The Perfect Gift, Plus a Little Something Extra.

gift certificates

It’s no secret that we send out more Gift Certificates in December than at any other time of the year.  Of course we do: they make perfect presents.  So this is the official post suggesting that you buy your loved ones the gift of an experience. Something they wouldn’t necessarily buy or do for themselves.  The gift of time away.  You get the idea.

But it’s also true that sometimes you want to hand over something a little more intimate than a piece of paper.  If that’s the case,  here are a few ideas to help you personalize your gift.

One really sweet way to present this gift would be to surprise your significant other with breakfast in bed, and slip the certificate in a rolled up napkin.  While you’re at it,  serve our signature pancakes using our secret weapon that we shared in this post.  Breakfast in bed, AND a trip away?  This is a true brownie point winner.

Breakfast in Bed

Next up, it is baking season, and everyone loves a tin of homemade cookies, right?  How about adding a few new ones to your repertoire.  We’ve shared a lot of recipes over the years, but these two are real stand-outs:  Chocolate filled ginger snaps  and vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies  Any way you want to package home-made cookies is a good idea.  Just don’t forget the gift certificate!

Another popular gift is  homemade hot cocoa mix in a cute glass jar festooned with holiday ribbons!  We’ve got a simple recipe that you can use.  Pair it with a mug that’s got a gift certificate rolled up in it and Wow! what a gift!

Need something that packs a bit more punch?  If you’ve ever been to the Brampton then you know that the bed-sheets we use are some of the most comfortable and luxurious to be found.  We don’t sell them, but we can tell you where to get them!  The sheets are one of the most talked about comforts that people mention when we ask about their stay.  A lovely set wrapped with a pretty ribbon and oh, look, a gift certificate too?!?!  You shouldn’t have!

Why, of course you should!  There’s plenty of time before the end of the year to put together a very special gift for that very special someone.  Give us a at the Brampton B&B call or order one online.  Someone will be very glad you did.  ;)

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More Opportunities to Shop Local in Chestertown!

If you’ve made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday and you STILL have holiday shopping to do, fear not:  there are endless options for that perfect gift, and we have some great places for you to shop local in Chestertown.

This Friday, December 5th, is the most festive First Friday of the year!  (Yes, we celebrate First Friday every month of the year).  Luminaries on the sidewalks, Santa visiting, and school children caroling.  The whole thing is very Norman Rockwell-esque.  It’s a lovely backdrop for gift shopping, which, let’s face it, can be kind of stressful at this time of year.

For something truly unique, why not shop at the RiverArts Holiday Show and Sale?  With over 700 items representing more than 50 artists and artisans, there is surely something for everyone.  It’s right in the center of the action downtown.  And coincidentally, our lovely gardener and part-time server Manick, who is also potter, has some pieces in the show.

RiverArts Holiday Show

Of course all the other shops and galleries will be open late as well.

Another unique option the following week on Thursday, December 11, is the open house at Unity Church Hill Nursery from 5-7pm.  They will have music, oysters and other goodies around a bonfire.  It’s a lovely setting only about 10 miles from the inn and you’ll find more than just the usual plants; they have a very nice pottery and gift selection as well.

If you’re in town with your four-legged bestie, stop in at Coco’s Pet Center on High Street. For a $10 donation to the Humane Society of Kent County, get a photo of your pet and your family with Santa Claus!  It’s a great cause and makes a nice keepsake or gift!

So don’t let the stress of shopping get you down.  Come on over to the land of pleasant living and relax while you shop. It’s the only way to do it!!! Let us help you relax and unwind at Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn.

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Shop Locally, Eat Locally: New Spots in Chestertown!

Saturday, November 29 is Small Business Saturday: a day we’re all encouraged to shop at locally owned small businesses.  There is certainly no shortage of great shops in Chestertown; in fact, this past year has seen the arrival of even more.

Just about a mile from the inn, on High Street, there is a cluster of new shops doing their best to enliven the downtown storefront scene:

Bloomin’ Wild is a lovely florist and gift shop that amazingly, is open every day!!!  This shop has done the most to change the look of this part of town, simply because of the beautiful displays of plants and flowers out front.  It looks just fabulous!

Shop Local Saturday

Another colorful and fun storefront is Coco’s Pet Center, an adorable pet boutique specializing in pet supplies and unique gifts for pets and pet lovers.  Though only open Friday, Saturday and Sundays, the shop is hoping to grow and be able to offer other services and events, including featuring adoptable animals from our local Kent County Humane Society. Cool, huh?

Kent County Humane Society

With flora and fauna covered, let’s move on to antiques and collectibles.  A great addition to the antique trail of Kent County,  Poor Richard’s is a lovingly curated collection of antiques and vintage items.  They’re so new they don’t have a website, but trust us, you’ll want to stop in and have a look around.

On Cross Street we have yet another new shop with a fabulous name (and without a website) Curiosity on Cross offers women’s clothing and accessories and neat little gifty items. It’s a small store, but they have managed to fill it with very interesting items without making it seem cluttered.

When you need sustenance to keep your shopping mojo alive, we’ve got news in the restaurant scene as well.

The venerable Front Room at the Imperial Hotel closed its doors this fall and while we were very sorry to see them go, we are delighted with the new occupants.  One of our very favorites, The Kitchen at Rock Hall, has taken a leap and moved to Chestertown.  Now called The Kitchen at the Imperial, they will be open at the end of November.  We look forward to it and wish them much luck!

You may also know we lost another favorite earlier this year, Brooks’ Tavern.  Kevin and Barbara have moved back home to Kennedyville, and will unveil a new business with cooking classes and other food related endeavors soon.  In their old spot in the Radcliffe Mill, we will now have Cafe Sado: Thai cuisine and sushi!!  Something different and a very welcome addition to the Chestertown restaurant scene.

And believe it or not, Chestertown now has its very own FOOD TRUCK!  The Black Burro can be found parked on Cannon street most days. . .it’s best to check their Facebook page first.

Local Food Truck

It has been a bit like a game of musical restaurant chairs here lately, but we’re very excited about the new additions and look forward to hearing your reviews!

In addition to Small Business Saturday, this weekend, November 28 & 29, most  stores will have extended hours for “Home for the Holidays” – which includes the “official lighting of Downtown,” a parade, and caroling in the park.  Just the thing to get you into the spirit of the season.


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