Written by Susan Elnicki Wade
October 2021

ABOUT THREE HOURS south of Washington, DC, and an hour east of Richmond, Tides Inn & Marina delivers genuine Southern hospitality at an intimate resort in the heart of Virginia’s Northern Neck. The picturesque setting is located along Carter’s Creek where the Rappahannock River flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

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Courtesy of The Tides Inn

Just a short walk from the hotel lobby awaits a lovely marina that accommodates up to 24 vessels ranging from small weekend cruisers to 150-foot yachts. Services include onsite security, pump out, electricity, Wi-Fi and two working boatyards with mechanics and parts to handle boat repairs.

The grounds around the marina present more than an idyllic pastoral landscape. Tides Inn offers a variety of activities to entertain you from dawn until a stellar sunset colors the sky. Take your pick from the golf course, outdoor pool with beach access, fitness center, lawn games, bike rentals, paddleboats and kayaks, tennis and pickleball courts, and much more.

The décor of the 66 redesigned guestrooms and four new luxury suites is artful elegance, and the staff makes you feel right at home the minute you enter the property. Even pets receive a special treat upon arrival.

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Rappahannock Oysters | The Tides Inn

Long considered one of the top culinary destinations in the region, two dining options — Chesapeake Restaurant & Terrace and Fish Hawk Oyster Bar — benefit from the bounty of the Bay and fresh ingredients from nearby farms. Guests also delight in epicurean events, regional tastings and sessions with gastronomic experts on topics from local seafood to wine. Several fall events celebrate the area’s food favorites: Oyster Roast & Dance, Irvington Crab Festival, and Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival.

If you’d like to explore the surrounding region, Tides Inn teamed up with Volvo to provide a complimentary road trip experience. Drive in style and discover local highlights such as the Steamboat Era Museum, Dog & Oyster Vineyard, and Merroir Tasting Room (a casual eatery at a spectacular waterfront location where aquafarmers pull fresh oysters from the Rappahannock). You can also see the progress made at Tide Inn’s $3.6 million Shoreline Restoration Project that partners with conservationists to build a living shoreline, enhance the oyster habit and plant new trees along Carter’s Creek.