497 North Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
The Innkeeper, Ms. Dawn Richardson, recently retired from the U.S. Navy after 25 years as a Supply Corps Captain. She purchased the Mermaids' Porch two years ago to fulfill a lifelong dream of opening a Bed and Breakfast. Prior to her military service she worked and managed restaurants and hotels and got her Bachelors Degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management from Purdue University. She’s run food service operations ashore and afloat, in the Navy and within the commercial arena. Her years of experience with a professional and customer service attitude will make your stay a pleasant and memorable one. You'll enjoy meeting her faithful companion, Jack, the rescue dog. The secret is who rescued whom.