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By David L. Taylor
Photography by David L. Taylor

Against the background of a rich Colonial history, modern luxuries provide an unparalleled experience for guests at the Inn at Perry Cabin. Located on the Eastern shore of Maryland in the Victorian resort town of St. Michaels, this jewel of a resort adorns the Miles River as it wends its way into the Chesapeake Bay. Spacious lawns, mature trees, and meticulous landscaping on the banks of this wide river lend a sense of timeless grandeur to this highly regarded, exclusive resort. The simple pleasure of sipping an evening cocktail, magically enhanced by the view of oyster boats returning to port and the passing of magnificent Skipjacks, can be enjoyed much the same as it was in 1816, when the house was built. Designed by purser Samuel Hambleton to resemble Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s cabin on the flagship USS Niagra, the restored and historically embellished manor house comprises the North wing of the Inn at Perry Cabin. The lively riverside ambience permeates the property, where superbly modern furnishings and design mingle with historical flourishes to rejuvenate and refine the vision of an intimate, distinguished inn of yesteryear. The quaint period décor in the handsome guestrooms recalls a simpler time, when one could enjoy views of the water that have changed little since those days.

Your first impression of the guestrooms is the attention to detail and the sophisticated furnishings. Solid, yet inviting furniture, stately fireplaces, dark stained polished wood floors, crisp linens on the upholstered sleigh beds, bold leather accent pieces lend an air of old-world comfort. Spacious guest bathrooms are complete with Italian marble tile and supplied with luxurious amenities. The warm taupes, soft blues, and smooth ivories contrast with the crisp white walls, while diverse fabrics in the guestrooms create a rich textural interest.

In the resort’s award wining restaurant Sherwood Landing- the only four diamond, four star restaurant in Maryland- lovely handpainted murals add a nautical touch to the elegant décor. Renowned chef Mark Salter, with his culinary mastery garnered from his impressive experiences at top hotels around the world, brings additional prestige to The Inn at Perry Cabin. Using the freshest local ingredients from the fertile Eastern Shore environs and the delectable flavors of the Chesapeake Bay area, Chef Salter’s culinary repertoire delights aficionados from around the world.

Atop Sherwood Landing a cupola which is a replica of the lighthouse at the neighboring Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum acts as a stately beacon to guests who liken their experience at The Inn At Perry Cabin to a stay at a idyllic seaside manor house. The romantically picturesque town of St.Michaels full of quaint antique shops, boutiques and restaurants, is a quick walk or bike ride away. In addition to exploring St. Michaels, numerous activities including golfing, fishing charters, sailing trips, area tours, hunting and sporting clays, and horse drawn carriage rides are available for your enjoyment. For more information, visitThe Inn At Perry Cabin, an Orient-Express Hotel.

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