Last weekend a dear writer friend of mine turned sixty, and there was a surprise par-TAY for her in Oxford, Maryland. Oxford just so happens to be one of my favorite places on earth. For starters, it's where we keep our boat. And, it's where the hubby proposed so many summers ago. In fact, we got engaged on our sail boat at this very marina. There was a full moon, and I kid you not, swans swam by.
Spring was starting to work its magic, and it was interesting to see how different everything looked in late winter. Normally, we only spend time here in the summer. I'm going to stop "talking" now, and let y'all enjoy the pictures and the quaintness and the sheer magic of Oxford, Maryland.
Obviously, the water makes this place special, but the houses, at least if you're an old-house lover like me, take my breath away. Old and pretty and picket-fenced with lots of color and gardens and details that truly inspire.
Check 'em out.
The house below was completely restored a few years ago. It's been for sale for quite a while. Trust me, if I had TWO million, it would be mine all mine.
The inside is as gracious and lovely and welcoming as the outside, and it overlooks the Strand, the avenue below. I could definitely wake up to this every morning!
The Robert Morris Inn, also the location of my friend's party, has a great atmosphere and exceptional food! Sorry, lady on the porch, whoever you are:-)
This house is currently being restored, and it's the husband's favorite.
The Sandaway has been a hotel for several years now. We've stayed here, too, and it's amazing!
A side view—so magnificent!
Yellow rays of hope!
So nice to have the hubby all to myself for a change.
This tree is called a weeping birch. It's twisted and gnarled and majestic.
Love the carvings. People don't do this anymore—not good for the tree—but kind of romantic back in the day.
You should see this gorgeous crepe myrtle in the summertime! Yet another fabulous home.
The hubby and I stayed here. We've been to the Ruffled Duck a few times now, alone and with the kids. The owners are nice, and the breakfast is delicious.
Gotta love this porch!
This is my favorite house in Oxford. Sorry to say I've never been inside it. Doesn't it look like the sort of place where the characters live happily ever after?