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2021 Chincoteague Farmers Market and Artisans Market

May 22nd, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Farmers Market 2021One of the surest signs of summer is right around the corner: The Chincoteague Farmers Market is scheduled to return May 29th, 2021!

If you like farmers and art markets, just wait until you visit the Chincoteague Farmers Market. Fresh local produce, quality arts and crafts, vintage items, food trucks, live entertainment, and more!

There’s nothing quite like a farmers market for getting to know a community. A good farmers market is more than just produce sales, it’s also a reflection of a community’s spirit. That’s certainly the case here on Chincoteague.

The Chincoteague Farmers and Artisans Market brings a diverse group of people together to sell a variety of goods that they produced and stand behind with pride. The market has a festive air, with laughter, conversation, delicious smells, and live music.

Fans of the Farm To Table movement will find plenty to love, with a wonderful selection of locally grown goods for sale every week. Offerings run the gamut from produce and meats to baked goods and other prepared items. You’ll find fresh seafood, honey, eggs, cheeses, jams, jellies, and more.
The market is also an excellent source for seedlings, starts, flowers, and other plants for garden or home.

Not Your Average Farmers Market

artisans goods at the Chincoteague Farmers MarketChincoteague’s farmers market offers much more than just plants and foodstuffs. You’ll also find a robust collection of arts and crafts. In fact, the market’s full name is The Chincoteague Farmers and Artisans Market.

Chincoteague has a healthy art scene and a long arts and crafts history. This is reflected in the array of offerings at the Chincoteague Artisans Market. Here you’ll find regionally handcrafted items of beauty and utility. Jewelry, apparel, woodcarvings, soaps, hangings, and other fine arts and crafts.

You’ll also find attic treasures at the Artisans Market. Vintage, rare, and gently used items looking for a new home. A great opportunity to find that one of a kind item you didn’t even know you wanted.

Best of all, many of the artisans continue to create at the market, giving you a unique insight into their processes.

The Chincoteague Farmers Market includes live entertainment, food trucks, and a friendly, festival atmosphere. You’ve never had this much fun shopping before!

Chincoteague Farmers Market

Chincoteague Farmers Market produceThe Chincoteague Island Farmers and Artisans Market is located at 6309 Church Street, just a five minute walk from our Chincoteague bed and breakfast, Miss Molly’s Inn.

This year’s opening day is Saturday, May 29th, 2021. The 2021 market schedule is: Saturdays, May 29th through October 30th, and Wednesdays, June 9th through September 29th. Hours are 9am to 1pm, with live music from 10am to 12pm.

Learn more by visiting the farmers market website. You can also visit the market on Facebook.

Fishing Chincoteague – Charters, Rentals, Crabbing and Clamming

April 17th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Fishing ChincoteagueThinking of doing some crabbing, clamming, or fishing during your Chincoteague getaway? Great idea! Chincoteague fishing is some of the best on the Mid-Atlantic Coast and there are plenty of resources on the island to get you going.

Spring is definitely in the air and a glorious summer seems right behind. What better way to celebrate than getting out into the great outdoors clamming or fishing Chincoteague?

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Climb to the Top of Historic Assateague Lighthouse

March 15th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Assateague Lighthouse 2019See Chincoteague from a new and breath-taking perspective when you climb to the top of Assateague Lighthouse. This historic, Virginia coast light tower has been guiding ships to safety since 1867 and opens its doors to visitors every April.

Few structures are as iconic and evocative as lighthouses. Designed to be visible from great distances, they serve as important warnings and guides to ships at sea.

As navigation, weather prediction, and other technologies have advanced, the number of active lighthouses has declined. In fact, Assateague Lighthouse is one of only 20, east coast lighthouses of its kind still in operation.

Here on Chincoteague, the 142 foot tall lighthouse on our eastern horizon is difficult to miss. Its distinctive red and white tower and unique, double-flash pattern can be seen up to 19 miles out to sea. It’s a photogenic magnet on land, too, drawing curious visitors from all over to see the historic beacon up close.

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Misty of Chincoteague and Miss Molly’s Inn

February 6th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite HenryAs a visitor to Chincoteague, you’re likely aware of the “Misty of Chincoteague” children’s book. What you might not know is that the author, Marguerite Henry, wrote parts of the book right here on the island and that she was staying at Miss Molly’s Inn at the time.

I’m sure you have heard of love at first sight, or maybe you are lucky enough to have felt that way in your own life. Well, that is just how Marguerite Henry felt the first time she saw Misty. Marguerite knew from the moment she saw the new born foal, that the book she was about to write needed to be about Misty, no other pony would do.

