Hunting season on the Eastern Shore

The Eastern Shore of Maryland is famous for many things:   rolling farmland, incredible sunsets, rock fish and crab cakes, and of course the steamed Maryland Blue Crab.  But did you know that the area is also known as the Goose Hunting Capital of the World?! Or one of them anyway.  That’s right, our Eastern Shore Inn is right in the middle of a major flyway, or migration route, for Canada Geese. More than 1.5 million geese and ducks travel through here each winter.  Folks come to Kent County from all over the country to hunt geese, as well as duck, wild turkey, pheasant, quail, rabbit and deer.  The hunting seasons overlap a bit, but the geese are definitely a big draw for most hunters.

Back in 1987, the same year that our Eastern Shore Inn opened its doors, an article by Tom Fegley in the Lehigh Valley’s Morning Call newspaper described the area perfectly:

Indeed, the most striking aspect of a first-timer’s stay in…. Eastern Shore towns is the recognition of their pride in maintaining the traditions of the settlers to this land – largely the traditions of hunting, fishing, farming and a reliance on the Chesapeake Bay.  Clothing stores, sporting goods shops, specialty stores, art and photo galleries, clothing shops, restaurants and hotels all reflect the love of geese and ducks and the sporting tradition so deeply embedded in the region. Ducks, geese and swans will be found in one form or another in practically every business place. Decoys, carvings, artwork, photographs and decorative motifs of waterfowl are everywhere. 

26 years later, and it is exactly the same.

Eastern Shore Inn

The Perfect Place For Geese Hunting

Here at the Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn on Maryland’s upper Eastern Shore, we have been hosting hunters for decades.  A bed and breakfast is not necessarily what most people think of when they think of hunters’ accommodations, but why not?  After a cold day in a blind, what could be better than coming back to our welcoming Eastern Shore inn for a hot shower and maybe a glass of sherry to take the inner chill off.

We offer comfortable rooms with wood-burning fireplaces and an early full breakfast. Yes, that would be at 4:30 am if needed. Check out our reasonable hunting special. Please give us a call 410-778-1860 to discuss your needs and we’d be happy to set you up with one of the several guides in the area, many of whom are practically right in our back yard.  But not literally, so there’s no need to panic!






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2 Musical Events to get you into the Holiday Spirit


Do you have an inner performer just dying to get out, but you’re a little shy?  Have you always wanted to belt out a song just for the sheer joy of singing, but were afraid you’d disturb the neighbors?  Well, stay at our bed and breakfast in Chestertown, MD this weekend and you won’t have to do it alone!


The Chester River Chorale will hold its annual community “Holiday Sing-In” at the Garfield Center for the Performing Arts, just minutes from our bed and breakfast in Chestertown, MD, this Thursday, December 19,  to benefit the Kent County Food Pantry.  Each year just before Christmas, the Chorale invites the public to sing along to Handel’s Messiah (you probably know most of the words, but they will be provided to you just in case!)  There are a few professional soloists, and a string quartet to back you up, but the audience is the star at this beloved annual event.

Check it out here:

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

Not ready to jump onto the stage just yet?  Here’s another option for you:  Also at the Garfield Center,  on Friday, December 20, “Jazz Up the Holidays” is a performance by local musicians and vocalists  with international acclaim.

Just another example of the rich cultural life available here when you stay at our bed and breakfast in Chestertown, MD.





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Winter Film Series at the Kent County Library in Chestertown

And now, for something completely different:  Our lovely public library near our Chestertown, MD bed and breakfastoffers the Winter Film Festival.

Starting this Friday, December 13 and continuing for 5 more weeks, Friday is matinée movie day at the Kent County Public Library.  It’s free and so is the popcorn!

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By christian razukas from Honolulu, Hawaii via Wikimedia Commons

It’s always fun going to the movies in the daytime; when you come out it’s still daylight! At least for a little while at this time of the year; and then you still have your whole evening ahead of you.  It’s a fun way to stretch out these short winter days. The library is just over a mile from our Chestertown, MD inn.  When the movie is over, you’ll be back to the inn just in time for afternoon tea!

Winter Film Series Schedule:

12/13:    From Here to Eternity

12/20:    Double Feature this week:   The Joy Luck Club   and then   A Christmas Carol

1/3:        No film this week.

1/10:      That’s Entertainment

1/17:       Shane

1/24:      The Defiant Ones

1/31:      The Manchurian Candidate

Additionally, the Garfield is screening It’s a Wonderful Life on Friday night, December 21 at 7pm.  Yes, you’ve  probably seen it multiple times already, but there really is something special about seeing it, or any movie, in a theater and with an audience.  The laughs, and the tears, just feel better with a crowd!

See you at the movies! Then see you at our Chestertown, MD bed and breakfast!


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