This must be the best kept secret in the DC Metro area. Truly a slice of paradise, only an hour away by car! It is on Maryland's Western Shore (20 minutes South of Annapolis) so there is no going over the Bay Bridge.
We found ourselves sitting by the pool, listening to a live Jimmy Buffet style band, drinking frozen drinks, and looking out at the masts of the sailboats in the harbor. The crab cakes and fish were yummy, and they had good kid food. We felt like we were on an island a thousand miles away. They even import live palm trees every summer and plant them around the pool so it feels tropical.
There are a couple of small sandy beaches with some tiki huts, and you can rent sea kayaks and paddle boats. The rooms are cute and the property well-landscaped. We even enjoyed a fireworks show over the Bay on Saturday night because someone had arranged it as part of a wedding package (am told this happens a lot in the summer). Rooms are clean and respectable, but it isn't the Four Seasons. That said, nothing could be a more perfect, easy getaway for our family with kids, and all this without air travel!
- Also Known As:
- Herrington Harbour Hotel Friendship
- Herrington Harbour Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Beachfront Inn, with Chesapeake BAYFRONT AND BAYVIEW Guestrooms, was built in the 1950's Big Band Swing Era, accommodating guests from steamships arriving from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis, MD. The historic architecture of the Inn has been carefully preserved to offer you a relaxing, rejuvenating experience on the Chesapeake Bay.Transport yourself to a time of graceful living while enjoying your front porch rocking chair. Take a stroll through our beautifully landscaped gardens to access your Guestroom or to roam the Private Beach. Maybe an invigorating work-out at the gym, a sauna, a match of tennis, or a kayak excursion fits your pace. Whatever your pleasure, we welcome you as our guest! ... more less