New Sit-down Brunch Wedding : Maryland Wedding Packages

Although we may have been  just a tiny bit pre-occupied with a certain daughter’s (Sophie’s!) wedding this past August. . .

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Maryland wedding venue

. . . we did still enjoy hosting the several small weddings and elopements that took place this summer.   Now we’re excited to tell you  about one of our new Maryland wedding packages we have to offer.

Starting this fall, we are offering the choice of a sit-down brunch reception in addition to the  standard hors d’oeuvre and champagne reception.    Most couples who are inviting a group of people want to be able to offer a meal to their guests.  While our hors d’oeuvre selection includes several quite hearty options, many folks still opt to add on dinner at a local restaurant after the festivities here at the inn.  We even deliver the wedding cake to the restaurant!  This stretches out the party a bit and makes for a full afternoon or evening.

It is difficult for us to offer dinner to wedding parties while there are other guests at the inn, so heading off to a restaurant in town is the only option for a sit-down meal.  Until now.

How about BRUNCH?  Isn’t it everyone’s favorite meal?  Something sweet and something savory, plus mimosas.  And a wedding cake. How can you go wrong?

Our Eastern Shore Brunch Wedding Package for 16 people includes a 2 night stay for the couple, romantic ceremony, flowers, mimosa toast, and an ample brunch buffet served in our formal dining room. And a wedding cake. Can’t forget the cake! Learn more

We love the Brunch Wedding option and think it will really fit the bill for a lot of folks.  If your guests need lodging, consider a whole house rental:  all 7 rooms in the house for your guests (you’ll be in one of the cottages); it couldn’t be any more convenient.

You can see some of our previous posts about our Intimate Weddings and Elopements at the Brampton Inn  here,  here and here.  If you have questions or want to come and visit our Maryland bed and breakfast in person to check out the grounds, please do give us a call.   We would love to show you around.





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Beautiful Handmade, One-of-a-Kind Shaker Furniture: Robert Ortiz Studios

We have several fine artists and artisans in and around Chestertown, MD, many of whom will be opening their studios to the public later this month and in early November for the popular Artists Studio Tour.

One of our very favorites is Robert Ortiz Studios right in downtown Chestertown.  Bob has been creating beautiful, contemporary shaker furniture pieces for nearly 30 years.  If you do visit his studio during the tour, or any other time, you will be just as likely to chat with him about fine wood working or furniture as music (he’s a percussionist), drama and acting (he’s an actor), or food (ask him where to eat in town!)

The pieces he creates are beautiful, functional works of art, combining the characteristics of both Shaker and Japanese design.  Just look at how fabulous these are:

japanese shaker furniture maryland


contemporary shaker furniture

These pieces are truly one of a kind, made with love and destined to become family heirlooms.

In these days of instant internet access and global shipping, it’s easy to find whatever you want with the click of a few buttons.  Except that usually these items lack soul and integrity.  Imagine owning a piece of furniture that was created, literally, just for you. By someone that you’ve sat with and talked to. Probably had coffee or tea with. Who’s a really nice guy!  You simply cannot get that on the internet.

Even if you’re not in the market for furniture, a visit to Bob’s studio is a must, especially during First Fridays.  There’s even a ceremonial Japanese tea house inside; how can you leave town without seeing that??

Just one more intriguing and unique experience you can only get here in Chestertown, MD and nowhere else. Isn’t time you planned your trip to our Maryland bed and breakfast?


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Let the Fall Festival Season Begin!

Fall Foliage

Welcome to October, folks, and a month jam packed with special events, activities and fun! First Fridays always seem more fun in the fall for some reason:  That crisp air just adds something special to strolling the streets, sampling the free eats and drinks, meeting up with friends, and checking out the shopkeepers’ wares.

Wine Festival Chestertown

This weekend we have 2 of our most popular events of the whole year.  First, on Friday, (see what I did there?), be sure to check out the exhibit at RiverArts showcasing the artists whose studios will be on the 15th Annual Studio Tour later this month, October 25 & 26, and the following week, November 1 & 2.  The idea is you can see which artists you like the most and plan out your tour in advance.  There are almost 60 studios participating, spread out all over Kent County, so a little planning is helpful.

Then on Saturday, October 4, the Historical Society’s House Tour takes place from 1-5pm. This year’s theme is Painted Ladies and American Vintage: The Houses of Washington Avenue.  These are some gorgeous homes for sure, some never on the tour before. Washington Avenue is a broad street with nice sidewalks and it borders Washington College, which has a lovely campus.  You could take a break from houses by walking across the green very easily!  Sit under a shade tree, imagine George Washington himself strolling the very same grounds.  An historic weekend indeed!

And of course, if you happen to be staying with us at the Brampton Inn, you’ll be staying in a house from 1860 that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  So, there’s that.

Happy Fall Festival Season!!!

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