Art Classes and Self Restoration: January in Chestertown

If you ever wanted to try painting with watercolors or throwing clay on a wheel, listen up: RiverArts Chestertown has some short term classes available this January and wouldn’t that be a great reason to come and visit the Brampton?  Treat yourself to a luxurious stay and express yourself with color and clay.  Oooh…look at…

A Hunter's Paradise

Winter is Coming; So are the Hunters!

After almost 30 years of running the Brampton Inn, we have quite a collection of favorite stories that make us laugh. One funny story is from the very early days, when the slow winter months were salvaged mainly by groups of hunters.  These folks would use the towels in the rooms to clean up after…

Hot Chocolate Recipe

The Gift of Hot Chocolate Mix

A very easy and quick way to make something special for the holidays or anytime of the year. Make it a gift: Yields approx. 3 cups. ¾ cup granulated sugar 4 Tablespoons Vanilla Sugar 2 tablespoon cornstarch 8 ounces dark chocolate 60%, roughly chopped 1 cup cocoa powder ½ teaspoon kosher salt Combine ingredients in a…

Shopping Season in Chestertown, or: How to stay out of the malls!

Holiday season is upon us again, and like it or not, that means it’s also shopping season.  Whether it’s gifts, decor, food, or for donations, this is the time of year we all go out and spend our money. It’s important for that hard earned cash to get the most bang for each buck.  You want…

The Best National Parks Right in Your Back Yard

The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this year.  August 25 was the official date, but all year long there has been a big media push to get folks out and enjoy the parks, as well as promoting the second 100 years of stewardship of these national treasures.  When you hear “National Park”, perhaps the Grand…

Downrigging Weekend is Almost Here!

One of the biggest weekends of the year here in Chestertown is coming up soon:   “Down-rigging”, denoting the end of the sailing season, has over the past 15 years grown to be a weekend long festival filled with tall ships, music, food, fireworks, lectures, races, films, classic cars and wooden boats. And fun!  Always…

Maryland Thanksgiving

Got plans? Thanksgiving Dinner awaits!

Do you procrastinate?  Or are you a planner?   Everything is relative ….. So, are you in the camp that says “Whoa, Thanksgiving is right around the corner!”  OR, those that say, “Slow down, it’s still hot out, there’s plenty of time to make plans!” ?? Either way, this post is for you. Once again, this…

Falling into Autumn with a Killer Puffed Pancake Recipe

Late August into early September… It’s the time of year when we can’t help but notice a yellowing leaf here or there, or a surprising day without debilitating humidity, and we start to dream about fall…..  isn’t it everyone’s favorite time of year? We have talked about it before, here,  and here.  If it’s late August,…