Stay for the night, build a boat

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A Chesapeake Bay inn has added a boatbuilding element to its accommodations

A historic Chesapeake Bay resort is offering guests an opportunity to become boatbuilders for a day.

The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michael’s, Md., is offering a weekend bed and boat package that features a one-day boatbuilding workshop by shipwrights from the nearby Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

“We have a good association with the maritime museum, and the [bed-and-boat package] tied in nicely with the trend of experiential vacations,” says John Volponi, general manager of the inn.

Participants work as a team to help build traditional sailing and rowing skiffs of white cedar over oak frames. The 13-1/2-foot boats have lapstrake hull sides with cold-molded bottoms, and are copper and bronze fastened. The boats are finished with marine enamel and varnished trim. Designed by Capt. Pete Culler, the completed skiffs are available for purchase. They can be custom built to guests’ specifications, as well.

Workshops run Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and patrons can stay at the inn as many days as they like to include the boatbuilding package.

Bed and boat packages start at $315 and include one night’s accommodation, breakfast and the boatbuilding program. Multiple-night packages that include purchasing the boat start at $5,400 for a rowing skiff and $8,400 for a sailing skiff. Proceeds help support boatbuilding programs at the museum.

The Inn at Perry Cabin is a 19th-century mansion on 25 acres overlooking the Miles River, a tributary of Chesapeake Bay. The 80-room inn has a private dock for visiting boaters and offers skipjack tours, sailing lessons, sunset cruises, fishing excursions and more.

For reservations or more information, call the inn at (410) 745-2200 or visit www.perrycabin.com. Information about Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is available by calling (410) 745-2916 or visiting www.cbmm.org. n