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.

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

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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Our location on a lush peninsula near the Chesapeake Bay offers the opportunity to enjoy many watersports right from the resort.  Our new “Learn-To” Series” introduces guests to the necessary basics and core techniques needed to master four fun watersports: fly fishing, kayaking, sailing and paddleboarding. Once the basics are mastered, each can be enjoyed as a rewarding solitary sport, or as a fun activity with friends and family.

Learn to fly fish with our local expert, Captain Chris Newsome, Saturday May 3 and you’ll fall in love with this beautiful sport. Many consider fly casting an art to be perfected over the years while appreciating the beauty of nature’s lakes, rivers and bays. Practice casting on the lake at our Golden Eagle course, and you’ll soon be branching out to salt water fishing in the bay.

Learn to Kayak Saturday June 7 with a seasoned outfitter who will have you paddling out to the cove with confidence.  By Sunday, you’ll be able to do a self-guided kayak tour on Carter’s Creek, launching from the resort grounds.

Learn to Sail at our on-site school, Premiere Sailing, which has boats suited for kids and adults.  Mastering the art of the ropes, sails and going with the wind is immensely rewarding and a great family bonding experience.  Enjoy on most Saturdays throughout the summer.

Learn to Paddleboard Saturday July 12. This is one of the newer sports in our arsenal but guests love it for exploring the coves along gentle Carter’s Creek. Adventurous guests will want to do a downward dog or warrior pose, which can be perfected in our ongoing Yoga classes.

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Included on Travel + Leisure’s “500 World’s Best Hotels” for 2014, the Tides Inn continues to delight guests with its unmatched location on the water and the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail.  This year, we’ll be launching new activities and events including nourishing spa treatments at our Journey Spa®, flyfishing the salt waters of the Chesapeake with an expert instructor/guide, summer golf camps for adults and kids, “farm to fork” culinary programs, Virginia wine and Rappahannock oyster tastings, special holiday celebrations, and much more.

You’ll still find an array of bicycles lined up at the front door ready for a ride into town or around the neighborhood, and the friendly staff and familiar faces will be back to greet you and make you feel at home.  We’ve also stocked the in-room mini bars with locally-sourced ingredients–Virginia wines, craft beers and peanuts–to quench your locavore munchies.  Fodor’s just named our minibars among the 10 best in the country, so take a peek.  Even if you don’t raid the minibar, you’ll receive a bottle of locally-made ginger ale at turndown.

Check out our packages and book a stay; we look forward to seeing you on the bay in Virginia this year!

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