by Amanda Geronikos
Opened in 1947, The Tidewater Inn has hosted Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, The Kennedys, and other legends. And, with a history that actually dates back to 1712 — when it was a courthouse moved from Oxford, Maryland — it has earned its place on the National Register of Historic Places. It has also earned a haunted reputation, with reported sightings of Arther Grymes, the hotel’s former owner.
While the Tidewater Inn’s warm ambiance and luxury seems to speak to couples most, families are still welcomed with modern rooms with double beds, an onsite restaurant with casual fare, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
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The hotel's guestrooms have been updated with modern furnishings and amenities, including flat-screen TVs and iPod dock stations. They also have plenty of outlets for charging devices. Cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request.
Classic Guest Rooms
Classic Guest Rooms are equipped with one queen, one king, or two double beds, sleeping a maximum of four guests. Bathrooms are especially modern and have large showers only.
Premier Guest Rooms
Premier Guest Rooms are slightly more spacious, also offering one queen, one king, or two double beds. They have the same style bathrooms as Classic rooms, with showers only.
Premier Luxurious Suites
These rooms are ideal for families, since they offer a separate bedroom and living room. Each bedroom has one king bed with a fireplace, while the living room has a sleeper sofa for the kids. The suites sleep four guests, and also have a mini-fridge, microwave and coffeemaker.
Yes, it's old. The bathrooms are small, the floors creak a little, and the doors may not always shut completely but that's the charm of the Tidewater! The person at the front desk was very friendly when we checked in. Our room was hot and there was only 2 towels in the bathroom for 3 people in our party. 1 call to the front desk and within minutes we had extra towels and a box fan for our room. The attendant stated that since the changing seasons, they had already converted over to heating mode. We opened a window and turned on the fan and slept like babies! Beds were very comfortable. Can't comment on the restaurant since we didn't eat there. Will stay at the Tidewater next time we're in the Easton area.
Built in late 1940s, the Tidewater has great charm. The room was very nice and the bed comfortable. It was the change of season and i couldn't get the heat to warm the room, seemed like only AC would run despite what the termostat said. I had a room facing the front and a delivery truck showed up at the entrance at 2:30 AM with a motor that sounded like a motorcycle. It idled there for 15 minutes before leaving. That's just dumb. The front desk comped my breakfast in the morning to make up for the lost sleep. I was initially suspicious of noise because the room came with two pairs of earplugs! If you stay, get a room on the rear.
There are no family-specific activities offered at the Tidewater Inn.
Hunter's Tavern serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with a traditional mix of menu options -- burgers, salads, sandwiches, soups -- plus seafood. Be sure to order the crab cakes, a must-try for any visit to Maryland! While kids' menus aren't available, small portions can be prepared. Hunters' Tavern also offers both indoor and outdoor seating.
Hours are 7 to 10:30 a.m. for breakfast, 11 a.m. to 4 for lunch, and 4 to 9 for dinner Sunday to Thursday (10 on Friday and Saturday). A breakfast buffet is served on Saturdays, and an a la carte brunch is featured on Sunday.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is complimentary at the hotel, but the signal seems to go briefly go in and out every so often.
Parking is complimentary in a lot behind the hotel; passes must be displayed. If the lot is full, free parking is also available on Hanson Street, a three-minute walk from the hotel.
The Art of Smart Timing
The Tidewater Inn is especially popular in the summer and on weekends as a popular getaway for couples. It's also typically sold out during Easton's annual Waterfowl Festival in November.
The closest airport to Easton, Maryland is Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, about an hour and 15 minutes away. Philadelphia International Airport is two hours away.
Easton, Maryland is a small town, with several restaurants and shops a short walk from the hotel. You'll want a car to get to other towns along the Eastern Shore, including St. Michaels and to the ferry port for Oxford, another small town.
For Mom and Dad
Head downstairs for a cocktail at Hunters' Tavern, or, if you're willing to splurge, make a dinner reservation at the Peacock Restaurant at the Inn at 202 Dover.