George Brooks House Bed and Breakfast

24500 Rolles Range Road, St. Michaels, Maryland 21663
Innkeeper(s): Will & Julia Workman
 
  • Introduction

    George Brooks House Bed and Breakfast - St. Michaels, Maryland

    The George Brooks House is a very comfortable B&B Inn on the outskirts of town - quiet, peaceful with lovely swimming pool, hot tub and gardens on 8 acres of land. Enjoy our 3 course gourmet breakfast then take our 7 speed bikes to explore the area.

    Hot Tub

    Relax poolside and enjoy our swimming pool and hot tub in the summer and early fall. Enjoy dinner at one of many fine restaurants in the area, then return to the inn and select a movie from an extensive DVD movie library. We have a stocked guest refrigerator and ice machine on our covered brick patio. You can always get a cold drink at GBH.

    In the last 25 years, the town of St. Michaels has become a major destination for boaters and travelers in the Mid-Atlantic area with many fine inns, retail shops, marinas and restaurants. The George Brooks House is known for wonderful hospitality, full gourmet breakfasts, superb swimming pool and hot tub surrounded by gardens and excellent value on our Special Packages.

    For Additional Guest Accommodations Please Visit Our Sister Inn ~ The Parsonage Inn

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

    They typically pick St. Michaels as their destination. . then select us from searching Google, the St. Michaels Web site or TripAdvisor. In the warmer weather, our 20 by 40 swimming pool and hut tub make a big difference to some guests.

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

    We are less than 1 mile from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and outside of town. It is much quieter on our 8 acres of land. The pool and hot tub surrounded by gardens sets our inn apart from all of the others in nice weather.

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

    The combination of cute shops, great restaurants, the maritime museum and a charming seaport.

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

    Guests compliment the historic significance and the great job we did restoring this building and winning several preservation awards.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Sailing on a "Skipjack" - the traditional sailboat used for harvesting oysters from the bay.

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

    Sailing on the Skipjack, tour the maritime museum, visit the winery in town, use our bikes to go over to Oxford via the ferry, and enjoy the shops and restaurants in town.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are 6/10 of a mile from the edge of town. . About a mile to many shops and restaurants along with the maritime museum.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Fine dining at "208 Talbot" or at Harbour Lights overlooking the harbor, casual dining at Ava's or Chesapeake Landing.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The St. Michaels web site (www.StMichaelsMD.org) ha lots of information on everything of interest to the visitor.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have six rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    Pets are allowed with prior approval.

     

  • Breakfast

    Full Gourmet Breakfast

    A full gourmet breakfast is served from 8 to 10 AM each morning. Coffee service with freshly baked muffins or coffee cake is on the counter in the garden room starting around 8 AM with breakfast served from 8: 30 to 10 AM on weeekends (around 9 AM during the week). We start with a fresh fruit course and then serve a hot entree with orange juice on the tables. If you have any dietary restrictions or special requests, please let the innkeeper know.

    Swimming Pool

    We typically prepare in advance and serve our Lemon Ricotta Souffle with ham, or red raspberry and chocolate chip pancakes with sausage, or Chile Cheese Puff with potatoes and sausage, or French Toast with bacon, or Eggs Venetian with potatoes and sausage. If you would prefer cereal with fresh strawberries or just vanilla yogurt with fresh fruit, let the innkeeper know when you check in or before breafkast is served.

    Breakfast is served in the Garden Room, Main Dining Room or alfresco on the Covered Brick Patio by the pool in warmer weather. For groups that rent the entire inn, we can also provide lunch or dinner service or poolside cookouts by prior arrangement with the innkeeper. Our CIA trained chef from our other inn assists on special food service for groups renting the entire inn.

