Details for The Tides Inn Marina

The Tides Inn Marina

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Average rating 4.3 stars from 38 reviews

Address 480 King Carter Dr, PO Box 480
Irvington, VA 22480-0480

Phone804-438-5000 toll free: 800-843-3746

After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Tides Inn Resort

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Stormy Pearson

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

No BoatUS discount.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Enter Carters Creek through R2 marker. Tides Inn Dead ahead in distance





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: 6

Other depth info: Shoaling to starboard as you approach the marina T-head marked by private floating aid. If docking on the east side of the floating docks approach the T-head straight in left of center, then turn sharply to starboard to avoid the shallow spot.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info: 20 floating.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 150
Beam max: 35

Other info:


Transient: 20
Total: 20
Transient price: $3.25/ft (2016-10-19)

Other price info: Peak Season, May 15-September 15:
Inn side is $3.25 per foot on nights one and two; $2.75 per foot third night and longer. 4 night or longer stay receive a $100 credit.

Shoulder Season: Inn $2.25 per foot (no minimum).

Amenities Fee: $27.00 per night (per boat). Includes up to twin 30 amp or one 50 amp service, pump out, a bag of ice, water, cable TV, wireless internet service, newspaper, local phone calls, use of par 3 golf course, shuttle service to the Golden Eagle Colf Club and the Town of Kilmarnock, laundry facilities, climate controlled showers, croquet, and use of bicycles, kayaks, paddle boards, paddle boats and canoes.

Dockside pump out at your slip or at fuel dock

*additional 50 amp service will be an additional $14.00 per night.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info: 2-30A or 50A included in amentites fee (addtional 50A/$14).

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Included

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No - Included

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Included

Dinghy access

Yes - Space available.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: ValvTect

Gas price$3.10/gal (2016-10-19)

Other price info: Valvtech, 89 Octane

Diesel price$2.50/gal (2016-10-19)

Other price info: Valvtect, including tax.



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: On leash, designated relief areas.

Disability access

Yes - Cart transport available to main buildings and pool from marina.

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - At your slip on the Inn side. Additional pump out adjacent to the fuel dock on the Lodge side.


Yes - Free bag per day.








Yes - Free but only one washer and one dryer.


Yes - Shuttle service to KIlmarnock.


Yes - By shuttle bus.





Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Yes - Seasonal

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi, Cellular: Sprint worked well.

Boat ramp availability




Other services

Included in the amenties package is power, water, cable, local calls, WiFi, par 3 golf, tennis, pool, laundry facilities, morning coffee and paper, pump out, canoes, paddle boards, kayaks, paddle boats, and bicycles.


On site Journey Spa, Golden Eagle championship golf, paddle board yoga, beach and yard games, Irvington, Kilmarnock, and Christ Church.

Reviews for The Tides Inn Marina
Very Pricey, But A Unique Bay Tradition, 2016-06-20
Captain: , Richmond (223)

There is some shoaling to starboard as you approach marina T-head. It is marked by private white floating aid. If docking on east side of the floating docks approach T-head straight in staying left of center, then turn sharply to starboard when close to avoid the shallow spot. A previous reviewer mentioned all the "free" stuff offered at the Tides, like loaner bikes, ice, and laundry. At $3.25/ft. plus a $27.00/day resort fee, nothing here strikes me as free. That said, it is a really very nice resort with great amenities and family activities like kayaking, paddleboarding, corn hole, ladder ball, tennis, pickleball, golf, croquet., and a spa. The staff works hard to please, especially the dockmaster, Craig Young. The relatively new floating docks are a welcome addition, but the bath house could use an upgrade and needs expansion. - one toilet in the men's room? There are others in the Inn itself, but they are a few hundred yards away up the hill. Be aware that the Inn is relatively small and when it is hosting an event they will shut down part or even all of it to marina guests to accommodate the event. In our case a wedding rehersal dinner caused the mid-day closure of a couple of venues to marina guests, a bit of a disappointment when you are being charged a resort fee. If you are planning a stay, you might want to investigate this first. The food was much better than I remembered from our visit 20 years ago. With stunning weather we ate outside on the patio where they serve a substantial selection of light fare and can heartily recommend the Angry Oysters and the Mac 'n Cheese loaded with Lump Crab Meat, steamed shrip and fish bites were also very good. The patio is your best value, however, a full menu for fine dining is available in the Chesapeake room, and a prix fixe menu is available for the handfull of tables outside on the edge of the bluff overlooking the creek. Also note a short 1/2 mile bike ride into town gets you to another excellent restaurant, the Trick Dog, $$$. Reading some of the earlier reviews, it sounds like some people are confusing the Tides Lodge Marina across the creek, owned by the Tides Inn and used for fuel and occasional transient overflow, with the actual Tides Inn Marina which is adjacent to the resort. We were told the Tides Lodge Marina side is curently closed pending rennovation, with the exception of the fuel dock. Reportedly, they sell ethanol-free gas.

