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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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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!

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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.

Come back to the blog to see the rest of the list!

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Spring Roundup of the Chincoteague Ponies

March 14th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Next month, the infamous Chincoteague Pony herd will be rounded up for vet checks. The southern herd will be rounded up on Friday April 6 and the Northern herd on Saturday April 7. You will be able to see the Southern herd in the Southern Corral, just off the road that takes you to the beach.

This is one way to see the Chincoteauge Ponies all together besides the main pony swim in July. If you’re not into crowds, this is an alternative.

Observing Ponies on Assateague

You don’t have to attend a penning or the pony swim to see the wild herds on Assateague.

To see wild ponies, first head to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island.

Pponies can often be seen in the marshes along Beach Road and from the observation platform on the Woodland Trail.

Ponies can often be seen in the marshes along Beach Road and from the observation platform on the Woodland Trail.

There are a few parking pull-offs on Beach Road, but if you don’t have much luck there, your next best bet is to take a walk along Woodland Trail, also off Beach Access Rd. The trail is paved for part of the way. About half a mile into the trail, there is a pony viewing spot. It is clearly marked. Note: The mosquitoes can be vicious, so bring spray!

You can also sign up for a tour of the wildlife refuge and the opportunity to see more wild ponies at the Visitor Center. The tours are at 10 and 4. If you are interested in this tour, be sure to sign up for it early because they fill up quickly.

To get more of an up-close encounter with the ponies, head to an unusual location: McDonald’s! The McDonald’s on Maddox Boulevard is right next door to the pony pen. Often there are seven or eight ponies and with their foals. For a quarter, you can get corn feed out of a dispenser and feed the ponies.

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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.

 

 

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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