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Don’t Miss the 2016 Spring Pony Roundup

March 11, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 Spring Pony Roundup

Come see the Wild Ponies of Assateague during the 2016 Spring Pony Roundup!

April 1st and 2nd are the dates set aside for the 2016 Spring Pony Roundup on Assateague Island – the bi-annual opportunity to see the beautiful wild ponies of Chincoteague!

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company rounds the ponies up three times a year. Once in summer, for the annual and famous July Pony Swim and Auction (July 27, 2016 – by the way), then two more times in the spring and then fall for an overall health check to see if any new foals have been born.

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Treat Yourself To A Spring Vacation On Chincoteague Island!

February 15, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Spring Vacation On Chincoteague IslandThinking of taking a spring vacation on Chincoteague Island? That’s a great idea – and now is a good time to finalize your plans for a Chincoteague Island spring getaway!

A spring vacation on Chincoteague Island is a different experience from a summer visit and can make you feel like you’re a local. Most of our island’s visitors come during the summer, lining the sidewalks, clustering on the beaches, and attending festivals and enjoying the famous Chincoteague Island pony swim.

The thing is, the sidewalks, beaches, and ponies are here year ’round and our weather is mild enough that all a spring vacation on Chincoteague Island really means is that you get more of the island to yourself! There’s even a Spring Pony Roundup in April!

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Chincoteague Island – America’s Happiest Seaside Town!

March 14, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island - America's Happiest Seaside TownCoastal Living magazine recently picked Chincoteague, Virginia as America’s Happiest Seaside Town – #1 out of a list of 10 finalists. We here on Chincoteague Island just nodded and smiled: yeah – we knew that!

Coastal Living’s breakdown of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns for 2014 included some wonderful places – such as Saugatuck, Michigan, Captiva Island, Florida, and Haleiwa, Hawaii – but we weren’t too terribly surprised to find ourselves at the top.

There are lots of things about Chincoteague Island that qualify it as America’s #1 happiest seaside town

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Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend

November 15, 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 18, 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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Visiting The Wild Ponies of Assateague Island in Winter

December 16, 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 4, 2013 by insideout

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 30, 2013 by insideout

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!

Need a Place to Call Home in Chincoteague?

We invite you to be our guests at Miss Molly’s Bed and Breakfast in downtown Chincoteague.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Beach Fun

March 27, 2013 by insideout

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!

Spring Roundup of the Chincoteague Ponies

March 14, 2013 by insideout

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.

Chincoteague Lodging

Please consider Miss Molly’s your home away from home when you visit Chincoteague.

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