Maryland's most royal sites
We're not on William and Kate's U.S. itinerary, but here's proof that Maryland is a stately state worth a visit
Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton was the onetime estate of Harvey S. Ladew II, a wealthy bon vivant who often hobnobbed with British royals, so it's a natural option for William and Kate to visit. (Handout photo / June 29, 2011)
Yet Marylanders could show Will and Kate a jolly good time, too, if given the royal nod. From pub crawling and shopping on Thames Street in Fells Point, to steeplechase races in Cockeysville, not to mention locales with royal pedigree — think Annapolis and Queen Anne's County — there's plenty here to remind them of Merry Old England. We even have castles.
So just in case the world's most famous newlyweds can squeeze in another stop during their 11-day itinerary, herewith are our suggestions for a royal tour of the former English colony of Maryland.
Cambridge, Dorchester County
Royal reason to visit: Located in the heart of Chesapeake Bay country, it offers natural beauty and tranquility that's perfect for newlyweds.
Royal resemblance: William and Kate were named Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their nuptials in April.
Royal treat for William: He's biked across South Africa with brother Harry; here, he can bike through the sprawling Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, where he's sure to spot plenty of eagles. 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge. 410-228-2677. fws.gov/blackwater.
Royal treat for Kate: The Caviar Facial at Stillwater Spa, part of the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina. 100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50. Cambridge. 410-901-1234. hyattregencychesapeakebay.com.
Royal slumber: At the Mill Street Inn B&B, a restored Victorian house with views of the Choptank River, the couple could snuggle in the "Cambridge Suite" and soak in a Jacuzzi. For breakfast, innkeepers Jennie and Skip set the dining table with china and silver and serve such gourmet fare as eggs Florentine with Alaskan smoked salmon. 114 Mill St., Cambridge. 410-901-9144. millstinn.com.
For more information: tourdorchester.org
Harford and Baltimore counties
Royal reason to visit: Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton was the estate of Harvey S. Ladew II, a wealthy bon vivant who often hobnobbed with British royals.
Royal resemblance: Gorgeous landscaped gardens on a royal scale. The on-site manor's regal Elizabethan Room boasts rare paneling purchased at a shop on London's Dover Street.
Royal treat for William: The Maryland Polo Club holds polo matches nearly every Friday and Sunday through September. Route 152 in Monkton (fields are behind Ladew Gardens). 410-557-6448. marylandpolo.com.
Royal treat for Kate: The fun-loving princess can party at Ladew's Groovin' in the Grass summer concert series. 3535 Jarrettsville Pike. Monkton. 410-557-9466. http://www.ladewgardens.com.
Royal slumber: The couple can zip down to Gramercy Mansion in Baltimore County. Accommodations include the Tudor Room (king-sized bed and antique English oak fireplace mantel) and the Camelot Room (sitting room, marble tub and private balcony). 1400 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson. 410-486-2405. gramercymansion.com.
For more information: harfordmd.com. enjoybaltimorecounty.com
Queen Anne's County
Royal reason to visit: With its charming small towns, scenic waterfront views and rich history, the county is named for Queen Anne of Britain, who reigned 1702-1714.