June 3rd, 2013 by Katie Pate
Some of the best fishing grounds on the Mid-Atlantic Coast are found in the waters surrounding Chincoteague Island. Fish either the inland waterways surrounding the Island or venture into the open Atlantic Ocean for deep sea fishing. Whatever your preference, fishing in Chincoteague is going to be a fun and productive experience.
Chincoteague Fishing Report
Check out our local bait and tackle shops for current fishing reports. Steve’s bait and tackle shares great photos of local catches that will make your mouth water!
Chincoteague Fishing Charters
The Wonderfull 1, a charter boat owned by Capt. Wayne Lewis
Wanna get your own boat for the day or have a captain bring you to their favorite fishing inlets? Whether you want to go out deep sea fishing or cast for flounder in the bays, a fishing charter is a great way for to spend a summer day in Chincoteague. Check out the Charter Boat Association web page to find the Captains that are the best equipped to suit your fishing needs and desires.
Chincoteague Flounder Fishing
By far one of the most popular fish to hook, flounders are prevalent in the spring and early summer months in the channel. By June, Flounder are competing with croakers for food.
Spring time flounder fishing in Chincoteague Bay depends highly on two factors: water clarity and temperature. Most fisherman agree that flounder start biting when water temperatures reach 50 degrees. The best fishing of the year is usually in water between 60 and 70 degrees.
Water clarity is just as important as temperature. Flounder feed by sight and if the water resembles chocolate milk the fish will have a hard time seeing your bait. Usually the creeks and the western shore (in a west wind) retain more clarity.
Virginia Beach Fishing Trip Planned for this Summer?
Thrill your wife and invite her on the fishing trip with you. Even if she isn’t into fishing, when the two of you stay at Miss Molly’s Bed and Breakfast, she will be thrilled to spend the day on the seashore and a wonderful night in this lovely, historic Chincoteague Inn.
May 17th, 2013 by Katie Pate
On the second Saturday of each month from April though November, the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance sponsors the Second Saturday Art Stroll. Taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. at participating galleries and shops around the Island, plan ahead to come and visit us during this fun event in June (on the 8th). Meet local artists, see exhibits of a wide variety of visual arts, listen to live music and more! Usually, there are arts and crafts demonstrations, readings and book signings, wine tastings and quite possibly, something totally unexpected!
Visit these galleries and shops during Second Saturday to enjoy visiting artist exhibits, performances by musicians and wine and cheese tastings.
- Island Butterfly – 4107 Main St.
- Guinevere’s – 4076 Main St.
Guinevere’s participates in the Second Saturday Art Stroll.
- Flying Fish Gallery – 4086 Main St.
- Island Arts – 6196 Maddox Blvd.
- Old Neptune Books – 4076 Main St.
- Sundial Books – 4065 Main St.
- Working Artists Studio – Maddox Blvd.
- Osprey Nest Gallery – 4096 Main St.
Visiting Chincoteague this Spring?
If you are making your travel arrangements for a vacation in Chincoteague this spring or summer, we invite you to book your stay at our Bed and Breakfast Inn. No matter what time of the year you come to the Island, there is always lots to do! Or if that what you need is a slow paced getaway, do very little! Read a book, taking leisurely strolls on the beach or while away the time with cards and games in our parlor.
May 4th, 2013 by Katie Pate
This is our final post of the Beach Fun series. We hope you come and visit Chincoteague this summer and put some of these suggestions to use!
Kayaks can be launched and beached at both the beach and Toms Cove areas, including Toms Cove Hook. If you are kayaking, keep an eye out for swimmers so you don’t whack them with a paddle! Note: you cannot kayak in lifeguarded sections of the beach, nor are kayaks allowed in refuge impoundments or borrow ditches.
If you need to rent a kayak, simply let us know when your make your reservation or upon arrival and we can connect you with a local vendor.
See Chincoteague in a whole new way when you take out a kayak!
