I don't have the words to describe how wonderful the Fairholme is, from the facilities and amenities to the breakfasts and the fabulous hosts.
The photos I've uploaded don't quite capture how absolutely gorgeous it is, inside and out. We booked the Penthouse Suite for just over a week and felt we were getting a fantastic deal. Waking up every morning after a great night's sleep and watching the sun rise over the ocean and mountains while seated in our living room was a special treat that we won't ever forget. We also couldn't get over how quiet it was--bordered by the Government House grounds and the Fairholme's own garden, we felt we were quite alone in our lovely suite. Peace ruled the day during our stay.
Sylvia and Ross are simply spectacular. They are warm, welcoming, natural hosts who are happy and eager to make sure your stay is nothing short of perfect; they are also ready with restaurant, shopping, and activity recommendations--do listen to them! The fresh flowers throughout our room and the common areas were a thoughtful and bright touch.
The breakfasts are every bit as delicious as the reviews make out, with immaculate presentation and preparation. Sylvia's cookbooks are worth the few extra dollars, as well. I made her Sweet Marscapone and Strawberry Turnovers within a couple of days of coming home, and everyone declared them both impressive and delicious.
I simply cannot say enough good things about Fairholme. We were honestly quite heartbroken to leave and hope we can return soon. In the meantime, we'll make do with homemade scones, muffins, souffles, and the like from fabulous Sylvia's cookbooks.
I would like to note that Fairholme is within walking distance of the Inner Harbor, as long as you are reasonably fit. It is uphill coming back but only takes about 20-25 minutes. The walk will help you to keep your figure after those breakfasts!
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- Also Known As:
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