May 06 2015
An Historic Experience
Then — Vienna, Maryland, was a thriving port on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and The Tavern House provided comfort and shelter for the adventurous traveler.
Now — Vienna, Maryland, is a quiet little town in Dorchester County where one can escape the 21st century. The Tavern House is still there, providing travelers Bed and Breakfast lodging and Eastern Shore hospitality.
Careful restoration by Elise and Harvey Altergott brought back the simple elegance of this colonial home built in the 1700s. The stark white “lime, sand and hair” plaster accents the original, authenticated colors and detailed carvings of the woodwork, as it did when The Tavern House first offered shelter for colonial travelers.
The Altergotts first opened their doors to guests in October of 1984. For thirty (30) years, the Altergott’s have provided a Bed & Breakfast “off the beaten track” for those who can savor looking out over the Nanticoke River and marshes, watching an osprey in flight, or taking a leisurely walk along the river. Just a few steps out the front door is a walkway that leads along the shore, past the floating docks and piers, to the old Customs House.
Your day at The Tavern House begins with a special full breakfast and ends with complimentary refreshments. There are public tennis courts, a boat ramp and floating dock within the block, miles of flat roads for bicycling, and countless streams and waters for fishing and kayaking.
The area is a Mecca for birdwatchers. There is no need to get into a car to see ospreys, and possibly, eagles in flight. And you can spend the whole day relaxing, reading a book or maybe writing to a friend while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea.
All in all, The Tavern House Bed and Breakfast is an excellent base for exploring Maryland’s Eastern Shore, interesting small towns, antique shops, the bay, and the marshes of Dorchester County and Blackwater Wildlife Refuge.