The Jewels of St. Michaels

Adornments and finery!  Ornaments and treasures! We have it all here in St. Michaels. Jewelry lovers new and old have a vast array of sparkling choices when it comes to our local gems. Warm up your winter days by visiting some Five Gables’ favorite shops!


Bliss Jewelry, located at 100-A South Talbot Street, offers a little bit of something for every potential customer. With most of the dazzling trinkets available for under $30, this boutique should be on your list of shopping destinations when visiting our waterfront village. Don’t forget to take some time to browse through the charming and guilfocolorful array of unique gifts that owner April Whitacre has stocked her shelves with! And remember, during the months of February and March, Bliss is open four days a week, Friday through Monday.

Creative Xpressions, with its storefront on 202-B South Talbot Street, shines its spotlight on many talented jewelry artists. The artists’ handmade creations include recycled industrial glass, semi-precious stones, fresh-water pearls and other mixed media to construct elegant and wearable pieces. This is the ultimate artistic jeweler’s Mecca!

DBS Jewelers, located at 111 South Talbot Street, is home to the winner of the 2010 JCK Top Designer Retailer award. Owner Aida Liesure received the highly-esteemed Jewelers’ Choice Award for the second year in a row! The jewelry design competition recognizes the most innovative jewelry designs. If this information isn’t enough to get you in the door, we don’t know what will! With collections that center on gemstones, nautically-inspired creations, pearls, white and yellow gold and one-of-a–kind baubles, you must add this destination to your shopping plans.

Guilford and Company, 202 South Talbot Street, specializes in estate and antique jewelry. The extensive collection includes items from Tiffany and Company, Cartier, Bulgari, and David Yurman, just to name a few. Drop by and browse the resplendent inventory 7 days a week!

ophiuroideajewel1Ophiuroidea, fondly known as “The O”, is located in “The Old Sewing Factory” on 609 South Talbot Street. Nestled between the St. Michael’s Winery and Eastern Shore Brewery, this uncommon “coastal inspired jewelry made by Maryland artisans” shop features Mermaid Seaglass and Chesapeake Bracelets as well as sand-dollar inspired wearable pieces. It’s worth the visit to simply explore and be inspired within their on-site workshop, where you can watch their artists at work!

Silver Linings, 203 South Talbot Street, proves that, indeed, “every cloud has a silver lining”. Owned by Aida Leisure, who also owns DBS, this one-of-a-kind jewelry shop has original pieces that capture the charm and beauty of our Chesapeake Bay. Shelves are filled with innovative jewelry designs that are created with sterling silver and gemstones. From internationally recognized designers to trendy collectible lines like Chamilia and Kameleon, Silver Linings has something for everyone – including gift certificates!

The best part about jewelry shopping in St. Michaels? All of the best shops in town are located just steps down Talbot Street from Five Gables!

Gift Shopping in St. Michaels

St. Michaels is home to a number of shops that are perfect for picking up something special for your special someone. Take a short stroll from Five Gables down lovely Talbot Street and you’ll discover some of the great gift shops here in town. Just be sure to bring a big bag – with so many wonderful shops, you are sure to come back with a heavy load!

Bags Aloft!, located at 413 S. Talbot Street, offers a wide array of unique bags—handbags, tote bags, duffels and backpacks. They carry products from Bay Bags, Quilts by Donna, Stephen Joseph, and Picnic Time. You can also find unique gifts such as windsocks, decorative banners and pillows in their store. Visit the ship seven days a week and don’t forget to say “hi” to owners Debby and Emeline!

Flying Fred's Gifts for Pets
Flying Fred’s Gifts for Pets

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so you may consider stopping by St. Michaels Candy and Gifts. Owners Pat and Tom Howell have offered a well-curated array of luxury gourmet items, gift baskets, handmade chocolates and home accessories for more than ten years. Of particular interest for Valentine’s Day – St. Michaels Candy and Gifts has cases filled with handmade truffles and world-class confectionaries – the perfect gifts for your special Valentine.

