The Tides Inn, a resort situated on the Chesapeake Bay estuary in Irvington, Va., a two-and-a-half hour drive from Alexandria, recently began a shoreline restoration project, which will deepen its guests’ connection to the land, shoreline and water, the hotel announced last week.
Beginning last month, the $3.6 million project includes a “living shoreline” along Carter’s Creek, beach restoration, hands-on educational programming and community partnerships. The first phase of a larger, multi-year project, this inaugural phase is slated to be complete in summer 2021.
The initial objective of the project was to stabilize the land and protect it from destructive erosion. After exploring a variety of stabilization options, sisters Tracy Tang Limpe and Dana Tang – two of the owners of the Tides Inn – realized there was an opportunity to do much more.