THE TEAM

We are thrilled that our team continues to grow as we do. If you’d like to explore joining the Pier450 family, you can apply for a job here.

Peggy Binzel

OWNER & PROPRIETOR

Peggy is the principal owner of Pier450. A long-time love of and experience in refurbishing old houses — and a career as a lobbyist — collided to create the perfect opportunity here. The project has required virtually all of Peggy’s varied talents to, first, envision the property, then get us through all the permitting, variances and approvals for needed infrastructure improvements to a 70 year-old waterfront property that lies in the “critical area” of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. (She can tell you more about the myriad of community, county and state officials who have helped and supported us along the way!)

 

Peggy has been a hands-on developer on this project from day one, doggedly fighting to bring Pier450 to life. At the same time, her extraordinary (and slightly eccentric) design aesthetic and vision for restoration have ensured this place has become one of beauty and exceptionalism.

 

Peggy grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Baylor University in Texas, all before making her way to Washington, DC and, ultimately, Maryland. In her “day job,” she is Principal at Twenty-First Century Group and was formerly in executive positions at Cogent Strategies and Podesta Group, both government relations/lobbying firms in Washington, DC. She has also held senior positions at Turner Broadcasting and News Corp.

 

From Oklahoma to Ridge — and a little bit of everywhere in between. Peggy is now proprietor, restaurateur and visionary of and for all that is Pier450.

Cathy Austin

PARTNER, BRAND MARKETER, LANDSCAPE DESIGNER

Cathy signed on to Peggy’s Big Adventure in its very early stages as brand developer and marketer — to help bring the “brand” to life and build a receptive audience for it. (In her day job, she is President of Loop9 Marketing, a branding and marketing firm based just outside of Washington.) As with most any entrepreneurial project, Cathy’s role has expanded and evolved to now also include landscape design (a side hobby), overseeing front-of-the-house set up for the restaurant (harkening back to a much earlier career in the restaurant business) and various aspects of the property’s experiential and merchandising efforts. She is now a part owner of the project and all-in contributor.

 

Pier450 is a lucky convergence of many of Cathy’s professional experiences and personal interests. She and Peggy have worked (and played) together in various capacities for more than twenty years, making the partnership in Pier450 a logical extension of their business relationship and personal friendship.

 

Originally from North Carolina, Cathy moved to DC more than 30 years ago and today splits her time between her home in Falls Church, VA and the house right here on the property that she and Peggy share. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Carlos Gomez-Starnes

MASTER CHEF

Carlos is Master Chef at POV. He joined the project in late 2019, working with Peggy to design the kitchen and with the team as he crafted a menu that combines local flavors and favorites with his appreciate for world cuisines and influences. The menu was created with input from the local community and combines locally sourced seafood, meats, produce and more, with fun and sophisticated preparations for every palette.

 

Chef Carlos oversees our kitchen and will ultimately build Pier450’s catering operations. He is a lover of food who loves to make people happy…with food. His brand of hospitality is about warmth and community, equally at the core of the Pier450 experience.

 

Carlos is currently the Chef-in-Residence at Twenty-First Century Group in Washington, DC (yep, the same place Peggy works). He previously served as chef at the Mayflower and Hay-Adams Hotels, both in Washington. During his 30-year career, he has worked as a bistro chef in Boston and had his own catering operation. He was born and grew up in Colombia, South America.

Paul Haynes

CURATOR & DESIGNER

Paul has been working with Peggy for nearly a decade, curating and designing the interiors for the Scotland Yards properties and other projects. His keen eye and eclectic design aesthetic have proved instrumental in turning Pier450 into a both visually dynamic and relaxing atmosphere.

 

Paul’s talent is part innate artistry and partly curated, itself, from years of experience — as Principal of Harrison Norris, his interior design company, art gallery and home store; as a store designer for Crate & Barrel, the ubiquitous home retailer; and as a photographer for the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. One only has to look at the rooms at The Quarters at Pier450, at the POV Restaurant interiors, or any of the houses in the Scotland Yards portfolio to experience his unique style and commitment to comfort — and “wow.”

 

Paul also curates and runs The Chandlery boutique shop at Pier450, which features a surprising mix of “found finds,” artwork, jewelry, clothing, edibles, health & beauty items and branded merchandise.

 

Paul grew up in Tennessee. He studied at Middle Tennessee State University and at the University of Tennessee at Nashville.

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SUN10am-8pm
Brunch available until 3:45pm
OPEN 'til 9pm
MONCLOSEDCLOSED
TUES4-8pm:
Light Fare + Comfort Food
OPEN 'til 9pm
WED4-9pmOPEN 'til 10pm
THURS4-9pmOPEN 'til 10pm
FRI11am-9pmOPEN 'til 11pm
SAT11am-9pmOPEN 'til 11pm

BAR ONLY

Happy Hour

3-5 pm, 9-11 pm

Tuesday - Sunday

 

SELECT HOUSE WINES $6

SELECT DRAFT BEERS $5

Arrival & Departure

Check in is at 3:00 p.m. and check out at 11:00 a.m. We guarantee your room will be ready by 3:00 on the day of your arrival. If you arrive early, you’re free to enjoy the property, including the restaurant (you'll find the restaurant/bar hours here), pier, beach and firepits. We will try to accommodate early check ins/late check outs within an hour of our stated times where possible — ask your guest services manager prior to your arrival/departure.

 

Reservations & Payments

We are a contactless motel — that is, there isn’t an onsite innkeeper to greet you or take payment information. To alleviate the need to repeatedly contact you for credit card information prior to your stay, 100% of your payment will be charged at the time you make your reservation. A confirmation letter will be sent when we receive payment. For other payment arrangements, please email or call us.

Advance reservations are required. There is no one onsite to accommodate walk-ins.

 

Cancellations

We are a very small motel and cancellations affect us significantly. As such, we need to adhere to a strict cancellation policy. Payments for single rooms are refundable if cancelled more than 10 days prior to your stay, minus a $25 processing fee. If your reservation is cancelled within 10 days of your arrival date, 50% of your fee will be forfeited.

 

Payments for groups booking more than three rooms are refundable if cancelled more than 30 days prior to your arrival date, minus a $50 processing fee. If your multi-room reservation is cancelled within 30 days of your arrival date, 50% of your fee will be forfeited.

 

Innkeeping Services

We don’t have a lobby with a front desk or an onsite concierge. That said, we do have lots of people whose jobs are to make sure you have fun and that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Your confirmation letter and subsequent communications will provide you with details for how to contact our guest services manager if you have questions or need assistance. We can also direct you to information about local attractions and resources.

 

In-Room Food Preparation

A mini refrigerator with freezer and Keurig coffee maker are provided in each room. Other cooking appliances are not permitted. Several Keurig pods are provided each day of your stay.

 

Personal Belongings

To ensure everyone’s enjoyment of our small property and lovely views, we ask that you not leave personal belongings in front of the motel while you are in your room or away from the property, including, but not limited to, chairs, clothing, towels, beverage containers, etc. Trash cans are provided in your room and are placed throughout the property for your use.

 

Pets

We allow pets at The Quarters — with a few conditions:

  1. When at all possible, please take them with you when you’re out and about so they don’t disturb other guests pining for your return.
  2. We charge a $25 cleaning fee, payable when you make your reservation.
  3. Dogs must be kept on a leash when outside on the property.
  4. You must pick up after your pet.