If you are looking for a gift that the recipient will really get a “kick” out of, stop by Flamingo Flats, one of the nation’s first specialty suppliers of hot sauces from around the world. Bob, the owner, will help you hand select the perfect sauces, rubs and salsas for any occasion. Several of his sauces have won awards, and he has been featured in publications like Chile Pepper Magazine, The Baltimore Sun and the Wall Street Journal.

Don’t leave town without something for your favorite canine. Stop by Flying Fred’s Gifts for Pets for unique pet accessories and novelty items. Located right here in Five Gables Inn & Spa, Flying Fred’s offers designer collars, leashes, carriers, bowls, beds and much, much more. Pets are welcome and treats are free!

Shopping in St. Michaels

If you’ve been reading the Five Gables blog, you’ve probably noticed that we write quite a bit about all of the great places to visit, things to do, and sites to see here in St. Michaels. We post restaurant suggestions, provide information about various events happening around town, and suggest fun outings that will make your visit with us memorable.

Recently, we noticed that there was one activity that we really haven’t covered… shopping!



In addition to our many fine dining establishments, museums, art galleries, and attractions, St. Michaels is home to a wide array of upscale shops. Within a half mile of Five Gables, there are shops to satisfy everyone on your list, from designer clothing boutiques and antiques emporiums, to handicrafts, book shops, jewelry stores and more.

In honor of the these wonderful local shops, the Five Gables blog is dedicating the month of February to the shopportunities you can find around town! Over the next four weeks, we’ll share our favorite local shopping destinations with you. There is much more to come, so be sure to stay tuned!

Golfing in St. Michaels

St. Michaels is famous for its charming main street, its lovely harbor, and peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. Did you know, we are also home to some of the best golfing on Maryland’s Eastern shore! Harbourtowne Golf Resort, located just outside of downtown St. Michaels, boasts a course designed and built by renowned golf course architect Pete Dye. The 18-hole course plays to a par 70 and features many Dye trademarks, including narrow fairways, deep bunkers, neat little ponds and carefully placed mounds to name a few.

Harbourtowne Resort, St. Michaels
Harbourtowne Resort, St. Michaels

The course at Harbourtowne is great for players of all skills and levels. For beginners, it has a practice facility that includes a driving range, bunker area, chipping green and a large putting green. They even offer their guests the option to rent clubs for the day.

Nothing to wear? No worries, the Pro Shop has equipment, apparel and accessories by Callaway, Nike, Taylor Made, Ping, and many more. And the staff is always available for lessons and club fittings.

Harbourtowne is located just a short drive down Talbot Street from Five Gables. It may be cold outside, but it’s the perfect time to begin planning your first golfing getaway of the season. If you are interested in scheduling a golf outing at Harbourtowne during your stay at Five Gables, we’re happy to help. Just give us a call!

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…

The cold weather of the last few weeks has finally delivered the first snow of the season to St. Michaels. The town is lovely covered in its blanket of white, so why not escape to Five Gables and enjoy a relaxing getaway in one of our lavishly renovated rooms?

Winter is the perfect time to take advantage of all that Five Gables has to offer, including:

  • Fireplaces in every room
  • The only heated, indoor pool in St. Michaels
  • A full service Aveda spa
  • A sauna and steam room to banish the winter chills!

While we have plenty for you to do inside our cozy Inn, should you choose to venture out you’ll find yourself in the heart of picturesque St. Michaels, within walking distance of fine dining, boutique shopping, and the harbor for which the town is known.

This winter, we’re offering fantastic mid-week rates. With rooms at $99 a night and suites at $149 a night, a midweek getaway has never been so tempting!

Gift Certificates for the Holidays

christmas-presentsThe perfect gift is just a click away! This holiday season, or for any special occasion, treat the special people in your life to a gift certificate from Five Gables. Whether you’re planning to design the ultimate getaway or you prefer to let the recipient use their certificate as they wish, a Five Gables gift certificate is everyone’s perfect gift.