The National Park Service also conducts summer kayaking programs from the Toms Cove Visitor Center to explore the Assateague Island National Seashore. Please contact the Toms Cove Visitor Center for details at (757) 336-6577.
Personal Watercraft Rentals and Tours
You can rent jet skis to explore the waters around the island. Prices are in the range of $95 for one hour. You can also hire companies to take you on jet ski tours. They will lead you around Chincoteague Island with up close views of the Assateague Lighthouse, ponies, marsh wildlife, and more. Take a break on the Sandbar for a quick barrier island beachcombing session. These tours can be personalized to be as mild or wild as you would like!
Visit the only beach on Assateague Island that allows boats. Locals know this spot for uncrowded summer fun. Look for the ponies and beachcomb for treasures amidst unspoiled nature. These tours takes you around the south end of Chincoteague and back.
Sounds like fun? Just let us know and we ca set up a rental or tour for you!
Comfortable and Welcoming Lodging in Chincoteague
Miss Molly’s bed and breakfast promises to be the icing on the cake during your Chincoteague vacation! Book with us for summer 2013 soon!
April 30th, 2013 by Katie Pate
In our last post, we outlined some fun ways to spend your time at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Beach, including crabbing, clamming and fishing. However, maybe seafood is not your thing. Here are more ideas for beach fun during your trip to the Virginia coast!
Horseback riding is allowed along the beach in the Over Sand Vehicle zone only. This area usually closes from March 15 to late Fall.
Find a beautiful reminder of your vacation on Chincoteague.
Shells can be a beautiful, affordable and natural souvenir of your visit to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Each person is allowed to take one gallon or less of unoccupied shells. Driftwood may not be collected.
Having a campfire on the beach is one of the nicest ways to spend an summer evening on the Virginia coast. Bring beverages and snacks – make hot dogs, s’mores and even clams! But keep in mind certain regulations must be followed so you don’t get in trouble with the park service. Campfires are allowed only in designated sites located along the beach. You also need a fire permit (which is free) and a site assignment. Get these at the Toms Cove Visitor Center.
Boating is an exciting way to explore Assateague and the waters surrounding the Island. Boats are allowed to land at Toms Cove Hook between September 1st and March 14th. However, there are no boat ramps or docks available for public use at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. So if you want to come to shore, make sure to bring your floaties or a waterproof bag for carrying your goods!
Can you believe we still have more ideas for beach fun this summer?!? Check back this month for our final post on Chincoteague Beach activities!
Need a Place to Call Home in Chincoteague?
We invite you to be our guests at Miss Molly’s Bed and Breakfast in downtown Chincoteague.
March 27th, 2013 by Katie Pate
As the warm weather returns to the Virginia Coast, the beaches will begin to fill with swimmers and sun bathers. What else can you do at the beach in Chincoteague and Assateague?
Fishing – Visitors can choose to fish in designated areas of Toms Cove and Swan Cove. Visitors may also choose fish from the beach, outside of life-guarded areas. Fish after hours by procuring an overnight fishing permit from the Toms Cove Visitor Center.
Some of the fish common to the waters around the refuge are bluefish, striped bass, summer flounder, Atlantic croaker, spot, and red drum. Clearnose skate, bullfish, and Southern stingrays may be caught, as well as smooth or spiny dogfish sharks. Crabs are notorious bait thieves, and can include lady crab, spider crab, and blue crab.
Crabbing – One of the most popular activities at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is crabbing. Crabbing is permitted in designated areas in Swan Cove and along Beach Road, as well as from the boardwalks near the entrance gates. Blue crabs make a tasty meal, and catching these feisty creatures only requires a few tools: a crab line, a net, and a bucket for your catch. Don’t forget bait! Chicken necks are a good choice – the smellier, the better! When crabbing, remember to observe state limits on size and quantity. Each person is allowed one bushel of hard crabs per day.
