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Oxford, Maryland named #1 Yachting Town... in the WORLD!

The votes are in and scenic Oxford, Maryland, has won YACHTING’s first annual contest as the world’s best waterfront town.  Over 2,000 votes were cast online for the small, former colonial port on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The runner-up was Charlevoix, Michigan, with over 1,500 votesyachtingsbest resized 600

Cardboard Boat Races this Weekend in Oxford, Maryland



This year marks the 23rd Anniversary of the Cardboard Boat Races in Oxford, Maryland to be held on the shores of the Tred Avon River on Saturday, June 25th. Race Registration starts at 9:00 am and the races start at 11:00 am. The first race will be in memory of Doug Hanks, Jr. and will feature the Smith Island Crab Skiffs which are the only gas powered boats to race for the day. Following that the creative boat constructions made from corrugated press board will be tested for buoyancy. Every year a few sink and the contestants swim to shore. The event is held along the Strand in shallow water so all contestants can push their sunken sodden creations around the course. But with the crafty skills of some of the builders their exhibits of construction are most durable. Some of the crafts have been racing for over five years.


The event is held to have fun and raise money for Special Olympics of Maryland, and awareness for the host of the event, the Oxford Pool Committee. See: Admission is free to the public.


The featured races are: Iron Man, the longest race course, Battle of the Brave, where the Coast Guard, local police and firemen will compete. These races will be followed by the Corporate Challenge where local businesses have sponsored a boat, to be followed by the only trophy-eligible entrants, the Funny Race, where crocodiles, corn husks, battleships, etc. all compete to finish a figure eight race in memory of Police Chief Wally Jones. Chief Jones was an 18-year veteran to the Oxford Police force whose favorite charity was Special Olympics of Maryland. The Kids Race, an all-parents favorite, where only the young not the young at heart, provide the mirth for the end of the races.


In past years this event was brought to you from the volunteers of Boat Bums International (BBI) whose generosity for being allowed on boats, which did not belong to them, extended to the Cardboard Boat Race. As Chief Wally Jones mediated between two of Oxfords finest as to who was the better boat builder, he challenged that a boat could be built from old seafood boxes. The gauntlet that he threw was picked up and a course was set from the town parking lot on Town Creek to end at the waterfront restaurant off of Atlantic Avenue formerly known as Railroad Avenue, today known as South Morris Street.


Today this lively and colorful event is co-hosted by the Town of Oxford and the Oxford Pool Committee. The Committee brings awareness to the much needed necessity of a community swimming pool for Oxford, with the jelly fish rendering the waters surrounding Oxford a stinging reality during the hottest times of the year. The Pool Committee hopes everyone will stop by the concessions during the race as one hopes not to be last in line for the good hamburgers and hot dogs cooked by Oxford Meat and Seafood or to miss a few scoops of the delicious ice cream from the Highland Creamery, both supporters of the Race day's activities. Special thanks also go to Tom’s General Services, Easton, for his continuing support of this event. All events are open to the public with plenty of viewing area along the Strand and free parking in town. Guests are reminded to obey the 25 mph speed limit while in Oxford. For registration, please go online to or contact Skipper Marquess, Cardboard Boat Fleet Admiral, at (410) 924-3212 or For information on official construction rules and suggested construction plans, see below.

10 Things Coming Up in Oxford, Maryland!

1. Music in the Park Sunday @ 3:00 pm
2. Historic Walking Tour on Sunday, June 12 @ 10:30 am
3. Beneteau Rendezvous this Weekend
4. Karaoke tonight @ Masthead
5. Live music @ Schooners
6. Ice cream Cones!
7. Friday night races!
8. Beautiful Sunsets!
9. Cardboard Boat Races-June 25!
10.Do you really more reasons to come to Oxford?

Oxford, Maryland 2011 Summer Events Schedule

Fridays Evening Sailboat Races
Don't miss the sailboat races off of Sandaway Beach and the Tred Avon Yacht Club.
Book your rooms soon!

Wednesday Afternoon Farmers Market at the Oxford Community Center
Through mid-October from 4-6 pm
Experience fresh summer vegetables and yummy treats at Oxford's Farmers Market. (The Blackberries are the largest you will ever see)

Sunday, June 5-Mid-Shore Community Band in Town Park-3 pm 
Join us in Town Park for a free concert by the Mid-Shore Community Band. The Band is made up of local musicians and is 45 members strong!

Sunday, June 12-Historic Walking Tour of Oxford-10:30 am 
Meet at Oxford-Bellevue Ferry to begin a short walking Tour of Oxford and its history. Your tour guide will lead you through the Town pointing out historic places and stories of Oxford's history. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 25-Cardboat Boat Races 
Join in the fun at The Strand for a great day benefiting the MD Special Olympics. Be a participant or just a spectator in the Cardboard boat Boat Races! The event begins at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, July 3-Oxford Fireworks at Dusk! 
Some of the best seats for the fireworks show are on Sandaway's lawn and beach. Be sure to book your rooms well in advance! 

August 12-14-Oxford Regatta
Tred Avon Yacht Club hosts the annual Oxford Regatta which will include sailboat races. Live music will be at the Yacht Club Friday and Saturday nights. 

Saturday, September 3 - Nautical Festival
The Oxford Business Association invites your organization to take part in our first annual Port of Oxford Nautical Festival. It takes place on September 3, 2011 and is an all day event that includes a nautical flea market where businesses, non-profit organizations and private residents can sell their nautical goods such as arts and craft themed items, boats, new and used marine parts, fishing gear, dock accessories, nautical clothing and marine services.

