Valentines Special - Book our Oxford Cottage or a room in our Carriage house for just $395. Includes a bottle of sparkling wine, a half dozen chocolate covered strawberries and fresh flowers. Only Valid February 14-18, 2013. Hurry, book now and be sure to mention Valentines Special. (Not valid with Living Social offers.)
This morning, we were blessed to wake up the most beautiful Eastern Shore sunrise. Not only were Marylands sweetest birds chirping and foxes playing with each other on the water front; but two double rainbows were arched directly over the Inn. It was absolutely breathtaking and left our normally talkative Innkeeper, speechless. We thought we would share it's wonderous beauty with all of you.
The Staff at Combsberry would like to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year! We thank you for your support, your business and your loyalty in the previous years and look forward to your next visit with us.
This New Years morning is a cold one, and our resident deer are out feeding on the back lawn. Squirrels are forever chasing each other and gathering nuts. Blue Jays and Cardinals, too, are bickering over what is theirs. The scene is busy, but of nothing greater than quiet serenity and Mother Nature at her best. Scenes like this are a treat to many of our city living guests. We would love to host you for a weekend so you may experience all that the Eastern Shore of Maryland has to offer. Our elegant rooms feature comfortable beds, gas or wood burning fireplaces, jacuzzi tubs and endless excitment watching the world whirl by outside.
If you were proposed to over the holidays, we welcome your inquiries about weddings at our facility. Situated on 35 waterfront acres, we will positively make your big day a stunning one. A day you will obviously remember, and so too will your guests. Our Innkeeper has a wealth of knowledge on weddings and would be more than happy to help you decide if Combsberry is the setting for your Happy Ever After. Please feel free to call her, anytime, at 410-226-5353 or email email@example.com with your questions.
Again, we welcome you into this New Year. "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day." ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
CHRISTMAS AT COMBSBERRY - Gather your family together and come and celebrate an old fashioned Christmas in a 1730's English Country Manor Home. We will do the decorating and provide materials for wreath making and cookie baking. Family members can choose between The Manor House, the Carriage House and our pet friendly Oxford Cottage. No need to leave Fido at Home! Play board games in front of cozy fireplaces and bring the family together in a fabulous kitchen having dinner catered in or cooking together. We will be happy to do the shopping ahead of time for you and provide the centerpiece. Rediscover the real meaning of Christmas at Combsberry. (No breakfast or maid service/ 3 night minimum stay required.)
The Main 1730 Manor House rents for $750 a night and sleeps 9 people. 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 three night minimum stay is required.
Our Carriage House rents for $500 a night and sleeps 4 people. 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 three night minimum stay is required.
The Oxford Cottage rents for $300 a night and sleeps 2 people. 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 three 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 www.combsberryinn.com.
SUMMER SPECIAL - Reserve The Queen Ann or Garden Of Eden Rooms in our Carriage House for HALF OFF our regular rates when booking a room on Monday through Thursday nights until AUGUST 30, 2012!!! Some of our amenities include King Sized Beds, Whirlpool Tubs, Continental Breakfast Basket consisting of muffins, fruit and yogurt delivered to your house, and Magnificent Views of Island Creek. Please mention “SUMMER Special” at the time of booking to receive this outstanding offer - otherwise it will not be applied. Offer not valid over Holidays and other promotions do not apply. 410-226-5353 (Offer DOES NOT apply to Manor House Rooms - Magnolia, Waterford, Victoria Garden and Oxford Cottage)
|We had some very special visitors who shared their Easter traditions with us from countries around the world. Many times these traditions are brought with the families to the United States and kept going throughout the years. What wonderful memories!
Kids that were friends traded one hardboiled, painted egg with each other and tried to see who could be the first to throw a coin into the egg! Sounds easier than it is. You have to throw at a minimum speed to get it to stay in the egg as opposed to chip it and bounce off. Determined by the child's age (or adult's), is how many feet away from the eggs you stand, and take turns throwing the coins. Whoever gets one in first wins! (And usually eats the egg.)
This tradition started in Hungary years ago. My parents passed it on to me, and I to my kids.
Note: It helps to have a towel underneath the eggs as it could get a little messy once mastered and to prevent chipping a wall! Dimes seem to work best.
