Labor Day Weekend

Cap off summer with a family weekend on the waterfront, including a movie on the Sunset Bluff, oyster roast, barbecue and more.

Friday, August 30

Barbecue on the Lawn

Celebrate the Labor Day with action grill and barbecue stations, and live music from Jonathan Paige Brown Jr from 6-9pm. Our vintage bar cart will be serving your favorite summertime beverages in addition to beer and wine for purchase.

Price: $65 for adults, $30 for kids

Saturday, August 31

Sunset Bluff Movie Night

Enjoy a movie on the Sunset Bluff in celebration of cinema with popcorn for the family or beer and wine from our drink tent. Come early and listen to the sounds of Mercy Creek from 6-8pm.

Movie Time: 8pm

Sunday, September 1

Beachfront Oyster Roast

Join us for a golden hour oyster roast at the Tides Inn Beach. Enjoy the views of Carter’s Creek with seafood and libations.

Signature Experiences

Elevate your Labor Day Weekend with these only-at-the-Tides experiences.

Watercolor on the Water

Resident artist Theresa Schneveis takes her art lessons on the water: As you cruise Carter’s Creek—gaining inspiration from the resident wildlife and lush scenery—she’ll outline the basics of watercolor painting. Create your own masterpiece, then celebrate with a mimosa.

Bird Watching Cruise

Become a citizen scientist: Join resident horticulturist Matt Little for a casual cruise around Carter’s Creek to spot and identify the myriad bird and plant species in the area, including herons and ospreys.

Tides Inn Garden Tour

Join our resident horticulturist, Matt Little, for a leisurely bike ride to the Tides Inn Farm to tour our vegetable garden and bee meadow and check out the mushrooms growing along the Forest Trail. Fun fact: Much of the fresh-grown produce you’ll see is destined for Salt & Meadow restaurant.

Bespoke Mugs—A Clay Handbuilding Class

With help from our resident artist, Theresa Schneveis, design and craft your own bespoke mug through the process of handbuilding, or creating pottery without a wheel. Add a personalized touch by pressing locally foraged plant pieces into your clay for texture or decoration—and a reminder of the natural beauty of the Tides Inn.

Chesapeake Gold—An Oyster Experience

Eastern oysters are a keystone species of the Chesapeake Bay that help to purify the water. During this small-group outing, visit an oyster farm, pull up oyster cages and help sort the catch. Back on shore, practice grading oysters for size and quality and learn how to grill them—before digging in yourself.

Beautiful Swimmers—A Blue Crab Experience

Blue crabs are an icon of the Chesapeake Bay (their scientific name translates to “beautiful swimmer”) and critical to maintaining balance in the natural ecosystem. This is your chance to get up-close with the shellfish: Alongside resident ecologist Will Smiley, learn how to set a crab pot while on the water, then get tips for prepping, cooking and, yes, eating the delicious local delicacy.