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Jun 12, 2008 11:18 AM

Eastern Shore help! Nice Dinner (maybe B&B, Spa too?)

If anyone can help I know you all can! I'm heading to Rehoboth with the bf on a Saturday in July from Baltimore. I had the idea to leave on Friday and stop in Stevensville/Grasonville, etc. area and have dinner and stay the night at a B&B, maybe get a massage Saturday morning before making our way to see family at the beach. Would like to have a nice quiet relaxing night just the 2 of us and I'm hoping to make the early departure a surprise. I have only been to annapolis and have heard great things about the area but have no idea where to begin. If we can do all of the things on my list in one town even better! But we'll be driving so a few extra miles is fine...

1. Dinner- great food, can either be creative or traditional, we are omnivores. A good seafood place with a water view would be good. Hoping for $20-$30 for an entree. Places in Baltimore on the water usually make up in ambiance what is lacking in food quality. Some of our favorite places in BMore (if it helps- Bicycle, Mama's, Nacho Mama's, Peters Inn)

2. B&B/Hotel- Hopefully not more than $200/nt but I don't know if that's a ridiculous notion in this area.

3. Place for breakfast Sat AM, simple cafe (hopefully not diner style) eggs n bacon suits us fine!
***Bonus points for a nice spa where we could get a service on Saturday before heading out of town.

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    1. re: katecm

      the Inn at Easton is up for sale, and the restaurant has been closed for half a year already. Friends went there for an overnight two weeks ago (they were using a gift certificate while they still could) and reported that the place was virtually deserted - of both staff and guests.

      Dinner at The Narrows on Kent Island fits the bill perfectly, or go further out and try the Tilghman Island Inn for dinner - which has pretty grounds and is right on the water (be prepared for service to reflect a more casual "local" mindset though.) Overnight is a bit out of your range, and I think they only accept two-night minimums on weekends in the high season.

      1. re: crackers

        cafe sado in stevensville is the new hip place, young and handsome, good water view, serious pan-asian plus sushi, and lisa's small plates in stevensville is hip wine bar with view of highway. narrows is wonderful but not a young crowd and the water is through glass. holly's is a very old style roadside diner in a motel, good for eggs and bacon, not stylish in the least, except in the americana dept. there is a table with laminated playing cards of tv rodeo stars from the 50's that includes robert wagner. when he was younger. like 19.

        1. re: chowsearch

          The Narrows is literally perched over the water. Waterside tables are up against huge plate glass windows in the enclosed porch (and frankly, given the smells at low tide, and the mosquitoes, that ain't such a bad thing!) It attracts people of all ages from babies to grandparents, and it didn't seem to me that the OP was looking for "hip" so much as quiet, relaxed and really good food at a reasonable price.

          But curious what have you tasted (as opposed to heard about from others) at Sado or Lisa's that's worth the side trip?

          1. re: crackers

            Thank you for all of your posts. You are right 2 night minimum seems so be the norm but I found a one night package at the Tidewater Inn in Easton with a dinner certificate to Local. Any information on these two? Holly's is definitely our breakfast stop Saturday thank you for that! At least I have that figured out now! I will check out the other restaurants in case we want to pass on the dinner certificate pkg. They all sound great! And you're right crackers, everything from hip to traditional is an option. It's all about the food and a good time.

            1. re: BaltoPhilFood

              We just stayed at Tidewater a couple of weeks ago. We stayed there also because they don't have the two night minimum that a lot of other places seem to require. It was a very quaint hotel. The room was small, but very classic.

              We had dinner in the hotel's restaurant, Local. It was wonderful. Unfortunately, they're renovating some of the restaurant, so we had to sit fairly near the bar. That made it a little noisy, but at least we could keep up with the hockey game that way. Everything was wonderful.

              The next morning, we just walked up to the coffee shop for breakfast since we were heading to St. Michael's. So I don't have a recommendation for you. Not sure if they're open early, but we have had lunch at Scossa on the main drag in Easton. It was very good as well. We had a great seat outside with a wonderful view of the most wicked storm I've seen in a long time.

              Have a great time.

              1. re: meredity

                Thanks meredity! Did you get the package that includes the certificate to the restaurant? Just wanted to see if it makes more sense to get that or do them seperately.

    2. Check out the Five Gables Inn, they have a spa. And a wonderful one at that. Also the Inn @ Perry Cabin has a new upscale spa called the Linden Spa. Both places take guests at the spa that aren't using their accommodations.

      1. You might think about that fairly new Hyatt Regency Chesapeake something or another. It looks to be right on the water and you would't have the 2 night thing, plus i've read the spa is supposed to be great. They have golf too if your SO wants to do something else while you are getting a massage. Of course, that's probably a little out of the way if you are giong to Rehoboth but i'm not sure. Anyway it's a thought...

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        1. re: DCDOLL

          DCDoll, have you ever been to this place or known anybody who has been there and enjoyed it? My advice is to please don't go here! Hyatt built this 400 room monstrosity back when there was an expectation that slots would be legalized and it would be a casino-type destination. It is a huge chain conglomerate corporate bland nothingness. The food and atmosphere and service are corporate chain all the way. The antithesis of a chowworthy destination. I actually checked out early after a disasterous meal there that included the waiter spilling red wine on me, getting served a meal I did not order, and not being able to locate a manager who would take any responsiblity.

          If somebody is down that way, along the Choptank river, I'd sugget heading a bit further up the road to Suicide Bridge Restaurant for some truly fine local seafood (e.g. stuffed rockfish) and atmosphere - on the water.

          1. re: crackers

            I've been the Hyatt Chesapeake (even though it's technically on the Choptank, not the Chesapeake) and it does hit the bill in terms of spa/adult getaway. Foodwise, we didn't even bother checking it out---we know better.

            There is plenty of walking along the water and golf course, lovely indoor and outdoor pools with multiple "hot pots" where one and one's man could enjoy together prior to dealing with the fam. While we didn't have any spa treatments, there is a nice spa with sauna and steam facilities.

            We opted to eat at Suicide Bridge, and while we didn't regret it, we weren't exactly wowed, either. Yes, the rockfish was great. Yes, the crab soup was good. But it sorely lacked in romantic ambiance, the drinks and wine list were meh (no limes for a G&T???), and there were way too many kids in high chairs flinging food about. Not what I am looking for in a romantic, relaxing, adult, weekend getaway.

            The Hyatt is all about the stay. Look for food elsewhere. Next time we're there, we'll head to Easton for eats.

        2. Crackers suggestions are excellent. This is a post of mine from several years ago about Suicide Bridge: It is the best overall Maryland style seafood restaurant in the state (perhaps along with Jerry's in Seabrook). The Narrows have best crabcake anywhere along with exemplery cream of crab soup. If this is your first trip to the Eastern Shore I would not eat anything else. I am not quite certain what "hip" means in Grasonville but I do know that my wife and I have driven from Reston there just to have the crab cakes at the Narrows. Both restaurants (and the Tilghman Inn) are definitive Eastern Shore experiences you will not find anywhere else. And, crab stuffed fresh local rockfish is incredible!

          1. I haven't been in a while, but you might want to try the Kent Manor Inn. I have had wonderful meals there and I hear the rooms are nice. If you want to go as far as Chestertown, try the Brampton Inn and Brook's Tavern.