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
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.4

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.

Great stay

5 on June 09, 2016

Great place, very nice people

Innkeeper Response
Good Morning, Thank you for staying with us at Ship Watch Inn. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to future visits.


5 on June 07, 2016

It's a perfect place to stay..super clean and beautiful rooms and excellent staff. It's fabulous

You will love the views

5 on May 26, 2016

Ship Watch Inn has outstanding views of the water. We loved sitting out on the porch and the breakfast was served there, also. The rooms are beautiful. Great place for a nice get-away!

Ship Watch Inn

4.2 on May 20, 2016

We really enjoyed our stay. Everything was clean and people were very friendly. The only thing that would have been nice was a fan for some air circulation in the room. Would like to visit again.

Another Great Stay

4.4 on May 10, 2016

Once again, we really enjoyed our stay at the Ship Watch Inn. It was our second time we stayed here and both times were great. The meals were fantastic. Hats off to the cook!! Another plus is, we always meet other nice couples there to share stories with.....

Pleasant Surprise

4.6 on April 19, 2016

We stayed here with some friends for a weekend getaway and had a great time. The town was very nice, and there were plenty of places within walking distance to shop, eat, drink and be merry. This was our first real Bed and Breakfast and it was a real pleasant surprise. We would definitely recommend it to others and will be returning in the future when the weather gets warmer and we will be able to enjoy sitting on the porch and enjoy the waterway views.

What a great time

4.6 on April 14, 2016

My daughter got married in November and everything went great. The room was very comfortable and breakfast, you couldn't have asked for a better meal. My daughter's wedding was beautiful and we had great weather for taking pictures outside. I can't wait to visit again.

All we expected.

4.6 on March 28, 2016

My husband and I stayed for two nights recently. We had a warm, welcoming experience. Sharon and Renee made sure we were satisfied with our stay. Can't wait to return. The hot tub was not working at the time of our visit but we were compensated with a gift certificate for money off a future stay and also with a gift certificate the the Chesapeake Inn. The breakfast was delish and the baked goods were an added treat.

Nice weekend in Ches City

5 on March 22, 2016

My husband and I and one of couple visited Ship Watch on 3/19/16. We were a little late, but the innkeepers had our information ready for us and it was an easy check-in. Our rooms were a bit small but nicely furnished (not looking for a big room anyway since only sleeping there). Our room overlooked the Canal and had a wonderful deck but it was too cold to go on the deck. We dined that evening at the Chesapeake Inn and had a good meal. Prior to dinner, we like to have wine and cheese at the inn, but there really is no sitting room to do that so we improvised and used the check-in desk. The next morning, we had a FABULOUS breakfast of eggs benedict with fresh fruit and OJ. After a short walk around town, we headed home. It is a very comfortable inn for the value and the innkeeper was very nice. It also is one of the only places that offers a 1 night stay, which is what we wanted..

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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.