It isn't easy to get to Irvington, Va, which journey there makes your stay all the more rewarding. The Tides Inn has a special reputation in Virginia, and there's a good reason for it. The service is top notch. This resort is small. It is situated on a lush promontory on in the Rappahannock River. The main hotel has a rather large restaurant, view room, conference rooms, small gift shop and guest rooms. There is a large patio and lawn with lots of tables, chairs, umbrellas, sofas, fire pits, and a gorgeous view in all directions. It is a great place to have drinks, as the bar is very small inside. There are several detached buildings with guest rooms, conference space, fitness center, marina, and spa. The grounds include a chip and put course, frisbee golf course, tennis courts, grass volleyball, swimming pool (not heated in Oct. except for the weekends), croquet, lawn chess. A fleet of bikes is available anytime, as well as use of kayaks, paddle boats, and paddle boards at the small marina. The pool and casual restaurant are at the waters edge, where there is a small beach with loungers and fire pit, bag toss game, and boardwalk. There is a sailing program for all ages, and a very well-kept pontoon boat rental at reasonable prices. The small marina had about 6 large yachts as well as other boats of varying size and purpose. This is waterman's paradise, if you like to boat, fish, sail or just cruise around on a small vessel like a kayak or paddle board, its an incredible opportunity to do all of that. The grounds can be circumnavigated in about 15 minutes walking, less by bike. The small town of Irvington is also walking/biking distance and has a couple small specialty shops, galleries, and restaurants. There is a small vineyard and restaurant nearby. This is oyster country, but crabs, shrimp, and rockfish are also plentiful. Virginia wine is really making incredible strides as high quality, and the Virginia wines selected to be served at the Tides Inn were very, very good.
Our room was in Lancaster House, with a beautiful view out of the window. The maintenance crew was in the process of painting the exterior, and I hope that means that the whole building is in the process of getting a Little TLC. Our room was very nice. We don't have any physical limitations, but getting in and out of the shower was very tricky. If you have any difficulty transferring, make sure to tell reservations. There were a few small repairs needed, for instance to the screen door. The patio furniture on all the rooms was in good enough repair, but just seemed too large for the patio and not up to the quality or the look of the rest of the beautifully appointed rooms. The mattress and bedding were superior, comfortable, beautiful and fresh. There were two robes of the right size! The television was situated inside a cabinet, but it could not be viewed from the bed, you had to sit on the sofa to watch. We never turned the television on, but I saw that there were a lot of channels available. We had one dinner and one breakfast buffet. The dinner highlight were two perfect jumbo lump crab cakes of the highest quality. The breakfast had a great selection of fresh fruits, breakfast meat, oatmeal, grits and scrambled eggs. I loved it.
I also visited the spa without any advance reservations. I had a wonderful massage from Beth, who was very skilled. Karen provided an excellent pedicure. The prices were resort prices, but I felt it was excellent service and skill. The spa is tiny, but they do a great job with the small space they have. Very professional and comfortable. I saw the staff go completely into high gear to prepare for a bridal party, which made me feel happy to be an onlooker. My only complaint is that the "spa music" gets a little old after the first 20 minutes. I like classical or piano jazz mixed in. Other than that, I highly recommend it.
We visited a couple restaurants, including the Dog & Oyster, the Local and Merroir. I will review all of these separately, but I will tell you now to make it a special priority to go the 10 or so miles to get to Merroir at Lockslies Marina. It is the home of the Rappahannock Oyster Company and a most wonderful restaurant. I can't wait to return.
- Also Known As:
- The Tides Hotel Irvington
- The Tides Hotel
- Tides Hotel Irvington
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On a lush peninsula in Virginia's historic Northern Neck, the waterfront Tides Inn has welcomed generations of friends and families who cherish the relaxed pace of local life and the Southern hospitality of our staff. Guests can learn to sail at the on-site sailing school or explore the calm waterways via paddle boards, kayaks and canoes while frequently spotting bald eagles, osprey and herons. The 18-hole Golden Eagle golf course is a pleasantly challenging wooded course with water hazards, and there is also a Par-3 course, tennis, croquet, and spa, plus bicycles for pedaling into town. Our farm-to-table cuisine highlights oysters from the nearby Rappahannock River, and we're located on the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail with several Virginia wineries nearby. ... more less
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