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Jamie Merida’s chic interiors convey subtle coastal flair; a guest suite features Thibaut wallpaper and Anna French Roman shades.

The manicured, 10-acre grounds overlook picturesque Oak Creek.

A cottage entry sports a Lexington console and Regina Andrew lamps.

Bicycles await guests for daily jaunts. 

The bar opens into a ballroom for special events.

The Oaks’ main building was renovated by architect Christine Dayton.

Elegance at The Oaks

A chic inn opens in St. Michaels

Since it was deeded by Lord Baltimore in the 1600s, the Maryland property now home to The Oaks Waterfront Hotel has had a colorful history as a working farm, boarding house and, eventually, a small inn. Its most recent incarnation as a boutique hotel came about in May, when it reopened under new ownership.

Today, The Oaks boasts 11 suites in a main building renovated by Christine M. Dayton Architect and four cottages designed by Jonathan Rivera Architecture.

“The goal was to capture the inn’s rich history while updating it as a five-star property in a traditional-made-modern way,” says Easton designer Jamie Merida, whose eponymous firm spearheaded all the interiors. “The public spaces have been reimagined with soft colors, new furnishings and an elegant look.”

The Oaks features a bar and indoor/outdoor venues perfect for weddings and other special events. Rates from $389 include breakfast and use of bikes, kayaks and paddleboards. the-oaks.com


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