Unique Ideas

In addition to our teambuilding offerings, the Tides Inn has created a wide variety of unique activities for your group to experience. Here are a few of the possibilities:

Croquet & Chardonnay

Enjoy a game of croquet while overlooking Carters Creek and sipping Chardonnay. Other wines and hors d’oeuvres can be paired to meet your request. Mallets, wickets, balls and facilitator provided.

Bring Your Best Friend Reception

A favorite for companies who have realized the improvement in productivity that comes with pet-friendly offices, we invite you to reward your colleagues and their best friends with this casual reception. Pet-friendly menu offered.

Northern Neck Wine Tour

Hosted by a local historian and curator familiar with the Northern Neck area, your group will be driven by coach to three or four local vineyards. Explore Virginia, the 5th largest wine producing state in the country. Three hour to full day tours available.

Bourbon Tasting

Bourbon, otherwise known as American whiskey, is our only true native spirit. There’s an art to bourbon tasting and our event allows guest to have a diverse and knowledgeable experience. Attendees will interact with both large, well-known brands and obscure small-batch bourbons from boutique distilleries.

Down on the Farm to Table Dinner

Many city dwellers have little idea of the complexities and challenges of modern day farming. This full-day event provides a good dose of the realities involved in the farming community on the Northern Neck.

Oyster Shuck and Roast

Enjoy a bushel or two amongst friends during this classic southern reception. The Tides Inn proudly purveys only the freshest oysters, allowing our guests to delight in tasting the Rappahannock (Rapp) oysters. Known for its low salinity, this oyster pairs excellently with white wines, or to keep with true oyster roasting tradition, a cold beer!

Business of Burgers

The outcome is just as important as the process, which challenges teams of up to six to create 'the perfect burger.' Using a vast array of products and ingredients, groups try to make the most declicious entree. They will need to build a marketing campaign around it - establishing a name, catch phrase and display. Teams then pitch their burger and if it wins, it will be presented to the group for lunch!

Fireside S’mores & Spiked Coffees

An adult twist to a childhood treat, the Tides Inn has created a sampling of unique s’mores and drink options that is going to have your group asking for ‘some more.’

Steamboat Era Museum & Hors d’oeuvres

Enjoy a reception and hors d’oeuvres at the historic Steamboat Museum. Hosted by the Museum Director, the museum is decorated with costumed docents portraying the lifestyles of that time and era.

Chesapeake Chess Break

A royal court awaits you at our Windsor lawn’s larger than life chess set. Test your opponent’s wit in this timeless game strategy and skill.

Introduction to Oyster & Crabs

Travel to the Rappahannock River Oyster Company where they will teach the group about oysters and how to harvest them. The trip includes tasting of four different native oysters and explanation of how the merroir affects their flavor much like wine is influenced by the terroir.