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Hunt Down Some Fun With A Chincoteague Saint Patrick’s Day

February 14th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Saint Patrick's DayMake it a Chincoteague Saint Patrick’s Day this year by joining in on the island’s popular, annual Shamrock Scavenger Hunt!

Chincoteague Island’s annual shamrock scavenger hunt – In Search of Shamrocks – occurs March 14th, the Saturday before St. Patty’s Day, 2015. This popular, yearly event sees residents and visitors out and on the hunt for those green shamrocks!

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Treat Your Valentine to a Romantic Chincoteague Island Getaway

January 10th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Romantic Chincoteague Island GetawayBring your love to Chincoteague Island this year and let Miss Molly’s Inn Bed and Breakfast Valentine’s Day Special help you make the most of a romantic Chincoteague Island getaway.

Chincoteague Island is the perfect place to renew, rekindle, and revel in your love for one another. Enjoy our clean, quiet beaches and our charming town’s shops, galleries, and eateries. Explore Assateague Island with its wild horses and migratory birds, then settle into your warm and comfortable room at Miss Molly’s Inn Bed and Breakfast for an intimate evening.

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Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend

November 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Assateague Island Waterfowl WeekendAssateague Island’s Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is a major stopping point for the annual, fall migration of numerous species of waterfowl, peaking around the weekend of November 27 – just in time for the Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend!

Just kidding – of course the annual, Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend is scheduled to coincide with each year’s autumn peak of migratory activity. This natural event sees thousands of different species of birds resting and feeding in and around the more than 14,000 acres of beaches, maritime forest, saltwater marshes, and freshwater marshes of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

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A Chincoteague Island Winter Getaway

October 18th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Winter GetawayIt may sound counter-intuitive but a Chincoteague Island winter getaway is your ticket to a rare and beautiful, Virginia Coast vacation that you’ll remember for years to come.

You may be picturing snow and sitting huddled around a heater when you hear “Chincoteague Island Winter Getaway,” but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Winter weather on Chincoteague Island tends to be mild, cool, and pleasant: the average temperature on Chincoteague Island in December with sunny skies is 50 degrees, making the winter holiday season the very next best time of year, after summer, to visit!

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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.

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