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Schedule for the 2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim

March 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Schedule for the 2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim

It may still seem like winter where you are but warmer weather is on the way and with it, the 2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim. If you hope to witness the 89th annual return of this wonderful, historical event, you’ll want to start planning now.

The 2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim schedule was announced earlier this year so we thought we’d put together a guide of the events

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Miss Molly’s 2014 Valentines Day Special

January 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Miss Molly's 2014 Valentines Day SpecialThis Valentine’s Day, why not surprise your loved one with a trip to the romantic, island community of Chiconteague and stay at Miss Molly’s Inn with Miss Molly’s 2014 Valentines Day Special!

What better way to enjoy each other than a couple of nights on romantic Chincoteague Island and nearby Assateague Island with its pristine beaches, communities of migrating birds, and of course, the wild ponies? Recline on one of five wonderful porches around the inn to savor the sea breezes over a cup of freshly brewed tea or coffee. Stroll the beaches of Assateague Island, hand in hand with your love. Explore the spire of Assateague Lighthouse and the breathtaking view it commands. Walk the quiet streets of Chincoteague and enjoy her shops, galleries, and restaurants – or just stay in and enjoy basking in the presence of each other.

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Visiting The Wild Ponies of Assateague Island in Winter

December 16th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Visiting The Wild Ponies of Assateague Island in WinterLike the rest of the Chincoteage Island, just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the wild ponies of Assateague Island’s Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge have been rolled up and stored away until spring!

They’re still here and, as a matter of fact, as long as you don’t mind the lower temperatures, now can be the one of the best times of the year to see them as you wont be fighting the crowds.

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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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Memorial Day on Chincoteague Island

May 5th, 2012 by Gail

Boating Chincoteague and Assateauge Islands

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.

Chincoteague Island Inn in the heart of historic downtown.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

An Ideal Thanksgiving

October 22nd, 2011 by Gail

Thanksgiving feasts are best tackled with a healthy appetite. The best way to create a healthy appetite is to engage in some sort of physical activity, preferably outside, in the fresh air. You’ll find plenty of fresh air, inviting open space, and a delicious feast this Thanksgiving at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast.

Photo of the Week - Great Egret at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Stimulate your appetite by watching others eat.


If you typically host Thanksgiving at your house, you know you spend the bulk of the day in the kitchen. You cook, you clean, you cook, you clean, you cook, and then you clean yourself up in time to welcome guests. You then offer drinks and appetizers and make sure that everyone is happy.

It can be difficult to relax even during the feast itself. A good host or hostess has one eye always assessing the needs of guests. Glasses must be replenished, dirty plates soundlessly swept away, pie cut and coffee brewed. It’s no wonder that Thanksgiving leftovers get such rave reviews: many people can’t really enjoy the meal on the day itself.

The only thing you’ll have to do if you spend Thanksgiving at Miss Molly’s Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast is walk across the street to our sister inn at 4 p.m. Guests of Miss Molly’s Inn are invited to share in the traditional Thanksgiving buffet we’ll serve at the 1848 Island Manor House. Help yourself to turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, sweet potatoes, greens, salad, and of course pie. Eat to your hearts’ content, then amble back to your room at Miss Molly’s and put up your feet.

Spend three days walking on the beaches of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Scan the skies and water for migrating birds – there should still be plenty of them around during Thanksgiving weekend. Visit the Assateague National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Admire the wild ponies. Bike around the two islands (we’ll supply the bikes). Get a start holiday shopping in the unique shops and art galleries close to your lodging.

The bottom line? We want you to enjoy yourself. That’s all.

Thanksgiving Package at the Island Manor – $695.00 Inclusive:

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • gourmet breakfast each morning
  • homemade snacks and nibbles available 24 hrs a day
  • concierge service
  • bicycles to ride around the island
  • a Dozen chocolate covered strawberries in your room on arrival
  • traditional Thanksgiving buffet dinner and bottle of wine for two at 4 pm

 

Call 1.800.221.5620 for more information.

 

 

 

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