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Location: Berlin, MD
Year built: 1830s; most recent renovation completed May 2021
Square footage: 5,667
Guest rooms: 5, each with private bath
Acreage: 1.5 acres
What Makes It Home – The Details.
What better way to experience the delights of “America’s Coolest Small Town” than to stay in the heart of its charming downtown? Perched on a lushly landscaped knoll overlooking Main Street, Inn Berlin tempts visitors up the white shell driveway to its welcoming front porch. Flanked by two majestic cypress trees, the inn’s honey-gold front door (Sherwin Williams “Cut the Mustard”) and richly hued siding (Sherwin Williams “Naval”) set a striking tone for everything that lies within. Legend has it that the beautifully carved molding framing the door represents a spider’s web, which is meant to capture negativity and ensure that all who enter enjoy their stay.
Innkeeper Maya Tomasello radiates warmth and pride in the newly renovated property. After more than a decade in the hospitality industry, Maya is relishing the opportunity to bring her unique vision to life with her husband, Marco. In its previous incarnation as the Waystead Inn, the Victorian décor lacked the airiness and accessibility that Maya envisioned. In its place, she chose to marry the old and the new to create a luxurious mix of vintage charm and modern comfort. Her goal of creating an elegant, yet approachable space has been fully realized by artfully blending antique furnishings with fresh, contemporary pieces. Brass accents, Italian ceramics, and carefully chosen paintings, framed prints, posters, and maps provide finishing touches. The end result is an enticing interior that invites further exploration.
The inn’s common areas and five guest suites share freshly painted off-white walls and a color palette of soothing creams and grays with vivid pops of rich gold and midnight blue to create a cohesive interior. Through the front door sits the bright, airy living room with its double-sided fireplace. Taking a place of honor on the deep blue sofa is a golden yellow pillow with an embroidered honeybee, which was rescued from the previous owners’ collection and served as Maya’s decorating inspiration.
Beyond the living room is the spacious dining room where guests can savor gluten-free, freshly prepared meals. This side of the shared fireplace is framed with intricate carvings done by the artisan (sadly, unidentified) responsible for much of the work at Monticello. The mantel’s vertical pattern is repeated in the chair rail that surrounds the room. Doors on the rear wall open onto a spacious deck for outdoor dining. The brick-paved garden terrace below the deck offers additional seating areas to relax and enjoy the view.
The inn’s upper levels house its five light-filled guest suites, whimsically named for flowers. Each has its own en-suite bathroom, antique armoire, and luxuriously linen-clad king or queen bed. Amenities such as high speed Wi-Fi, smart TVs, and charging docks for portable electronics ensure that guests are not sacrificing modern conveniences amidst the Victorian charm.
The second floor’s Peony room features an intimate seating area framed by a wall of mullioned bay windows that overlook the park-like setting below. Adorning the walls is Maya’s collection of framed artwork by Alphonse Mucha, the celebrated nineteenth century “master of poster art.” Two additional suites – the Aster room, which overlooks the garden terrace, and the Magnolia room – complete this level.
Both guest suites on the third floor feature dormer ceilings, adding to their coziness. The Honeysuckle room was the site of the actual beehive that inspired the inn’s honeybee motif. Fortunately for current occupants, it was discovered during a much earlier renovation and relocated. The neighboring Poppy room boasts a striking claw foot tub painted the same golden yellow color as the inn’s front door.
The grounds of the inn, magnificently landscaped, invite strolling to examine the herb and vegetable gardens, colorful flower beds, and tree specimens that include cypress, cedar, pear, flowering cherry, and magnolia.
Maya and Marco are not quite finished with their grand plans for the property. The next phase of renovations will see the installation of an outdoor pizza oven in the garden terrace area, and a bar with lounge seating in the rear of the inn’s first floor. The future is sure to be bright for this historic building and its delightful innkeepers.
Our Home Team:
Financing: Bank of Ocean City
Artist Portrait: Ellie Scott
Florist: Eastern Woodland
Writer: Annette Radoff
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