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Four New Themed Gatherings Keep Reunions Fresh for Returning Families and Friends at THE TIDES INN  in Virginia's Northern Neck

IRVINGTON, VA (April 22, 2010) - This spring, the Tides Inn debuts four themed retreats for family and friend reunions. Named best resort in Virginia by Travel + Leisure readers, the Tides Inn is a perfect place to reconnect with loved ones through fun activities, Chesapeake Bay cuisine, water sports and local attractions.

"We pride ourselves on organizing amazing and memorable reunions for family and friends," said Sunny Strawbridge, Tides Inn Family Reunion Coordinator. "Our resort is based on creating traditions, and we have designed multiple reunions that bring families together; you'll notice there isn't a single age group without something to do. We provide the experiences that will last a lifetime!"

The Tides Inn was recently recognized by Travel + Leisure for its family reunions based on its on-site sailing school, kid-friendly par-3 golf course, pool, and classic games such as croquet and shuffleboard. Family Reunion Month, a period which extends from Mother's Day until Father's Day each year, is a very popular time at the Tides Inn for reunions and multi-generational visits.

Families now have the option to choose to build a reunion around one of the four themes below, or the Tides Inn can design something especially suited to their interests.

NAUTICAL - Set on its own waterfront peninsula in Virginia's Northern Neck, the Tides Inn is perfect for families wanting to sail and indulge in an array of water activities.
• Two-hour family sailing lesson with Premier Sailing School
• Build your own boat with just a few supplies and a design that can win a one-passenger regatta
• Kayak and paddleboat excursions on Carters Creek
• Use of a Duffy boat personalized with your family name for cruising Carters Creek cove
• Choice of an Oyster Roast or BBQ on the beach, including s'mores
• Polo shirts embroidered with the family name

ANCESTRAL - Virginia's rich historic background provides the ideal setting for discovering family roots.
• Trip to Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library to research Virginia family genealogy
• Family tree-making and scrapbooking class
• Chef's cooking demonstration and family recipe exchange
• Scavenger hunt with clues and activities based on your family's history
• Customized family flower seeds packet or a tree seedling to keep reunion memories alive

ACTIVE - With so many activities available, the Tides Inn can arrange a fun and challenging getaway for sporty family reunions.
• Golf tournament at the Golden Eagle
• Tennis round robin tournament
• Croquet match
• Family Sports Day filled with swimming relays, foot races, soccer matches, volleyball games, paddle boat races, traditional family picnic games and a picnic lunch
• Personalized short-sleeve polo shirt for everyone at the reunion

WELLNESS - Show your family how much you care about each other with a gathering focused on health and well-being.
• Family yoga session
• Family tai chi session
• Spa intro and tour of treatment rooms plus choice of hand massage, foot massage or facial
• Family tarot reading or introductory astrology class
• Private healthy cooking demonstration with the executive chef
• 90-minute session of creating an Essential Oil for the family

Outside of the themed packages, each family member can experience some of the many resort's other amenities, including sailing, golf, exploring the wine country, a day at the spa, or bike riding. During your family's stay, you have the opportunity to learn to sail and earn your sailing certificate. Back on land, golfers can take on Golden Eagle championship course. A day at the spa is relaxing on the Tides Inn's waterfront location. Reserve time to experience a luxurious massage and facial treatment at the resort's spa. Lastly, for those who are curious to explore the historic town of Irvington, families can sight see on a morning bike ride, complimentary of the Tides Inn.

Additional Options
• The Family Room - Enjoy keyed access to a private suite for a personal family room and private place to convene.
• Group Photo - Gather the clan for a photo which will be copied and framed for each guest to take home. Or hire a photographer to document the entire reunion with a slideshow during the final night.
• Special food and beverage choices like a Virginia wine tasting, or healthy snacks for the kids.
• Kids-only events like storytelling or movie/game night
• Sessions on managing your money or wealth management

About Tides Inn
The intimate 106-room Tides Inn, set on its own waterfront peninsula in the charming town of Irvington on Virginia's Northern Neck, has been a Chesapeake Bay tradition for over 60 years. A preferred mid-Atlantic getaway for couples, families and small groups, the resort features luxury accommodations furnished in British colonial style and dedicated state-of-the-art conference facilities certified by IACC. The resort's signature fine dining restaurant, the Chesapeake Club, serves seasonal regional Chesapeake Bay cuisine. Additional amenities include a full service spa; an award-winning 60-slip marina that accommodates boats up to 125 feet; a professional sailing school and an array of outdoor recreation, including championship golf, tennis, croquet and volleyball.

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Tides Inn is part of the Enchantment Group portfolio of award-winning properties. The Sedona, Arizona-based spa and resort development and management firm also operates Enchantment Resort and Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment Resort.

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