Clamming – All you need to clam are a bucket or basket and a clam rake. Look for the tell-tale “key hole” in the mud, or just pick a spot and start digging. There are several different types of clams that can be found in the waters around the refuge, including hard-shell clams (also known as “quahogs”), soft-shell clams, and razor clams, which have a long and narrow shell. Visitors may take a maximum of 250 clams in one day. There are also multiple commercial and private clam beds in the waters around Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. These areas are prohibited for recreational clamming. Resale of clams taken from the refuge is prohibited.
Come back to the blog to see the rest of the list!
Lodging on Chincoteague
When visiting Chincoteague, we invite you to be our guests at Miss Molly’s Inn. We are a premier bed and breakfast with personable, friendly staff and delicious breakfasts. Welcome to the island!
March 14th, 2013 by Katie Pate
Next month, the infamous Chincoteague Pony herd will be rounded up for vet checks. The southern herd will be rounded up on Friday April 6 and the Northern herd on Saturday April 7. You will be able to see the Southern herd in the Southern Corral, just off the road that takes you to the beach.
This is one way to see the Chincoteauge Ponies all together besides the main pony swim in July. If you’re not into crowds, this is an alternative.
Observing Ponies on Assateague
You don’t have to attend a penning or the pony swim to see the wild herds on Assateague.
To see wild ponies, first head to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island.
Ponies can often be seen in the marshes along Beach Road and from the observation platform on the Woodland Trail.
There are a few parking pull-offs on Beach Road, but if you don’t have much luck there, your next best bet is to take a walk along Woodland Trail, also off Beach Access Rd. The trail is paved for part of the way. About half a mile into the trail, there is a pony viewing spot. It is clearly marked. Note: The mosquitoes can be vicious, so bring spray!
You can also sign up for a tour of the wildlife refuge and the opportunity to see more wild ponies at the Visitor Center. The tours are at 10 and 4. If you are interested in this tour, be sure to sign up for it early because they fill up quickly.
To get more of an up-close encounter with the ponies, head to an unusual location: McDonald’s! The McDonald’s on Maddox Boulevard is right next door to the pony pen. Often there are seven or eight ponies and with their foals. For a quarter, you can get corn feed out of a dispenser and feed the ponies.
Please consider Miss Molly’s your home away from home when you visit Chincoteague.
March 6th, 2013 by Katie Pate
The chill of winter winds is starting to dissipate from the Island and plants are blooming. Wisps of warm air are returning to the breezes, and we have a variety of events taking place on the island to get us pumped up for the 2013 season. Check it out!
Museum of Chincoteague Island Opens for 2013
On March 23, the Museum will re-open after closing for the winter. This season the museum features an exhibit on Chincoteague life circa 1900. The Museum is open on weekends (Fri-Sat-Sun) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 7125 Maddox Blvd. For more details visit www.chincoteaguemuseum.com, email email@example.com, or call 757-336-6117.
Easter Decoy and Art Festival
The 34th Annual Decoy Show and Fine Art Festival held on Friday and Saturday of Easter Weekend, March 29 & 30. Local and national carvers and artists of all kinds exhibit and sell their works.
The show takes place at Chincoteague Combined School (4586 Main St.) from 12 – 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
See beautiful bird decoys like these at the 34th annual Easter Decoy and Art Festival
Awards are given in various categories, including the Curtis Merritt Award of Excellence, which goes to an artist who demonstrates the highest standards of creativity, character and overall quality. This is decided by the other exhibitors. Best Carver and Best Artist are people’s choice awards and the Best Photograph of Chincoteague or Assateague is chosen by the committee.
Wooden Easter Eggs will also be on display, decorated by the exhibitors. They are a show highlight each year and fetch handsome sums. There will be a silent auction as well.
For more details visit www.chincoteaguedecoyshow.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 757-336-6161.
Celebrate Spring at Miss Molly’s Bed and Breakfast
Miss Molly’s Chincoteague bed and breakfast has five porches surrounded by landscaping and a beautiful English garden. Come this spring and enjoy watching the plants bloom and flourish after the winter while enjoying coffee in the mornings and a glass of wine before dinner.
