On a whim, we decided to visit Tangier Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. We’ve heard so much about this little Island that we had to give it a try, and are we glad we did!
After a very smooth and relaxing ferry ride from Crisfield, MD, we arrived at the Tangier Docks and were greeted by our hostess’ son David. He took our luggage, along with another couple, and off we went in the electric buggy, he gave us a brief tour of the town on the way to the Inn and he showed us the reason for the limited number of cars on the Island (narrow bridges), he went on to explained that the main form of transportation consists of golf carts, bicycles and walking.
Our charming Innkeeper, Maureen, greeted us as we arrived and got us all settled in. We decided to have tea with Maureen to plan our little adventure on the Island. She gave us the full story on what was open and what was closed for the season; after all, it was mid November. During our chat we learned that she and her husband, along with a few friends he met while serving in Afghanistan joined together to buy the Bay View Inn back in October. Maureen and her son David are the Innkeepers until her husband returns early next year to join them.
And so we begin our exploration of Tangier: everything we have heard about this tiny Island was true; it’s a quaint little fishing town that somehow stopped in time. Everyone was so friendly and greeted us everywhere we went. We were slightly disappointed that the Museum was closed but we can save that for our next trip.
A walk to the beach can’t be missed, any time of year! We couldn’t believe it, it was like being on a deserted tropical island, the bay was calm and deep blue, the pristine beach seemed to go on forever!
Back to town for a wonderful meal at Lorraine’s and a short walk back to the Inn where Maureen had coffee waiting for us, as we sat on the rear deck we witnessed the most beautiful and inspiring sunset you could have imagined. Per David’s recommendation we went outside later in the evening to look at the night’s sky, again we were taken back by the view of the Milky Way and a sky full of stars. Yes, we saw not one but two shooting stars, what a way to end a perfect day!
Ah, a new morning and one of the best night’s sleep we’ve had in years! We went to the Dining Room for breakfast where we met the other couple that spent the night. We were talking about the sunset and they explained that they were down at the beach to witness the sunset and stayed to take in the night’s sky. Maureen and David had a magnificent breakfast in store for us: fresh cut fruits, juice, omelets, potatoes, bacon and homemade blueberry muffins and of course plenty of tea and coffee!
We decide to spend another night on the island just to do it all over again, and so we did! We were not disappointed; another walk around town and this time we went down to the boatyard and airport, there is so much to explore, and then back to the beach!! You can see pictures of both breathtaking sunsets, words cannot do them justice. Again, a wonderful night’s sleep and a fabulous breakfast, this time the main course was stuffed French toast, again with all the trimmings!!! Thank you Maureen!!
On our journey back to the mainland we decide we will be back, we even made a list of things we have to do on our next visit.
The view from the Inn is absolutely inspiring, from the deck you have the full view of the Chesapeake Bay and the sunsets are a true sight to behold. The pristine beaches seemed to go on forever!
The Inn, built in 1904 is gorgeous and very picturesque; the rooms are quaint and have exceptional queen size beds along with a TV, refrigerator, microwave, etc.
Things on our list for the spring: fishing, kayaking, sailing, and spending some time on the beach when it’s warmer. We’ve heard that the Tangier Museum is a must see along with meeting some of the Tangier Watermen.
This would be one of the best choices on Tangier! A lovely older home continuously inhabited by and run by members of the Crockett family.
Every day the put out a real Eastern Shore family style Dinner; repleat with Va. Baked ham, Crab cake, corn pudding, sweet potatoe bisquits and more.
A step back in time. You are welcomed onto Tangier and into Hildas lovely olde home. Once settled in you will be shown true Tangier hospitality. A full southern breakfast and then either lunch or dinner. Enjoy a seat on the bench under the lovely shade tree.
The photo is not of the Chesapeake House itself but a rare traffic jam on the main Street. On the left you can see the sign for The Chesapeake House. There are only a couple cars on the entire Island. Most people use golf carts or bikes.
This traffic jam is caused by the rush back to church for the afternoon schedule. It was evident that the tourists were a bit "in the way" of the locals normal routine.
This guest house is only open from 1 May to 31 October each year.
The guest house and restaurant were started in 1939 by Hilda Crockett (who is now deceased), and from 1974 until 2002 they were run by "Betty B", Hilda's daughter. The owners are now Denny and Glenna Crockett and Susan Crockett runs the B&B
There are 8 rooms furnished with antiques and collectibles. The price includes pick-up at the airport or dock.
We haven't stayed here, but we had dinner with folks that were staying here. There is an all-you-can-eat breakfast and a similar all-you-can-eat either lunch or dinner for the guests here, and non-guests can also eat the family style meal.
There are two bed and breakfasts on this side of the island. Shirley's is better known, but our tour driver (they have golf carts that seat 8 which take you on tour) also pointed out this one. She said it was the A-frame building, and I took a picture, but there was another golf cart on the bridge that blocked the view.
This establishment is open year round.
They have nine (9) cottages plus a Family Cottage and a Cottage Apartment available to Guest on a first come, first served basis.
I have not stayed here, as we visited by boat. But I talked to a guy who normally stays here with his sons when he flies his private plane in.
We were told that this place was $90/night for a couple. It is listed in the AAA book, but is not recommended as it doesn't have the locking devices that is required.
There are 7 cottages and two rooms in the main house which was featured in the 1973 November issue of National Geographic.
Transportation to and from boat
Shirley's Full Breakfast
Homemade Rolls, Muffins & Jelly
Coffee and Juice
Cable T.V w/HBO
Linens and towels
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