The Inn at Brome Howard
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Make yourself at home at The Inn at Brome Howard (formerly The Brome Howard Inn), on the grounds of Historic St. Mary's City, Maryland, a National Historic Landmark. Surrounded by fields and forests on the banks of the St. Mary's River, the 1840s Inn is the perfect retreat for weddings, birthdays, corporate events, a family adventure, or a romantic getaway.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Tara Jensen for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Many travelers enjoy our proximity to St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, the Navy Annex at Webster Field, and historic and recreational points of interest. Others enjoy the pastoral setting. The Inn is located on the grounds of Historic St. Mary’s City, museum of living history and archaeology and a National Historic Landmark. A three-mile hiking trail invites exploration of the banks of the beautiful St. Mary’s River, farm fields, and the forest that surrounds the property. Some visitors come for the food – extending their enjoyment of a monthly Wine-Pairing Dinners offered by the Inn’s caterer, Expressions of St. Mary’s.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Our beautiful location and buildings and peaceful ambiance. The 19th -century Inn and its original carriage house, smokehouse, dairy house and slave quarters grace a bucolic location on the St. Mary’s River. The Inn is part of Historic St. Mary’s City, a living history museum, which includes a working colonial tobacco plantation, a tall ship, and a five-mile trail system.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Students and academics come for our proximity to St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the adjacent public honors college, and business travelers come for access to Navy facilities. Tourists enjoy the region’s three centuries of history. Outdoors enthusiasts come to explore thousands of acres of wilderness preserved in state parks and miles and miles of waterways.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We love hearing that our guests are anxious to return!
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Historic St. Mary’s City, the 800-acre living history museum that commemorates the founding of Maryland. Southern Maryland hospitality will greet you from the first phone call to last cup of tea and cookie.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
There are three centuries of history for the history buff to explore. More miles of shore line than square miles of land for outdoor enthusiasts. Seafood to sample and unique shopping opportunities.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Walk a woodland trail to Historic St. Mary’s City, and time travel back to colonial Maryland, when this was the state’s first capital. Explore reconstructed buildings with costumed guides, step onboard a tall ship, and find out how historians and archaeologists know what they know about the past. Continue along the trail to St. Mary’s College of Maryland for shopping, dining, and occasional world-class entertainment and lectures.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
The Inn’s on-site caterer, Expressions of St. Mary’s, offers freshly prepared and reasonably priced lunches Tuesday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and an extensive Brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Expressions also offer monthly Wine Pairing Dinners and occasional special dining events. For local flavor, Courtney’s, on Wynn Road in Ridge is known for serving up the freshest fish in town. For fine dining with a French flair, try Café Des Artists, 20 minutes north of the Inn in Leonardtown. Hearty pub fare, the best beer in town, and a spectacular waterside location are on tap at The Ruddy Duck, about 20 miles away on St. George Island.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
Four rooms with the ability to sleep ten.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets on a general basis; service dogs are welcome.
Relax in the quiet comfort of one of four serene bedrooms tastefully decorated with heirloom furniture, luxury linens, antiques, and period artwork. Room amenities include: private baths, CD player clock radios, hair dryers, as well as use of the parlor which includes a fireplace, games, a library of historical and current books and wireless high speed internet. In the morning we greet you with a continental breakfast which includes seasonal fruit, quiche, juices, cereal, Colombian coffee and a variety of teas.
Catering and Dining
Expressions of St. Mary's is the exclusive caterer for The Inn and the museum. Expressions is owned and managed by Debbie Hamann, a St. Mary's resident who has over 30 years of food service experience. Dining events include:
- Monthly Wine Paing Dinners
- Valentine's Dinner
- St. Paddy's Day Dinner
- Hosting Groups at the Inn
For more information, please visit our website.
Weddings and Events
Surrounded by fields and forests on the banks of the St. Mary's River, the 1840s Inn is the perfect retreat for weddings, birthdays, family gatherings, and corporate events.
Plan a small gathering in the restored plantation house or formal garden, or decorate our on-site party tent for a larger celebration. Full coordination of your event, from furnishings to flowers and everything in between, can be flawlessly presented at affordable prices. Whatever you're planning we are ready to help make it happen.
Expressions of St. Mary's, the exclusive caterer for the Inn and museum, will work with you to plan a creative and delicious menu. Add in Expressions' graceful service and you have all the ingredients for a memorable event.
The Inn is one of several unique venues on museum grounds that are available for events. Contact M. Padukiewicz (email@example.com or 240-895-4991) to schedule a visit or to explore options for your special day. We’re sure to have a site that fulfills your vision!
Historic St. Mary's City
Experience life in 17th century Maryland! Step onboard a tall ship, play colonial games, and wander through a witchott. The plantation household will show you what's growing in the kitchen garden and introduce you to heirloom livestock. Find out how archaeologists and historians piece together the past to reveal this colony's remarkable legacy of democracy and toleration. Lord Baltimore's capital, in beautiful tidewater Southern Maryland, stands ready to be re-discovered.
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Founded in 1840, St. Mary's enjoys a unique status in higher education at Maryland's public honors college.
The College is consistently ranked as one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S News & World Report, Kiplinger's and The Princeton Review.