One recent guest is giving their daughter and son-in-law a much-needed escape. Their Five Gables certificate will be good for one “His n’ Hers Romance Package” including two nights accommodation, an herbal bath and 1 hour massage each, and a wine and cheese basket upon arrival. Another is giving a good friend a massage certificate to use for an Aveda Hot Stone Massage in Five Gables’ spa. Today, a visitor to our spa purchased a certificate for her granddaughter to use in buying makeup from the Five Gables Aveda shop – at 16, she can never have enough lip gloss!

As a gift of love or a gift of thanks, Five Gables gift certificates will be appreciated by anyone on your list. Why not make your holiday shopping easy this year? Give us a call, tell us who you’re shopping for, and we’ll suggest the perfect solution! Or, click here to purchase online.

Escape to Five Gables this Holiday Season

The last few weeks before Christmas can be extremely hectic, but Five Gables is looking to help you relax! Get away from the last minute hustle and bustle of the Christmas season; spend a weekend at Five Gables Inn & Spa.

For a limited time only, book a room with us for the 17th and 18th of December and receive a special gift certificate to be used at any of St. Michaels’ local stores or restaurants.

The package pricing is as follows:

  • Queen- $180 & receive a $25 gift certificate
  • King- $190 & receive a $35 gift certificate
  • Deluxe King- $230 & receive a $50 gift certificate
  • Suite- $255 & receive a $60 gift certificate
  • Deluxe-$305 & receive a $75 gift certificate

This offer does not apply to any previously made reservations.

So, if you are looking to escape from the Christmas chaos, call us today to take advantage of this special offer!

Christmas in St. Michaels

41798_117549961642300_4437697_nChristmas in St. Michaels is right around the corner. Held annually on the second weekend of December, this 24-year tradition is an amazing chance for Christmas Revelers to experience a weekend full of holiday fun!

The weekend will offer a variety of events, some ticketed, some free. All of the proceeds from the Tour of Homes, the Holiday Gala, the Breakfast with Santa and the sale of Collector Ornaments will directly benefit a select number of local non-profits.

Some of the events include:

  • Gingerbread House Display
  • Annual Holiday Gala
  • Breakfast with Santa
  • Christmas Parade
  • Santa’s Wonderland
  • And an Old Fashioned Eastern Shore Christmas Dinner

For more information and to buy tickets for events, visit the Christmas in St. Michaels website:

2010 Jack Russell Terrier Races

Every year, dog owners from all over Maryland join the residents of Talbot County on the lawn at the Inn at Perry Cabin for the annual Jack Russell Terrier Race & Dachshund Dash. This year’s races will being at 11:00 am on Sunday, October 24th. Registration begins promptly at 9:30 that morning.

Take a look at this short video featuring former Jack Russell Racing champ, Beacon.

The proceeds from the benefit will go to the St. Michaels Community Food Bank, which will provide non-perishable and nutritious foods to needy families in Bay Hundred.

The races will be broken down into categories: Jack Russell (flat and hurdles), Norwich, and West Highland. There will also be a Dachshund Dash and the famous “So Your Dog Thinks He’s a Jack” race.

The even will be held, rain or shine and refreshments will be available on site. Come and help the residents of Talbot County raise money for a local charity! Join us at the 14th Annual Jack Russel Terrier Races!

Trade Spaces with Your Spouse

Wouldn’t it be great if your husband could learn how to cook while you enjoy a relaxing spa experience? Well our Trading Spaces package allows just that.

We have recently created a package that allows couples to spend an interactive and relaxing weekend away from the kids. The men will attend a 2-3 hour cooking class that will involve them in some of the preparation for the evening’s dinner. And ladies, while your husband is slaving away in the kitchen, you will enjoy and “Ultimate” spa package at the inn. At 6:00 p.m., the couples will reunite and sit down at Gourmet by the Bay for a served dinner that will include the items that the men had helped to prepare earlier in the day.
This package will only be offered on four (4) separate weekends throughout the year in order to maximize the experience, so space is very limited. Be sure to book in advance in order to secure a spot.

Upcoming weekends:

Winter January 28/29, 2011
Spring March 11/12, 2011
Summer July 15/16, 2011

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