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History of Boat Building in St. Michaels MD

Most people visit St. Michaels Maryland for the cute historic downtown, relaxing atmosphere, and good food, but did you know that there is a long history of maritime tradition that is deeply enriched in the community? Here in St. Michaels we are lucky enough to have The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum where visitors can get

Top 5 Reasons to Visit St. Michaels, MD this Fall

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It’s back-to-school time! But there is still plenty of time to back your bags and enjoy all of the great weather fall has to offer. With fun, food and waterfront views, you really can’t go wrong, what better place to dash off to then the Eastern shore of Maryland.  Here are the top 5 reasons

Meeting Trends for Fall 2014

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Are you planning a company meeting or retreat for this fall or winter? Trends are showing that more and more companies are looking to make their company meetings more fun and engaging for their employees. Here are the top 4 meeting trends for the fall 2014:    Location: According to a recent survey, 43% of

Plan Summer Golf Getaways to the Eastern Shore

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Summer is a great time to take a break on the Eastern Shore. Come to Harbourtowne and play our Pete Dye designed golf course. We are offering the Masters Golf Package which includes three rounds of golf. Enjoy all of this included in the package price of $249.99 – $299.99: Waterfront guest room for 2 nights

Spring has Sprung at Harbourtowne

Spring in St. Michaels, MD

After the long winter, spring has finally sprung! The geese have returned and flowers are beginning to sprout. We are certainly celebrating and hope you are as well. We want to take this opportunity to share some exciting upcoming events happening at the resort and around town. We look forward to seeing you soon. Easter

St. Michaels in Bloom

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Make St. Michaels your springtime destination. With flowers in bloom and theDSC_0080_edited-1 shops along the famed Talbot Street in full swing, Spring is one of the best times to come visit St. Michaels. There are many small streets to explore, a small dog park near the waterfront, and of course the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Come enjoy spending time outside biking through town, playing a round of golf or relaxing bayside. There are also a couple must sees this time of year. Don’t miss out on the springtime fun!


0e49cf7b79058f295aba634854a0657dWinefest at St. Michaels, April 27 & 28, is typically the kick-off of the season and one of the most popular events in St. Michaels. Held throughout town from 12-6pm, many businesses will offer wine tastings, great food, retail specials, and much more. There is an assortment of wines, one for every palate, coupled with activities and exhibits. New this year, JazzFest meets WineFest for a weekend of tunes and tastings. Featured artist include: The United Jazz Ensemble, Joanna Pascale and the FAB Trio, MARS 4tet, and Juanita Williams with the Fred Hughes Trio.

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The FRESHFARM Market also comes back to St. Michaels on April 20, just one block from Talbot Street at Willow and Green Streets. The market is available to visit every Saturday and features and array of local produce, meats, breads, pastries, potted plants and more. Come check out the Chef at Market demos and support local farmers.

Pete Dye – Golf Architect Extraordinaire

Golf Course Pro John Mlynarski

Golf Course Pro John MlynarskiThe legendary Pete Dye, is a golfer turned golf architect as he fell in love with more than just the game. Although he was a champion golfer, Dye’s interest was really in the design and aesthetics of the course itself. He is a legend in the field of golf course design and construction throughout the expanding world of golf and has established a reputation for unique, environmentally friendly, and renowned, resort and public golf courses.

 

Golf Course in the FallInnovative and deeply inspired by his 1963 visit to Scotland, Dye has over 100 courses to his name, many of which have hosted numerous PGA TOUR and LPGA events. Some of his more notable courses include River Course at Black Wolf Run, Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, and Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Now in his 80’s Dye continues to deliver to golfers some of the most challenging courses in the world.

 

Built in 1971, the Harbourtowne golf course is an 18-hole, Par 70 course on theDCP_1583 Chesapeake Bay waterfront. Harboutowne’s course is not unlike other Dye courses in that it incorporates some of the elements which are so characteristic of Dye. Trademark elements include high grass, deep bunkers, walls built of railroad ties and carefully constructed rough. The first nine holes are fairly wide open with bordering out of bounds residences, some water hazards and tall grass, while the back 9 are rather tight and tree-lined. Whether a rookie or golf pro, this course is sure to provide a fun yet challenging round of golf.

There’s still time to take advantage of Harbourtowne’s winter golf rate and experience Dye’s work firsthand. From now until 4/21/13, purchase an off season golf package for $199.98 per person for 2 nights, 3 days in a waterfront guest room, 3 rounds of golf with cart, continental breakfast and gratuity each morning. Visit the website for more information.

