For travelers coming from Washington, D.C., Virginia and the western shore of Maryland, there is no easier property to get to on Maryland’s Eastern Shore than this one. The newly opened Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville on Kent Island, is situated in the shadow of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, luring drivers to its many charms from a small beach front to its charming gardens to its farm-to-table restaurant to its new spa. The design of the 54-room boutique hotel is best described as industrial chic meets farmhouse sleek. Not a bad way to kick off a relaxing getaway.
Despite it’s location adjacent to Route 50, the rooms are blissfully free of noise. New construction has ensured that what happens outdoors stays outdoors. The interior design is carried through to the rooms, with sliding farm doors and metal lamps paired with rough-hewn wood tables and stone fireplaces. On one side of the property, rooms have views of the surrounding farm fields, along with the property’s gardens, including its new hops crop. On the other side, those...more
At 31 square miles, Kent Island is the largest—and nearest—island in the bay.
Do: Stop by the Chesapeake Exploration Center (425 Piney Narrows Rd.; 410-604-2100), a museum/visitors center, to get your bearings, then walk or bike the 6.5-mile Cross Island Trail through woods and wetlands before ending at Terrapin Nature Park, with its patch of sand and great views of the Bay Bridge.
Eat: Kent Narrows is crazy with seafood restaurants, from venerableHarris Crab House (433 Kent Narrows Way; 410-827-9500) to the Jimmy Buffet-esque Jetty Restaurant and Dock Bar (201 Wells Cove Rd.; 410-827-4959).
The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club had the pleasure of hosting President Jimmy Carter, former First Lady Rosalynn, The Carter Center and over 300 guests on Thursday evening. Guests arrived by Watermark Cruises and enjoyed an evening on the Chesapeake Bay picking crabs, listening to live music by Eastport Oyster Boys, playing lawn games and perusing exhibitions showcasing our area and the Chesapeake Bay. It was truly an honor being a part of this special event!
Congratulations to President Carter as he celebrates the 70th anniversary of his graduation from the United States Naval Academy! We also want to extend him and his lovely wife Rosalynn a very Happy 70th Wedding Anniversary which they will be celebrating on July 7th.more
FIRST OFF THE BEACH --- Starting on Monday, June 27th Knoxie's Table will be featuring "Dogfish Head Distilling Co." - Compelling Gin, Analog Vodka and Whole Leaf Gin. One of the most identifiable craft brands now available on our cocktail menu! Knoxie's will be the first non beach restaurant to offer these delicious spirits! Come give them a taste as we whip up some tasty crafted cocktails.more
By Janice Gary
Would you like to eat outdoors or indoors?" our hostess asked.
The question startled me. We had just walked through a hotel lobby so new you could still smell the paint, and I was trying to get a sense of the restaurant before me.
A rustic fireplace dominated the center of the room. Caramel-colored booths hugged the walls. Lamps ensconced in slatted market baskets hung from the ceiling. But through an open door, summer beckoned along with the soft laughter of diners enjoying the warm evening air. After a long, cool spring, eating outdoors was an irresistible option so we all opted for the patio and took our seats just as a flock of geese sailed through the sky on their way to the open waters of the Cheapeake Bay.
Opened in November, Knoxie's Table is part of an ambitious expansion at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, which includes an upscale Inn, a newly opened spa and a restaurant headed by Chef Paul Shiley.
The term "farm to table" is ubiquitous now, but Chef Paul Shiley has been establishing relationships with local Eastern Shore farmers and fishermen for...more
By Mike Davis
Stevensville - In 1998, John Wilson began a project to build a waterfront campus on Kent Island and a year later the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club was completed and functioning. About 17 years later, Wilson and the Beach Club have opened their newest facility: The Spa.
On Thursday, June 2, Queen Anne's County elected officials, employees, friends and community members gathered at The Spa for its official ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the facility. The expansion was made possible with the help of $300,000 from the county's Economic Development Incentive Fund. In receiving the money, the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club will have to create 29 jobs.
