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Holiday Happenings at Tides Inn

Looking for a unique getaway at a luxurious resort on the Chesapeake Bay?

Tides Inn in Irvington, Virginia has a variety of amazing events to make this holiday season memorable!

CHRISTMAS

Thursday, December 19 and Monday, December 23

APPEARANCES FROM SANTA CLAUS

Santa Claus will be visiting the View Room at the Tides  Inn to greet guests, take photos and to read the favorite  holiday story, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Thursday, December 19 and Tuesday, December 24 at 7:30 PM

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES by the Harmonic trio Holiday Dolls

CHRISTMAS EVE

Dining in the Chesapeake with Christmas Eve specials from Chef Truman Jones

CHRISTMAS DAY

Dining in the Chesapeake 7-10 am Breakfast, 11 am-3 pm Christmas Buffet, 4:30-9 pm Christmas Dinner

NEW YEAR’S EVE

NORTHERN NECK NEW YEAR’S EVE

This New Year’s Eve, celebrate in a serene setting, the  Tides Inn. Our waterfront resort presents a romantic  retreat for the New Year’s holiday weekend. Start your New Year’s Eve on a gourmet note with a  prix fixe dinner from Chef Truman Jones and team at  Chesapeake Restaurant. Guests will enjoy a menu of  contemporary coastal cuisine and ambiance set by a professional pianist. Chesapeake will have two seating’s  on December 31: 6 pm and 8 pm. Retire to your room or suite afterward and enjoy a  leisurely New Year’s Day at our resort.

MAKER SPACE

MAKER SPACE HOLIDAY POTTERY PAINTING

November-December

This fun and artistic workshop gives you the opportunity  to create your on lasting holiday memory. Guests pick  their pottery piece, paint and decorate, and we will do  the rest.

OYSTER ORNAMENT WORKSHOP

November-December

Marilou Bray, the Northern Neck’s leading oyster jewelry  artist, guides you through the creation of a fabulous  holiday ornament design process.

SEASONAL FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS

November-January

Local floral designers from Cathi’s Garden lead this  enriching and creative workshop. Guests create a  tailored centerpiece or stand-alone arrangement, designed to reflect the themes of the holiday celebrations they have in mind.

OYSTER SHELL CANDLE MAKING

December-January

With your collection of seashore keepsake shells, sea  glass, or smooth stones, create a beautiful reminder of  your time at the Tides Inn.

SANDY SOAP MAKING

December-January

The Virginia soap makers at Bird Song Soaps help you create a fragrance filled gift for you or your loved ones.

ANTIQUE RESTORATION

January

An antique restoration expert consults with you one-on-one about your heirlooms.

POTTERY CLASSES

BEGINNER POTTERY WHEEL EXPERIENCE, 2.5 HOURS

Join our resident pottery artist for an introduction to  the pottery wheel. Arrive prepared for a rewarding  experience from which you will not only take newfound  knowledge but photos of your new skills.

HAND BUILDING POTTERY, 2 HOURS

Our resident potter helps you create your first (or next)  masterpiece. Having allowed for proper setting time, we  will box and ship this memory home to you.

HOLIDAY POTTERY PAINTING, 2 HOURS

Allow a piece of pottery to be your canvas and your  imagination to lead the way. Once you have completed  finishing touches on your beautiful piece of art, it will be  fired, boxed and ready to take home with you.

POTTERY & PINOT, 2 HOURS

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings  from 8:00 to 10:00 pm

With your choice of a bottle of Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio,  join our pottery instructor for a hands-on beginner’s  class enlivened by a glass or two these popular local  varietals. $100 per Guest. Guests must be at least 21  years of age.

THE TIDES POTTERY EXPERIENCE

Session One: 3 hours, Session Two: 3 hours, Session  Three 1 hour

This all-immersive pottery experience guides you from an introduction to the pottery wheel through  the firing process and onto the glazing of your final  masterpiece. Challenge yourself to learn a new skill, create art, be inspired and enjoy the company of those  who share a passion for lifelong learning.

LIVE MUSIC AT THE TIDES

VIRGINIA’S JAZZ SINGER  STEPHANIE NAKASIAN

Saturdays, December-January, View Room

Stephanie Nakasian is a master of innovative jazz  improvisation, completely authentic with a fresh and  vibrant sound all her own. Bringing high energy to  every performance, Stephanie enthralls listeners with  her pure tones and a flawless delivery, engaging them  on a personal level with a love for the music that is  playful, electric and spontaneous in story and song.

SOLO GUITARIST PAIGE MELTONE

Wednesdays, November-January

View Room

Join rising Virginian star, Paige Meltone.

HOLIDAY DOLLS

Thursday, December 19 and  Tuesday, December 24

7:30 pm | View Room

This harmonic trio sings all your holiday favorites.

ADDITIONAL HAPPENINGS

WELLBEING AT THE TIDES INN

December 13-14: The Gift of Enough  January 10-11: TBA

Escape to Virginia’s beloved coastal  resort for an all-inclusive wellness  retreat led by author and master coach,  Elizabeth Trinkaus.

LOCALS AND LOCAL WINE

Thursday-Sunday 4:30 pm | View Room

Dog and Oyster Vineyard owner’s,  Dudley & Peggy Patterson, host an  extraordinary local wine tasting, infused  with the stories, rumors and history of  Virginia Wine. Quench your curiosity and  palate.

OYSTER ACADEMY

September-December Fridays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and  Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Located on the Virginia Oyster Trail, your  day begins with a brief discussion of the history of Virginia’s oyster industry, oyster ecology and tools of the harvest. You will then accompany a traditional  Virginia waterman by boat for a one-hour  harvest excursion. After the voyage, a  seasoned chef will teach you the art of oyster shucking before demonstrating how to expertly pair oysters with delicious sauces and a variety of wines. Weather permitting.

WINTER WEEKEND TOAST

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays  November-January 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Our vintage bar cart will appear in  a special new setting each evening offering you an opportunity to discover  at once a new wine or cocktail, meet  new friends and capture a new photo  memory.

If you are planning a wedding in Roanoke Virginia, Richmond VirginiaFredericksburg/Northern Virginia, The  Shenandoah ValleyCoastal Virginia or in Charlottesville/ Lynchburg Va, we can help with your wedding planning and ideas.

The author: Angeline Frame

Angeline is the owner/publisher of Virginia Bride Magazine and the show producer for The Greater Virginia Bridal Shows. She has a degree in Public Administration and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. A former model and wedding venue owner- she loves all things wedding , fashion and decorating. In her spare time she likes to write, travel and get new ideas to share with brides.
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