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.

As we await warmer days, vibrant blue skies and beautiful budding flowers, we share with you one of our favorite spring recipes. The Tides is known for its delicious, seasonal cuisine, which incorporates a bounty of fresh produce sourced from local farms. Make this dish at home for an authentic taste of spring at the Tides! The Tides Inn

Roasted Asparagus with Fresh Herb Gremolata

When choosing asparagus, look for straight, firm stalks with tips that are closed and either dark green or purple.

2 bunches medium asparagus
2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp pink sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Trim the woody ends of the asparagus. Lay the spears on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil, and season with sea salt and pepper. Roll spears around to coat evenly. Place pan in a 450-degree pre-heated oven and cook approximately 10 minutes or until just tender. Shake pan to move spears around while roasting.

Note: This same seasoning can also be used for grilling.

For the Gremolata:
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
3 tbsps finely grated lemon peel
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 1/2 tbsps chopped thyme
1 1/2 tbsps chopped basil
1 1/2 tbsps chopped chives

Mix all ingredients in a bowl (can be made a day in advance and kept in refrigerator).

Arrange asparagus spears on a platter and top with Gremolata.

Posted in Virginia Food & Drink

Whether you’re a true lover of fine wines or you’re just learning the basics of sipping and swirling the plethora of wine grape varietals, then you might want to follow the wine trail to the Tides Inn, October 23rd as they kick off their first wine dinner of the season!  Fancy it up in your tux and cocktail attire and join Executive Chef TV Flynn for an evening of exclusive wines and cuisines from around the world.  Don’t let the black tie and fine wines scare you…..it’s an excuse to dress up, drink up and eat up.

Chef Flynn will be pairing five wines (that we’re keeping a secret for now….just to tempt you) with a tailored four course menu that will showcase specific cuisine specialties, seasonings or ingredients from the countries of Austria, France, the United States, Argentina and South Africa.  All of which are known for their bountiful production of some of the world’s finest wines and champagnes.  Wine around the world

Forks, corks, formal and fun.  What trumps that? You’ll be sampling flavors and pleasing your palate without needing a passport!

Check out the details on the DINING EVENTS of our website, and stay tuned as we reveal in future blogs, chef’s four course menu and maybe….. just maybe, a peek at some of the wines we’ll be featuring.   “Prosit” (aka: ‘cheers’ in Austrian).

Posted in Food & Beverage Events, Virginia Food & Drink

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, 2015.  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

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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, 2015, 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

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.

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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!

Posted in Family Fun, Marina Matters, Virginia Food & Drink