The Spa, located at 180 Pier One Road, provides massage, body and facial treatments, manicures and pedicures, salon services, waxing and tinting as well as bridal services.
Having entered into a 99-year property lease with the county, Wilson said he thought the county was welcoming and great to work with.
"Some of the folks asked us about what we thought of the facility so far," he said. "We were...more
By Cameron Niemand
Shore StyleMust-visit hot spots on and around the bay
GETAWAY ON THE BAY Opened in October 2015, The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club combines rustic charm and modern chic for a blissful getaway or special event. Situated just over the Bay Bridge in Stevensville, Maryland, the inn houses 54 guest rooms and suites—including the Bay Bridge Suite. All boast custom furnishings and views of the nearby bay. Guests enjoy fine dining at Knoxie’s Table, where chef Paul Shiley serves up local, seasonal fare, while The Market offers specialty foods and a café menu. A full-service spa will open May 1. Rooms start at $176 per night. baybeachclub.com/the-inn
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Liz, a program manager for the government, and Tom, a high school physics teacher, met working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
After dating for a year and a half, they traveled to Hatteras, South Carolina, for a week together. “After a few days of relaxation we were about to start making dinner when Tom suggested we make sesame seed encrusted tilapia, the first meal we had ever made together,” Liz remembers. “As per usual we divided up the tasks for preparing the meal when Tom assigned me the task of coating the tilapia with sesame seeds. Little did I know there was a little surprise waiting for me in the bottom of the Sesame Seed bag. As I start to pour the seeds onto a plate I noticed we never thawed the tilapia! I suggested we enjoy a glass of wine while we wait, but Tom could barely contain himself when he insisted we get back to prepping.” At this point, Tom didn’t know if the ring was already on the plate covered in seeds or still in the bag so he suggested Liz pour out the remaining seeds. “Me not knowing anything disagreed...more
Today our landscape team in partnership with Chester River Landscaping is officially planting hops at THE INN. Over 250 individual plants will be planted today that will consist of four different varietals (descriptions detailed below). As the plants mature over the coming weeks, string will be added from the ground to the top wire of the trellis structure to help direct the vine. We anticipate some of these plants to grow up to one foot a day, that's right ONE FOOT a day. Before we know it we will have a beautiful wall of hops.
By Mary Lou Baker // Photography by Tony Lewis, Jr.
Welcome Home with a Seat at Knoxie’s Table at The Inn
It took a team of A-listers to create a veritable village on the Stevensville shore of the Chesapeake Bay—an evolving project that began in 1999 when visionary John Wilson built the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. Popular primarily as a waterfront wedding and event venue, it slipped from general public consciousness until late last year, when Wilson opened the luxe inn on the property and named its centerpiece restaurant Knoxie’s Table after his wife.
She should be pleased. Seating at well-spaced tables under a soaring ceiling where lamps shaded with market baskets shed a soft glow and framed drawings of food illustrate the restaurant’s local farm-to-table aesthetic. An adjoining space features a bar area and fireplace with a stone façade where diners are seated on comfortable couches or at tables.
Esteemed Eastern Shore Executive Chef Paul Shiley, an alum of The Tidewater...more
By Lisa A. Lewis // Photography by Stephen Buchanan
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Excitement was in the air this past fall (and continues to be), when the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club celebrated the grand opening of The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club (The Inn), the newest addition to its waterfront property. It’s been a long journey—involving a lot of planning and labor—but the expansion is finally complete. Indeed, a four-story luxury boutique inn now stands on the site where ground was officially broken in the fall of 2014. The Inn also features a variety of accommodations, including a full-service restaurant, a gourmet market and café, and private event venues.
