Thursday, February 18, 2010

Relax, enjoy, repeat

At The Inn at Tabbs Creek, we have really tried to set ourselves apart from the rest of the pack as far as bed and breakfasts go in that we wanted to upgrade and preserve an old house on a beautiful piece of property, but also wanted to offer modern amenities. We are not your grandparents' B&B!

You will not be dining off of fine china and crystal, or tiptoeing around expensive antiques or colonial furniture. You will, however, be welcomed to enjoy the house and grounds, take the canoe or bikes out for a nature tour, have a glass of wine on the dock, or take a dip in the pool. Then in the evening, catch a nice meal at one of our unique local eateries, sleep in really comfortable beds with all natural latex toppers, on bamboo and organic cotton sheets, with your own private and modern bathroom.

In the morning, you will awaken to locally roasted organic coffee and a full, delicious breakfast featuring local and organic food whenever possible. You might then set out on a kayak adventure, take a paddle-boarding lesson, fish and crab off of our dock, or take a local sailing tour.

Then catch a gorgeous sunset, and, well, repeat...We love to get to know our guests and make sure everyone is having a relaxing and fun getaway. It is great when a spontaneous oyster roast, bocce game, cook-out or guitar playing session just happens among guests, and that is part of the magic of what we are trying to create at The Inn at Tabbs Creek.

We have remodeled the facility using as many green materials and practices as possible, reusing as many materials as possible, and using sustainable products for any new building or construction. As we are located right on the water, we only use organic fertilizer in our gardens, and eco friendly cleaners, laundry detergent, soaps, shampoos, etc. so as any runoff will not affect our beautiful creek off the Chesapeake Bay. We also installed a water system that uses reverse osmosis filtration without the use of chlorine or other harmful chemicals. We encourage our guests to reuse their towels and sheets to save on laundry and electricity (but will gladly provide fresh linens on request).

One of our greatest goals is to continue to support our local economy by providing as many local food products as possible, and working with the local restaurants and businesses to help provide our guests a wonderful small town experience in a community dedicated to preserving their natural surroundings by promoting eco-tourism.

This year, we are focusing more on eco-friendly package weekends that involve low impact activities such as cycling, kayaking, paddle-boarding, eco-caching, and bird watching.

With our county being surrounded by water, it is the perfect location for nature lovers. We also hope to complete our organic fruit and vegetable garden this year, which will enable guests to learn more about simple organic gardening practices while enjoying the produce right from our backyard.

We have just started to book our Inn as a venue for small weddings, (100 or less guests), but also see our place as the perfect spot for a romantic couples retreat. We have only been in full operation for a little less than a year, but have already had more couples come to celebrate their honeymoon, anniversary, or just to escape the hectic life in the City. Although we do rent out the entire Inn for Family Reunions, otherwise children under 14 are not permitted, which then allows for couples with children to feel as if they are really getting away for an "adult" vacation. We feel like this would be the perfect spot for a bachelor or bachelorette week end party as well, or future in-laws or families to get to know each other better in a relaxed atmosphere.

For the Bride & Groom…

  • Keep it relaxed and fun!
  • Buy potted houseplants, herbs, and perennials for decorating, then give away to guests as favors, or plant around your new home.
  • Use creative containers for wildflowers, candles, and centerpieces rather than buying new vases, etc.
  • Go paperless whenever possible: email invitations, set up a wedding website with directions, activities, information and registries.
  • When renting glassware, think of creative ways to label each glass with a ribbon that guests can write their name on, (easier to keep up with and not dirty more over the course of the reception).
  • When using disposable dishware, choose biodegradable products
  • Have plenty of recycling containers on site if providing beverages in cans or bottles
  • Feature local and seasonal food from local restaurants and/or caterers...give guests a taste of your "region" from the produce to the wine.
  • Brides, consider wearing your mother's dress! A good seamstress can update it as you like and arrange for a proper fitting.
  • When family and friends ask if they can help, let them! You will be amazed at how many talents might exist within your own circle of family and friends who are eager to pitch in.

Greg and Lori Dusenberry, 804.725.5136

The Inn at Tabbs Creek

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