Well done!!, 2015-08-12
Captain: , Rock Creek (61)

This marina has it all! Free ice. Free laundry. Free use of bicycles. Pool and bar. Fishing. Floating docks. Good food. Entertainment. Golf. Shopping. What is not to like here?

5 *REAL* stars, 2015-07-20
Captain: , Crisfield, MD (70)

If you're looking for a cheap place to tie up for the night save your money and go elsewhere. This is a REAL resort with prices to match, but worth every penny. You need at least two, but preferable three or more days to experience all the amenities offered. The staff is welcoming, caring and friendly. On-site dining can be pricey but the oysters are unique and very tasty. There are other dining options in town and the Inn offers free loaner bikes for your convenience and they are not rusty old hulks, either. Par three golf course is free if that is your thing, as well as kayaks, paddleboards and other water related activities. The last half mile of the entrance channel is not marked but use common sense and you will carry at least eight feet of water.

Home sweet home, 2014-11-02
Captain: , cruising (591)

We come to The Tides in the fall and stay as late as we can. Our guests can rent rooms and there is plenty to do. New patio overlooking the creek is nice. Fire pits with outside seating make evening drinks a fun thing to do. The Tides tradition lives on. Staff takes ownership in the property and make you feel at home.

Great stay on the AWOL III, 2014-08-20
Captain: , Onancock, Va (60)

I have been visiting Tides Inn for 21 years now and visited the weekend of August 15 and 16. TIed up on the floating dock with help from the dockmate. The Inn was at 100 percent occupancy for the third straight weekend. We saw lots of kids on paddle boards and kayaks having fun.... This is a good sign.. GReat restaurant and nice people...

Poor Management, 2014-07-26
Captain: , YORKTOWN, VA (293)

This marina has everything. As a resort, i would give five stars except for the managment. When I made a reservation for two nights they sent me a flyer that said stay for two nights and the third night is free. So for $200 a night i thought it was worth it. But after I checked it they advised me and another boater that the third night free was a all a mistake and I had to pay. When I called the manager to complain, I got an answering machine. He called me back three days later and basically said "sorry about that" in what I considerd a surly manner. The facilities are great, but right now they don't seem to be to eager for boaters.

Best of the Bay, 2014-07-15
Captain: , Patuxent River, MD (387)

Prehaps the nicest marina / resort on the Bay with prices to match. Great food, great pool, clean showers/heads and fresh towels provided daily. resort fee includes use of the kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. Nice quiet creeks to explore via dingy. Note - dockside pumpout was not working when we visited (Inn side). Fuel dock pumpout did work.

Salt Water Side Not As Nice as Main Inn, 2014-07-15
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (370)

This is our 2nd stay (one of 5 boats mentioned by D. Gavitt), and the facilities on the saltwater side are going downhill. It was nice that this side could accomodate all boats next to the pool and bringing in your own drinks is a BIG plus. You can also get a little more roudy on the salt water side. However, the main inn and docks offer more/closer amenities and is generally a better location, especially if only 1-2 boats. All-in-all, it was still worth the stay--it would be nice if the salt water side was kept to the same standards as the main inn.

Only "OK"..., 2014-07-09
Captain: , Prince William Marina, Woodbridge (100)

We had 5 boats from Occoquan come to Tides for 3 night durring the tail end of our bay trip. We stayed across the creek near the Saltwater is my take
you can have your own fun at the pool, and bring your own beer etc..because you are pretty much left alone.
No food or dring service at the pool (somewhat nice, just setting expectations)
Great shuttle service across the creek, pretty much runs all day.
Food and service was great at the Inn's main location
They lend you bikes to ride into town.
Great little town / winery to explore.
It's pretty apparent that they are looking to sell the land and marina across the creek. The docks, bathhouse all look like they only fix something that breaks....(no pro-active mainteance and sprucing up)

All-in-all it's on "ok" place, but not a "5 star" resort at the marina.

