Monday, June 16, 2014

Easton, Maryland

I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Easton, Maryland for the wedding of my husband's cousin. It is a beautiful little town, truly, although very very pricey. We arrived an hour and half later then we had planned due to a severe backup at the bridge crossing the Chesapeake Bay. Due to the rain and wind, the path across the bridge had been taken down by the number of lanes accessible, which is understandable. What we found irritable, however, was the fact that eleven lanes from the toll booths, were trying to merge into only two lanes. Hardly anyone in the inner two lanes were allowing others to merge, causing a major back-up and several annoyed drivers from the sounds of car horns that we heard. Upon arriving to Easton, we found our hotel in the middle of the town, which was lovely. Unfortunately, everything in town, save for the bars, all seemed to close at 5:30, even though it was a Friday, which left my husband and myself, who are not drinkers, with nothing to do except walk around the closed town.
 We stayed at the Tidewater Inn, a historic hotel which was by far the most beautiful hotel I have ever seen. The staff was friendly and the rooms, although rather small, were quite quaint. They gave off a wonderful old feeling, but the old, heavy doors were quite loud when closing them and more than once I was awoken in the night by other guests entering and leaving their rooms. Originally built in 1891 as a wood-framed building known as the Hotel Avon, the inn suffered destruction by fire in 1944. In 1947 a local businessman broke ground on a state of the art, world class hotel and on September 3, 1949 the Tidewater Inn opened. A lovely sheet containing the brief history of the hotel was given to me upon arrival, which stated that many famous faces have been welcome to the hotel, such as: Bing Crosby, the Williams sisters, Elvis Presley, and Elizabeth Taylor among others.

Our stay was very enjoyable. Our only complaint, however, was the prices. The hotel itself, although stunningly beautiful, was far too pricy. There was no free breakfast, only coffee and a newspaper (although they did offer a buffet, but it cost around $16 a person), no pool, and no workout room. Everything in town, pricey as well, opened late and closed early, leaving those visiting with nothing to do for a good chunk of the day. Channels available to watch on the televisions in the rooms were limited (ours actually wasn't working and maintenance had to fix it), the room was horribly cold from a non-adjustable AC, no mini fridges in the basic rooms, they had an ice machine however the only place to get water from aside from the bathroom since was the main lobby of the vending machine.

All in all, if I had to rate them, I would give them 4 stars out of 5 because although the hotel was lovely and historic, it really didn't offer much for the price. And now for some pictures!
Hotel courtyard (This angle of picture doesn't really do it justice)

Hotel Loby

Beautiful Staircase in the Lobby (they only go up to the second floor, then you have to take the elevator to the third and fourth floors)

View of the Courtyard from our room

Our room (my son took the bed on the right and enjoyed it greatly)

Hand napkins to dry hands off with. Very thick :)

Street signs nearby the hotel

Front entrance of the hotel

Looking down the stairs

Banquet room or ballroom, I'm not too sure.

View from our window at night.

Waking up the first morning. We forgot to close the blinds.

The Hunters' Tavern. Very delicious food.

More of the Hunters' Tavern

Bannings Tavern across the street from the hotel. I wanted to try their food so much, but never got the chance.

Fountain in the courtyard
Courtyard the morning we were leaving.

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