The Tidewater’s John Wilson on the Business of Hospitality in Talbot, Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties


There is no getting around the fact that John Wilson, along with his Coastal South investment partners, has become one of the Mid-Shore’s unsung commercial development heroes over the last ten years. Starting with the Chesapeake Bay Club on Kent Island, followed by the remarkable turnaround of the Tidewater Inn in downtown Easton over the last seven years, and the more recently, the addition of fifty-four luxury rooms at The Inn at Chesapeake Bay Club earlier this year, Wilson has not only been given credit for bringing all these properties to new heights of sophistication and elegance to the region but has provided a significant economic engine for the communities they reside in as well.

In his Spy interview, John talks about the changes at Tidewater Inn, the significant footprint he has created on the shores of Kent Island, and some miscellaneous thoughts on what it would take for Chestertown to join the club of Mid-Shore communities who offer high-end accommodations and fine dining.

This video is approximately fifteen minutes in length. For more information on the Tidewater, please go here, and here for the Chesapeake Bay Club and Inn.

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  1. Liz Freedlander says:

    One of the hallmarks of the very pleasurable experience of being at the Tidewater Inn is how very pleasant the service is. Employees seem very happy to work there. It shows in their cheerfulness. I ‘ve learned from parents of young people who have worked there, that employees are treated very well. Our repeated wonderful experiences are a direct result of happy employees. Thank you John. The inn feels like home.

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