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The White Swan Tavern

White Swan ShingleImpeccably Restored Maryland Historic Inn Nestled in the Chesapeake Bay Region

The White Swan Tavern has been a familiar landmark in Chestertown since pre-Revolutionary War days. Not far from the great Eastern cities of Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, the White Swan Tavern is a quiet, elegant historic inn nestled in the history of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay region. The White Swan is for those who treasure serene streets, birdsong mornings, outstanding service, and the grace of New World Tradition.

Today the tavern offers accommodations and afternoon tea, as well as amenities suited for small conferences, weddings, and receptions.

Just as it was described in the 18th century, the White Swan remains "a comfortable... Public House... with every attention given to render comfort and pleasure to such as favor it with their patronage."

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Customer Testimonials

"A lovely place. Everything we had hoped for. Great accommodations.


"This tavern is a gem! My son and I were welcomed with an elegant afternoon tea in a colonial-era room. Peace, tranquility, warm and welcoming."

"Wonderful staff. Wonderful Inn. 

Thank You!"

"Great stay!  Very charming afternoon tea and an amazing staff - very friendly!"

"Thank you for such a wonderful stay. I felt right at home when I first walked through the door.

Hope to be back soon!"

"My wife and I wish to express to you and the others at The White Swan Tavern how very much we enjoyed our stay and how much we appreciated your generous hospitality. The Tavern is truly a jewel!"

"My wife and I stayed at the Tavern last night and are already planning when we can return. You did a serious, meticulous job of renovation. We want you to know that with us, as well as many others, you have people who appreciate all you have done."

"Beautifully restored and filled with lovely furnishings, topped only by the hospitable staff! Can’t wait for our next visit … and to bring friends!"

"Lovely time with great people. Same room as last time 20+ years ago. Love the dog footprint in brick hearth."

"Our thanks to the staff and the owner for their commitment to maintaining a beautiful historic site!"

"Thanks so much for your historic hospitality. We always enjoy staying here – believe it’s our 3rd time!"

"As an operator of a Bed & Breakfast myself I was interested in the White Swan. Beautiful accommodations. Innkeeper who greeted us was cheerful and helpful. Something I always find the most important quality of a B&B."

"Always wished I could time travel (backward) – White Swan & Chestertown may be as close as I get! An impeccable restoration and wonderful furniture collection (from someone who knows..)."

"A wonderful stay and peaceful night.

Thank you!"

"Great atmosphere and décor! Warm reception & delicious afternoon tea."

"Fantastic step back in time! Loved the décor and the service!"

"Thank you for such a wonderful stay. I felt right at home when I first walked through the door.

Hope to be back soon!"

"Loved staying here. Very cozy and charming."

"Thank you for sheltering two sailors from the storm."

"Delightful as usual."

"Just Fabulous."

"As always… a favorite place to stay."

Lovely setting in a lovely town."