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50 Years of Love on Chincoteague

July 1, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

50 Years of Love on Chincoteague Island Virginia2019 is the 50th anniversary of the “Virginia Is For Lovers” and communities across the state are celebrating with special events and promotions. Enjoy fun and savings through special events and promotions celebrating 50 Years of Love on Chincoteague!

Virginia Is For Lovers but even haters can enjoy savings and fun during this summer’s 50 Years of Love promotion. Chincoteague is certainly on board with a whole host of events and offerings between June 21st and August 10th, 2019. Come celebrate the love on Virginia’s only resort island.

50 Years of Love on Chincoteague Events and Promotions

July 6-7 – Freedom Festival
The Freedom Festival is an art and crafts extravaganza featuring a 50 states scavenger hunt at the Chincoteague Center (6155 Community Dr). Come peruse the offerings of artisans, artists, and craftspeople. Rain or shine, $3 one-day admission, $5 two-day admission, kids under 12 FREE. 9am to 4pm both days. Learn more about this event on Facebook.

July 19 – Misty’s 73rd Birthday
Celebrate the 73rd birthday of the island’s most famous resident, Misty of Chincoteague! The party will feature the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team with Misty III and Billy Beebe, who will autograph your Misty of Chincoteague books. Plus games, food, and fun, 2pm to 4pm at the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce, 6733 Maddox Blvd. Visit www.chincoteaguechamber.com for more information.

July 23 – Buckaroo Bingo
Try your luck with 20 games of Pony Bingo for only $20! Little Buckaroo Bingo Boards available for $5 with purchase of full admission. Concessions, Chincoteague themed prizes, and fun for ALL ages! 2pm to 4:30pm at the Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Dr. More information on Facebook.

August 3 – Opus Live in Concert
Get down to an evening of live Motown music with Opus, in concert! Live Motown classics, a concession stand, and a cash bar. 7pm to 10pm at at the Chincoteague Center (6155 Community Dr). Adult tickets $15 ahead of time; $20 at the door. See more about this event on Facebook.

Even More Love

50 Years of Love also includes a variety of ongoing special offerings and activities around Chincoteague.

Dockside Properties
(4105 Main St), for example, has been giving away one mystery item a day for all 50 days of the celebration!

The ’50 Things To Do On Chincoteague’ Scavenger Hunt will challenge your knowledge of the island. Pick up game cards from participating merchants and play to win prizes and special limited time offers. Learn more.

Keep an eye out for the “50 Years of Love” flyer around town for more fun and offers!

Chincoteague Lodging

Miss Molly’s Inn is proud to be a part of Chincoteague – and a historic part! – . Come stay in the island’s most famous inn and reap the best in service, comfort, and value. 7 comfortable guest rooms to choose from, delicious daily breakfasts, beach gear, concierge services, and more. Book your Chincoteague getaway at Miss Molly’s Inn today!

See The Wild Horses of Assateague at the 2018 Spring Pony Roundup!

March 12, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

2018 Spring Pony RoundupIf you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the wild ponies of Assateague Island in person, the first opportunity of the year is right around the corner. The 2018 Spring Pony Roundup is scheduled for April 13th and 14th.

The wild ponies of Assateague Island are easily the #1 reason so many people know about and want to visit Chincoteague Island. Marguerite Henry’s popular children’s book, “Misty of Chincoteague,” continues to make that true to this very day.

The annual summer Pony Swim draws more people to the island than any other single event. But did you know that’s not the only time you can view the wild horses of Assateague Island?

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Watch A NASA Rocket Launch From Chincoteague Island!

May 15, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Watch a NASA rocket launch from Chincoteague Island!When you think of Chincoteague Island, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Ponies? Warm beaches? How about NASA rocket launches? It’s true, you can watch them from Chincoteague!

Chincoteague Island is popular for many reasons.

First, there are the wild horses of Assateague Island and the upcoming annual pony penning, swim, and auction.

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Tour Historic Chincoteague On Bike Or On Foot

February 15, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Tour Historic Chincoteague on a self-guided bike or walking history tour!Chincoteague Island has a fascinating history. From the Gingo-Teague tribe to the Civil War Battle of Cockle Creek, the island has stories to tell. Discover these stories and many more when you tour historic Chincoteague Island on a walking or biking tour!

Chincoteague Island is the perfect place to set off on foot or on a bike. As we’re on a small island, everything is nearby and we have the perfect blend of small town and wilderness. There are miles of trails on the islands, both in town and through the forests. There’s even a trail out to Assateague Lighthouse.

This ease of getting around the island is one of the reasons that Miss Molly’s Inn has bikes for our guests to use. They really are a wonderful way to explore our island!

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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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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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Chincoteague Pony Penning 2013

January 21, 2013 by insideout

Has it always been a dream of yours to see the infamous Chincoteague Pony Auction? For many horse lovers and fans of Misty of Chincoteague, this event is something they’ve pictured hundreds of times. If the same goes for you, it is time to start thinking about planning your trip!

This July will mark the 88th year of the pony swim. Tens of thousands of spectators from around the world will gather on our little Island to watch this annual tradition. In this blog, we are going to give you some advice for when you attend.