     

  • Guest Amenities

    Distinctive Features

    • Historic Property a half-mile north of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
    • Guest Bedrooms feature hand-carved mahogany furniture
    • All Guest Bedrooms have Cable TV with DVD (Extensive DVD movie library)
    • Five guest bedrooms have gas fireplaces with remote control
    • Advanced Geothermal Heating/Cooling System - each room has a thermostat
    • Internet access via wireless router to 3Mb/S cable connection (ask for password)
    • Dramatic decor featuring Waverly bed comforters and window treatments
    • Large outdoor pool and hot tub open from May through October
    • Teak tables with market umbrellas, chairs and chaise lounges around the pool
    • Common rooms open to guests include parlor, garden room and covered brick patio
    • Pima cotton sheets (425 thread count) and luxury towels
    • Formal Victorian gardens with teak benches around pool and hot tub
    • Two person whirlpool tub in two large King "Jacuzzi" bedrooms
    • Eight 7 speed "touring" bikes for our guests to explore this area
    • Stocked guest refrigerator with sodas and bottled water available day and night
    • Mobil Travel Guide Two Star Rating

    Sumptuous Lodging - Competitive Rates

    The main inn provides six large guest bedrooms, five with gas fireplaces and two Kings with 2-person whirlpool bathtub.  All guest bedrooms have cable TV with DVD player, CD clock radio and private bathrooms with custom tiled shower along with toilet, pedestal sink and Victorian era light fixture.   We provide WiFi Internet service at 3Mbit/S throughout the inn and by the pool.  Click on the room list to the right for photos and descriptions.

    Furnishings include a mahogany four-poster canopy bed (Queen or King) with dramatic Waverly comforter, pima cotton sheets (425 tc), a bed bench facing the fireplace, two comfortable chairs, CD clock radio and other hand-carved mahogany furniture.  Our inn provides a romantic and unforgettable setting for those special events in our lives or a few day escape to the "Eastern Shore" of Maryland.

    Our inn provides a romantic and unforgettable setting for those special events in our lives or a few day escape to the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

    The Perfect Place For Your Next Special Occasion

    In warmer weather (May to October), most guests spend time sitting around the pool and hot tub next to the gardens or on the veranda overlooking the pool. In the winter months, the parlor with wood burning fireplace provides a comfortable place to read or enjoy some hot tea and cookies. Our swimming pool is 20' by 40' with 5 foot depth in the middle and 3.5 feet at the ends with large set of steps. You can swim laps, use our floating lounge chairs or we can set up the volleyball net in the middle for groups. The pool is normally open 11 AM to 10 PM subject to weather conditions. If you want to use the pool or hot tub outside of these hours, please discuss this with the innkeeper. We have an extensive DVD movie library for in-room entertainment.

    We can also provide lunch or dinner food service for groups that book the entire inn for meetings, family reunions or wedding rehearsal dinners. Small weddings (up to 70 in warm weather) can be accommodated with several months' notice. A superb deep tissue body massage is available in the privacy of your bedroom by prior arrangement.

    Parking is provided along our circular driveway in front of the inn along Rolles Range Road or next to the garage or adjoining the driveway. Parking in town is generally not a problem except on busy Saturday afternoons in the summer or special events at the maritime museum.

  • Awards

    Common Area

    Awarded Two Stars by Mobil Travel Guide

    May 2002: The George Brooks House B&B won the prestigious "Heritage Award" from the Talbot County Historic Society for the best restoration in 2001 for a private residence - the award was presented on May 23, 2002 in Easton.

    May 2003: The State of Maryland awarded the George Brooks House its "Preservation Award" for outstanding restoration of a private home on May 2, 2003 in Easton - one of only two homes selected for this award for 2002.

    The main building provides good sound isolation with no common walls between bedrooms.  There are three common rooms on the first floor of the building for our guests plus the covered brick patio by the dining room.  We have an advanced geothermal heating or cooling system with thermostats in every room for optimum guest comfort.  Our Inn is "smoke-free" with smoking allowed outside away from other guests.

     

  • Group Meetings and Special Occasions

    The facility is ideal for family reunions, small meetings, rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions for up to 65 people, with food service available. A full body massage is available in-room by prior arrangement.

    For groups booking the entire Inn, your hosts can provide full food service including formal dinner or cookout at additional cost.

