Ingrid Hopkins


I am Ingrid Hopkins, and I have created The Covered Bridge Inn from my family’s farmhouse here on Hopkins Dairy Farm. I will be the 5th generation Hopkins to call the farm my home.

I grew up in Lewes on the farm and I was very active with 4-H. You could usually find me out riding my horse. I graduated from Delaware Valley College with degrees in Animal Science and Veterinary Technology. I was a Registered Veterinary Nurse for 16 years before finding my true calling in Hospitality.

I had always longed to return home to Lewes and my roots here at the dairy farm. I knew that I was capable of a renovation of epic proportions. The historic buildings on the farm were longing for a new purpose. So with years of hard work, determination, and one incredible family, The Covered Bridge Inn is the astonishing result.

Family and business can be difficult to coexist in harmony. The Hopkins Family makes it work because we all draw from our own strengths to have separate and complimentary businesses. My brother Burli supplies the Inn with Ice Cream from his Hopkins Farm Creamery, and my sister Amy provides our Honey, Beeswax products, and Jams from her Hopkins Henlopen Homestead. My dad, Walter Hopkins, is our proud leader, an ocean of knowledge, and our biggest fan.

Come join our bucolic perfection and experience the ultimate in restored and repurposed Sussex County landmarks.

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein"

Jonathan Clark


Jonathan is our trusted and absolutely irreplaceable groundskeeper. He has been keeping this place looking farmtastic since we opened. He is hardworking and a busy father of 4. Although he is a man of few words, he takes great pride in his work, and it shows.  When he's not here keeping things green and clean for every beautiful guest and event, he spends his spare time wih his family or fishing at the beach.

"If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything. - Alexander Hamilton"

Melanie Edwards & Kiki Coffman

Assistant Innkeepers

Melanie Edwards has been with the Inn since our first guests arrived. She is tireless, always cheerful, and cleans like NO OTHER!  Melanie and her family have been friends to the Hopkins family for generations. When she is not helping out at the Inn, she is Momma to  Lane and an electrical engineer at Pats Acircraft. 

Kiki Coffman joined our team this summer.  She is a recent graduate of Loyola University, a world traveler, and lover of Ireland. Kiki brings her creative and artistic side with her to work and she is the reason our wedding barn is transformed into a Pintrest Playland! 


Ashley Morley

Event Manager

Ashley is the newest addition to the team and she adds enormous value for our wedding couples!  A native to Lewes, Ashley returns home with a monster education from University of Delaware and years of experience as an event coordinator for an Inn, planning sophisticated events with an authentic farm to table feel. A fateful and perfectly timed visit to an overwhelmed Innkeeper brought Ashley back to Lewes as the Events Manager at The Covered Bridge Inn!  When she isn't working with clients, she can be found biking the Breakwater trail, obsessing over flowers at the farmers market, or hunting down a deal at Marshall's.

"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. - Camille Pissarro"