Located in Stevensville, on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore, the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club has been offering event venues, cuisine, service, and experiences for both leisure and...more
Beth Stang, Estate Gardener for the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
If you have been by The Inn at The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, you may have asked yourself what those tall wooden pyramids are all about. They are placed at each end of what appears to be a bed of mulch but clearly something is missing. Many curious minds have inquired and to those who were too shy to ask, I have an answer that will make you feel at ease and maybe even slightly intoxicated....Hops! Humulus lupulus
In the coming weeks we will be working on the trellis system for the Hops. Traditionally, Hops are grown on a trellis at least 20 feet high as they are very vigorous growers....growing up to 1 foot in a day! Farmers may allow 2 strong vines from each plant to grow up the coir twine creating a V pattern along the rows. Once the Hop cones have reached their maturity, the vines are cut down and the precious jewels that is the main ingredients in Americas favorite beverage is harvested. This method of growing will use chemicals for treating pest and disease.
Another method of growing Hops is call the Short Trellis system where the support is only 10 feet...more
We have been hosting our bridal show in some capacity every January for many, many years. Every year we have the opportunity to partner with the most talented local vendors that go above and beyond as we invite our upcoming Beach Club couples, new couples and couples simply looking to be inspired and meet the best of the best. This year's show was even bigger and more grand as we officially unveiled our newest property, The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. Over 150 vendors displayed their incredible work throughout eight beautifully designed venues, each with its own unique theme and style. It took nearly six months of planning, weeks of setup, countless hours of preparation and eight photo shoots that all led to us opening our doors to over 500 guests as they got to experience Bow Ties & Bubbly. We can't wait as each of these photo shoots get published so we can share even more photos from what we think is our best show yet!
To our amazing vendor partners, thank you so much for participating in our Bow Ties & Bubbly Wedding Event! We could not have done it...more
We’re all about creating experiences. And our latest handiwork, opening this fall adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, offers a memorable one.
Tucked along the Chesapeake Bay, in an area better known for boating and watersports, DAS created The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, a farmstead retreat celebrating the fertile coastal soil of the bay’s Kent Island in Maryland.
Whether you’re a local popping in for a visit to the Inn’s lobby marketplace lush with local produce, a diner for the evening at one of the two farm-(and bay)-to-table restaurants, or a guest in one of the cozy-chic rooms with charming details and breathtaking views, visitors to the new Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club will be hard-pressed to forget the property’s captivating, rustic ambiance that revels in the fruits of the earth.
We created the space for our client as a destination in and of itself, where visitors can come to take a class, enjoy a concert, participate in family activities, or experience a quiet romantic getaway in an environment completely unique to the...more
Stevensville, MD - In preparation for this holiday season, pastry elves at The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club have been working overtime to create an oversized holiday Croquembouch. This delectable sweet delight located in the hotel lobby, stands 8 ½ feet tall and consists of 1,734 profiteroles made from scratch and meticulously placed creating an awe inspiring holiday exhibit. The Inn’s talented pastry team, led by Pastry Chef Kelly Germerhausen began construction on this enormous structure in July. In conjunction with the opening of Knoxie’s Table and The Market, Chef Germerhausen and her team worked tirelessly creating this holiday spectacular which was unveiled in the hotel lobby this week.
The hotel lobby has been transformed with holiday decorations inspired by a farm-to-table theme created by the talented team from Monteray Farms Flowers and Gifts of Trappe, Maryland.
In spirit of the season, The Inn is offering local friends and family a special holiday inspired package! Enjoy “...more
The Sunset Ballroom will be dressed for an elegant sea-side reception in hues of blues, whites and subtle blush undertones. The room is designed for that couple that wants to embrace the coastal surroundings while forgoing the traditional beach elements. Join us for #bowtiesandbubbly on Saturday, January 9th from 12p to 3p. www.bowtiesandbubblyevent.com/
Designer | Claire Duran Weddings & Events
Florist | Intrigue Design & Decormore
Making its debut for this year’s event, The Inn Ballroom will be transformed for Bow Ties & Bubbly by the extraordinary 2hands Studios and Rhonda Kaplan Floral Design.
