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Make Splash at Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2019!

December 10, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2019Kick off the 2019 the right way by flinging yourself headlong into Assateague Island’s freezing surf on New Year’s Day during Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2019!

There are lots of polar plunges on New Year’s Day but Chincoteague’s is different from all those others.

How?

Well, for one thing, ours occurs off the beach of Assateague Island – I guarantee you no one else’s does that. Oh, and ours is a polar PONY plunge, not just a polar plunge. This is Chincoteague Island, after all, home of Misty and many other wild ponies, so it only follows.

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Chincoteague Holiday Home Tours – Homes for the Holidays 2018

November 12, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Holiday Home Tours - Homes for the Holidays 2018Get a look inside some of the island’s most intriguing homes during the annual Chincoteague holiday home tour event, “Homes for the Holidays!” December 1st, 2018.

Come out to Virginia’s eastern shore this December and enjoy a Chincoteague holiday getaway! There’s always something doing on the island and this is doubly true during the end of the year holidays. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years bring their own brand of cheer and we love to share it.

Chincoteague Holiday Home Tours

One of the more popular events this time of year is the “Homes for the Holidays” Chincoteague holiday home tours. Chincoteague Island has a lot of unique, historic, and beautiful homes. During the holidays, these already beautiful homes are further enhanced by fantastic seasonal decorations.

Cruising local neighborhoods for their spectacular lights and decorations is a common holiday pastime around the country. Chincoteague ups the ante with the “Homes for the Holidays” home tours.

Chincoteague Island’s diverse and eclectic community has a number of houses and businesses with unique architectural styles, historic pedigrees, or striking landscapes. During the “Homes for the Holidays” tour, you’ll have the chance to inspect them up close. Come see inside some of Chincoteague’s most remarkable homes and get decorating ideas for your own!

“Homes for the Holidays” Chincoteague holiday home tours are scheduled for December 1st, between 11am and 4pm. If you’d like to attend, contact Kim Dennis at 703-599-4430, or kimberly.dennis@msn.com.

Chincoteague Christmas Parade

Chincoteague holiday home tours aren’t the only thing happening on December 1st. It’s also the day of Chincoteague’s annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. How old-fashioned is our parade? It’s so old-fashioned, we use the word “Christmas” instead of “holiday.” Huzzah!

The Old Fashioned Christmas Parade includes marching bands, floats, antique cars, and fire companies from around the Virginia shore. Chincoteague’s own Saltwater Cowboys will be on hand, along with Santa, and the return of King Neptune and his Mermaid Queen. Come join in the fun!

7pm, December 1st, 2018 on Main Street. Festivities begin with a concert by The Salt Marsh Ramblers at 6pm in Robert N. Reed Downtown Park.

Chincoteague Holiday Lodging

No matter what time of the year you visit Chincoteague Island, Miss Molly’s Inn is here for you! Our historic, Chincoteague Island B&B offers luxurious rooms, daily gourmet breakfasts, concierge services, and much, much more. Book your stay today – and Happy holidays!

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2018

October 12, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2018Celebrate Thanksgiving with a different kind of bird this year – lots of them! – during Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2018! This rare chance to visit the otherwise off-limit refuge during the peak of the annual fall migration occurs Thanksgiving weekend: November 22nd through the 25th, 2018.

There’s never a bad time to visit Chincoteague Island but nature lovers know one of the best times is during peak of the annual fall migration. Assateague Island is part of the Great Atlantic Flyway, with a great variety of waterfowl passing through the area every fall.

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Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2018 – It’s Okay To Be Shellfish!

September 7, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2018It’s time once again to get ready for the Chincoteague Oyster Festival. This beloved annual event – the 46th! – welcomes the start of oyster season. Come join in the fun Saturday, October 6th, 2018, 10am to 4pm, at Tom’s Cove Park on Chincoteague Island!

As oyster season approaches, it’s hard to not let visions of those delectable little morsels intrude into your day. Steamed oysters, fried oysters, roasted oysters, grilled oysters, oyster fritters – the perfection of oysters on the half shell. Mmmmmmmmm …

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Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off, Plein Air Art Show, & More!

