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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. $65 per adult (over 21) includes your own Lancaster Lemonade glass to take home.

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.

Virginia Oyster Academy takes place every Saturday from March 20 – April 24. Weather permitting.


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. $65 per person.

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.