New Yorkers know how to work hard and play hard–and when the weekends hit, it’s time to relax and unwind. With Summer Fridays upon us, you’ve got to take advantage of all your PTO and live your best #endlesssummer life. Between long work days, small living quarters, and the general crippling anxiety and stress that comes with living in New York City, getting away for the weekend is completely essential – especially since you can spend it eating local crabs and oysters, boating around Chesapeake Bay, biking into an adorable town, or fine tuning your golf swing all at The Inn at Perry Cabin. Located in the quintessential seaside town of St. Michaels Maryland, which is a three and a half hour drive from Manhattan but also easily accessible by train, the Inn and the town has all of this, not to mention a resounding history dating to the 1770s. In fact (interesting historical nugget), legend has it that during the war of 1812, the townspeople blew out their lanterns and hung decoy lanterns high in the trees just beyond the town, tricking the British into firing their cannons over the town! Trust me, if you go to St. Michaels, Maryland, you’ll be happy that they hung those laterns high, so you can still enjoy this beautiful piece of the Chesapeake today.
The Inn at Perry Cabin, is like driving into a real life postcard-perfect port town. Blending sophisticated luxury with the essence of Atlantic coast nautical charm. The Inn is a converted farm situated on 26 acres of lush greenery. The original farm has history dating back to 1812. Today, it is home to an inn, spa, restaurant, bar, special event venues (plural), tennis courts, and the final Golf Course that was designed by the legendary (my step-Dad informed me he was legendary) Pete Dye. You’ll wake up to sweeping views of green and the glint of sunrises off the water. You may see a boat just outside your window sailing in. The highlight of the day might just be the inn’s breakfast, which takes place in the dining room and feels like home cooking at its very best. I’m still dreaming about the fresh croissants every morning. They are the best I’ve ever had (and I have been to Paris a few times!).
Let’s talk about the food. The Stars Restaurant (Located in the Inn), is world-class. You wouldn’t necessarily expect such incredible food from an unassuming Inn, but this restaurant’s innovative seasonal menu, with its focus on local farm partnerships, could easily be found in any top restaurant in New York City. Hotel guests, as well as locals all flock to dine here. Also, be sure to plan for a cocktail at the bar before dinner. It’s beautiful!
This five star Inn prides itself on service that goes above and beyond. Each member of the staff knows your name, and is at your service for anything at all you might need. I was amazed by our waiter, Chance, who managed to memorize everyone’s name at our table of twelve. Perhaps more importantly, his attention to detail emphasizes that the inn, and The Stars Restaurant, are both a cut above anything you’re used to when it comes to hospitality. Noticing that I did not drink, Chance would offer me sparkling apple cider while my party drank champagne. It’s these subtle touches and picturesque surroundings that make the Inn at Perry Cabin the epitome of what an East Coast American Getaway should be!
There are definitely many regulars here at Perry Cabin, whether they come every year on their anniversary, or occasionally for dinner at the restaurant, and you can bet that the hotel remembers every single one of their names and stories. The staff here is dedicated to making every guest feel like the VIPs that they are, and I absolutely love that. I actually had the pleasure of getting to know one of the VIP couples, as they joined us on our sailing adventure. Every year, to celebrate the commencement of the season, The Inn at Perry Cabin has what they call the “Return of the Fleet”. This was no ordinary sailing experience. We were aboard a pristine sail boat, with endless drinks, and champagne flowing and a lunch that would just be #picnicgoals. A 4 hour sail from Annapolis to our dock at the Inn, where we were greeted by a bagpipe player, and an endless supply of bubbly sponsored by Veuve Clicquot and h’ors deorves. Walking off of the boat to a line of waitresses on either side definitely made me feel like royalty. For those who can’t experience this momentous occasion, the Inn offers daily sailing, and is actually the home to a sailing academy!
And then there’s all the little touches in the room that go into making it feel like a home-away-from-home. Homemade chocolate chip cookies are placed on your pillow each night, and there are modern conveniences like an iphone speaker dock. The cozy fireplaces, super-soft hotel robes and huge bathtubs all leave you feeling ultra-relaxed, and ultra-pampered, and may make it hard to ever leave the room.
The Inn at Perry Cabin truly felt like a summer vacation for me. Once we got to the room, I immediately switched into this adorable summer romper and we headed out to explore the property. One of my favorite parts of the hotel was the location. I can’t even describe the beautiful views of the property since it’s directly on the water. There are Adirondack chairs right up against the water, complete with a fire pit for cozy nights on the property. There are also adorable swinging benches for you to relax on and look out over the water. It’s SUCH a relaxing property, but for the person that loves activities, all can be found in one place at the Inn at Perry Cabin.
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