Last Friday I drove from Baltimore to the Great Oak Manor on the Eastern Shore of Maryland near Chestertown. The traffic-free drive was so much more enjoyable than Friday night drives to the Eastern Shore beaches in the summer!
The Great Oak Manor innkeepers gave me a tour of the place when I arrived and made sure I was comfortable for the night. Since I arrived after dark after on a chilly night, I immediately lit a fire in my room’s fireplace and started reading a trashy romance novel found in the manor’s library.
Port and sherry after dinner drinks were available in the music room had it not been dry January for me. The innkeeper had baked some molasses cookies and put them in the little communal kitchen. I ate four (!) along with some Diet Pepsi for my late night snack.
My room was named Marmaduke and contained a real wood-burning fireplace, king-sized bed, dressing room, TV, and sitting area. It was a gigantic, yet cozy room.
I am a firm believer that every hotel room needs to have one of these power plugins next to the bed. Historical hotels and B&Bs especially, never have enough electrical outlets! This blogger needs her gear charged up. Thank you Great Oaks Manor for the foresight to think of your guests and their addictions to technology
After staying up way too late reading my trashy romance novel, in the morning I meandered down the grand staircase to drink some much needed caffeine.
I settled in the atrium area to get my first daytime views of the Chesapeake Bay and the snowy grounds surrounding Great Oak Manor.
The atrium is my 2nd favorite room in the manor besides the library. It is the perfect spot to sip some morning coffee and read the newspaper.
If the weather had been warmer, my coffee would have been consumed in these Adirondack chairs parked outside by the Chesapeake Bay.
Other great areas inside Great Oak Manor include the sitting areas outside the guest suites,
The grand staircase where you can picture fancy ladies in fancy dresses walking down to meet their dates,
The music room where guests are free to tickle the ivories if the temptation gets the best of them,
And the warm weather porch which would also be a good book reading room in the summer months.
But the library still wins. Someday when I win Powerball I will have a library in my house too.
Or maybe I’ll just buy the Great Oak Manor with it’s beautiful conservatories and Chesapeake Bay views all for myself
Talking about what I would do with my Powerball winnings aside, let’s talk about food! My included breakfast at Great Oak Manor was my favorite meal of the entire weekend. Greek yogurt with raspberries and blueberries to start off this healthy meal.
The breakfast entrée included apple cinnamon oatmeal pancakes with turkey bacon and egg cups. Sweet and savory to capture the best tastes of breakfast while not being a giant calorie fest. I ate everything and felt stuffed but not overly stuffed.
Two very delicious thumbs up!
After checking out I drove towards Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge in an effort to walk off my breakfast, see some migrating birds, and just be outside in the sun. Then it was onto eclectic and fun Chestertown for shopping and more eating.
If you are in the mood to get out of the city for a night or two, consider Great Oak Manor as your destination. They have some great mid-winter specials to cure your need for the outdoors while still being warm and cozy.
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to get to work with Select Registry on visiting some of their Maryland properties this winter. All opinions and photos are my own!