Saturday, Sept. 10-Historic Walking Tour of Oxford-2:00 pm 
Meet at Oxford-Bellevue Ferry to begin a short walking Tour of Oxford and its history. Your tour guide will lead you through the Town pointing out historic places and stories of Oxford's history. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct. 8-Auction of Oxford's Picket Fences-4 to 6 pm
The 3rd Annual Auction of Oxford's Picket Fences will be held this year at Combsberry Inn's historic barn. The public is invited to this free event, featuring an auction of the 18 picket fences for 2011-plus food, drinks and live music! 

Oxford, Maryland 2011 Tour of Picket Fences - Memorial Day weekend through the end of September-pick up an Oxford picket fence map of our walking tour of the 18 picket fences. These picket fences, painted and designed by local artists, are displayed throughout Oxford for the summer season. Be sure to see this Eastern Shore event!

Guest Review, courtesy of Trip Advisor - Oxford, Maryland


The staff at Combsberry are always gracious to receive feedback from our guests.  We strive to ensure that every guest is well taken care of and leaves the property with a smile on their face.  Your feedback ensures that everyone has a positive experience, and lets us know what we are doing right and what you would have liked us to do better.  Below, please find a review dated February 13, 2011 that was posted on Trip Advisor.  If you are a former guest, we encourage you to leave us your feedback.


"I am actually writing this review from the combs berry's library, seated on a comfortable leather couch by the fire with an outstanding view of the water. This b&b is precisely as described on the web page; a well-maintained 18th century manor house with several outbuildings. The inn's public spaces are inviting and charming. Our room was cozy, with a working fireplace and breathtaking water views. Breakfast was delicious and fresh, and Abby was a delightful innkeeper. One of our better b&b experiences on the eastern shore. Highly recommended, and we will return soon."

Stay at Combsberry during Talbot County Restaurant Week

It’s official: Talbot Restaurant Week is back!

March 20 - 27
This year’s Restaurant Week will o...pen and close with two spectacular events—and you won’t want to miss either one!

To kickoff the 2nd Annual Restaurant Week, we will be hosting Celebrate Talbot. Sample, sip and savor with more than 20 restaurants offering their signature and special menu items for tasting at The Oaks Country Inn. The tasting will be held on Sunday, March 20th from 5 to 7 PM.

During the week, restaurants will offer special, two course lunch menus for $20.11 and three course dinner menus for $30.11—pricing will not including tax, tip and beverages.

Restaurant Week will close on March 27th with a special screening of the motion picture Julie & Julia followed by dinner at the Historic Tidewater Inn’s Gold Ballroom. As an added treat, our special guests of the evening will be Julie Powell, author of the book and subject of the film Julie and Julie, and Amanda Hesser who played herself in the film and is currently writing for the New York Times.

The event will benefit three local organizations that provide Food Banks to the people of Talbot County. In addition, the two will be on site at the Academy Art Museum for a reception and book signing. There will also be a special opportunity to win lunch with Julie and Amanda at Mason’s Gourmet Restaurant.

There are plenty more details to come, but we are looking forward to seeing you there!’s-official-talbot-talbot2restaurant-week-is-back/

Homes for the Holidays


Have you ever dreamed of running away for the holidays, to a historic Inn at the end of a tree lined country lane?  Perhaps you have too much family coming to your own holiday celebration, and not enough room to accommodate them in your own home?  Combsberry has the option for you!  During the months of November through January you may rent one of our homes at an excellent price.  Each home is fully furnished and stocked with all the amenities necessary to ensure that you and your guests will have a charming, relaxing holiday season.  You will have full access to our grounds, and we encourage you to make yourself at home.


The Main 1730 Manor House rents for $700 a night.  This home has a huge kitchen, a formal dining room and kitchen, a library stocked with books and games.  Guest rooms vary and include a king size bed, two queens and a combination of fireplaces and tubs.  Fireplaces are scattered throughout the house, the entire house sits upon a private cove and a sprawling thirty five acre lot.  A two night minimum stay is required.


Our Carriage House rents for $400 a night.  This home has an open floor plan to include a kitchen, dining room and living room with gas fireplace.  Two bedrooms are included with king sized beds, gas fireplaces, and Jacuzzi tubs/showers.  The home has a large front porch, a private driveway and an excellent view of the water.  A two night minimum stay is required.


The Oxford Cottage rents for $250 a night.  It includes a kitchenette, a spacious bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and shower, a living room with a wood burning fireplace.  Upstairs, is the bedroom with a queen sized bed and the closest water views on the property.  This house is pet friendly and has its own enclosed patio.  A two night stay is required.


If you are interested in running away for the holidays, call or email today!  We can be reached at 410-226-5353 or by visiting our website at

Combsberry Inns Pumpkin Pancakes


Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we thought we would share one of our guests favorite recipes with you!  Everytime we serve these pancakes, guests gobble them up and ask for seconds and often times thirds!  This recipe serves six, and can easily be doubled.  Enjoy!



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar


In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt, stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.


Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

2nd Annual Auction of Oxfords Picket Fences


The Oxford Business Association will be auctioning off the 18 beautiful picket fences painted by local artists! There will be live music, appetizers, drinks, and plenty of bidding! The event is free to the public.

The picket fence which raises the most money - that artist's favority charity will be receiving half of the profits!

For more information - visit

Can't attend - but want to buy one of the fences (perhaps Combsberrys own fence - the "Abby Rose") - visit the website to print out and send in a Silent Auction Bid Proxy Sheet - we will supply a silent bidder for you that night! 

Country Chic Wedding at The Historic Combsberry Inn


Here are a few more photos from Tom and Jodie's August Wedding, courtesy of Simply Gorgeous Photography.  Enjoy!!!


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