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St Michaels Harbour Inn & Marina
101 N. Harbor Rd.
St. Michaels, Maryland 21663
410-745-9001 or 800-332-8994
St Michaels Harbour Inn Home Page

July 1998

Welcome to www.weloveourlife.com. This is our page dedicated to our experiences while staying at The St Michaels Harbour Inn, St. Michaels Maryland on the Eastern Shore.


Accommodations Amenities Food Bar/Lounge Service Attractions Dining Nightlife Weather Tips

Accommodations

The inn offers 46 suites and rooms, some with two-person whirlpools. We decided to go for the best in the house - we had a two-room suite on the second floor, overlooking the Miles River. The living room had a wet bar and refrigerator and coffee maker, as well as a sleeper sofa, stuffed chairs, table, and television. The bedroom was very comfortable and had a king-size bed and additional television. Both the living room and bedroom had entrances to the balcony, where we sat at night gazing out over the water. The bathroom was very large and inviting, and included a two-person whirlpool and a separate shower. It was one of the nicest suites we have ever stayed in. The furnishings were on the sparse side, light, and modern, but comfortable.

Inn Amenities

There is a pool that overlooks the water. A spa is at one end of the pool, although the temperature was turned up so high, no one used the spa the entire time we were there. There is also a small pool bar. There is an exercise room. Note that this is also a marina with 56 slips, and anyone staying at the marina can use the pool. We found this to be one unpleasasnt aspect of our stay; it seemed the boats docked at the marina were full of loud, unruly children, and even though there was no lifeguard present, many of the boat owners felt completely comfortable leaving their children by the pool (and other guests to fend for themselves). From the description of the inn, we had thought it would be more of an "adult" place, and were unpleasantly surprised that parents simply left their children at the pool by themselves.

Inn Food

The inn restaurant is "Windows on the Water" - fine dining. The only meal we ate in the restaurant was breakfast, which was fine.

Inn Bar/Lounge

There is a small outdoor pool bar, open in season, which serves up frozen drinks, a limited selection of beer, and other mixed drinks. There is also a small bar in the restaurant, which we visited for a drink. We arrived on a Friday, and a cocktail party was held in the lobby, complete with hors d'oeuvres.

Inn People/Service

The employees at the front desk were most courteous and willing to help with directions and restaurant suggestions.

Area/Attractions

St. Michaels is a small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake. It is known for its unique shops. There is a maritime museum in St. Michaels. There are a number of cruises available. The area is known for its fishing.

Dining

There are many good restaurants in St. Michaels. We also drove into Easton one night for dinner. There are some great pubs in Easton. Dining is one of the main attractions. Crab, of course, is everywhere - as is most seafood. Recommended:

208 Talbot 208 Talbot Street, St. Michaels, 410-745-3838
208 Talbot's Home Page
A casually elegant inn with lots of character and exquisite and creative cuisine. We ate a wonderful brunch there.

St. Michaels Crab House & Restaurant 305 Mulberry Street, St. Michaels, 410-745-3737
Crab House Home Page
On the harbor, casual setting, no-nonsense steamed crabs, steaks chicken. Indoor and outdoor. We hung out at the bar for awhile.

Michael Rork's Town Dock Restaurant 125 Mulberry Street, St. Michaels, 410-745-5577, 800-884-0103
Town Dock Home Page
Located on the harbor. Good service, great food, nice views, and great seafood as well as some other choices for landlubbers.

Nightlife

Jon & Mike's 125 Mulberry Street, 410-745-9211
Town Dock Home Page
This is upstairs from the Town Dock Restaurant. It is a huge classic cocktail lounge with deep sofas and vintage lounge lizard music. The windows afford great views of the harbor. Cigars perimtted. The perfect place to unwind after dinner. They know how to make all the drinks your parents would order!

The Carpenter Street Saloon has pool tables upstairs.

We found they roll up the sidewalks pretty early in St. Michaels and on the Eastern Shore in general. Take along some of your own spirits and/or aperitifs and a midnight snack to enjoy out on the balcony when all is quiet and all you can hear is the lapping of the water alongside the boats.

Weather

We were in St. Michaels in mid-July 1998, from Friday to Monday, and the weather was at its hottest. During mid-day, the temperature was in the mid-90s and the only places that were comfortable were out on the water, in the water, or in air-conditioning. The temperature did not go below the mid-70s at night. If you go there in the summer, air-conditioning is essential. September and early October are also pleasant times to visit, as this is the lower end of the mid-Atlantic region, and the warmer temperature extend into the fall.

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