The Star Democrat

Iconic Tilghman hotel getting ready for new life

Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island to open in April

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TILGHMAN — For over a century, Harrison’s Chesapeake House, an iconic hotel on Tilghman Island, served as an escape from the nation’s capital for profession­al, regional sports stars and politicos, including Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton. The Chesapeake House, having fallen into disrepair over the years, now is poised to recapture the prominence of its past.

Harrison’s Chesapeake House is completely renovated and reborn as Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island, making it a destinatio­n unto itself as the newest lifestyle resort on the Chesapeake Bay. Debuting in April, Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island invites guests to a true waterfront haven set on nine acres. The Bayside retreat comprises 54 newly designed guest rooms that channel a relaxed seaside cottage ambiance infused with modern style and amenities, such as a new saltwater swimming pool, 25 boat slips, and 3,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Guests will have a choice of three dining establishm­ents, two of which are conceptual­ized and overseen by

Wylder Hotels chose Tilghman Island for its premier location as a gem of untouched beauty and farmland; the heart and soul of the working waterman.

Chef Sean Wheaton, a seven-year alumnus of Chef José Andrés’ Think Food Group of Washington, D.C.

As a new hospitalit­y brand seeking intriguing destinatio­ns for curious travelers, Wylder Hotels chose Tilghman Island for its premier location as a gem of untouched beauty and farmland; the heart and soul of the working waterman. This incarnatio­n of the illustriou­s hotel embraces its history and is built on the legacy of the former property by continuing its charter fishing expedition­s with the same fleet of captains that VIP guests have come to know, trust and love.

Equal parts relaxation and ad- venture, Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island offers the charm of a Bayside bed and breakfast with the feel of a luxury hotel. The guest rooms boast dark navy wainscotin­g and warm sisal carpet reinforcin­g this historic property, surrounded by expansive ocean-side meadows. A clean and handsome palette of golden wood headboards, brass fixtures and woven rattan lounge chairs deepen the connection to a sense of place.

Lush, redesigned grounds further enhance the property and emphasize the island’s locale as

a natural, year-round sanctuary ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways, wanderlust weddings and unique corporate events. In addition to charter fishing, guests will have access to explore the area on stand-up paddleboar­ds and kayaks, and play bocce and other lawn games on the grounds.

“As we grow our portfolio of all-season escapes in unexpected destinatio­ns, we’re ecstatic to begin our story as a new hotel brand on Tilghman Island,” said John Flannigan, founder and chief executive officer of Wylder Hotels. “We’re extremely proud to work with the community to revitalize this esteemed property while offering guests modern enhancemen­ts and an authentic experience on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.”

For its first venture, Wylder Hotels partnered with Revolver New York, a full-service branding agency to transform the historical property into the Eastern Shore’s newest waterside resort.

“Tilghman Island is an ideal first location to unveil our vision for the Wylder Hotels brand,” said Revolver New York founder and creative Harrison’s Chesapeake House is completely renovated and reborn as Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island. Debuting April 2018, Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island invites guests to a true waterfront haven set on nine acres. The Bayside retreat comprises 54 newly designed guest rooms that channel a relaxed seaside cottage ambiance infused with modern style and amenities such as a new saltwater swimming pool, 25 boat slips, and 3,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Guests will have a choice of three dining establishm­ents, two of which are conceptual­ized and overseen by Chef Sean Wheaton, a seven-year alumnus of Chef José Andrés’ Think Food Group of Washington, D.C.

director Vincent Ficarra. “We developed a brand that will attract and excite savvy explorers in search of a genuine and adventurou­s hotel getaway.”

Wylder Hotels’ Flannigan has more than 20 years of

hospitalit­y experience leading teams in acquiring, rebranding, and operating hotels in New York and beyond: Hotel Giraffe NYC, The Roger, Oceana Santa Monica, Ace NY, Avalon Beverly Hills and Palm

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Booking is now open for stays as early as April 15, starting with an introducto­ry rate of $200 per night (two-night minimum required).

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