VA - The Tides Inn Begins Shoreline Restoration Project
Restoration project will deepen resort guests’ connection to the land, shoreline and water.
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.
“We are committed to making the Tides Inn a year-round destination for discerning travelers seeking a greater connection to place," said Tang Limpe. "In addition, it is important to us that we are responsible stewards of the land and Carter’s Creek. The shoreline project is one of several investments we are making toward this goal."
Internationally acclaimed Gluckman Tang Architects, in which Dana Tang is a partner, was the design lead for this project. According to Tang, “close collaboration with Virginia-based Waterstreet Studio has been key to the development of our vision. With the implementation of a ‘living shoreline,’ we can enhance the waterfront from an environmental point of view, while providing meaningful experiences for our guests.”