Music in Kent County :: National Music Festival

Brampton Inn may be located in one of the most rural areas of Maryland, but that doesn’t mean we are lacking in culture.  Not by a long shot.

Indeed, music lovers have an awful LOT to keep them busy in and around Chestertown:

The Garfield Center for the Arts hosts theatrical and musical events all year long.  The Mainstay in Rock Hall is a delightful small venue (120 seats!) that specializes in jazz and blues.  The Avalon Theater in Easton is a beautiful art deco theater that draws nationally known acts of all genres.

In town at JR’s pub there is live music on most weekend nights, and a piano bar on Sundays.   Every Saturday during the summer, there is a FREE concert downtown in Fountain Park.  It doesn’t get more Mayberry than that!   Except maybe for the beloved Kent County Community Marching Band.  They are there like clockwork for every parade all year long.  You might even catch them practicing in their “civilian clothes” some evenings.  :)

But wait, there’s more. Sorry if that sounds like an infomercial, but the amount of musical distraction around here really is AMAZING !

National Music Festival 2015

And if all this isn’t enough, there’s also the National Music Festival at Washington College, running from May 31 through June 13.   The”next generation of gifted musicians”, along with the mentors that guide, them present two weeks of concerts and open rehearsals, many of them free.  Everything from solo recitals to full orchestral arrangements; mostly classical with some jazz thrown into the mix.  Please check out the concert schedule and come listen to some beautiful music here in the land of pleasant living.

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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.

Maryland Wine Country






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!

Maryland Blue Crab Meat

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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