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A Treasured Past

Travelers retreat to the Tides Inn to enjoy timeless traditions by sea and by land. American made and family built, the Tides Inn has been a staple in the Northern Neck area since 1947. It was a place of play. A place for families. A place to come together and escape the hustle and bustle of the city living. Many guests have found a home away from home at the Tides Inn and return each year to relish in a simpler way of life. Whether you come to the Tides Inn to play or to pause, you will be welcomed like family.

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The Story of Two Amateurs

The story of the Tides Inn is one of imagination, vision and luck. In 1945, E.A. Stephens and his wife Ann (fondly remembered as Big Steve and Miss Ann) purchased a 25-acre farm overlooking Carter’s Creek for $5,000. They purchased the farm, then known as the Ashburn Farm, simply because they “thought it was an attractive piece of property.” The farm was overgrown with honeysuckle, briars and vines making it impossible for them to truly see what they bought. All they knew was the land was high with great water views. As they began to clear the fields, their enthusiasm for the property increased.

When someone first suggested they should build a hotel on the land, they laughed at the idea. They were not experienced hoteliers after all. It was in the fall of 1946 when the Stephens made a major decision. They would take a leap of faith and create an Inn to be “the finest thing that could be developed and still keep the rural atmosphere.” One year and three months later, the Tides Inn opened its doors on July 15, 1947.

A Timeline of Tradition