The date I mentioned was a visit for the Solomons Christmas boat parade, which is quite a spectacle ... and a better view of it cannot be had than from The Inn's own back yard. Stand on either of their piers and you're 100 feet from the boats as they pass by.
But ... this trip was the latest of about 40 that we've made to The Inn. It's a place of refreshment for Judy and me, and we're always there in the spring and fall. We chose it for our 40th anniversary. The Great Room is a beautiful place to spend a rainy day reading and looking out over the extraordinary gardens. Throughout the house, walls are decorated with the owner's paintings. 50 feet from the north pier is a pylon with an osprey nest on it, and -- at the right time of the year -- you can stand at the end of the pier and photograph them bringing food to their young. We've stayed in all of the rooms, and each has its own, very distinctive, charm. I would say that it feels like being home when you stay there, except that few of us have a home that nice.
The breakfasts? I have only two complaints -- too much and too good! Eat in the comfortable period dining room, or at garden tables. My favorite is the eggs Benedict on Saturdays.
Location? Within walking distance of a great maritime museum, gift shops, a superb boardwalk ice cream shop, an eclectic art gallery without a snob in the place, and at least 7 excellent restaurants of all price ranges -- most with outdoor marina dining. A moonlight walk out the causeway and around the island and back to The Inn again is about 2 miles. We've spent weekends there when we didn't move the car until we, reluctantly, left for home again. Take a ride over the Patuxent River bridge to St. Mary's county and get a view of about 20 miles of the river, then visit many historical spots going back to the early 1600's ... plus a great used bookstore in Leonardtown ... and don't miss Patuxent River Appreciation Days (Solomons) and the Oyster Festival (St. Mary's Co. Fairgrounds), usually on successive weekend in late September or early October. See where all the rehearsals for D-Day were practiced. Enjoy the museum at PAX River Naval Air Station, just across the river from The Island itself. I enjoy sitting in The Inn's back yard and watching a variety of "super-spook" Navy aircraft flying around.
Carol is a great concierge, and she can have reservations waiting for you at an excellent restaurant for your first night there.
The Inn is catty-corner to a Catholic church, and there are two Protestant churches within easy walking distance.
The Back Creek Inn is one of those enchanted spots that we always go back to. The staff are friendly and helpful, and nowhere in the world will you find a better-stocked cookie jar!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of historic southern Maryland, the Back Creek Inn offers a unique blend of old and modern conveniences. For over 125 years, this waterman's home has stood on the tree-lined banks of Back Creek. First a private residence, this home now celebrates its 28th year as a waterside Bed & Breakfast Retreat. The Back Creek, one of southern Maryland's scenic waterways along which the Inn is nestled, merges with the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay. Sailing and motorized boating guests may dock at one of the two slips available at the Inn's dock. ... more less