Sure, people have different expectations when it comes to accommodations. Some claim that all they really need is a clean, comfortable bed and bathroom.
But what about an overnight stay that practically transports you to another place and time?
Considered part of the Baltimore metro area, Taneytown (The locals pronounce it "Tawn-ee Town.”) is home to just such a hotel: Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel.
Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel — Photo courtesy of Tamar Alexia Fleishman
The antebellum main country house was built in 1844, part of a grand plantation. The property of the Antrim is extensive, consisting of several accommodations buildings besides the main historic house. It's even listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Considered the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains, the location is a mere 15 minutes from historic Gettysburg and still part of the Baltimore metro region.
Clearly, this property would have been well known at the time of the Civil War. Now, it’s a luxury home base for history buffs, special occasions and sumptuous getaways.
There are lots of quiet and not-so-quiet activities on the grounds, too. A secluded swimming pool that’s open for relaxing even when the pool isn’t, tennis court, croquet lawn, horseshoes and badminton add to the back-in-time charm.
They also have special events, like the Gatsby Garden Party and Croquet Tournament.
In the near future, new walking trails and a spa will grace the property.
The rooms are named – and often decorated – in honor of local historic figures, many of whom are still world renowned. But though they pay homage to by-gone eras, the amenities will please any modern VIP traveler.
Many of the rooms – even the cozy upstairs rooms – have wood-burning or gas fireplaces. The queen- and king-sized featherbeds are awash in soft pillows. Double Jacuzzis are the norm, and some rooms have steam showers in addition. It’s like having a spa right in your room!
There are second-story rooms in some of the buildings, boasting porches that offer a breathtaking view of the grounds. This place feels so much like a resort. Each room has been painstakingly designed, including some hand-painted decorative touches, by the owners.
While each building’s interior has a vintage feel, it’s not froufrou or cluttered. Each reflects back on a different era in time.
Really, it's all the extras that get you out of your room to enjoy the grounds as if the whole shebang were your own property. These extras make the experience outstanding. Afternoon tea, with little classic tea sandwiches, and inventive evening hors d’oeuvres are served in the formal drawing rooms.
Most of us like a swallow of some juice for morning vitamins and a swig of coffee before the world sees us. The Antrim understands. You wake to a continental breakfast tray served outside your door. Then, you can make your way to the Mansion’s smokehouse, where a full country-style breakfast is served in style.
From afternoons on, The Pickwick Pub is an intimate tartan-festooned bar space stocking the finest whiskeys and cognacs. There’s a hidden little TV for those special games that might be on.
Hotel guests have reservations preference at the Smokehouse restaurant, truly one of the best dining experiences in the area. Their wine collection is the envy of the East Coast.
For more information, visit Antrim 1844's website.