The Inn at Horn Point is situated in Eastport, just across Spa Creek from downtown Annapolis. Innkeepers Cory, Carol and daughter Josalyn Bonney home keep the 115-year-old home running as both their own home and a home away from home for guests from around the country.
People who come to Annapolis to play tourist, conduct business or perhaps spend time in town while a son or daughter is at the Naval Academy can enjoy staying in quiet, quaint comfort while enjoying the sights.
Cory Bonney spent his career working in the hospitality industry at major hotels, from Marriotts to Hiltons to Loews, and his dream was to open his own bed-and-breakfast when he was ready to retire. But when Josalyn was born with a heart condition, the Bonneys set out to make the dream happen a bit early.
“Josalyn had a successful repair for her heart, but the doctors said it would be better for her to stay home rather than in daycare,” says Carol “And somehow we ended up just saying, ‘well let’s do the bed-and-breakfast now.’ Cory could stay home with Josalyn. So he became a stay-at-home dad and innkeeper.”
The Bonneys opened the Inn in 2002, after spending more than a year renovating the property and expanding it to include separate living quarters for their family. When they moved into the property, Josalyn, now 18, was just two. The bed-and-breakfast features five bedrooms, each with its own private bath, and one with full handicap access, including a roll-in shower with 300-lb test grab bars, and a raised toilet seat and sink for easy access. The Inn also puts on impressive breakfasts with things like Crème Brulee French toast and chocolate banana pancakes.
The Bonneys pride themselves on their environmentally friendly policies, using all-natural and organic ingredients sourced from local farmer’s markets as well as its own organic herb garden. But more on that later. . . .
What’s it like living in a house with guests all of the time?
Cory: Our living space is completely separate, separate living area, separate kitchen. We even built Carol an escape/outdoor deck off the bedroom so she can get away from it all. Because it wasn’t her desire to do this in the first place.
Carol: Since we had a young child, we recognized that early on that we needed to build that on to maintain our sanity.
What’s it like growing up here?
Josalyn: Well, I don’t know anything different. But there’s always something going on and something to be done. If I do have time, I’ll try to do the laundry. And I always help with breakfast if there’s a big crowd of people.
Corey: She’s always on the schedule if we have a big group coming in, she’s my
Josalyn: Recently I’ve started taking care of more of the business. My parents will go away and I’ll check in people and I’ll serve them breakfast myself. Crème brulee French toast is my favorite. It’s pretty fun.
You’re a senior at Spalding, do you have plans for after graduation?
Josalyn: I’ve been accepted to Green Mountain College, which is an environmentally based school in Vermont. I’m not sure if I’m going out of state, but I’ve been working on an essay for a scholarship there as well, about my environmental work.
What kind of environmental work do you do?
Josalyn: I started when I was in first grade at St. Martin’s. My teacher did a rain forest unit. She would decorate the whole classroom like a rainforest, and it impacted me. So I decided to start a lemonade stand over the Fourth of July. The first year I raised about $300 and I donated it to the Rain Forest Foundation US. Eventually, I began to get donations for supplies. Whole Foods actually donated the whole stand one year [as well as the lemons and other ingredients]. By the time I stopped just before 10th grade, I had raised about $17,000 for the organization.
Now I’m trying to achieve my gold award for Girl Scouts. It has to be a sustainable project, so I decided to do a rain garden at my school. I’m also making lesson plans for the incoming classes about its benefits, and I’m leaving the school’s environmental group in charge of the rain garden after I graduate.
So you’re all environmentalists?
Cory: We do all we can. We purchase wind credits from a wind farm in Pennsylvania. We have a certificate from the EPA because of that. We also compost, and we have rain barrels. We have never used harsh chemicals inside or outside the house; and we use all biodegradable cleaning products.
Carol: We also just installed three Tesla
Destination Charging stations. Mayor
Buckley’s first ribbon cutting was here.
We’re on the Tesla map, and are the only one in downtown Annapolis.
Do you have backup innkeepers?
Cory: Yes, they’re called Inn sitters. Some people do it professionally, and they will move from city to city covering for people. Plus we have a handful of individuals and couples that have shown an interest in it. So in a pinch, or if we want to plan our own vacation, we can use those folks.
What do you suggest people do while they’re visiting Annapolis?
Cory: Mostly we encourage people get out on the water. Our favorite one to suggest is the Schooner Woodwind. Because it’s a sailing vessel, and it’s open to individuals and couples. It’s also family owned and operated, and people can be hands-on by raising the sails and steering the boat.