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“Perfect Anniversary Getaway” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Inn at Tabbs Creek Waterfront B&B
Ranked #1 of 1 Port Haywood B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Manassas, Virginia
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect Anniversary Getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

My husband and I stayed here last year for our anniversary getaway. We only stayed for two nights, but I wish we could have stayed longer! The inn is beautiful and location secluded and quiet - perfect for a relaxing, romantic getaway weekend! The inn keepers, Lori and Greg, are extremely nice and make delicious breakfasts.

We were lucky that a Seafood Feast weekend happened to coincide with our stay - we enjoyed wine, grilled oysters that they grow themselves, Chesapeake crab, shrimp and wonderful conversation with most of the other guests.

We spent a lot of time in the room (Tabbs Room), since it stormed most of our trip, but it worked out well - our room was a decent size for being the least expensive available. It was small, but cozy. There are portable DVD players in all rooms, and a large selection of books and DVDs in the main house for entertainment, as well as a pool, fishing dock, kayaks and paddle boards (for a fee), and fire pit.

When the weather cleared, Lori and Greg were kind enough to let us stay past check-out time to try out stand-up paddling boarding. Although neither one of us had any experience, Greg gave us a quick lesson, then let us go out on our own. We had a blast!

I would definitely recommend this B&B to others. Its location in small town Mathews is just a short drive to other cute small towns and Bethel Beach.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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TabbsCreek, Manager at The Inn at Tabbs Creek Waterfront B&B, responded to this review, 1 August 2013
Hello, and so nice of you to write a review a year later! That is so cool, and means a lot to us that you are still thinking about your time here. Thanks also for sharing the pictures, but what is so crazy for us to see is how much we have changed in a year...the room you stayed in, (the Tabbs Creek Room), is still nice, but is now even more super cool as we have totally remodeled it with updated colors to reflect our waterside vibe, plus guest fridge, Keurig coffee maker, sitting area...the list goes on. We have also totally re-done the dock, added a floating dock. lots of extra seating, etc. If you get the chance, would love to see you both again so you can update your memories and photo album! Just let us know...we like to take care of our former guests.
Cheers and all the best!

Lori and Greg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

Not much to add to the other comments. Greg and Lori have thought of everything, from games to happy hour wine and cheese to a fully stocked and clean pool. I found myself saying all the time "Wow, they really have thought of everything".

Do take the river cruise with Trey. I had never schudked an oyster before, and I really loved getting a feel for the history of the region from the water.

Room Tip: We sleep on a Tempur-Pedic bed, so we were very happy to secure the Captain's room.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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TabbsCreek, Owner at The Inn at Tabbs Creek Waterfront B&B, responded to this review, 1 August 2013
Thanks so much for your kind review. It was wonderful to meet you all, and really appreciate that you mentioned Capt. Trey's oyster cruise. He is a great guy. local waterman, sort of historian, and all around good oyster afficianado that loves what he does, and we love him for that! In a small town such as ours, we all try to work together and support each other, so we are very lucky that he took the chance to purchase an old wooden boat, restore it, and offer tours.
Best to you all, and hope our paths might cross again one day!

Lori and Greg
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Canton, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

Checked in here for 1 night while in Mathews & Northumberland on business. Greg and Lori have it figured out. Comfortable. Quiet. Great Hospitality. Quaint, along with the important conveniences. A great run along the quiet dirt roads last evening. A good kayak workout at dawn this morning. Greg took care of all my special diet requests. I did not try the non chlorine pool, but it sure looked nice. Horseshoe & bocca ready to go. Lori conducted a very thorough tour and introduction to the facilities. The room was very comfortable. Plenty of electrical outlets. Hangers in the closet for your attire. Updated bathroom.

Road warriors, skip the Hampton Inn in Gloucester and stay here. You will never go back.

Room Tip: I stayed in the East Billups room. Spacious. Comfortable bed. 5 full size windows. No desk in ro...
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Green Features: While I believe we are to be good stewards of this world while we are here, I am not up on all the latest techniques. It appeared that most everything was "organic" that could be organic. Greg and Lori seemed to support "green" without causing discomfort to guests.
  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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TabbsCreek, Owner at The Inn at Tabbs Creek Waterfront B&B, responded to this review, 1 August 2013
Wow...we don't get too many business travelers through our neck of the woods, but so glad to meet you and that you found a little "oasis" within your hectic schedule. It means a lot that you had so many kind things to say as I was a business traveler for so many years, and really tried to make our property friendly and welcoming to all, but especially paying attention to the little details that I so often found lacking in the chain hotels that I frequented during my "road warrior" days.
Thanks again, and if your ventures lead you back this way, we will welcome you once again!

