As autumn has truly set in, the natural landscape of the waterfront and the life surrounding it has gone through the transformation that comes with every passing year. The maple trees surrounding the property of the bed and breakfast and the creek are in their full splendor of colors. The autumn tides are quite noticeable as well. The very low tides of the waterfront reveal more and more of the interesting life that lies beneath the shallow waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and the unusually high tides seem to flood the waterfront view with fullness and strength of the Bay. The ospreys have left for the year, and according to some of the conversations with our guests, are leaving Virginia for possibly the waters of Florida and the southern states for the Wintertime. As the osprey depart we begin to see more and more Bald Eagles and other raptors, filling in the feeding grounds that the ospreys once occupied. I was able to capture a sighting of a small hawk yesterday afternoon, possibly a Cooper’s or Sharp shinned. I am definitely an amateur birdwatcher, but enjoy beginning to identify the multitude of species that surround our Virginia bed and breakfast.
We are seeing many more cormorants in the water this time of year , usually spotted in the more open parts of the Chesapeake such as in the East river or out at the New Point Comfort Lighthouse. Only a few species of duck have begun to visit the creek thus far, but expecting more and more as winter approaches. The great blue herons are still present but not quite in the numbers that we usually see in the warmer times of the year. I have not spotted a great white egret on our waterfront for some time now as well, and in years past have come to conclude that the species must migrate this time of year from our Virginia bed and breakfast. The Canadian Geese are appearing in multitudes, flying over the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, in their haphazard formations signaling to all with their raucous calls. The European starling swarms are also present. It is quite amazing to watch the dip turn and swirl in such ordered chaos. The creek is really special for bird watching at the bed and breakfast this time of year. So as the crowds of guests have diminished during the weekdays at the inn, it is a perfect time for a quiet romantic getaway full of the beauty of the Natural surroundings of The Inn at Tabbs Creek , our eco friendly bed and breakfast in Mathews County Virginia.
November at our Virginia Bed and Breakfast is a great time for a romantic getaway for our guests. However, for the innkeepers it is a great time for projects. One of the projects I have truly been enjoying is creating furniture for our new amenities of refrigerators and Keurig machines for our rooms, the Chesapeake suite, the East river suite and the Tabbs Creek room. The wood came from old oak beams found under the old 1895 farm house on the property. Not sure about their use, but as the original owner was in the ship building trade, I wonder if it even could have been part of that endeavor. I also salvaged old pine form the visitors center here in Mathews County, Virginia. It has been great being in the old boathouse on the waterfront crafting the cabinets and tables for the rooms of the inn. I hope to continue to build my wood working skills to add to the charm of our Virginia bed and breakfast.
We recently participated in the "B&B's for Vets" program through the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, and donated all or our rooms to Veterans and their spouses for the evening of Veterans Day. One of our local restaraunts, Sandpiper Reef, held a special reception for our guest Vets that included local Veterans as well. At the reception we enjoyed fresh Oysters donated by our friends at Chapel Creek Oyster Company, wine donated by a local Veteran, and specialty cheese and crackers. After the reception, we all sat down to a complimentary dinner generously donated by Sandpiper Reef. The whole experience was one we will never forget, and we are excited to participate again next year. Read more in this article published by the Daily Press titled Mathews bed and breakfast to host veterans for free during promotion.