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

Charming BandB

4.2 on October 19, 2017

Enjoyed this lovely B and B in cute little town of Chesapeake City. We felt lucky to find a nice place for a tasty lunch and another for dinner open on Monday in October. Wonderful views of the canal from our room and deck. Only disappointment was lack of ship traffic. Did not see one freighter in canal.

Anniversary Weekend

5 on September 25, 2017

Every time we stay at the Ship Watch we love it just a little more. We can't say enough about the welcoming feeling by the staff, the beautiful breakfasts on the porch and the cleanliness of the rooms. Watching the ships traveling by is such a delightful experience. It made our "50th anniversary" weekend so special. Thanks again.

Wedding Weekend!

5 on September 12, 2017

We stayed at the Ship Watch Inn two nights the weekend of our wedding. We were greeted by friendly, helpful faces. The rooms were spacious and clean with AMAZING views, just like the pictures. Breakfast both mornings was exceptional and the staff was great. We plan on coming here year after year to celebrate our anniversary!

Great Vacation Getaway

5 on September 08, 2017

We stayed in the Chesapeake Suite from Sunday to Tuesday. The room was large. The view was incredible. The bed was comfy which is something most inns fall short on. Breakfast was served on the deck which we had access to through a door in our room. The food was good. My only complaint is that the Inn is so busy that to get exactly the days you want you would need to book a year or more in advance. I will be going back if I vacation in Chesapeake City again.

Home Away from Home

5 on September 06, 2017

Wedding weekend, great location. Rooms look just like the pictures, very clean, open kitchen for water or coffee,soda. Homemade baked goods. Breakfast homemade waffles and sausage ,fruit, coffee.Delicious. Great town. Would stay again.

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

5 on September 02, 2017

From beginning to end, it was the most enjoyable weekend. The rooms are clean and cozy. The staff is friendly and helpful. Renee greeted us with a smile and made us feel like family. We will be back again next year. Our only disappointment was we were unable to get the same room booking a year in advance.

Great B & B

5 on August 21, 2017

Renew was very welcoming, food was excellent and the inn was beautiful. Also very clean and comfortable. Location is very convenient to restaurants and shops. Wonderful time!


5 on August 20, 2017

This was our second stay at Ship Watch Inn. The name says it all. It is a great place to relax and watch the ships and boats go by. Wonderful people and wonderful food. The other guests that we met were also return patrons of Ship Watch. Chesapeake City is a beautiful town to walk around and take in the history. Restaurants are within easy walking distance. We'll be back to explore and relax again.

Beautiful Inn. But breakfast was much to be desired.

4.0 on August 20, 2017

The Inn is beautiful and the view from our room (Annapolis Suite) was wonderful. We were happy with everything but the breakfast. Our omelettes were dry and tasteless. My husband's home fries were not warm. The fruit and coffee were good. Also we were not greeted by the staff, and told about having breakfast inside or out. They were too busy to be friendly. We have stayed in a lot of B&B over the years, and although this one is beautiful, friendly Inn keepers and good food are very important too. We will not stay there again.

1 night getaway!

5 on August 17, 2017

My wife and I went on a 1 night getaway to Ship Watch and it was so completely worth it!!! Can't beat the view from the 3rd level Deck and the room was spotless! The best part may have been the hot coffee waiting on our table on the deck before we even woke up. Timed perfectly and still HOT! Chesapeake City is a gem and our dinner at The Chesapeake Inn was wonderful!!! We will definitely be returning!

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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

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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.
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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.

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