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Northern Neck Area Activities

Through the resort's partnership with Northern Neck Heritage Tours, the Tides Inn is able to offer guests fun and informational experiences and Chesapeake Bay activities including Chesapeake Bay Virginia tours. The team works closely with area museums, historic and cultural sites, historical societies, heritage crafters, and various affinity groups to produce high quality, in-depth content.

A variety of opportunities await you in the Northern Neck. Here is a sampling of the Chesapeake Bay tours available:

  • Northern Neck Museum Tour
  • A Cruise Across the Chesapeake Bay
  • Kayaking Historic Waterways
  • George Washington and Friends
  • Discovering Your Roots and Ancestors
  • The Romantic Steamboat Era
  • Historic Churches
  • Courthouse Towns in the 18th Century
  • A Colonial Journey Through the Northern Neck
  • Historic Taverns and the People Who Frequented Them
  • Berries, Grapes and Wine

If you want to experience an island getaway and travel back in time, take a day trip during your stay at the Tides Inn to tour Tangier Island or Smith Island:

TANGIER ISLAND, VIRGINIA

From Buzzard's Point in Reedville, board the Chesapeake Breeze for a day boat cruise to Tangier Island. Tour this quaint island in the middle of Chesapeake Bay where island families earn their living from the famous blue crab. See crab shanties, wander along the commercial docks where the crab boats are tied up, and stroll the narrow streets where bicycles and golf carts are the main means of transportation. After a seafood dinner at the Chesapeake House, return to the boat and arrive back in Reedville.

SMITH ISLAND, MARYLAND

Board the Captain Evans from Smith Point in Reedville for a day cruise to quaint Smith Island. On your way, pass by the Smith Point Lighthouse guarding the shoals where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake Bay. On the island, also home to families who make their living on the water, stop in at the Smith Island Museum, which interprets the history and culture of Maryland's only inhabited off-shore island, then take a walking tour of the village of Ewell. After lunch at your choice of waterfront restaurants, return to your boat for the homeward cruise and arrive back in Reedville.

For more information on Chesapeake Bay tours and activities, call the Tides Inn's Activities Team at 804.438.4489.