By far the most famous inhabitants of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands are the wild ponies that have lived here for generations. People come from all over the world to gaze upon them. It is a truly remarkable experience to see them grazing, frolicking, and running together. They are wild, and they are thriving.
Many guests of our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfasts come here specifically to see the ponies. Many have read Misty of Chincoteague, and remember the touching story of Paul, Maureen, and Misty. They want to see the land and horses that inspired Marguerite Henry’s 1947 book.
Marguerite Henry stayed at Miss Molly’s Inn, our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast, when she came here to meet the real Misty. Today, guests may stay in our Marguerite Henry room, where the author once slept. For fans of the book, this can be quite moving.
Boat and kayak tours are perhaps the best way to see the wild ponies; they enable visitors to get close to the ponies without disturbing them. Boat tours of the Chincoteague wild ponies run daily (many companies close for the winter some time between October and December).
We recommend the following companies for cruises around Assateage Island:
Feel free to ask our innkeeper about sightseeing cruises and wild pony tours. She will happily book the cruise for you.
Fall is a wonderful time to visit Assateague and Chincoteague. Summer crowds have dissipated, but the weather is still lovely. Please visit Miss Molly’s Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast to make a reservation.
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, and it’s sister bed and breakfast, 1848 Island Manor House just across the street, both offer inviting accommodations only a few miles from the famous swim site that Marguerite Henry so tenderly described.