Miss Molly's Inn

Chincoteague Island Scenic Cruises

April 24th, 2012 by Gail

Miss Molly’s Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast welcomes guests from just about everywhere. Many of our guests come from urban areas, in particular Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington D.C. They like it here because it’s easy to connect with nature on Assateague and Chincoteague Islands.

Scenic cruises are a favorite activity for guests spring through fall. They’re a wonderful way to see the islands and discover the abundant wildlife that makes its home here.

assateague pony sunset cruise

Take a Sunset Cruise while staying at our Chincoteague Island B&B.

If you’re interested in circumnavigating Assateague Island, taking a sunset cruise or spending an afternoon on a nature tour, let us know. Our concierge service will make all of the arrangements for you; you need only let us know what you would like to do and when you would like to do it.

We recommend the following Chincoteague Island scenic cruises:

  • Daisey’s Nature Cruises with Captains Tom and Ted Daisey. The Daisey family were among the first settlers of Chincoteague, and Tom and Ted know these waters better than their own hands. They have a deep appreciation for the land, the water, and the animals that live here. They know the most likely spots to find dolphin, bald eagles, and the wild ponies of Assateague.  The Sunset Cruise is very romantic.
  • Spider’s Explorer Pontoon Cruises specialize in “Around the Island” tours. There are never more than 6 passengers during these two hour cruises around Chincoteague Island. You’ll learn about waterfowl, the Wild Ponies of Assateague, sea turtles, dolphins, and more.
  • Island Cruises is another excellent organization. Captain Carlton Leonard has been negotiating the waters around Chincoteague Island for most of his life. He and the other captains are seasoned eco-guides; they are also witty and personable. These tours are always fun.

Scenic cruises make a delightful addition to a Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast getaway at Miss Molly’s.

2012 Chincoteague Seafood Festival

April 3rd, 2012 by Gail

Have Littleneck Clams at the Chincoteague Seafood Festival

Feast on Littleneck Clams during the Chincoteague Seafood Festival, May 5.

If you like seafood, you’ll love the Chincoteague Seafood Festival.

Chincoteague Island used to be a small fishing village, and many of the people who lived here made their living from the water. Even today, some of the best fishing waters on the Mid-Atlantic Coast are the waters that surround the island. And even today, the island retains much of its “small fishing village” charm. That’s one reason people come to our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast.

Spring means a return to fishing after a winter hiatus. At this time of year, anglers catch Striped Bass, Drumfish, and enormous flounder. In the summer, folks fish for Flounder, Trout, Sea Bass, Kingfish, Spot, Croaker, and offshore, Blue Fin and Yellow Fin Tuna. Come fall, it’s back to Striped Bass and Drumfish.

Chincoteague Island Seafood Festival and Oysters.

There will be lots of empty oyster shells after the Chincoteague Seafood Festival.

Spring also means fresh seafood. The Chincoteague Seafood Festival has been filling tummies for more than forty years. Folks feast on Littleneck clams, oysters, and a variety of fish and side dishes. They sit at picnic tables in Tom’s Cove Park, and enjoy the views and the food. This year, there will be live music by Bigger Dream. It’s always a relaxing and enjoyable event.

The Chincoteague Seafood Festival takes place Saturday, May 5, from noon to 4 p.m. Don’t miss it.

Tickets to the Seafood Festival are available at the festival website.

We still have a few rooms available at our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast the weekend of May 5. To make a reservation, please call 800-221-5620 or visit our website.

 

 

 

Misty of Chincoteague

March 24th, 2012 by Gail

Misty of Chincoteague was written in 1947 by Marguerite Henry. The story was inspired by a real Chincoteague Island pony named Misty. Although the real Misty was foaled in domesticity rather than in the wild, the book heaped pique the nation’s curiosity about the wild horses of Assateague (they are called ponies because of their small size, but they are actually horses).

Assateague wild ponies

Born free: the wild ponies of Assateague Island.

It has long been a tradition to cull the wild pony herd in order to protect both the horses and their habitat. The Annual Pony Swim first started in 1924, and it has done nothing but grow since that time. In recent years, approximately 150 wild ponies are rounded up each July and made to swim across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island. Once there, many of the foals are sold in an auction; the remaining herd swims back to Assateague a few days later.

Wild ponies have lived on Assateague Island for approximately 400 years. No one knows for sure how the first ones ended up on the island. Perhaps Colonial settlers allowed their horses to graze on the island, and some turned wild and stayed. Perhaps wild horses from the mainland swam to the island and stayed. Perhaps a Spanish galleon ship carrying a cargo of horses sank near the island, and the horses swam ashore and lived. It is a fun puzzle to consider, but the truth doesn’t really matter. What matters most is protecting the wild ponies that live on Assateague today.

