Mill Street Inn

114 Mill Street, Cambridge, Maryland 21613
Innkeeper(s): Skip & Jennie Rideout
 
  • Introduction

    Welcome to the Mill Street Inn Bed and Breakfast

    Here, the pineapple truly signifies welcome, and visitors to Cambridge will experience Maryland Eastern Shore hospitality at its finest at this grand, newly restored Victorian in the heart of the historic district. Designed by local architect J. Benjamin Brown and built in 1894 with timbers cut from the Davis farm. It opened for guests in July 2006. The innkeepers invite you to savor, with them, a moment from the past in their beautiful Queen Anne home.

    The Innkeepers

    Your hosts are both native Marylanders. Both of us are retired educators, and more recently, retired organic growers and bakers for two farmers’ markets. Growing up and as a young adult, Skip spent summers on the western shore of the Bay at the family summer cottage, where he learned to sail, crab, and enjoy all the good things the Chesapeake has to offer. As a youth, many day trips to the Bay gave Jen a proper appreciation for Bay culture, and when Skip’s folks moved to neighboring Talbot County in 1960, we both became frequent visitors to the Eastern Shore and its environs.

    Although we will always be labeled “come here’s” by the “from here’s”, our many years of firsthand experience in and knowledge of the area made it a comfortable and familiar place for us to settle and escape the concrete jungle that was rapidly engulfing us.  We delight in new surprises daily, it seems, and we are eager to share our experiences, both old and new, with you.

     

  • Breakfast

    Breakfasts are special here at the Inn and may include such entrees as:

    • Eggs Florentine with Alaskan Smoked Salmon, accompanied by Grits Souffle
    • Crème Brule French Toast with Brandied Peach Sauce
    • Lemon Ricotta pancakes with Fresh Berries in Season, and Country Link Sausages
    • Eggs a la Jefferson with Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Fresh Asparagus, and Maryland Country Biscuits


    In season enjoy a personal sized organically grown French melon purchased from our local Farmers’ Market, fresh figs from our own tree or beautiful white figs from a nearby farm.  Pecans from our tree add a wonderful crunch to Jen’s lighter than air Sour Cream Waffles.

    You might be here on a morning when Jen’s version of  New Orleans famous Commander’s Palace Eggs Benedict is being served. In her rendition, a poached egg is nestled in an artichoke cup filled with sautéed baby spinach and then glazed with Hollandaise Sauce.  Or how about a Shitake Mushroom/Country Ham Quiche in puff paste with a side of fresh asparagus?  Once fall arrives and pears are in season, a Bosc pear, poached, chilled, and drizzled with raspberry sauce is a great beginning to breakfast.

    Because breakfast is such an important part of your B&B experience, please be sure to let us know if you have food allergies or dietary restrictions.  We always do our very best to accommodate those needs.

  • Amenities

    There are three elegant en suite rooms from which to choose. All are furnished with antiques and amenities with guests’ every comfort in mind, and each has a distinctly different flavor.  Your guest room awaits you with:

    • Fresh flowers
    • Fine linens
    • Fluffy towels
    • Specially milled soaps
    • Cable TV with a DVD player
    • Am/Fm clock radio
    • Hair dryer
    • Wi Fi
    • Central air conditioning

    On the first floor, our spacious common rooms include a large living room with fireplace, a den/sitting room with fireplace, and a parlor with fireplace, a chess table, and books and games to lend.  A full gourmet breakfast is served in our antique-filled dining room at a table set with fine china and silver. Here one can enjoy conversation and linger over breakfasts that are meant to be savored.  Jen’s signature menus incorporate organically grown herbs and vegetables from the Inn garden as well as fresh produce from our local Farmers’ Market where we shop weekly from April through October.  All breakfasts begin with juice, fresh fruit in season, and one of a variety of homemade baked goods. A hot entrée follows.

    In fair weather, guests can catch the River breeze on the north porch and enjoy a pitcher of lemonade accompanied by freshly baked cookies.  Once the weather turns cold, guests can enjoy an English Cream Tea or a glass of wine, fireside, in any one of three common rooms.

    We invite you to experience, firsthand, our historic town and environs.  Whether you are bikers, boaters, or birders, each season holds something special here on the Eastern Shore.  Perhaps you would just enjoy a weekend of luxurious pampering.  Whatever the reason, we hope you will spend your time with us at the Mill Street Inn where you will find splendid accommodations and a heaping dose of Eastern Shore hospitality.

    Our accommodations are not suitable for children. Sorry, no pets. For the comfort of all our guests, we are a smoke-free inn.

  • Attractions

    Established in 1684, Cambridge is the county seat for Dorchester County.  It is the home to six Maryland governors, and a walking tour of the historic district will take you past some of their beautiful homes on both High Street and Mill Street.  A short stroll will take visitors to the marina and gorgeous water views of Long Wharf, to dinner at a waterfront restaurant, or to one of the charming galleries or boutiques in town.

    Explore the nearby Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, home to the largest population of bald eagles on the East Coast outside of Florida.  Bikers welcome the many miles of easy riding in Dorchester County, the Heart of Chesapeake Country.

    You may borrow our bikes, or if you prefer, rentals are available. Follow the Tubman Trail, and revisit the stops where Harriet Tubman helped so many slaves escape to freedom.  The Choptank, with its many coves and tributaries provides paddlers with miles of unspoiled waterways from which to enjoy beautiful scenery.  Depending upon the season, you will probably encounter eagles or osprey along the way.   Take a lighthouse tour of the Bay, a river cruise on one of two paddle wheelers, or enjoy an afternoon sail on the Nathan, one of the few skipjacks remaining on the Bay. Antique lovers will find everything from fine furniture to whimsical collectibles at the many shops in town or in nearby Easton or St. Michael’s. 

