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Maryland, My Maryland, Part 2

Continuing our tour of Berlin, Maryland; one cannot miss the Atlantic Hotel that stands at the center of town. It was built in 1895 and boasts Victorian décor and gracious hospitality. From their website, "The Atlantic Hotel offers 18 Victorian-Period Guest DeLuxe and Standard Rooms, Junior Suites and a One-Bedroom Suite plus a Gardner’s Cottage for Honeymooners and for Special Event stays. All accommodations feature authentic antique furniture, accessories, beautiful hand-ironed 100% cotton bedding with feather bed toppers, luxury bathroom amenities and terry toweling, spa style robes and flat screen TVs. All guest accommodations have private bathrooms."

We happened to stop by on a day when they were showcasing the establishment — we were invited to tour the upper floors including a number of guest rooms.

The rooms were really lovely. The only challenge for me as a photographer was getting the white balance right in Photoshop. A mixture of sunlight and incandescent light is hard to get right — but it was fun trying.

Love the antiques. As a former woodworker, I really admire the table in front of the mantel (did the mantel formerly top a fireplace?). Do take note of the pitcher and basin in the lower right part of the photo.

Here is something that is not all that common in modern hotels, a sitting area. I'll bet you could even get drinks served in this lovely spot while you visit with your friends and other guests.

Another room with different décor but still loads of charm. Love the bed.

Their website mentioned private baths but did not mention the claw-foot tubs plus shower. Cool! I was also struck by the beautiful hardwood floor in this bathroom.

A still different room — this one with a huge wooden headboard plus a dresser with mirror and marble top.

My baby sister is posing on the stairs as she looked at pictures that she hoped might show ghosts. Granted, she does not look like a baby anymore (none of us do) but I was 14 when she was born and I guess she'll always be my baby sister. Oh, and no ghosts.

Note that they do also have an elevator for those who cannot or do not want to use the stairs.

The restaurant is called The Drummer's Cafe and serves both hotel guests and local residents. The menu features a wide variety of seafood — I noted Chesapeake Bay blue crab, scallops, shrimp, mussels, tuna, calamari and salmon served in various styles. They also offer items in order to cater to folks who are not fond of seafood. The ambiance here is superb.

As we walked out of the hotel we noticed a wonderful ornate wrought-iron fence that would be right at home in New Orleans or Key West.

As we walked back to the car, we could not help but notice this huge church — Stevenson United Methodist Church. Every small town must have at least one.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com