A self admitted travel junkie, I thrive on exploring new places and areas. Even better is when it’s with someone I love. I recently took some time with my Mom to explore Easton and St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and the Tidewater Inn was the perfect place to relax and recharge.
Finding time to relax and recharge is really vital to keeping my creative juices flowing. Getting away for a long trip isn’t always that practical. Between kids schedules and a busy workweek my calendar fills fast. What I’m discovering is that a weekend away to really unplug can be just as rejuvenating.
My Mom was also up for a little belated Mother’s Day pampering so we decided to head out to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It’s an area that is only about 1½ hours from Annapolis and full of cute Americana small towns near the water.
Exploring Easton, Maryland
Our first stop was at the Tidewater Inn to check-in to our room and get our bearings. My first reaction was just how pretty this hotel is! It’s classic brick exterior, wide front porch and blooming flower boxes were all charming and the décor was the loveliest mix of both classic and modern. Basically you will feel right at home immediately! It had such pretty spaces that would make the most magical wedding setting.
After we freshened up in our suite, we asked the front desk for some recommendations. We were hungry and ready to shop! They gave us a map and pointed out a few great options. Everything is within a few blocks walk so we were able to leave our car parked and stroll. We headed to Bannings Tavern for mimosas and burgers (a killer combo!) and then enjoyed an afternoon of boutique shops in Easton’s cute downtown. My two favorites were Dragon Fly and Frugalicious. Later we relaxed in our room sipping on bubbles and catching up. It felt like all my stress was a million miles away!
Dinner at Hunter’s Tavern
Within the Tidewater Inn, is relaxed fine dining restaurant Hunter’s Tavern. The perfect spot for dinner! My Mom and I loved the atmosphere and our waitress was adorable. One of those people that you can just talk to comfortably for hours! I had the crab cakes served over fried green tomatoes and a corn relish. OMG this Maryland girl can honestly say they were some of the best crab cakes I’ve ever had! They are still in my food dreams begging me to come back for more. We then indulged in the Baked Alaska and again…so good! This is a restaurant worthy of your celebration dinner!
Not quite ready to head to our room, we opted for a drink at the bar after dinner. The bartender again was really fun. I guess there really is something to small town charm. The Tidewater Inn and Hunters Tavern staff were all so warm.
Exploring St. Michaels
The next morning we charged up with breakfast at the hotel and popped into a few more shops (yes we clearly have a shopping problem). Next up we headed to St. Michaels about 20 minutes away. It’s a nearby town directly on the water. As a special treat I had booked us massages at Spa at Harbor Inn. This spa is tucked into a waterfront hotel and has a very beachy zen vibe. Both of us really loved our massages and the service was great!
Now that we were all relaxed we walked through the St. Michaels downtown area and then settled on splitting a bottle of rose’ and Italian Panini at Limoncello. It was the perfect day to sit outside and people watch before heading home.
While this was a quick trip it was so relaxing. I got some much needed mother/daughter time in without the squeals of two rowdy little boys and went home ready to take on the week! I can’t wait to come back to the Tidewater Inn and explore more of Maryland’s Eastern Shore charming small towns!
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Accommodations were provided for the purposes of this review. All opinions expressed are my own.