I provide feedback based on my own experience or knowledge about various of the choices. For instance, a particular popular sight (such as Thunder Hole) might be both very crowded and highly overrated. But if Guests still want to stop there, I’d suggest they do so at high tide and on a stormy day, when it might be worthwhile.
Taking into account such variables as the time of day at which an activity is available (for instance):
Frenchman’s Bay Kayak Tour of 2.5 hours
Available at 10:00 or 2:00
Driving time from house
Probable time you’ll want to spend at the activity
Driving or walking time to other activities that you might like to do before or after a specific activity. For instance, the Shore Path is a 15 minute walk that can end up in Town, near restaurants where you might want to have lunch or coffee or whatever, and it begins a few minutes from the Kayak launching site. Or a walk (five minutes from Kayak launching site) back and forth to Bar Island might fit in nicely with your kayaking trip.
Certain non-strenuous activities can fit in at the end of the day, in a relatively short amount of time. For instance, bringing your dogs to Little Long Pond (90 minutes, including drive to and from) where they can safely play with other dogs, swim, or walk with you. You don’t have to do anything except enjoy watching them and enjoy the spectacular scenery. This way you can be sure to accommodate their priorities as well!
Based on Guests’ priority ratings and the above kinds of variables, I prepare a generalized Plan for the Guests to review and amend. This Plan optimizes enjoyment based on Guests’ priorities.
Then, just before you arrive, I update the Plan to take into account the weather forecast.
Certain activities are more fun on a blue sky day: kayaking; Sand Beach; driving up Cadillac; most mountain climbs; golf; tennis.
Others can be really nice on a blustery, gray day: walks along Hunter Beach granite ledges next to the ocean; walk to Bar Island; watching the surf at home at Zephyr Shore. And some can be reserved for a rainy day. (We have a separate “Rainy Day” set of Activities.)
Some activities are best pursued at low tide or high tide (climbing into Anemone Cave – low tide; walking to Bar Island—low tide; surf casting from Zephyr Shore (high tide).
Every day, Guests can choose between:
Dumping the Plan and doing whatever strikes their fancy for that day.
Or reviewing the Plan and saying, “This seems like a great way to spend the day!”