Thrust up against the banks of the Chester River, Chestertown, Maryland is rife with wonderfully historic architecture and design. For the history lover there is much; there is also a healthy art, shopping, and dining scene for the more cosmopolitan consumer. Situated in a peaceful one block neighborhood is the bed and breakfast Simply Bed & Bread (208 Mt Vernon Ave Chestertown, MD, 21620. 410-778-4359). Directly adjacent the private liberal arts college founded by George Washington, Simply Bed & Bread is a clever little alcove that’s really nearby much and far away from everything. Chestertown, Maryland is a destination for those who yearn for the peace and sanctity of simpler times. But how does Simply Bed & Bread stack up as a bed and breakfast destination? Let’s head inside Simply Bed & Bread and see if this is somewhere that you should sleep here now.
The Simply Bed & Bread bed and breakfast is a really wonderfully situated home in a lovely residential neighborhood which is directly adjacent Washington College’s main campus. However Simply Bed & Bread is not an inn in a ‘college town;’ the Washington College campus is far more academic and subdued than any of your imaginings about fraternities and collegiate sports may lead you to think. Chestertown, Maryland is also a wonderfully historic town and the culture all within a short stroll of the inn leaves the vacationing visitor with plenty to do.
Simply Bed & Bread is also not your typical bed and breakfast. Many bed and breakfasts are all about the story of the house or the interesting slant that the innkeepers take towards their local community; it’s not that these types of bed and breakfasts don’t have their place, but it’s all a show. The innkeepers may believe what they’re saying but it often feels very rehearsed; how could it not after a while? Innkeepers Cheryl and David Hoopes have their own take on things; they do everything they can to make you feel as though you are right at home. David is an enjoyable and educated ear to bounce off whatever topic comes to mind; Cheryl’s warmth and absolute accommodation make the Simply Bed & Bread experience one for the memory books.
My wife and I were traveling through town and we came across some old friends nearby who insisted we stop down for dinner; when Cheryl found out that we’d had plans, she not only offered up directions but dessert! She had these wonderful mint chocolate chip cookies which had been out when we’d arrived and she put together a bag for us to take to our friends. Needless to say we dined well that night! Even more than what they gave us; it’s the innkeeper’s interest in the experience of their guests which sets apart the Simply Bed & Bread bed and breakfast.
The bed at Simply Bed & Bread was lovely; we stayed in Emily’s room which is the name of the actual daughter of David & Cheryl, who grew up in that room. There are only two rooms at Simply Bed & Bread and there is just one bathroom for the two rooms but all a guest needs to do is pay a small surcharge and they can book “the whole house.” This is a particularly useful thing for those who need their individual space; however even if there had been another person there when we were there, I can’t imagine how this would have been a problem. Folks visiting a place like Chestertown, Maryland are not going to be all that objectionable insofar as I can tell.
Breakfast at Simply Bed & Bread was another thing entirely. Before we’d left the evening prior, Cheryl inquired as to our breakfast preferences. We told her what we liked, what we didn’t like, and being the only people there, anticipated a light breakfast of coffee, juice, and maybe a small pastry or fruit service. Well, Cheryl opened up the floodgates and was very generous with her breakfast offerings; she made something of what she may have considered a “sampler” but it was far more than that. Breakfast included some of her wonderful chipped beef, cinnamon rolls, fruit, and more! She began offering us other things when we had to slow her down! Cereal, granola, yogurt, and other miscellaneous items were also available.
We left Simply Bed & Bread only after promising Cheryl and David that we would come again another time. The feelings my wife and I had leaving Simply Bed & Bread were very mixed; I couldn’t imagine ever having reason to come back to Chestertown, Maryland again; still, I now had this new family in Chestertown that I genuinely wanted to return to! One of the reviews of this new bed and breakfast from TripAdvisor.com is quoted on the Simply Bed & Bread website; “the best bed and breakfast in Maryland.” I was a little hesitant to go there before visiting this place. After all, I’ve been to a lot of bed and breakfasts and I don’t like to play favorites. But I could very easily see how erstwhile travelers who had bored of the stories and tired of the show could rank Simply Bed & Bread highly in their books.
I and my wife are now also in that growing vocal consensus.