Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, Maryland – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 18 April 2012
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Located on the banks of Maryland’s Eastern shores, the Inn at Perry Cabin offers guests arriving by boat free docking.  Lacking a boat, I drove The Diesel Driver’s new Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec long-term test car from Washington, D.C., a pleasant one hour, 45-minute drive.

Crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge brings you onto the rural Eastern Shore of Maryland and you suddenly feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city.  Continuing a bit farther brings you to St. Michaels, a small town located along a long, narrow neck of land along the Miles River.

Pulling up to the Inn at Perry Cabin, you realize you are stepping back in time.  The inn dates back to the colonial period and was originally built as a private home in 1816.  It is named after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the older brother of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, who opened Japan to foreign trade in the 1850s.


The Inn has 78 rooms (it’s a large inn) and each room is a bit different.  My one-bedroom suite had wonderful views of the property and waterfront and a rear patio.  The muted greys and whites fit the colonial décor perfectly.  Furniture included two chairs, one with an ottoman.

The bed was very comfortable and I woke up feeling refreshed and ready for an activity-packed day.

What didn’t fit in the bedroom, however, was the clunky, old-fashioned tube television set on a chest of drawers at the foot of the bed.  It marred what was otherwise an extremely elegant room.

The bathroom had a large soaking tub, a separate shower, and dual sinks.  Adjacent to the bathroom was a large, walk-in closet.

The suite’s separate living room featured a working gas fireplace, a comfy couch, side chair, and was just the place to relax on a cool autumn evening (with the fireplace lit).  There was a separate fold-out dining table that may be used for in-room dining if desired.

Inn staff members make sure to leave fresh apples in each room every day.

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