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Tour the Historic Assateague Lighthouse

August 17th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Assateague Lighthouse

Assateague Lighthouse – an active lighthouse in the
National Register of Historic Places is open to tour

In the early days of ocean commerce, ships relied almost solely upon beacons of landward light to avoid mishap upon the rocky shoals and sandbars of treacherous coastlines. The establishment of coastal lighthouses was an important factor in avoiding said fate and many of their lights continue to protect and direct vessels to this day. The historic and striking Assateague Lighthouse is counted among their number.

Before 1833 there were no such guiding lights along the Atlantic Coast between Cape Henlopen, on Delaware Bay, and Cape Charles, on Chesapeake Bay. As commerce grew, so, too did the necessity of such a guidepost. In 1830, Congress appropriated money for a lighthouse halfway between these two important ports and, in 1832, Assateague Island was chosen for the honor.

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Summertime Saturday Art Stroll

July 28th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Get out and take a walk! Let the clean air off the sea penetrate deep into your lungs and cleanse you. And while, you’re at it, enrich your soul a little bit with some art.

The Art Stroll takes place at galleries and shops around the island from 6 – 10 p.m. on the Second Saturday of each month during the summer. You can meet the artists, working in a wide variety of visual media, listen to live music and enjoy fun for the whole family.

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Chincoteague Blueberry Festival

July 5th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Beat the heat this summer and get to the beach! Along with all the usual summer entertainment – swimming, fishing, beach combing and suntanning, we’ve got a great event coming up in Chincoteague this month. Join us for the Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival – taking place the weekend of July 19-21.

Along with arts, crafts, food and live music there will be lots and lots of the super-food blueberries!

The festival is taking place indoors and outdoors at the Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Dr. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Arts & Crafts Event at the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival

The Arts & Crafts Event at the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival

There will be over 100 artisans from 12 states for our Arts & Crafts Event – it is the largest of its kind in Eastern Virginia.

And of course, lots of blueberries and blueberry products. You can pre-order fresh blueberries to pick up at the festival by calling Dick Jones at 540.273.2963. Save money this way and make sure they don’t sell out before you get a chance to buy a box. You can also pre-order the “ultimate blueberry pie” from Sugarbakers, by the slice or whole – they also tend to sell out quickly. Call them at 757.336.3712.

Other delicious blueberry products available at the festival include blueberry shortcake, homemade blueberry ice cream and breakfast items like blueberry pancakes and muffins.

Live Music at the Blueberry Festival

Here are some highlights from the lineup:

Saturday July 20

9:00 a.m. – Hemlock Hollow ~ This duo performs familiar favorites.

1:00 p.m. – Greg Shupe and the Men with Issues Band ~ An acoustic group playing country, bluegrass, blues, folk and even some pop and swing music with a few original tunes as well.

See the full lineup on the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival website.

Lodging for Summer Travels to Chincoteague

Whether you come for the blueberry festival, the Pony Swim, fishing or simply relaxation on the beautiful Atlantic seashore, our Bed and Breakfast is in the heart of the Chincoteague and provides modern comforts in a historic and bucolic atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

4th of July Celebrations in Chincoteague

June 19th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Do you have plans to celebrate Independence Day weekend? Well, you better make them fast because it is just around the corner!

We only have a couple more openings for the 4th of July – and its no wonder with all the fun this little island hosts!

Start with the 88th Annual Chincoteague Island Volunteer Fireman Carnival, taking place July 3 – 6. Come out for rides, games, great Eastern Shore food, raffles and tons of family friendly fun!

89703935On Thursday July 4th the Fireworks show will start at 10 p.m. at the Carnival grounds.

Chincoteague Lodging for 4th of July Weekend

As of this blog, we have two rooms available on Wednesday, July 3rd: Captain Jack’s and the Bay Room. We also have the Upper Deck Room available on Saturday and Sunday, July 6 & 7th.

Our sister inn, Island Manor House, has multiple availabilities for Wednesday July 3rd and the Hummingbird Room is available both the 3rd and the 4th.

If you want to stay with us for Independence Day weekend, consider spending the 3rd and 4th at the Island Manor House and then spend Friday night July 5th camping on the beach – it will add some adventure to your trip! Then, you can return to the lap of luxury when you check in at Miss Molly’s on Saturday July 6th.

Join in the small town fun of our carnival in a picturesque seaside setting!

Summer Fishing in Chincoteague

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

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.

 

 

Chincoteague Events: Second Saturday Art Stroll

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.

    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.

 

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Beach Fun, Part III

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!

Kayaking

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!

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!

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Beach Fun, Part II

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

Horseback riding is allowed along the beach in the Over Sand Vehicle zone only. This area usually closes from March 15 to late Fall.

Beachcombing

Find a beautiful reminder of your vacation on Chincoteague.

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.

Campfires

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

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.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Beach Fun

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. chincoteague-national-wildlife-refuge-crabbingCrabbing 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!

Spring Roundup of the Chincoteague Ponies

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.

Pponies can often be seen in the marshes along Beach Road and from the observation platform on the Woodland Trail.

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.

Chincoteague Lodging

Please consider Miss Molly’s your home away from home when you visit Chincoteague.

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