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The Ruse restaurant dazzles guests with mushroom tagliatelle. Photo: Cecile Storm

The restaurant boast a curated wine list. Photo: Cecile Storm

An appetizer of radicchio and burrata with pistachio pesto. Photo: Cecile Storm

Guest rooms sport custom furniture and Parachute bedding. Photo: Maya Oren

Artwork in the lobby honors Black women of the Eastern Shore. Photo: Maya Oren

Kathryn Lager Design Studio conceived the welcoming dining room as well as the hotel interiors. Photo: Maya Oren

Wild for Wildset

A new, rustic-chic escape in the heart of St. Michaels

Opened in 2021, The Wildset Hotel channels the laid-back charm of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Housed in four vintage buildings in downtown St. Michaels, the 34-room property was renovated and reimagined with vintage and modern touches by California-based Kathryn Lager Design Studio. Custom and antique furniture, aged-brass accents and handmade tile embellish the rooms and suites—many of which boast freestanding gas fireplaces and private balconies or terraces. The landscaped grounds feature outdoor lounge areas and fire pits; bikes are available for jaunts around town. 

The Ruse, a restaurant on site, has garnered accolades for its seafood-centric fare. It offers a raw bar and a beverage program focused on small-production beers and wines as well as contemporary cocktails.

Rates including Continental breakfast range from $249 to $559. thewildset.com; ruserestaurant.com

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