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How to solve your gift-giving problems

November 23, 2016 by Robert English

and still be considered thoughtful


Holiday shopping can be draining and time-consuming. Even at night, when the shops are closed, you are racking your brains for inspiration: “What would Grandma love that she doesn’t already have?”, “What can I get for Kate and Rob that they would both enjoy?”, “I’d love to get something special for Aunty Mary and Uncle John to perk them up a bit, but I can’t think of anything!”

Well, we don’t mean to be know-it-alls, but we do have the answers to gift-giving problems like those. Simply purchase a Gift Certificate to Solomons Victorian Inn! Give them the perfect relaxing getaway on the Chesapeake Bay, where they will be treated to superb accommodations, delicious breakfasts, and a very welcoming atmosphere. You can buy the Gift Certificates on our website on the home page or by phoning us direct, and pay any amount you want to spend. We will then mail the Gift Certificate and our brochure to you or the person you aim to delight. What could be easier? And the best part is that they will think you are so thoughtful and came up with the idea all by yourself!

Back Yard Boats

September 18, 2016 by Robert English


richardsneary1000We just love the annual Plein Air event and this year has proved to be the best of our short time running the Inn. Some very impressive artists have been painting our wonderful island getaway over the last 6 days and it is fun to be able to stroll around the Island and see each painter at work. They are often very happy to share a few moments, chatting about their work. We were delighted that two of the painters, Dennis Young and Eileen Eder chose our Inn as a worthy subject and you can see the results below. Particularly impressed that Eileen came back three nights in a row to complete her painting.

After nearly 2 years of running the Inn, we decided to reward ourselves by investing in a small, but beautiful, watercolor by Richard Sneary called ‘Backyard Boats’. We were delighted to meet Richard and it gave me an opportunity to take a picture of him with our mini masterpiece. It is not only the artist who benefits from a sale, as part of the proceeds go to local charities and helping to fund local events like the annual 4th of July fireworks.

We really appreciate all the work that Carmen Lee Nance Gambrill (Carmen’s Gallery) and her team do to host this wonderful event. If you are an art lover, remember to book your accommodation with us early for next year. Our Inn is perfectly placed to walk the Island of Solomons and we serve a delicious breakfast to kick off the day.

If you need more encouragement to come and stay with us don’t forget that Solomons Island has been voted one of America’s 15 “Happiest Seaside Towns”.

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Artists Inspired. Solomons Island

September 15, 2015 by Robert English

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TOSlogo_2015_4-297x300If you love art of all kinds you really have to visit Solomons Island this fall.

There are three exciting events taking place.

The must-see Solomons Plein Air Festival takes place September 15th to 20th. Experience live open-air painting at its best. Watch masterpieces created before your very eyes, by some of the most noted artists inspired by Solomons Island, this gem on the Chesapeake. It’s a competition and the work is judged. If you see something that inspires you – make an offer. Previous festival artwork will be for sale at various locations on the Island. We proudly have 4 pieces on display by artist Gregg Johannesen in our breakfast porch at the Inn. Ring the front door bell, step in and check out the art and our historic inn. For more information about this event visit: Solomons Plein Air Festival

The wonderful Anne Marie Sculpture garden & Arts Center is hosting Artsfest 2015 on September 19th and 20th. This event has 165 artist booths covering all kinds of art disciplines, more than 25 stage performers, a food/beverage area and Kids Activities in the Discovery Tent. There is an entrance fee of $6 (free for children under 11). For more information visit: Artsfest 2015

Don’t forget, on October 17th there is a very different kind of artistic inspiration on display. This is the kind you can eat! A Harvest of Solomons presents a chance to sample the cuisine of our excellent local restaurants and enjoy the fall on the Chesapeake Bay. Yummy! To find out more about this event visit: A Harvest of Solomons

All three events are walking distance from Solomons Victorian Inn in Solomons Maryland. If you are interested in staying at our historic inn and gardens with spectacular water views then Check Availability, for a choice of 7 charming and comfortable rooms, all with independently controlled A/C and heating. Freshly cooked breakfasts, afternoon cookies and helpful innkeepers to share more ideas on some of the wonderful things to see and do on your visit.

A magical voyage with Chesapeake Bay Charters

August 1, 2015 by Robert English

sailing_sunsetjudith-&-carmalettasailing_captain-joshJudith and I enjoyed a really special and magical 2 hour sunset voyage last week. Our new friends, Captains Josh and Carmeletta Muckley of Chesapeake Bay Charters picked us up from a slip, steps in front of Solomons Victorian Inn. The weather was warm, but not too humid and it got even better as we motored away from the harbor into the fresh breeze of the bay. The engine was turned off and we were treated to a very efficient display of raising the sails. The natural sound of the wind catching on the fabric and easy motion of the yacht as we sliced through the water has a dreamy quality that was only enhanced with a bottle of beer. We headed over toward the Patuxent Naval Base where a Yacht race was in progress, then changed direction toward Governor Johnson Bridge and a wonderful sunset. It really doesn’t get much better than this! Another beer and some great conversation fueled our journey back toward Solomons Island and a diversion up the Back Creek before turning around again and getting a real treat as the wind picked up and we experienced the thrill of tacking back and forth by the light of the moon to get us back to the Inn. Josh and Carmeletta are wonderful company and they went out of their way to make the trip as magical as it could be for us.

Check out Chesapeake bay charters at or ring 443 963 9463. Located at Beacon Marina, Dock D, Slip 17, 255 Lore Road, Solomons, MD 20688

Meet Fred the Octopus at Solomons Maritime Museum

January 22, 2015 by Robert English

OctopusThe #1 attraction in Solomons, as ranked by TripAdvisor reviewers, is the Calvert Marine Museum, also referred to as Solomons Maritime Museum. We love Solomons Maritime Museum and the latest addition to the Aquarium of an Octopus gave us another reason to make a visit. He, or is it she, is the new star of the show and on February 10th a name will be picked out by the Octopus. Get on down to the Museum and drop your name into the ballet box!

Personally I think he should be called Fred. I was unfortunate that Fred did not emerge from his Octopus cave while I was there, but James and Christine (son and daughter-in-law) timed their arrival to perfection and managed to take a video of the action and were most impressed. He might need to up-his-game though and show off his moves a bit more often because he faces some serious competition from the Sea Otter, Sting Rays and Lionfish. Mostly Fred does a fine job of maintaining a cool camouflaged persona. His big eye is the give-away and he didn’t fool me. Did you know an Octopus is intelligent and has a beak. I thought only birds had beaks but I’m thinking that he will be smart and use it to pick out his new name: Fred.

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The Solomons Maritime Museum is just 5 minutes from Solomons Victorian Inn in Solomons, Maryland. The Inn welcomes visitors to inviting guest rooms, full country breakfasts and helpful innkeepers who can share more ideas on the wonderful sights of Solomons Island. Check Availability, and join us for a visit to this special Maryland getaway.