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Of the 3 suites apart from the main house at our Inn, the third (we’ve dubbed the Roman Room) has perhaps the least “offensive” decor. Nevertheless, it too needs a radical overhaul and not just a new coat of paint. However, a new coat of paint will be an important factor. Just check out the bathroom wall in the picture below:

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We’re not sure what is up with the urns but we know we want to change it. A simple solid color will do nicely and we’ll have updates on what we’re going to do with it in later posts. The suite’s bedroom will also need a new coat of paint to say the least. Check out what it looks like now:

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For the life of us, we can’t figure out how the black and red checkered floor fits in with the rest of the design. It is out of here! We’re replacing the bed too. The posts that make up the canopy will be reused as part of a structure in the back of the new kitchen but that too is another post.

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We know that there are a lot of people who collect Coca-Cola merchandise. We are not among them. We never considered dedicating a room to that theme either. As you can see in the pictures below. We got our work cut out for us.

Not the real thing

Not the real thing

And you thought New Coke was a bad idea?

And you thought New Coke was a bad idea?

 

We’ll have plenty of updates on our progress in renovating this suite coming soon.

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Take a look at the photo below:

The Dalmatian Suite

The Dalmatian Suite

 Notice the Dalmatians? Wondering what’s up with that? So did we when we first saw the place. It was just one of many things we knew we would be changing once we took the plunge and bought our B&B. Now don’t get us wrong, we here at the Inn at Tabbs Creek LOVE dogs! All kinds of dogs (we have a St. Bernard and a Great Dane) and Dalmatians are no exception. A room dedicated to one breed however……Well, not the look we are going for.

Soon we hope to have an entirely new look to all our suites but merely slapping on a new coat of paint just isn’t enough for us. Not when there’s jacuzzis to install! We’re also doing new bamboo floors but more on that later. Here we are getting ready to install the new jacuzzi in the Dalmation suite (soon to be renamed the Tabbs suite):

Getting ready to install the new jacuzi

Getting ready to install the new jacuzi

 Nice!

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In May, the 11th annual Tour De Chesapeake occurs. Cyclist of all levels, from all over come to enjoy the beauty and hospitality of Mathews County. While the Tour is a one day fully sponsored event on Saturday the 16th of May, many riders like to plan their stay for the whole weekend. There is lot’s lots to do and places to visit like Gwynn’s Island or tour the nature conservancy. Some also like to bring their canoes or kayaks for a pedal one day paddle the next weekend experience. For those who don’t have their own canoes or kayaks, they can be rented at Bay Trails Outfitters.

On behalf of everyone here in Mathews County, we look forward to seeing you!

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As we mentioned in the previous post, Greg recently saw a bald eagle just off out pier. It turns out that our Inn is within the roaming range of the bald eagles at the Rappahanock River Valley Natinal Wildlife Refuge. One of the 3 refuges in the area, the RRVNWR protects the nesting grounds of bald eagles as well as other rare and endangered species such as the perigrene falcon and shortnose sturgeon among others.

Visitors can view the wildlife along this preserve with a day cruise aboard the Captain Thomas down the Rappahanock past the preserve and on to the Ingleside Plantation Winery. Hikers have their options as well, the Vorhees Nature Preservefor example. With 4 miles of self guided trails, the beautiful Rappahanock area can be seen in all it’s glory. The only catch is that the bald eagle nesting area is off limits during nesting season which lasts from mid-November to mid-July.

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Kayakers from all over who are in the know come to Mathews to paddle the Blueways Water Trails. They aren’t at all crowded and the scenery is spectacular! For birdwatchers, there’s plenty of rare waterfowl among others (Greg saw a Bald Eagle a few days ago right off our pier). There’s also historic and scenic sites to see like lighthouses and fishing villages.

Here at the Inn at Tabbs Creek, we are fortunate to be just a few hundred yards off the East River Trail. Tabb’s Creek is a short offshoot of the East River. There are 18 public access launch sites and for our guests, one private one a few yards from their rooms.

New Point Comfort Lighthouse

New Point Comfort Lighthouse

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Part of our efforts to renovate our B & B involves painting naturally. Trying to paint in the most environmentally friendly way involves using paints with little or no volatile organic compounds (VOC). Being that it is winter time and rather chilly out, opening all the windows in order to help dissipate paint fumes doesn’t exactly work for us. We’ve decided to go with Olympic Premium Interior paints. They have the Green Seal of approval as an environmentally friendly product. It is our hope that our efforts to renovate our bed and breakfast will result in being green certified ourselves.

Lori applies primer in the once red Captain's Room

Lori applies primer in the once red Captain's Room

The result of our painting efforts

The result of our painting efforts

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