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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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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!

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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.

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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!

Watersports in Chincoteague

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

    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!

 

Chincoteague Island New Year’s Getaway: The Polar Pony Plunge!

December 5th, 2012 by Katie Pate

Are you tired of the packed bars, restaurants and city streets on New year’s eve? Come and join us on the Virginia coast for something completely different!

Chincoteague Island is still a place of beauty and wonder during the winter. Sure, it’s not bathing suit weather, but a walk on the beach with a warm coat, holding hands with a loved one as the fresh ocean wind stirs your hair – this is a great place to start a new year fresh!

Speaking of starting fresh, the #1 way to do that here on the Island is to participate in the Polar Pony Plunge. You may have heard of a polar bear plunge – well, this is our version.

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Take a Sunset Cruise with Captain Spider in Chincoteague

September 2nd, 2012 by jenn

Sunset Assateague Island

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.

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.

Chincoteague Wild Ponies

September 9th, 2011 by Gail

By far the most famous inhabitants of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands are the wild ponies that have lived here for generations. People come from all over the world to gaze upon them. It is a truly remarkable experience to see them grazing, frolicking, and running together. They are wild, and they are thriving.

assateague  wild ponies

Come see the Assateague wild ponies.

Many guests of our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfasts come here specifically to see the ponies. Many have read Misty of Chincoteague, and remember the touching story of Paul, Maureen, and Misty. They want to see the land and horses that inspired Marguerite Henry’s 1947 book.

Marguerite Henry stayed at Miss Molly’s Inn, our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast, when she came here to meet the real Misty. Today, guests may stay in our Marguerite Henry room, where the author once slept. For fans of the book, this can be quite moving.

Boat and kayak tours are perhaps the best way to see the wild ponies; they enable visitors to get close to the ponies without disturbing them. Boat tours of the Chincoteague wild ponies run daily (many companies close for the winter some time between October and December).

We recommend the following companies for cruises around Assateage Island:

Feel free to ask our innkeeper about sightseeing cruises and wild pony tours. She will happily book the cruise for you.

Fall is a wonderful time to visit Assateague and Chincoteague. Summer crowds have dissipated, but the weather is still lovely. Please visit  Miss Molly’s Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast to make a reservation.

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