Upgrades at the Inn

We’re officially a few weeks into spring now, and dare I say it?  Winter is finally over. This is the time of year that most people think about “spring cleaning” and sprucing up.  Well, for us that kind of stuff happens in the winter months, when the inn is a little quieter.  The chances that there will be less guests in the house are greater, so this is when the big stuff gets done.

The most dramatic change has been in the Red Room.  Up on the third floor, this queen room is spacious and light, with large windows on 3 out of its 4 walls!  This bathroom had not been updated in quite a while so it was time for a refresher.

Now it has a wonderful new shower with 3 body jets, a hand-held sprayer, and a rainfall shower-head. There is lots of tile, warm wooden accents, and a towel warmer. During the remodel, the door to the bath was moved from one wall to another, which created a sort of separate space in one corner of the room.  This space is now known as the Red Room Media Nook:

Room Upgrade

With profuse apologies to Mark and Matthew at Jumping Rocks Photography;  they will be here soon to take REAL pictures for our website!

Room Upgrade

With a new love seat, coffee table and the largest flat-screen TV on the property, the nook is perfect for cuddling up with popcorn and a movie in your own private screening room.

Another big upgrade is more efficient air conditioning units in both the Red and Green Rooms.  Each of these rooms has always had quiet window units which worked well, but they detracted a tiny bit from the charm of having all of those huge windows.   Not so with the new system which places the actual unit in the wall, and the condenser elsewhere.  (There’s also new carpeting in the room, but that’s not nearly as exciting as an air-conditioned media nook is it?!)

Three other rooms also got upgraded, larger flat screen televisions: Russell’s Cottage, the Yellow Room and the Fairy Hill Suite.

Two sets of chairs got a makeover with new upholstery: the Sunset Room in the Garden Cottage and the Blue Room.  Both Sophie’s Suite and Olivia’s Cottage got new chairs altogether.  Sophie’s Suite also has new carpeting.

Lucas spent a lot of time pruning and/or removing trees in the lawn in front of the garden. Look for new plantings and garden beds this summer!

The old Brampton definitely needs her nips and tucks now and then.  Still, we think she’s aging gracefully.


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Select Registry ‘Vacation of a Lifetime’ Winners Visit Us!

If you’ve ever visited the Brampton Inn, then you are also aware of Select Registry, a collection of high-caliber inns all throughout North America.  To belong to this group, an inn or bed and breakfast must meet certain criteria, and are subject to surprise inspections every year or so to ensure that the standards are being upheld.  The collection can be found on their website or in the handsome bound book that is a complimentary gift to all guests, and it makes choosing a place to stay a bit easier.   As a guest, you can book a room at a member inn and feel confident that your stay will be top-notch.  As innkeepers, we are very proud to belong to this illustrious group.  Out of the many thousands of inns, bed and breakfasts, and boutique hotels in the country, only 350 or so have made the cut.

Brampton Bed and Breakfast

One especially nice perk of staying at one of these places is that every time you do, you are entered into their Vacation of a Lifetime contest.  First you must register online for their rewards program, which in itself is another nice perk:  once registered, every night you stay in any Select Registry property counts toward a  goal of 12 “room nights”, which when reached, entitles you to a  $100 gift certificate to use at any member inn of your choosing.

The contest is pretty awesome too.  Each year, someone wins one free night at every member inn for a year.  What a great way to take a trip!

This year, 3 different couples won, and we had the pleasure of hosting one of them just a few weeks ago.  All the way from Toronto, Michele Chandler and Bob Gilfoil, along with their adorable dog Jameson, visited the Brampton during a mid-Atlantic tour.

Brampton Bed and BreakfastCan you see our Select Registry plaque, proudly displayed there? The little stuffed moose is their version of the Travelocity gnome, appearing in pictures throughout all their travels.

A few days later, Michele sent us a lovely thank you note along with this collection of pictures from their travels.

What would you do if you won this contest?  Take some time off and explore a region?  Go away every weekend of the year?  It’s fun to think about.  Maybe this time next year we’ll be hosting YOU!  Wouldn’t that be something?


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Maryland Cycling Vacations at the Brampton Inn

Kent County Maryland has long been known as a haven for bicyclists.  Mile after mile of flat and scenic roads, low traffic density, and our proximity to water all add up to one heck of a destination for a cycling vacation.

cycling vacations in the USA

Photo by Leyla Dilmen via Wiki Commons

The Brampton Inn has been hosting guided cycling vacations for years now.  Folks get together and go on an extended, multi-night, multi-city bike ride, staying at different inns along the way.  But what if you just want to take a short visit and get in a little cycling here or there?  We’ve got an app for that.  Er, uh, I guess I mean we’ve got a package for that… It’s BYOB: Bring Your Own Bike.   For some strange reason, renting a bike in Chestertown is not the easiest thing to accomplish.  We figure, if you’re into cycling, you’ve probably got your own ride, so just bring it along.  We’ll provide you with maps,  a packed lunch, and inside information on the best picnic spots, like this one:

Maryland Cycling Vacations

Thanks to Tom Hillegass at SwimmingHoles.org for this photo!

Betterton Beach is about a 20 mile bike ride from the inn.  Just imagine taking that ride, taking a dip, and then enjoying a picnic lunch, and maybe a snooze in the shade (yes, a beach with shade trees – how wonderful!) before heading back to the Brampton for a good, long soak.   We’ve got other destinations and secret spots to share, all just waiting for you here in the Land of Pleasant Living!!





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