I am reluctant to review the Sandaway if only because I want it all to myself and don't want it to become overcrowded such that my booking for next year is difficult. Yes, I have already decided to visit again next year, it was that wonderful.
We stayed at the Sandaway after what we called our "Magical History Tour" which took us from Gettysburg to Colonial Williamsburg. We wanted to find a place along the Chesapeake that would take us half the way home to New Jersey, and after a bit of research found this Inn. We booked what turned out to be Room 104, a charming loft with a view of the Bay. The room was clean, well kept and appointed, and the view from the loveseat in front of the bay window added to its charm.
It is a short walk (I am not exaggerating - it's about 30 steps) to the main house where you find snacks, ice, water, coffee and tea, and the most important corkscrew and wineglasses. (There are also lending books, games, and a tv, although even as an avid watcher, I had no need for it during this visit.) We enjoyed a glass of wine on the great lawn and just stared, endlessly, at the view. It is breathtaking. There is a beautiful blue heron that keeps watch over the property, and the family of ducks that comes for its food every night at about 6 or so is just too cute for words.
The town of Oxford is much like a town in New England. Quaint (and that is not a bad word by any stretch) and charming, it is a moment in time, unsullied by commerciality. An inn just down the road has a restaurant that you can walk to - unfortunately, a private party kept us from the main dining room and we ate in the Tavern/Pub - and the food is fine. I mean that sincerely; it won't knock your socks off but you'll have a good meal and will feel well sated...just don't ask for worcestershire sauce ~ they don't have any.
For breakfast we had the choice of light fare brought to our room in the morning or a 15% discount at the same inn where where had dinner; we opted for the latter. I think it would be easy for some to be put out that a hot breakfast wasn't provided on site, but I wasn't. The fact is that the cost of all the goodies that are provided gratis well makes up for any sense that one isn't get enough bang for his/her buck.
A great deal of thought clearly has gone into the guests and what they would find helpful to have handy. Frankly, a free bottle of water to have by my bed at night or as much coffee as I could possibly want means more to me than eggs in the morning.
(About that coffee... any way to have milk on hand in addition to the half 'n half?)
Because I live a drive away from the Sandaway, I very much look forward to going again... and again. It is a gorgeous spot in a sweet town, and there's no way not to have a truly relaxing time there. Next time, we'll book a room with a screened in porch so that the gnats don't take such a liking to my wine. :-D
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sandaway Waterfront Lodging has 18 B&B style accommodations in Oxford, MD - just seven miles from St. Michaels. Most rooms at Sandaway are waterfront with porches overlooking the Tred Avon River, Choptank River, and Chesapeake Bay. Guests at Sandaway can enjoy the waterfront lawn and private sandy beach. Sandaway is a member of Select Registry - Distinguished Inns, Small Hotels, and Bed and Breakfasts of North America. Oxford, Maryland was recently voted the best waterfront town in the world. Recent upgrades to Sandaway Waterfront Lodging include cable television in every accommodation. All Suites also now have a mini-fridge. The wireless high speed internet connection was recently upgraded. ... more less
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