Fall Weekends 2009: Tides Inn

The Mood
On a bluff overlooking tranquil Carters Creek, this intimate, elegant resort has drawn generations of boating families. Parents love the wholesome—dare we say old-fashioned—fun, from croquet to crabbing.

What’s Special
A sailing school operates through mid-November. Low humidity and refreshing breezes make autumn the loveliest time to sail. Relax after with an aquatic-inspired spa treatment.

Most Unusual Activities
Captain your own sunset cruise on a 16-foot electric Duffy; it’s easy to operate and seats six. Ask for a picnic basket with snacks and wine.

For Kids
Crab Net Kids takes youngsters under its wing with crabbing, crafts, swimming, and more. A free par-3 golf course is perfect for learning.

The Food
At the Chesapeake Club, local flounder or diver scallops can be enjoyed with local wines. Choose a terrace table and enjoy the sunset. Jackets are appreciated in the East Room; the Club Lounge serves up jazz and lighter fare.

What’s Nearby
Irvington is a tiny town with a hip reputation for upscale shopping and dining. Borrow the resort’s bikes and pedal through town to the Steamboat Era Museum or White Fences Vineyard for a tasting.

Drive Time
2½ hours.

The Price
September and October, $285 to $485 a night on weekends, $235 to $385 weekdays. November, $310 to $460 weekends, $260 to $410 weekdays. Packages available.

Bottom Line
Long a refuge of the boating-and-golf set. A renovation gave the resort a British Colonial air.