February 19th, 2013 by Katie Pate
As the winter weather is starting to dissipate, we begin to look forward to the heat of the summer again. That lovely feeling of a cool ocean breeze on your face in the hot sun and digging your toes into warm sand on the beach – oh! We can’t wait for the summer days to return!
We think one of the best ways to spend a warm day in Chincoteague is by participating in some water sports. And we have a bunch of great water activities here on the island! Here are some of our favorite:
- Kayaking:Explore the warm back bay waters (water temps: 70 to 90 degrees) of Assateague Island while kayaking into calm creeks, coves and a vast array of pristine inland waterways where the Chinctoeague ponies make their home. Kayak guides can take you into areas for wildlife viewing. See the famous Assateague Lighthouse and land at a beach on Assateague where the wild horses roam.
The Assateague lighthouse
- Sailing: Have a unique experience, whether you are a total sailing novice or an expert! Most sailing charters let everyone become part of the crew, should they choose. Or just relax and be the ‘lookout.’ View the beauty of Chincoteague and Assateague from a different perspective. Often times sailing charters see dolphin, sea turtles and waterfowl.
- Parasailing: Another great way to see the island from a unique perspective, this fun and exhilarating ride is sure to please young or old patrons!
- Jet Skiing: If you have a penchant for speed, try a jet ski! Enjoy stunning views of the island from the water. Most rental agencies also offer lessons and guided tours.
- Surfing: Assateague Island offers a pristine beach with fun waves. The surf breaks on Assateague Island are mostly sand bars. The surf improves significantly when there is any type of weather disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean, generating a swell. On really good swells local surfers will sometimes venture by boat to some good breaks on the nearby barrier islands.
Whatever your pleasure, we hope you will stay at our Chincoteague bed and breakfast during your visit!
February 4th, 2013 by Katie Pate
One of the worst misconceptions about the modern bed and breakfast is that B&B’s are for older, wealthy people. We are here to tell you – that’s just not true!
Let us explain how a stay at Miss Molly’s Chincoteague Inn is a great value.
1. Location ~ We are on Main Street, which means you can walk to restaurants and shopping. Save money on gas and relieve yourself from the burden of driving by having centrally-located lodging.
2. Elegant Outdoor Spaces ~ Our B&B has five wonderful porches where you can feel the sea breezes. Adorned with rocking chairs, loungers and even a hammock on our large second floor deck, we provide more than just a bed and a roof over your head.
3. Complementary Snacks and Beverages ~ Hotels these days have baskets with snacks and bottles of water in your room, however, the water costs $5 and the granola bar is $3. That doesn’t happen at Miss Molly’s, where we have tea, coffee, cookies and home-baked goodies available 24 hours a day in our lovely screened in porch. For us, this is just part of great hospitality!
4. Plentiful Amenities ~ In your room, enjoy chocolates on your pillow, fluffy robes, high quality hand-made soaps and shampoos, bottled water and makeup remover cloths. Free of charge.
5. Beach Gear ~ Save space in your suitcase and let us provide the beach equipment. We have bikes,
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January 21st, 2013 by Katie Pate
Has it always been a dream of yours to see the infamous Chincoteague Pony Auction? For many horse lovers and fans of Misty of Chincoteague, this event is something they’ve pictured hundreds of times. If the same goes for you, it is time to start thinking about planning your trip!
This July will mark the 88th year of the pony swim. Tens of thousands of spectators from around the world will gather on our little Island to watch this annual tradition. In this blog, we are going to give you some advice for when you attend.
July 20 & 21: The Pony Round-Up
The weekend prior to Wednesday’s Pony Swim, the “Saltwater Cowboys” – the fellas that drive the ponies across the water on horseback – will begin rounding up the approximately 150 wild ponies that live on Assateague Island.
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