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“Wonderful restored inn in the heart of historic Chestertown” 5 of 5 stars
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White Swan Tavern
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231 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620   |  
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Ranked #7 of 12 Chestertown B&B and Inns
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“Wonderful restored inn in the heart of historic Chestertown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

Spent a night here as part of a girl’s getaway weekend, and it was perfect. Neither of us had ever been to Chestertown and didn’t know quite what to expect, so we were delighted to find ourselves in an incredibly historic and charming town and a beautifully restored inn right in the heart of it! We arrived just in time for tea on Friday afternoon. We were greeted warmly by our host. Given a choice of breakfast in our room or in the communal dining room, we opted to have it brought to our room, but our server noticed us enjoying the patio early the next morning and asked if we’d like it brought there. Yes, it was just a continental breakfast (a previous reviewer complained), but we had yogurt, juice, breads and muffins and good coffee. It was a fine start to the day, and Chestertown has no lack of eateries for lunch and dinner. We loved our large room and private bath in the old kitchen. The White Swan was especially a find because many B&B’s on the Eastern Shore we looked at did not have any rooms with 2 beds, or if they did, they required a 2-night minimum on a weekend in the summer. We considered ourselves very lucky to have ended up here!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

The White Swan Tavern is the premiere place to stay in Chestertown. The friendly and knowledgeable innkeeper and the wonderful colonial feel make this a unique experience to be remembered!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

This was our second visit to The White Swan Tavern, and I enjoy it and Chestertown more each time we return! On this visit, we stayed in the John Lovegrove Kitchen, which is a very large room with a beautiful stone furnace/firepalce and two beds. It is very private, as it sits apart in the back of the property, and overlooks a lovely garden and sitting area. I especially like that it has a seperate entrance from the rest of the White Swan. I've also stayed in the Wilmer Room, which is also charmingly authentic to the period. I really appreciate the warm and friendly staff, as well as the beautiful common rooms and sitting areas of the B&B. This has proven to be a great choice for a stay on Maryland's Eastern Shore!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

We went to Chestertown for the Tea Party Festival, including the 10 miler race. There were 4 women in our party so we stayed in the T.W. Eliason Victorian Suite and it was perfect. We arrived a little early prepared to store our bags and go to the festival but the cleaning crew was able to get the room ready early due to their early departure. They were very kind about it. We loved the patio area outside the inn's back entrance and enjoyed having a few drinks under the shaded trees. The location was perfect for us as we were able to enjoy the town's festivities without driving anywhere. The inn keeper is very friendly and helpful. I have two critiques. One is the twin bed in the suite is very, very soft and jiggles when sleeping. I woke a lot during the night because of this. The other is that the continental breakfast is a bit lacking. These are not deal breakers though as I would recommend this place to anyone visiting the area.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2011

This inn is full of the past (in a good way!) and feels as if you have stepped back into America's early history. You can easily visualise people settled around the tables and in the parlour discussing issues of the day. We stayed in the John Lovegrove Kitchen which was great fun, and beautifully appointed.
The inn is centrally situated in the pretty town, with plenty of parking and the welcome from the staff and innkeeper were warm and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2010

I came here with my boyfriend for a wedding. The location is absolutely perfect - very close to everything, including the water. Very charming B&B, beautiful grounds. Very romantic spot to spend a weekend.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Annapolis, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2009

My wife and I stayed at the White Swan earlier this month to celebrate our 13th anniversary. It was an absolutely perfect stay. The White Swan is the most charming historic B&B I've ever been to -- and we've been to many. Its location is perfect -- right in the heart of colonial Chestertown, with an easy walk to the Chester River waterfront, restaurants, and shops. This is most definitely the finest inn on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and ab absolute must-stay for a romantic get-away weekend. I couldn't recommend it more highly.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 231 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620
Location: United States > Maryland > Chestertown
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Chestertown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6

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