Marguerite Henry, who visited Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, found a compelling story in the wild ponies, and she wrote it. Thanks to her, millions of young people have learned about the amazing wild horses that make their home on an island in the Atlantic. Many of those children grow up and eventually travel here to see the wild horses. Some of them stay at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfasts.

Marguerite Henry herself stayed in one of our Chincoteague B&Bs, Miss Molly’s Inn. Stay in the room where she once stayed. Perhaps you’ll feel inspired to create something enduring, as well.

What Makes Our Chincoteague B and B Special

March 9th, 2012 by Gail

We travel for many reasons. We travel for work and to visit far-flung relations. We travel to see new places and have different experiences. We travel to broaden our minds.

Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast has bikes for guests.

Ride our bikes out to the beach.

Travel can do all of these things. It can also challenge our assumptions and our comfort levels. This is especially true when we travel to extremely remote places, where the luxury of hot water isn’t guaranteed and where roads sometimes peter out into paths. In such instances, travel becomes adventure, and the only thing we can expect is the unexpected.

Adventures are wonderful, and we hope everyone has at least one good adventure in a lifetime.

Yet most of the time, what most of us want when we travel is to be pampered.

One reason travelers choose to stay in our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast is because we pamper them. We do everything we can to help your stay with us be relaxing and refreshing. From the moment you enter our door, you are our guest. We take that seriously.

Your room is your castle, but the rest of the inn is open to you, as well. Our library has an extensive collection of books for you to read during your stay, and we have many fun board games. There are two fireplaces in common areas, so on chilly evenings, you will always find warmth. A guest refrigerator is kept well stocked with cold beverages, and tea, coffee, and filtered water is always available. We also keep some tasty treats around for when you get the nibbles.

Organizing expeditions can be one of the most exasperating aspects of travel. You know you want to have a scenic boat tour around Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, so you can see the wild ponies, but you don’t quite know where to go for that. Our Concierge Service will happily make the arrangements for you. We’ll also book fishing tours, nature tours, jet skis, canoes and kayaks, and parasailing adventures. When hunger strikes, we’ll recommend restaurants and make the reservations.

It’s easier to pack for vacation if you don’t have to include beach umbrellas, chairs, boogie boards, frisbees, and buckets. With that thought in mind, we supply beach gear for our guests. We even have bikes you can use, so you can pedal around the islands at your leisure.

We want guests of Miss Molly’s Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast to have maximum comfort with the minimum worry. That’s what hospitality is all about.

Spring Events on Chincoteague Island

February 24th, 2012 by Gail

Chincoteague wild ponies

Get a close look at the wild ponies of Assateague Island this April.

People are already reserving rooms at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfasts during a number of upcoming spring events. We’re not surprised, since it is really starting to feel like spring around here. We’ve been having quite a few warm and sunny days, but nights are still reliably chilly, and sometimes even downright cold.

In any event, spring is on the way and some folks are already planning for it. Please read on for a list of fun events talking place on Chincoteague Island in April, 2012.

Second Saturday Art Stroll. There are Art Strolls in Chincoteague on the second Saturday of each month, beginning in April and lasting through November. Galleries and shops stay open late and host special events such as artist receptions and live music. The first Second Saturday Art Stroll in 2012 takes place April 14 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Spring Pony Roundup. Most folks have heard about the annual Pony Swim that takes place each July, but many haven’t heard about the Pony Roundup that occurs each spring. The Assateague Ponies will be visible to the public in the southern corral on Assateague Island on Friday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m. (the Southern Herd), and Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m. (the Northern Herd).

Chincoteague Daffodil Festival. We celebrate those perky yellow flowers each spring. This year it takes place April 14 and 15. Join us for the annual Flower, Home & Garden Show and Annual Spring Craft Show.

Of course, you could just come to our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast this spring for a few days of relaxation and / or romance. You don’t need special events for that!

Plan a Spring Vacation to Chincoteague Island

February 9th, 2012 by Gail

Now is the time to plan a spring vacation to Chincoteague Island.

Dive into Light

Peace and tranquility await you on Chincoteague Island.

The Island is waking up after a quiet winter. Flowers are beginning to push their way out of the ground. Piping Plovers are starting to arrive, flexing their wings in preparation for the wonderfully intricate courtship dances they will soon do. Shops are opening. People are taking their shoes off and letting the sun-warmed sand kiss their feet. Spring may not yet be officially here, but it is on the way.