You see, Marguerite Henry came to Chincoteague in 1946, with only a little information about the island and an event called Pony Penning. Lucky for her, and us all, she picked Miss Molly’s Inn as her home away from home while gathering her ideas for her book. She would often spend afternoons on the porch of the inn with Miss Molly and Captain Jack, discussing ideas for the book and getting some much needed advice.

Miss Molly told Marguerite that if she wanted to learn about the ponies, there would be no better person to speak to than Clarence “Grandpa” Beebe. Clarence was a stockman, he raised Chincoteague Ponies, and he was involved in the Fire Dept and the roundup. It seemed like a perfect fit. Immediately, Mrs. Henry was off to find the Beebe Ranch.

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Watch a NASA Antares Rocket Launch for the ISS!

January 14th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

watch an Antares rocket launch from the NASA Wallops Flight FacilityDid you know that you can watch an Antares rocket launch to the International Space Station from right here on Chincoteague? That’s right: the NASA Wallops Flight Facility is quite close by and Chincoteague has front row seats for every launch!

Chincoteague Island’s main claim to fame may be the wild ponies but that’s hardly the only reason to visit.

In fact, people are often surprised by how much there is right here on the island. They come expecting the beaches and the ponies but … watching a live Antares rocket launch?

Really? Yes, really!

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Miss Molly’s Inn – 2020 Year in Review

December 19th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Miss Mollys Inn 2020 year in review2020 has been a year of challenges for us all and yet, as the new owners of Miss Molly’s Inn, it has also been a very exciting year! We’ve had a wonderful time getting to know our Chincoteague visitors and helping them to relax and explore the island.

A vacation is always welcome but, after a year like 2020, a getaway can be just what the doctor ordered. A break in your routine with a fresh set of surroundings can be instrumental in dispelling those doldrums. This is especially true when the your vacation destination is as beautiful and welcoming as Chincoteague.

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A Safe and Socially Distanced Chincoteague Island Getaway

October 10th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

enjoy a Chincoteague Island Getaway to the beachAre you tired of being cooped up and ready for a literal breath of fresh air? Come visit Virginia’s Eastern shore on a Chincoteague Island getaway! Consistent with CDC guidance, Virginia does not have any current quarantine requirements for U.S. citizens arriving from outside the Commonwealth, making our area the perfect getaway.

Chincoteague Island, with its friendly, small community, wild ponies, and pristine beaches, is always good for a visit. A fact that is doubly true in times like these. Our peaceful, barrier island paradise is the perfect place to relax, recharge, and recenter one’s self around the good things in life.

Staying at a smaller inn like Miss Molly’s during your Chincoteague Island getaway, rather than a large hotel, has further advantages.

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Discover Cape Charles with a Day-Trip

September 19th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

boardwalk at Cape Charles beachVirginia’s Eastern Shore is loaded with fun things to do and see, so many of which are right here on Chincoteague. For those who would like to do a little exploring but enjoy the small town vibe, we can hardly think of a better idea than a Cape Charles day-trip.

Cape Charles is a small, quaint town on Chesapeake Bay, near the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula. Voted one of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” in 2018, this quiet and cozy community has plenty to offer.

For one thing, it is home to one of the largest collections of late-Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings on the East Coast. It’s also home to one of the nicest beaches outside of Chincoteague.

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Chincoteague Restaurants – Where to Eat On the Island

August 15th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Restaurants romantic dinner for twoYou’ve spent the day exploring the island – beachcombing, hiking the trails at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, touring town, seeing the wild ponies. Now your tummy is grumbling – but where to eat? Lucky for you, there are many excellent Chincoteague restaurants to choose from!

Chincoteague is under 40 square miles in size with a population of less than 3,000. Despite this, we have lots of good dining options right here on the island – and it’s not all seafood! Though we do pride ourselves in our fresh seafood, Chincoteague restaurants offer a wide variety of dishes.

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Things To Do On Chincoteague Island – Summer 2020

July 18th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

things to do on ChincoteagueChincoteague Island is open and so is Miss Molly’s Bed and Breakfast – but in these uncertain times, you may be wondering what else is. We’ve broached this subject before but, with so many events cancelled, we offer a Summer 2020 edition of things to do on Chincoteague.

Virginia moved to Phase Three on July 1st, allowing for a cautious easing of restrictions across the state. Of course, Phase 3 is still not exactly back to normal and many of Chincoteague’s bigger summer events remain cancelled.

2020 will see no Blueberry Festival, Pony Swim, public Pony Penning, or Fireman’s Carnival. The 2020 Summer Pony Auction will be held online.

So what on earth is there left to do on Chincoteague? Plenty! In fact, reduced summer crowds are likely improve your Chincoteague experience – even though we all wish the reason for the reduction was different, of course.

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