Well, I spent a sensational afternoon/early evening in Ocean Grove with my two little redheads and am even MORE convinced that this retreat is a grand idea!
Option 1 – SHAWMONT ($90 – $154 double occupancy) 9/13 weekend ONLY
This is a hotel that I’m in love with. It would be amazing for a small group to meet at and has two lovely living room areas (in addition to a great front porch full of rockers) where we could sit and knit. It’s within walking distance to restaurants and – get this – faces the ocean. Bee-you-tee-ful. The rub is that they close for the season on 9/14. Their rooms run between $90 – $135 per night (double occupancy – prices vary depending on shared bath, etc.) and there’s an efficiency available that sleeps 3 or 4 with kichenette for $157.
Option 2 – OCEAN PLAZA ($120/night double occupancy – $60 per person) 9/13 OR 10/10 weekends
This is a really beautiful hotel about a block from the sea (but with great views of the sea from the triple deck balconies.) The proprietor is happy to save us a block of rooms for Columbus Day Weekend, but I’d have to double check on availability for the 9/13-9/14 weekend.
OPTION 3 – The Manchester Inn ($75 – $95/night Double Occupancy, $38-$48 per person)
There is another hotel that I’m not so much in love with, but it’s not bad at all. They’re open all year and have kindly offered to set aside a block of rooms for us over the Columbus Day holiday if we’re interested.
There are single rooms available in all hotels for a bit more. I have more detailed price breakdowns on Option 1 & 3 for anyone who’s interested.
If you guys feel that 9/13-14 isn’t too soon, I’d love to have this in mid-September so we can perhaps enjoy a few late warm days at the ocean! Also, 9/13-14 there is some kind of famous Flea Market at Ocean Grove, which could be fun… Also, there’s no law that says we all have to stay together, but I’m thinking that will be half the fun!
email me to let me know which option you’d be interested in and could commit to. If enough of you are able to commit for Option #1 I’ll go ahead and plan it for the 9/13-14 weekend at the Shawmut.
This is organization at it’s finest, huh?