Saturday, June 8, 2013

where to rest and relax in st. michaels, md

One thing you'll notice as soon as you arrive in St. Michaels is the laid-back atmosphere that has carried over from its days as a sleepy, fishing town. Rest and relaxation is the name of the game here. Even if your budget isn't huge, you can find great places to stay in St. Michaels. I've highlighted an option that's easier on the pocket and another that's defines boutique-luxury. 

For budget friendly accommodations in St. Michaels, I suggest using VRBO. If you're willing to do a little research, you can find a place that fits your budget and your vacation needs.

We stayed at the above VBRO. It was on the water and had some fun amenities: kayaks, a hammock, and small library of books. But, it was lacking in housekeeping. I have a huge appreciation for housekeeping after the time I spent in housekeeping at Blackberry Farm. Thus, I know I can be too picky concerning cleanliness at a vacation property, so I try to tone this down. But, when we arrived there was a used coffee cup still sitting on the coffee table and they had used toiletries in the showers (even a used bar of soap--ugh). I'd rather not have any toletries at all than have used ones. I guess that's the nature of VBRO--you never know exactly what you're going to get. Despite the housekeeping flaws, we still enjoyed our time there and I wouldn't hesitate to rent in St. Michaels again. (But, I'd probably ask a few more questions about housekeeping next time.)

For those of you who want to spend more for perks like impeccable housekeeping, turndown service with fresh baked cookies, and complimentary bicycles to explore St. Michaels, the The Inn at Perry Cabin is the perfect place to stay. The inn is also the home to the best restaurant in St. Michaels (more on that to come in a later post). I'm also a sucker to any hotel that has afternoon tea, which is served every day from 3 to 5 pm. 

The decor perfectly blends the traditional style of the Eastern Shore with a lightness that makes the rooms feel airy and restful--instead of the dark, heaviness that can sometimes come with traditional hotel suites. And, the landscaping is gorgeous with fresh blooms and gardens covering the property.  Whether spending time in you room or exploring the Chesapeake, The Inn at Perry Cabin will not disappoint. If it fits in your travel budget, this would definitely be my recommendation for an Eastern Shore vacation. 

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