Inn at Horn Point
the best job I've
ever had," says Cory Bonney, innkeeper of the Inn at Horn Point.
Bonney, along with the help of his wife Carol, runs the bed and
breakfast at 100 Chesapeake Avenue in Eastport. "It was very helpful
to have 25 years of hotel experience prior to doing this," says
Bonney, who has worked in sales and marketing, operations, restaurant
management and catering.
Bonney, "When I was five years into the hospitality business I
thought, 'Wouldn't it be great to one day have my own place?'"
His thought turned into a reality in 2000 when he purchased the
home on Chesapeake Avenue. Dating back to 1902, the house had
undergone many changes over the years, even serving as a grocery
store and brothel at two different points in its history. After
a year and a half of work, the home was transformed into the Inn
at Horn Point when the Bonneys welcomed their first guests in
March 2002. Now, the inn is among 30 bed and breakfasts in the
greater Annapolis area-just a handful of those are located in
A native of Arlington, Bonney has called Annapolis his home for
the last 14 years, working as the director of operations at the
Loews Annapolis Hotel for the majority of that time. "Annapolis
is charming because it's historic," says Bonney. The innkeeper
also has strong feelings about Eastport's potential. "I think
that Eastport is growing as a community destination. Tourists
are coming to Annapolis, but they've heard a lot about this little
area called Eastport," says Bonney. "Parking is easy. Some of
the best restaurants in town are within walking distance. The
water taxi runs over to the Chart House two blocks away. They
can go and enjoy the city."
Besides its ideal location, the Inn at Horn Point offers five
luxurious guest rooms, each with a private in-room bathroom. The
Inn also offers something that you can't find anywhere else in
town. "We have the only handicap accessible bed and breakfast
room in Annapolis," says Bonney. Plus, guests can delight in a
freshly prepared breakfast every morning of their stay. Selections
include strawberry mint yogurt parfait, crème brulee French toast,
hickory bacon, lemon ricotta pancakes, sage sausage and more.
For instant feedback from his clientele, Bonney keeps a journal
in each of the inn's guest rooms. Guests are encouraged to write
about their experiences. "No one ever writes anything negative,"
says Bonney. "We hope that's an indication of the total experience
people are having." It must be positive since the inn also receives
a good deal of repeat business. "I've always used repeat business
as a measure of success. Nothing is more exciting to a business
owner than someone who comes back," says Bonney. The Inn at Horn
Point doesn't seem to have any trouble pulling in repeat customers.
They've even had one couple stay nine times in past two and half
While you'd think he'd get tired of people coming in and out of
his home, Bonney insists that isn't the case. "I knew what I was
getting myself into," he says. "It's probably a little easier
than I thought." He says that managing your time is the key to
running a successful bed and breakfast. "You're definitely thinking
24 hours a day, but you're not necessarily working 24 hours a
day," says Bonney. As his own boss, Bonney tries to manage his
time wisely between work and social obligations. The Bonneys also
occupy their own portion of the house that is hidden away from
guests. "You have to have your own space," says Bonney, referring
to his sound-insulated area of the home. This is convenient for
his family, so they aren't disturbed as their guests come and
Besides showing hospitality in the house, Bonney is quick to help
guests experience Annapolis to the fullest. "We become local tourism
directors," adds Bonney. "When guests increase their length of
stay, it not only benefits us, but it benefits the city." He has
also brought some of Annapolis into the house. "I've developed
some strategic partnerships in the area," says Bonney. As a result,
his guests can enjoy cookies from Uncle Bob's Fudge Kitchen as
well as coffee and books from Hard Bean Coffee & Booksellers.
"It's important for the local economy," says Bonney.
According to Bonney, the area's bed and breakfast owners hold
a friendly competitive relationship with one another. As a member
of the local association of bed and breakfast owners, he shares
weekly information on availability. "If someone calls for this
weekend and we're sold out, we're going to refer them to someone
in the association who has demonstrated availability," says Bonney.
"We show hospitality for each other when we're competing for the
Even when they're on vacation, the Bonneys enjoy staying at bed
and breakfasts to see what other owners are doing to better serve
their clientele. "We learn from others, and we bring some of those
ideas back," says Bonney. "We're always trying to improve." While
Bonney's wife Carol holds a full-time job outside the house, she
also runs the website for the inn at www.innathornpoint.com and
manages the billing. In the future, Cory Bonney is interested
in building another bed and breakfast. But, for now, he's happy
managing the Inn at Horn Point, while spending time with his wife,
daughter and three sons.
To book a room at the Inn at Horn Point, contact Bonney at 410-268-1126