Lori and Greg
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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

My wife and I just spent one of the most relaxing long weekends ever. The Inn at Tabbs Creek is beautiful and wandering around Matthews County was great fun. The trip was worth it just to enjoy the breakfasts -- absolutely wonderful. On our last morning Greg and Lori joined us for breakfast and it was a real treat. I can't say enough about our experience.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Michael A
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TabbsCreek, Owner at The Inn at Tabbs Creek Waterfront B&B, responded to this review, 1 August 2013
Thanks so much for your kind review, and we really enjoyed getting to know you both! Hope to see you again someday

Lori & Greg
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Herndon, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being "brilliant!"), Greg and Lori get a 15. We've stayed at many Bed & Breakfast Inns, and the Inn at Tabbs Creek is by far the most relaxing, has the best food, and is the most accommodating we've ever experienced. The garden is not only beautiful, it has a pretty incredible story behind its creation. The main house is a lovely testament to their appreciation of local history, sense of style, and a great deal of "sweat equity". We really can't say enough great things about this wonderful Inn. Thanks, Greg and Lori, for a terrific weekend! We'll be back! -- Rob & Lori (yep, spelled the same.)

Room Tip: I looked at all six of them while I was there, and each one was beautiful, quiet, and well-appointed...
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Green Features: Eco-friendly was planned into the restoration of this Inn.
  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Robert G
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TabbsCreek, Owner at The Inn at Tabbs Creek Waterfront B&B, responded to this review, 1 August 2013
Hello to you both, and thanks so much for the kind words! You are absolutely right in that this is totally a labor of love for us, and always means a lot of "sweat equity", but it is so very rewarding, especially when we get to connect with folks like yourselves. We appreciate all the positive input and ideas, and hope to see you again someday. Glad you got some time to relax.
Cheers!
Lori
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

For those who haven't been there, historic, water-surrounded, rather remote and fully authentic Mathews County is a treasure! Surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay, Mobjack Bay, the Piankatank, East, and North Rivers, and including endless inlets, it has (I believe) the most shoreline of any county in the country. Off the path of any major roads, it is truly pristine and non-commercialized. This weekend, my friend and I had the great pleasure to enjoy this rare world as guests at one of the most lovely B&Bs we've ever stayed at -- the Inn at Tabbs Creek. We can't say enough about Lori and Greg's warm hospitality, the many comforts of their lovely inn (including its wonderful location, grounds, and gardens... we had water views out of all three sides of our room), their absolutely superb cuisine (Greg is a former chef), and the stimulating conversation with an exceptionally interesting and international group of fellow guests. As a special treat, we were able to enjoy, with some of our fellow guests, a boat excursion on nearby waters with a friend of Lori and Greg's (Tray, a former teacher and present oysterman), who was extremely nice and very informative about the whole business of aquaculture of oysters. And that evening, again as a special treat, Lori and Greg put on a fabulous boiled crab and shrimp feast, which we all enjoyed on their front lawn drinking Virginia wine and watching the sun set over the water. I see that most reviewers have given rave accounts of their experiences at the Inn at Tabbs Creek... We would absolutely agree -- it is truly a gem!

Room Tip: The Captain's Room, in which we stayed, is beautifully decorated and includes water views out of...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sunray220
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TabbsCreek, Manager at The Inn at Tabbs Creek Waterfront B&B, responded to this review, 1 August 2013
Thank You so very much for your kind review as it means the world to us to have feedback...glad that it is positive, but we welcome all suggestions as well. So happy that you enjoyed our "Celaebrate Chesapeake" package since that is relatively new for us, and we were very grateful that everyone participated that week end and had such a nice time. We are very fortunate to have partnered with Capt. Trey and Mathews Deadrise Charters, so it is always nice to get a positive review on his boat tours. Personally, we can't think of anything better than enjoying the water on a classic ol' boat with a few fresh oysters! All the best, and hope to see you both again!
Lori
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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2013

This is a lovely bed and breakfast. Greg and Lori are gracious and flexible hosts and have helpful tips about what to do, where to eat, etc. The inn is well maintained, with nice common amenities. In good weather, relaxing by the pool can't be beat. Breakfast was wonderful.

Room Tip: We were in the Captain's Room. Well appointed with great views.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Russell F
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TabbsCreek, Owner at The Inn at Tabbs Creek Waterfront B&B, responded to this review, 1 August 2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay! Thanks for your review, and we hope to see you all again in the future. Best!

Lori
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Property: The Inn at Tabbs Creek Waterfront B&B
Address: 384 Turpin Lane, Port Haywood, VA 23138
Region: United States > Virginia > Port Haywood
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Port Haywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our waterfront retreat is located on a secluded creek of the Chesapeake Bay in charming Mathews County, Va. With over 800 ft. of waterfront and 8 acres of wooded and open space, this Virginia Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to get away from it all and totally relax. The main Inn is an 1880's newly renovated farmhouse with a separate cottage housing the luxury suites just across the garden and pool. An eco-friendly and certified Virginia Green lodging establishment, The Inn at Tabbs Creek is just the place if you appreciate the natural splendor of the outdoors and want the luxury and comfort of a casual B&B. Embark on a kayak or stand up paddleboard adventure, spend the day cycling the endless level Mathews country roads, or charter a sunset cruise with fresh oysters or fishing charter that leaves straight from our private dock. You can also just relax and recharge your romance with a picnic on a nearby beach, stargazing around the firepit, and watching the sunset in our chlorine free pool with a glass of Virginia Wine. *Winner of 2012 "Green Facility of the Year" from Virginia Tourism Corporation and TripAdvisor's "Certificate of Excellence" and "Green Leader" award, we were also voted "Most Welcoming Bed and Breakfast" in Eastern Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine this year. ... more   less 
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