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Valentine’s Day.

January 26, 2018 by Robert English


Valentines Day. From Rome to Solomons Island

Valentine’s Day has clear links to early Romans, but it was the British and French who brought it over the Atlantic in its current tradition. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, why not spend Valentine’s Day at Solomons Victorian Inn. Its European connection makes it the perfect place to relax, soak in the water views and visit one of our excellent local restaurants. We are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special high tea: English-style dainty sandwiches, scones with cream, and beautiful cakes. If you stay for two romantic nights during February and March you get 50% off the second night! We are also offering our guests a 2 for the price of 1 ticket to Anne Marie Gardens during this period. Check out their stunning indoor art gallery then take a romantic stroll through the grounds and enjoy the many art installations. It’s a magical experience that celebrates both art and nature.


Have you ever thought why we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

It seems that it all began with Saint Valentine from early Roman times. Emperor Claudius II had decreed his soldiers should remain single. Saint Valentine ignored this and secretly married young lovers. Unfortunately, he was executed for his romantic vision.

Later, Roman priests began a festival called Lupercalia to commemorate Valentine’s death. It was celebrated in the middle of February when the local women would put their names in a giant urn. Men would pick out a name and become paired for a year. Hard to imagine these mass blind dates ever leading to a good outcome, but some actually married as a result! The festival was eventually decreed un-Christian. It was not until the Middle ages in France and England that this day became associated with romantic love.

Skip forward to the Renaissance period and we see the beginning of secret Valentine greetings. The Europeans brought their custom, of giving secret cards and roses to the object of their affections, to the USA in the 1700’s.


From Rome to Solomons Island!

We would love our historic inn to be a part of your story on a very special day. You can book a room by clicking check availability or calling Judith on 410 326 4811


Solomons Watercolor Workshop

October 3, 2017 by Robert English

Plein Air 2017

Quick draw artists

After the recent success of this year’s Plein Air Festival, we are delighted that talented artist Mick McAndrews will be back on Solomons Island on 23rd to the 25th of October. He will be hosting a watercolor workshop for aspiring watercolor painters. The event is organized by Carmen’s Gallery, just a paint splat away from Solomons Victorian Inn. Mick will be staying with us for three nights of restful sleep followed by yummy breakfasts to prepare him for the days ahead.


Mick MicAndrews

Mick McAndrews at this years Plein Air event


Both Judith and I are huge fans of the arts and we support all the local events on the Island. If you are interested in next year’s Plein Air Festival or Anne Marie Gardens’ Artsfest then please book Solomons Victorian Inn early. We will likely be fully booked for both events. Our guests commented on how much they enjoyed walking and interacting with the artists as they painted outdoors at beautiful locations throughout the Island. The event is competitive and the artists come in from far and wide and are all of a very high standard. Their work is judged at an end-of-week event and awards given for the best works on display. Maybe next year you could join the juried painters in the “Paint the Town for a Cause” event and see how you compare!


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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.