Kent Manor Inn might never have crossed this New Englander’s radar screen. After all, there are so many romantic B&Bs and inns in New England. However, while touring destination wedding venues on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay recently, I was delighted to discover this gem of an inn. Perhaps best known as an ideal waterfront wedding site, it’s also a historic inn open to the public with all the charm of a distinctive Maryland manor in the Annapolis region.
While the emphasis here is on Eastern Shore waterfront weddings and conferences or events, as we walked into the living room it was clear that there’s been an impressive effort to preserve the historic significance of this former 1800’s farmhouse. Decorated for the holidays, the Santa’s found throughout the inn complimented a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the common room, complete with a plate of Snickerdoodles, still warm from the oven. And yes, we helped ourselves!
Accommodations here adhere to authentic historic preservation with four poster beds, cozy window seats, wood burning Italian marble fireplaces and doors that open on to the balconies that wrap the front and back of the inn. Even the in-room telephones are reminiscent of yesteryear – modern in function, yet vintage in style. Yet, carefully integrated into the rooms are modern amenities like Keurig coffee makers, Wi-Fi and satellite TV, required by today’s travelers and tastefully blended so as not to take away from the period charm.
It’s easy to see why this Eastern Shore inn is the ideal function venue. The gazebo adjacent to a lovely Chesapeake Bay inlet on Thompson Creek creates the perfect wedding setting. A huge stately tree near the gazebo is hard to miss and yet another reminder of the inn’s heritage as a former farmhouse. The Garden House, surrounded by windows overlooking fields and waterfront and located adjacent to the rear of the inn, offers up what is clearly the site for many memorable wedding receptions and special functions. I’m looking forward to attending one there myself. The inn also offers, The Preserve, surrounded by gardens and fields, a larger wedding location for bigger parties too.
Yet for those simply looking for a romantic winter getaway or a home base to explore Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Kent Manor fits the bill perfectly. Book a room Monday through Thursday starting at $169 and a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast comes with your stay. Accommodations vary from the deluxe Bridal Suite or Alexander Suite to King bed rooms, doubles or double doubles, ideal for families (and children under 18 are free when they stay in their parents’ room). Kent Manor Inn offers many special dining options including Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffets, Easter, Mother’s Day and Christmas Eve dinners too.
When you’re traveling on Maryland’s Eastern Shore or are looking for a winter getaway outside New England, Kent Manor is great option. Romantic, historic and waterfront, this grand inn offers not only a getaway option, but an ideal wedding, corporate function or family reunion destination too.
When You Go:
Kent Manor Inn, 500 Kent Manor Drive, Kent Island, Stevensville, Maryland. Phone: 410-643-5757. www.kentmanor.com.
You can get there from here. From Boston it’s easy to find a direct flight to BWI. From there, rent a car drive through Annapolis and over the Bay Bridge to Kent Island; under an hour ride from BWI depending on traffic. A private air strip is found directly across from Kent Manor Road for those with private planes.
Comprised of 220 acres of woods and farmland, including a mile of waterfront, the land was part of a 1651 land grant and now offers 24 lovely guest rooms and suites, a number of wedding sites on property for anything from small to large weddings and a restaurant which serves special occasion meals. The hotel is easily accessed from Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C., and is only minutes from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.