Spa at The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland Julie Register visited
this inn and spa on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in April 2008
Michaels, a Victorian resort town on Maryland's scenic Eastern Shore, has been
one of my favorite shoulder season destinations since my first visit six years
ago. This April my husband and I spent a couple of days in this sleepy little
town right before the annual Food
and Wine Festival, the unofficial start of "the season" (and the
crowds). We enjoyed the almost empty streets and uncrowded shops and restaurants.
We enjoyed visiting the quiet Chesapeake
Bay Maritime Museum which, once again, inspired me to read James A. Michener's
The highlight of this visit, however, was our stay at The
Inn at Perry Cabin and our experience at the Linden
Hooper Strait Lighthouse
at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
an oyster aficionado, stands by a few of the brands of canned oysters produced
in the region over the years on display at he Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Spa at The Inn at Perry Cabin opened in June 2007. The 6,000 square foot building
has the same Colonial style of architecture as the Inn. The spa is named for the
row of Linden trees that line the brick driveway leading to the Inn. These trees
were initially brought here from Europe by early settlers. Their white to light
yellow blooms were coveted for their beauty, medicinal purposes and strong appeal
to bees, thus providing a sweet harvest of honey and ample candle wax. Linden
Spa's theme is the botanical art of wellness, harnessing the healing
powers of local plants and herbs. I had an opportunity to experience this with
the Five Flowers Solace treatment.
in Linden Spa's Women's Changing Room
in Linden Spa's Women's Changing Room
Room in Linden Spa's Women's Changing Room
Room in Linden Spa's Women's Changing Room
checked in at the Linden Spa Reception and was escorted to the women's changing
room where I exchanged my clothes for a comfortable robe and sandals. I had time
for a quick steam and shower.
to the other side of the spa to the co-ed relaxation lounge where Jeff had already
settled in. I loved this room! The walls were lined with pressed plants representing
species of botanicals which grow on the Inn's lush grounds - an authentic display
of the spa's botanical theme.
to the Linden Spa Relaxation Room from the Spa Patio
relaxation room overlooked a spacious outdoor spa patio and the Inn's greenhouse
therapist, Lakia, escorted me to the Linden double treatment room for the
Five Flowers Solace.
I was instructed to get on the table closest to the shower. The treatment started
with Lakia slowly massaging a warm mud mixture all over my body. The mud was actually
white clay that had been infused with five local flowers from the Inn's gardens
and local farms - Rose, Blue Cornflower, Rosehip, Jasmine and Chamomile. This
soothing, aromatic herbal mixture felt delightful. The bits of dried flowers in
combination with the massage provided a light exfoliation. Lakia then wrapped
me in a warm blanket to allow the mixture to deeply penetrate my skin. She gave
me a lovely head massage during the wrap. When the wrap was done, I enjoyed rinsing
off in the four-head shower. I returned to the other table where Lakia gave me
a wonderful massage using essential oils of the five flowers.
This treatment is said to have anti-inflammatory, soothing, softening, hydrating
and anti-aging properties. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Spa's eight treatment rooms are named after local flowers and trees that are known
for their healing properties: Linden; Bayberry; Violet; Lemon Verbena; Rose; Marigold;
and Lavender. They are decorated in a palate of cream, browns and blues accented
with botanical prints. Cork floors minimize noise.
The Linden Spa retail boutique
is located at the spa entrance across from the reception desk. Products sold include
Zents, Spa Ritual, Jurlique and Epicuren.
Other features of the spa include a 20'x60' heated, horizon edge swimming pool
centered in a richly landscaped brick walled garden with a large pergola style
arbor as the focal point and...
a second floor fitness room with a universal gym and cardio
equipment. There is a yogy studio with its own private garden in the main Inn
Spa will be offering new themed, mid-week, 3-night Spa Immersion Packages. Call
the spa for details.
mission of the Linden Spa is to be a sanctuary for rejuvenation and relaxation
and for every guest that enters to feel their senses renewed.
Spa Director, Jenny Farrand, offers these Tub Tea recipes to use at home:
SOOTHING TUB TEA Great for sunburn or itchy winter skin.
Tbsp. Ginger Root
2 Tbsp. Green Tea (or contents
of 2 teabags)
3 Tbsp. Organic Oatmeal
green tea and oatmeal. Grind with mortar and pestle, food processor, or rub vigorously
between hands to crumble. Add fresh grated ginger root and place in mesh or fabric
bag. (Tip: The toe of an old pair of stockings works great too!) Fill tub 1/4
full with hot water. Allow to steep 5-10 minutes. Fill remainder of tub with cool
water. Allow Tub Tea to gently infuse bath while you relax. Very mildly fragranced.
CHAMPAGNE DETOX TUB TEA For the occasional overindulgence!
