View from your private porch.Celebrating that we were named by TRAVEL + LEISURE as top Airbnb in Maryland!
Lovely Chesapeake Waterfront Flat

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1 bedroom

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Celebrating that we were named by TRAVEL & LEISURE as top Airbnb in Maryland! Set in a serene waterfront setting on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Light Landing creates a fun and relaxing retreat in proximity to Washington, D.C., Annapolis, and Baltimore, with pier, kayaks, and fire pit on a country-like acre.

The space

The sunrise and sunset water views from this light but cozy space are particularly dazzling in fall and winter--when guests seem just as thrilled to be here as those who come during the warmer months when they can sunbathe, paddle, or swim.

Light Landing's shady lawn and bright open spaces; electric 'wood stove' indoors, bbq, and fire pit outdoors; huge screened porch; tree swings and double hammock; English 'tree gardens', kayaks, crabbing, and our relaxing pier afford a peaceful and inspirational setting any time of the year for your stay in the Washington Metro area.

Many individuals or couples take a break from their business or sight-seeing for a restorative or romantic retreat; others come to Light Landing to complete writing, art, or other projects that require sustained focus or a secluded work environment. We've had countless happy couples for anniversaries, honeymoons, and even wedding nights, all of whom felt they had plenty of privacy and most of them have become 'regulars!'

Some guests even utilize (for an extra charge) the owner's skilled support in writing, editing, and author coaching or The Work of Byron Katie to restore creativity or resolve stubborn life/health/work issues.

THE ASCENDED SPACE ["The Flat"]: Light, modern, open studio loft with bay-view window seat, creek-view skylights. Completely private from our house downstairs, the Flat has its own separate entrance on the water side of the house. Luxurious marble bath with deep freestanding tub and large European shower. Leather couch, writing desk, well-appointed granite wet bar/kitchen with microwave and refrigerator/ freezer, bar- height table and other indoor/outdoor spaces for cooking, dining, work, play, roasting marshmallows, and--of course-- relaxing. Queen bed, Wireless internet with varied work spaces, Flat screen TV/DVD player, HDMI cable for Netflix, I-Pod doc. Includes use of pier, screened porch, fire pit, BBQ, kayaks, swings, entire country-like acreage. $118-149/night, $648-718/week, (check with owner for special rates for a month). These variable rates depend on the weekend/season.

THE GET-AWAY [By Special Arrangement; Contact Owner]: Smaller adjoining waterfront Swedish/antique bedroom with double bed [cannot be rented separately; only as an accessory to Ascended Space to be used by part of YOUR party--i.e., someone like a friend, child, other couple who can share the upstairs living space and bath with you, but have separate bedrooms]. Adjoins the studio loft space (separated only by a stairway and bifold door). Use of all amenities listed above. $60/night, $300/week, $900/month for one extra person (these charges increase by 20% when a second person shares the 'Get-Away').

3 BEDROOM/2 BATH WATERFRONT COTTAGE: If you find the dates you wanted are booked or you'd like more space or to bring a dog, please check out our NEW listing for the Cozy Chesapeake Waterfront Cottage next door!! (Hope you'll take a peek anyway, even if the dates aren't booked, and tell all your friends!) With so many return guests wanting to bring friends, family, or their dog, my friends and I have banded together to buy the cottage next door just for this purpose, and so far our guests have been just as thrilled with it and happy there as they have been in the Flat. See the entire description by clicking on my (Shawn's) profile. Scroll down the left side to "My Listings" and select Fun Chesapeake Waterfront Cottage.

So far, our guests have been thrilled with us, and we've been thrilled with them! What a cool thing. Hope to see you soon!

Guest access

Guests have full access to the shady waterfront lawn at their accommodation, plus the kayaks (2 singles and 1 two-seater ocean),canoe, make-shift paddle board, pier (including crab pots, fishing, or swimming when season permits), swings, 1 acre of land, gas and charcoal grill, outdoor recliner chairs, as well as dining table and chairs, and screened porch associated with my house (The pier, swings, water craft, and screened porch are sometimes shared with guests at our Cottage next door. So far that has not been a problem).

Also, by request, you can book a special session with me of "The Work," (of Byron Katie), an amazing and very simple form of self-inquiry for relieving stress and solving problems.

