We recently spent three nights at the Inn at Onancock [pronounced a-NAN-cock] and found it to be as special as described by previous reviewers. The inn is located in the heart of Onancock and within easy walking distance of the shops and restaurants of the village. It is important to appreciate that Onancock is NOT St. Michael's MD. It is a small village that still feels like one but with a charming little commercial centre and several good restaurants. If you enjoy quiet strolls down tree-lined residential streets or kayaking on a serene creek, you will enjoy Onancock . We enjoyed the short stroll down to the town wharf for a drink on the wharf-side patio at Mallard's of the Wharf. on a couple of occasions to enjoy the late afternoon sun.
Bur for me, it is the inn and, in particular, the innkeepers, Kris and Lisa that made our visitto Onancock so special. They really understand the essence of the B&B experience. From the initial telephone call to make the reservation until the final good-bye in the parking lot, Kris and Lisa went beyond what would be expected to make us feel welcome in their home. We have stayed at many B&B's, and this is one of the best. In our initial phone call, Kris described the restaurants in town and made reservations for dinner at several of them for us well before we arrived. Because they understand that a good night's sleep is crucial to a pleasant and restful vacation the beds and linens are of an incredibly high standard (1000 thread count sheets, I think) and very, very comfortable. You can choose from several kinds of pillows which is of great value to someone like me (as I frequently travel with my own pillow because of the awful pillows that some B&B's provide).
But the real highlight of the inns is Lisa's cooking. Breakfast each morning was a culinary delight - fresh fruit [sometimes raw, sometimes baked or broiled] with yogurt and Lisa's delicious granola, then the main course [we had a roasted vegetable omelet one morning and light and fluffy pancakes with fresh peaches and maple syrup on another], then "dessert" [fruit tarts and fruit squares] plus freshly-made biscuits one morning [heavenly!] and lots of coffee, tea and juices. If you left the table hungry, it was really your own fault!
Many inns provide "snacks" in theafternoon [often a plate of cookies plus beverages] but Lisa and Kris host a cocktail hour each evening in the living room or on the spacious wrap-around porch, weather permitting. We were invited to join them to sample local and imported wines, served with cheese and crackers and canapes freshly-made by Lisa. Who knew that dried apricots wrapped in bacon could be so tasty! It was a great opportunity to get better acquainted with the innkeepers and get tips on things to see and do in the area from other guests.
I recommend the Inn at Onancock without hesitation and look forward to our return with anticipation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arrive as Guests - Leave as Friends Enjoy refined relaxation at a premier bed and breakfast on Virginia's eastern shore. Every room at The Inn at Onancock boasts updated private en suite bathrooms, feather-topped beds dressed in freshly pressed 1000-thread count luxury linens, full gourmet breakfasts & our signature Wine Down Hour. Our Wine Down hour provides select wines and Inn-made hors d'oeuvres, but more importantly, a time to sit together and visit with new friends. The Inn is located within historic downtown with restaurants for every taste, art galleries and antique shops, and the deep-water wharf that provides immediate access to the Bay. Central air and free WiFi is available throughout the house. ... more less
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