Inn at Perry Cabin
Maryland, DC and The South, United States of America
At a Glance
Take a dip in the heated horizon-edge swimming pool in the landscaped walled garden
Full range of spa services that focus on pampering, rejuvenation and wellness
Enjoy refined-but-relaxed river front dining in their restaurant which fresh seasonal ingredients from local farmers and fishermen.
Learn to sail on one of the inn's beautiful sailing boats
Choose from a selection of interesting daily activities, from garden tours to wine tasting, all included within your stay
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Saint Michaels is considered a resort town, and gets most of its visitors during the summer, when beaches, restaurants and hotels can get a bit crowded. Consider going right before or after the peak season, in May or September, to find thinner crowds and more affordable rates. The weather is still very comfortable and the amenities are still open. This is also a good time for those interesting in boating and fishing.
Keep in mind that Saint Michaels hosts the annual Mid-Atlantic Maritime Festival the third weekend each May. The town fills up quickly during this three-day festival as visitors and locals come together to celebrate the area’s maritime history. It’s a fun time to be in town, but be prepared for crowds and book your accommodations far in advance.
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With its romantic waterfront setting on Chesapeake Bay and colonial clapboard vernacular, Inn at Perry Cabin is the epitome of southern charm and one of America’s most refined small luxury hotels.
Inn at Perry Cabin makes a perfect escape from the wonks of DC and offers a chance to relax in beautiful surroundings, enjoy superb spa treatments, feast on fresh crab and oysters, and explore the glories of Chesapeake Bay by sail or on bicycle. The Inn is surrounded by centuries-old gardens with lush lawns and riots of flowers. Wooden benches and Adirondack chairs look out onto the Miles River and make the perfect spot for a lazy afternoon reading a favorite book or watching the boats come and go.
The hotel retains an intimate and exclusive feel and has just 78 guest rooms including 26 suites, many with fireplaces and separate living areas. The bright and airy bedrooms boast gleaming chrome lamps and cool slate floors, with a décor that is contemporary and gently nautical with sepia photos and sketches of sailboats and shells lining the walls. The Waterfront Master Suite is especially lovely with its sweeping views and beautifully characterful art objects. Spacious bathrooms are fitted out with Italian marble tiles, fine linens, and a generous supply of luxurious amenities. Most have separate soaking tubs.
The hotel’s restaurant, offers waterfront dining, floor-to-ceiling windows and delicious seasonal foods sourced from the local environment. Every afternoon a traditional English afternoon tea is served in the drawing room. The Pursers Pub with its courtyard and open-hearth fireplace is a relaxed informal place to sample a Bloody Mary over a game of backgammon or a cooling daiquiri in summer.
The Spa at Perry Cabin is one of the best on the East Coast and includes a number of signature treatments such as a clay and flower massage and a Herbal Remedy Massage, an ancient recipe of healing herbs that focuses on calming and detoxifying pressure points.
The hotel’s outdoor infinity pool is stunningly situated in a walled garden and is open during the summer months. If you’d like to explore, there are plenty of options. Spend the day sailing, pack a picnic, take one of the free bikes and discover the magical charm of St Michaels with its immaculately kept colonial, federal and Victorian homes and handsome churches.
The hotel has just 78 guest rooms including 26 suites, many with fireplaces and separate living areas.
From spacious suites with impressive sweeping water views to cosier colonial rooms with private garden patios, all the rooms are contemporary, charming and bright.
The inn has been more adult focussed in the past, however, is now welcoming more families. Facilities-wise, it does lend itself more toward older children to make the most of everything on offer.
The inn offers a program of daily activities which are included within your stay on a complimentary basis. Each day there will be between 4 and 6 scheduled activities which will vary between fitness classes, whiskey and wine tastings, guided tours of the gardens, lectures on the history of the area s'mores by the fire, reiki or stand up paddle board classes, tennis sessions and arts and crafts. The activities change daily and are seasonally focussed. Guests must sign up for these and places are limited.
