September 2nd, 2012 by jenn
Spider’s Explorer is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the Virginia Coast.
During your stay at our Chincoteague Island lodging, you’ll find that Virginia’s Coastal waters offer so much for visitors to enjoy. One of our favorite water adventures is a pontoon cruise on Spider’s Explorer. Captain Spider has many years of experience navigating his inspected and insured boat around Assateague and Chincoteague islands. The 24-foot Tri-toon Lextra 2510 can take up to six touring customers. The roomy, comfortable boat is also very stable and safe.
Cruises are two hours and, depending on the season, they give you a chance to see the Chincoteague ponies, migrating birds, dolphins, turtles and other sea life. It’s also a great way to experience the Virginia Coast’s spectacular sunsets and gorgeous ocean views. Bring your camera and capture the memories! Other special tours can be arranged during the annual Pony Penning and Fourth of July celebrations.
Chincoteague “Spider” Cruises are also a perfect way to celebrate honeymoons, friends’ getaways, birthday parties and weddings! (The captain is also a licensed Marriage Celebrant.)
Here are recent comments made by passengers about their experiences on Spider’s Sunset Cruises in Chincoteague:
I definitely would recommend Spiders Explorer sunset cruises while vacationing on Chincoteague Island to any family with or without small children. Although we’ve been visiting Chincoteague Island, VA for many years, Captain Bob Fears added to our knowledge of the island’s history and wildlife…The pony herds were off in the distance this year but with Captain Bob Fears this year we saw a young bald eagle and many dolphins which we hadn’t seen last year. The sunset was gorgeous…. So glad we decided to do a cruise again this year.
Patty S. ~ Palmyra, VA
Excellent! We took the sunset cruise and it was perfect. We saw ponies, osprey, oyster beds, and an eagle. The tour includes the entire island and Spider is very knowledgeable about the island, its wildlife and history. Definitely recommend this tour.
Tami G. ~ Grand Junction, CO
We hope you get to experience a cruise on Spider’s Explorer as well as other wonderful outdoor adventures on the Virginia Coast Islands. The staff at our Chincoteague B&B will be happy to make the arrangements for your adventure on the water.
August 15th, 2012 by jenn
View Art at the Chincoteague Art Stroll
If you enjoy looking at art, meeting artists and enjoying food, wine and live music, then this monthly Chincoteague, VA event is just the thing. There are often special events such as book signings, readings, and other spontaneous and fun happenings too! You never know what will happen, so it’s best to just go to Chincoteague and check it out.
The Chincoteague Art Stroll is held the second Saturday of each month. From April through September, the walk is 6-10 pm at all participating galleries, studios and shops throughout Chincoteague Island. During October and November, hours are 6-9 pm. From December through March, there’s a break as we cozy up for the winter months.
As you tour the galleries and shops in Chincoteague, you’ll see original photographs and paintings. Many celebrate the beauty of our Virginia coastal town as well as the Chincoteague ponies. There’s a wide range of subject matter and styles to choose from. You’ll also see whimsical and finely made crafts, from beautiful mobiles and jewelry to hand-sewn art bags and blown glass. Art openings all weekend, street entertainers, demonstrations and refreshments at each location add to the festive atmosphere of the Art Stroll in Chincoteague.
The book shops, and gourmet food and wine stores also stay open later. Taste samples of their wares and buy some to bring back to your room at our inn near Assateague Island. The galleries and gift shops have many wonderful and original gifts to buy for yourself or for your loved ones who love creative gifts.
For more information on this Chincoteague Cultural Alliance event, please visit ChincoteagueCulturalAlliance.org/2ndSat.html.
While you’re staying at our Chincoteague B&B, please be sure to enjoy the galleries, fine arts and crafts produced by our local Chincoteague artists and artisans.
August 2nd, 2012 by jenn
At our Chincoteague Island inn, we do a lot of things to ensure your comfort. From the big things such as our concierge service, to small things like chocolates by your pillow, we do all we can to make sure your stay is pleasantly memorable. Newly added to this list are the memory foam mattresses we’ve put in some of our rooms.
Many people love memory foam mattresses. Out of all the styles of mattresses, memory foam rates higher on average for owner satisfaction. They’re especially good for people who need pain relief from pressure points because the foam conforms to the shape of the body. There are no springs poking at you and the foam fills along your sides so there are no unsupported spaces. Memory foam mattresses are also great for couples: when one person gets up at night, the movement doesn’t transfer across the foam. The person still sleeping doesn’t get jarred awake by the motions of their partner getting up and out of bed. In addition, memory foam mattresses last longer–about 10 to 15 years–compared to most quality traditional mattresses which have a lifespan of eight to ten years.
Currently, the following rooms have memory foam mattresses: Marguerite Henry and The Yellow Room. In addition to having a comfortable memory foam king bed, the Marguerite Henry has a spacious sitting area and full private bath. The Yellow Room also features a king bed and a wonderful bright decor. If you’re a memory foam fan, be sure to book either of these two rooms! Also, we intend to keep adding these popular mattresses gradually as the mattresses in our other rooms eventually wear out.
If you have any thoughts about the addition of memory foam mattresses, please do let us know. We always love to hear from you as we continually work to give every guest at our Assateague area inn the finest hospitality.
