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“Jane Austen would smile softly to herself”

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Alexander House Booklovers Bed and Breakfast
Palmer Lake, Colorado
1 review
“Jane Austen would smile softly to herself”
Reviewed 15 July 2010

This lovely and quaint inn in Princess Anne, Maryland offers a quiet respite from the outside world of cell phones, computers and television. The choice of rooms inspired by three famous authors: Jane Austen, Langston Hughes and Robert Louis Stevenson so warm and welcoming, are decorated with special touches and character by the owners. The outside porch, the Mark Twain Reading Room and grounds are simply classic; the bright and cheery Claudette Colbert French Cafe where morning is greeted by the scent of fresh coffee and banana nut French Toast is beautifully inviting. Elizabeth is a gracious hostess with a high standard and attention to important details that made our stay refreshing and restful. I cannot thank her enough for the care and kindness she gave us. The roomy Jane Austen room was a step back into Jane Austen's England and her books. Highly recommend this out of the way inn for anyone wanting to get away from the world's distractions. You won't miss them.

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Stafford, Virginia
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Reviewed 12 July 2010

My wife and I were down for the July 4th celebration at Ocean City, and we decided to do it differently this year. Instead of staying in the very crowded Ocean City, we stayed at the Alexander House Booklovers Bed and Breakfast in the quiet town of Princess Anne, MD. We made a wise choice, and found it to be very relaxing. Well worth the extra drive. The hospitality was great and Elizabeth is a fantastic cook. The absence of TV's and computers really made it easy to focus on each other. This place is a great way to rekindle romance between couples.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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South Boston, Virginia
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

We felt so at home during our stay.Innkeepers were most helpful. Have already recommended others to stay here.A refreshing renewing experience.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed 6 November 2009

The weather forecast couldn't have been more dismal--pouring rain for days on end. Elizabeth generously offered to reschedule us for no extra charge, but we were in town for a wedding. After wonderful crepes in the cheery "cafe," we curled up in the comfy reading parlor for hours--wish it had been nice enough to enjoy the porch. We were in the spacious Jane Austen room, with its large bath, for two nights. Wonderful art deco furniture in the medium-size Langston Hughes room. The Robert Louis Stevenson room is small, but has a decent size bathroom.
Elizabeth is a gracious hostess--ready to chat if you're interested but staying in the background if you're not. The decor is engaging throughout, and the entire inn is spotless. Bring your slippers--no shoes beyond the entry hall.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Stewartstown, PA
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Reviewed 13 August 2009

I stayed at the Alexander Bed and Breakfast in Princess Anne while on business in Salisbury. Three words describe the visit best: It Was Fabulous! Each night I returned "home" to the Alexander House from long and sometimes tense days to a much-needed, quiet retreat. The porch was my personal favorite but it only slightly won over Elizabeth's delicious breakfasts. Together with the serene environment, and wonderful summer evenings, I was able to return to the next day's meetings refreshed and re-energized. And, Elizabeth offered the wealth of information I needed to make the best use of my time between meetings. Although I was there for work, I felt as though I had a "mini" vacation. If you have a chance to stay for a day or a week, for business or pleasure, Alexander House Booklovers Bed and Breakfast will surely win a special place in your heart-forever.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled on business
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Baltimore
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Reviewed 29 October 2008

We stayed at this B&B for 2 nights last weekend. It was our second anniversary. Everything was wonderful. Our room (the Jane Austen room) was beautiful and spotless. The rest of the house was great, too. The breakfasts were delicious and there was very nice brandy at the end of the day. Our host, Elizabeth, was great. Full of information, directions and good conversation. And she sure can cook! It was exactly the kind of relaxing weekend that we were hoping for. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2008

If you're looking for a quiet, but fulfilling, retreat, this is the ideal spot. Centrally located to other charming areas, such as Berlin, Assateage and Crisfield, this B&B offers great food, a warm and accomodating hostess and a romantic atmosphere, devoid of the daily distractions of home/work. The Langston Hughes room was not only clean and comfy but fascinating as well. Do not miss the Honey-butter french toast prepared with the greatest of care by Elizabeth. The fact that it was an affordable stay only sweetens this already-attractive deal.

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Additional Information about Alexander House Booklovers Bed and Breakfast

Property: Alexander House Booklovers Bed and Breakfast
Address: 30535 Linden Ave, Princess Anne, MD 21853-1131
Region: United States > Maryland > Princess Anne
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Princess Anne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Alexander House Booklovers Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Alexander House Booklovers' Bed & Breakfast is a literary-themed inn located in the quaint historic district of Princess Anne on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The colorful Queen Anne Victorian features authors' portraits, dramatic colors and whimsical literary details throughout.Each room offers a creative interpretation of a famous author's own room in his or her time. Revel in the romance of Regency England in the Jane Austen Room. Immerse yourself in the jazzy Harlem Renaissance of the Langston Hughes Room; or a 19th-century high seas adventure in the Robert Louis Stevenson Room. Relax with a book from our eclectic library in the Mark Twain Library and Parlor. Partake of a hearty breakfast, afternoon tea or evening liqueur in the charmingly French Cafe Colette. All rooms have private bathrooms. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the historic district of Princess Anne, teeming with lovingly preserved historic homes from the Colonial, Federal and Victorian eras. Walk to the nearby Teackle Mansion for a tour of one of Maryland's beautiful historic manses, then meander along the water in Manokin River Park. Take a walk down the quaint main street--featuring antique, coffee and gift shops, eateries.Local events include the annual Chesapeake Celtic Festival on the first weekend in October, (see link on local sights page) and the Annual Skipjack Races on Labor Day Weekend (local events link). Olde Princess Anne Days is celebrated in October with home and garden tours, carriage rides, street fair and more. Click on the Calendar of Events link on the Local Sights page for more annual events.Nestled between the beach (Atlantic) and the Bay (Chesapeake), nearby nature attractions include Assateague and Chincoteague (35 minute drive), where you can share the pristine, natural seashore with wild ponies. Or for some really wild night life, there's always Ocean City, a 30 minute drive away. Within minutes of various wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, waterways and marshes, where hundreds of bird species can be observed. Kayak and canoe rentals are available on the Pocomoke River or the Tangier Sound (opening to the Bay). A ferry boat ride away are Smith Island and Tangier Islands, where Colonial English/Cornish dialects are still spoken. ... more   less 
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