Pet friendly accommodations: Russell’s Cottage

Now that March is here, everyone is suffering a bit from cabin fever: all that snow and shoveling and mud and muck.  It’s enough to make anyone wish they were living in the Keys!  But, spring is right around the corner we are oh, so ready for it.  That includes all our critters, too.

As many of you know, we are animal lovers here at the Brampton.  Danielle and Michael live with and cater to two Cairn terriers, Muffin and Charlie.  Rita supports two mutts, or to be politically correct, “composite breeds”, Dalia and Sidney, along with two inside only cats, Leo and Junior.

Of course, all our guests are familiar with Slipper, the cat concierge extraordinaire (just don’t ask him to get our of your way while you carry your bags up the front steps!)  But did you know that we have a pet friendly cottage just waiting for you and your four-legged friend?  Russell’s Cottage is the home away from home for many of our regular 4 legged guests.  There is Tweed, the border collie from New Jersey;  Sadie the terrier from Virginia; Abigail and Fiona, the schnauzers sisters from Baltimore; Molly the Burmese mountain dog, whose parents got married here, and whose grandparents are frequent guests;  and Izzy, the chocolate lab puppy, whose picture you can see on Trip Advisor.

Separate from the main house, but just a few steps away, Russell’s cottage is private and comfortable.  It has a king sized bed, a wood burning fire place, and a large bathroom with an oversized tub and shower.  There is also a small private sitting area behind the cottage.   Brampton’s 25 acres are great for leashed dog walking, and Chestertown itself is a very dog friendly town.  Many shops have resident dogs or cats and when the weather permits it, there are even outdoor dining areas that will allow your well-behaved dog to sit with you while you dine.

In the area there are plenty of places to go with your dog:

One of the most popular spots around is Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge, just south of Rock Hall, and about a 15 minute drive from the inn.  There are trails and observation areas where you will see all kinds of water fowl, ospreys and bald eagles.  Your leashed dog will enjoy the opportunity to smell new smells and maybe even take a dip in the water.  Many trails end up near the river or bay.

Another beautiful spot is Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre native garden and preserve.  There are 4 miles of paths and your leashed dog is welcome!  It is particularly nice on a hot day, as most of the paths are under the canopy of large trees and nice and shady.

There are other spots we’d be happy to share with you if you are traveling with a furry friend.  We even bake our own dog biscuits to welcome them!  Here is a recipe for you to try at home. They smell so good when they are baking, you might even want to taste it yourself…


2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4-5 tablespoons water
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper.

Combine flour, cheese, garlic and oil in a food processor. Cover and process until mixture is the consistency of a coarse meal.
While machine is running, slowly add water until mixture comes together in a ball. 
Remove from machine and roll out to 1/2 inch thickness on lightly floured surface.  Cut out with bone shaped cookie cutter or into any shape you want. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom.  Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.  Refrigerate or freeze.

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