Trendy boutique hotels may be in vogue but this hotel groupie loves the classics. Spare me cold, minimalist lobbies and rooms with showers I can’t figure out how to use. And while you’re at it, save those artsy and uncomfortable minimalist sofas for train stations. Ta-ta to impersonal stainless steel and surround me with museum-quality mosaics and stained glass that transports me to a time of grace and elegance.
Simply put, I want to be immersed in another era, the moment I arrive. But don’t get me wrong. I want every 21st century bell and whistle from flat screen TVs and WIFI in my room to world-class golf and restaurants that pack plenty of panache.
If your thing is big city glitz, The Tides Inn in Irvington, Va. isn’t for you. If you like the water, watching boats, biking, playing a few rounds of golf on a par 72 Golden Eagle Golf Club, designed by George Cobband and taking it easy, you’ll love the Tides Inn. Travel and Leisure has named The Tides Inn its number one choice for Best Resort in Virginia (and the only Virginia resort mentioned in their Top 100 issue last year).
The 106-room inn overlooking Carter’s Creek, surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay to the East, the Potomac River to the north and the Rappahannock River to the south, is an ideal place for family vacations. There’s so much for children to experience while adults do their thing.