Tbsp. Epsom or Sea Salt
3 Tbsp. Rosemary (dried
3 Tbsp. Dried Peppermint leaf (or 3
2 Tbsp. Lavender Flowers (dried or fresh)
herbs together. Grind with mortar and pestle, food processor, or chop finely.
Place in mesh or fabric bag, add salts. Fill tub 1/4 full with hot water. Allow
to steep 5-10 minutes. Fill remainder of tub to comfortable temperature. Allow
Tub Tea to gently infuse bath while you relax. A soothing, invigorating fragrance.
For best results, do not rinse after bath. Lightly pat dry, and massage the entire
body with moisturizing body oil. In a pinch, olive oil works great!
Linden, Tree of Life An ancient linden through my window glances, sundappling
the room with her breeze-toss't dances, off'ring her blossoms to brew against
tears, bestowing such fragrance as has scented my years. Soother of spirits,
poetess of fantasies, shade for the weary, enticer of honeybees, oft'
has she proved my subduer of strife. O tree of joy, tree of reverie, tree
Inn at Perry Cabin is an historic waterfront property located on 25 acres overlooking
the Miles River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The property was one of the
English Crowns original land grants in the New World. The original Inn,
built in 1816, (now the north wing of the manor house) was designed and built
by Purser Samuel Hambleton, a War of 1812 Navy veteran and aide-de-camp to Commodore
Oliver Hazard Perry. The Inn, named after the renowned Perry who is famous for
his declaration, "We have met the enemy, and they are ours, was built
to resemble the Commodores cabin (Perry Cabin) on the flagship
Orient-Express Hotels purchased the property in May of 1999. In 2002 and 2003,
the company completed a $17 million improvement program. A spa was added in 2007.
Today the Inn is designed in Colonial Revival style with connected, white-shingled
buildings fronted by columns and complemented by lovely grounds, which include
brick lanes and arches, gardens and pathways. With its wide array of cozy sitting
rooms, common areas, courtyards and lawn furnishings, guests are encouraged to
wander throughout the house and gardens, take afternoon tea, and enjoy the Inn
as if they were at home.
main wedding reception scene from the 2005 film The
Wedding Crashers starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn was filmed at The Inn
at Perry Cabin. The Inn also appears in the Fay Wray and Gary Cooper 1928 silent
film The First Kiss.
Inn at Perry Cabin has pet friendly designated rooms which are located on the
ground floor in the signature or state room category. There is a pet fee, and
guests are asked to sign a pet etiquette release, which ensures the comfort of
the pet and other guests. The Inns VIPet program includes: pet packs - dog
biscuits from The Inns Chef, a map of the area for walks, vet information,
tips on dog safety; patio dining with pooch; and a special menu with items like
Osso Bucco with Seasoned Vegetables.
Inn at Perry Cabin has garnered many awards over the years including
Condé Nast Traveler's The Worlds Best Place to Stay,
Travel + Leisure's Top 500 Ultimate Guide The Greatest Hotels in
the World, National Geographic Traveler's 56 Hotels We Love,
Zagats "Top Hotel in the State of Maryland, Andrew Harpers
Hideaway Report's Top 20 U.S. Resort Hideaways, AAA's Four Diamond
Award, Coastal Living Magazine's Inn Love Top 21, Country Inns Magazine's
Top 12 in the United States (Inns), Mid-Atlantic Magazine's Top
Five of all Hotels in the East, and Brides Magazine's The Most Romantic
Honeymoon Spot among others.
Inn at Perry Cabin has 81 guest rooms, each individually decorated in either a
traditional style indicative of the historic section of the Inn, or in a style
that evokes the contemporary Maryland seaside with a mixture of modern and period
furniture and a palate of taupes, soft blues and ivories.
suite was lovely and very comfortable offering a living area with fireplace, bedroom
with a pop-up TV and DVD player and one and a half bathrooms. The Inn provided
complimentary movies including all the Academy Award winners.
turndown service includes fresh cookies and a selection of mineral waters.
grounds at The Inn at Perry Cabin have been cultivated for almost 200 years. The
circa 1816 hotel is even home to the states oldest Holly tree. Dating back
to the early 1800s, the tree is located beside the front entrance and serves
as the official Christmas tree of St. Michaels. Since 1994, Joanne Effinger, has
been the Inns gardener responsible for:
Entry Terrace - Designed as an outdoor garden room with teak furniture
and slate floor, the plants of the season are placed to create privacy and colorful
focal points to this outdoor space.
- The hotel offers 8 garden rooms, each with a private slate terrace with tea
table and chairs and a retractable awning for shade. Plantings on the terrace
range from aromatic rosemary to seasonal flowering plants.
Garden - A meandering path along Fogg Cove leads guests under a shady canopy of
old magnolia, holly and cypress trees where Japanese Painted Ferns, Solomon Seel,
Hostas, and Bears Breech nestle among other shade loving plants.
