It’s been nearly 75 years since a fire stripped Easton of the famed Avon Hotel; and 70 years since local businessman Arthur Johnson Grymes opened the doors to the iconic Tidewater Inn. Over the years, the Tidewater Inn has become a landmark of downtown Easton, welcoming guests from near and far to stay, dine and celebrate life’s greatest events.
“We have become the center of this extraordinary community where family and friends gather – whether it be a grand holiday buffet, a wedding or an intimate gathering in Hunters’ Tavern,” said Lauren Catterton, General Manager.
While the structure has remained untouched for the better part of seven decades, substantial improvements had been made to maintain the grace and charm of this iconic building under the watchful eye of countless owners. In 2009, Coastal South’s managing partner, John Wilson, alongside a group of local investors, purchased the property with a vision to continue on with these restorative efforts and recapture the Tidewater Inn as “The Pride of the Eastern Shore.”
Over the past 10 years, every square foot of the inn’s public spaces and ballrooms have been renovated along with the conversion of nearly half of the guest rooms, from classic rooms to premier rooms, featuring new furnishings, fixtures and layouts. Hunters’ Tavern was introduced to local diners, bringing relaxed fine dining to downtown Easton, now under the culinary leadership of Chef Daniel Pochron.
And with so much history to celebrate, the Tidewater Inn is looking forward to an even brighter future. With plans in place through 2020, renovations encompassing more guest room renovations and a new concept for the fourth floor are still well underway under John’s leadership. Additionally, the Tidewater Inn family continues to expand after purchasing The Inn at 202 Dover this summer. Located approximately one block from the Tidewater Inn, the addition of The Inn at 202 Dover will enhance the Tidewater Inn guest experience and the Easton community. Restoration efforts have already begun on the inn’s exterior, first floor interior and grounds with plans to open to the public in early fall. A grand opening celebration is slated for October of the newly named “Tidewater House.”
The Tidewater Inn is a proud member of Discover Easton. Visit them online at www.tidewaterinn.com. For more information on Discover Easton, including ways to support the independent business community of Easton, visit www.discovereaston.com.