Well, the Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast (112 High Street, Cambridge, Maryland 21613) isn’t a hotel, but I did stay there while exploring Dorchester County, Maryland. In all of my travels, surprisingly, I’ve never stayed at a bed and breakfast. So I was excited this would be my first time, yet I was unsure about exactly what to expect.
This was also my mother’s first time staying at a bed and breakfast, so she was a little hesitant when she learned we’d be staying at the Cambridge House. Nevertheless, we decided it’d be a new experience for us both and found solace in the fact that we’d only be staying for one night if it turned out to be less than stellar. Luckily, our fears were completely unfounded. We enjoyed our stay and I’m happy to report that my first bed and breakfast experience was a great one.
Cambridge House is perfectly situated near downtown Cambridge. You can leave your car parked and walk a short distance to plenty of restaurants and shops. They have a small gravel parking lot in the back if you don’t want to park on the street, but there’s plenty of street parking available. It’s also quite close to the waterfront, so you’re able to take a morning stroll and visit the Choptank River Lighthouse.
Since I didn’t have the greatest experience with my first Airbnb stay, I was most worried about the room’s and bathroom’s cleanliness. We stayed on the first floor in the Governor’s Room. The room was perfectly clean and tidy, and the bathroom was spick and span. Whew! It’s also worth noting that the Cambridge House has their own line of soaps and shampoos if you’ve left yours at home.
Our room even had a door leading to an outside patio, where there was a table for two to enjoy passersby.
Breakfast was served between 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. I was expecting a buffet, but to my pleasant surprise, all guests were served individually by the innkeepers at the dining room tables. They offered water, coffee, and various types of teas and juices. We started breakfast with sliced apples topped with a homemade cranberry compote. Then we were served homemade blueberry pancakes with a side of crispy bacon. It was so good that I ate everything on my plate…which is also why I don’t have any pictures. I ate too fast! Oops.
Since we were among the first guests to arrive at breakfast, we sat at the larger dining room table with a couple visiting from Pennsylvania. The other two guest couples came down a little later and while they sat at the two adjacent tables, the whole dining room evolved into one big conversation. I enjoyed talking to and learning more about the other guests and what brought them to Cambridge. This is an experience you don’t typically get at a hotel and actually turned out to be my favorite part about staying at the Cambridge House.
The owners and innkeepers, Jim and Marianne Benson, were very accommodating and friendly. They immediately welcomed us with open arms and gave us tips on what to see and do while visiting Cambridge. I learned that they were world travelers in their past life before deciding to operate the Cambridge House. Jim and Marianne also have an active and friendly dog, Max, who made it feel like a real home.
The only con is that you may have noisy upstairs neighbors if you stay on the bottom floor. It wasn’t really bothersome to me because I’m not a light sleeper, but my mother was slightly perturbed by our upstairs neighbors pacing the floor at 3 a.m. But that’s no fault of the B&B and I imagine it doesn’t happen very often.
Other Things to Know:
- There’s a hot tub on the porch to enjoy during warmer months.
- There’s free wi-fi.
- They have DVDs, CDs, games and books if you need to entertain yourself.
- There is cable television in each room, which is always a plus in my book.
- There was a guest refrigerator that we were able to put our leftovers in, which really came in handy.
OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 5 cocktails
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast and highly recommend booking a stay if you’re visiting Cambridge. My mother also enjoyed her stay and said it opened her eyes to hotel alternatives. I think staying at the Cambridge House will positively contribute to your overall experience in the quaint and friendly town. Tell them we sent you!
While this trip was hosted by Dorchester County Tourism, all opinions are my own.