We all love to dream of traveling to a romantic spot filled with adventure and who better to travel with than your love. 2hands Studios is so excited to inspire you on a journey through their bohemian, travel inspired room filled with dreams of romance. You'll be ready to take on the world ... together!
Designer | 2hands Studios – Event Design
Florist | Rhonda Kaplan Floral Design
Photographer | Brooke Michelle Photography
For tickets and more information, visit www.bowtiesandbubblyevent.com.more
It’s that time of year again! After months of initial planning, we are excited to officially announce that tickets are available for our upcoming Bridal Show – Bow Ties & Bubbly. We would love for you to join us on Saturday, January 9th for an afternoon with the areas most talented wedding vendors. We are so very excited to incorporate our new Inn and restaurant into this year’s show. Keep checking back for a sneak peek into the design inspiration for each of our beautiful waterfront venues.
For tickets and more information, visit www.bowtiesandbubblyevent.com.more
The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club will start welcoming guests this month at our newest property — The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. On Tuesday, October 6th, The Inn hosted the official "Pie Cutting" celebration, our version of a traditional ribbon cutting. Local county government officials, Chamber of Commerce and the Conference and Visitor Bureau were in attendance to commemorate the forthcoming opening.more
The Beach Club family grew by leaps and bounds this week as we welcomed many of our new employees to The Inn. With less than two weeks until opening, we are sorting through multiple shipping containers and moving items into their places. A check list appears on each guest room door detailing every item that needs to be moved into that specific room - Hair Dryer, Iron, (2) Bathrobes, Hangers, Clock and the list goes on and on. The guest rooms are near completion as we look forward to welcoming our first guests a week from Friday.
The rustic wood ceiling in Knoxie's Table is being installed this week. It is a time consuming process with each piece taking roughly 20 minutes to be hung by three workers. It is worth the time and effort as this detail is spectacular. Another favorite detail are the three "funky" light fixtures that will hang over KNOXIE'S TABLE. This will truly become the focus of this space.
The last of the kitchen equipment is being installed in hopes of getting our culinary team on site in two weeks. We are fortunate to have additional kitchen...more
Located on the first floor of The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Knoxie's Table will bring an innovative dining concept to Kent Island this fall. The menu will draw inspiration from our very own Chef Garden and Greenhouse along with utilizing local farmers and watermen to create seasonal dishes featuring the area’s finest ingredients. Knoxie’s is our way of connecting locals and special guests to the very best of the Chesapeake Region. The rustic décor will feature 150-seats with table and booth style seating, custom barrel light fixtures, wood panel bar front with stone bar top and views of the gardens beyond, creating an indoor/outdoor dining and bar experience. The terrace will feature outdoor bar, high and low cocktail dining seating, along with comfortable lounge seating with oversized umbrellas for daytime and bistro string lighting for evenings.more
With approximately a month to go until opening things are quickly shaping up at The Inn. Every passing day brings big changes with this weeks biggest change being the landscape and hardscape of the property. Dozens of 20'+ mature trees arrived this morning and have been planted in the front of The Inn with dozens upon dozens more arriving in the next few weeks. The stone work for the outdoor fireplace and pit are in place with the fountain being finished up this week which will create an outdoor oasis for our guests. Furniture for the fourth flour arrived yesterday and crews are busy assembling and placing in each of the guest rooms and suites. Headboards and television mounts are starting to be hung with pictures and window treatments scheduled to go up next week. Once the fourth floor is complete, crews will work their way down to the 3rd, 2nd and finish up on the lobby level.
Stay tuned as we share more details about The Inn and what you can expect once we are open for business!more
As we come into the fall season, we start looking at our menus for the following year. While most items stay put, we do change out a few based on popularity and also throw in a few trendy items for those looking to have fun with their menu selections.