- The Inns greenhouse is the nursery for many of the plants that will be
showcased in and around the hotel, and also the main source for the many bud vases
and bouquets that are used in the restaurant and other public spaces. Guests are
invited to visit the hotels greenhouse at their leisure, where they will
find a stock of bud vases and shears which allow them to create their own petite
floral arrangement for their room.
Kitchen Garden - Drawing inspiration
from formal English gardens, The Inn at Perry Cabins kitchen garden includes
herbs and lettuces accented with pansies, sweet peas, roses, and blueberries in
a formed design that maintains year round beauty and provides a bounty for the
hotels kitchen staff who can be seen in the early morning harvesting chives,
rosemary, basil, mint and thyme.
On the edge of the
garden, an arbor draped with wisteria and iceberg roses creates a stunning entryway
to the Inns outdoor pool.
Project - The Inn at Perry Cabins Wetlands Restoration project demonstrates
an ongoing commitment to the environment. Working with biologists and landscape
engineers the restoration of the wetlands benefits the community and the overall
health of the Chesapeake Bay. The wetland project cost more than $500K and involved
digging out of what had become an old dumping ground and removing years of trash
(old car parts, land fill, etc). An inlet of water (tidal pool) was then constructed
and the two acre area was planted and seeded with native grasses which now act
as a natural filter for the bays water. The area attracts a variety of wild
life and birds. An osprey platform was also constructed in hope that this endangered
bird will choose this spot as her annual roost.
enjoyed dinner and breakfast at a cozy table with magnificent water views at the
Inn's award-winning restaurant, Sherwoods Landing. Both meals were fabulous.
The restaurant features continental cuisine accented with regional ingredients
from nearby farms and harvested from the Chesapeake Bay. Master Chef Mark Salter
has provided culinary direction at the Inn since 1993. His self-described approach
to cooking is modern classical with an emphasis on lightness.
Sherwood's Landing has received numerous awards in the past including
the prestigious DiRoNa (Distinguished Restaurants of North America") award,
The Food Network's" Best of Water Front Tables" 2004, AAA Four Diamond
Award, Mobil Four Star, Wine Spectator's"Award of Excellence," Bon Appetit's
"Restaurant of the Month," Santé's "Certificate of Achievement
Wine & Spirits Service and Hospitality," The Baltimore Sun's "Four
Stars for Food & Beverage," and the Robb
Report's 57 Favorite Restaurants in the Country.
Michaels dates back to the mid-1600s when it served as a trading post for area
tobacco farmers and trappers. Throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, St. Michaels
economy was sustained by the Chesapeake Bay, focused primarily around the shipbuilding
and the seafood processing and
packing industries. Only
in the last thirty years has the economy of St. Michaels shifted to tourism.
Today, St. Michaels has been described as "Norman Rockwell meets Ralph Lauren"
- a town with unique boutiques, antique shops and restored homes with quaint colonial
and Victorian exteriors - a town where sailboats and bicycles are the preferred
mode of transportation - a town where haute couture meets khakis and boat shoes.
In addition to the Food and Wine Festival, St. Michaels hosts
the First Friday Gallery Walk
(June through August), the Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and Summer
Seafood Festival and other events throughout the year.
Contact Linden Spa at The Inn
at Perry Cabin • Address: 308 Watkins Lane St. Michaels,
MD 21663 • Inn Telephone: +1 410 745 2200 or +1 866 278 9601
• Spa Telephone: 1-800-454-4088
extension 588 • Fax:
410-745-3348 • Web Site: http://www.perrycabin.com/
FYI • Cancellation Policy:
Please allow 6 hours notice of cancellation to avoid a 100% charge. When booking
appointments please allow 24 hours cancellation notice to avoid a 50% charge.
Loss or Damage: Linden Spa regrets that it cannot be responsible for any loss
or damage of personal articles. Please keep all valuables in your safe in your
room during your visit. The Spa also recommends that you remove your jewelry as
you will be asked to do so prior to your treatment and will prevent loss or damage
to your valuables. •
Health Conditions: Please advise Linden Spa of any health conditions, allergies,
or injuries, which could affect your service when making your spa reservation.
Arrival: Please arrive between 15 and 30 minutes before your scheduled
appointment so that you can change into a robe and slippers provided to you by
the spa. This will also allow you time to enjoy the steam and relaxation rooms.
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Farm to Treatment Table Lavender Experience
This package is available Saturdays only, May 12 – July 14 (excluding June 8), must be booked one week in advance and requires 48 hours notice for cancellation.
Hill Country Lavender Farm tour,
a bottle of organic lavender massage oil made at the farm,
lunch at Replenish Spa Café with items featuring lavender, and a lavender-based spa treatment featuring the organic lavender massage oil from the Hill Country Lavender farm.
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