5 Reasons Why Your Harbourtowne Wedding Will Be Unforgettable

Bride and Groom at Waterfront Wedding in Maryland

Waterfront wedding in St. Michaels, Maryland

Waterfront wedding in St. Michaels, Maryland

Bride and Groom at Waterfront Wedding in Maryland

Bride and Groom at Harbourtowne wedding

Chances are the first thing you do upon getting engaged is begin to find a wedding venue. Selecting a venue is perhaps one of the most important decisions you will make in your planning process, one that will likely dictate how other elements will fall into place. We know you have certain expectations as the bride/groom, as do your family and guests.

You want a venue that speaks to you, where you can envision saying those two little words, but you also need a venue that meets all of your needs. As a wedding venue, we get it and we are here to help you put together the wedding of your dreams. Here are five ways Harbourtowne will make your wedding sheer perfection.

  1. Some venues have it. Some don’t – Items like décor and lighting you can change, others like a great view and the right atmosphere you cannot. Located in historic St. Michaels, Maryland, Harbourtowne is a waterfront venue with scenic views unlike any other. And, all guests are accommodated in waterfront guest rooms.
  2. Forever and always YOUR special day – Unlike many other venues, Harbourtowne has a strict policy of only one wedding per day. Your day is your day.
  3. Our wedding coordinator is your wedding coordinator – You have enough to worry about. Let us worry about the details. Our on-site wedding planner will guide you through the entire process, making it as stress-free as possible.
  4. No need to complicate things — With your ceremony and reception all in one location, your guests and your wedding will transition smoothly from one event to the next.
  5. Full access to all we have to offer — While you’re here, enjoy our Pete Dye golf course, pool, tennis courts, and two-full service restaurants and bar. Spend the entire wedding weekend with us.

Happy Planning!

Waterfront wedding on Eastern Shore of Maryland

Couple enjoying their perfect Harbourtowne wedding.

The Eastern Shore’s Best Kept Secret: St. Michaels

Dining and shopping in downtown St. Michaels, Maryland

Lighthouse in St. Michaels, MarylandNestled on Maryland’s Eastern Shore lies a quaint water town with a rich history. St. Michaels, Maryland, although small in size, is certainly not lacking in things to do and see. If you blink you may miss this little town, but it would be in your best interest not to. Known as “the town the fooled the British,” for its small, but inspiring role in the War of 1812, this historic port city is home to landmarks and decades of maritime history.

Shopping in St. Michaels, MarylandThis Talbot County town boasts a variety of shops, boutiques, a winery, brewery and endless scenic views. Talbot Street, the heart of the shopping district, hosts a variety of novelty shops that are famous for their local flare and offering Eastern Shore inspired wares. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is another must-see when you visit St. Michaels. Visitors are welcome to take a boat ride on the Miles River or check out the exhibits and vessels while exploring the history of the Chesapeake Bay. The town is also abundant in restaurants like Town Dock Restaurant and The Crab Claw serving up fresh seafood dishes that are so quintessentially St. Michaels. If you don’t fancy seafood there are plenty of other options that are sure to tickle your taste buds. The fun doesn’t stop there, St. Michaels hosts many well-known local events year round. Plan your visit during OysterFest, WineFest, Christmas in St. Michaels or the Antique & Classic Boat Show.

Dining and shopping in downtown St. Michaels, MarylandWhether a history buff or just looking for a little R&R, St. Michaels is perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway. St. Michaels has a unique local feel that is sure to charm the pants off of any passerby. Even if you aren’t a local here you will be treated as one. Come experience the small-town charm for yourself.

Have Fun while Strengthening Employee Relationships

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Teambuilding Exercise, St. Michaels, MDThere has never been a better time to get your employees out of the office. Hosting an off-site meeting has the potential to add great value to a business by inspiring employees and offering them a chance to think outside of the conference room. Destination meetings promote a more engaging environment that fosters teamwork and creates more productive employees.

At Harbourtowne we customize meeting packages to fit you, your business, and your budget. We replace the typical meeting, add to it with teambuilding activities and create a shared experience that extends beyond the meeting room. We boast waterfront venues for outdoor events as well as two meeting rooms that overlook the Bay. Continental breakfast is offered daily as well as lunch and dinner buffets and continuous break service. We also offer a variety of teambuilding vendors with whom we partner with to tailor event activities to meet your specific business needs.

The idea is to provide hands on activities to improve the effectiveness of your team. Destination Paradise is one of our partner vendors who coordinated a soapbox derby build with World Bank here at Harbourtowne. It was interactive and fun for all participants.


Gooseworks Consulting is another partner who offers team and organizational development services. They held a cardboard boat building exercise with another bank group at Harbourtowne. Whatever your unique business needs, leave it to our partners to stage the perfect activities and bring your meetings back to life.

Let us help get your office be inspired! Request Harbourtowne for your next meeting today!