Each July, thousands of people from all over the world come to the small island of Chincoteague to watch the wild ponies swim across the Assateague Channel.
It’s a festive occasion. People get up early and cast about for the best vantage points. Those who brave mud and water are rewarded with spectacular views of the horses as they come ashore. Everyone encourages the horses with cheers. Everyone feels happy and relieved when they finally make it across.
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AOL Travel, a great online resource for travel information worldwide has just published its annual list of America’s Top Ten Beach Towns, and this year, Chincoteague has been voted number one! While there are many fantastic beaches where you can sunbathe, play in the surf and build your dream sand castle, this article focuses on what to do when you’re not catching a wave. Classic American beach towns, filled with local flair, delectable food, great shopping, unique history, and unparalleled festivals (all of which Chincoteague offers) helped our town come out on top.
The annual swim of the feral ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague is due to commence on Wednesday, July 28. This not-to-be-missed summertime event is an experience to last a lifetime.
Marguerite Henry, author of Misty of Chincoteague, completed her novel of the intrepid foal, Misty and her mother, Phantom, during the pony swim over sixty years ago from her lace-filled room at Miss Molly’s Inn. Eastern Shores News featured our bed and breakfast in a news article last week. Today, Miss Molly’s Inn offers the Marguerite Henry room as well as six others at the Victorian-era Inn for you to relax and take in the magic of Chincoteague island.
Miss Molly’s Inn offers inviting accommodations only a few miles from the famous swim site that Marguerite Henry so tenderly described.