July 16th, 2012 by jenn
Our Chincoteague inn features a delightful English Garden with many types of scented heirloom roses.
One of the things guests love about our inn near Assateague is the abundance of flowers in our English Garden. At this time of year especially, the hollyhocks are putting on a wonderful show of yellow, pink, purple and red. Trumpet vines are singing with flowers and the clematis are overflowing their trellises. Most showy of all are our roses. We have a tremendous variety of them including Floribunda, also known as “rambling roses,” which cluster and climb thickly in glorious shades of pink. We love our old fashioned roses such as Centifolia and Moss Roses in fuscias and reds. These types of heirloom roses are less hybridized than many of the newer varieties of roses. As a result, they tend to be more disease resistant and are generally less fussy to maintain. It makes it that much easier to create a lush garden bursting with flowers!
Not only are they lovely to look at, but these heirlooms are also treasured for their wonderful scent. When our guests walk along our garden paths, both the smells and sights are truly a delight. Most of our varieties do have thorns, but they’re not at all like the aggressively thorny Rugosas. Our heirloom roses are much more friendly than that! If you carefully put your face close to the flowers, you can inhale deeply and enjoy our roses’ aromatic charms. The best time of day is late afternoon or early evening on a warm day (plenty of those lately!) By then, the scent will be intoxicating. If you’re curious about these sorts of things, try getting up early, have a whiff of the roses (and then indulge in your delicious two-course Miss Molly’s inn breakfast.) Later, after you’ve had your true Engligh tea of home-baked goods, fresh strawberries & cream and other refreshments, go back out to the garden again. If you smell the roses, you’ll notice that the later afternoon/early evening scent is much stronger! But don’t wait too long…cool temperatures inhibit the smell.
Whether you’re staying at our Chincoteague B&B or you’re going about your daily business, we hope you take some time to go out and smell the roses.
July 1st, 2012 by jenn
Chincoteague 4th of July Fireworks will be on July 7, 2012
It’s an eventful summer here in Chincoteague, Virginia. The 87th Annual Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival is now going on every Friday and Saturday evening, July through the first weekend of August. There will be fun, food, rides and every kind of carnival goodness! This annual Chincoteague event is also part of the Independence Day Celebration, with the Carnival hosting the 10 p.m. fireworks on July 7th at 10 p.m. The Carnival also sponsors Pony Penning week held in 2012 from July 23 to 28. For more information and the full schedule of events, please visit www.cvfc3.com.
Chincoteague Outdoor Cinema Series
When you’re not enjoying the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival events, you can experience more good ol’ fashioned fun with the outdoor Cinema Series. Pull up a chair or spread out your picnic blanket and watch a classic on the big screen under the open sky. Films begin at dusk. Offered courtesy of the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, the 2012 Chincoteague Outdoor Cinema Series will be showing the following movies:
- Thursday July 12: The Last Starfighter
- Thursday July 26: The Incredibles
- Thursday August 9: Grosse Point Blank
- Thursday August 23: Singing in the Rain
Click here for more information about the Outdoor Movies in Chincoteague.
May 21st, 2012 by Gail
Each July, thousands of people from all over the world come to the small island of Chincoteague to watch the wild ponies swim across the Assateague Channel.
Witness the Chincoteague Pony Swim this year.
It’s a festive occasion. People get up early and cast about for the best vantage points. Those who brave mud and water are rewarded with spectacular views of the horses as they come ashore. Everyone encourages the horses with cheers. Everyone feels happy and relieved when they finally make it across.
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May 5th, 2012 by Gail
Take part in the annual Blessing of the Fleet on Chincoteauge, May 27, 2012.
Our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast still has some availability over Memorial Day Weekend. Take advantage of the three day weekend, and spend it on beautiful Chincoteague.
Chincoteague Island doesn’t have a Memorial Day Parade. It does, however, have a unique event over the weekend: The Blessing of the Fleet. The Blessing takes place late Sunday afternoon, May 27th. Blessings are offered for a productive commercial fishing season and for safe boating for all. This is a tradition as old as boating itself, and it is wonderful to witness it and take part in it.
Prior to the Blessing of the Fleet, the trio 3 Sheets will perform at the Dock. Stretch out on a blanket on the grass, or float offshore in a boat as you listen. 3 Sheets frequently gets Chincoteague crowds rocking with their Celtic, nautical, traditional and contemporary music. In honor of the Blessing of the Fleet, on May 27th, 3 Sheets will focus on nautical music. We can’t wait!
The rest of Memorial Day Weekend can be spent discovering the abundant outdoor recreation opportunities of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Take a scenic cruises to view the wild ponies of Assateague, rent kayaks, climb to the top of the Assateague Lighthouse, walk mile after mile of sandy beach. We provide bikes to guests of our Assateague Bed and Breakfast, and we’ll plan other excursions for you if you like.
Save time to enjoy the English Gardens at Miss Molly's Inn.
Of course, you may want to do nothing more than sit on one of the porches at Miss Molly’s Inn and enjoy the sea breezes and the big views. Try the hammock on our second story deck, or curl up with a good book and a glass of wine and watch for humming birds in the colorful English Gardens.
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.
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.
April 3rd, 2012 by Gail
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.
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.
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).
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.