Elk Forge Bed & Breakfast Inn, Spa, Events, Tea Room & Shop

807 Elk Mills Road, Elkton, Maryland 21921
Innkeeper(s): Andrew
  • Elk Forge B&B Main House

    Elk Forge B&B Main House

  • Brandywine Suite

    Brandywine Suite

  • Conservatory at Elk Forge

    Conservatory at Elk Forge

  • Baltimore Room

    Baltimore Room

  • Breakfast at Elk Forge

    Breakfast at Elk Forge

  • Brandywine Suite Living Room

    Brandywine Suite Living Room

  • Outdoor Hot Tub

    Outdoor Hot Tub

  • Nature Trails at Elk Forge B&B

    Nature Trails at Elk Forge B&B

  • Introduction

    Elk Forge is a Maryland bed and breakfast located just minutes from Newark, Elkton and greater Wilmington, nestled on five acres of beautiful woods, nature trail and gardens.

    Numerous amenities add to your comfort and delight at this Maryland country inn — from free high–speed wireless Internet, robes, to the outdoor hot tub. We also feature an on-site Day Spa. All rooms include breakfast and have private bathrooms, fireplaces, and king or queen sleep support mattresses.

    An early mid-week breakfast is included and served at 7:00 a.m., or you may request a hand-packaged breakfast-to-go. All of our rooms have private baths and numerous luxury amenities for your comfort, including robes, king or queen sleep support mattresses, workspace with free high-speed wireless internet, electric or gas fireplaces, DVD/VCR with free cable service, ironing board, and hairdryers. Eleven of our rooms have whirlpool tubs to ease away any stress from travel. Our on-site Day Spa features a variety of massage and body treatments.

    Elk Forge is just minutes from your business in Newark, Elkton, and greater Wilmington. Elk Forge has 14 luxurious rooms and suites perfectly suited to accommodate corporate travelers with the comforts of home, as well as everything you may need as you travel.

    While close to Newark, Wilmington, and Philadelphia, the historic Elk Forge is found in a quiet country setting with acres of woods and gardens, two nature trails, putting & chipping green with sand trap. 

  • 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 Andrew for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most people come for a quiet escape in a beautiful, peaceful country environment that is still close to fun daytrips, amusements and sporting activities. They want the coziness of a country Inn and the pleasures of an on-site Health Spa along with the other amenities we offer: nature trails, putting green, and a library of books, film and games. Many come to celebrate their own intimate events such as birthdays and anniversaries, or to attend one of our Weddings or events.

    What are you best known for? 

    Elk Forge is best known for our Historic Manor home, luxurious rooms, superb Spa services and delicious foods.

    What makes your inn unique? 
    The combination of our history, Health Spa and Wedding and Event venue make us unique in our industry when coupled with our Tea Room and Shop featuring over sixty specialty teas from around the world.

    What do you love most about your inn?
    What we love best about Elk Forge is that our Inn, Spa, gardens and woods provide the calming and beautiful retreat that our guests need to rest and recharge.

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

    Elk Forge is a destination in itself. You need not even leave the grounds, unless you wish to sample the local flavors in dining, museums, nature preserves and special events: nearby Fair Hill equestrian trials and entertainments, gaming, golfing, Brandywine Valley attractions or Amish Country.

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

    The number one comment from guests is that they "felt peaceful and happier just coming up the drive".

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secret about our area is probably the Fair Hill nature preserve with over 5,000 acres bordering Elk Forge with miles of groomed trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, as well as a Nature Center to view and learn about the native wildlife and fauna.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    With four nights to visit, a guest can lavish themselves with our spa services of massage, facials, wraps and body polishes. They can explore the Fair Hill Nature Preserve; visit Longwood Gardens or Winterthur, Hagley museum or Nemours. An historic walking tour or Old New Castle, Chesapeake City or Strasburg would be both fun and educational. A beautiful country drive would take them to the heart of Amish Country or to the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Elk Forge is on the Big Elk Creek and guests can enjoy the creek for fishing, wading and for its beauty. They can walk our nature trails and view the wildlife: deer, turtles, birds, opossum, squirrels and red fox. The eagles nest alongside the otters on the Creek. Wildflowers and berries may be gathered in their seasons. Year round Elk Forge is resplendent in its natural surroundings.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Of course, it is Bunbury’s--the Elk Forge Tea Room. Specialty Teas accompanied by home-baked scones, deserts and savories are a special treat. For fine dining I would go to The Fair Hill Inn or any number or restaurants within a 15 minute drive.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Both the Cecil County Tourism and New Castle County Touris websites. Others would be specific to what you are looking for: shows, golfing, historic attractions, Amish Country.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 14 rooms & suites.

    Do you accept pets?

    We accept pets in select rooms with easy outdoor access.


  • Weddings and Receptions

    Ceremony Outdoor Setup

    Nestled on five acres of beautiful woods and gardens along the Big Elk Creek, Historic Elk Forge Manor offers a truly romantic setting for your day of dreams. You may choose to have your ceremony under a garden arch; surrounded by woods or roses; or beside an indoor fountain or cozy fire. Our Sugar House, Conservatory or gardens offer a unique reception venue for celebrating with family and friends, creating memories to treasure for a lifetime…


    Indoors or outside in our beautiful gardens or woods, your vows are exchanged —
    with just the two of you in a romantic escape or with loved ones gathered near.