    To find more information on local attractions and events, visit the Cambridge Main Street, Dorchester County Tourism and Talbot County Tourism websites.

  • What Our Guests Say

    Reviewed October 8, 2012

    My husband and I spent 3 nights at Mill Street Inn and it was very lovely. The rooms were very comfortable and roomy and beautifully decorated. Jennie and Skip were very accommodating and informative. As for breakfast, what can I say? Each morning was a real treat and I already miss those breakfasts. We will definitely go back and would recommend it to others.

    Madeze, Yorktown Heights, New York

    Reviewed October 3, 2012

    My husband and I spent our anniversary weekend at the Mill St Inn. We stayed in a lovely two room suite, with a huge bathroom. The bath soaps and salts were fabulous, as was the huge tub. The inn is located on a quiet street that is a very short walk to the main area of the town. Jennie and Skip suggested some very nice restaurants for us to dine in. They also gave us ideas for how to spend the day. While at breakfast on Saturday morning, we mentioned that it was our anniversary. To our surprise, and delight, we returned from dinner that night to find a bottle of chilled champagne and two flutes. It was all around a treat and delight to stay at the Mill St Inn.

    Anazelia, Arlington VA

    Reviewed August 19, 2012

    My wife and I stayed at the Mill Street Inn in Cambridge, Maryland for 6 straight nights during late July and early August, 2012. The innkeepers, Jennie and Skip, were very helpful and accommodating. They suggested places to go and restaurants where we could have dinner. The breakfasts were delicious and that was really a big highlight of our stay every day. The inn was tastefully decorated and the rooms were very spacious. We were very comfortable at the Mill Street Inn and we recommend it for your stay on the eastern shore of Maryland.

    Hmsbike, Flushing, New York

    Reviewed October 16, 2011

    This is a beautiful B&B with huge rooms, all tastefully decorated and fantastic breakfasts. What really sets this place apart though is the warmth of the hosts, Skip and Jennie. This translates to lots of very touching personal touches. We arrived early evening and stayed 2 nights so we were really there only one full day. In that time, we got to know Skip and Jennie and like them considerably. When we came to say goodbye, I went to shake Jennie's hand and she just hugged me. I was so upset, it felt like leaving friends. Cambridge is a great place - 'on the up' we were told just seeing the shoots of recovery after the main employer left town in the 1950s (I think). It really does deserve to get support. The main town which is only a couple of blocks from Mill St, still has lots of the old buildings, some of which are now being restored by eager locals. We had a lovely lazy morning exploring them all. The shopkeepers are all so friendly even if you don't buy anything. The area around Mill Street has some stunning buildings too plus it's not even a block away from the water. We were on a round trip coming from Williamsburg on to Annapolis and this was a great place to stop and just recharge your batteries. Great restaurants too. Don't look any further.

    Fredic, Bristol England


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Reviewed September 6, 2011

    Stayed here for one night in early Aug 2011. I live in the UK, have stayed in a number of B&Bs over the years, and feel that the Mill Street Inn sets a new benchmark in B&B service. The building is beautiful, breakfast delicious, and hosts Skip and Jenny full of attentions that made us feel welcome from the second we walked in the front door. We booked the blue Edward room and feel that the photos on the B&B's website don't make it justice - it's actually bigger than it appears and decorated with great taste (as is the rest of the house for that matter!). The bathroom is however the real star here, being the type of room that could comfortably fit in a 5* hotel. Breakfast was brilliant, and was complemented with lovely conversation with the hosts. On top of that, we received a lot of other treats that really made the place feel special, including cookies in the evening, complementary wine in the room, handmade soaps, and a set of postcards to take home with us as a souvenir of our stay. Rates are very competitive, especially if compared with the nearby Hyatt hotel, which I haven't visited, but can't imagine offering the same level of service and dedication that Jenny and Skip put into their lovely house.

    Filippo, Glasgow

    Reviewed August 19, 2011

    We were a party of three -- our daughter was looking at properties in the area and so we came along too. We had the immensely comfortable suite, including a large sitting room; she had the pretty, blue room with a spacious bathroom. Others have rightly emphasized the warm welcome you receive from Jenny and Skip, the delicious breakfasts, the generous attention to detail in making guests comfortable. I'd like to draw attention to the house itself, a nineteenth-century building in the historic quarter of Cambridge which Jenny and Skip have restored with great love and good taste. Jenny has a wonderful eye for colour and texture, and has created a home that is extremely elegant and at the same time very welcoming. There are several beautiful rooms available to guests in addition to their own bedrooms, including a screened porch looking over the garden. As a trio of English people who have travelled pretty widely we felt Mill Street Inn represents American hospitality at its very best.

    Felicity R, York, UK

  • Directions

    From Route 50 Heading South

    1. Cross Choptank River and make first right at the traffic light onto Maryland Avenue 
    2. Follow Maryland across drawbridge and bear easy right onto Spring Street
    3. Follow Spring (a short distance) to High Street
    4. Christ Church will be straight ahead and courthouse will be on your right
    5. Turn right onto High Street
    6. Follow High to the end and turn left on Water Street 
    7. The second left (and right in front of the Yacht Club) is Mill Street
    8. Turn left and 114 Mill Street is the fourth house on the left
    9. There is ample off street parking
    10. Our driveway is to the left of the house as you face it from the street

    From Route 50 (Ocean Gateway) Heading North

    1. Just before you get to the Choptank River, turn left onto Maryland Avenue
    2. Landmarks to look for are a Shell station on the left
    3. Once on Maryland Avenue, follow directions as above