Ship Watch Inn

401 First Street , Chesapeake City, MD 21915 USA (Show map)


This waterfront B&B offers 8 guest rooms and 2 suites, all overlooking the beautiful C&D Canal. All rooms have private baths, 6 with Jacuzzi tubs, private phone lines and cable t.v. Enjoy a full service breakfast outside your room on our breezy vistas overlooking the water. When the weather is chilly, our dining room is the perfect setting to enjoy breakfast while still taking in the breathtaking views. Relax in our outdoor hot tub which is open year-round or unwind at the Chesapeake Inn restaraunt with outdoor dining, live music, a gift shop and Tiki bar. Take a stroll around town for unique shopping or enjoy a boat tour of the magnificent canal. The Ship Watch Inn is the perfect setting for a romantic get-away, reunion with loved ones or relaxing retreat.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Great Night Away

4.2 on July 25, 2016

Wonderful! We stayed in the Annapolis Suite and loved the view, tub and the bed was very comfortable. My only complaint would be the dust on the ceiling fan and some flyer under the bed. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We will return in the near future.

Really nice inn right on the bank of the canal.

5 on July 24, 2016

Really enjoyed our stay here. Room was clean, bed very comfortable, breakfast was wonderful. Innkeepers were great. We had booked a sunset cruise on the canal and were supposed to go on the other side of the canal over a bridge under construction. She knew the people who ran the cruise and called and had them pick us up at the dock on our side saving us time going over and coming back.

Birthday Getaway

4.4 on July 23, 2016

Our first time at Ship Watch but, when we go to Chesapeake City again, not our last. The room was clean and well maintained. Our inkeeper Sharon was as accomondating as they come. Very enjoyable stay.

Beautiful Get Away

4.6 on July 20, 2016

My girlfriend and I stayed in the Annapolis Suite and had an experience that we will never forget. The breakfast on Saturday morning was the cherry on top! I haven't had homemade sausage and waffles like that ever. The service from checking in to checking out was superb as well.

Perfect Quick Getaway!

4.2 on July 20, 2016

We stayed at the Ship Watch Inn for a relaxing getaway! Sitting on the balcony outside our room, overlooking the canal and watching the ships go by was so wonderful! What a view! Snacks, home baked cake and cookies and drinks were out for your enjoyment all day. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast of waffles, strawberries and sausage. Our room was clean and bed comfortable. Just have a suggestion to leave another set to towels if needed. The little town is quaint and charming and walking distance to all the shops. We ate at the Chesapeake Inn and had an awesome dinner. We hope to return someday!

An Amazing Find!

4.2 on July 16, 2016

What an amazing find this was for my friend and me! Ship Watch Inn is a lovely inn with carefully appointed, clean, cozy rooms (and very comfortable bed!) along with a great view across the canal. The staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating. The full breakfast was delicious (an abundant), as was 24 hour access to beverages and homemade baked goods. A very welcoming place to stay in a quaint little town.

A wonderful weekend away....

5 on July 06, 2016

We truly enjoyed our stay at this very nice establishment. The breakfasts were outstanding and the goodies that were available 24/7 were delish! The only negative thing about our stay was that the hot tub was not functioning. We can't wait to return for another trip.

A beautiful waterview haven.

5 on June 30, 2016

A perfectly lovely and welcoming B & B. Brealfast on the balcony, right outside your room overlooking the C & D canal is very nice and so very delicious. The staff is fantastic and the rooms are absolutely charming. Coffee, drinks and fresh baked goods are availanle 24/7 and that adds even more coziness to your stay. My husband and i love it. Our hostess Renee was fantastic and very kind throughout her very busy day. We will definitely stsy here again.

Love this place!

5 on June 27, 2016

I stay at Ship Watch Inn every year for a few nights and it's like home away from home! The accommodations are upscale, spotless, and provide the best waterfront views on the C&D canal. The staff is extremely professional and knowledgable about the area, and they go out of their way for their guests. The fresh baked deserts available any hour in the dining room is a very nice touch! – Mike Kucera

Didn't Want To Leave

4.4 on June 14, 2016

My wife and I enjoyed yet another stay at The Ship Watch Inn. Everything there makes you want to extend your stay and you don't want to leave. It's really hard to say what the best part is....the views are magnificent, the staff friendly and attentive, the food is served outside your door on the balcony and a small town right out of a novel.

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Location Type

Canalside, Small town


Baltimore, MD (BWI-Baltimore Washington)

Directions to property:

From New York and Philadelphia: South on I-95 to exit 1A (896 South, Middletown). Travel 4 miles to Route 40 west. Make Right on 40W. Travel 4 miles to Route 213 South. Make Left onto 213 and travel 6 miles to Canal. Cross over the C&D Canal bridge. At base of bridge, bear right. Yield sign bear right. Stop sign make left onto George St. Follow George St. 3 blocks till you dead end at the water. Ship Watch is on the corner of George St. & First St.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, C&D Canal, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Copier, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Wi-Fi , Complimentary bottled water & sodas, and assorted "sweets"

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hot Tub, Waterside Picnic, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 2 - 5pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Home is not baby proof & we cannot provide child equipment
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Mastercard
  • Cancellations: Because we are an inn and availability is limited, you can make changes or cancel your reservation up to 10 prior to your arrival date with no charge. You will be charged for the full rate of your stay if the cancellation or change is within 10 days of your arrival date.



Renee McKenney

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

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  • Time Served: M-F 7-9am Sat & Sun 8-10am
  • Serving Location: Outside on Decks, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Atkins

Signature Dish

Eggs Chesapeake
2 poached eggs served atop a slice of ham and toasted english muffin. Topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and creamy hollandaise sauce. Accompanied with chopped fresh fruit, coffee/tea and juice.