Greg and Lori Dusenberry are the dedicated innkeepers of The Inn at Tabbs Creek, which sits on eight private acres in peaceful Port Haywood, VA. It is surrounded by 800 feet of waterfront property, along with a private dock and boat ramp. The inn consists of the Captain Billups House (circa 1880), which has three newly remodeled guest rooms, and the more modern Garden Cottage, which has one guest room and two luxury suites. Here, you can dine on fresh crab and oysters directly from their creek, plus vegetables from their organic garden. It's also an incredible spots for watching sunsets. Lori kindly answered several questions for us about what makes The Inn at Tabbs Creek and Port Haywood a unique place to vist!
1. What do you enjoy most about being an innkeeper?
We love meeting new people from all walks of life, and sharing this beautiful part of the world with them. Also the joy that people get from being able to get away from it all, relax and enjoy nature.
2. How long have you been an innkeeper?
Just 18 months!
3. What was your inspiration for your creating your inn? Did you have a certain vision for it?
Our biggest inspiration was actually the region itself--a small county on the Chesapeake Bay that is very protected with little development. The county has recently become more dedicated to eco tourism and a resource for educating people about the region and its history as well as ecology, and that was exactly our vision. We wanted to be more than your average B&B offering our guests who are interested the chance to get out on the water via boat, kayak or paddleboard, as well as the chance to tour our organic garden and learn about the oysters we are raising. We are also in the process of partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to act as a local resource for classes and educational seminars that will be open to both our guests as well as local residents. We hope to be able to give back to our community as much as possible!
4. Why did you choose this inn and this city?
In addition to the above reasons, we chose the location because it had fallen into disrepair and needed a lot of work, which we were happy to do as we are interested in green remodeling and building. But most of all, it had a great set up for us, plus 800 feet of waterfront on a secluded creek.
5. What sets your B&B apart from others?
The water, secluded setting, and relaxed atmosphere. We all eat breakfast together in the morning family style (unless someone has a special time or request, of course). This gives guests an opportunity to get to know us and each other. People seem to feel more comfortable, and we often find them hanging out together later around the pool, having a drink in the library, etc. It’s like hosting a party every day only the guest list is always changing!
6. Why do you think travelers should choose B&Bs over hotels?
It is more of an experience than just a place to sleep. You get to meet other interesting people, and of course the food is usually better. By finding out of the way locations such as ours (there are no hotels in our county), people have a much more authentic travel experience. No “tourist traps” or crowds.
7. Does your B&B have any special history?
It was built sometime in the 1800s, but the records for our county were destroyed in the Civil War, so we only have a limited history.
8. What makes your town worth visiting—are there any interesting local attractions or activities?
Flat country roads for cycling, the Blueways water trails system for kayaking, kayak rentals, stand-up paddle lessons, rentals and tours, motor and sailboat tours, lighthouse, birding, fishing, great seafood and small town charm.
9. Do you have any food specialties (for breakfast or otherwise)?
We grow as much of our own food as possible and try to locally source the rest (local eggs, fruit, locally roasted coffee, Virginia wines, etc.). In the summer, we specialize in crab quiche or poached eggs with crabmeat. Crab is caught right off our dock and is fresh. Winter we also feature Oysters with our wine and cheese gathering on Saturdays, and the oysters are also fresh from our creek.
10. Do you have any special offers coming up?
We are featuring 20% off for winter special and we will have a similar weekday special during our high season from April to October.