The two of us escaped the big city to attend a friend’s wedding in St. Michaels. We searched high and low for an affordable yet nice place to stay. We arrived at the Two Swan and found a few cottages (some bigger than others) lining a small street which ended in the marina to an expansive view of the harbor. Cathy (Innkeeper) walked us up the street to show us the cottage that we would be staying, called "sunset". The cottage is striking at first glance because it had been restored to its near original appearance. After having some time to look around we found it to be very quaint and cozy. It was a reminder of how things used to be and probably still should be. It is a very clean and tidy two floor cottage with everything you need for a romantic getaway for two, including a fireplace. There are two private back porches to relax and listen to the sounds of harbor through the trees while drinking a glass of wine. I particularly enjoyed all of the little things around the house that showed historic value and American ingenuity. For instance, the sink in the bathroom was made from a re-purposed wooden Ironing board and the ceiling rafters are made from old ship boards. You can still see where the planks were nailed down.
The Two Swan is within walking distance of everything that St. Michael's has to offer. Cathy had plenty of literature on hand to give us a head start figuring out what we wanted to see. We stayed for 3 days, which we realized was not enough to enjoy all that was available. It felt like home away from home with a great adventurous twist.
Being along side of the Marina, you get to enjoy all of the sailing history up close and personal. A stroll down the pier revealed several beautiful sailing vessels. It just so happened, that there was a sailing event during our stay. We were able to see the crews of each sailing team and they were all very friendly as we walked among them. We saw how much work goes into sailing and racing these historic vessels as they aired and dried and repacked what seemed like endless bags of sails and wooden masts. These folks are dedicated to the long lived sailing traditions of St. Michaels. It is not every day that you get to see all of these things happen from your doorstep as you enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sunset from a rocking chair.
As evening arrives the town changes into a bustling nightlife scene. Everything from loud live music bars to quiet restaurants and even a few outdoor bistros are available. All within walking distance. There is plenty to do for all tastes and ages.
I must admit that I felt a little special as other tourists were walking around and we pulled into the driveway of our own cottage. If you want to get away and feel as though you have always lived in this quaint place.....you found it. For a change, I was not ready to go home when our stay was coming to an end… My wife and I wanted to stay. We will be back!