Rising Tides

Just as the Chesapeake waters flow in fresh new patterns every day, so our view from the Tides is constantly refreshed by the people who visit us. Whether you're a longtime guest or awaiting your first trip to our peninsula, we look forward to welcoming you.

As we await warmer days, vibrant blue skies and beautiful budding flowers, we share with you one of our favorite spring recipes. The Tides is known for its delicious, seasonal cuisine, which incorporates a bounty of fresh produce sourced from local farms. Make this dish at home for an authentic taste of spring at the Tides! The Tides Inn

Roasted Asparagus with Fresh Herb Gremolata

When choosing asparagus, look for straight, firm stalks with tips that are closed and either dark green or purple.

2 bunches medium asparagus
2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp pink sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Trim the woody ends of the asparagus. Lay the spears on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil, and season with sea salt and pepper. Roll spears around to coat evenly. Place pan in a 450-degree pre-heated oven and cook approximately 10 minutes or until just tender. Shake pan to move spears around while roasting.

Note: This same seasoning can also be used for grilling.

For the Gremolata:
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
3 tbsps finely grated lemon peel
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 1/2 tbsps chopped thyme
1 1/2 tbsps chopped basil
1 1/2 tbsps chopped chives

Mix all ingredients in a bowl (can be made a day in advance and kept in refrigerator).

Arrange asparagus spears on a platter and top with Gremolata.

Posted in Virginia Food & Drink

Whether you’re a true lover of fine wines or you’re just learning the basics of sipping and swirling the plethora of wine grape varietals, then you might want to follow the wine trail to the Tides Inn, October 23rd as they kick off their first wine dinner of the season!  Fancy it up in your tux and cocktail attire and join Executive Chef TV Flynn for an evening of exclusive wines and cuisines from around the world.  Don’t let the black tie and fine wines scare you…..it’s an excuse to dress up, drink up and eat up.

Chef Flynn will be pairing five wines (that we’re keeping a secret for now….just to tempt you) with a tailored four course menu that will showcase specific cuisine specialties, seasonings or ingredients from the countries of Austria, France, the United States, Argentina and South Africa.  All of which are known for their bountiful production of some of the world’s finest wines and champagnes.  Wine around the world

Forks, corks, formal and fun.  What trumps that? You’ll be sampling flavors and pleasing your palate without needing a passport!

Check out the details on the DINING EVENTS of our website, and stay tuned as we reveal in future blogs, chef’s four course menu and maybe….. just maybe, a peek at some of the wines we’ll be featuring.   “Prosit” (aka: ‘cheers’ in Austrian).

Posted in Food & Beverage Events, Virginia Food & Drink

It’s that time of year for residents, guests and tourists of Kilmarnock, Irvington and White Stone to shop, sample and savor some great values and one-of-a-kind finds during this year’s Shop & Eat by the Bay, September 18th and 19th, 2015.  Multiple boutiques, restaurants and outlets in the surrounding communities will be offering up to a 20% discount on goods and merchandise.  The Tides Inn Gift Shop, Golden Eagle Golf Shop and the Tides Journey Spa will also be offering a 20% savings!

In order to receive your discounts to this fabled fall event, tickets are $10 in advance and may be purchased at the Tides Inn or any participating merchant.*  Along with your $10 ticket purchase  you’ll receive a canvas tote bag that is filled with additional savings and values including return vouchers for 25% off at The Tides Gift Shop, The Golden Eagle Golf Shop, as well as spa services or purchases from The Tides Journey Spa, valid between September 23 and 30. Certainly an offer worth returning for!

Virgina Wine bottlesFor wine lovers attending Shop & Eat by the Bay’s weekend festivities, join us for a wine tasting at the Tides Inn Gift Shop from  3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the 18th and 19th to sample some flavorful Virginia Wines! That and your tote bag of savings are definitely worth a Tides toast!



*Tickets are $15 if purchased the weekend of the shopping event.

Posted in Local Attractions, Virginia Food & Drink

Chesapeake Bay Fall ImageFall is right around the corner and planning an autumn getaway to the Tides Inn will showcase the best the Northern Neck has to offer. Capture colorful leaf peeping by boat along Carter’s Creek, tasting wines along the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail, exploring the charming shops and galleries of Irvington by bicycle and enjoying the local agriculture and aquaculture at special gastronomic events.

Discover Your Crush!  October is Virginia Wine Month, so let us pack a wicker picnic basket lunch for you to enjoy at one of the nearby wineries ,vineyards and tasting rooms along the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail. The closest winery is just a bike ride away. Check out our Virginia Wine Trail package.

Savor and Celebrate the Oyster! November is Virginia Oyster Month, and this year’s harvest is estimated to be one of the best! Taste aVirginia Oysters variety of local oysters at the Tides and along the newly proclaimed Oyster Trail.  The Tides Inn will soon be offering our two-night Oyster Experience which includes oystering with a local waterman.