Overlooking the Miles River, the hotel's restaurant serves delicious seasonal cuisine sourced from the local area. Guests can also opt for al fresco breakfast and lunch on the patio. Daily afternoon tea with a selection of delicious home-made tea breads, English scones, lemon curd and preserves and blended teas is a delight for the sweet-toothed. Whilst the Purser’s Pub, well known for its signature Chesapeake Retriever cocktail, provides the perfect spot for a game of backgammon or chess and a nightcap.
Pack a picnic, take one of the free bikes and discover the magical charm of St Michaels with its immaculately kept colonial, federal and Victorian homes and handsome churches. You will also find maritime and art museums, quaint farmers markets and antique shops packed full of antiquities. The nearby towns of Royal Oak, Easton and Oxford also offer numerous opportunities to discover hidden treasures.
The Inn at Perry Cabin is also home to the Chesapeake Bay’s Offshore Sailing School, choose from the signature three-day Learn to Sail course, or relax and learn in half-day sessions over five-days. Courses are available any time April through November.
The inn has it's own fleet of 6 boats, both sailing and motor vessels, which operate trips out during the summer season. These can be arranged on a private basis or with other guests.
Guests have access to the exclusive Links Golf Course designed by Pete Dye, which is just a couple of minutes drive from the inn. There are also 8 HD golf simulators with state of the art technology so guests can practice their swing at a variety of golf courses from St Andrew's to Pebble Beach. Lessons with the Jim McLean golf school can also be arranged.
For tennis enthusiasts there are 3 Har-Tru tennis courts which are flood lighted and open seasonally. Lessons with a tennis pro are available.
Kayaks and paddle boards are also available for guests to use on a complimentary basis.
Anna Bleasdale (Staff)
I have longed to come to this lovely looking inn on the waters edge of Chesapeake Bay. Ever since I first saw pictures of it, with its clapboard style faade, Adirondack chairs on the lawns and sailing boats bobbing in the water just a stones throw from the inn, I thought I would like it. I was wrong, I LOVE it! Sometimes when you have such high expectations of a place, you are let down, but the inn at Perry Cabin just continued to surprise and delight from the very start. The drive in was the first part, the small town of St Michaels is just 10 minutes walk from the inn and has a varied selection of boutiques, quirky gift shops, cafes, ice creameries and restaurants. It looked very inviting and I took a stroll through whilst I waited for my room to be ready. I was in a water view suite which was just heavenly. The view of the lawns spilling down to the waters edge, the sound of the crickets chirping away and the light and spaciousness of the room were just captivating. Although tempted to never leave my balcony, I took a stroll down to the waterfront where they were lighting the fire pits for pre dinner drinks as the sun dipped down. The sailboats were straining at their ropes, keen to get out and take advantage of the strengthening breeze coming in you can charter these out for sunset sails or even take a multi day sailing course with them. Theyre beautiful, wooden boats, a reminder of the sailing heritage of this whole area. The maritime museum is just next door to the inn and although time didnt allow me to visit, Im promised its a fascinating place. Dinner is an event. Stars restaurant affords wonderful water views, its large enough to have a nice atmosphere yet small enough to be intimate. The food portions are small but sublime, and the peach cake (I am all about the desserts) was just fabulous. I roll into bed and drift off to the cricket sounds again. The next morning, up early, a swim in the generously sized pool which is just the perfect temperature, and a longing look in to the spa (it smells so good in there) is all I have time for before heading to the airport. Im so sad to leave, there wasnt enough time to truly experience all the lovely little touches this inn has. Its a haven from city life, tranquil and luxurious, yet family friendly enough. Sadly no beaches in this area, but Im informed that guests often swim off the paddle boards and canoes that they can take out at leisure. Oh and the Brackish (half saltwater and half freshwater) is perfect for seafood too! Maybe next time
Location & directions
Maryland, DC and The South, United States of America
Situated on Maryland's Eastern Shore in the Victorian resort town of St Michaels. Prestigious Talbot County boasts the most shoreline in the continental US and is considered one of the premier destinations in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond is ideally situated less than 2-hours from Washington DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia while New York City is less than 4-hours away.