The Whitehaven Hotel B&B is a gem hidden on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, about 1/2 an hour away from Salisbury. It is on the Wicomico River in the historic town of Whitehaven, which boasts having the oldest publicly operated ferry in the nation. The town also features a one-room schoolhouse and a small church. There's also a plantation mansion that is a private home. This is an excellent place to go if you literally want to get away from it all. There is little to do there except relax, although if you're feeling energetic, you can kayak, walk, or bike. The water and the landscape are both flat, perfect for almost everyone. Cell service is spotty. There are books and games available for guests.
The hotel itself is circa 1810. Filled with antiques, its welcoming common areas, intriguing hallways, and beautifully decorated guest rooms are a delight to the eye and the mind. The eight guest rooms (all with private baths!) and the pretty marsh and river scenery make it a perfect place for small family reunions, weddings, and the like. How cool would it be to take over the entire hotel??? One of my favorite things about the hotel is that it feels truly homey. It's not stuffy in the least.
The innkeeper Cindy is super sweet and helpful, but allows guests to enjoy themselves by themselves. Assistant innkeeper Jefferson is a treasure trove of local history. There is a small shop on premises that sells local art.
As is common, check in is greeted with wine and cheese, but the portions of both and the quality and variety of the snacks is better than is common. Breakfast is always gourmet delicious and beautifully presented, as are the occasional dinner events. Dinner out is more common, and there are a few decent choices within 30 minutes: The Red Roost (crab house plus) in Muddy Hole (yes, Muddy Hole), Boonies (great crab imperial) in Tyaskin, and Peaky's in Princess Anne (known for their fried chicken). The latter requires a ride across the ferry (and probably GPS), so be sure to check the ferry's operating hours, or a ride back to Salisbury and back down might be necessary. Salisbury has many chain and a few local restaurants.
The Whitehaven Hotel is truly a haven!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Whitehaven Hotel is a beautifully restored, historical Bed & Breakfast nestled on the Wicomico River with two docks for visiting boaters and sits beside a 300 year old Ferry (said to be the oldest in the Continental United States). It is a scenic 20 minute ride to Salisbury, Princess Anne or 45 min. ride to the Maryland beaches, but "who needs beaches with our views" and Maryland crabs waiting to be opened and savored only a few minutes down the road. The Whitehaven Hotel provides kayaks and bikes for its guests, I might add that the kayaking is unique with many vistas and waters ways to investigate, while our property is a sanctuary for birds. On any given day you may see eagles, osprey, purple martins, heron, hawks, red winged black birds, humming birds and many more species. It's a gem of a find. Our motto "Enter as Guests and leave as Friends." ... more less