Tides Inn on Chesapeake Bay

Culinary Experiences at the Tides Inn

Learn the art of making the Lancaster Lemonade or how to shuck an oyster like a pro while in residence at the Tides Inn. Some activities are seasonal and may be an additional fee. Please inquire with the Tides Inn directly for more details.



Mixology classes

From picking herbs in the garden to preparing lemons for the Chesapeake Club’s most famous cocktail, learn techniques for making quality drinks. $25 per adult (over 21) includes your own Lancaster Lemonade glass to take home.

Northern Neck Crab experience

Guests enjoy traditional Northern Neck steamed crabs, caught fresh and brought in by a local waterman. Your experience is complete with a half dozen steamed crabs, cleaning instruction and education from a long line of Carter’s Creek’s own local watermen.

Oyster Academy

Offering tides-to-table experiences through a morning excursion with an authentic working Virginia waterman, lunch and a culinary demonstration by an experienced gourmet seafood chef. Learn about the native oyster’s past and present challenges for survival, the delicate ecosystem and aquaculture advancements in the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding tributaries. Then discover culinary tricks to enhance your oyster-eating experience.

Available October through November.


Enjoy this traditional campfire treat on either the terrace or the beach, depending on the weather. It’s a great way to meet new friends, share stories and enjoy the starlight. S’mores kits are available for purchase at Fish Hawk.

Wine pairing

Join our Executive Chef and Wine Manager in the View Room for a unique wine and food pairing. Selections will vary seasonally.