Thursday, May 22, 2014

June Events in Talbot County

Two perennial favorite Talbot County events are taking place in June. Plan to come for one or both and then stay overnight with us. During the weekend of June 13-15, the 27th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival comes to St. Michaels. More than 100 antique boats and vintage race craft are docked at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s campus. This year, the festival will feature Chesapeake Bay-built workboats. The CBMM will be offering boat rides through the festival. There will also be boatbuilding demonstrations and workshops and a maritime-themed market. There’s also a juried art show, and, of course, plenty of food and drink. There’s even a rum bar. But don’t let that last tidbit worry you. This event is completely kid friendly.There is an admission fee, which includes entrance to the fabulous CBMM. Right now, you can take in a timely exhibit about the War of 1812 (the British attacked these parts in 1814).

On June 21st, newer, less-durable watercraft are the stars of the show at the 26th Annual Oxford Cardboard Boat Races. The event is held along the shores of the Tred Avon River so that contestants can navigate their creations in shallow water (as they are likely to sink at some point). Featured races include the Fast Race; the Battle of the Brave (the longest race); and the Funny Race, where oddly-shaped craft compete for a coveted trophy. There's also a children's race, where kids compete on a shortened course.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Calling All Francophiles

The wine dinner menu is ready! Come to our special event on May 30 and enjoy all of the food and wine listed below for a mere $100. Special guests will be on hand to help you experience Burgundy wines in a completely new way.

DINNER MENU

Hors d'oeuvres 
Whipped Goat Cheese Canapé with Orange
Foie Gras with Honeydew
Gougères – French Cheese Puffs
Le Grand Courtâge

First Course 
Trout Paupiette
 Pouilly-Fuissé

Second Course 
Salad of Poached Pear
Goat Cheese Custard and Brioche Croutons 
 Meursault Domaine du Pavillion

Third Course 
Sautéed Herb Gnocchi with Chanterelle Mushrooms
 Beaune Clos de L’Ermitage

Fourth Course 
Painted Farms Fillet á la Bourguignon 
Pommard Clos des Ursulines

Fifth Course 
Cherry Sauce and Dark Chocolate Glacé
 Nuits-Saint-Georges


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Taste of France in Easton

Our Peacock Restaurant and Lounge will be hosting its next wine dinner on May 30. The wines of Burgundy are being featured and we are inviting a very special guest to complement the fine food and wine.

In his career as a diplomat, William Shepard served as Consul General to Bordeaux, France from 1983 through 1985. During that time, he visited numerous wine chateaux throughout the region (lucky guy). Due to his wine expertise, he was made a member of the Ordre des Chevaliers Bretvins. While stationed in Bordeaux, Shepard lectured at the Universities of Bordeaux, Toulouse, Poitiers and Limoges.Shepard is a member of several Bordeaux wine societies, including the Commanderie de Bordeaux. His e-book, Shepard's Guide to Mastering French Wines, has been a best-seller in the USA and the UK. Shepard regularly presents French wine tasting seminars and is the wine editor for French Wine Explorers.  

Chef Doug Potts is working on a menu right now that is inspired by the flavors of the region. We expect a sell-out, so reserve soon to guarantee your spot.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Art in Easton

Here in Easton, we are very proud of our Academy Art Museum. It may be small, but its collection is high quality. Plus, the downtown gallery often hosts one-of-a-kind exhibits, like those happening now. 

“From Bierstadt to Wyeth: American Landscapes from a Private Collection” is on display through July 13. The exhibition showcases the development of American landscape painting from the 19th to the 20th century. Many of these works have never been seen by the public, since they come from private hands. Among the well-known artists represented-- Albert Bierstadt, George Inness, Leon Kroll,, Childe Hassam, Eastman Johnson and N.C. Wyeth.
For art aficionados, there will be curator-led tours on May 28 and June 20.


