Wine and Cheese Company — New Shop in Chestertown

Chestertown is full of interesting and unique shops, where you’ll likely find things you may not know you needed.  There are gift shops, clothing stores, the nicest bakery, a fun smoothie shop, and of course antiques.  For the longest time, though, there was a niche just waiting to be filled:  But not any more, thanks to the  Chester River Wine and Cheese Company.  A lovely shop inhabiting the space where the Lemon Leaf got its start, the CRWC  is more than just a shop.  It’s an inviting space where you can sip some wine and enjoy your purchases.

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Chester River Wine and Cheese Company

Here is a peek inside and a chat with owners John and Jenn (former guests of the Brampton!).

We welcome them to Chestertown and encourage our guests to pay them a visit.

Among the additions we offer to enhance your stay is a wine and cheese platter. It’s lovely, but if you aren’t the type of person who likes to plan ahead, or you’d prefer to pair your own wine and cheeses, then by all means, check out the Chester River Wine and Cheese Shop , a newcomer in the land of pleasant living.

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Crab Roll Picnics :: Summer on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

If you need encouragement to visit the Eastern Shore this summer, how about free crab rolls??  Starting on May 11, and running through July, stay two nights at the Brampton Inn mid-week (Sunday through Thursday) and you’ll receive a complimentary Crab Roll Picnic! Think lobster rolls like in Maine, but better: with delicious Maryland blue crab meat. Just the thing to revive the road weary and the crab-deprived!

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The picnic comes in a little cooler with 2 delicious crab rolls, two giant oatmeal cookies, and two pieces of fresh fruit.  Bring your own six pack, or our delicious and ice cold well water is always on tap!  Enjoy it on the porch, in your room or under a tree in the shade, picnic style.

It’s our way of thanking you for visiting with us during the week.

Mid week visits are more popular during the summer months, when folks take mini vacations, or even long vacations.  Chestertown is in a nicely centralized location to be your home base while exploring the Eastern Shore.  A multi day visit allows plenty of time to enjoy the shops and restaurants here in Kent County, and also venture further afield to some of the surrounding towns.  Chesapeake City is an adorable town on a canal only 40 minutes from here.   Easton, St. Michaels, and Annapolis are all day trips about an hour away.  A bit further and you can visit Longwood Gardens or Winterthur.

Just make sure to allow time for your picnic!

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Apparently, April Showers bring Spring Weddings??

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Historically June is considered the traditional “wedding month”. . . Somebody better tell that to April! We had 6 weddings in 24 days this past month!! That certainly is a lot of “I Dos”.

According to the almanac:… “June is still the most popular month to marry, followed by August, July, May, and September.”  Hmm…still no mention of April.   In Roman mythology,  Juno is the Goddess of love and marriage.   Seems like a good enough reason to get married in June.  But we’re certainly not holding anyone to it.    :)

So warm congratulations to all six couples who tied the knot here at the Brampton Inn, a romantic Maryland wedding venue, in April:

Cheryl & Martin, Christina & Joseph, Shalisa & Paul, Tammy & Cris, Robin & Tom, Michele & Robert.

We were so happy to help make memories for all of you.

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Special mention must be made for George and Kimberly.  They also were married in April, but not here at the Brampton.  Months ago, sometime last year, Kimberly reached out to us to inquire about our elopement packages.  After a few emails, I called her to answer some questions or maybe schedule an appointment.  When she answered her phone, she sounded a bit frazzled and told me that she had just found out that her fiance had been in a serious car accident.  Yikes!  I of course wished them both well and that was that.   Then, one Wednesday afternoon, in April,  late in the day, I got a call from Mark Mumford, the county clerk.  He told me he had just married a couple and they decided to stay in town, and did I have a room??  Yep, I did.  He sent them over.  It turned out to be Kimberly and George who were positively glowing with love and excitement.  I took a bunch of pictures of them with their phone, they drank bubbly on the porch and then went out to dinner.  It turned out to be their elopement at the Brampton Inn after all.  Such a sweet ending!

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