  • Things To Do

     

    St. Michaels is a great destination due to its scenic harbor and the wealth of things to do and see in this area. Even in the winter or off-seaon when it is too cold to go sailing, the Chesapeake Bay Martime Museum less than one mile from our inn features many indoor exhibits along with the lighthouse to explore and imagine life as a "light keeper" over a hundred years ago. (See the Restaurant Guide and Local Attractions at StMichaelsBedandBreakfast.com) During the warmer months from May through October, we featue sailing on the Skipjack "Rebecca T. Ruark" with the unforgetable Captain Wade Murphy out of Tilghman Island (11 miles from our inn) or here in St. Michaels a cruise up the Miles River on the Patriot, an air conditioned 65 foot boat with bar and snacks.

    We have new 7 speed touring bikes for our guests to explore St. Michaels or the wonderful waterfront vistas in the area or to journey to Oxford via the Bellevue ferry (8 miles from the inn). We are five blocks from the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Rt. 33 and about 8 blocks to the center of town. A two mile loop from our inn takes you out through the golf course at Harbourtowne and then along the Miles River before turning your bike back towards our inn.

    There are many fine restaurants and shops in St. Michaels, and we would be pleased to recommend one or more that would match up with your interests. Other activities in the area include fishing, golf, kayaking, horseback riding or a visit to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge (below Cambridge). The new St. Michaels Winery and the Micro-Brewery are in town at the Mill complex. We have discounted tickets for the Winery tasting of five wines, saiing on the Skipjack "Rebecca T. Ruark" and for entrance to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum .  . . just check with us if you want to purchase these discounted tickets or if you are purchasing a special package like the "Best of the Bay".

    Local Attractions

    • Sail on a Skipjack
    • Visit the Maritime Museum
    • Cruise the Miles River on the Patriot
    • Shop/Dine in St. Michaels
    • Golf at Hog Neck
    • Golf near our inn
    • Visit Oxford via Ferry
    • Visit Black Water Wildlife Refuge
    • Visit St. Michaels Winery
    • Visit St. Michaels Brewery
    • Visit Pickering Creek Audubon Center
    • Visit Tilghman Island
    • Visit Easton, MD
    • Hooper Island and Fishing Creek
  • Directions

    The George Brooks House B&B sits on 8 acres of land about 1/2 mile west on Rt. 33 from the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum at the NW end of town.  You can use MapQuest , Google or Yahoo maps to find our inn using our address of 24500 Rolles Range Road, St. Michaels, Maryland 21663.  Some maps show our inn incorrectly. We are at the intersection with Rt. 33, and we are clearly visible as soon as you turn onto Rolles Range Road from Rt. 33!

    From Annapolis and the Bay Bridge:

    1. Take Rt. 50 to Easton (30 minutes)
    2. Take Rt. 322 to your right following the Easton airport
    3. Follow the signs to St. Michaels by turning right onto Rt. 33 (4th traffic light)
    4. After 2 miles on the Easton bypass, then 9 miles on Rt. 33 into St. Michaels
    5. After clearing the town of St. Michaels, we are 4/10 mile on your left past the Inn at Perry Cabin to your right – the first left turn after the ball fields on your left
    6. Turn left onto Rolles Range Road and you will immediately see the Yellow and White George Brooks House to your right
    7. Go past our sign and enter the driveway near the garage (be careful of the drainage ditch along the road)
    8. You can park along the driveway, next to the garage or past the trees before the driveway re-enters Rolles Range Road
    9. Enter the inn via the door facing the driveway and approach the visitor counter on your left past the parlor fireplace.

    From Philadelphia and New Jersey:

    1. Take the exit on I95 at Newark, DE for Rt. 896 that connects to Rt. 301 in Maryland
    2. Proceed south on Rt. 301
    3. Turn left on Rt. 213 near Centerville, which connects over to Rt. 50
    4. Turn left on Rt. 50 and proceed toward Easton
    5. From Tidewater Virginia (Norfolk/Hampton Roads), take Rt. 13 North to Salisbury, then Rt. 50 North to Cambridge and Easton
    6. Approaching Easton, take the Rt. 322 "bypass" to the West of Easton
    7. The third traffic light is Rt. 33 (Bay Street to the right into Easton) where you turn left and head the 9 miles into our little town