National Music Festival : Chestertown, MD

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If you’ve had just about enough of snoozing in the shade, or sipping something on the porch; swinging on the swing, or meandering the streets; dining al fresco or sneaking another cookie; relaxing, re-connecting and rejunenating:  basically of all the things folks come to the Brampton Inn for . . .

. . .then how about a dose of culture?  We’ve got a big event coming up that may be just what you’re looking for.

The National Music Festival is a two week long event bringing together world class musicians and their gifted apprentices.  Rehearsals take place all over Kent County and are free and open to the public.  Many take place on the beautiful campus of Washington College.  There are several concerts, a few of them are free as well.  From June 1st to 14th, there are events going on all day everyday.  It’s really nice to have some mid-week activity going on in our quaint little town!

National Music Festival Chestertown, MD

Photo from National Music Festival’s Facebook page

This is the fourth year for the Festival and each year we have had guests simply rave about the performances!   We’ve even been honored to have been the Chestertown lodging of choice for a few of the performers.

So, if you’re looking for a relaxing yet stimulating getaway, look no further.  You’ve just found it.






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Enjoy the Chestertown Tea Party Festival: on land or on water!

Chestertown Tea Party Festival

Photo Credit: Geoffrey DeMerritt

As Memorial Day approaches, the entire town gears up for its biggest party of the year:   The Chestertown Tea Party Festival, May 22-25, 2014. NOT a radical political movement, this weekend event has everything from a parade to a 10K run, art and food vendors, music, wine and beer tasting garden, a raft race. You name it, we have it, the centerpiece being the re-enactment of Chestertown residents in 1774 marching down High Street to toss tea in the river, in response to the British Tea Act.  Patriotism aside, the primary goal of the festival is to celebrate Chestertown’s past and enjoy its beauty in the present.

Chestertown Tea Party

Photo Credit: Geoffrey DeMerritt

Chestertown Tea Party Festival

Photo Credit: Geoffrey DeMerritt

This is the 37th year for the festival but this year there is something new to look for.  The Chester River Packet Company offers catered, charter cruises on the Chester River on the River Packet, its 65 foot luxury yacht.  They will be offering public cruises this weekend on Friday night and also on Sunday at noon.  Compared to the hub-bub of the town wide party, observing the festivities from a distance on the river may be a welcome respite.

If you act fast, you may be able to snag one of the last available rooms at our Maryland bed and breakfast for this event!

Whatever your plans for the coming Memorial Day Weekend, we hope you enjoy a long and lazy weekend, the unofficial start of summer!!



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Gardens Galore at the Eastern Shore


Please forgive us if we tend to be a little repetitive about  the natural beauty of our outdoor surroundings.  It’s just that every spring, things start blooming and popping out of the ground and it suddenly becomes so lush and vibrant… we can get carried away by it all: talking with guests about the gardens, taking and posting pictures,  cutting flowers for arrangements, you might think that’s all we ever do!

Take the wisteria pictured above for example.  It’s a knock out, isn’t it? Just last week it was barely starting to come alive, and then, pow!  It really takes your breath away.


The beech tree, or the wedding tree as we  often call it , is just about completely leafed out, creating that dappled sunlight that makes for beautiful photographs.

The tree peonies are just starting to bloom.  Yes, that’s right:  Tree.  Peonies.  They rock.

tree peony

The azaleas are on fire!


And we can’t forget about the progress in the formal garden, where the vegetables take center stage.  This year we have even more asparagus, eggplants, broccoli, lettuces and more.  But we’ll cover that another time.

The grounds here at our Maryland bed and breakfast are best described as a wooded, garden oasis.  Mature trees and perennial plantings create a verdant atmosphere that’s perfect for an evening stroll, or an afternoon of porch-sitting, just taking it all in.  And new this year, we have a fountain . . .


The slowly trickling water is so soothing!  It’s a new feature among many at the inn that make a stay here so relaxing.

But if you decide that you need even more of a garden fix, we’ve got just the thing for you. Did you know that we are just over an hour from Longwood Gardens, one of the premiere botanical gardens in the country??   It’s an easy day trip from the inn and if you’ve never been there you will not be disappointed.  Over a thousand acres, indoor and outdoor gardens and conservatories.  It really is an incredible place.  Our cute little fountain can’t compete with Longwood’s fountains, but we like it anyway.

Hope to see you in the garden some day soon!



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