Pieceful Cottage B&B

23120 Manokin Ct, Deal Island, Maryland 21821
Innkeeper(s): Betty and Tom Dietz
  • Introduction

    Pieceful Cottage B&B is located in the small, secluded fishing village of Wenona, at the southern end of Deal Island, MD. Away from the city noise and lights, you will find a relaxing getaway, views of the most spectacular sunsets over the Chesapeake Bay and on a clear night the stars are brilliant. Use the cottage as your home base while exploring the sights of the Eastern Shore.  Two rooms are available, each decorated in cottage style with hand-made quilts for your comfort.

    Deal Island is home to some of the only remaining historic Skipjacks. These majestic boats still sail for their daily catch of oysters from September to April and you won't want to miss the Skipjack Race and Festival Labor Day weekend.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Elizabeth Dietz for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most of our guests come to Pieceful Cottage to getaway from their busy lives. The pace of life on Deal Island is a lot slower, and friendlier than in the big cities. It’s like you stepped back into the 1950’s.  People still wave and say hello when you pass them. The cottage has outstanding sunset views over the bay and we have a tradition of toasting the sunset with a glass of wine.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    The name Pieceful Cottage is a play on “Peaceful” because we cater to quiltmakers, or “piecemakers”, and this is a beautiful spot to come for a quilt retreat weekend. You can sew all day with no interruptions, while taking in the beautiful views of the bay. We have hosted quite a few quilt retreats with many return visitors. After a full day of quilting, my favorite spot is on the lower deck, sitting in a comfortable chair, lost in a mystery novel.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Deal Island is home to a few of the remaining Skipjacks. These historical wooden sailing vessels once numbered in the hundreds. They would stay out on the open water from October through April, scooping up oysters for sale to the food markets in Baltimore and Philadelphia. The remaining ships are still used today and Deal Island hosts a Skipjack race and festival every September.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Visitors say that we are a full service inn, providing for all of their needs, from restaurant suggestions, to coolers for the beach!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Interesting bits of sea glass can often be found on Deal Island Beach.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
    • Go fishing or crabbing, either from the dock, in your own boat, or on one of the charter fishing vessels that leave from Wenona Harbor.
    • Take an early morning hike or kayak run, through the Deal Island Wildlife Management area with your binocular and camera. You are bound to see some beautiful birds.
    • Enjoy an afternoon at Deal Island Beach, collect some sea glass, and walk around the marina where at least one Skipjack is always harbored.
    • Visit Smith Island, a unique island “lost in time” that can only be reached by boat. The residents still have an Elizabethan lilt in their accent. Enjoy lunch at the Bayside Inn in Ewell.
    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The Wenona harbor is right out our back door. It is a working harbor, always full of activity. You can often see a working Skipjack tied up to the dock. The workboats leave early in the morning before sun is up and return after lunch loaded with the catch of the day. If you time it right, you buy fish and crab right off the boat.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We have two outstanding grills close by, Shedders (in walking distance) and Lucky’s in Chance. But our favorite place is Beach to Bay in Princes Anne, where we can get all kinds of take-out seafood, which we bring home and enjoy along with our sunsets.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The best website for local information is Somerset County Tourism: visitsomerset.com/

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    The larger Captain’s Quarters with a sitting area, and private access to the upper deck. The romantic brass queen bed is covered with a comfortable hand-made quilt. The couch can open up to accommodate two children.

    The Maryland Room is a bright and cheerful room with a wonderful window seat nook that has inspiring views of the bay. The queen bed is covered with a beautiful hand-made quilt for your comfort.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, sorry we do not accept pets.

    If you need to board your pet, may we recommend: Paws and Claws, Princess Anne, MD


  • Activities


    Wenona is a working waterman's harbor where you can get fresh oysters in the winter and the rockfish run all summer. Here you will find an ideal location for sport fishing, kayaking, biking and birding.  There is a free public boat ramp, located just behind the cottage. Bring your own boat and trailer, or sign-up for a charter boat for a day full of fishing.  
    Summer means crab season, catch your own or buy them locally.  You can use our equipment to steam them in "Old Bay" seasoning, and enjoying cracking and eating them out on the screened-in deck.
    You will find a small public beach in the Deal Island Harbor, where you can swim, fish, or collect sea shells and sea glass.  If you are missing the ocean, Ocean City, Maryland, and The National Seashore at Chincoteague/Assateague, Virginia are both just a short one-hour drive away.
    Birders will enjoy the Deal Island Widlife Management area.  This protected area is home to Ospreys, ducks, and water birds. Bring your binoculars and cameras for great shots.  
  • Quilting

    Quilt groups and other crafters are always welcome to come for a stay at Pieceful Cottage. We can provide irons, ironing boards, a cutting station, fold-up work tables, chairs, electric cords and a workroom large enough for 6 quilters or crafters.  Book your retreat in the off-season and you will have use of the the kitchen and workroom.  Inquire about rates and availability.  Owner is a quilter and will help with information on local quilt shops.