I surprised my husband for his 40th birthday with a weekend getaway to St. Michaels and one week later we are still talking about what a great weekend trip it was! I read so many reviews on this site before booking that I feel I have to pass along our recommendations.
The Five Gables Inn is a wonderful place to stay and when we go back (which we are hoping is soon) it is the only place we would consider staying! While planning the trip I had contacted a lot of inns in St. Michaels (after checking them out online) and got different vibes from each of them. When I spoke with Barbara, the innkeeper at Five Gables, I immediately knew this was the place to stay. She spent at least a 1/2 hour telling me all about St. MIchaels, things to do and where to eat. Upon arrival Barbara and everyone at the inn made us feel right at home! The inn is actually made up of a few smaller buildings directly across the street from each other and the location is perfect!. We were thrilled to be upgraded to a beautiful suite that was right upstairs from where a lovely continental breakfast (fresh muffins, bagels, assorted juices) is served! The rooms do indeed look just like the photos on the website and I would be comfortable booking any of their rooms!
One of Barbara's recommendations was to eat next door at 208 Talbot and this restaurant did not disappoint. The entire meal was truly extraordinary! The service and ambience rival most restaurants we dine at in NYC - it is a really pleasant surprise to find a restaurant of this caliber in a quaint, bayside village like St. Michaels.
In addition to 208 Talbot, we also ate at The Crab Claw - and yes while everyone says it is a touristy joint - the staff is a lot of fun and while staying on the Chesapeake Bay how can you possibly pass up the opportunity to smash crabs on your table!
The St. Michaels Winery is also a fun place to visit. It was a really unique wine tasting experience - the winery is in a building behind an old flour mill and the wines are actually quite good - don't leave without trying the Chocolate Zinfandel.
To sum it all up - here are the Top 10 things to do: 1) Definitely plan a visit to St. Michaels 2) Stay at the Five Gables Inn 3) Eat at 208 Talbot 4) Get some steamed crabs 5) Have a "Dark & Stormy" - the best one you will find is at the Carpenter Street Saloon 6) Get up early and watch the village "wake up" 7) Visit the St. Michaels Winery 8) Take some serious time to go through all the shops 9) Watch the sailboats come into the harbour 10) Plan your next trip back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the picturesque Chesapeake Bay village of St Michaels, Five Gables Inn & Spa blends historic charm and warmth with a luxury spa experience. Accommodations include spa tubs and fireplaces and are complemented by the inn's indoor pool, sauna and steam room, generous amenities, a gracious a truly helpful staff and a superb location. Our meeting room is a great place to hold executive retreats and company meetings. The on-site spa is open daily and offers a full range of relaxing treatments featuring Aveda products and skillful professionals. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 5 Gables Inn & Spa
- Five Gables Hotel St. Michaels
- Five Gables Inn And Spa
- Five Gables Inn & Spa St. Michaels, Maryland