Christmas Special in Maryland :: Romantic Chestertown Getaway

Apologies in advance: we know Thanksgiving hasn’t even come and gone yet (we’re sold out, by the way) and here we are posting about Christmas. . .

Time goes by in nano-seconds around here, so please forgive us if this seems premature.  In a few weeks, we’ll be running our Twelve Days of Christmas special.  For 12 days in December, from the 2nd through the 13th, stay 2 nights and get great rates on every single one of our rooms, suites or cottages (including the always popular Mulberry Grove and Olivia’s Meadow)…even on the weekends.  And there are 2 weekends in that span of 12 days!

Christmas in Maryland

If you’ve been putting off a trip to the Brampton, this would be an extremely practical time to make the trip.  Feeling guilty doing something for yourself at that time of year?  Make it a gift to your special someone and toss the guilt aside!  Still can’t justify time to yourself? OK, get all your holiday shopping done while you’re here. Chestertown is home to some of the most unique and delightful shops around.  You are certain to find something for just about anyone on your list.  And maybe, just maybe, if you’re very good, you might find a little something just for you under our tree at the Brampton Inn:)

Chestertown, MD getaway

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Studio Tour and Guitar Festival in Chestertown

One  of the most popular events of the year and a brand new music festival are the highlights for this coming weekend.

RiverArts 16th Annual Studio Tour is a self guided tour of more than 50 artists in their studios throughout Kent and Queen Anne counties.   A fabulous opportunity to see works in progress, learn about techniques and, of course, buy some one of a kind pieces for your collection,  or as unique gifts for others.  More evidence that Chestertown is the perfect town to be an official Arts and Entertainment district, the Studio Tour is not to be missed!

Chestertown FestivalsAfter a day filled with driving around the county, you may choose to sit back and enjoy the sounds of classical guitar at the Eastern Shore Guitar Festival in Chestertown.

Washington College’s Department of Music hosts a variety of workshops and performances including the headliner, Benjamin Verdery, a renowned guitarist, along with a huge orchestra of guitars: they are hoping to break a record for the number of guitarists on stage at once!

After a full breakfast, a day of touring and a night of music, back at the inn help yourself to a glass of sherry, or a cup of tea, maybe a few cookies.   Then slumber awaits in your comfy bed.   The Brampton awaits, here in the land of pleasant living!

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Arts & Entertainment District :: Chestertown, MD Events

We often talk about how lucky we are to live in an area that is so rich in culture:

music festivals and movie theaters,

art galleries and artists’ studios,

book fairs and boat festivals,

live theater and lecture series,

sailing lessons and story telling. . .

It’s almost as if someone said, here’s a town – let’s fill it with all manner of arts and entertainment.  Well, that’s kind of exactly what has happened.  :)

This past summer, Chestertown was designated by the Maryland State Arts Council as an Arts and Entertainment District.

So what does that mean? Well, for visitors it simply means more of a good thing.  More events, festivals, shopping, opportunities for fun.  For residents, it means more job opportunities, tax incentives for arts related developments, and an even more vibrant place to live.

Chestertown is a pretty small place.  When we talk about “downtown” we’re talking about High Street from Spring Street to Queen Street, and extending over to Cross Street, which is really just a few blocks.  With the new designation, the downtown will be expanded to include the waterfront, the marina and all the way over to Wilmer Park for a total of 51 acres.  This article in The Chestertown Spy explains it a bit better than I can.

AND, concurrent with the A&E designation, Chestertown has also received a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant, which will be used to create a Public Arts Master Plan.  Essentially turning the town into a walking art gallery, with installations in different places that will encourage people to stop, look and even linger.  An example of what this might look like was seen during last weekend’s RiverFest which we told you about in the last blog post…and here’s a little video evidence:

And here it is lit up at night:

Riverfest in Chestertown, MD

Photo courtesy of the Chestertown Spy

Amazing stuff!!   If this is any indication of what’s in store, then we can’t wait for it to start in earnest.   We’d love to see Chestertown grow and thrive as an arts destination.  It would be beneficial to the residents as well as the local businesses, and the Brampton is all for it!

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