Dr. Dodson House offers five-star hospitality and an in-town location just one house from the harbor and steps from popular Talbot Street with its interesting shops and fabulous restaurants. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary's Square are nearby, in addition to numerous in-town parks. Muskrat Park, a block away, has been recently renovated with gorgeous plantings and brick walkways, and hosts the Saturday morning local farmer's market in season. The inn was built in 1799 by Samuel Harrison, and began life as a tavern and the town's first post office. History buffs will appreciate its original features, including doors, woodwork, fireplaces, and wavy glass.
When you stay at Dr. Dodson House Bed & Breakfast, you will notice the difference in the attention to detail. 2013 marks the 20th year that our guests have been warmly welcomed and pampered during their stay. We encourage you to click on the link below to tripadvisor reviews so that you can read what our guests have to say. We love seeing everyone relax and enjoy the town and want them to return home with fond memories of their visit.
In 1872 Sarah Louisa Bruff doubled the size of the original brick structure and added a spectacular two story porch. The house remains one of the best preserved examples of federal period architecture in the historic district and is featured on both the St. Mary's Square Museum walking tour map and the Talbot County Historical Society's Frederick Douglass site map. In his autobiography, Frederick Douglass describes his visit to the house in 1877, where he and his former master reconciled their differences. Come enjoy the character of this historic home and enjoy life's little luxuries - you might just want to curl up on the comfy furniture on our fabulous second floor porch with your favorite book or enjoy your morning cup of coffee!
We're Noted for Hospitality
Breakfast is served in elegant surroundings.
Breakfast is an "Event"!
One thing our guests rave about is breakfast! Each morning you will be given a choice of a sweet or savory entree such as Eggs Benedict, Caramelized Onion and Fresh Tomato Tarts, Banana Pecan Waffles, Grand Marnier Blueberry Cheese Blintzes, Caramel French Toast, Lemon Ricotta Cornmeal Pancakes, or Mushroom and Cheese Omelets. You may also enjoy fresh fruit topped with a refreshing scoop of berry sherbet, selected juices, coffee and tea. Breakfast is elegantly served in the dining room at your choice of time from 8 - 9:30 a.m. - by a cozy fire in winter. The house is cooled by central air conditioning in the warmer months. There is plenty to see and do after breakfast, such as a boat ride, a walk through the historic district, shopping, or perhaps reserve a bicycle to ride to the Oxford Ferry or just around St. Michaels...a quintessentially charming waterside village.
Caramelized Onion Tart
Grand Marnier Cheese Blintzes
Banana Pecan Waffle
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Our Guest Rooms and Amenities
There are two lovely guest rooms on the second floor, the Harrison Room with a brass queen canopy bed and the Dodson Room with a king canopy bed - very comfy! Both have real woodburning fireplaces which are set for you once daily during the winter months, and private bathrooms with marble showers and antique sinks. A smaller room on the third floor, the Harborview Room, has a king bed with private bathroom. Its angled ceiling, dormer windows and exposed brick wall provide a cozy atmosphere - there's even a peek over the rooftops at the Miles River and the Thomas Point Lighthouse at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. It has an electric fireplace, which can be used with or without heat - just for the romantic ambience!
We haven't forgotten the creature comforts like down pillows, all the essential toiletries, bathrobes,hair dryers, clock radios with iPod docks, digital flat screen TVs, free WiFi (wireless connection only), and umbrellas. Please consider visiting soon! It's a place that we know you will want to return to time and time again.
Rates and Other Information: - Room rates: Harborview (king), $250; Harrison (queen), $260, Dodson (king), $295, plus tax, based on double occupancy; some holidays/special events have different rates - please inquire; rates subject to change; two night minimum stays required most weekends and holidays - We accept cash and checks only - Deposits are required to confirm reservations, due within 5 days of making reservation or reservation may be cancelled; deposit required equals 1/2 of total charges including tax if multiple night stay, or minimum of one night's total charges if a single night stay - 2 weeks' notice via phone call is required to cancel or change reservations; cancellations are subject to a charge equal to 10% of the total room charges including tax, with a minimum of $25; some holidays/special events require 30 day cancellation notice. Later cancellations result in a forfeiture of deposit unless room can be rebooked - Smoking is not permitted on the grounds or inside the inn; pets cannot be accommodated - Check-in between 4-6 p.m.; Check-out by 11 a.m., unless prior arrangements are made with innkeepers; additional charge may apply for extended hours
Dodson Room King Bed
We are always looking for ways to improve our guests' stay. The latest upgrade is a beautiful king size canopy bed in the Dodson Room (photo at left). Future plans include improvements to the third floor - "like" our facebook page to keep abreast of the latest!