Black Walnut Point Inn
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A secluded gem, this Maryland private island estate has been sealed off by Russian spies, housed the CIA, and the first Gulf War was planned in the sunroom. Now the sanctuary gate secures the half-mile drive through 52 acres of bird sanctuary before opening to our 6 acre island of gardens and lawn. The sun rises over the Choptank River and sets over the Chesapeake Bay, which make wind, waves and endless water views the hallmark. A pair of nesting eagles, resident osprey, migrating butterflies, waterfowl and songbirds are commonly seen along with Bay dolphin; and the back cove is a spawning grounds for rockfish. At night the stars are uninterrupted, another surprise of nature, making lodging at Black Walnut Point Inn a quiet, secret place of peace - all just an hour and a half from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
By far, the most popular activity on this eastern shore point is doing nothing. But the pool, hot tub and long gravel drive encourage unwinding with a good book or slowing to a ramble, and only occasionally lifting binoculars. The constant sound of waves and the waterfront view in every direction help one stand still. Inevitably, guests take advantage of a hammock, Adirondack chair or chaise lounge.
We serve breakfast and offer tea and snacks, but once guests arrive they don’t want to leave. Please bring your favorite drink to store in the house refrigerator or a cabin’s kitchen. We have a grill by the pool, and we offer a pantry service for picnic lunches, crackers and cheese, and simple ready-to-cook dinners are available for guests staying in a cabin.
We encourage everyone to bring bikes, kayaks or canoes, but there is plenty to explore by foot. In addition to the pool, the great lawn is perfect for croquet, the dock has landed substantial rockfish, and there is always a good breeze for kite flying.
Black Walnut Point Bed and Breakfast has an expansive water view from every room, perfect for celebrating birthdays or anniversaries. In fact, couples can view miles of open water in the cabins and Tilghman room from their king-sized beds. We can enhance your romance with a surprise of chocolates, roses, or a cake to share in your room or private screened-in porch.
Black Walnut Point Inn consists of the main house built in the 1840’s and three luxury cabins. We are open year-round and each guest has a key to the sanctuary gate. Every accommodation has expansive water views, a separate bath and heat and air conditioning. All guests have access to the main house, including the dining room, living room, sun porch, front and back porches, grounds, pool, hot tub and dock. A full breakfast is served from 8 to 10am with snacks available throughout the day. You can schedule a massage, fly fishing lessons, rent kayaks and bikes, or simply keep a rocking chair or hammock occupied. Because of our nesting birds and lack of fencing, we can not accommodate pets or children under 12.
We are open year-round, so everything is heated and air conditioned. The cabins feature private screened-in porches, full kitchens, gas fireplaces and king-sized beds overlooking the Choptank. Within twenty feet of the water each has windows that run their length, and Yew-tree and Red Cedar cabins have pull-out futons for extra guests, or to snuggle in front of the fire. In fact, the warmth, privacy and comfort of the entire Inn is a frequent haven for those on their honeymoon and babymoon. Pine Tree cabin is ADA compliant with comfortable upholstered rockers, all are equipped with TV, VCR and DVD players, and all guests are welcome at breakfast.
The Main 1840’s House
The Tilghman room is spacious but cozy with hand-hewn black walnut beams, a king-sized bed overlooking the pool and point, a day bed, chaise lounge and reading chairs. The Talbot room has a cathedral ceiling with two steps down or up into the bath, a queen and day bed, broad hope chest and a sitting area under look-out windows. The airy Bay room overlooks the point, western bulkhead and northern bird sanctuary and has a queen bed, day bed and reading corner with rocking chairs. The Attic Hideaway is between the gables, has a separate bath with the vanity in the room, a double bed and built in wooden chests around the chimney. The futon at the top of the stairs serves as a private reading area but can accommodate two more in a pinch.
