The Inn At Tabbs Creek

384 Turpin Lane P.O. Box 165, Port Haywood, Virginia 23138
Innkeeper(s): Greg & Lori Dusenberry
  • Introduction

    Welcome to Mathews County: A Hidden Gem on the Chesapeake Bay!

    Situated on a secluded creek of the Chesapeake Bay in charming Mathews County, Virginia, the Inn has over 800 ft. of waterfront and 8 acres of wooded and open space. The main Inn is an 1820's newly renovated farmhouse with a separate cottage housing the luxury suites just across the garden and pool. It is just the place if you appreciate the natural splendor of the outdoors and want the luxury and comfort of a casual B&B.

    Embark on a kayak adventure from our private dock, spend the day cycling the endless level Mathews country roads, charter a sailboat, fishing, or motorboat tour, or go birding on Bethel Beach and Haven Beach Nature Preserves.

    Peace & Tranquility Of course, you can just spend the day right here at the Inn: rock on the porch, walk the grounds, enjoy a game of Bocce or croquet, fish or crab off the dock, or take a dip in the pool. At the end of the day, enjoy a refreshing drink while taking in a beautiful sunset over the water.

    You can even visit us by boat! Our private dock can accommodate most small craft that do not draw more than 2', and there is no additional charge for tie up if you have a reservation with us. We also have a boat ramp, so you can tow yours up and launch. Whatever your pleasure, we believe you will leave The Inn at Tabbs Creek feeling refreshed, relaxed, revitalized and longing to come back!

    Enjoy a peaceful nights rest on our comfortable beds. Wake up to a beautiful view, locally roasted coffee, and a full breakfast. Perfect for a romantic getaway, reunion with friends or family, or that special celebration.


    Breakfast often includes locally grown fare, with a wide variety of options which varies between an assortment of muffins, waffles, quiche, breakfast casserole, specialty baked eggs, sausage, bacon, cheese grits, hashbrowns, yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit. Let us know about any special dietary needs to better accommodate your diet and preferences.

    Relax on our dock, deck or screened-in porch and enjoy beautiful sunsets! Chill out on a couch and read a book in our library, or play a board game in our lounge. Enjoy sunbathing or a dip in our pool! We also have a canoe for our guests to use, as well as lawn games such as bocce, horseshoes, and croquet. We offer a Wine and Cheese get together on Saturday late afternoon, but can also make special arrangements for a get together during the week as well.

    Enjoy some of the local restaurants for lunch and dinner. Southwinds Cafe and the Donks theatre often offer a variety of live music during the weekends, while the White Dog Inn offers an outdoor bar and patio. Ask us about special rates for extended stays, or booking the Inn for a special occasion!

    The Inn at Tabbs Creek at Port Haywood in Mathews County Virginia is owned and operated by Greg and Lori Dusenberry. Inspired by passions for the environment, organic gardening and farming, sustainable living and green building practices, our hope is to provide our guests with a relaxing experience and share our love of nature.

    Both Greg and Lori graduated from St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, NC with BA degrees in Philosophy. Greg has spent several years working and managing organic farms in both Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and then several more years as a chef in various restaurants in and around the Chapel Hill, NC area before becoming a buyer for Whole Foods, Inc.

    The Inn At Tabbs Creek - Port Haywood, Virginia

    Lori has been a Merchandising Manager, Small Business Owner, and has spent the past 10 years in the Horticultural Industry as a certified Plant Professional. After visiting Lori's parents here over the last 20 years or so, we decided to move to Mathews County in appreciation of its natural beauty, small town charm, concern for the environment and preservation, and commitment to controlled growth and development.

    We also decided to pursue our dream of running an eco-friendly Inn with a large garden for growing our own food. In October 2008, we purchased the Inn at Tabbs Creek, which had been operated off and on as a B&B, and decided to undergo some major renovations to get the property fully up and running while adding our own personal style to every room.

    The Inn at Tabb's Creek is the culmination of our interests and dreams.
    We hope you will share in this wonderful experience along with us!

  • Explore

    Mathews County offers so many activities and ways to enjoy the beauty of our beloved waters, wildlife, and rich history:

    Cycling: with no stoplights, low traffic, and flat roads, explore the county via several mapped routes that take you through beautiful country roads as well as historic and natural sites. We have some bikes available, or bring your own!

    Bird Watching: Enjoy trying to spot over 190 species of birds including Great Blue Herons, Osprey, Bald Eagles, and Egrets right from our property, or along Bethel Beach and Haven Beach Nature preserves.

    Sight Seeing and Shopping: Explore several of the many charming small towns each with its own unique character, galleries, restaurants, museums, and some wineries. We are also within an hour drive of the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown.

    Kayaking: One of the most extensive kayak trail systems on the Eastern Coast, the Blueways Water Trails offer over 90 miles of mapped routes. Visit our friends at Bay Trails Outfitters, for guided tours, rentals, and instruction. They will deliver kayaks to our Inn or bring your own! We are able to provide a launch from our property regardless of tide.

    Paddleboarding: Try the hottest new sport that is perfect for our area. You go as fast as on a kayak, but with less strain on your body, and see a lot more by standing up. For lessons, tours and renting gear, call Macky Hall or Steve Casper at Chesapeake Boardsports, 804-384-3534, or visit

    Boat tours: Enjoy Mathews by water, and view beautiful old homes, birds, dolphin, and lighthouses such as New Point Comfort Light, (the 3rd oldest in the Chesapeake Bay), and Wolftrap Light. For motor tours, please contact Captain Court at, and for day and sunset sailing cruises, contact Capt. Johnny at


    Fishing: Fish or crab right off of our own dock, or arrange for a special charter through Chris at If you have a smaller craft, you can also bring your boat and launch from our own boat ramp, or boat in and tie up at our private dock.

  • An Eco-Friendly Inn

    Ecological sensitivity is one of our highest values at The Inn. We strive to implement as many Eco-Friendly practices into our business as possible. In our remodel and restoration, we attempted to reuse or recycle as many materials, fixtures, and appliances as possible. We chose sustainable building materials such as cork, bamboo, and low VOC paints and insulation. We also improved the carbon and water footprint of our property by installing new argon filled, low e windows, replacing outdated heating and cooling systems with more energy efficient systems, we replaced old inefficient water heaters with "tankless" water heaters, and added water conserving toilets in almost all bathrooms.

    Our guests are strongly encouraged to reuse all towels and sheets during their stay, but we will gladly provide fresh linens and towels upon request. We are committed to a recycling program on site. Whenever possible, we will provide locally grown organic produce, as well as other organic and all natural food products. All of our gardens are fertilized and treated with all natural and organic products.

    We have installed a Hague water treatment system which uses reverse osmosis rather than chemicals to treat our water, and provides healthy and safe water to our guests while also helping to protect our beloved Chesapeake Bay. Our tap water has been thoroughly tested, and meets the same standards as bottled drinking water. We hope that you choose to drink the tap water and help cut down on plastic bottle waste.

    By installing Dual Flush toilets in most of our rooms, we hope to save thousands of gallons of water per year, while also helping to offset the water used in our pool and Jacuzzi tubs, (luxuries that we found to be rejuvenating to both mind and body). Rather than providing individually packaged soaps, shampoos, and conditioners, we provide all natural products in refillable dispensers.

    By using only earth friendly cleaning products and phosphate free detergents, we are also helping to save our waters and cut down on chemical pollution. Our bedding includes 100% natural latex foam with bamboo and/or organic cotton sheets and towels.