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.