Friday, December 5, 2008

3 Inns in 3 Months: Inn at Perry Cabin

This is the third in a series of three posts about visits to local Inns.

Elizabeth writes: It was November and I was packing my bags again this time for a trip to The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michael’s Maryland.

This was a birthday trip for me and I had spent hours on the internet searching for the perfect retreat for the get away. It is comical that after months of researching where I would go, I actually ended up reserving my room (whispering on the phone during a wedding) less than 18 hours before check-in. The Inn met all my requirements: comfortable, private, a spa, a waterview, and within driving distance. Best of all, they were having a wonderful Fall promotion with discounted room rates. It was all I needed.

I had THE BEST time ever! Each day was filled with shopping at boutiques and antique stores in the quaint towns of Easton, St. Michaels and Oxford, eating fabulous food and just plain relaxing. The Inn also offers an afternoon tea each day but I was never back in time to experience the tea.

My sleeping room was in the historic part of the manor house and was furnished with American antiques and lovely accessories. The bathroom was tiled with Italian marble and all the linens were Frette! The view was amazing as the room’s large windows faced directly on The Miles River. Each morning the lawn and the water would be filled with geese as they paused on the river during their migration south.

The staff at The Inn were kind, professional, friendly and accommodating. The small touches like filling the ice bucket in the room twice a day, bringing warm, homemade cookies to the room before bedtime during turn-down service and supplying Molton and Brown (delish) oatmeal bath soap did not go unnoticed. The housekeeping staff even noticed that I was drinking all the bottled (free!) water they supplied in the room and left me extra the next day. I love that kind of attention to detail.

The weather had turned very cold while I was there and it was so comforting to be at a place with a fireplace at every turn. One of my favorite things to do there was sitting in the Pub at The Inn in front of the roaring fireplace with a cocktail. I really could live there.

The Linden Spa is located at The Inn and was very nice. I have been to many spas over the years and I really felt this one was superior to some of the more expensive and well-known spas I have visited. The spa flip flops they provided were so great that I purchased a new pair before leaving.

This trip was so perfect that I honestly had to pinch myself. I did not want to leave and can’t wait to return for another St. Michael’s get-away. This Inn gets my highest recommendation and more information can be found on

The Inn at Perry Cabin is part of the fine Orient-Express hotel group and has 78 sleeping rooms. Some of their accolades:

Conde Nast Traveler “The World’s Best Places To Stay” – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008
AAA Four Diamond 1994 - 2004
Travel + Leisure "T+L 500 - The World's Best Hotels" - 2007
"Top 100 Hotels: Continental US and Canada" - 2007
Zagat’s“Travel Top Hotel in the State of Maryland” - 1997, 2003, 2004
Mobil Awards 1992 - 2005
Wine Spectator“Award of Excellence” - 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006
The Food Network"Best of Water Front Tables" – 2004
AAA Four Diamond Award

Mobil Four Star
The Baltimore Sun"Four Stars for Food and Beverages"