My mother taught me to make lovely Ukrainian Easter eggs in a style specific to the Lemko region of the Ukraine.The two of us have taught many, many others how to do this from Girl Scout Troops, to personal friends & family over the years. My Grandma taught my Mom this art & it is even more special to me because my Grandma died when my Mom was only 10 yrs. old. I feel that we are keeping my Grandmother, Paraska's spirit more alive by painting these eggs & showing others how to do them. ~Judy
Easter is a the most celebrated holiday in the life of a Greek family. As a child I have wonderful "fragrant" memories of all of the traditional preparations for Easter. The scent of gardenias and burning candles, for the midnight procession, in which the parishoners circle the church at midnight holding candles, while the priest blesses the church and all that are present. When we arrive home after church, the smell of lemon, egg & rice soup also called Avgolemono, greets us at the door and we dive in, after a long lenten fast. Easter Sunday is always spent with as many family members as possible, who all bring their specialities for us to share, like delicious homemade cookies, traditional Tsoureki bread with red eggs imbedded in the dough and my favorite, Baklava and other types of syrup pastries. These traditions have been celebrated through countless generations of our family and we work very hard to keep them alive for future generations. Young children participate in the cooking and baking and they hear all of the wonderful stories of Easters past, that are exchanged at this time. These are memories that they will pass on to their children, as I have to my son. One day it will be his turn to keep the memories alive!
My memory of Easter traditions start at the age of four and a half. I was living with my grandparents in their bungalow in Milngavie, Scotland. On easter Saturday my Aunt hard boiled some eggs. These were allowed to cool and then the children were allowed to paint them. Easter Sunday we took them to the top of the garden,then let them roll down the hill. There was great exitment to see which egg reached the bottom first.
We are Polish and I always love getting the Easter basket that we would have blessed ready. It would be filled with Easter eggs,butter lamb, ham, Polish sauage, horseradish, homemade bread . And other little goodies like chocolate bunnies for us kids. But most of all I love the time spent with my sister and my Mom preparing it all.
courtesy of: http://oldfashionedliving.com/eastermem.html
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 1990 average home price in Maryland was $148,000. 21 years later, according to the Md. Association of Realtors, the average home sale in Talbot County was $399,300. An investment gain of about 160% is reason to give real estate investment a closer look. A home purchased within the last five years, depending on location and price, may have decreased in value, however, if you borrowed money to purchase the house, the interest portion of your mortgage payments are being deducted from your taxable income, thus translating into tax savings. And currently, interest rates are at an all-time low, making real estate an even more attractive investment. It is a buyer's market and Talbot County, located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, is a desirable location, with its deep endless miles of deep waterfront and proximity to Washington, D.C., Annapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York.
While searching for that perfect permanent or vacation home, why not stay at Combsberry Inn? Combsberry Inn is a 1720 English Country Manor House that offers the nostalgia of the past with the modern conveniences of the future. Located off of Island Creek, its water views showcase waterfowl and wildlife sightings. Crab and fish off of the pier or canoe and kayak in the protected cove among heron, swan and Canadian geese. After an exciting day looking at Oxford or St. Michaels's premium properties, relax in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine. After dining at one of the area's fine restaurants, enjoy a bubble bath in the Jacuzzi before slipping into the king size bed dressed with soft sheets still smelling of the fresh outdoors, because that is where they were hung to dry! In the morning, one is greeted with the tantalizing aroma of: fresh brewed coffee, sizzling bacon, blueberry pancakes and home made cinnamon rolls to fortify you for another day of house hunting! The added bonus is that once you have found that perfect home, you will know the perfect place to send all of those out of town guests who will be appearing on your doorstep once they know that you have moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the land of pleasant living.
Did you know that Oxford is one of the oldest towns in Maryland? Although the year 1683 marks the official founding of Oxford, it is thought to have been settled some 20 years earlier. In 1694, Oxford and Anne Arundel ( present day Annapolis) were the only ports of entry for the entire Maryland province. Oxford enjoyed prominence as an international shipping center surrounded by wealthy tobacco plantations.
One of these large plantations was Combsberry with 150 acres of land at one point. The original land grant dates back to 1649 but it is thought that the Manor House was built around 1720 by John and Mary Oldham. It was one of the earliest two and a half story houses built in Talbot County, Md. There were no architects in the area at this time so builders had to depend upon pictures of homes in England to guide them. The stair tower is another unique feature of the home and is the only original structure of this style in the county. Underneath the stair tower is a hidden room, only accessible by a hidden ladder. There are two theories of what this room was used for. One theory is that it was apart of The Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman's birthplace is in neighboring Dorchester County. The other theory is that the room held prisoners in between trials since a judge did occupy the house at one point and there were no officials jails during that time.
