Things to Do

outdoor activities

Chesapeake Bay Boat Tours

Cruise the creeks, rivers and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay on our classic deadrise right from our dock. The “Helen Elizabeth” is a restored Chesapeake Bay workboat perfect for gentle rides on the bay. Up to six passengers will enjoy up close views of the New Point Comfort Lighthouse, historic sites, and abundant area wildlife. Chesapeake Bay Boat Tours

Kayak the Chesapeake Bay

Bring your own or rent one of ours. You can launch right here at the Inn or from 22 area launch sites. You’ll enjoy historic sites along the East River or cruise out to the beach at the New Point Comfort Nature Preserve. Guided tours available. Kayaking the Chesapeake Bay

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Try something different on the gentle waters of Tabb’s Creek. We offer lessons to get you up and running in no time. It’s real easy to learn and a fun way for just the two of you to get out on the water. ‘SUP’ is the fastest growing water sport and you’ll see why when you try it. Stand Up Paddleboarding


With no stoplights, low traffic, and flat roads, explore the county via several mapped routes that take you through beautiful country roads as well as historic and natural sites. We have a few bikes available, (on a first come first served basis), or bring your own! Cycling in Mathews County



Fish or crab right off of our own dock! We have some fishing poles and tackle on sight, or bring your own. Our kayaks are also designed for fishing! For a more extensive fishing experience, you may arrange for a special charter through Capt. Chris Newsome at Bay Flyfishing. If you have a smaller craft, you can also bring your boat and launch from our own boat ramp, or boat in and tie up at our private dock. Keep in mind that if fishing off our dock, you would not need a license, but if fishing off kayaks or boats, a license is required.

Bird Watching

Enjoy trying to spot over 190 species of birds including Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Bald Eagles, and Egrets right from our property, or along Bethel Beach and Haven Beach Nature preserves just a few miles away.

kayaksonbeachWalking on the Beach

Take a walk along the shores of the Chesapeake at Bethel Beach Nature preserve or along the New Point Comfort Lighthouse observatory just a few miles away. Or just take a quick stroll along our tree lined drive past nature conservancy land and down our country lane.


The Piankatank River Golf Club offers one of the most unique and beautiful courses in Virginia and is just under a 20 minute drive from the Inn. Open to the public and among Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play”, you will love traversing the wooded front nine while then enjoying the flatter back nine part of which is right along the shores of the Piankatank River as well as the Chesapeake Bay.

Sightseeing & Shopping

Explore several of the many charming small towns each with it’s own unique character, galleries, restaurants, and museums. There are also several antique shops and an antique mall available all within a 30 minute drive. We are also within an hour drive of the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown where many more activities are available as well as outlet mall shopping.

Wine Tasting & Vineyard Tours

Wine lovers unite on the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail. The trail features nine premiere wineries of the Northern Neck area of Virginia. Be sure to check out their Passport Program for a fun way to save on your purchases.