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“a gem of a restored 18th-century inn in the historic town center” 5 of 5 stars
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White Swan Tavern
231 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620   |  
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Ranked #5 of 12 Chestertown B&B and Inns
Rhode Island
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“a gem of a restored 18th-century inn in the historic town center”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

My wife and I have stayed at the White Swan Tavern several times over the past fifteen years, and always loved being there. The inn is completely unique in our experience; being small-scale, intimate, magnificently restored and filled with items consistent with eighteenth-century colonial American design. The two front rooms available for all guests to use on the ground floor give such an authentic ambience of a colonial era inn that you have to remind yourself that you not in a museum setting such as Williamsburg. One of the rooms is set up as a colonial-era tavern would be, with a variety of tables and chairs - now used as the setting for guests' breakfast. The library on the ground floor is very comfortably furnished like a living room in a fine colonial-era house, has a working fireplace for use in the colder months, and a writing desk with captain's chair. It also has an unobtrusive, small tv set.
On this visit, my wife and I were there with our three adult children and their spouses, to celebrate our anniversary and the birthday of one of our children. We had four rooms, all of them exceedingly comfortable and beautifully furnished and decorated in 18th-century style.
The attention to detail and historical authenticity is remarkable. We know of no place that equals it. The moldings and walls in all the rooms are freshly painted. The rooms are kept spotlessly clean and tidy.
There is a large bricked patio at the back that looks out over a large and well-kept garden area.
The patio is equipped with several wrought iron type tables and chairs. The weather was ideal during the weekend we were there this time, and our family sat outside a lot, listening to the birdsong, talking and sipping coffee in the morning and wine before dinner.
The staff of the White Swan Tavern was consistently welcoming and helpful; from the time I contacted them to make reservations several months before our visit, to preparing our rooms before we arrived, offering suggestions for dining and activities during our stay, booking restaurants for our group of eight, and being there for us whenever we asked for their help.
We were very pleased to have been able to meet - and personally thank - the owner as well as the manager and the friendly staff of the Tavern.
There are several very good restaurants in Chestertown. We ate at three of them, and we were very happy with each of them.
We could not have asked for a more peaceful, beautiful place to celebrate these family events together.
We always look forward to our visits at the White Swan Tavern. And now our children do too.

Room Tip: Our family had four rooms for a weekend visit; all were very comfortable and wonderfully furnished w...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Lusby, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Charming historical inn. Very friendly, helpful staff have all been there many years. We had several lively conversations with innkeeper Wayne. We came for the Downrigging (tall ships) and Sat. the weather was terrible and Wayne lit all the fireplaces and some of the candles Sat. night. There is a small television downstairs, which was great for checking on the dramatic weather that was closing in. We went to the Farmer's Market Sat. AM, which was excellent. The Quilt Show was fabulous. We will come back and with better weather we will spend more time walking around town. We enjoyed Afternoon Tea at the White Swan which is scheduled 3-5pm. Hot tea and the lit fireplace on a cold, very rainy Sat. afternoon was just wonderful.

Room Tip: All the rooms are quite large and very quiet for being in the middle of town.
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  • Stayed October 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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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

We have stayed here on several occasions over the span of 10 years, the most recent being this month. It hasn't changed a bit! The rooms are generally spacious and authentically decorated. Old wood floors add to the charm and to the creakiness. Breakfast is set out on a tray at the time you designate and consists of your beverages selected (coffee, tea, juice), a basket of buns and breads, yogurt, jam and butter. They also provide a variety of boxed cereals on a side table. It is possible to eat in your room or on the patio tables, but we like the atmosphere of the old tavern room.
Be prepared to be without wireless internet and TV or phone in your room.
The location can't be beat, since it is in the center of town and within walking distance to the river, the coffee shop and several restaurants - 2 of them quite fine.

Room Tip: There are two ground floor suites.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

Our stay at the White Swan was nothing short of memorable. The entire experience was authentic and very romantic. Our room was beautiful and inviting; it was spacious, yet provided an atmosphere of intimacy and comfort. The rich history of the tavern was only enhanced by the incredibly knowledgeable and approachable inn-keeper. The staff was genuinely friendly and accommodating, which was refreshing. We have already made plans to return!! I recommend the White Swan to friends looking for a unique and relaxing getaway any time of the year.

  • 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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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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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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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!

Room Tip: The John Lovegrove Kitchen provides privacy as it has a seperate entrance from the B&B
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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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Address: 231 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620
Location: United States > Maryland > Chestertown
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Ranked #5 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Chestertown
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