Located on the banks of Carter Creek in the village of Irvington, Virginia, The Tides Inn is a long-time Chesapeake Bay tradition: a favorite stopover point for yachts as well as for vacationers from Richmond and the MidAtlantic region. Luxury Travel Advisor recently stopped by at sunset, and saw the Inn at her summertime best.
Couples snag seats in the seagrass wingback chairs on the terrace to enjoy aperitifs and a small bites menu while watching the sun set over the water, and families try their hand at croquet. (Live music is scheduled for Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.) Follow the steps down to the marina, and you’ll find staff preparing s’mores over a fire pit near the pool. We watched a family taking their annual Christmas card picture – three generations who’ve all enjoyed the Inn over the years. Near the giant chess board, the Inn’s staff has created a charming little nook for a nesting duck.
What we’ve always loved about the Inn—and which was on full display during our visit—is the warm, genteel hospitality from a passionate staff who are devoted to this destination resort. Activities run the gamut from golf and a full-service spa to the sailing school and water sports, as the marina is stocked with water toys (like paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats). Note: A great time to visit is the first Saturday of each month, when the Irvington Farmer’s Market takes place. For more information, visit www.tidesinn.com