Our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast opens this weekend, February 10, 2012. People who make reservations for our opening weekend may take advantage of our Romantic Getaway Special and stay three nights for the price of two. We’ll throw in a bottle of chilled Champagne and some tasty truffles to help make the occasion feel extra special. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. These guests will also be able to participate in Chincoteague’s 6th annual Death By Chocolate event on the 11th; can you survive eating your way through the shops of Chincoteague?

If you’d rather travel to Chincoteague Island during the Presidents’ Day long weekend, take advantage of our Let the Romance Linger package. Sip Mimosas with your Sunday brunch. Sleep in on Monday morning. Enjoy 10% off your three night stay.

When you stay on Chincoteague Island during February and March, you feel like you’re a local. Most people visit the island during the summer, when they can swim in the warm water and attend festivals and watch the ponies cross the channel. If you don’t mind chilly water, and if you love to walk down quiet village streets, travel now.

When the weather is less than ideal, which sometimes happens at this time of year, pull up a comfy chair at Sundial Books.  It takes less than five minutes to walk to Sundial from our Chincoteague Virginia Bed and Breakfast, and you can lose yourself there for hours. Or walk a bit farther to Libertino Lanes, a small bowling alley with music and food. When was the last time you went bowling for the fun of it?  Then again, you may simply want to curl up with a cup of tea here at the inn. Ask us about our English Afternoon Tea, and treat yourself to an assortment of tasty little sandwiches, scones and heavenly cream.

There is something about spring that makes many of us want to travel.  We crave fresh air and open vistas. We dream of hopping in our cars and driving until it feels right to stop.

Sound like you? Then pack your bag, fill your tank, and head to our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast this weekend.

 

 

Girlfriend Getaway to Chincoteague Island

January 31st, 2012 by Gail

Spring is a wonderful time for a Girlfriend Getaway at our Chincoteague Island, Virginia Bed and Breakfast. We open for the season on February 10, 2012. Plan your getaway now, and be here in time to see the snowbells in bloom.

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Borrow beach gear and spend an afternoon building sandcastles.

February and Valentine’s Day are often linked with romance and romantic getaways. That’s just swell for people who are in relationships. For single people, however, it can be disheartening.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

You don’t need a romantic relationship to travel; it’s fun to travel with a friend or two. Indeed, sometimes it’s even more fun to go away with girlfriends. That’s why Girlfriend Getaways were invented.

This spring, reconnect with old friends or make memories with new friends. Take advantage of the Spring Special at our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast, and stay three nights for the cost of two. Don’t let couples have all the fun.

Chincoteague is a quiet small town, but there is plenty to do here. Walk over to Sundial Books, where you can curl up in a comfy chair with a cup of coffee and get lost in a book. Ride bikes across the bridge to Assateague Island, where you can walk on the beach, climb to the top of the lighthouse, and explore miles of trails. Borrow binoculars and head out to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, where thousands of migratory birds rest and feed. Take a boat tour around the islands, or paddle around them yourself.

Enjoy gourmet breakfasts here at the inn, and ask about our afternoon English Tea. Mention this blog and receive a free afternoon tea with the purchase of one. If you loved tea parties as a child, you’ll find they’re even better as an adult.

Call a few friends who like to do what you like to do, no matter what that is. Then plan a Girlfriend Getaway at Miss Molly’s Inn, and celebrate the arrival of spring.

 

 

Rediscover Love on Chincoteague Island

January 7th, 2012 by Gail

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Rediscover each other this February, on Chincoteague Island.

Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year. Instead of trying to woo your sweetheart after work, consider letting the romance linger over a few days. Spend those days at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast, Miss Molly’s Inn.

A romantic getaway can rekindle passion for couples who have been together more than 10, 20, and 30 years. It can reinvigorate romance between exhausted parents. New couples and newlyweds hardly need encouragement, but benefit from romantic getaways as well.

Parents: find someone to watch your lovely children and sneak away to Chincoteague Island. Spend a couple of nights thinking about the two of you, and just the two of you. Go to bed when you want to go to bed, and stay in bed as long as you like. Stroll hand in hand on the beaches of Assateague Island, stopping when you want to stop. Climb to the top of the Assateague Lighthouse and admire the view in silence. Linger over breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s important to remind one another how much you love each other. It’s important to take some time for yourselves.

Empty nesters: when was the last time you went away with romance in your heart? We know, it’s just the two of you at home, and you don’t need to travel to find romance. But when was the last time you stepped out of your routine? When was the last time you spent hours talking together, over a bottle of wine? When was the last time you sat together on the beach, listening to the surf lap against the sand?