August 10, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off 2018September is an active month here on Chincoteague Island, with lots of great events to attend. We’ll see the annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off & Car Show, the Decoy Carvers and Artists Show, and a Plein Air Art Show & Sale!

There’s always something fun to do and see on Chincoteague but September is really packed. Things kick off with the annual, fall Chincoteague Decoy Carvers and Artists Decoy Show on September 3rd and 4th. After that, on September 8th comes the annual Chincoteague Plein Air Art Show & Sale. We wrap up the month with the Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off & Car Show on September 29th.

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Come Shop The Dock on Chincoteague Island, VA!

June 8, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Come Shop The Dock on Chincoteague Island, VA! Make the most of your Eastern Shore getaway with Shop The Dock on Chincoteague Island. Shop The Dock is great deals from multiple local vendors the third Sunday of each month, June through October, 2018.

There is plenty to do in Chincoteague year-round: sailing, biking, hiking, birding, beach-combing, the wild ponies, and so much more. People come to watch NASA rocket launches, to visit Assateague Lighthouse, and to enjoy our waters’ delightful seafood bounty.

Now a new attraction has been added for the summer months: Shop The Dock on Chincoteague!

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Don’t Miss the Chincoteague Shore Craft Beer Festival!

April 6, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Shore Craft Beer Festival 2018The 2nd annual Chincoteague Shore Craft Beer Festival is coming! Food trucks, live music, and 12 breweries offering samples of over 30 beers will take over Chincoteague Island Fairgrounds for an afternoon of fun. Saturday, April 28th, 2018.

Q: What do you get when you mix craft beer, local food trucks, and live music with the Chincoteague Island Fairgrounds?
A: A GREAT time for all!

If you agree with the answer above, then the annual Chincoteague Shore Craft Beer Fest is the spring event for you! You’ll enjoy unlimited craft beer tastings from local, Eastern Shore breweries and also have the opportunity chat with the brewery reps.

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Take Advantage Of An Off-Season Chincoteague Island Getaway

February 5, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Take Advantage Of An Off-Season Chincoteague Island GetawayYou’ve heard us say it before: what many would consider the “off-season” is, in many ways, the best time for a quiet, Chincoteague Island getaway. The wild horses, beaches, birds, fresh seafood, shops, and friendly townsfolk are all still here. The only thing missing is the crowds!

Chincoteague Island is a beautiful, Virginia coast paradise all the year ’round. We have our seasons, like any place else – but none of them are really “off,” unless crowds is what you’re after. All the attractions that make Chincoteague a vacation destination remain not only available but also far more easily enjoyed.

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Chincoteague Island New Year’s Eve Horseshoe Drop 2017!

December 1, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island New Year's Eve Horseshoe Drop 2017!Ring in the new year on Chincoteague Island during the New Year’s Eve Horseshoe Drop 2017! 10pm, December 31st in Robert Reed Waterfront Park.

Chincoteague Island is known as a beautiful vacation spot on Virginia’s eastern shore. People come for our famous wild ponies, delicious, fresh seafood, pristine beaches, and vibrant wildlife. Many choose to enjoy us during the summer, while others prefer the relative quiet of our “off-season” during the holidays.

I put the “off-season” in quotes because Chincoteague Island doesn’t actually have one. In fact, many think of the “off-season” as one of the best times of year to visit! Our average temperature in December is 50 degrees with sunny skies. Shops and restaurants are open, the beaches are still strollable and still lots of wonderful, winter wildlife to watch.

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Don’t Miss the 2017 Chincoteague Storytelling Festival!

October 9, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Storytelling Festival 2017Come to Chincoteague Island November 3rd and 4th, 2017 for the Chincoteague Storytelling Festival! Great stories will be told by professional story tellers and you’ll also learn how to tell your own!

Everyone loves a good story and the more talented the teller, the better the tale. Talented storytellers can even make the most mundane re-telling extraordinary. You’ll have a chance to experience some of the best, at the 2017 Chincoteague Storytelling Festival.

Nationally known storytellers Sheila Arnold Jones and Donald Davis will join Virginia storytellers Denise Bennett and Anthony Burcher for a weekend of storytelling around Chincoteague Island.

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