"We arrived in Crisfield, Maryland from our journey road-wary but were soon rejuvenated upon seeing ‘My Fair Lady’ and meeting the owners, Troella and Walter. The place was immaculate and well cared for in all details. Troella is a gracious host and a great cook. The room was beautifully decorated, clean, and comfortable. Our stay here was the best that we’ve ever experienced. Troella made a special occasion even more joyous with breakfasts that were well prepared, abundant, and delightful. We had a wonderful stay and would recommend it highly to anyone that would like to meet a wonderful couple and stay in a beautifully restored Victorian home. My Fair Lady is a special jewel in the delightful and friendly area of Crisfield."
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Once upon a time, not too long ago, a handsome young gentleman from India was searching for the perfect place to propose to his lady love, a beautiful British gentlewoman whom he met in Southampton, England.
Together, they had visited London, flown to Paris, and traveled in India, among other exotic locales.
Despite these intriguing destinations, and others that were easily available to him, he was looking for a unique setting to ask her to become his bride.
Searching the Internet, he found what he was looking for. Making reservations with the stipulation that he and his fiancé-to-be would have the entire house to themselves for the weekend, he completed his plans: around-the-clock limousine service, a ladies' maid and valet, catering by Alexander's of Washington, D.C., and gracing nearly every room, a plethora of white tulips flown in from Holland. With a myriad world-wide options, what was his choice? My Fair Lady Bed and Breakfast in Crisfield, MD!
According to owners Troella and Walter Tiznik, the young "Romeo" confided that he selected My Fair Lady because he desired a place that was both secluded and serene, as well as charming and gracious.
This happy couple is not the only rather exotic visitors to discover this Crisfield landmark.
Guests have included people from across the United States, as well as international travelers. However, guests need not come from far away nor stage a special event to enjoy My Fair Lady's quintessential charm.
Built in 1900 at the height of the seafood boom in the quaint waterfront community, this grand Crisfield landmark has been fully renovated.
The public areas, including a front and back parlor, sun porch, formal dining room, upstairs sitting area, and a fully lighted, three-story octagonal tower, are furnished with many museum-quality antiques, as well as jewel-toned Oriental rugs, original paintings and exquisite tapestries.
The five period guest rooms - each with a private bath - are furnished in kind, although each has its own distinctive turn of the century character and beauty.
A third-floor suite spans the entire top story of the house. Within its 1200 square feet, the suite boasts three bedrooms, a common area, and a large private bath.
The top floor of the octagonal tower also is also located in this suite and can be used as a meditation room.
The backdrop for the young lovers' betrothal as well as for many family vacations, the suite also is ideal for small conferences and meetings. The unobstructed common area is ideal for group presentations.
While The Lady's guests feast their eyes on the charms of Crisfield's waterfront community, they also have another feast in store.
Every morning, visitors can delight in a variety of breakfast selections: juices and coffee, scramble eggs, waffles, pancakes, muffins, breakfast breads, sausages, scrapple, browned potatoes, and fresh fruit, among other treats.
Innkeepers Troella and Walter Tiznik purchased the property on February 28, 2001, fulfilling one of Mrs. Tiznik's long-time dreams.
Accompanying her U.S. State Department husband around the world, the couple often preferred bed and breakfast accommodations over large impersonal hotels. "Sometimes they were wonderful and sometimes they were wretched," Mrs. Tiznik recalls.
"That's when I decided that someday, we would have a bed and breakfast of our own, dedicated to caring for our guests in the manner we would liked to be cared for."
After a post in Paris, France, the Tizniks returned to the States. Mrs. Tiznik readily recalls the day that one of her husband's State Department colleagues, who had retired and become a real estate agent, called to tell them about "their dream house."
After a somewhat adventure-filled trip down the Shore (the men, who were driving one car while Mrs. Tiznik followed behind, lost her at the Bay Bridge), the small caravan arrived in Crisfield.
Mrs. Tiznik relates, "I knew the moment I walked in the front door that this home was mine!" And so, My Fair Lady was born.
"I have a great belief in grabbing the moment," Mrs. Tiznik explains. "We're all so busy doing things we think we should do that we forget to do something nice for ourselves. I hope that some people share that belief and choose to spend that special 'moment' with us."
Printed in the August 2003 Issue of the Salisbury Business Journal
Copied with permission of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce www.salisburyarea.com