Sink Your Teeth Into Chincoteague Blueberry Festival 2015!

July 10th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Chincoteague Blueberry FestivalSummer is here and, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore that means it’s Chincoteague Blueberry Festival time!

The annual Chincoteague Blueberry Festival is a celebration of the humble, delicious, and surprisingly healthful little fruit that can be served in a myriad of ways: pies, cookies, jams, toppings, muffins, salads, ice cream, and – of course – fresh and raw: Yum – so good!

Food at the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival typically includes such mouthwatering favorites as fresh blueberry pancakes, jumbo blueberry muffins, blueberry pecan chicken salad sandwiches, greek salad with fresh blueberries, breakfast burrito, cheese and tomato quesadillas, grilled crab and avocado tacos, crab melt pitas, grilled burgers and brats, and – of course! – fresh blueberries and Sugarbakers’ wildly popular Ultimate Blueberry Pies. (these latter two items go FAST – pre-order berries from Dick Jones at: 540-273-2963 and Sugarbakers’ blueberry pies, whole or by the slice at 757-336-3712 if you actually hope to have some).

But the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival isn’t just a bunch of people standing around scarfing berries. It’s live music, delicious food, and the largest indoor-outdoor fine arts and crafts show on Virginia’s Eastern Shore with over 100 artisans from 12 states offering their handmade, one-of-a-kind wares for your shopping and browsing pleasure.

Held at the beautiful Chincoteague Center on Chincoteague Island every year on the weekend prior to the Chincoteague Pony Swim, the 2015 Chincoteague Blueberry Festival is a good time for all with a line-up of regional entertainers that are sure to keep your toes-tapping:

Friday, July 25th
9am – 1pm: Cole & Young – acoustic pop
12pm – 2pm: Gus the Bardic Troubadour – modern Irish folk

Saturday, July 26th
9am – 1pm: Hemlock Hollow – acoustic bluegrass and folk covers and originals
1pm – 3pm: Black Elvis – ’nuff said?.
2:30pm – 4:30pm: Winship Wheatley – originals and covers of top 40 favorites
3pm – 4:30pm: Rick James – acoustic country

Sunday, July 27th
9am – 11:15pm: Rick James – acoustic country
11:30am – 3:00pm: MoonStruck Music – boot-scootin’ country tunes
12pm – 3:15pm: Deedra Ervin – pop vocalist and recent Rising Star contestant
1pm – 4:30pm: Mike Hawker – folk, country, rock, blues, and bluegrass covers and originals

PLUS – it wouldn’t be Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival without the mind-boggling prestidigitation of Jamel the Magician!

The 28th Annual Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival

July 24th, 25th, & 26th, 2015
9am to 4:30pm each day

Chincoteague Center
6155 Community Drive, Chincoteague Island, VA
www.chincoteagueblueberryfestival.com

2015 Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival Lodging
Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is proud to be a historic part of the Chincoteague community. Let us host your stay for the annual Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival – or any time!

Witness the 90th Annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim

June 13th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim 2015

Here we are, basking in summer once again and that can only mean one thing: it’s Chincoteague Island Pony Swim time again – July 25 – 30, 2015!

Chincoteague Island is memorable and famous for lots of things but nothing tops the iconic and unforgettable spectacle of the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim. Watching all those beautiful wild ponies and their slender foals swimming the sea crossing between Assateague Island and Chincoteague Island is something you wont soon forget.

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2015 Chincoteague Flounder Tournament

May 9th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Chincoteague Flounder TournamentYou know it’s spring when you start to hear people talking excitedly about the upcoming Chincoteague Flounder Tournament. Captain Bob’s Marina Flounder King Tournament is scheduled for May 22 – 31, 2015. Will you be here?

An annual event that brings regional anglers out of the woodwork, Captain Bob’s Chincoteague Flounder Tournament offers cash prizes to anglers with the greatest total daily weight of three fish or less, along with a couple of other special categories – such as heaviest flounder of the tournament.

Registration is easy and reasonably priced – only $25! – so, if you feel you’ve a way with the rod and the fishes, get yourself to the 2015 Chincoteague Flounder Tournament.

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Saltwater Brew ‘N’ Que on Chincoteague Island

April 4th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Saltwater Brew 'N' Que 2015Chincoteague’s first annual Saltwater Brew ‘N’ Que Festival, scheduled for April 24th – 25th, is a celebration of beer, barbecue, and … isn’t that enough? Well, if it isn’t, the Saltwater Brew ‘N’ Que will also feature classic cars, live music, competitions, tastings, and more – always more.

The first annual Saltwater Brew ‘N’ Que is a professional barbeque competition and a craft beer festival all rolled into one with you as the winner. This exciting two-day event will feature some of the best barbeque in the entire nation (lookout, Texas) coupled with a fine selection of craft beer on hand to supply attendees with – hold onto your hats – unlimited tastings.

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Get Set for the 2015 Spring Pony Roundup!

