Lynnhaven Marine customers are always asking us for recommendations for nearby boating destinations: places you can visit on an easy daytrip from our marina.  

We’ve been keeping an eye on one new development in the Hampton Roads area that is now up and running, and, we think, well deserving of a visit.

Bennett’s Creek Marina is a new full-service marina, with 58 slips, a ship’s store, fuel dock, a full-service waterfront restaurant and poolside tiki bar, and a sandy beach as well. Bennett’s Creek is also developing some high-end residential real estate and offers luxury overnight accommodations in several of it’s cottages.

This project is a development of M&M Hospitality, operated by local residents Brian and Teresa Mullins. The site of the all-new facility was once a ferry dock and swinging bridge across Bennett’s Creek (before the US 17 bridge was built in the 1940s) and as a teen Brian Mullins used to launch his duck boat from the shore. 

Much of the wood used in the marina, the restaurant and the bar was harvested on site and aged for use on the Mullins’ farm. They used pecan for the hardwood floors, pine for trim, cedar for some furniture. 

The new Decoys Seafood restaurant overlooking the creek serves fish, shrimp, crabs as well as steaks, soups and more. Both the restaurant and the tiki bar serve cocktails and craft beers from local brewers. Although the pandemic has limited service, the restaurant is open for business.

The marina’s guest cottages offer visiting boaters a luxury escape for a night or a weekend, with luxury accommodations, views of the creek, a private floating dock and room service from Decoy’s.

If you’re looking for a great new place to tie up for an afternoon or longer, navigate over to the Nansemond and James Rivers and head up Bennett’s Creek. For reservations or more information, call 757.977.1086 or visit their website at