by Sandy Goes
Staten Island, New York
July 9, 2007
We arranged an overnight stay at the Bayview Inn B&B. We were met at the dock by the owner Kathy Crockett, a familiar name on the island. She transported us and our luggage in a golf cart for the 5 minute trek to the B&B. Everyone and everything is very laid back and the town residents are very friendly.
The main building is a nicely decorated Victorian house with some bedrooms; a huge front porch and a very inviting swing. The grounds are neat and well cared for with plenty of colorful flowers and plants typical to the area. There are nine private bungalows each with their own front porches and chairs. We stayed in one of the bungalows and were very pleased. The room was immaculate, bright and comfortably furnished. It had been fumigated before our arrival so after dropping off our luggage we needed to leave the room for a few hours using this time to become acquainted with the island. We soon learned why fumigation was important; the mosquitoes were relentless but we were prepared with Off Mosquito Spray; and used plenty of it.Our mid-week one night stay was $110 including breakfast. Everyone seemed to arrive at the same time for breakfast which was served in the main house. The room was already full with about 10 people including some small children so we took a seat on our front porch just a few steps away and space became available after about 10 minutes. The owners daughter came and got us when space was available.A nice breakfast of orange juice, coffee, scrambled eggs, biscuits, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes and fruit was served, substantial but not outstanding.Bay View Inns' advertisement stresses "the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay; great Chesapeake Bay style breakfasts, the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets ever seen, an abundance of Chesapeake Bay wildlife, and a lifestyle of days gone by", and it was all of that. There are only a total of four places to stay on the island. This B&B seemed pretty popular even with the locals.www.tangierisland-va.com
From journal Tangier Island, Virginia-Step Back in Time