As Maryland's public honors college, St. Mary's offers an undergraduate liberal arts education and small college experience like those found at exceptional private colleges. St. Mary's shares the hallmarks of private institutions: an outstanding faculty, talented students, high academic standards, a challenging cirriculum, small classes, a sense of community and a spirit of intellectual inquiry. But as a state institution of higher education, St. Mary's is also commited to the ideals of affordability, accessibility, and diversity. By combining these virtues of public and private education, St. Mary's provides a unique alternative for students and their families.
St. Mary's is named for the place it marks: 17th - century capital of Maryland. The spectacular waterfront setting is in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay Region.
Older than Mount Vernon, older than Monticello, older than the nation itself, Sotterley Plantation stands majestically on the banks of the Patuxent River. It is the only remaining Tidewater Plantation in Maryland that is open to the public with a full range of visitor activities and educational programs. Sotterley's significant architecture features the early 18th-century Manor House, a rare slave cabin, and a full array of outbuildings set amidst seventy acres of rolling fields, gardens and riverfront.
St. Clement's Island
Otherwise known as the “birthplace of Maryland”; Maryland’s first colonists arrived on this site in 1634. Currently, it is the site of the Potomac River Museum which is a distinctive destination interpreting the arrival of the concepts of religious toleration and separation of church and state.
The Calvert Marine Museum
Looking for a good family day trip in the Washington D.C. Metro Area? Then The Calvert Marine Museum is the place for you. Located in Solomons, Maryland at the mouth of the Patuxent River, we offer fun, hands-on experiences in a beautiful setting. Browse our web site and learn all there is to see and do.
A quiet waterfront fishing village located just 55 minutes south of the Washington beltway where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay. Stroll the Riverwalk, Charter a boat for a day of Chesapeake fishing or charter a sailing boat for a luxury cruise. Hop a jet ski, go kayaking, or rent a boat, and try your luck catching dinner. Explore fossils from millions of years ago and tour the Drum Point Lighthouse at the Calvert Marine Museum. Enjoy fine waterfront dining, unique antique and gift shops, quaint bed and breakfasts and fine hotels.
Whether you arrive here by automobile or by boat, you will find your journey has been worth it. Solomons Island is open all year round is a great place from which to explore Calvert County or the surrounding Southern Maryland region. You will find Solomons a place of uncommon charm and unspoiled beauty.
Point Lookout State Park
Recreational opportunities abound on this picturesque peninsula formed by the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. Swimming, fishing, boating and camping are just a few of the activities to be enjoyed in this beautiful bay setting.
Patuxent Naval Air Museum
An historical museum detailing the history of both Naval aviation and the facility at PAX NAS including the history of Apollo astronaut training. Also includes interactive flight simulators.
Shopping and Marketplaces
- Cecil's Old Mill Historic District
- The Maryland Antique Center
- Charlotte Hall Farmer's Market and Auction - Wednesday and Saturday.
- North St. Mary's Farmer's Market - Monday- Saturday. Seasonally
"A Wonderful Choice"
"History lovers, old house lovers and just lovers will appreciate the welcoming, romantic accommodation at the Inn at Brome Howard. Our beautiful and comfy room (we chose the rosy red walls of Calvert's Retreat), a friendly and responsive innkeeper, Tara, and a delicious spread of a Sunday buffet breakfast included in the room rate set this inn above other area lodgings. Add the lovely historic setting overlooking St. Mary's River with its pastoral grounds and walking paths that lead back to the fascinating sites of St. Mary's City and you've got plenty to do, or not. I'm so glad there are places like this -- what a treat. We enjoyed our relaxing stay here and hope to return."
“Doesn't Get Any Better”
"Expressions of St. Mary's recently took over the Inn at Brome Howard and it is a spectacular place to visit, stay, have lunch, brunch or host your special event. The new staff are cheerful and respectable. The food has no match. The most wonderful casual lunches can be had in the beautifully decorated historic home, overlooking the river. The grounds are fantastic, they share trails with Historic St.Mary's City and an entire day can be spent exploring the trails and enjoying a stop at the Brome Howard for lunch. I recommend the Brome Howard to all my friends and family as well as recommend staying at the Inn to clients and colleagues when they are visiting the Naval Air Station, no traffic on the way to or from and you are treated like royalty during your stay."
"A Gem in Southern Maryland"
"We visited this lovely Inn in October, which was a lovely and quiet time of year. The Inn is beautifully decorated and in a wonderful waterfront spot with a hiking trail going right through the front yard. It looks like they have a lot of wedding business, probably in the warmer months. Nearby historic St. Mary's City is an informative and entertaining way to spend the day. We found no fault with the Inn itself, and breakfast and lunch are available on site. One slight problem is its remote location, and the relative scarcity of nearby places to have a good dinner."
For more guest reviews, please visit our page on tripadvisor.
Rt. 2 South to Rt. 4 South to Rt. 5 South
From Washington, DC
Rt. 4 South to Rt. 5 South OR Rt. 5 South from 495
From Richmond, VA
- Rt. 301 North, over Potomac River Bridge
- Turn Right onto Rt. 234 South to Rt. 5 South
Once on RT. 5 South
- Proceed past St. Mary’s College
- Turn right onto Rosecroft Rd.
- The Inn is located approximately 1 mile down on the right