We invite you to join us in our mission to protect, support and sustainably harvest the organisms that call this region home.
At The Tides Inn, we are working hard on an initiative to build and maintain a sustainable home for our bee friends. On land adjacent to the resort, we have developed a "bee haven" equipped with acres of clover and wildflowers, bee tables and a bee laboratory used for storing equipment. In May, we will welcome 4 nukes, small colonies each consisting of one queen and about 300 bees, to their new home.
We will be hosting classes once a week to spread awareness about this critical issue and to teach guests how to become beekeepers in their own home. We are very excited to announce this program and look forward to introducing our new honey-inspired drinks and recipes!
FUN FACT: In the first year, it will take months for the colony to grow and prepare for winter but in the second year, nearly 100 pounds of honey can be harvested PER hive! A healthy colony of bees is estimated to grow to 60,000 bees and will be an influence to almost 10 square miles of land.
Oyster Conservation - Ellery Kellum Rock
Oysters are especially critical to this region because of their extensive presence in dining and their powerful impact on water cleanliness. As part of our oyster shell recycling program, all shells used for consumption are cleaned and returned to the private reef in the center of Carter's Creek. Turning Carter's Creek into an oyster sanctuary is the best way we can protect and ensure the proliferation of oysters in this area. These oysters will never be harvested and upon reaching maturity, they will have their spawn flushed from the creek to repopulate working reefs in the Rappahannock River.
This summer we will be hosting a variety of activities so that guests can get involved with the preservation of these reefs. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about and assist with the spatting, recycling and distribution of shells to reefs. We will also host Oyster Academy sessions where we can educate guests about the life of the oyster and their important role in creating a sustainably clean bay.
Tides Inn is also thrilled to announce the opening of Ellery Kellum Rock - Carter Creek’s new Oyster Sanctuary. A dedication ceremony for the reef was held on June 15th, 2017; the reef was named in honor of Ellery Kellum, the founder of Kellum Seafood; which donated the reef lease to the Friends of Rappahannock. Currently, there are about 1,500 bushels of shells on the reef and experts expect that number to continue to grow. The Ellery Kellum Rock oysters will not be harvested, since they are essential in the improvement of local water quality and nearby reef growth