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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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

Spring is Special on Chincoteague Island

November 30th, 2011 by Gail

Solitude

Rest and rejuvenate on Chincoteague Island, spring 2012.

It’s true. Spring is a glorious time on Chincoteague Island and Assateague Island. The coast of Virginia usually has mild winters, so spring comes early. Crocus, Hyacinth, and Glory-of-the-snow start popping up in February, which is when our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast opens for the season.

Spring is a natural time to travel. Most folks put their heads down and get to work after the busy holiday season. They think of little besides work and family commitments for some six weeks, and by the middle of February, they’re ready to look up and have some fun. They’re ready to breathe in some new air. There is no finer air than the air of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands.

Spring 2012 Special at Miss Molly’s Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast.

To inspire much-needed travel, we’re offering a Spring Special at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfasts. Stay three nights for the price of two nights, or four nights for the price of three.

Chincoteague and Assateague Islands encourage relaxation. The sound of the surf against the beach is never far from the ear. The breeze, be it chilly or mild, feels cleansing. The outdoors feels inviting; we find ourselves wanting to go for long beach walks and meandering bike rides. We want to hop in kayaks and explore coves and bays. We want to get as close as we can to the Wild Ponies of Assateague. We want to watch birds, throw frisbees, and sit on the porch with a blanket on our laps and a good book in our hands. That’s what a spring vacation is all about.

It’s not too early to plan a spring vacation. In fact, it’s the perfect time. Take advantage of our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast Spring Special, and make your plans today.

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