The White Swan Tavern is located in the middle of the historic district of Chestertown, Maryland, a town chock full of gorgeous Colonial homes (as well as lovely Victorians and other styles) and charming shops. The White Swan is simply irresistible to anyone who loves history and historic buildings. There's no mistaking this is a colonial-era building - the exterior, with brick and clapboard, looks just like it did when earlier travelers arrived by horseback, coach or ship. The interior boasts beautiful antiques and an atmosphere that transports the visitor back to colonial times. Tea is available from 3 to 5 every afternoon in one of the tavern's rooms downstairs, and includes a nice selection of teas and pastries. A continental breakfast is served in the same room as tea, with fruit, scones, croissants, juice and coffee available buffet-style. The room across the hall is fitted out with comfortable chairs for reading and tables for cards or a drink. Sitting in that room brings history alive, and it is easy to imagine conversations of politics (and revolutions!), games of Whist, and tankards of ale being served to boisterous locals and travelers two hundred years ago.
The rooms are charming as well, each different and distinctive. We stayed in a snug room with a canopy bed and slanting eaves that framed mullioned windows overlooking the back garden. The attached bath was spacious. Our (antique) bed was very firm, but comfortable. The only thing that was not great were the pillows, which were totally flat and didn't provide any neck or head support.
All in all, a lovely place. We enjoyed chatting with the innkeepers and other guests, and found the library with its cheery fire in the fireplace, very inviting. We will definitely go back soon.