July 4th Celebration – Chestertown Tradition

This is only the second year that we’ve had the fire-pit here at the Brampton, and it’s already become part of a tradition:  4th of July hot dogs and burgers by the fire and then a “private showing” of Chestertown’s fireworks display.  They can be seen from the property after all, so it’s kind of…

We Love LOVAGE – Delicious Perennial Herb

Whenever someone says the following words to you: “That Was the Best {insert whatever here} I Ever Had”. . . .  you stop a moment and say thank you.  When a few people tell you the same thing in one weekend, maybe you blush a little and say “Aw shucks.” And then you blog about it.…

Crab Roll Picnics :: Summer on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

If you need encouragement to visit the Eastern Shore this summer, how about free crab rolls??  Starting on May 11, and running through July, stay two nights at the Brampton Inn mid-week (Sunday through Thursday) and you’ll receive a complimentary Crab Roll Picnic! Think lobster rolls like in Maine, but better: with delicious Maryland blue…

Apparently, April Showers bring Spring Weddings??

Historically June is considered the traditional “wedding month”. . . Somebody better tell that to April! We had 6 weddings in 24 days this past month!! That certainly is a lot of “I Dos”. According to the almanac:… “June is still the most popular month to marry, followed by August, July, May, and September.”  Hmm…still…

Tesla Supercharging Station :: New Technology in Chestertown

As any fan of The Jetsons will tell  you, many people of a certain age grew up thinking we’d have flying cars and our own personal jet-packs by now. “The year 2000” sounded so futuristic.  But Y2K came and went without fanfare; we all have tiny, portable computers; and yes, I guess Skype is a…

Earth Day Every Day :: Romantic Maryland B&B

If you grew up in a rural area, then you know that one sure sign of spring is laundry hanging out on a line. There’s nothing quite like the scent of clean linens that have been air-dried in the sun. Unfortunately, this is not a “perk” we can offer here at the Brampton, but we…

Fun & Simple Appetizers : Seeded Cheesy Wafers

Cheese Wafers

As spring hobbles in, and winter drags its muddy feet, we’re here, waiting for the actual season to change.  I suppose every March is like this but it does seem to be taking forever this year.  There’s really only one way to deal with weather that keeps us inside; that’s to start cooking and baking! …

Proud to be a Member of Select Registry

Michael and I opened the Brampton in 1987 and today the second generation, son Lucas and his wife Rachel Hanscom have joined the team. Back then shared baths were still acceptable. Thank goodness that is ancient history because today the guest experience at a Select Registry B&B or country inn surpasses that of many upscale chain hotels. Belonging to and being recognized…