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Elk Forge Inn
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the Elk Forge Inn in Elkton, MD.
We initially booked the Brandywine Suite, which appeared to be a two-room suite with a large whirlpool in the sitting room. When we arrived at the inn to check in, Harry Lenderman (the husband of the husband-and-wife innkeepers) could not locate an envelope for us and it became immediately apparent that they did not have our reservation. He calmly said, “Don’t worry – I will fix it.” He tried looking up multiple things. Keith discovered a guest computer in the sitting room, so Lori got on it and printed out her e-mail confirmation. Once he had that in hand, Harry was able to locate the record, but for some reason the actual reservation did not go through. He offered us their “VIP suite” (which cost $100 more) for the same price as we would have paid for the other suite, which we took. We must say that he was apologetic and was calm throughout – we realize it is because he knew he had the most expensive suite in his back pocket that he could offer to us. If he didn’t have that, we figure he would have figured something else out – contacting another inn or the like. But it all worked out.
We ended up in the Longwood suite. Lori hadn’t booked this room
because she thought it appeared a little frillier than what we
usually like and because it had a corner whirlpool, which we
generally find to be not as comfortable. Once we saw the suite, it
was fine. We agreed this is probably one of the larger suites we
have stayed in.
There was also a bath (with two doors – one opening into the bedroom and the other into the sitting room). The bath was large, had a window, and contained a toilet, a large shower, and a unique sink. There were many thoughtful things provided in the bath – hairdryer, curling iron, razors, even smoking cessation gum!
The inn has lots of amenities. There is a hot tub set down into the deck on the side of the house. Lori hadn’t seen this on the website so we didn’t take our swimsuits and didn’t get to use it. Towels were provided for the hot tub.
There was a large deck around the back of the house, a putting green, nature trails, and a billiards room. The inn also has a conference room and can accommodate meetings and small wedding receptions.
There are a large number of videos available in the office (self-serve). Microwave popcorn was also provided. We did select a movie and some popcorn and took it back to our room to enjoy.
Breakfast came with the room. It was a self-serve, expanded continental type breakfast. There was fresh fruit, granola, fruit juices, coffee, hot water for tea, and an espresso machine. There were a variety of breads, bagels, Danish, and the like. A nice feature was a waffle-maker which was very easy to use. You sprayed it with non-stick cooking spray and then poured on the batter. You shut the iron and spun it upside down. After about 3 minutes, you heard a beep that told you the waffle was done. We split a waffle and it was very good.
The inn does actually have a license to serve wine and beer, although there is not really a bar. Contact the innkeepers for additional information.
Harry and his wife LeAnn are husband-and-wife innkeepers. There is also a spa. We only met Harry – he is the one who resolved the issue when we checked in and showed us to our room. He was also there to greet us at breakfast in the morning. He was helpful and pleasant and we want to stress this, even in light of the mix-up with the room. We had the feeling that even if the place was booked to capacity he would have found a work-around.
Although the inn’s address is Elkton, the town is actually a couple miles away. It is a good location, not far from Wilmington, DE, the Brandywine Valley in PA, and is at the northern end of Maryland’s famed Eastern Shore region. There are a number of attractions that are easy drives from this location.
Chesapeake Inn & Marina - 605 2nd Street, South Chesapeake City, MD 410-885-2040
Howard House Tavern - 101 West Main Street, Elkton, MD 410-398-4646
There are usually bands playing down at the Chesapeake Inn in Chesapeake City (see above). We opted for popcorn and a movie in our suite.
This is the Eastern Shore region. Because of their proximity to water, they don’t generally get a lot in the way of snow. We visited in late October. It should have been in the 60s/possible hitting 70 during the daytime and in the 50s at night, but the whole area was experiencing one long, extended summer.
Elkton is really the gateway to the Eastern Shore. If you like crabs, this area is the place to be. We’re talking about backfin crab meat here (blue crabs) and not Alaskan king crabs. The crab is affordable and plentiful. Also, do yourself a favor and drive a few extra miles to Chesapeake City. It is a really quaint, Victorian, waterside town with breathtaking views (of the high bridge and the ships on the canal).