Since the museum is small, there likely will be time to take in another exhibit. Check out “Wood Transformed: The Art of Vicco von Voss”. It's also on display through July 13 Von Voss was born in Germany. His art is informed by his grandfathers, one of whom was a forester and woodcarver, and the other an architect. The exhibition contains 20 new wood sculptures created in a free-form style. The use of innovative materials like bendable wood has allowed the artist to create shapes outside of the normal realm of woodworking.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Destination Weddings on the Eastern Shore

Destination weddings are all the rage these days. But you don't have to travel to Hawaii, the Caribbean, or Disneyworld to entertain a wedding/vacation all in one. In fact, some of the best destinations for weddings can be a short drive from your backyard.

The Eastern Shore of Maryland is one bucolic setting guaranteed to fill the bill for the romantic day. The Inn at 202 Dover in Easton specializes in elegant affairs for wedding parties ranging from two to 200 (the latter only if outdoor tents are employed). Because the inn is intimate, the planning, according to veteran wedding expert Raquel Shutt, is far less intimidating and more easily personalized to the bride and groom.

The owner of Wedding Savvy says two of the virtues of the Inn at 202, particularly for parties of fewer than 80, are size and layout. "The grounds are lovely," says Shutt, "while the inn is well-maintained. It just feels low-key, homey and comfortable, yet quite refined."

Moreover, menus are developed by the chef of the Inn's Five Diamond-rated Peacock Restaurant. "A lot of places make you choose from specified menus," says Shutt. "At the Inn at 202, the chef and staff work with the wedding couple to custom-design a menu they will absolutely love. Plus, they are totally flexible in terms of special requests."

A few other advantages, according to proprietor Ron Mitchell, are the lack of fees for every little thing (like cake cutting and dishes) and pricing alcohol by actual consumption rather than per person. Without the standard nickel and diming that often occurs at wedding venues, the happy couple won't have to worry about post-nuptial tiffs over unexpected wedding costs.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hop On Over to the Peacock Restaurant for Easter Brunch

Our executive chef Doug Potts has created an Easter brunch designed to delight.

Among the menu highlights:

Starters: Soup and Salad of Asparagus; Chicken Ballantine Salad; Deviled Eggs
Entrees: Lump Crab Frittata; Seared Salmon Fillet; Stuffed Leg of Lamb; Petite Filet of Beef
Desserts: Chocolate Espresso Gateaux, Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream: Lemon Almond Tart

Plus, we'll be celebrating the holiday with champagne, Bloody Mary's and mimosas.

So, hop to it and make reservations now.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Things to Do in Talbot County in April

As we prepare for Talbot County Restaurant Week (running today through April 6), March is going out like a lion. But hope springs eternal, and we expect April to bring plenty of sunshine and seasonal temperatures.

April usually is the start of tourist season, which means everything's open, hours are longer, and all sorts of special events are taking place. But don't worry--it doesn't get that crowded around here in the springtime.

We love Oxford, the little town on the Tred Avon River. Take the Oxford Bellevue Ferry (established 1683!) over to the tiny burg to celebrate the 20th Annual Oxford Day on April 26. A delightful parade runs from 11 to noon.  There's a flower basket competition, a dog show, and an open house at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory, which will offer hands-on marine science activities and exhibits for kids and adults alike. 

For adults only--WineFest at St. Michaels on April 26 and 27. Hundreds of wines will be poured, and there will be plenty of food and entertainment for those who are imbibing. All venues will be tented or under cover in case of rain. Shuttle buses will be provided to move you through town. 

If you have any questions about these events or others, just ask us.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Getting Ready for Talbot Restaurant Week

We are getting ready for Talbot Restaurant Week, which starts on Sunday. Our Peacock Restaurant & Lounge is serving up a special Prix fixe menu for just $35.14.

Here are your options.

Start off with Crab Bisque, Baked Oysters, Roasted Beet Salad, or an Olive and Orange Salad with Smoked Salmon. For the entree, choose from Filet of Beef, Braised Lamb Shank in Puff Pastry, Pork Tenderloin, or Rockfish. Luscious dessert options include White Chocolate Bread Pudding, Chocolate Almond Amaretto Gateaux, and Creme Brulee.

Wine or Vodka pairings are $25 extra per person.

Make reservations now, as we expect to be quite busy. Bon appetit!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Arrives in Easton

Finally, spring has sprung on the Eastern Shore. If you need excuses to visit beyond our lovely towns and scenic landscapes, let’s talk about a few special events. On March 29, the Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival takes place in St. Michaels. The owners of Ophiuroidea, a home decor store/art gallery, are hosting the event, which acts as a showcase for sea-glass artisans.