Interaction with guests

My daughter and I tend to leave the waterfront for you and the Cottage guests. I am very available for recommendations, directions, or questions, but also leave you with all the privacy you want! (The Flat has a separate entrance, and seems to have had plenty of privacy even for our wedding night and honeymoon couples--who tend to come back for anniversaries, too!)

Other things to note

3 BEDROOM/2 BATH WATERFRONT COTTAGE: If you find the dates you wanted for the Flat are booked, please check out out NEW listing for the Cozy Chesapeake Waterfront Cottage next door!! (Hope you'll take a peek anyway, even if the dates aren't booked, and tell all your friends!)
With so many return guests wanting to bring friends, family, or their dog, my friends and I have banded together to buy the cottage next door just for this purpose, and so far our guests have been just as thrilled with it and happy there as they have been in the Flat. See the entire description by clicking on my (Shawn's) profile and scroll down the left side to "My LIstings."

There are 3 listings here at Light Landing: the 3 bedroom/2 bath Cottage, the single-room Carriage House, and the Flat. The 'Get-Away' bedroom just supplements the Flat if you need more sleeping spaces, and will never be rented to another party when you're here.) Once in a while I also rent out my entire house (it's listed on Airbnb as Shawn's Amazing Waterfront Digs) for a bigger party, or if there is a conflict on an important date, so feel free to ask about that also.

Please save the environment and the electrical bill by leaving thermostats at a moderate temp when you leave the house for long. Thanks!


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee $35
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Welcome!!! Important Rule: Relax, Have FUN, and Let me Know if You need Anything!

When you arrive, park to the left nearest our big tree and walk left toward the water--either through or around our huge screened porch (if you walk through it--watch the step UP). Then just follow the brick pavers to the little stoop. Your private entrance will be the ORANGE door up the steps.

:-) Be sure to close the porch door every time as our sweet little dog Winnie can slip out if the door drags and stays open a bit. PLEASE Double-CHECK IT EVEN IF YOU DON"T SEE HER, AS WE COULD LET HER OUT LATER.

I know it seems weird--and I'm really NOT super picky--but we have had to replace many white sheets and towels because they turn orange from people using them with sunscreen on! Please shower first, esp. if you have light sheets, and use regular pillows for your head, not the decorative ones with pillow shams. Thanks!


***No DIVING. NO JUMPING UNTIL YOU HAVE TESTED WATER DEPT (TIDAL WATERS CAN SOMETIME BE VERY SHALLOW). ABSOLUTELY NO JUMPING OFF SIDES OF PIER--END ONLY AFTER TESTING). I'm wanting to add that I highly recommend wearing water shoes if you swim. As much as I love the warm silky mud at the bottom, it can also have glass shards or wire, etc. embedded in it. The main warning about swimming in the Bay is to not do it when you have a fresh cut or wound, so good idea to minimize the chance of stepping on something that could injure you. Thanks!

:-) It is critical not to leave the fire-pit burning unattended or without the screen cover. Please douse it with water when you retire. Also put caps on the Tikki torches (or ask me to).

*No candles except the ones provided in glass chimneys; NEVER leave them burning unsupervised.

*Please use only non-abrasives sponges or cleaners on granite countertop, sinks, tub.

*We are dog lovers, but don't allow dogs in the Flat. We have had guests' ask if their friends could bring quiet dogs for the day--but they must stay outside.

*We DO allow well-trained dogs to stay at our cottage next door--ask about that if you wanted to bring yours!

*Check-in and out are sometimes negotiable if there are not guests before or after you, or if someone is leaving early/arriving late. :-) Default is 3 pm check-in and 1 pm check-out. Let me know if you want something different and I'll see if I can make it work.

**No smoking in or within 100 feet of the house, cottage, pier, or waterfront.

Thanks, and let us know if you have any other questions! Again, If you need anything just text or call Shawn ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)), or just stop by if she’s home. If you really can't reach her and need urgent help, you may call Alice ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) or Claudia ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)). Hope you have a lovely stay!

Thanks so much! Have a great time here. :-)


Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay.
From Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017 the minimum stay is 2 nights.

396 Reviews

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Gwendolyn User Profile
September 2017
Great place for us to homebase with our baby for the week and explore the area. We took a couple day trips to DC and Annapolis, but spent plenty of time hanging out and relaxing. Shawn's place was well equipped enough to make meal prep easy and fun to hang around. Absolutely worth the money and vacation time!

