Monday, January 19, 2009

Endangered Right Whales Seen on Whale Watch

Guests of Barclay Cottage who were visiting Virginia Beach on a Whale Watching Package, got a rare treat on January 9. They spotted a female Right Whale and her calf durng their whale watching boat trip !
The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, which guides the trips, sent pictures of the whales to the New England Aquarium in Boston, where researchers identified the mother from her markings as shown in the pictures. Mom turned out to be a 40 foot mature female known as "Baldy", and researchers were pleased that she had calfed.
It is believed that only about 350 North Atlantic Right Whales roam the ocean, and Virginia Beach Whale Watchers have only seen right whales on two or three occasions in more than six years. Typically, sightings are of humpback and fin whales
Book one of our Whale Watching Packages and perhaps you will be lucky enough to enjoy a similar once in a lifetime opportunity!

Packages are $375 per couple and include:
two nights at our wonderful B&B with full breakfasts each morning;
admission to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center;
a 3-D IMAX Theater presentation;
two hour whale watching boat trip guided by scientists from the Aquarium; and
dinner for two at Rockafeller's Restaurant.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Happy New Year

Blog 2009 New Year Musings

On January 1, 2009, we pause to express gratitude for the many guests who have become friends over the past 5 ½ years that we have owned Barclay Cottage and for the many new friends who have come into our lives this year. I guess this is the time of year when we tend to get thoughtful about things and we realize how very fortunate we are to spend our days doing what we love best…being with nice people. So, to those who have visited with us this past year, thank you for honoring us by coming and being part of our extended ‘family’. You are the reason we like what we do more and more each year.

I am getting ready to take down the Christmas garlands, lights and wreaths. Here is a picture of a wreath we won’t be taking down for quite some time. It seems that over the Christmas holiday, a robin family built a nest in it! So, when you come, be sure to notice it!