The Inn

ST. MICHAELS, MARYLAND

Welcome to the Victoriana Inn.

The Victoriana Inn is located on the harbor in the Historic District of St. Michaels, Maryland. Sitting proudly on an acre of property, guests enjoy our tranquil bay side ambience.

The Victoriana Inn gives you the best of St. Michaels. Our Victorian home typifies the architecture of the town. We are located in the heart of town on the harbor. Walking to everything is easy in St. Michael's: the Maritime Museum is just 100 yards away, and from our front yard you can watch the watermen bring in their daily catch.

We are situated next to the harbor and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, just two blocks from the main street of St. Michaels. The Victoriana Inn is removed from the bustle of town and guests can enjoy the relaxing waterfront ambiance.

Our two oversized porches are filled with comfortable rocking chairs and a porch swing for heavy-duty relaxing. Our guests eat a hearty breakfast from our cozy parlor or bright and cheerful sunroom overlooking the water.

Some of our favorite things about being at Victoriana are the spacious and expansive lawns, and amazing harbor views that give our guests a wonderful way to just ‘decompress and unwind from it all’ Our cozy parlor, our bright and cheerful sun room, both the oversized porches and the lawns all are here for you. We take great care in keeping our Inn spotless.

Victoriana is for adults only and cannot accommodate children under the age of 14. There is mandatory a two-person maximum occupancy in each room. Pets are not permitted at the Inn. Cancellation policy: A full refund will be made prior to 30 days of the arrival date of your reservation; any cancellations made 29 or less days of your arrival, will forfeit the full amount unless room is rebooked for those dates. All cancellations are subject to a $50.00 administrative fee. All cancelations must be in writing, emails are accepted. It is the guests responsibility to verify the cancellation was received. No shows and non confirmed cancellations will be billed for the full stay. Any reservation that holds two or more rooms within the house require a minimum cancellation notice of 60 days. A full refund will be made prior to 60 days of the arrival date of your full house reservation; any cancellations made 59 or less days of your arrival, will forfeit the full amount unless the rooms held in the reservation are rebooked for those dates. All cancellations are subject to a $50.00 administrative fee. All cancelations must be in writing, emails are accepted. Full house bookings require a minimum cancellation notice of 90 days. A full refund will be made prior to 90 days of the arrival date of your full house reservation; any cancellations made 89 or less days of your arrival, will forfeit the full amount unless the house is rebooked for those dates. All cancellations are subject to a $50.00 administrative fee. All cancelations must be in writing, emails are accepted.

Victoriana Inn - Past

Then

Victoriana Inn  1865

Now

Victoriana Inn  2024

Victoriana Inn Present Day

A Lesson in History.

The Victoriana Inn was built in 1865, then known as Willow Manse, by Henry Clay Dodson.  H.C. Dodson, a U.S. Army Officer during the Civil War occupied it as his private residence and office.

It was purchased by Norman Mott Shannahan in 1911 and kept as their family home, it is also known as the Shannahan House. We are lucky enough to have met and talked with two of the Shannahan granddaughters who have shared with us beautiful stories about their years spent during their childhood growing up in the house.

Edmund G. Lind, a noted Architect, assisted H.C. Dodson with the design of this Empire style house.  It is situated on a slightly higher rise overlooking Navy Point.  This was the sight of two oyster packing houses and a canning factory, which employed many of the original residents of St. Michaels.  Navy Point is now the site of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

The Victoriana Inn takes great pride in the many original architectural details that remain intact.  A victorian period stairwell with a walnut handrail, original wainscoting, panel doors with transoms, millwork mantels and hardwood floors preserve the beauty of this historic home.

Also still in tact in the basement, is an old dumb waiter which is used to serve between the old cellar kitchen and the first floor.

Decorative touches such as our arched dormers, medallioned cornices, and well preserved Colonial Revival porches enhance  this unusual center hall frame house.  Set apart from the other homes in St. Michaels, it illustrates a bygone era which is preserved for generations to come.

Let's take a look inside the Inn.

The Foyer

Make your entrance into the Victoriana Inn. Feel as though you have stepped into a bygone time. History comes alive here with warm and gracious hospitality. Our foyer is where you will be welcomed for your arrival and check in process. It is where you will be able to see daily offerings and sign up for your breakfast seatings as well. Enjoy perusing the legacy portraits of Henry & Martha Dodson, Victoriana’s original owners and other notable ancestors that we honor here at the Victoriana Inn.

Common Room Main Shot

The Common Room

Relax in our Common Room with warm, small conversation nooks and extremely comfortable seasonal fireside seating. Our soft and supple leather chairs were designed for your comfort. Guests can also enjoy breakfast tables for two in our Common Room each morning as well.

The Sun Room

Enjoy our hearty, home-cooked breakfast at private tables in our bright and happy waterfront Sunroom. Enjoy your meal with each other and be surrounded by beautiful bay views each morning.

VI Breakfast

Victoriana Inn Breakfast

Wake up each day to piping hot coffee and a hearty, home-cooked breakfast.

For overnight guests, a complimentary hearty, breakfast is served each morning at your own private table in our Sunroom and Common Room, both with gorgeous views of the water. You may also choose a more simple take-away option to enjoy your breakfast outdoors on our grounds or either of the porches. Either way, choose from several entrée choices to get your day off to a great start. We serve a simple, straight-forward, and hearty home-cooked breakfast, we do not aim to be fancy, but rather, offer fresh and wholesome ingredients served up with love from the heart of our home. We also specialize in gluten-free and dairy free options if you wish.

Breakfast seating hours are subject to change, but currently run by choosing our 8:30am breakfast seating or our 9:30am breakfast seating. We ask that you select your breakfast time the night before so we can be fully ready to be at your service each morning.

Outside

Decorative touches such as our arched dormers, medallioned cornices, and well preserved Colonial Revival porches enhance this unusual center hall frame house. Set apart from the other homes in St. Michaels, it illustrates a bygone era which is preserved for generations to come.

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CHOOSE A ROOM

Scroll through to read individual descriptions of each of our unique rooms. You can view all the rooms, read about the amenities and accommodations inside each room, as well as view photos of each of our rooms.

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BOOK IT

Once you see a room you love, click the ‘Book your Stay’ button to make it yours!

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ENJOY YOUR STAY

Once your reservation is booked successfully, you will receive a confirmation letter via email that lists all of the details pertaining to your reservation as well as your confirmation number for your stay! All that’s left to do now is check in!

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