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 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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It’s Springtime, so it’s time for the Locavore Literary Festival!

Locavore Literary Festival Hang in there folks, spring really is just around the corner; even if it might not seem like it.

For the last 4 years, early spring has meant the arrival of one of our favorite events of the year, the Locavore Literary Festival.  Presented by the Center for Environment and Society at Washington College,  the festival features various authors and lecturers that celebrate the value of local food to help heal both our health and the health of the environment, as well as build community.

This year the emphasis is on how we feed our children, with 2 different speakers addressing the issue, as well as a panel discussion called “Farm to School”.  There is also a wine tasting, a garden tour and an open house at Turner’s Creek/Knox Folly.  It is a weekend full of fun and informative events, all about one of our favorite subjects: FOOD! Book your room at Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn for this wonderful weekend.

Here is the full schedule of events.

Here is a sneak preview of Amy Kalafa’s film “Lunch Wars”,  also a book,  which she will discuss during her lecture.

The weekend kicks off with a wine-tasting at the Book Plate on Thursday, March 27 and continues through March 30.  If you care about food and or children’s health, this is something you may want to check out.







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