A few years ago, we introduced our Appetizer & Beer Paring menu and it has been a favorite ever since. Most of our couples are introduced to this PAIRED HORS D'OEUVRES STATION at our wedding tasting and once they see it it is hard to not include it on their menu. Our Chef's work closely with local breweries to pair craft beers with bite size appetizers and it truly is a match made in heaven.
A few of our favorite selections include...
The Inn features 54 luxury boutique guest rooms and suites that are beautifully appointed with high end furnishings designed by the award winning Hospitality architectural and interior design firm DAS. Texture, pattern and color take center stage for the décor within each guest room with each room type offering varying furnishings and color palettes in cool and warm tones. All guest rooms are situated on the second, third and fourth floors of the Inn and offer sweeping views of the Chesapeake Bay and the Inn’s extensive gardens.
Guest rooms are designed to appeal to leisure and business travelers offering contemporary bathrooms, resort style amenities and state-of-the-art technology. The guest rooms consist of king and double queen standard rooms, junior suites and spacious custom suites.
Two of our custom suites feature a built in bar and custom salon vanity along with an additional shared living room for groups to gather. The junior and custom suites offer separate living and sleeping areas with a sleeper sofa affording additional accommodations for families.more
As we approach our opening date, we are quickly starting to see years of planning come together. The exterior and interior spaces are transforming into the renderings and floor plans that we have been studying for months. In a matter of weeks, we will start to see many of the interior design details unfold as DAS, our architect and interior designer arrives on site to start placing the FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment) items.
The first floor of the Inn is a stunning gathering place for guests and locals offering a relaxed yet lively atmosphere. Guests will be welcomed into the hotel through two sets of double doors leading into an expansive lobby featuring stamped concrete floors and two custom oversized wrought iron chandeliers. A large area rug with a warm color palette of deep oranges, browns and soft blues will be placed under a round settee that will become the focal point of this exquisite space. The large front desk is set to the right and sits in front of a floor to ceiling rustic stone wall. Small furniture groupings will be scattered throughout with...more
A lot has happened in the past six weeks. The Inn went from essentially an empty shell to now having defined rooms on every floor, two permanent concrete staircases, completed plumbing (minus the fixtures), parking lot and most importantly power. The Spa (scheduled to open in December) is starting to take shape with the framing and walls up and the roof nearing completion. As we move into August, construction workers will be diligently working towards completing the guest room floors as furniture and fixtures are scheduled to be installed in the middle of the month. We are looking forward to having our interior design team onsite to ensure delivery and placement is flawless. With roughly 12 weeks remaining until opening, we are sprinting to the finish line!
While the construction site has been moving along, we have been busy working on all the amenities that our guests will experience while they are with us. We received a delivery today for hair dryers and irons with dozens upon dozens of other items scheduled for delivery over the coming months. The menus for Knoxie’s...more
We have been looking forward to this day for a very long time...welcome to our new website! The most exciting thing about this site is that we are in the drivers seat and get to easily update content and photos. Our family is growing with the addition of The Inn and with that comes a lot of information we want to send your way.
After years of having a blog that got very little attention, we will posting on a regular basis keeping you in the loop. Our future posts will range from Inn Progress Updates to Real Wedding Features to Vendor Spotlights and many more.
We would like to thank the amazing photographers that have given us permission to use their beautiful images. This website would be nothing without you and we are forever grateful to showcase your work that showcases our beautiful property.more
We are seeing steady progress at the construction site for The Inn with an opening date just around the corner - roughly four months to be exact. Over the past couple months, we have seen a noticeable difference in both the exterior and interior of the building with the overall site starting to take shape. In a few short weeks, we have seen the most dramatic changes that have truly transformed the property.
We couldn't be more excited to keep you in the loop of the progress and the things we are doing to get ready to open the doors for our guests. The countdown has officially begun and we are still anticipating an October opening date!
As always...stay tuned!more