Bit dissapointed, 2014-07-08
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (352)

For the nightly price, we were a bit dissapointed. One of the most expensive marinas on the bay circuit and we really expected more than just your standard facility. Nothing was really bad but I can't say anything was really special either. There are other options, just a good but for a lot less $$. The $25 per night resort fee is a bit of a stretch!

Dock for dinner, 2014-06-01
Captain: , St Paul, MN (180)

A phone call informed us that docking was complimentary when boaters dine at the Tides. We were at the dock from about 15:00 till 19:30. Also were able to take advantage of the Triangle Trolly to go to Kilmarnock (as of 6/14 runs Fri & Sat for the princely fare of $0.50). Dinner was very good but with truly princely prices!

Wonderful end of trip stay, 2013-09-24
Captain: , Portsmouth, VA (430)

Rates reduced after 9/15 with free night after 3 nights; good food, good spa, great service . . . one of our favorites on the bay. Town close by with shops and good food; cafe, Trick Dog Cafe GREAT. Will return again and again............

On the list for a return visit, 2013-08-24
Captain: , Arnold, Md (50)

Stayed only 1 night, but pool was refreshing and pool service was wonderful. Marina bathrooms had soap, shampoo and stacks of towels, everything you find in a hotel room. Dinner was fantastic, even if a tad slow. Look forward to making it back.

Very Nice Resort with lots to do, 2013-08-14
Captain: , Virginia Beach (133)

We stayed here for Two nights the first week of July 2013. Very nice resort. Biked into town, antiques, nice restaurants, croquet, great pool. The Admiral wants to return with our college age kids for a visit. We were (by far) the smallest vessel in the Marina at 33'.

Don't come for only one day, 2013-06-15
Captain: , Seaford, VA (783)

6/15/2013 update: This is our third of many more trips to come. I'm surprised by the recent complaints. It is pricey, slip fee is on a sliding scale-- if you stay three nights it averages $3.00/ft in season (plus $25 amenity fee) then the fourth night is free. They have added paddleboards to their kayak fleet. The "Lodge" side of the marina (across the creek) is little used and slated to be torn down and rebuilt.

This is such a nice place with so much to do that you have to stay for several days. This is our second (of a now annual trip) time here. Dockhands are always available and ready to help. Easy access to pumpout and the fuel dock
The $25 ammenity fee may seem steep in addition to the slip rate, but it is well worth it. It includes your basic electric, bag of ice, morning newspaper, nightly smores by the fire on the beach, croquet, tennis, shuffleboard, towels, We played golf (free par 3 course---bring your own balls), went kayaking, biked into Irvington---- all included. Wives enjoyed yoga and the mixology class where they learned how to make the Lancaster Lemonade.

Facility is 5 stars, Staff is 1 star., 2013-01-01
Captain: , New Orleans, LA (631)

We stayed there last July for 3 nights. It was the most expensive marina on a 2-month cruise. Dockmaster gave unclear directions on VHF, resulting in a difficult landing. My impression is that the dock staff was a bunch of well-meaning college kids who'd been given scripts to memorize but didn't know much about big boats.

There are several great restaurants in town, and free loaner bikes. It's part of a very fancy resort, but nobody there knew how to change the toner cartridge on their out-of-toner guest access printer.

Very Disappointing, 2012-11-07
Captain: , Woodbridge (278)

After hearing all the hype about this place, four boats booked for three days in July. Title says it all. Found the staff to be very rigid and not very accomidating. No WiFi and the lower pool was always full of a ton of kids. The baths were only so so. Was expecting so much more for the high dollar. The whole group felt the same.

A nice Fall visit, 2012-10-20
Captain: , Edenton, NC (91)

Our mid October visit was very enjoyable. Very few boaters and Inn guests were here during our stay. We stayed on the floating almost new docks. The dockside pumpout worked like a charm and the dockside water is soft with high pressure. The marina staff is experienced and very friendly. The showers were okay with clean towels and soaps. The laundry machines were almost new and worked well. The rest of the Tides Inn lived up to its reputation on all points. We took the complementary bikes for a short ride into town. A visit to the Steamboat museum was a nice surprise and worth two hours to learn about the Steamboat era on the Chesapeake Bay. A very relaxing visit and we will return.

