Elegant Waterfront Inn Set Amid Rolling Countryside
For more than a mile, Thompson Creek, an offshoot of the Chesapeake Bay, winds alongside a sprawling 220-acre tract of land that once belonged to the family who gave the creek its name. Amid the verdant, rolling hills stands the historical Kent Manor Inn, a cupola-crowned wooden mansion restored to reflect the original building's 1820 design. Through the lobby, where soft floral prints and dark wood impart an aura of stately elegance, visitors head upstairs to find rooms waiting with complimentary champagne.
Each king or double-double room houses its own collection of antique furnishings. Many rooms (which are subject to availability) feature four-poster beds, private balconies, and sweeping views of the grounds. Two double beds or one king-size bed, swathed in fluffy floral linens, stand on an ornate oriental rug with a private bathroom situated off to the side.
In the morning, hungry travelers pad downstairs to the classic English dining room for a complimentary continental breakfast of steaming coffee and fresh pastries. Kent Manor Inn loans out sea kayaks and bicycles free of charge, allowing guests to splash and pedal their way through acre after acre of glinting water and woodland trails. Lavishly landscaped flower gardens set the stage for quiet afternoon ambles.
Stevensville, Maryland: Waterside Attractions Close to Cultural Amusements
Both Baltimore and Washington DC lie within a short distance of the Kent Manor Inn, but the immediate vicinity also beguiles visitors with gorgeous natural scenery and historical, quaint towns. In nearby Annapolis, a three-hour narrated culinary walk, led by a guide in period costume or an anachronistic rodeo-clown outfit, traces the state capital's history through its architecture and cuisine. Golfers tee off at the area's championship courses, and nature lovers stroll through Terrapin Nature Park's 4,000 acres of pristine, protected shoreline. To cap off the day, local restaurants serve classic Maryland crab cakes in front of windows looking out on twilit views of boats bobbing in the bay.