STEVENSVILLE — Following 35 years of waterfront and hotel development from Florida to Cape Cod, John Wilson brought his experience and vision to the Eastern Shore. In the late ‘90s, Wilson acquired a site just south of the Bay Bridge in Stevensville. This seven-acre parcel of land would become the award-winning leader of waterfront weddings, events and hospitality known as the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club.

The Beach Club celebrated its 20th anniversary on July 1 following years of expansion and growth while partnering with numerous national brands that include Restoration Hardware and the Southern Living Hotel Collection.

In the beginning, the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club offered a one-of-a-kind waterfront setting; casual beach dining at the Shrimp Shack; live bands at the Pavilion; beach bars; water sports; and Tavern on the Bay restaurant, a local favorite. The Sunset Ballroom, the Beach Club’s first waterfront private venue was followed by the Tavern and Beach House Ballrooms, all built to meet the high demands of the regions newest waterfront wedding destination.

National exposure came knocking when the “Today Show” hosted its “Home Town” wedding on Sept. 16, 2005, and the Beach Club has not slowed down since.

During a decade in business experiencing consistent growth year after year, the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club acquired additional land and opened an all-encompassing resort complex in 2015.

In the Beach Club’s 20th season, this venue now offers three waterfront ballrooms featuring ceremony lawns, rooftop terraces and a private beach, along with extensive garden-inspired event spaces at the inn; a boutique hotel with 77 guest rooms, suites and cottages; a chef-inspired restaurant and market; a wellness-focused spa and salon; an expansive Chef’s Garden, resort-style dipping pools; fire pits; fountains; brick courtyards; and water sports.

“We are proud of our distinctive position within the hospitality, wedding and special event industry and our accomplishments since opening. Over the years we have renovated our property countless times, every year raising our own standards and continuing our commitment to excellence. One detail has remained the same — our staff,” President Dereck Janes said. “We are a small business that has grown gradually over the past 20 years. We have created a family-like atmosphere at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. Our original devoted staff has grown our ‘family tree’ to over 200 employees who treat everything that they do with unparalleled levels of service and dedication.”

The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club offers tours for prospective wedding couples and clients from 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday. Tours are guided to see venues, ask questions and check availability.

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