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Crabbing At Tides Inn

Travel + Leisure named the Tides Inn No 7 among "America's Best Family Hotels." Wow, we're honored, and we're in great company, too nestled between two Disney resorts on the list!

What drives families to spend their precious vacation time with us, an inn on the waterfron in northern Virginia near the Chesapeake Bay?

"I believe it is our commitment to recreating the memories of a simpler time, like those we experienced growing up," says General Manager Gordon Slatford.

Perhaps it is the fleet of colorful bikes we provide free to guests (large and small helmets and baby seats included), the Frisbee golf game on the front lawn, croquet on the back lawn, or the rapt attention kids inevitably devote to the craft of crabbing, as in the photo above.

Book an outing with one of our Captains and catch your first fish, which our Chef will prepare for you.  No doubt the best fish your kids will ever taste is the one they caught themselves. 

Families can paddle out on the calm creek in a flotilla of kayaks and canoes, or learn to sail at our on-site sailing school.  We even have a junior-sized golf course, the Little Eagle, so kids can learn to play with their parents at our 18-hole Golden Eagle. 

At the end of the day, families dive beneath blankets to catch the outdoor movie under the stars, roast marshmallows over the fire pit and make S'mores.  Be sure to grab some cookies and milk from the View Room before heading upstairs; there's plenty more to do and see tomorrow.  

Our Activities Team helps create cherished family memories, be it teaching your child to ride a bike or introducing Mom to stand-up paddleboarding. You can even bring the family dog. 

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