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Sustainability Initiatives at the Tides Inn

As we are situated on Carter’s Creek, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay estuary, we are mindful of our role as stewards of the land and water in this special place. Our waterways are home to two famous residents, blue crabs and oysters, as well as more than 3,000 migratory and wildlife species that call our area home. Here, we highlight our hotels efforts to be environmentally conscious and compassionate neighbors in our Northern Neck region.

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The Tides Inn Waterfront Restoration Project

Our $3.6 million shoreline restoration project features a “living shoreline” along Carter’s Creek, beach restoration, hands-on educational programming and community partnerships. The first phase of a larger, multi-year project, this inaugural phase was completed in early 2022.

Internationally-acclaimed Gluckman Tang Architects was the design lead for this project. Waterstreet Studio, a landscape architecture firm, along with Bay Design Group, the civil engineers on the project, assisted in the development of the curved boardwalk and nature trail, as well as restoration of the property’s original beach and shoreline. These improvements will allow for new protective measures and future preservation.

The Tides Inn waterfront project includes:

  • 18,000 square feet of new living shoreline
  • 150 linear feet of oyster reef
  • 42 new trees
  • The preservation of approximately 30 old-growth trees
  • The addition of 10,600 shoreline plants and 10,900 upland plants
  • 1,300 linear feet of new wharf along the water’s edge

Another important aspect of this project is the new programming it provides. The Tides Inn Managing Director, Jason Trollip, appointed Will Smiley as the resort’s resident ecologist. With a Master of Education in Sustainability and 17 years of teaching experience at nearby Christchurch School, Smiley knows how to create interactive and educational waterfront experiences.

As the new wetlands filter the water and provide a natural habitat for birds, aquatic life and other species along the shoreline, new ecology tours have been added, “Beautiful Swimmers,” a Chesapeake Bay blue crab experience, and “Chesapeake Gold,” featuring our area’s famous residents, oysters.

Demonstrating its continued commitment to the Northern Neck region of Virginia, the Tides Inn engaged local community and environmental groups, such as the Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), in this project and subsequent programming.

We invite you to learn more in our Press Room.

Worth Noting

Where Traditions Become Legacies

Located on a private peninsula, surrounded by the splendor of the Chesapeake Bay, resort guests enjoy comfortable accommodations in 70 guest rooms and suites and exclusive access to the marina, a full-service spa, Golden Eagle Golf Course, Duffy electric water boats and so much more.