    Elk Forge Ceremony Package
    $589.00 Mon-Thur
    $789.00 Fri/Sat/Sun & Holidays
    Includes Wedding Officient & Venue Fees up to 50 people*
    *Add $2.00/pp for chair rental/set-up as needed.


    Rent the Sugar House at the Historic Elk Forge as the perfect venue to host your Wedding Reception and enjoy both the historic grandeur and country charm.

    Reception Packages starting at $65 per person:
    Includes Reception space, Three appetizers, Two Gourmet Entrees, Salad, Two sides, and facilities (Tables, Chairs, Setup, Table Linens, Glass & China service, Silverware).
    Add: Lodging in the Manor House as needed.

  • Business & Other Events

    The Sugar House and the Elk Forge Bed and Breakfast provides the perfect place for all of your professional and personal meetings.

    Elk Forge is the perfect place for your next meeting, conference, or party. The Conference Room features comfortable seating, flipcharts, whiteboard, and LCD projector. Catered breakfast, lunches, and breaks can be tailored to your group.

  • An Elk Forge Breakfast Experience

    Elk Forge offers a full breakfast that begins with whole premium roasted & ground coffee beans, loose-leaf specialty teas, juice selections and an offering of our home-made Granny’s Gourmet Granolas, loaded with fruits, nuts and grains. A home-baked bread, is served with fresh fruit or a special recipe fruit dish. All of this is followed by a wonderful breakfast entrée that changes daily to make each morning begin with a new culinary adventure. Special diets can be accommodated (advanced notice recommended).

    Sample menus:

    Daily: Coffee, Tea, Orange or Apple Juice. Gourmet Granola with Milk or Almond Breeze.

    Day 1 - Morning-baked Blueberry Muffin with Butter, Fresh Melon slices, Belgium Waffle with Maple Syrup or Blueberry Topping, Quiche Lorraine.

    Day 2 - Banana Bread with Butter, Pineapple Wedge, Bananas Foster Crepe, Shirred Egg with Smoked Bacon.

    Day 3 - Scone Pudding with Vanilla Sauce, Fresh Strawberries, Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberries, 5-minute Boiled Egg.

    Day 4 - Cinnamon Scone with Apple Butter, Apple with Cheddar Wedge, Buttermilk and Oat Grain Waffle with Maple Syrup, Slice of Country Breakfast Casserole.

  • Bunbury’s Tea Room & Shop

    The new Bunbury’s Tea Room at Elk Forge is now open. Call Elk Forge to make your reservation!

    Serving delightful, full-leaf premium Teas from around the world accompanied by traditional Afternoon and High Tea fare, along with a tempting Lunch Menu that includes hearty Sandwiches, Pasties & Pies. Our Afternoon Tea menu changes monthly to reflect seasonal, holiday and fanciful themes and features six savories and six sweets on a tiered tray service along with your Pot of Tea, Scone and slice of cake.

    We carry over 50 Specialty Teas, Herbals and Tisanes to suit every palate. Single Estate Teas, Certified Organic and Decaffeinated varieties are available.



  • The Spa at Elk Forge

    The typical modern lifestyle, fast-paced and stressed, increases the importance of periodic Body Polishes, Body Wraps, Facials, and Massages  for proper health and hygiene. Schedule time to care for yourself from the outside in.

    The Tea Garden Spa is a unique Health Spa located in Elkton, Maryland at the historic Elk Forge Inn overlooking the Big Elk Creek.

    Your choice of treatment include:

    • Massages
    • Facials
    • Wraps & Polishes

    For more information about our spa service, please visit the "Spa" page of our website.

  • History

    Elk Forge opened its doors in October 2000 as a Luxury Bed & Breakfast Inn. We are conveniently located between Elkton, Maryland and Newark, Delaware. Within 10 minutes, guests can access downtown Elkton or Newark, the University of Delaware, W.L.Gore, DuPont and many area businesses and attractions.

    For approximately 200 years, Elk Forge was the center of an industrious community featuring a Forge, Grain Mill, Saw Mill, Textile Mills and Farms covering over 1,000 acres.
    Dr. Harry and LeAnn Lenderman (BSRN, MMgt.) renovated and expanded the existing buildings to become the Elk Forge Inn and Spa as you see it today.

    Elk Forge is listed in the Cecil Country Maryland Historic Preservation Commission as a valuable property in the history of commerce in Cecil County.

  • Attractions

    Elk Forge is the ideal location for your family vacation in Maryland. The area is full of museums and historic attractions, such as Winterthur Museum, Longwood Gardens, and the University of Delaware, that are in easy driving distance from Elk Forge. The Fair Hill Nature Preserve is within minutes of Elk Forge; discover the beauty of this 5,000 acre property.

    During your stay at Elk Forge, you also may enjoy trips to the following:

    • Cecil County & Newark
    • Restaurants & Pubs
    • Chesapeake Bay
    • Wine Country
    • The Brandywine Valley
    • Pennsylvania Dutch Country
    • Biking & Horseback Riding
    • Baltimore