The fleet is back in St. Michaels Harbor after a long pandemic winter. Photo courtesy of the Inn at Perry Cabin.

Pomp & Circumstance Mark Return of Fleet to Inn at Perry Cabin

At the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, a sure sign of spring is the return of its fleet of boats that entertain guests on the Miles River and beyond. And the boats don’t just make a routine trip up back to the dock from winter storage.

The Inn welcomed its fleet this past weekend—including the pride of Perry Cabin, its Hinckley Talaria 55, Five Star—back into the fold. The ceremony served as a kickoff to spring and featured a bagpiper and a blessing of the fleet.

Known for luxury, the 26-acre resort is perhaps best known as a setting in the movie Wedding Crashers. Overlooking the Miles, the Inn offers sailing adventures on its sailboats and yachts, all captained by Inn staff. Kayaking and standup paddleboarding are also available.

Like many resorts and destinations, the Inn at Perry Cabin is looking to recapture the interest of travelers now that vaccinations and falling case rates are encouraging more folks to take trips. And they’re offering socially-distant elements for those who still prefer to have their space.

The Inn’s new private dining spaces, The Houses, offer private dining. Courtesy photo.

In addition to the Inn’s popular restaurant, Stars, a new private dining concept sits at the edge of the property along the river. The Houses are private, converted greenhouses that offer socially distanced dining. A private gazebo is also available for an intimate dining experience.

The resort’s various activities offer guests space, too: the 18-hole golf course with views of the Bay, clay tennis courts which can be reserved, and of course, boating. In addition to daytime excursions from the resort, guests can also arrive for their stay by Hinckley. The aforementioned Talaria 55 will pick you up in Annapolis for a 90-minute cruise across the Bay that bypasses Bay Bridge traffic entirely (the views aren’t bad, either).

In a nod to its Chesapeake Bay region locale, the Inn’s restaurants serve fresh seafood when it’s in season and vegetables from the Inn’s gardens or nearby farms. Even the spa features treatments made from herbs and aromatics grown in the Inn’s garden and harvested from Eastern Shore farms.

And if the views of St. Michaels Harbor and the fleet snug back at its docks don’t feel maritime enough, there is a traditional War of 1812 toast at 5 p.m. each evening. The Inn sounds its riverside bell five times, inviting guests to raise a glass of cheer to its flag, Don’t Give Up the Ship.

-Krista Pfunder