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.

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.  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, 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