Photo by Bill Whaley.

Island Retreat

Set on a 3-mile-long island in the Chesapeake Bay, the Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island is a remake of the former Harrison’s Chesapeake House, a previously iconic escape for regional sports stars and politicos, including Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Opened in April, this new bayside haven possesses the charm of a seaside inn with a dash of city-inspired sophistication. Each of the 54 coastal-themed guest rooms and suites features navy wainscoting, sisal carpeting and woven rattan lounge chairs. Half of the accommodations also have expansive porches that overlook the bay.

Exterior Wylder Hotel photo (left) by Bill Whaley; Brunch photo (right) by Simoneink.


Chef Sean Wheaton, an alumnus of chef José Andrés’ Think Food Group, is at the helm of the hotel’s two dining options, Bar Mumbo and Tickler’s Crab Shack & Restaurant. Tickler’s includes a boat-shaped bar. Wylder Hotel is continuing the former establishment’s charter fishing expeditions with the same fleet of captains that guests had come to know and love. Added fun and games include a saltwater pool, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, a bocce court, lawn darts, bikes and a marina with 25 boat slips. Rates begin at $200 per night (two night minimum typically required).

Wylder Hotel, 21551 Chesapeake House Drive, Tilghman Island, Maryland, 877-818-1922,