Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Virginia Garden Week Tour

Virginia Garden Week 4/17 - 4/25, 2010

As Part of Virginia's Garden Week Celebration, the Virginia Beach Garden Club and Princess Anne Garden Club are sponsoring a tour of 5 Virginia Beach private homes and gardens and 6 historic homes and gardens on Wednesday, April 21. Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 the day of the tour. A Buffet luncheon will be served at Princess Anne Country Club for an additional $15.00 charge.

Stay at our 1895 Victorian beach cottage and enjoy our gardens during your visit to Virginia Beach

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast Wins Another Award

Viewers of LanierBB.com and readers of  the book The Complete Guide to Bed & Breakfasts, inns and Guesthouses International  have voted us 2010 Best Bed and Breakfast with Beach or Shoreline Nearby.   We were voted top in this category from among 8,500 B&Bs around the world that appear in the Pamela Lanier online and print guides. 

LanierBB.com of Petaluma, California announced the award  February 11th and stated in its press release "... Barclay Cottage B&B serves its guests with extraordinary comfort and unparalleled attention to detail.  Warm, welcoming and full of character, Barclay Cottage B&B offers travelers an ideal base for a relaxing and memorable bed and breakfast retreat....an unforgettable experience."

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

2010 Shamrock Marathon Weekend a Big Success

Eight runners in our 5 rooms ran in the 8K and Half Marathon over the weekend.  Each of the two couples above ran together the entire 13.1 miles of the Half Marathon.  While all four are longtime runners - for each couple it was the first race that they had run together from start to finish, and they enjoyed themselves immensely.    One couple also ran the 8k on the previous day and will be getting Dolphin Challenge Pins when they return home. (The Dolphin Challenge is to run the 8K on one day followed by the Half Marathon the next)

One Irish guest who ran in the Half Marathon drove this Shamrock festooned vehicle from Washington, DC.

Just an 8K walk down the street                             Or an 8K waltz

REAL IRISH GIRLS!                                             Good kick!

As usual, we had our early morning runners' light carb loading, potassium loading, hydrating  early morning runners' breakfast.  Steve drove runners to the start then staked out a good spot on the course to take these pictures.  By the time everyone returned to Barclay Cottage, 8X10 glossy pictures were printed and given to the runners along with their official times printed directly from the computer as the results were finalized. 

Brunch, served after the race, was an international smorgasborg of individual French quiche Lorraines, potato latkes, Jewish cheese blini, Greek spanikopita and locally made chicken apple sausages washed down with coffee, tea, juice, water, and, of course Mimosas to celebrate the efforts of our guests.  We also celebrated a guest's birthday and each had a serving of Strawberry Pie which she purchased to share with the others. 

While we had a three night minimum for this event, our rooms averaged a little over $500.00 for the 3 nights 4 days, which included multi-course gourmet breakfasts the other two mornings, snacks and hot and cold drinks 24/7, wine for a nitecap, and home baked cookies every afternoon! 

Join us for the next runner's event in Virginia Beach!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sat. 3/13 Women of World War II and P-51 Mustang Demonstration Flight

On Saturday 3/13 at the Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum,  Alice Wamsley and Beth Chaves will be speaking about their experiences in support of the United States military in the war. Dassa Carvey, the President of the National WAVES Association will speak about the Navy veterans group for women.

Immediately after the talks, thrill to the flight demonstration of the Museum's P-51 Mustang. 

Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast is offering special rates for WWII veterans staying here attending these events.