This elegant English Country Manor Home now serves as a luxurious Inn where guests enjoy the mystery and ambiance of the past while enjoying modern day Jacuzzis, complementary internet access, hammocks, kayaks and canoes. It is also the perfect setting for an elopement or a wedding. Maryland's Eastern Shore is a premier location for a destination wedding without the hassle of air travel. And if you have "been there and done that" already, let us take the hassle out of the second time around. Get married inside or out or in the Pennsylvania Dutch style barn and honeymoon in the Carriage House, private, yet romantic and spacious. We have become friends with many of the couples married here and they continue to return for their anniversaries or other special occasions. It is truly one of the perks of inn keeping when a repeat guest walks through the door and announces, "I'm home!".
Do you know why we send Valentines? The first Valentine was sent by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife in 1415. Writing affectionate notes and love letters gained popularity in the 1700s. At that time, people used regular writing paper. Around 1820, companies started to produce stationary specifically for Valentine's Day. The practice crossed the ocean from England to the U.S. when Esther Howland of Massachusetts received an English card and this enterprising woman was inspired to create her own American Valentine-making business. The holiday became more firmly established when the greeting cards were mass-produced and gift giving was added. Valentine's Day is second only to Christmas for the most popular card-sending holiday. Today, about one billion cards are sent world-wide. Each year, it gets harder and harder to "top" the romantic experience that one wants to create for that significant other. Combsberry Inn can solve that problem for you. We are located on Maryland's picaresque Eastern Shore. Sip your favorite wine in front of a crackling fireplace while watching the Canadian geese land in the cove. After dinner, slip into the candle lit Jacuzzi which will prepare you for the king sized bed dressed in linen smelling fresh from the line - like your grandmother used to do. The following morning, you will be treated with a gourmet breakfast watching squirrels, rabbits and robins cavort on the expansive lawn. To make this weekend even easier in terms of planning, we will provide complimentary flowers and chocolate covered strawberries. Call or email today to book this wonderful Valentine Retreat. Offer Valid February 10-15, 2012.
This weekend the lovely town of Oxford, Maryland will be hosting their Christmas on the Creek weekend. The town will be alive with holiday spirit and activities. From the lighting of the dock trees to breakfast with Santa, you are sure to find something that all of the members of your family will love. Afterwards, come stay at Combsberry and celebrate with a hot cuppa in front of a cozy fireplaces and Egg Nog Pancakes for breakfast.
The full schedule of activities may be found below. Again, we would love to see you knocking on our door this weekend.
Friday ,December 2nd:
6:00pm- Gospel Music and Community Caroling at St. Paul’s Church featuring The Friendship Choir of Waters United Methodist Church
Saturday, December 3rd:
9:00am- 12:00pm- Christmas Bazaar at The Church of the Holy Trinity featuring baked goods, fresh holiday greenery and handcrafted items.
10:00am-4:00pm- Oxford Library Open House with refreshments and special sale on hardback books.
1:00-3:00pm- Mystery Loves Company will host Author of “A Temptation Tale” J.R. MacKenzie.
Refreshments and a Book Signing.
3:00-5:00pm- The Ruffled Duck Inn will host a holiday tea complete with traditional tea and sweets!
10:00am-4:00pm- The Treasure Chest will be open for your Christmas Shopping! Open Sat and Sun!
5:00-7:00pm- Homemade Soup Supper at the Oxford Methodist Church
5:30pm- Santa comes to town!! The official tree lighting in the park and
the visit from Santa kick off the holidays in Oxford!
6:00pm- Oxford Museum will be open with festive window displays and unique gifts.
Sunday December 4th:
7:00-11:00am Breakfast with Santa at the Oxford Firehouse.
Ladies Auxillary will host their Gift Shop with baked goods, handcrafted ornaments and more!
11:00am-5:00pm- Oxford Holiday House Tour hosted by the Oxford Community Center
Check in at the Church of the Holy Trinity for tickets and tour brochure and map.
1:00-3:00pm – Magnolia Wreath Workshop at The Combsberry Inn complete with treats