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 room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Great place to stay!

4.8 on October 27, 2016

First time at a B & B and we loved it! The Chesapeake Suite was really nice and comfortable. Loved that the rooms are all on the Canal, beautiful scenery. We walked the town and found some neat places to get food/drink and met some really nice people. Didn't have time to checkout the shops in town though. We will be back again when its a bit warmer out and more people around. I heard there is a lot to do in the summer.

Quick anniversary getaway

4.4 on October 18, 2016

My husband and I have made day trips from Philadelphia to Chesapeake City before, but never stayed overnight. We decided to stay the weekend for our anniversary. We had a lovely stay at the Ship Watch. We were able to get a parking spot upon arrival which was great since parking is pretty limited. The Inn was decorated very nicely for the fall. We stayed in the Talbot Room which was comfortable and lovely. The rooms were very clean. The view from the outside deck was incredible. This was our first time staying at a B&B, so the adjustment to the noise was a little hard to get used to - there were a few couples celebrating late on the deck one night and smoking right outside our sliding door. Breakfast the next morning was delicious and service was great. My only complaint is that on Sunday morning, the water bottles were completely empty from the fridge, so there was not water. We had overheard a table to people traveling together saying how they came down in the middle of the night to get a bunch of water and cleared it out. I would expect things like that to be refilled first thing in the morning (by this time it was about 9am). Overall a great stay and would definitely return!


4.8 on October 17, 2016

I stayed one night while attending a party at the nearby Chesapeake Inn. The Inn is charming -- lovely room right on the canal and a short walk to stores and sights. The breakfast was delicious and the staff couldn't have been friendlier.

Anniversary getaway

4.8 on October 11, 2016

Stayed in the Annapolis Suite for 2 nights....very relaxing and comfortable stay. Would highly recommend to friends and planning to stay again.

Quick Get Away

4.8 on October 10, 2016

We live about an hour and a half from the Shipwatch. We were guests at this B&B last year and wanted to return with friends. They were not disappointed. We had good sunny weather and enjoyed our time at Shipwatch. Local restaurants are great. Breakfast and snacks at Shipwatch were very nice. A good time was had by all!

The best!

5 on October 05, 2016

We have stayed many times at the shipwatch inn. I believe we have stayed in every room. We love it here. Renee and her staff are second to none. The rooms are clean and the view is spectacular! If you are lucky a large ship will pass down the canal. Being that close to one is something to behold. The town is quite and quaint. The locals are very friendly and you don't have to worry about crime. The Chesapeake inn is a great place for brunch, lunch or dinner. The sushi is outstanding and the drinks are a real treat. We were just down last Sunday and ate on their terrace. Beautiful. Getting back to the shipwatch! Many rooms have jacuzzis and fireplaces. The decks have a perfect view of the C&D canal. The breakfast is always delicious in a pleasing atmosphere. Coffee,soft drinks,water,cookies and cake are available anytime. The Wifi doesn't skip a beat. That just about sums it up. You won't regret staying at the shipwatch! Don Whisler

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.

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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.