For those unfamiliar with sea glass, it’s made by Mother Nature. Glass gets tossed around in the water for years, and the weathering processes lead to smooth edges and a frosted appearance. It’s beautiful stuff, and it’s incorporated into objets d’art by potters, painters, and jewelry makers.  Noted sea glass expert Richard LaMotte, who is also president of the North American Sea Glass Association, will be on hand to chat about his (presumed) favorite topic.


The next day is March 30, the kick-off to Talbot County Restaurant Week. Through April 5, chefs and restaurants throughout the county will take you on a delicious culinary journey.  Throughout the week, most participating restaurants will treat guests to two-course lunches for $20.14 and three-course dinners for $35.14. Prices do not include tax, tip, or beverages. And yes, our Peacock Restaurant & Lounge is among the  participants. For more information about Restaurant Week, check out www.diningtalbot.com.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Two Top Chefs Join Forces to Support Local Farms

A very special collaboration between Executive Chef Doug Potts from our Peacock Restaurant and Lounge and Bartlett Pear Inn Executive Chef and co-owner Jordan Lloyd took place Monday night at the Inn at 202 Dover. 


Each chef prepared three courses, complemented with a wine pairing.


Some of the delicacies served: Champagne Poached Barron Island Oysters and Caviar;
Blackbottom Farms Seared Pork Tenderloin with Orange Olive Granola, Fennel Puree and Roast Vidalia Syrup ; Rhode Island Seared Sea Scallops; and Grilled S.B. Farms Bison with Lilies in the Field.


Talk about an amused bouche!

Friday, March 7, 2014

A Crab Clause

In the mood for a little kitchen experimentation this weekend? Here is a recipe from our award-winning chef Doug Potts featuring famous Eastern Shore crab.

Did you know, by the way, that crab is Maryland's state crustacean? 

CRAB SALAD

1 crab
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green onion
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste


Thoroughly mix the items. Create a salad with iceberg lettuce and veggies of your choice. Then, with an ice cream scoop, place crab mixture on top of the salad and voila.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Will Winter Ever End?

Snow, snow, go away. If this incredibly long white winter has you down, we have an uplifting antidote to the cold weather blues. Stay two nights during the week (Sunday-Thursday) and we'll reduce the total room charge by 40%. Or come and visit during the weekend (Friday-Saturday) and we'll take 35% off the room rate.This offer is good for March and April and cannot be combined with any other promotion. You need to reserve by March 20 to take advantage of this hot offer. In the meantime, stay inside, drink some hot chocolate and dream of palm trees.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Two Top Chefs Teaming Up for a One-of-a-Kind Meal on the Eastern Shore

Two top chefs. Six courses. One amazing night of dining at our Peacock Restaurant.

On March 10, our executive chef, Doug Potts, together with Jordan Lloyd, executive chef of the Bartlett Pear Inn, will stir up their talents for a one-of-a-kind tasting menu.

What’s cooking?  Here’s an amuse-bouche peek at the menu. The meal kicks off with champagne poached oysters, caviar, and potato salad ice cream. Intrigued?

Moving into the middle of the meal, diners will be enjoying seared pork tenderloin, and shrimp scampi, and grilled bison.

And for dessert, scrumptious indulgences include a chocolate tart and pistachio ice cream.

There will be plenty of other surprises as well. So, if you consider yourself a foodie, this event is well worth the trip to Easton. The price is $85 for the six-course meal, plus $35 for wine pairing. Tax and gratuity are, of course, extra.

Reserve soon. We expect a sell-out.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow Day!

Ever wonder what an innkeeper on Maryland's Eastern Shore does when snow is swirling everywhere? Well, everything continues to go on as usual. We're up early in the morning, clearing the walks outside, making breakfast, and, of course, smiling. 

Valentine's Day weekend is almost upon us, so there are plenty of chores to complete. We are organizing our Peacock Restaurant to ensure all dining guests will be comfortable and properly served. We are cleaning and polishing the silver and glasses. We're setting up the bar, making sure that wine and spirits are ready to be poured.