A romantic retreat in our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast encourages couples to see the best in one another. Fall in love all over again. Come to Chincoteague this February.

Ask about our specials:

  • Romantic Weekend: February 10, 11, 12, get three nights for the price of two, a bottle of champagne, and truffles.
  • Romance Lingers: February 17, 18, 19, 10% off three nights, with a late Sunday brunch and mimosas.
  • Spring Special: all spring, experience three nights of romance for the price of two.

Resolve to Travel to Chincoteague Island

December 30th, 2011 by Gail

The arrival of the new year inspires many of us to review our lives. It is a concrete marker of the passage of time, and as such, it sparks reflection. We think about the past year, about what we wanted to do and what we did. Our thoughts then shift to the coming year.

Travel should always be included in plans for the new year. We may not all be able to leave the country for lengthy vacations in exotic locations, but we can all escape for a weekend or two at some point. When you do, make it special.

Chincoteague Island: a relaxing retreat close DC, Annapolis, Baltimore, and Norfolk.

Our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast is well situated for a weekend getaway. We are about 2 hours from Norfolk, Virginia, 3 hours from Annapolis, Maryland, and 3.5 hours from both Baltimore and Washington D.C. Once you escape city traffic, the drive is relaxing and beautiful.

Miss Molly’s Inn, our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast, is located in the heart of the historic village; the setting is quite unlike the large metropolitan areas few hours away. Once settled, you need not use your car again. Use the inn’s bicycles to explore our island and neighboring Assateague Island, where the famous wild ponies live. Ride to walking trails and beaches, or ride simply for the joy of feeling the breeze on your cheeks.

Many of our guests decide to indulge in the real English Afternoon Tea offered at Miss Molly’s. Think homemade scones dripping with jam and cream, strawberries and cream. There is nothing quite like an English Tea; the simple act of sitting down in the middle of the afternoon to delight in food and drink and good company is extraordinary in itself.

Folks who still have room for dinner will find a number of excellent restaurants within pedaling distance: Etta’s Channel Side Restaurant, AJ’s on the Creek, Steamers – All You Can Eat, The Village Restaurant, and more.

Chincoteague Island is close enough to Norfolk, D.C, Annapolis, and Baltimore to visit often. Yet it is hard to imagine a place that feels more different than these big cities. The pace of life on Chincoteague is slow and relaxing. It invites leisurely walks on the beach, and long hours with a good book by the fire.

The time for New Year’s resolutions has come. Resolve to travel to our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast in 2012. Make your plans now, and take advantage of our Spring Special: stay three nights for the price of two, or four nights for the price of three (and so on). When you look back on the year on December 31, 2012, you’ll be so pleased you did.

Happy New Year!

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

December 9th, 2011 by Gail

Piping plover at Chincoteague National Wildlife (VA)

A Piping Plover at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is one the most unique environments on the East Coast. Laying claim to the southern tip of Assateague Island, it encompasses more than 14,000 acres of varied terrain: beach, sand dunes, maritime forest, and both freshwater and saltwater marshes. It is also just minutes from our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast.

Guests of Miss Molly’s Assateague Island Bed and Breakfast are welcome to use the inn’s bikes to explore Chincoteage National Wildlife Refuge, which is three miles away. Once at Chincoteague, bikers have several options. The Wildlife Loop circles 3 1/4 miles around an area with moist soils and abundant wildlife. Two trails branch off from the Wildlife Loop: Swan Cover Trail leads to the beach; Black Duck Trail leads to the Woodland Trail. The Woodland Trail itself meanders through the beautiful pine forest; and lucky hikers and bikers sometimes catch a glimpse of the Assateague Wild Ponies from the trail’s overlook.

In addition to the trails that are open to bikes, the refuge has a few pedestrian only trails. 7.5 miles of service roads are open to walkers, as is the Marsh Trail and the Lighthouse Trail. Assateague Lighthouse is open daily from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; the view from the top is spectacular.

Spring is a glorious time to visit the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Chincoteague is a paradise for bird-watchers during spring and fall migration periods. Barn Swallows show up each spring, along with Laughing Gulls, Eastern Kingbirds, and Semipalmated Plovers and Sand Pipers. Bring your binoculars, or ask to borrow a pair at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

Miss Molly’s Chincotague Island Bed and Breakfast opens for the season on February 10, 2012. Be among the first of our guests next year. Ask about our Spring Special when booking your rooms: three nights for the price of two, four nights for the price of three, and so on.

 

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