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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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.

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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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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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