Of course, we do worry about deliveries in light of the snow storm. But we always have a back-up plan and a well-stocked kitchen. 

Otherwise, we are preparing for today's guests to check in, and we are finding out what events have been cancelled and which businesses are closed, so that we can update our guests on their options. 

All in all, just another day at the Inn at 202 Dover.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Museums in Talbot County

In another post, we told you about Easton’s fabulous Academy Art Museum. Here, we canvas a few other of Talbot County’s notable museums. 

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels is arguably the county’s top sightseeing attraction (if you don’t count the water itself). Situated on the waterfront, the museum is dedicated to celebrating Chesapeake Bay culture and history through exhibits, demonstrations, a floating fleet of historic watercraft, and special events. There are a couple of gallery spaces, plus an active boatyard, a lighthouse, a corn crib and a small building devoted to waterfowling. Plan to spend the whole day--there’s really that much to do on the 18 acre campus. 

 The tiny town of Oxford (population 700) has its own little historical institution. The Oxford Museum houses more than 2,500 artifacts outlining the development of the town during its 325 + year history. Exhibits are devoted to the way of life in this tiny burg from the days of the American Revolution through to the Civil War, the Waterman era, and today. Discover antique engines, boat building tools, Colonial furniture, documents, war items, and waterman tools. There’s even a clock made out of oyster shells. And, by the way, the museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 

Tilghman Island is just three miles long and one mile wide. Once a prime destination for watermen and sports fishing, the island still provides an authentic Chesapeake Bay experience. The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum celebrates the culture and heritage of Tilghman’s Island way of life. Housing an ever-growing collection of historical watermen’s tools and boat models, it showcases the experiences of local watermen, along with work by local artists.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Celebrating Black History Month in Easton

It’s Black History Month. We are celebrating here at the Inn at 202 Dover with special offers and a unique history tour of Easton, Maryland.
Did you realize that Easton was recently discovered to be the oldest free African-American neighborhood continually inhabited and still in existence? For a long time, scholars thought that distinction went to Treme in New Orleans, which dates back to 1818. But recent research by Morgan State University and the University of Maryland suggests that Easton’s Hill neighborhood, dating back to the 1770s, may actually claim the title. It’s believed that many slaves were freed after a Quaker leader came through Talbot County in 1766, urging the large local Quaker community here to abolish slavery. Quakers established their community in Easton in the 1680s.
During the month of February, we will be running tours of “The Hill”, led by a knowledgeable historian. On Sunday, February 16, Dr. Bernard Demczuk, a pre-eminent scholar of African-American history at George Washington University, will be on hand for a more in-depth session about the area’s rich African-American history.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Things to Do in Easton: The Alpha List

Examining Easton


While we think a visit to the Inn at 202 Dover is justification enough for visiting Easton, we’ll give you a few more reasons to come to the county seat of Talbot County, Maryland. Let’s start with the letter ‘A’.


1. Appetizing Cuisine. Yes, our Peacock Restaurant & Lounge is the top-rated restaurant in town, but you can’t eat every meal here. After all, we aren’t open for lunch. Choose from historic pubs, quaint cafes, and cozy diners. And if you really don’t want to have your gourmet meals here, we can recommend other options.


2. The Amish County Market. Speaking of food, every Thursday through Saturday, this local indoor market offers fresh produce, meats, and dairy products. The Amish also sell handmade furniture and other handcrafted items.


3. The Academy Art Museum. Our local fine arts institution is compact, but complete. The permanent collection includes a large selection of European and American works on papers. The museum also plays a primary role in the world-famous Waterfowl Festival which takes place every November.


4. Antiques. We’ve furnished our massive inn with antiques, many of which were purchased locally. Because the area dates back to the 1700s, Easton’s antique shops often yield significant treasures. You can find furniture, rugs, pottery, glassware and decorative objets d’art at shops throughout Easton’s historic downtown.

5. African-American History. Visit The Hill, recently discovered to be the oldest free African American settlement in the country.  Find out more at the Talbot County Historical Society or stay with us in February and take part in our special Black History Month tours.