the Brampton.  The grounds are as green and verdant as they get all year:  Lilies have bloomed, black eyed Susans stare back at you wherever you look.  Every weekend someone has a barbeque or a pool party.  Zucchinis, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant threaten to take over the world.  All of these things help to make summertime summer.  But perhaps the best, or at least the tastiest, sign of summer is PIE.
blueberry pie recipe
The word itself conjures up good feelings and a friendly vibe.  Who doesn’t want to linger over a piece of pie, coffee and and  conversation with a friend?  It’s an all around likable entity, pie is.  
Of course summer doesn’t necessarily have the monopoly on pie; thankfully pie is a year round staple: strawberry rhubarb in the spring; pumpkin and pecan in the fall.  In winter we can indulge in cream pies.  Still, in the  summer time, pie takes center stage  no matter what the fruit of the season is.  Cherry pie, blueberry pie, peach pie…it’s like a parade of pies.  What’s more summery than a parade?
Everyone’s favorite, apple pie, though made of a fall fruit, is enjoyed year round and is quite the symbol of Americana.  There’s nothing more American than an apple pie, right?  (Except that pies came here with the English Colonists and were originally made with meat.  But fast forward a few hundred years and you can delight in the juicy, fruity goodness that is “American Pie”!)
A quick Google search will yield a plethora of “pie” related sayings and quotations with all manner of meanings:
EASY AS PIE
PIE-EYED
HUMBLE PIE
PIE IN THE SKY
CUTIE PIE
How did this come to be?  Why do we use this one food to say so many different things?  Maybe because pie is universal.  Everyone loves it. It makes people happy.  Pie goes with the flow.  It doesn’t have to look pretty to be awesome.  Bake a pie, and your day gets better.  All this is true.
“If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”
Carl Sagan, Cosmos (1934-1996)
My favorite quotation about pie turns out to be from an astronomer.  Told you pie is UNIVERSE-al.

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Save 25% on Extended Stays – Maryland Summer Getaway

For the last two weeks in July, and extending through the end of August, we have a new extended stay special to offer.  Stay Longer, Save More allows you to save up to 25% on an extended stay here at the Brampton.  As you might expect from it’s name, the more nights you stay, the higher the discount.  And like most of our specials, it’s valid Sunday through Thursday, for just about the rest of the summer!  Now there’s incentive to extend your stay just a bit longer to fit in just one more activity or day trip.  Or two.

Summer getaway in Maryland

Golf. Bike. Kayak. Nap. Swim. Eat. Drink. Read. Nap. Road trip to . . .Annapolis, Chesapeake City, Longwood Gardens & Winterthur, Dover Downs. Nap. See live music. Do a puzzle. Pick your own fruit. Eat ice cream. Nap. REPEAT! You get the idea.

Of course, we cannot emphasize strongly enough, just how pleasant it is to be able to plan on doing nothing.  Or at the very least, plan on not having a plan.  Just see what the day brings.  How often do you get that chance?  Not very, we’re guessing. So if you’re lucky  enough to have some time to get away , why not stretch your dollar and your calendar as far as they’ll go?  Book a longer stay with us, and save more money.  Spend it on dinner or decoys or just keep it in your pocket. It’s your choice.

Maryland romantic getaway

 

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July 4th Celebration – Chestertown Tradition

4th of July Fireworks

This is only the second year that we’ve had the fire-pit here at the Brampton, and it’s already become part of a tradition:  4th of July hot dogs and burgers by the fire and then a “private showing” of Chestertown’s fireworks display.  They can be seen from the property after all, so it’s kind of like they’re doing it just for us!  Michael mows the grass down low in the field by their house, and guests bring their lawn chairs and adult beverages.

It promises to be a fun weekend with the July 4th celebration coming on the heels of First Friday, when the shops and galleries stay open late and folks stroll the sidewalks from place to place, usually with another adult beverage in hand…It’s always a festive evening!

Also on Friday, the 3rd,  as long as you’re not drinking, take a drive down to Rock Hall and watch the fireworks display on the bay.  (Yes, they have fireworks on the 3rd of July. The more the merrier, right?)  The best place to see them, though is from a boat ON the bay.  Check with Captain Mark and his First and Only Mate Suzanne  of Blue Crab Chesapeake Charters to see if they have an opening.  It’s quite the experience.

Maryland firework showWhat are some of your traditions for Independence Day? We’d love to hear about them, especially if they revolve around food! Burgers and dogs are fairly old school, but when is the last time you broiled a hot dog over a campfire?  Here’s your chance!

See you ’round the fire pit!!

 

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