Wonderful Relaxing Month, 2012-10-01
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (552)

We needed a break from cruising and a friend recommended "The Tides". We signed up for the month of September. The monthly rate was very reasonable and you got a lot for it. It's an "old style" resort with great staff and classy facilities - nice pool, free kyaks, canoes, golf and shuttle into Kilmarnock. The restaurant is fine, but a bit pricey. All in all we will do it again.

All the facilitys, 2012-09-14
Captain: , PooleUK (933)

Our three day visit was just long enough to explore the area, by tender and on foot. The floating dock was welcome after so long on the "Sticks" or piers that are the norm here. The power supply was good, the internet was solid if slow, the dockside pumpout worked well. The resturant served good food (at a price). The only element lacking from the facility was the one most elusive "Charm" factor. The staff were friendly and efficent helping with lines and the like. But really was it worth paying three times as much as the slip in Urbanna for? Sadly I feel not.

Does not live up to ratings, 2012-09-01
Captain: , Kent Narrows, MD (200)

Stayed three days at the lodges/marina. WiFi was not available on the boat; had to go to the office to get WiFi. Cable TV didn't work at all. Verizon signal was spotty. Docks at the lodge marina are old; many have very short finger piers. Otherwise, the venue is very good. Had an excellent dinner in the elegant East Room. Staff is friendly and helpful.

First time but not the last, 2012-08-27
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (50)

We just returned from 3 days at the Tides and were thoroughly impressed. From the dockhands to Captain Gene on the boat shuttle to Gordon the GM to the delicious food, this place is exceptional. Even the poolside food was gourmet. The weather did not cooperate but that didn't matter as they brought in additional masseuses to accommodate the rainy-day increased demand. Love the quieter saltwater pool, which helped sooth the overindulgence from the previous evening. We will most certainly return.

You get what you pay for and More., 2012-08-10
Captain: , St Augustine, Fl (467)

We had dinner here last night and it was the best meal I have had ( in a restuarant) in a long time. The waiter recommended the wines to go with each meal and they were exceptional as well as within the price range we wanted. My wife had the scallops and they were awesome, Ihad the fillet which was very good but the waiter said I should have had the Salmon and based on the great Job he did with the wine I believe him. The have a first rate Chef and I think you owe it to yourself to have Dinner hear and then have a few more meals on your boat to pay for it.
Don't forget dessert... The Bananas foster bread pudding was the best.

July 4 at the Tides, 2012-08-10
Captain: , Topping, VA (30)

We have been coming to the Tides for more than 10 years, though this year came on the boat and had a slip at the marina, which has been redone with floating docks and is new and first class. Staff are very helpful and available. The holiday rate is not cheap but it's well worth it, really a bargain for what you get. The restaurant consistently has excellent foods and wines and is without doubt the best in the area (we are locals). Carter's Creek on the Fourth is a great place to be, great for watersports during the day an at night, the fireworks from the home across the bay are perenially awesome (even though not as intense this past year, still great). Boats come from miles around to see the fireworks in the creek. Amenities including kayaks, pool, croquet, poolside restaurant and bar, smores, bonfire, bikes into Irvington and more leave little to be desired. The Tides is unique and certainly so for this part of the Bay. Can't recommend it highly enough, especially since the traffic is at most moderate; it is as if this place is still undiscovered! This may sound like a commercial but we're really just satisfied customers.

Trip up the Chesapeake Bay, 2012-06-22
Captain: , Aventura, Florida (330)

On our trip up the bay we stopped here. We had a very nice floating dock. The dock hands were very helpful and met us at the dock. The trip up Carter Creek is short but nice views. The one problem we experianced is we were here on the 2 hottest days of the year and had some problem with electric power. We have 100 amp single phase. After we got our power managed everything was fine. They also provide 100 amp 3 phase at dock if needed.

Tides Inn is still wonderful, 2012-05-09
Captain: , Key Largo (60)

We have beeen visiting Tides for over 40 years and while we have lamented certain changes form the " family" style of many years ago, our recent visit to the new floating docks was terrific. The grounds, as always, are impeccably kept, the food was very good and the staff are as helpful and friendly as ever. Dockage rates were reasonable.

