Everything on Tangier Island is on the pricey side. Do not expect luxurious accomodations any where on the island. However, the island is composed of salt of the earth folk who are largely patriotic, unashamedly Christian, and friendly.
At the Bay View Inn, we stayed in room 6. The window air conditioner was a noisy window unit. I didn't mind that because it was like a white noise background to sleep by. The shower/bathroom was tiny and the decor was dated. There was a working refrigerator, microwave, and dish TV in the room. The room was very clean. The owners, Jim and Maureen, are delightful people. They did everything possible to make our stay enjoyable. Breakfast was outstanding and we were encouraged to eat all we wanted. We were served homemade blueberry muffins with fresh blueberries, crisp bacon, fruit, french toast, eggs to order juice and coffee. Jim personally goes to the mainland to pick out the freshest food and is picky about what he serves his guest.
Jim and Maureen took over the inn a little less than a year ago. They have worked hard to make improvements.
I enjoyed the gliders and swings on the grounds. They were in the shade and delightful places to sit and take in the views. There are also raised viewing areas with seating to enjoy a bay view. The grounds are well maintained. The inn sits on the back end of the island. I liked that because it wasn't crowded with tourists and turned out to be a peaceful spot. I would definitely go back there again. I admire the owners and their aim to please. Yes, it is pricey, but I didn't mind supporting a mom and pop business who were like home folk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recommended Inn when visiting Tangier Island. Established in 1904 by Sidney Wallace a merchant on Tangier Island. Bay View Inn is one of the oldest homes on Tangier Island and is filled with the beauty and charm of day's gone by. Our accommodations have fascinated artists, celebrities and business executives. Guest astronomy folks say it's an excellent location for viewing and searching the stars. Tangier Island's Bay View Inn will touch your soul for years to come. There are nine cottages and two rooms in the main house. Under new ownership and open year-round for you to enjoy a pleasant and restful visit to the quiet and remote fishing village of Tangier Island, Va. Featured in the 1973 November issue of National Geographic. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bay View Hotel Tangier Island