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“Homes for the Holidays” – Chincoteague Island Holiday Home Tour

November 6th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

“Homes for the Holidays” – Chincoteague Island 2015 Holiday Home TourSee inside remarkable homes and get ideas for your own during “Homes for the Holidays,” the annual, Chincoteague Island Holiday Home Tour – scheduled for December 5th, 2015!

Once the holidays roll around, even the most mundane of structures can suddenly spring to life with lights, figures, and other holiday decorations – but already remarkable homes really sparkle when seasonally bedecked! Chincoteague Island’s diverse and eclectic community includes a number of homes and businesses that have fascinating and unique architectural styles, historic pedigrees, or striking landscapes – sometimes all at once!

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Make It a Chincoteague Holiday Season!

October 16th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Enjoy a Chincoteague Holiday Season!

A Chincoteague holiday vacation means plenty
of opportunities to see sandy claws!

Here it is, not even Halloween yet and we’re talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. Well, that’s because taking a Chincoteague Holiday vacation is a popular thing to do – so planning yours now before the rush is a good idea!

Chincoteague Island is not that big, true, and we do tend to see more visitors during the spring and summer seasons – but the island and inhabitants aren’t exactly rolled up and stored away for next year after summer ends – goodness, no! Honestly, after summer, winter is the next best season to visit Chincoteague Island. With sunny skies and an average temperature of 50 degrees, we remain a Virginia Coast paradise – and with plenty of seasonal things to do!

Chincoteague Holiday Events

Nov 26th – 29th – Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend
Come witness the peak of the autumn waterfowl migration with special events, programs and walking tours. A birder’s paradise weekend!

Nov 27th – Christmas Manor
Saint Nick’s Summer getaway right here on Chincoteague Island, all decked out for the holidays!

Nov 28th – Deborah Waterfowl Show/Auction
The last decoy show of the year for Chincoteague carvers and artists.

Nov 28th – Holly Day Market
Art, crafts, jewelry, photography, vintage collectibles, and antiques combined witht he offerings of the Chincoteague Island Farmers Market!

Nov 28th – Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Holiday songs and caroling as town officials, dignitaries, and local celebrities see the start of the Chincoteague holiday season. Many shops will be open after the tree lighting to offer early holiday shopping.

Dec 2nd – Kiwanis Pancake Supper
The annual pancake supper hosted by Bill’s Seafood Restaurant and Kiwanis members who donate their time and tips, along with all proceeds, to help families in need at the holidays.

Dec 5th – 2015 Chincoteague Island Holiday Home Tour
A great opportunity to peek inside some remarkable Chincoteague Island homes decked out in their finest for the holidays.

Dec 5th – Old Fashioned Christmas Parade
A truly old-fashioned Christmas Parade, featuring floats, marching bands, color guards, Saltwater Cowboys, Fire Companies from around the shore, and much more.

Dec 6th – The Great Gingerbread Challenge
Part Cake Boss, part Cutthroat Kitchen, part Top Chef, you don’t miss this live, interactive event that is always a bundle of laughs.

Dec 24 – Breakfast @ Bill’s Prime Seafood & Steaks (6am – 11:30am)
Breakfast at Bill’s Prime Seafood & Steaks is a Christmas Eve morning tradition.

Dec 31 – 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Concert & Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade
An end of year celebration culminating in a promenade of crazy costumes to where the lighted horseshoe drops after the countdown to midnight. Prizes awarded for costumes in various categories.

Jan 1 – Polar Pony Plunge
Come and plunge into the ice-cold waters surrounding Chincoteague Island! Prizes will be awarded for costumes in various categories, and everyone who participates gets a free t-shirt!

Chincoteague Holiday Lodging
No matter the season, there’s always plenty to do and see on Chincoteague Island. Miss Molly’s Inn and 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast are open year-round, so that you can have a Chincoteague summer and a Chincoteague holiday. See you soon!

2015 Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Classic Car Show!

September 5th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Classic Car ShowFans of classic cars, chili, and chowder take note: the annual Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show is just around the corner, September 26th, 2015!

Hosted annually by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, the Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off has long been a popular autumnal attraction for locals and visitors alike. Add in the Chincoteague Island Classic Car Show – a new tradition added to the Chili Chowder Cook-Off just last year – and you have yourself a perfect storm of food and fun!

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Visit the Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market

August 14th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Farmer's MarketLooking for some fun and locally grown and prepared foods during your Virginia Coast getaway? If so, the Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market is for you!

Across the nation, farmer’s markets are making a come back as more and more people focus on locally grown, healthy, whole and raw foods. Trendy or not, that’s a good thing. Farmer’s markets promote local economic health and are more sustainable than big, corporate markets. Sustainability begins with locally grown and prepared food, as well as other goods.

Plus, as those of us in smaller communities who’ve never lost our farmer’s markets know, it isn’t all about sustainability, either – it’s also about fresher, tastier, superior food!

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It’s Time For Chincoteague Island Pony Swim 2015!

