Thursday, November 17, 2011

Boardwalk Christmas Lights

Boardwalk Holiday Light Show begins tonight and continues until January 2, 2012.

Enjoy miles of moving and static holiday light displays while slowly driving your vehicle along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Listen to holiday music (from the provided CD or tape) while watching the choreographed light show. Stay in your car all warm and toasty or opt to snuggle under a horse blanket in a horse drawn carriage - perhaps sipping on a hot chocolate purchased from volunteers before beginning your tour.

$10 per car 11/21-1/2 $5 special 11/18-20 FREE WITH STAY AT BARCLAY COTTAGE!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Breakfast Ideas from Virginia Bed and Breakfasts

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia's Cookbook is hot off the presses and has great ideas for whipping up a delicious breakfast for Christmas morning. Buy the cookbook and include a gift certificate to let your loved one know that she/he should look forward to a relaxing getaway after the holidays. Call us at 866-466-1895

Saturday, November 12, 2011

B&Bs for Vets

Thursday 11/10/11 we gave all 5 of our rooms away. Had 5 couples - 2 Marines, 1 Navy, 1 Army and 1 AirForce. Only one cancellation which we immediately filled from our wait list. Three of the couples took advantage of our Veterans Day Weekend 50% off offer and extended an extra night. The Marines would have even stayed longer, but had to leave for home and the Marine Ball this evening (Saturday).

Our Virginian Pilot newspaper on Thursday featured our inn on the front page of their Local Magazine insert called the Beacon, and interviewed Marie-Louise and the Navy officer who stayed with us. Very good publicity for us, B&Bs for Vets and the Better Way to Stay Programs.

Breakfast Friday and this morning were a HOOT! The comeraderie and good natured ribbing was thoroughly enjoyable. Unfortunately, one couple had to leave before breakfast Friday to rush home and take a sick child to the doctor, but they enjoyed their night away especially as he had just returned from IRAQ on Wednesday. Friday night 3 couples wrapped up in blankets and enjoyed wine and cigars on our second floor porch. One couple that checked in Friday are both in the Army, and were surprised at breakfast this morning to meet one of the officers who had been in charge of one of their schools also staying here. They are running a leg of a Wounded Warrior Marathon relay in Norfolk on Sunday and this is their third stay with us.

All were greatly appreciative of our participation in the B&Bs for Vets Program and said they would spread the word for next year. We expect to see all of them again when they take advantage of our year round 20% Military Discount.

We got as much out of the weekend as did the vets. Should be called "Vets for B&Bs"!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ft Monroe in Hampton becomes 396th National Park

On Nov. 2, 2011, President Obama designated Hampton Virginia's Ft. Monroe our country's 396th National Park. Named after President James Monroe, the fort was built between 1819 and 1834 on a site long important for the defense of Hampton Roads. This fort was continuously occupied by the US Army until its decommissioning this month. It stayed in Union hands throughout the Civil War, and protected the harbors with massive guns during WW I and WW II

In 1619 Dutch slave traders brought the first African slaves to the peninsula on which the fort was built. However, during the Civil War it became known as the "Freedom Fort" for taking in and protecting run away slaves from throughout the South. Robert E Lee served there before the Civil War and Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned there at the war's end. It was General George McClellan's headquarters during his 1862 Peninsula Campaign and President Abraham Lincoln visited on several occasions.

Stay here at the Beach and explore this newest of America's National Parks - perhaps as part of your Civil War history tour including some of the battlegrounds along the James River. Go back further in time to the Yorktown Battleground, see Colonial Williamsburg, and watch the archaeological digs at Jamestown. All short day trips from your cozy beach cottage.

All of our rooms donated for B&Bs for Vets Program

We salute our service men and women on this upcoming Veterans Day. As a way to show our appreciation for their sacrifices, we have invited active and retired veterans to stay with us on Thursday night before Veterans Day at absolutely no charge. As members of PAII (Professional Association of Innkeepers International) we decided to participate in the B&Bs for Vets program that the association sponsors and will have 5 couples from various branches of the military staying with us on Thursday night at no charge. Some will continue their stay through the weekend at our special 50% Veterans Day rate. While all of our rooms are booked Thursday night, we still have two rooms available Friday and Saturday (Vets get 50% off) and two more rooms available for just Saturday night. If you are an active duty military member or retired veteran, give us a call to book one of these rooms at 50% off our normal rate.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


The Weekend Weather is shaping up nicely for a stay in our Virginia Beach Bed and Breakfast - sunny and in the low 60s.

Great time to do some hiking in First Landing State Park, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge or False Cape State Park. Stroll the Boardwalk or walk the beach - maybe even stick your toe in the water!

In addition to all the museums and attractions here in Virginia Beach, Admission is Free to the Soaring Gull Circuit Dog Show at the Virginia Beach Convention Center this weekend 11/3-6.

Virginia Beach features excellent dining choices with over 600 Restaurants. For those looking to do some dancing or for evening entertainment Check out the following links:
FRIDAY at the clubs; SATURDAY at the clubs.

FUNNY BONE COMEDY CLUB - Josh Blue paralympic comedian

For Theater or Symphony check out the following:
Angelo's Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Murder, Las Vegas Style Mystery Dinner
Great American Trailer Park Musical - Generic Theater
Broadway in Norfolk Disney's Beauty & The Beast - Chrysler Hall
Virginia Stage Company Red - Wells Theater
Virginia Symphony - Jefferson and His Time - Hayden Symphony 83 Beethoven Violin Concerto - Regent University