The Local Area
Tilghman Island has several fine restaurants from fine dining to bistros overlooking the drawbridge at Knapp Narrows, and St. Michaels is twenty minutes away. Back on the island there are fishing charters, lighthouse tours and sails with Captain Wade on the oldest registered skipjack built in 1886.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Bob and Tracy for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Our location, which is 6 acres surrounded by miles of water on three sides.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are best known for the peace and serenity found here. We are at the narrow end of a 58-acre bird sanctuary. People love the sunrises over the river and sunsets over the Chesapeake Bay.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Tilghman Island is still a working fishing village that is 2 hours and 50 years away from DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Guests feel instantly at home and get the best sleep they have had in years.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
We are - in the past the Inn was used by spies and the government because of its seclusion.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Eat at the varied restaurants, fish off our dock, kayak in the marshes, bike the peninsula, sunset sails on a skipjack and keep a hammock company.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Our bird walk that goes by our eagle's nest.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Both the Tilghman Island Inn and Two If By Sea Cafe.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have four rooms in the 1840's House and three luxury cabins.
Do you accept pets?
Due to the fact we are on a bird sanctuary, no pets allowed.
Few wedding venues can match the acres of lawn tapering to a point surrounded by miles of water in every direction. From our half-mile entrance along the bay, to our gardens and back dock, the possibilities are truly endless, including same sex marriages. We work with quality caterers to assure you the best waterfront wedding receptions available on Maryland's eastern shore, from grand events to simple weddings starting at $500 with our Officiant onsite.
Crab Feasts, Sunset Sails, Kayaking or Fishing
As one of the best destination wedding locations, Black Walnut Point Inn tailors to you. Whether this includes a champagne sunset cruise or a mid-day kayak expedition to view the eagles, Black Walnut Point Inn is truly one of the most unique outdoor wedding sites on the east coast.
What Makes Us Different
Black Walnut Point Inn is an unmatched wedding site, and, as we rent the Inn for the weekend, there is no rush. With our many porches, gardens, bird walk and pool, there is plenty of time to relax. You can plan a rehearsal dinner on Friday, a group activity on Saturday followed by your sunset wedding and reception. For a truly relaxed weekend without limitations, Black Walnut Point Inn is unique and can fit your wedding budget.
The AreaOn Tilghman Island we suggest a sail with Captain Wade on the Rebecca T. Ruark, which you can book from our reservation page, or a Lighthouse Tour with Captain Mike Richards or a romantic sail with Captain Jeff Mathias on the Lady Patty. Tilghman Island Marina rents jet skis and pontoon boats, and the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center offers sunset cruises and eco tours. The Tilghman Island Waterman’s Museum and Nautical Book Store is open weekends, and Walter Bartman holds painting seminars on the island throughout the year with many of his students staying with us to take advantage of the spectacular views.
Off the island, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum holds events such as the Classic Boat Show, Folk Festival, Boat Auction, Concourse d’Elegance Car Show, Small Craft Festival and OysterFest. Christmas in St. Michaels is one of many festivals along with the Log Canoe Races . The Oxford-Bellevue Ferry established in 1683 is a charming ride to quaint shops and restaurants across the Choptank, and nearby Easton hosts Pleine Air Easton and the Waterfowl Festival among many others.
Directions to Black Walnut Point Inn
Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from Annapolis to the Eastern Shore.
Stay on Route 50 at split going South to Ocean City and Easton.
Pass Easton Airport and follow signs to Route 322 - St. Michaels/Tilghman Island.
Past shopping centers turn right onto Route 33 - St. Michaels/Tilghman Island.
Pass through St. Michaels, over the Drawbridge and through Tilghman Island.
Pass fire station, school, housing development and farm fields until Fairbanks Road.
Stay straight at Fairbanks road to continue onto Black Walnut Point Road.
Pass through residential area, parking area and Naval Radar Station.
Pass through Natural Resource Area gate and sign for Black Walnut Point Inn.
Travel a half-mile on gravel road and arrive at Black Walnut Point Inn.
Inn phone: 410-886-2452