3 Ways to Ring in the New Year and how not to starve on New Year’s Day!

New Year’s Eve celebrations are full of traditions:  champagne toasts, kissing at midnight, special dinners and fancy outfits and countdowns.

We’ve got our own tradition here at our Chestertown, MD bed and breakfast.  New Year’s Eve is the only day of the entire year that we don’t serve afternoon tea and goodies to our guests.  Instead, we offer some bubbly and hors d’oeuvres later in the day at 6pm.   We think  it’s a lovely tradition and really enjoy it, and so do our guests.

Over the years, we’ve observed 3 trends in the ways that our guests at our Chestertown, MD bed and breakfast like to celebrate this ultimate night of the year:

1. For those folks who are willing to brave whatever the weather brings,  Rock Hall offers a quasi-traditional town-wide party and countdown.  There’s a parade early in the evening, and then at 11:45, everyone gathers at the  harbor for fireworks and the “Rock Fish Drop”. Yes indeed, a larger than life-sized rock fish succumbs to gravity at midnight and ushers in the New Year in Rock Hall, Maryland.

2. More popular is the formal dinner out after the cocktail party at our Chestertown, MD bed and breakfast.  With so many wonderful restaurants to choose from, we’re not surprised.

3. But a growing trend, and the one we like the best, is the “night in”.  Many of our returning guests look forward to a New Year’s Eve celebration that’s on the quiet side:  after the cocktail party, they will retire to their guest rooms with provisions brought from home, or perhaps ordered from us, along with their favorite adult beverage and enjoy it all in front of a fire.  No need to worry about the weather, or driving home amid all the other revelers.  They wake up the next day ready to take on a whole new year!!!


For those guests staying at our inn in Chestertown on New Year’s Day, your options for dining out are pretty much non-existent, so here are a few suggestions for what you might want to do…

Grab some goodies to go on Tuesday and plan on an in-room picnic.  You might want to order a dinner to go from one of the many restaurants in town, (taking into account the “microwave-ability” of your choice) and plan on having that for dinner the next day.

We have a fridge and a micro-wave, and we can supply the plates, cutlery and napkins. Don’t forget to bring your own bottle, too!

Or if you prefer, let us know by Monday, December 30,  we can have one (or more!) of these items ready for you in the afternoon:


Our Chili Picnic Dinner is perfect for a cold winter’s day:  2 servings of our delicious Brampton Chili (turkey or vegetarian) each one in its own thermos, a green salad, a baguette and brownies for dessert.

Or you may decide to choose our Antipasto Platter, or the Cheese and Fruit Platter.

All three of these additions are accompanied by your choice of a bottle of red or white wine, or a 4 pack of micro brews.

We won’t let you go hungry; just give us a little notice and we’ll take care of you during your stay at our Chestertown, MD bed and breakfast.  We don’t want you to start 2014 on an empty stomach, now do we?!  Fat chance of that happening around here.  We here at the Brampton are fond of feeding people!

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