Posted in Getaways, Local Attractions, Virginia Food & Drink

5aifoBYWith National Girlfriend’s Day right around the corner on August 1, 2015, it’s the perfect excuse to grab your best gal pals and head to the Tides Inn.  Your itinerary can include a myriad of activities from exploring the surrounding Chesapeake Bay via bicycle or spending the day tasting Virginia wines along the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail (and what group of girlfriends don’t enjoy great wine and conversation?).  Or, why not harvest Chesapeake oysters with a local waterman and enjoy them alongside some bubbly while taking in the breathtaking evening views from the Terrace patio?  For those adventure-seekers, ladies can set sail on the Rappahannock River or learn the ropes at our on-site sailing school for a firsthand experience.  There’s yoga on the beach or paddleboard yoga.  And, what is a girlfriends getaway without indulging in some soothing summer treatments at the Tides Inn spa?  Seriously ladies – the options are endless.  Just picture “your-selfies” at the Tides and celebrate those friendships!  What are youTides Yoga waiting for?  We’ll have the wine chilling and the oysters waiting….see you soon!

Posted in Getaways, Uncategorized

Premier coiling lines

Virginia’s Chesapeake area is a beautiful place to sail, and it’s a pastime that can be shared by the entire family.  Let us teach you how!

Premiere Sailing School is located on-site at the Tides Inn and offers classes for children, adults, families and corporate groups.   Their fleet of boats includes the small, child-friendly Sunfish, Laser and Optic boats and larger sailboats, racing boats and powerboats. The gentle, sheltered waters of Carter’s Creek are perfect for beginners to learn the basics before sailing out to the wider Rappahannock River.

Enjoy a half-day lesson sailing on the water, or plan a longer stay to master certification.  Our Learn to Sail Package includes two days of lessons, accommodations, breakfast and box lunches for the boat.

Premier windy day lesson

Posted in Family Fun, Marina Matters

beer mug

Virgina’s craft beer industry has been growing not only in quantity but quality in recent years.  The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild reported that the Commonwealth is now home to  100 craft breweries. They’ve won medals in national competitions and starred in a short-form documentary “From Grain to Growler” chronicling the rise of craft beer in the Commonwealth.

Some of these will be represented at the Tides’ spring festival April 8-12, 2015, a series of events themed around the flavorful artisan industry, including a demo class on cooking with beer, a hands-on class in pairing food with beer, and a locavore dinner and oyster roast paired with craft beers.

Saturday’s event, “Taste of Spring: Brews, Buds, Bites” welcomes the glorious spring season with an outdoor event on the banks of Carter’s Creek.  One ticket includes 10 tastings of craft beers, and there will also be local wines, hard cider, and regional fare and great music. An in-water boat show and garden show add to the festivities, providing plenty of reasons to get outdoors and socialize.

Reserve your place now and find your favorite craft brew at Taste of Spring.



Posted in Virginia Food & Drink

When the weather is too cold to cast a line, you can still cast a vote for what you love best in Virginia.

Virginia Living magazine’s annual “Best of Virginia” readers’ survey lists local businesses and organizations, restaurants, shops, bars, resorts, hotels, golf courses, spas and lots more.  Tides Inn has been honored in the past and we hope you’ll support us and other local businesses with your votes.  You can find the Tides Inn on the Eastern Region ballot. Results will be published in their May issue.

Once your vote is cast, you’ll be automatically entered to win an iPad mini fromVirginia Living.

Voting closes Friday midnight January 23, 2015.  Good luck!

Posted in Local Attractions

Our weddings team will be at the Richmond Wedding Experience Sun Jan 25 from 11 am to 5 pm.  Come talk to us about how we can make your wedding event dreams come true.

The top 5 reasons to stop by the Tides Inn booth:

5. Meet our Certified Wedding Planner and Certified Meeting Professional, a team with decades of experience.

4. Enter to win a two-night stay at the Tides Inn, including a luxury spa treatment at our Journey Spa ®.

3. Create your own tasty treat from one of our signature, chef-inspired culinary displays.

2. View an array of creative event designs, ranging from traditional to cutting edge, in our beautiful waterfront setting.

1.  See why Virginia Bride magazine ranked Tides Inn the #1 venue in Virginia for wedding ceremonies & receptions!

Call us at 804.438.5000 and ask to speak with our wedding planner.

The Richmond Wedding Experience will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd St, Richmond, VA.   23219

Posted in Weddings & Social

Spend an autumnal weekend by the bay at the Tides Inn and indulge in tasting the region’s wines, craft ales, and food at the second annual Taste by the Bay.  The event is Sat Nov 22 from 11 am to 5 pm.  Book two nights at the Tides and receive tickets to the event!

Enjoy live music from The Delvers, who perform an eclectic blend of gypsy swing, newgrass, roots country and Americana, with a song list ranging from Gershwin to the Grateful Dead. Local artisans will aslo be presenting their crafts and artwork for sale.

Make a weekend of it and relax at the spa, play a round of golf, and enjoy a sweet night’s sleep.


Posted in Virginia Food & Drink