Person opening bottle of wine

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. $95 per adult (over 21) includes your own Lancaster Lemonade glass to take home. 90 minutes

Wine 101

Led by our wine experts, you will learn about the uniqueness and popularity of wine varietals as you swirl and sip your way to demystifying the terminology and vinification of grapes. Identify your personal tastes and preferences as you experience wine like a connoisseur. $125 per person for 1 hour

Monthly Wine Dinner

Join us the first Wednesday of each month for themed dinner, hosted by the Tides Inn with collaborations from local wineries.

Crabbing : Beautiful Swimmers

The Blue Crab, AKA Callinectes Sapidus, which translates to “beautiful swimmer,” is an icon of the Chesapeake. Spend the morning with our ecologist and learn how blue crabs are caught in our waterways. Aboard the watermen’s boat, you will learn how to set a crab pot and bring crabs back to the Watermen’s Pier. There, you will inspect our crustacean friends and others in miniature aquariums. At the end of the excursion, guests will enjoy sampling Chesapeake Blue Crab, nonalcoholic beverages, wine or beer.

Whiskey Tasting

Virginia is the birthplace of American-made spirits with the first batch of whiskey distilled in 1620. Our resident spirit master searches far and wide to curate one of the best collections of whiskey in Virginia. Classes are personalized, making any class ideal for whiskey connoisseurs and beginners alike as you savor the aromas and tastes of four unique whiskies. $95 per person


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.