July 6th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim 2015

The 90th annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim is scheduled for the last week of July, 2015 – if you haven’t reserved your rooms yet, time is of the essence!

Easily the busiest time of the year on the island, the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim is the must-see event of the year, every year, on Virginia’s eastern shore. If you’ve yet to witness this iconic spectacle, add it to your bucket list or, better yet, make plans to get on down here this year while you still can.

The annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim week, this year starting on the 25th of July and continuing to the 31st, includes two round-ups, a beach walk, two swims, a parade, pony auction, and the attendant Chincoteague Fireman’s Carnival.

The 2015 Chincoteague Island Pony Swim breakdown is as follows:

The Pony Round Up: July 25th and 26th
The Beach Walk: July 27th
THE MAIN EVENT! Pony Swim to Chincoteague: July 29th
Parade To Carnival Grounds: July 29th
The Pony Auction: July 30th
The Pony Swim Back to Assateague: July 31st

Assateague Island is home to two herds of wild horses, one on the north end of the island, one in the south. Periodically, Chincoteague’s Saltwater Cowboys – also the Volunteer Firemen responsible for the annual summer carnival – round up the ponies for medical checks and, once a year, swim them across the channel between Assateague and Chincoteague at slack tide in order to cull ponies from the herd for auction.

Proceeds from the auction and carnival go towards the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman/Saltwater Cowboys who, in turn, use the funds to care for the wild ponies of Assateague Island.

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim and Fireman’s Carnival, 2015

July 25th through the 31st, 2015
For more details about the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim, Pony Auction, and Fireman’s Carnival, be sure to visit: www.chincoteague.com

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim Lodging
Thousands of people come from all over the world to witness the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim – to assure your place among the crowd, it is good to book your lodging NOW while you still can – and what better place to stay than at a historic inn on Chincoteague Island, itself? Stay at Miss Molly’s Inn Bed & Breakfast (or our sister B&B, 1848 Island Manor House) during the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim – as of this writing we still have a few rooms available – but that wont last!

Dig In To The 2015 Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival!

June 6th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival 2015Save your appetites – the 28th annual Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival is coming: the weekend of July 24th through the 26th, 2015!

Held every year on the weekend preceding the annual and famous Chincoteague Island Pony Swim, the Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival is a long time tradition on the island – just two years short of 3 decades, this year – and every year it gets bigger, better, and blueberrier! And why not? Chincoteague Island is a great destination no matter the occasion.

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Step Into History at the Museum of Chincoteague

May 23rd, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Museum of ChincoteagueVirginia’s Chincoteague Island has a long and colorful history and a visit to The Museum of Chincoteague (previously The Oyster & Maritime Museum) is sure to both entertain and enlighten!

The Chincoteague island community has a 200-year history that is a rich gumbo of native Americans and European explorers, revolutionary soldiers and wild ponies, shipwrecks, oysters, and the Civil War.

This small, barrier island lying just four miles off the Virginia Coast has seen a lot and, as “America’s Number One Beach Town”, is still weaving its story.

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Attend the 2015 Chincoteague Seafood Festival

April 11th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Seafood Festival 2015Fresh seafood fans rejoice – it is almost time for the 47th annual return of the Chincoteague Seafood Festival – scheduled for Saturday May 2, 2015.

An Eastern Shore tradition since 1968, the Chincoteague Seafood Festival is an all-you-can-eat seafood event providing a wide array of both prepared and raw, fresh, local seafood. Famous festival cooks, volunteers and professionals from local restaurants will be on hand with exciting offerings and signature dishes representing both old and new seafood favorites.

As you likely know or can guess, Chincoteague Island began as a small fishing village and, though in our past, the thread still runs deep. Some of Mid-Atlantic Coast’s best fishing waters are right off our shores and, at this time of year, local anglers are very busy bringing in a variety of favorites: striped bass, drumfish, and flounder.

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Chincoteague Island – America’s Happiest Seaside Town!

March 14th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island - America's Happiest Seaside TownCoastal Living magazine recently picked Chincoteague, Virginia as America’s Happiest Seaside Town – #1 out of a list of 10 finalists. We here on Chincoteague Island just nodded and smiled: yeah – we knew that!

Coastal Living’s breakdown of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns for 2014 included some wonderful places – such as Saugatuck, Michigan, Captiva Island, Florida, and Haleiwa, Hawaii – but we weren’t too terribly surprised to find ourselves at the top.

There are lots of things about Chincoteague Island that qualify it as America’s #1 happiest seaside town

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Hunt Down Some Fun With A Chincoteague Saint Patrick’s Day

February 14th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Saint Patrick's DayMake it a Chincoteague Saint Patrick’s Day this year by joining in on the island’s popular, annual Shamrock Scavenger Hunt!

Chincoteague Island’s annual shamrock scavenger hunt – In Search of Shamrocks – occurs March 14th, the Saturday before St. Patty’s Day, 2015. This popular, yearly event sees residents and visitors out and on the hunt for those green shamrocks!

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