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Bay View Inn
Reviewed 21 August 2012

Lodging choices on Tangier are limited to B&Bs, so we threw the dice and landed at the Bay View Inn. This is not luxury accommodations, so don't show up expecting it. The rooms are smallish and utilitarian. Some rooms are undergoing renovations which I hope will extend to the entire property. With only one small window, they can be dank. Baths are small and the shower stall is meager. There is a need for carpet cleaning and some new mattresses. We think our room must be on the rehab list as it had hole patches and a need for repainting. The breakfast the next morning was tasty, and the people who own it go out of their way to be nice and accommodating. We will return next year hoping for a winter spent on fixing up.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

A very comfortable place to stay with friendly hosts; they pick you up at the dock and return you there when you leave (although out lift was delayed so the host kindly drove us). Our room in a cottage was small, but comfortable and nicely cold on a very hot day with a microwave and fridge and DirectTV. Excellent breakfast omelet, fruit, and muffin.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank kikis
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

Tangier Island is located in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay 20 miles from Reedville, Virginia or 15 miles from Crisfield, Maryland. The island is accessible only by ferry, private boat or air (small landing strip for private aircraft). During summer months ferries run from Reedville, Virginia (10:00 AM daily May to September - reservations recommended), and Crisfield, Maryland (12:30 PM daily May to October). The trip is approximately 90 minutes and provides a relaxing start to your stay. Cold drinks and snacks are available on board. One note of caution: there are no banks or ATM machines on Tangier and most establishments do not take credit cards. Bring cash!!! Prices are moderate in the restaurants and shops.

The Bay View Inn is situated on the west side of Tangier adjacent to the airstrip and a moderate walk from the restaurant and business district of the island. The Inn was recently purchased by the current innkeepers Maureen and Jim and their son David. As we had reservations, David met us at the pier and gave us a familiarization tour of the island on our way to the Inn. The Bay View Inn consists of several properties including the oldest residence on the island, a cluster of out-lying suites, and a separate two bedroom house. All have terrific views of the Chesapeake Bay. The property offers elevated decks and gardens where guests can relax and soak in the sun or watch a variety of sea birds in the marsh land stretching out to the coast. Accomodations are clean and attractive with comfortable bedding. Our unit had a very small bathroom and a shower very similar to one found on a cruise ship inside cabin. Breakfast was excellent with eggs to order, fried potatoes, choice of meats, toast or muffins and juice. Maureen and Jim were gracious hosts and made us feel like a part of the family.

The Bay View Inn is a work in progress as Maureen, Jim, and David put their own flavors on a property that has long served island visitors. My wife and I hope to spend many more mini-vacations with them to check on thier journey and share thier successes.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

I was planning my vacation about 2 months ago, when my husband out of the blue said "I have always wanted to go to Tangier Island". Thus the hunt was on..... I figured Tangier Island, WOW... and in my mind thought "The Bahama's" only Virginia Island style. So I commenced to search out information and accomodations, to my surprise It was totally opposite of what I was looking for. To make him happy, I said ok and took care of all of the details. We decided on the Bay View Inn on Tangier. You can not take your vehicle to the island so best "RESERVE A GOLF CART" if you do not want to walk alot. The Inn is very clean, comfortable and quite. If you need anything the owners are right there to accomodate you. The breakfast was great and each morning we were greeted with a smile and "what would you like for breakfast"? Our choices were eggs, bacon, red and sweet potato medley which was delicious, blueberry or banana muffins (homemade) Toast...(white or wheat.. You could choose waffles or pancakes. Fresh orange juice. All was excellent, fresh and cooked to our liking. The host of the Inn were very cordial, attentive and amiable. I am so looking forward to our next visit to the island. I did not want to leave.
Clive & Vickie Essex

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Vickie E
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

My friend and I decided to see Tangier Island after hearing about their British accents, and the first B&B we heard about was Shirley's Bay View Inn. We had a lovely time, with a nice, quiet room, and the friendly staff. Breakfast was very good, although we did have to wait for a little while since the breakfast room was small. The service and flavor made up for the wait! We stayed there just a few weeks after a hurricane came through, so it was almost "forced" relaxation...no cell phone service, no tv, and no internet. In our early 40s, we were the youngest tourists staying at the B&B that weekend. :)

Room Tip: We stayed in the "motel" like rooms along the side of the property. It was nice to have o...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Michelle G
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

The Bay View Inn is on the southern side of the island with beautiful views of the bay. It is a five minute walk from the restaurants and shops, and maybe 10 minutes or so to the beach. Breakfast was very good, but it was the same meal every day (we were there for three days, so we ate elsewhere on the last day). The owners are pleasant, but it is not really the kind of place where they will talk your ear off about the history of the place. It is more a place where they'll pretty much leave you alone, and that can be nice, too. There are two wings of motel-like rooms that are very comfortable. I never saw the main house rooms. Our room was at the end of one of the wings, so we felt like we had a lot of privacy, and even though there were guests in the next room, we never heard a peep. We loved Tangier Island. Talk about getting away from it all. My cell phone never worked and I only got e-mail (barely) in one location on the island, so it wasn't even worth trying. Very relaxing weekend.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the cottages or the room at the end of the east wing.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank drkiker
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Reviewed 9 August 2011

Chuck (Cubby) Pruitt Doran and I, Manuela stayed at the main house with owners Uncle Wallace and Aunt Shirley. We enjoyed visiting with them for two days and enjoyed visiting the island. They have a very clean beach and we enjoyed their fantastic breakfast. The soft crab sandwich was so good. We enjoyed visiting the museum and bought a few souvenirs, especially the wind chime made out of driftwood and old broken bottles. Our love to you, Uncle Wallace and Aunt Shirley. We will come again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank Duckiejune
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Additional Information about Bay View Inn

Address: 16408 West Ridge, Tangier Island, VA 23440
Region: United States > Virginia > Tangier Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Tangier Island
Price Range: £95 - £185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Recommended Inn when visiting Tangier Island. Established in 1904 by Sidney Wallace a merchant on Tangier Island. Bay View Inn is one of the oldest homes on Tangier Island and is filled with the beauty and charm of day's gone by. Our accommodations have fascinated artists, celebrities and business executives. Guest astronomy folks say it's an excellent location for viewing and searching the stars. Tangier Island's Bay View Inn will touch your soul for years to come. There are nine cottages and two rooms in the main house. Under new ownership and open year-round for you to enjoy a pleasant and restful visit to the quiet and remote fishing village of Tangier Island, Va. Featured in the 1973 November issue of National Geographic. ... more   less 
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Bay View Hotel Tangier Island

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