2. Brampton Bed & Breakfast Inn
Inns and outs: Built in 1860, this former peach plantation is a quiet bed and breakfast built for couples looking to take the stress of urban living and turn it down about ten notches.
Relaxation starts when… You cross over the Bay Bridge. Here, the traffic thins and the Maryland countryside stretches out on both sides of you. Turn up the radio and put the top down – you’re free.
Room-inations: Country living meets Eastern shore plantation. Ten guestrooms themed by color, each individually appointed, not surprisingly, by its namesake. Fireplaces are standard. Some rooms have saunas. Country antiques and canopied beds add to the plantation charm. Keep a window cracked when you light up the fire, however … they can get a bit smoky.
Breakfast: Guests receive a choice of breakfasts, which are cooked to order. The cranberry muffins are perhaps the best you’ll ever have. Complimentary tea is served each afternoon.
Get romantic: Rent the green room, which has access to the belvedere, which offers celestial star-gazing for the perfect spot to pop the question (if the stars are aligned.) Or, simply stroll the grounds after a languid cup of tea on the veranda.
When you’re not sleeping… Meander through nearby Chestertown. Founded in 1706, this quaint main-street town is on the Chester River and has numerous arts, crafts and antique shops. For dining, try Julia‘s (410-758-0471) in nearby Centerville or Andy‘s (410-778-6779) in Chestertown for a more casual hometown pub feel.
Rates range from $175 to $295; www.bramptoninn.com; (866) 305-1860