Last month, Dan and I had the pleasure to make our way out to the Eastern Shore for a quick weekend getaway. Not to Ocean City, not to St. Michaels, but to Crow Farm, Vineyard, and Bed and Breakfast. Not only is Crow known for their award-winning wine, but they are a Bed and Breakfast, as well as a working farm! We had an amazing weekend and can’t thank The Crows enough for their generosity and hospitality!
The Crow property is located less than an hour from the Bay Bridge, in Kennedyville. Judy and Roy created their Farmstay B&B (as they like to call it) to give visitors the experience of staying on an authentic working farm, as well as the opportunity to taste quality wines in a relaxed rural setting. Needless to say, Dan and I thoroughly enjoyed both of these aspects of our stay. You can see the pride that Judy and Roy have in their farm, and how much they want to share that pride with others.
The Bed & Breakfast:
In 2009, Judy and Roy renovated the 1847 family farm house to create the B&B. The house has 3 bedrooms, each with a private bath. You can choose your room based on which view of the farm you would prefer: The Pasture, the Vineyard, or the Barn View. Each room is filled with family heirlooms and antiques, and also has central heat and air. There is also an outdoor seating area and even a pool for your enjoyment!
In the morning, Judy cooks an amazing breakfast, featuring local ingredients. Judy and Roy also live in the B&B, so you’ll get to enjoy the company of their dogs, Babe and Myrtle, and their Cat, Curious. Another plus: the QUIET. I can’t tell you the last time I slept in a place that quiet…
The rates are extremely reasonable, and reservations can be made online.
Crow is a family owned, third generation farm. They offer natural grass fed beef, which is hormone and anti-biotic free. You can purchase their beef (in many different types) in the tasting room, and can also find it served at local restaurants, and even at their B&B! There are also chickens on the farm, and eggs can be purchased from the tasting room as well.
The Tasting Room:
The tasting room, located on the property, is open every day, year-round. Since we were staying on the property, we visited here a few times. Something I noticed each time: every person that walked through the door was treated like family. As we sat through our tasting, Judy and the rest of the tasting room staff made sure everyone had what they needed, and even asked if people needed lunch, as Judy’s son was cooking burgers outside!
Under the direction of John Levenberg, (famed winemaker consultant), Crow Vineyard is producing award-winning wines. Crow has a variety of wine for every kind of taste, including a pretty extensive tasting menu. Something I appreciate about Crow is their price points! With all the awards they have won, and the name they have made for themselves in the Maryland Wine scene, they could easily have raised their prices. However, their prices have remained affordable and reasonable. There wasn’t a wine we didn’t like, and it was hard to pick which bottles to purchase to take home with us. We did enjoy spending time outside in the evening with a bottle of the 2014 Vidal Blanc (one of my absolute favorites). Below are a few of our other favorites (including price points, so you can see how reasonable they truly are!).
- 2016 Barbera Rosé (one of my favorite Rosés being produced here in MD), $16
- 2013 Barbera, $19
- 2013 Vintner’s Select Red Blend (blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc), $18
- 2015 Vintner’s Select White Blend (blend of Traminette, Vidal Blanc, and Chardonnay), $13
- 2014 Sparkling Vidal, $27
During our stay, we also visited Chateau Bu-De Winery & Vineyard, one of the newer wineries on the Maryland wine scene. We also got a sneak peak of Broken Spoke Vineyard & Winery (thanks to Judy’s suggestion!), who is having their grand opening this weekend!!
So what are you waiting for? Go make your reservation ASAP. 🙂