July 20 & 21: The Pony Round-Up

The weekend prior to Wednesday’s Pony Swim, the “Saltwater Cowboys” – the fellas that drive the ponies across the water on horseback – will begin rounding up the approximately 150 wild ponies that live on Assateague Island.

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Misty of Chincoteague was Written Here!

January 5, 2013 by insideout

When Marguerite Henry came to Chincoteague in order to research her new book, she stayed here, in our Victorian bed and breakfast. Even in 1946, when Henry visited, this beautiful home was in use as accommodations on Chincoteague Island for vacationers and the like. The owner of the property, Molly Rowley, was a young widow who brought boarders into her home as a way to make a living after her husband passed away. Henry would sit on the porch with Miss Molly and Captain Jack, Molly’s uncle, discussing thoughts and ideas for her new book, Misty of Chincoteague.

Misty of Chincoteague

Author Marguerite Henry with the real-life Misty of Chincoteague.

History behind the Misty of Chincoteague Book

While Marguerite Henry was on the island, she attended the Pony Penning and met the Beebe family. The Beebes included Clarence and Ida Beebe, as well as their two grandchildren, Maureen and Paul. The real horse on which the book was based was actually foaled in domesticity on Chincoteague at the Beebe Ranch, not in the wild on Assateague Island as was told in the book. However, as in the book, Misty was sired by a stallion named Pied Piper, out of a dam called Phantom. Though these horses also were domesticated in real life, they too provided inspiration for the wild ponies portrayed in the novel.
Henry fell in love with Misty and wanted to purchase her from the family, but Clarence Beebe knew how much the children loved the foal and refused to sell her. Eventually, an agreement was made between Beebe and the author, and Beebe allowed Henry to purchase the horse for $150 if she included his grandchildren in her next book!
Henry followed through with the agreement and published Misty of Chincoteague in 1947, featuring Maureen, Paul, and the little filly as the main characters of the work. Misty continued to grow up on Henry’s farm in Illinois, accompanying the author on book signings across the country.

 

Misty of Chincoteague

March 24, 2012 by insideout

Misty of Chincoteague was written in 1947 by Marguerite Henry. The story was inspired by a real Chincoteague Island pony named Misty. Although the real Misty was foaled in domesticity rather than in the wild, the book heaped pique the nation’s curiosity about the wild horses of Assateague (they are called ponies because of their small size, but they are actually horses).

Assateague wild ponies

Born free: the wild ponies of Assateague Island.

It has long been a tradition to cull the wild pony herd in order to protect both the horses and their habitat. The Annual Pony Swim first started in 1924, and it has done nothing but grow since that time. In recent years, approximately 150 wild ponies are rounded up each July and made to swim across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island. Once there, many of the foals are sold in an auction; the remaining herd swims back to Assateague a few days later.

Wild ponies have lived on Assateague Island for approximately 400 years. No one knows for sure how the first ones ended up on the island. Perhaps Colonial settlers allowed their horses to graze on the island, and some turned wild and stayed. Perhaps wild horses from the mainland swam to the island and stayed. Perhaps a Spanish galleon ship carrying a cargo of horses sank near the island, and the horses swam ashore and lived. It is a fun puzzle to consider, but the truth doesn’t really matter. What matters most is protecting the wild ponies that live on Assateague today.

Marguerite Henry, who visited Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, found a compelling story in the wild ponies, and she wrote it. Thanks to her, millions of young people have learned about the amazing wild horses that make their home on an island in the Atlantic. Many of those children grow up and eventually travel here to see the wild horses. Some of them stay at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfasts.

Marguerite Henry herself stayed in one of our Chincoteague B&Bs, Miss Molly’s Inn. Stay in the room where she once stayed. Perhaps you’ll feel inspired to create something enduring, as well.

The Ultimate Book Club Experience

September 23, 2011 by insideout

Day 106 - I am a librarian

Celebrate your love of literature and your friends with a Book Club Getaway at our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast.

Books Clubs are all the rage these days, and with good reason. It’s fun to read, it’s fun to talk about what we’ve read, and it’s fun to get together with a group of friends. Why not go a step further? Instead of meeting to discuss a book for an hour or two, make a weekend out of it. Host your next Book Club at our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast.

Avid readers will recognize Chincoteague from Marguerite Henry’s book, Misty of Chincoteague. The wild ponies she refers to in her book still inhabit Assateague Island, which is close to our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast. Indeed, Marguerite Henry stayed here back in the 1940s while researching the area for her book. Two members of your Book Club could stay in her room.

Misty of Chincoteague is a book for children, and a quick read. Read it before you come with your book group, then enjoy an excursion to see the wild ponies of Assateague Island. Our innkeeper will happily make the arrangements for you.

A Book Club getaway is a great way to get to know your fellow readers. Most book groups stay on topic for some of their meetings, but can’t resist talking about other topics because everyone is so interesting. This is your chance to talk to your hearts’ content. Stay up late, linger over breakfast, go for long bike rides and walks on the beach, relax by a warm fire…. Celebrate your love of literature in a beautiful setting.

Our Book Club Special includes 2 nights at our Chincoteague Virginia Bed and Breakfast, gourmet breakfasts, and access to bikes and beach chairs. We’ll serve you Afternoon Tea one day, a tasty supper one evening, and ply you with snacks day and night. $495/couple. Please call 1.800.221.5620 for more details.

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