BIRDERS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER AT NORTHEAST STATES B&Bs
With over 70 million birdwatchers in America, it's no wonder that birding is one of the fastest growing activities of the new millennium. It's a sport you can enjoy almost anywhere; all you need is a good set of binoculars, a birder's field guide, and comfortable shoes. Complement days spent enjoying the great outdoors by nesting at America's bed and breakfasts; they offer ideal accommodations for more than just lovebirds. B&B travelers are finding everything from hummingbirds to herons and hawks as BedandBreakfast.com members welcome them with special packages and hallowed grounds for plentiful sightings. Those in search of fine feathered friends are especially welcome at these birder-friendly BedandBreakfast.com member inns. Looking for bird watching specials beyond the Northeast? Visit www.bedandbreakfast.com/specials/index.aspx?ctx=S for more bird watching specials throughout the country.
Angels' Watch Inn Bed and Breakfast, Westbrook, CT: In February, over 60 bald eagles return to nesting sites overlooking the Connecticut River to have their chicks. Join others for the Bald Eagle Festival in nearby Essex, CT in February, or visit throughout the spring, summer and fall to enjoy an Eagle Watch cruise on the River, or a self-guided tour in search of these majestic symbols of freedom and their babies. Winter specials start at $230 for a two-night stay. Info: 860-399-8846 or www.angelswatchinn.com
Daniel Trowbridge House, Pomfret Center, CT: This nature-lovers B&B is located on 80 rural acres of prime bird habitat. Birders flock here to spot everything from resident red-tailed hawks and great blue herons to the occasional flock of snow geese passing through in the fall. Spring and autumn migration (including waterfowl) is incredible here. The Pomfret Connecticut Audubon Society Center is located 2.5 miles down the road, and features the Bafflin Sanctuary with 700 acres with mapped walking trails and wonderful educational programs. Innkeepers Cris Cadiz & Thomas Campbell will gladly set up programs for their guests at the Center to suit their desires (morning bird walks, evening owl walks, bird banding programs, etc.) and also offer picnic lunches, binoculars and a field guide to explore their back yard sanctuary. Info: 860-974-3622 or www.danieltrowbridgehouse.com.
Fitch Claremont House, Bozrah, CT: As the seasons change, so do the birds in residence in this B&B's vineyard. The hawks return first in spring, followed by the robins and bluebirds. Later in the spring and summer, Baltimore orioles and goldfinches arrive, along with a variety of swamp and stream birds that live along the Yantic River, behind the inn. A few minutes drive to the Thames River offers a wide variety of larger sea birds, but none top the bald eagles that feed on the river's fish and fowl. Sunday through Friday, January - April, the Birders' Budget special is only $79 for two, excluding holidays. Info: 860-889-0260 or www.bedandbreakfast.com/property/ppf/id/218472/index.aspx
Addison Choate Inn, Rockport MA: Whether you are a serious Auduboner or a weekend stroller, nearby Halibut Point State Park is a prime location for spotting migrating seabirds. Just a five-minute drive from the inn, Halibut Point is at the northern boundary of the Atlantic Path, a locally maintained trail that winds along the ocean south toward the village of Rockport. Another popular option is to visit the Parker River Wildlife Refuge located on Plum Island, a nationally known bird watchers paradise, just 30 minutes away. In April and May, prime spring birder season, stay one midweek night, and the second midweek night is half price; stay two midweek nights and the third night is free. Info: 978-546-7543 or www.addisonchoateinn.com
Inn at Crystal Lake, Eaton, NH: Bird lovers come here not only to listen to the call of the loon on bucolic Crystal Lake, but also to delight in sleeping in the Birdhouse Room, decked out with a collection of birdhouse motif quilts, bird books, binoculars and birding accessories. This room overlooks the terrace, where a wide variety of birds can be spotted feeding at the numerous birdfeeders in the back yard. Info: 800-343-7336 or www.innatcrystallake.com
Queen Victoria Bed and Breakfast Inn, Cape May, NJ: Cape May is internationally known for first-class birding. Located within biking distance of the Cape May Bird Observatory and the Nature Conservatory Refuge, the Queen Victoria offers early morning birders a continental breakfast with homemade muffins, bagels, fresh fruit and juice, all "backpack ready" for a nominal fee. Great rates are available during the quieter times through April, with further reductions offered Monday through Thursday during the winter months. Info: 609-884-1613 or www.queenvictoria.com.
SeaScape Manor Bed and Breakfast, Highlands, NJ: Tailor-made bird-watching packages are offered to guests at SeaScape Manor, close to Sandy Hook National Recreation Area, where over 300 species of birds have been identified. With its key location along the Atlantic Flyway, birding is ideal during the spring and fall migrations. Info: 732-291-8467 or www.bbianj.com/seascape.
Southern Mansion, Cape May, NJ: This inn sits on a farm that encompasses a private portion of Cape May's best birding sites. Guests of the Southern Mansion have exclusive access to this wonderful acreage where rare birds (especially raptors) have been sighted. Info: 800-381-3888 or www.southernmansion.com.
The Chatelaine B&B, Pine Grove Mills: Birding packages are offered May 2 -3, 2003, to guests participating in the 14th Annual Birding Cup. This event, held at nearby Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, is held to raise funds to support raptor research, care for resident birds of prey, and offer educational programs. This team-driven fun species count also raises awareness of the number of migrating birds and diverse species passing through Pennsylvania. The Chatelaine B&B will donate 10% of your room rate to the fund-raiser and will send you off with a basket lunch when you spend two nights at the Chatelaine. The Chatelaine also offers accommodations to birders during the Golden Eagle Count that takes place each February and March. Info: 800-251-2028 or www.chatelainebandb.com.
Honeywood Inn & Lodge, Stowe, VT: Stay at this home of the Bicknell thrush and enjoy the spring bird-watching special, including three nights lodging for two people with full breakfast for $183 room midweek and $199 weekends. This package is available midweek only from May 15 to June 25, 2003. Ask for the list of bird watching locations developed by the Audobon Society and innkeepers Carolyn & Bill Cook. Info: 800-659-6289 or www.honeywoodinn.com.
Northfield Inn, Northfield, VT: Come add to the list created by guests who love to spot birds at the Northfield Inn. Try to top the twenty-six species spotted in one day. Best of all, take advantage of the Birdwatchers Midweek Special offering three nights (Sun - Thurs) accommodations for two, full gourmet breakfast each morning and afternoon tea on the porches all for $399 (double occupancy) through the end of June. Info: 802-485-8558 or www.TheNorthfieldInn.com.
Whitford House Inn, Addison, Vermont: Located on a quiet country lane near Lake Champlain, The Whitford House Inn sits adjacent to a 1000-acre waterfowl and wildlife preserve, offering an ideal panorama for birders. In addition to the variety of birdlife, nature lovers may see otters and even an occasional bobcat. Two miles away, the state of Vermont has established a site to view the huge flocks of snow geese which feed in the area during the spring and fall migrations, turning the ground snow-white. Info: 800-746-2704 or www.whitfordhouseinn.com.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, prices quoted are for two people in a room, and are subject to change without notice. Any charges for tax and service are additional.
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