Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland is a charming respite for city-dwellers looking to escape the grind for a weekend of waterfront relaxation.
The hotel draws people in, offering locals and visitors alike a fine-dining experience unique to the area that is only enhanced by the surroundings: glowing fire pits lining the Miles River and picture-perfect gazebos framed by mature trees. Even breakfast at the property is indulgent with apple waffles liberally dusted with powdered sugar and made from apples grown on-site (there are more than 100 apple, peach, pear, and cherry trees on the hotel grounds).
The culinary focus compliments the hotel’s other offerings, like it’s sailing academy in which guests can learn to glide on the resort’s fleet of Alerion Yachts. (Guests can also book the 55-foot Hinckley from Annapolis to arrive at the inn by boat.)
The hotel comes to life as the sun goes down, the casual Purser’s Pub buzzing with a pre-dinner crowd enjoying a drink by a roaring fireplace before tucking in to James’ multicourse menu at STARS. It’s a different experience every night, he explained, thanks to a middle-of-the-day menu huddle and a meticulous focus on using the freshest ingredients possible, offering both an “earth-to-table” vegan menu and a “nose-to-tail” approach for everything else.
But beyond the top-notch food and elegant decor of the inn (famous for its part in the “Wedding Crashers” movie) lies the town of St. Michaels, itself a charming row of red brick-paved streets and mom-and-pop shops stocking sweater-wearing duck figurines and holiday decorations. The local pharmacy stands as a welcome throwback…
Stroll down the quiet two-lane Talbot Street before making your way over to the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum where you can explore the area’s history with boat building. Visit the latest exhibit, Dove Tales, set to open in April, where travelers can dig into a representation of the Maryland Dove, which brought colonists to Maryland in 1634.