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“Loved St. Michaels!”

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Five Gables Inn & Spa
Ranked #9 of 13 St. Michaels B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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2 reviews
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“Loved St. Michaels!”
Reviewed 24 October 2008

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!

  • Liked — Beautiful rooms, warm and accommodating staff, location
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Southeastern PA
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Reviewed 21 October 2008

My husband and I just spent our 9th anniversary at the Five Gables and we were very satisfied. I found the Inn to be incredibly tasteful and comfortable. I find B&B's to sometimes be "over the top" for me with overly formal and cluttered decor. Five Gables was simple yet sophisticated. We stayed in a queen room and found it to be exactly as pictured and described on their website (what a refreshing experience as hotel websites usually picture their best room and you are left to wonder what you will get). The breakfast was more than enough for us - bagels, toast, hard boiled eggs, cereal, oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, etc. etc.. Evelyn was wonderful and her recommendations were perfect. One recommendation was "Shore" restaurant. This was probably one of the best meals I have had in a very long time. Also I read a former reviewer who complained of the location - don't listen - the Inn was in the perfect location. It is one block from the Maritime museum and within immediate walking distance to all the shops and restaurants. The shopping area of St. Michaels is only about 7 short blocks long and the Inn sits at one end. We also enjoyed a massage which we found to be wonderfully relaxing. Wherever you stay, St. Michaels is a wonderful little town for a weekend getaway.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed 1 October 2008

The innkeepers were very friendly and we got a great last minute mid week deal. I loved the steam room and pool.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 19 September 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Five Gables in August and we just loved it. It is a charming B&B with a great location. We were able to walk everywhere!

The Aveda Spa was wonderful. We did a couples massage and hydro baths - both were very relaxing.

The breakfast is just perfect in a great setting and our Innkeeper Barbara was a great host. Very helpful and attentive.

If you are visiting St. Michaels this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, MD
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Reviewed 18 August 2008

I booked the Five Gables for a suprise 3rd anniversary weekend and am so glad I did...

What a wonderful place... We are definitley going back...

We stayed in Room #1 and upon walking into the room we felt relaxed and cozy... We loved the in room jacuzzi bath and the steam room, sauna and indoor pool...

We had a couples massage and Erin and Elizabeth are fantastic Massage Therapists... We felt so relaxed and refreshed after they worked their magic....The hydrotherapy tubs also were a relaxing addition to our spa day...

The Inns employees made us feel right at home and our dogs got the royal treatment too... We had our 2 Corgi's with us for the weekend and they loved the toy and treat left in the room for them to take home...

If you are planning a trip to St Michaels, and you want romance and relaxation, stay at the FIve Gables!!

  • Liked — The Aveda Spa and the location
  • Disliked — shower water pressure was a little weak
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 August 2008

a terrific b and b. a nice little spa (with aveda products)
very quiet , convenient location with a nice continental breakfast

the innkeeper, barbara is fantastic. her recommendations are great and she has a great attitude

if money is no object, stay at the inn at perry cabin

but if you want a wonderful b and b experience (not a old musty home like so many others), then look no further than five gables

Stayed August 2008
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Salisbury, MD
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Reviewed 6 June 2008

The room was utterly charming, larger than those in several of the surrounding B&Bs (we did look first), and remarkably soundproof to the outside world. Had violent thunderstorms one evening while we were there and wouldn't have known it if we hadn't looked out the window. Everything was well kept and the bed was wonderful, even for someone with back problems. Inn is conveniently located and easy walking distance to everything in the town proper. While we didn't use all the amenities, the spa personel were absolutely wonderful, both knowledgeable and skilled. The continental breakfast was very good, the baked goods were exceptional. All in all a wonderfully relaxing stay.

  • Liked — The Spa
  • Disliked — No coffee maker in the room
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with friends
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Property: Five Gables Inn & Spa
Address: 209 N Talbot St, St. Michaels, MD 21663-2103
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Region: United States > Maryland > Talbot County > St. Michaels
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in St. Michaels
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Five Gables Inn & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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