Richard User Profile
September 2017
Want a quick getaway from D.C.? This is the place to head to. This Airbnb sits on the water of the Chesapeake that instantly soothes you. Shawn, the owner, has meticulously thought about every detail to ensure that your stay is peaceful and relaxing. You will enjoy your coffees in the morning with the sunrise from the comfort of your bed. You will also not want to leave the campfires in the evening as you watch spectacular sunsets. We enjoyed it all!

Jazmine User Profile
August 2017
I had a wonderful weekend renting Shawn's flat. The flat was the perfect size and the views were amazing from the unit! Shawn's property was large enough to enjoy being outside while other guests were staying in her other rentals. If you are looking for a place to relax and unwind, this is the perfect place to rent!

Ian User Profile
August 2017
Shawn' s place was great! The apartment itself is clean and in good shape. The location on the water is beautiful, and there's a great view right from the bed. It's not too far from both DC and Annapolis, which my girlfriend and I visited while we stayed here. Make sure you get out on the kayaks while you're here! Although we didn't see much of Shawn while we were here, she seemed like a very nice and friendly person. Everything went smoothly from check in to check out. Her dog Winnie is also super friendly and fun to play with! We had a great time here and would love to come back again! Thanks for a great stay Shawn!

Jason User Profile
August 2017
Shawn's place is AMAZING! We stayed at the small flat upstairs and it was perfect for a couple looking for a quick getaway. The yard is such a nice place to relax and chill or read a book by the water's edge. We used the kayaks and had a really nice paddle around the inlet as the sun was setting. Shawn was super nice and helpful during our stay. We would highly recommend and hope to be back next summer!

Joshua User Profile
August 2017
This place is simply amazing. The apartment is a spacious, modern studio/1br with an awesome bathroom. Every detail is perfect, from the soaking tub to the skylights to the coffee in the cupboard. I went kayaking in the morning and evening using the boats Shawn supplies. She is the consumate host, easy to connect with, clear and friendly. The views -- the views! Chesapeake Bay at its best, with osprey and heron flying right outside. Certainly my best AirBnB stay yet, and will absolutely be back.

Phillip User Profile
August 2017
Our stay was truly relaxing, a place where one can unwind and enjoy a quiet getaway with beautiful scenery and opportunities for kayaking and fishing. Shawn takes the time to ensure that her guests' needs are seen to with sincere hospitality. I noticed all the little details, [nick-nacks], in decorating the suite. It added to create a warm, inviting, and relaxing atmosphere which was truly appreciated. This is a special place that I will revisit in the near future.

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Shawn User ProfileShawn is a superhost.

I'm thinking the best description of me for your purposes as potential guests appears in the reviews! I'm someone who is just here being incredibly grateful to live in this gorgeous, quiet, nature-filled spot on the Chesapeake Bay; to have this opportunity to share it with others; and to have connected through Air BnB with such lovely people. I'm always thrilled to see how much these individuals, couples, and families enjoy staying here, and am hoping that what they have said about me will tell you what you need to know.

We just were names TRAVEL AND LEISURE's best Airbnb in Maryland, and I've been an airbnb SuperHost for many years... not an easy position to earn, but I love sharing this spot with folks and just want you to have a good time. Folks also hold business and spiritual retreats and wedding here, and its fun for me to be in a position to share this great spot and see people so connected and transformed.

Beyond that.... I will be very happy to answer any questions you may have about my diverse interests and pursuits, as well as the travel destinations I am currently exploring. The most recent adventure was my college-aged daughter and I spending a portion of the summer living in China, her birthland, while she learned Mandarin and I worked on my latest book, "The RELIABLE SYMMETRY OF HAPPINESS: The MISSING PEACE We Were Never Taught"!

That brings me to my OTHER work as a life/author-coach. As a Certified Faciliator of The Work of Byron Katie, I love to share that and my own HAPPINESS HACKS with folks: simple, predictable tools that change your relationship to all your relationships and to your stressful emotions. They have helped me SO much in my life as well as my clients; when you have your own reliable way to capitalize on your stressful thoughts about the VERY person or thing that upsets you--and turn them into highly creative solutions and greater peace and love each time--it's a whole different world. Very Cool.

I hold my own wonderful waterfront retreats in this work here a few times a year, and even sometimes work with guests if they make an appointment to see me while they are here--or schedule their stay as a Symmetry of Happiness retreat (individual, couples, or groups/families). [See But NO PRESSURE! I won't bring it up unless you do!

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