Saturday, March 21, 2009


Shamrock Marathon Weekend got off to a good start...Saturday early (6:00 am) carb load breakfast for our runners in the 8K - we had four - a husband & wife team and a brother and sister. The rest of our guests slept in 'til the regular breakfast hour at 9:00.

As usual, we took pictures of our runners - here are a couple from the 8K

Sunday dawned bright and clear, with no wind to slow our runners down. The whole Cottage was up by 5:30 to nosh some fruit, bagels and English muffns. Of the four guests who ran the 8K on Saturday, two were running the Marathon and two the Half Marathon (working on their Whale and Dolphin pins and standings). They were joined by two more guests for the Marathon and one for the Half Marathon. After driving them to the Starting Line, Steve returned the car to the Cottage and picked up his camera for more shots of our guests. A few are shown below - - - -


After the race, our runners returned to Barclay Cottage for a full breakfast of fruit and sweet breads, Spanikopita, broccoli quiche, sweet potato bisquits, and breakfast meats (or veggie substitutes) coffee, juice, etc. Steve retreived their official times and presented each person with his or her picture and time printout. Breakfast conversation pretty much was dominated by discussions of the race and various aches and pains that had developed over the day! When breakfast was over, some got in their cars and had to drive home, but several of our repeat guests stayed another night and took advantage of the massage studio across the street. They spent the rest of the day relaxing before heading home after one more Barclay Cottage breakfast Monday morning.

Next up - - the 2009 Rock 'n Roll 1/2 Marathon ! We still have one room available for 3 nights over the Labor Day Weekend.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Whales and DOLPHINS!

Guests of Barclay Cottage here on a Whale Watching Package March 7 saw over 50 dolphins that stayed with the boat the whole time it traveled from Rudy Inlet to Cape Henry and back.

The 3:00 pm trip on Saturday encountered more dolphins than had ever been seen on a whale or dolphin watching boat trip run by the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum - winter or summer! Unfortunately no whales were seen Saturday. BUT those guests who opted for Sunday's 3:00 pm trip got up close and personal with a humpback whale who put in a timely appearance. Not a single dolphin appeared! Go figure!

Whale Watching Packages are still available until March 15 at 3:00 pm which will be the last trip of the season. Dolphin Watching Packages will be available beginning in late April and run until October. Usually our dolphins appear and stay throughout the summer, but after this weekend, it may be wise to book those trips earlier this year.