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
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.5

A hidden Treasure

4.8 on September 19, 2016

Wow - we just stayed at Ship Watch and it was a fabulous 2 day trip. My husband and I stayed in the Chesapeake Suite. It was very spacious - and what a view . We ate breakfast the first morning on our deck - it was divine and then the second morning we ate in the dining room as we had to leave right away. Parking is a little tight but we were able to find a spot on a street nearby and our vehicle was safe . Will be planning another trip in either the Spring or the Fall. Sounds like alot of fun happenings in the town so want to check them out in the future. Thank you to all at the Ship Watch Inn for making our 25 Year Anniversary getaway a wonderful one.

60th wedding anniversary

4.6 on September 16, 2016

Our anniversary was in June and our kids gave us a stay here and dinner at Chesapeake Inn. What a relaxing time - loved the jacuzzi. The room was lovely and breakfast delicious. Nice 2 hour afternoon cruise with MV Bay Breeze with pickup at town dock - a very short walk from the inn.

A Great Experience

4.8 on September 10, 2016

Chesapeake City was a perfect getaway thanks to the accommodations and staff of the Ship Watch Inn. We plan to return!

Delightful weekend - Aug 26, 2016 Ship Watch is a hidden treasure!!

4.2 on September 03, 2016

We had such a wonderful weekend, we already booked for the same time next year. The rooms are spacious and clean. Breakfast was served on the porch each morning. The view is WONDERFUL! Restaurants are within walking distance and so are the many shops in town. Sharon checked us in and went above and beyond during our stay. She was absolutely wonderful from beginning to end. It was our first stay at a bed and breakfast and it was perfect.

The best kept secret!

5 on August 28, 2016

I booked this B&B on line without any idea where Chesapeake City was, on route to drop off my daughter in NC. What a surprise to arrive in this charming little town, and to be staying in this wonderful B&B right on the canal. Our room was beautiful, our view of the canal was breath taking and our breakfast was served right outside of our room on the deck overlooking the canal. A block away are sweet stores, a coffee shop, a crab shack and great dining and entertainment on the shoreline. I will go out of my way to return to this wonderful inn. Cakes/brownies/cookies/water/coffee etc all extras available! FIVE STARS!

Quaint B&B

4.0 on August 24, 2016

Loved the room and the view. Breakfast was very good and was served on the porch outside our room. Would definitely go back.

R & R at the C&D canal

4.6 on August 20, 2016

Very relaxing stay, we love visiting the ship watch inn. We have stayed there many times and plan on returning again

Great view!

4.6 on August 11, 2016

Great view of the canal and surrounding area from our third floor deck. Stayed two nights and had an excellent breakfast each morning which was served to us on the deck outside of our room.

Out Annual Chesapeake City trip

4.6 on August 10, 2016

The first week of August every year, we travel by boat to the Chesapeake. Wherever we go, we always make sure to visit the Shipwatch Inn for at least one night but generally two. The view is gorgeous, the accommodations are exceptional and the breakfast is always top notch. There are many restaurants to sample, shops to visit and the people are so warm and comfortable. I highly recommend visiting the Shipwatch Inn to relax and unwind.

Awesome view!

4.4 on August 08, 2016

We were here for a wedding and the Inn was an excellent place to stay. The staff were very professional, courteous, and efficient. Breakfast was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

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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.