While the British colonists of old Oxford were certainly fond of baubles and bows, yesteryear doesn't hold a candle to the holiday sparkle of today's town. Treat yourself or loved ones to the gift of seasonal spirit with an Escape to Oxford's Robert Morris Inn, set on Maryland's Eastern Shore just 90 minutes from Washington, DC.
Set off on a two-night stay for two in a Captain Room mini-suite ($175) or water-view Admiral Room ($199) and let your yuletide yearnings run wild—you'll have plenty of time to recover from the eggnog with late noon checkout.
Once home to the famed "Financier of the Revolution" and frequented by forefathers like George Washington, this 1710 estate mixes Old World charm with modern, five-star service. Its exposed beams, paneled walls, and roaring fireplaces exude the elegance of eras past.
Each guest room boasts period décor such as rich hardwood accents and grand four-poster beds. Captain Rooms offer an intimate abode overlooking the town, while larger Admiral Rooms boast seating areas and river or bay views—perfect for gazing out at the picturesque Eastern Shore landscape.
You'll feast like a king during your festive gourmet breakfast, made by star Chef Mark Salter and his team. Later, savor afternoon tea, complete with scones and homemade cookies.
If history tops your holiday wish list, head to the The Oxford Museum to see more than 2,500 artifacts dating back to Oxford's days as one of America's first colonial ports. Or, admire nature at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, a 27,000-acre swath of rich tidal marshes that serve as a haven for ducks and migrating geese.
Not far down the road, the famous waterfront town of St. Michaels beckons with quaint streets and a bustling marina, while historic downtown Easton brims with storefronts advertising classic antiques.
Indulge in more fine cuisine at the inn's tavern, where Chef Salter blends classic techniques with local ingredients. You can relish dishes like creamy sweet potato soup and savory, award-winning Maryland crab cakes.
This Escape makes a thoughtful holiday gift for friends and family—or even yourself. And after reveling in all the cheer, you may need all the king's horses and all the king's men to roll you out of the Robert Morris Inn.
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Robert Morris Inn
Unwrap the Holiday Spirit in Historic Oxford
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