Monday, June 29, 2009

Off to Irvinton, VA

Island Hopper docked in Bay Creek Marina
Aqual Restaurant in Bay Creek Marina
Tate Resting in the Salon
Monday, June 29, 2009
MV Island Hopper left the dock today at 9:05 AM ready for the 40 mile cruise to Irvington, VA. The winds are NW 15 -- 20. Seas 2 -3 and a bit choppy. Island Hopper did great job in the blue water crossing the Chesapeake Bay

Located on Virginia's Northern Neck, Irvington sits on the shore of Carter's Creek, a tributary to the Rappahannock River. Irvington once thrived as a steamboat town during the 1890s and early 1900s, when steamboats brought goods and travelers to the town. However, a fire destroyed much of the town in 1917, and the end of the steamboat era left Irvington a shadow of it's former self. However, as is the case with many Chesapeake Bay waterfront towns, Irvington is experiencing something of a come back. The Tides Inn and Resort was opened in 1947, bringing many visitors to the town. The town has steadily rebuilt itself and is now features a variety of lodging, shops, restaurants, and other attractions. A collection of shops can be found downtown along Irvington Road

The town of Irvington is mainly know for the Tides Inn. Although Irvington is much older than the 50 year old inn. Island Hopper is staying at Tides Inn marina. ( The inn is surrounded by manicured grounds overlooking Carters Creek. Tides Inn, here since 1947, is sandwiched between the Potomac and Rappahanock rivers. The resort offers all the modern amenities travelers expect, and features a wide variety of on-site activities.
After docking and a wonderful lunch prepared by Joan and Debbie, the crew set off to explore Tides Inn. Tonight they had a wonderful dinner at the Chesapeake's Club East Dining Room restaurant.

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