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Cumberland Inn & Spa: a queen city treasure

Cumberland, Maryland church steeples
Cumberland, Maryland church steeples
Tanesha Manigo-Brown

Charlotte, North Carolina is not the only place that bears the name Queen City. Cumberland, a town in Western Maryland has been known to embrace the same name and actually has many similarities to Charlotte—giving this town plenty of reasons to visit. Nestled here, in an area that’s reminiscent of Charlotte’s historic Southend, is Cumberland Inn and Spa. This dwelling is fast becoming a highlight in Cumberland owing to its recent makeover into a ‘boutique’ style inn. It integrates the charm of a prior residence into a quaint, relaxing guest house for travelers, and one that easily offers Charlotteans appealing reminders of home.

Cumberland Inn and Spa
Tanesha Manigo-Brown

When asked what makes this inn special, Kedra Gowans, General Manager replied, “It’s just cozier and more intimate than a hotel. It’s the middle of the road. Some [guests] like hotels where they can be completely anonymous, some like the B&B’s.” Kedra describes this space as a guest’s personal home. Guests as far off as Norway happen upon this snug location and for good reason. Cumberland’s eight luxurious guest rooms, with their vintage closets and characteristic wallpaper merged with down-alternative comforters adorning Serta mattresses, celebrate the home’s historic glamour coupled with a modern decorative spin. Eco-friendly toiletries add a personal touch to each room as well. Some of the rooms feature private baths, and two adjacent upstairs guest rooms can connect making this a perfect suite option for those traveling with children.

Cumberland’s on-the-premise spa offers a variety of massage, facial and body treatments and features Murad skincare products. Guests can enjoy a day of pampering then simply retreat to their bedroom to continue their relaxation, in addition to, enjoying the all-day complimentary coffee and tea service in the den. A feature soon-to-be added to the downstairs area of Cumberland Inn and Spa is Jennifer's Desserts, a gourmet treats shop, yet another reason for guest to enjoy the goodness of Cumberland Inn and Spa.

Room rates for Cumberland Inn and Spa begin at $89 per night and spa treatments ranging from 30 to 80 minutes are reasonably priced as well.

Along with the aforementioned amenities of the inn, guests can enjoy many of the area’s attractions while staying here. Like Charlotte, Cumberland has a lot of character. The inn’s guests are within walking distance to downtown restaurants, eateries and bakeshops including Ristorante Ottaviani’s, an old-world Italian restaurant; Café Mark, a Sunday brunch favorite; and European Desserts, home to traditional Greek and other pastries. Buttercup Boutique has many unique gifts for visitors in the mood to shop, and for guests seeking adventure the area offers options for hiking, canoeing, skiing and whitewater rafting. The Great Allegheny Passage also deserves a visit. This popular tourist attraction serves as an off-road sightseeing and backpacking corridor frequented by hikers, bikers, and more. The entire trail is several hundred miles long traveling through a portion of the Appalachian Mountains. Guests can rent bikes from downtown and explore the trail. Cumberland, affectionately referred to by visitors as “the place with all the steeples," definitely has a good deal of stunning architecture to look at as well. “There’s plenty to see and do in a three day getaway,” states Kedra.

Travel Time

From Charlotte, Cumberland is only about a 6 1/2 hour drive or a little over an hour by plane to Baltimore, Maryland. Roundtrip airfare averages in the high $100 to mid-$200 range. Snag a rental car at the airport for a scenic drive into Cumberland. Cumberland does have a small airport though incoming flights are limited.


Similarities between Charlotte and Cumberland

Cumberland, a mix of residential, industrial and commercial edifices was once the second largest city in Maryland giving it the name of Queen City. It’s known for its historic link to the Civil War and for being the first military post for then Colonel George Washington. Comparably, Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina with ties to the American Revolutionary War. Additionally, both Cumberland and Charlotte have links to US Presidents—Charlotte was the location where Thomas Polk, the granduncle of President James K. Polk, settled his family, while Cumberland was the childhood home of Julia Dent who later married President Ulysses S. Grant. Cumberland Inn and Spa is actually the childhood home of Dent. A stay at Cumberland Inn and Spa affords Charlotte residents the feeling of being right at home, yet away from home.

Cumberland Inn and Spa is located at 120 Greene Street, Cumberland, Maryland 21502. For more information contact the inn at (240) 362-7111 or visit


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