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First Look at the Chesapeake's Newest Luxury Boutique Inn

Hotel & Resort | Patrick Clarke | November 16, 2015

First Look at the Chesapeake's Newest Luxury Boutique Inn

Photos by Patrick Clarke

For the past two decades, Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Beach Club has been a favorite attraction for wedding and event planners. But now, you no longer need a reason to celebrate to visit the premier waterfront destination.

That's because last month, the new Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club began welcoming its first guests.

Situated along the Chesapeake Bay's eastern shore in Stevensville, Maryland, the recently-completed four-star luxury boutique inn features 54 guestrooms and suites, many boasting gorgeous views of the Chesapeake Bay, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the nearby Bay Bridge Airport and Marina as well as Kent Island.

On a recent stay, I was fortunate enough to reserve a premiere balcony guestroom on the hotel's fourth floor, which provided the perfect viewpoint to take in a sublime fall sunset.

The next day — after brewing a couple cups of coffee with the French press — we were also able to watch from the balcony as Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Pride passed under the Bay Bridge on its way back to homeport in Baltimore. 

Inside the rooms, the first thing that captures your attention is the relaxed look and feel. The design — which the Inn describes as "rustic charm and contemporary chic" — is complemented by lavish amenities that include a wall-mounted flat screen television and a heavenly king size bed. 

Other convenient and somewhat unexpected features included complimentary Wi-Fi and a universal phone charger equipped with several different connectors. Even my outdated Pantech Flex was able to connect without issue.

In addition to the private balcony and homey room, the spacious bathroom, tall shower and barn door closet were unforeseen but welcome amenities. Meanwhile, the roomy desks and comfortable seating are sure to be a hit with business travelers.

While the guestrooms and suites are located on the Inn's second, third and fourth floors, there's arguably even more going on on the ground level.

After parking (it's free and no permits needed), arriving guests are greeted by a calm and spacious lobby featuring tons of seating, a television, a fireplace and a seemingly endless supply of coffee table books ranging from local guides to well-known novels.

In addition to a fitness center stocked with towels and bottled water and a private meeting room, the first floor houses Knoxie's Table, a 150-seat full service restaurant where fresh, locally sourced ingredients are the name of the game. The menu features plenty of unique seafood dishes (I recommend you start with a bowl of the Chesapeake Gumbo) as well as a wide selection of local craft beers, including brews from Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery.

The cocktails at Knoxie's Table are also one-of-a-kind. For example, the "Bee's Knees" combines gin, lemon and local honey to form an unexpectedly refreshing drink.

Located right alongside Knoxie's Table is the Market, which management expects to open in the coming days. Once open, "the food lover's paradise" will offer a gourmet cafe menu serving breakfast and lunch. While the cafe will stop serving at 10:30 a.m. on weekends and 3 p.m. on weekdays, the marketplace will remain open into the afternoon and evening for guests and visitors interested in doing a bit of local shopping. 

While there aren't a ton of tourist attractions in the immediate area, the state capital of Annapolis is just minutes away and the perfect destination for a day trip.

Depending on the season, the Inn's expansive outdoor space is perfect for relaxing, checking emails or hosting an event. There's no shortage of seating and gardens to explore. Here, rocking chairs, firepits and fountains help create a relaxing atmosphere. 

Relaxation is a theme at the Inn, though. Next month, the hotel will continue its evolution with the opening of a luxury spa offering massages, facials and skincare treatments. Also slated are spa packages for hotel guests.

To learn more about the Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club visit the hotel's official website.

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