Pamper yourself, 2012-05-08
Captain: , Baltimore, MD (386)

We visited Tides Inn during the spring offseason when the rates were $2.00/ft, down from $3.25 or so during high season, and we are so glad we came! Carter Creek is lovely. Tides Inn has brand new floating piers. Marina guests have the same privileges as hotel guests. The daily activity fee includes access to free ice, free laundry in brand new machines, pool/fitness facility, free pumpout and lots of homemade treats during the day like brownies, choc chip cookies and s'mores made on the patio overlooking the creek.
The same dinner menu is served in the casual and more formal dining rooms and our meals were delicious. We walked into the cute, but sparse, town of Irvington but the Inn provides a shuttle as well. The closest grocery is approx 5 miles away.

The only downside: because we arrived in the offseason, it was a little difficult to hail the dockmaster on Ch 16 despite having made
reservations. A local boater (and city councilman) hailed us and gave us another contact for the dockmaster. We were one of 2 boats in the marina.

A very special legendary place ... with new surprises, 2011-10-28
Captain: , Key Largo (152)

Had been a couple years since we stopped at Tides Inn .. so we were surprised and delighted to see the brand new floating docks and other improvements ... the staff as helpful as always ... but the biggest surprise the wonderful menu and food. A first rate chef now in charge of food and beverage service has made a real difference ... well worth a stop and a few days ... even in the off season

One of our favorites, 2011-09-21
Captain: , Kilmarnock, VA (290)

We come here at least once a year and enjoy all the Tides have to offer. Great new all transient floating docks, power and pump out at every slip adds to the uniquiness. The staff is helpful and attentive.
Excellent food and lots to do, this is not your usual marina stop over and is a clear standout on the Bay. You will hear quite a few accents in the lobby of the hotel as the guests come from a number of countries. A bit pricey but for us a must.

A great resort to spend a few days>, 2011-07-06
Captain: , bear, de (364)

Great dock staff, nice docks. A $24 activty fee that includes power, ice wifi, pump out kayaks, par three golf, smores, milk and cookies, sailing intro at the sailing school, bikes free laundry. A expensive but great restaurant.

A marina at a resort hotel, 2011-05-20
Captain: , Springfield, VA (130)

The Tides is a wonderful marina to visit. We arrived in early May and the winter rates still applied. Boaters are treated the same as Inn guests and your slip number serves as your account for charging dinners etc. Inclusive is a 9-hole short golf course on the premises that is easy to use . (You'll only need a putter, a wedge and maybe a 7 iron.) Many amenities are available at no extra cost. The staff at the Inn are very friendly and will go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

The Tides Inn, 2010-08-07
Captain: , Dallas, TX (726)

Very nice place, enjoyed pool and bicycles. The restaurant was wonderful both nights with Prime Rib on Friday. The lumber on the docks was a little old but was very sturdy. Dockhand was very helpful. The old Tides Lodge is now a part of the Tides Inn and is the fuel dock with ice, pumpout and some transient slips.

Nice Stop on a Hot Hot day, 2010-07-09
Captain: , Red Wing, MN (384)

Small marina docks are in need of upgrading. Great amenities and great pool bar and restaurant area.

Why Leave?, 2010-06-25
Captain: , Tybee Island, GA (90)

Overnight on a recent trip from Quantico Va to Va Beach. The staff, the facalities, the food... Everything was excellent! The showers and laundry were equiped like those found in the nicer hotel chains. As we were getting underway, by grand daughter asked "why are we leaving?"

Absolutely love this place, 2010-03-04
Captain: , Sassafras River, MD (137)

New pool is great. Friendly people. Nice restaurants. Kids loved the croquet court and the grounds are very nice and have an old-wrold feel.

Best on the Bay, 2010-02-15
Captain: , Hampton VA (50)

Class! Best way to describe the Tides Inn. We stop here two to three times each summer, we even go there by car when the boat won't do. Outstanding food, bikes for rides into town, bartender has offered new drinks. We do miss the Miss Anne, but you can still take a cruise on a classic yacht. Don't miss this marina.

Keeps us coming back!, 2009-10-07
Captain: , Maryland (105)

We spend a few days here every just feels good. The staff is always hospitable. While the resort itself seems to be a handful to maintain, we have noted an improvement in the on-site restaurant quality over the last couple years. My wife always schedules a couple spa sessions. We were sorry to see Miss Anne go (long-time "cruise" ship), but are happy to see that the Trick Dog Cafe (in town) has re-opened.

Upscale but worth it., 2008-05-13
Captain: , Annapolis MD (191)

The Tides In is a resort hotel with a marina and par 3 golf course. The facilities are well maintained. Marina rates after Labor Day are the best. The hotel has a couple of great resturants.

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