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.

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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, 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

‘Tis the season to plan holiday parties for friends, family, and business associates, and we’re here to help.   Our culinary team has created two festive dining experiences for gatherings throughout November and December.

The Yuletide Fireside Dinner is a rare opportunity to enjoy a private dining experience in front of the fireplace in our traditionally decorated View Room.  Designed for a party of 20-45 guests, you’ll have the warmth and fragrance of the fire and the homey feel of a living room decorated for the holidays. Select from a three-course menu featuring rib-eye steak or herb-roasted rockfish, with a chocolate Buche de Noel (Yule log) for dessert.

For larger parties of 30-55 guests, the Holiday Buffet Dinner at the Golden Eagle Grill offers a more southern-style menu featuring bourbon-glazed Virginia ham, roasted turkey with giblet gravy and cornbread dressing, plus assorted holiday desserts.  The unique setting upstairs at our golf clubhouse showcases a hammered tin cieling and oak bar decked in greenery for the holidays.

These delicious menus can be customized with additional hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and wines, as you desire. A bonus: book one of these festive dinners with us by November 17, and we’ll gift you with a two-night, mid-week stay in a deluxe waterfront room!

Contact our Conference Services Team at 804.438.4456 or conferenceservices@tidesinn.com to start planning your holiday event.

Posted in Family Fun, Meetings & Groups, Virginia Food & Drink

You can text about it. You can read about it.  You can watch it on YouTube.   You can eat them in a restaurant or at a festival.  Still, the only way you’ll understand oysters and the waterman’s life is to experience it firsthand on a waterman’s boat with a native waterman catching oysters the way it’s been done for many generations. And so we created The Oyster Experience.

This rare opportunity places you among a select group who know firsthand the work and satisfaction of harvesting fresh oysters. The  two-day Oyster Experience  is for those with an explorer’s heart and an adventurer’s  soul. You’ll be in capable hands aboard the working deadrise boat, Miss Nicole, captained by long-time native waterman, William Saunders.   William is a local waterman who was born into the oyster industry and has spent his entire life crabbing, fishing and harvesting local oysters.

The day after arrival, you’ll board early, like o-dark-thirty early, as do all watermen, and eat a typical small snack breakfast while William navigates to a local oyster bed designated as open for harvesting.  You’ll be shown the dredge method of oyster harvesting.  You’ll sort and size the oysters and learn the attributes that make for a good oyster.  For sure, we will open a few and you will be able to experience the freshest oysters you have ever tasted in your life.

After loading up the harvest, you’ll head to Kellum’s, the oyster shucking plant in Carter’s Creek. The Kellum family, who adopted William as a boy and brought him up in their family, will show you how these fruits of the sea are cleaned, shucked, packaged and shipped all over the United States.

Return to the Tides for an ‘Eat What You Catch’ experience cooked up by Executive Chef TV.  The afternoon is then yours at leisure.

Your trip will culminate the following day with a visit to Rappahannock River Oysters on the Rappahannock River to learn how a couple of local boys purchased a run-down marina and developed the most fascinating cottage industry from a two-man operation growing cultured oysters in the waters around the river into a revered and much publicized organization which now operates restaurants in Richmond and DC.  This company ships oysters to every state in the union and is a role model for the new breed of oystermen.   You’ll enjoy a light lunch at Merroir, which will include oysters.

The Tides Inn is offering this experience on Mondays – Thursdays from October 1 to early December.  If you’ve got the spirit and the nerve, pack your waterproof boots and book your unique oyster experience with us.

Posted in Local Attractions, Marina Matters, Virginia Food & Drink

The new Virginia Oyster Trail, recently unveiled by Governor Terry McAuliffe, links travelers with the best oysters in the world, some of which are from the Rappahannock River near the Tides Inn. We couldn’t be more excited as we are now perfectly situated at the crossroads of two gastronomic trails–the new Virginia Oyster Trail, and the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail–making this the perfect place to pair Virginia oysters and wine.

The trail links seven oyster regions around the state and includes oyster purveyors, restaurants and raw bars. At the Tides, guests enjoy oysters paired with wine, Champagne, craft beer or cider.  We can also plan an expedition to see nearby sustainable oyster farms, with tastings.

Oysters have been a part of Virginia’s culture and diet since the first settlers stepped ashore at Jamestown in 1607.  Today, the commonwealth is the largest producer of wild-caught and farm-raised oysters in the country.

October is Virginia Wine Month and November is Virginia Oyster Month, so plan your epicurean getaway now with our Virginia Wine Trail Package.

Posted in Local Attractions, Virginia Food & Drink

The Tides marina is stocked with an assortment of water toys, like the water bikes pictured above, that make it easy for guests to get out on the water and burn some calories while having fun on vacation.  Paddleboats, water bikes, paddleboards, kayaks and canoes are great for boosting the heart rate and increasing muscle strength while taking in the natural beauty of the peninsula. Pick up a map of Carter’s Creek at our marina office for self-guided water tours and wildlife likley to be spotted.

Paddleboats, built for two people to pedal together, work the leg muscles and provide a moderate cardio workout.

Water bikes are faster than paddleboats and easier to learn than riding a bike. Pedal hard and it’s possible to burn 300 calories an hour.

SUP, or standup paddleboarding, is a great way to sculpt the body. Learn the right moves at our 90-minute class and take it to the next level with paddleboard yoga.

Paddling a kayak is a terrific upper body-centric cardio workout.

Canoeing is another low-impact activitiy to improve aerobic fitness and strength while river touring on gentle Carter’s Creek.

After a good day’s workout, snag a seat on the Terrace Lounge with an aperitif and watch another brilliant summer sunset at the Tides Inn.

Posted in Family Fun, Marina Matters

A recent story in The Tennessean by Vicki Stout, “History Fills Virginia’s Northern Neck,” highlights the rich colonial history of our region including three presidents who were born here– George Washington, James Madison, and James Monroe, and General Robert E Lee’s ancestral home, Stratford Hall, which is open for tours.

For those wishing to research their own history, the Mary Bell Washington Museum and Library (named for George’s mother, a native of Lancaster County) houses an extensive geneology collection. Historic Christ Church, built in 1735, provides docent tours and a look into the lifestyle of eighteenth-century settlers.  The Steamboat Era Museum, just down the road from the Tides, provides a fascinating look at how steamboats affected the economy of the Northern Neck and other towns along the Chesapeake Bay in the nineteenth century. There are many morehistoric sites and museums to explore within driving distance of the resort. Our Activities Team can help plan your educational excursion.  With the Tides Inn Family Vacation Package, a $75 credit can be used at the Steamboat Era Museum and other local attractions.

One doesn’t have to travel farther than Irvington to begin experiencing America’s rich history on the Northern Neck.

Posted in Family Fun, Local Attractions

The game of golf is a lifelong, rewarding sport played in some of the most beautiful spots in the world.  It’s a great sport for families to enjoy together, spending time outdoors learning a sport that’s not only sociable and great for business networking, but can be played and perfected throughout one’s life.

This summer, the Tides offers a series of 3-day Junior Golf Camps at the Golden Eagle Golf Club, ranked by Golfweek among Virginia’s best courses.  The junior camps are open to kids ages 8-14.

Mornings are devoted to learning the fundamentals of the game, improving technique, and instilling a sense of friendly competition and good sportsmanship. Afternoons feature Adult/Youth clinics, where a parent, grandparent or other adult joins for lessons and on-course play.

The program includes lunch and is offered on multiple dates throughout the summer.

Posted in From the Tee Box