March 14th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Spring Pony Roundup 2015

It’s almost time for Chincoteague’s Saltwater Cowboys to collect the wild ponies of Assateague Island for their annual veterinary check: the 2015 Spring Pony Roundup! Will you be here to see it?

Chincoteague’s 2015 Spring Pony Roundup is scheduled for April 10th and 11th this year. A set of annual veterinary checks to assess the general health of the herd, especially that of any new foals, the pony roundups are also a chance for you to come and watch!

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Lift Off for Wallops Flight Facility NASA Visitor Center!

February 21st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

NASA Visitor Center at Wallops Flight FacilityThere’s nowhere quite as quaint and peaceful as Chincoteague Island – which makes it even more surprising that, just ten minutes away, they’re launching rockets into space at the Wallops Flight Facility NASA Visitor Center – and you can watch for free!

Yes, you read that correctly: The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops Flight Facility is just a short drive form the quiet beauty of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands.

One of the oldest rocket-launch sites in the world – it opened in 1945 – Wallops Flight Facility is fully a active facility, regularly hosting space launches

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Chincoteague Island Valentine’s Day Lodging Special

January 10th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Valentine's DayIsland Manor House Bed and Breakfast makes it easy to treat that special someone to an island romance getaway with our Chincoteague Island Valentine’s Day Lodging Special!

Here at Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast, we pride ourselves not only with providing welcoming, friendly hospitality, lodging, and amenities at our Chincoteague Island bed and breakfast but also value designed to help you make the most of your time here. Our specials and packages page holds a wide array of savings and extras – the most timely being our Valentine’s Day Lodging Special.

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A Chincoteague New Year’s Eve

December 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague New Year's Eve

No Chincoteague Island New Year’s Eve
is complete without the
Pony Island Horseshoe Drop!

There’s no place like Virginia’s Chincoteague Island for unique and beautiful vacations – and that doesn’t end with summer. A Chincoteague New Year’s Eve is a great, one-of-a-kind way to start the new year!

You’d think a small town on a small island would just roll-up the sidewalks once “tourist season” ends but not Chincoteague Island! Sure, we’re a lot quieter and less crowded once vacation season ends but frankly, that’s part of the reason the “off-season” may be the best time to visit! It’s still beautiful here and there’s still plenty to do and see, especially around the holidays.

A Chincoteague New Year’s Eve, for example, is chock-full of that unique island spirit and fun Chincoteague Island is so well known for.

It starts off with the Annual New Year’s Eve Concert at the Island Theatre. Bill Toms and Hard Rain are back this year with their hard mix of rock, rhythm and blues, soul, and folk. Bill Toms played lead guitar and sang back-up for Pittsburgh’s Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers for 19 years and has toured the US and Europe repeatedly, opening for artists like The Band, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, so you know you’re in for a great show.

After the concert, quick change into your costume (if you want … or haven’t already!) and head down to the Robert Reed Downtown Park for the Pony Island Horseshoe Drop and Costume Promenade!

The Costume Promenade is an annual, silly spectacle that includes costume contests in a variety of categories and, yes, there are prizes! This year’s Costume Promenade theme is Saltwater Cowboys and Seaside Angels. Whether you intend to participate in the shenanigans or not, bring a camera and be prepared for a hilarious time that will includes music and dancing – or something approximating that, anyway.

At midnight comes the countdown and the Pony Island Horseshoe Drop. That’s right, who needs a glittery ball when you have a sparkly horseshoe? Count down to 2015 and give your loved ones a big squeeze!

Finally, if you’re feeling up to it – hey, New Year’s! – the first day of the new year brings … the 2015 Polar Pony Plunge! What better way to celebrate the new year than by throwing yourself into the ice-cold waters of the Atlantic? If you’re still in your costume from the night before, all the better because there are more prizes for crazy costumes and a 2015 Polar Pony Plunge t-shirt you can purchase as proof of your insanity.

and THAT is a Chincoteague New Year’s Eve.

Bill Toms and Hard Rain Chincoteague Island New Year’s Eve Concert
Dec 31, 2015 – 8pm-11:30pm
The Island Theatre – 4074 Main St
chincoteagueislandarts.org

Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade
Dec 31, 2015 – 10pm – Midnight
Robert Reed Downtown Park
www.chincoteaguechristmas.com

2015 Polar Pony Plunge
January 1st, 2015 – 1:15pm
Assateague Island beach (look for the crowd)
www.chincoteaguechristmas.com

Chincoteague New Year’s Eve Lodging
If you’re planning an off-season Chincoteague Island vacation and are looking for somewhere to stay, 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is open year-round! With nine tastefully decorated, luxury rooms, daily gourmet breakfasts, a snack room, game room, beach gear, concierge services, and more, we’re here to make your Chincoteague getaway the best it can possibly be – Happy New Year!

Enjoy a Chincoteague Island Holiday Vacation!

November 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island may seem like a summer destination but, in fact, there’s always plenty to see and do here – so why not treat yourself to a Chincoteague Island holiday vacation this year?

We always like to say that, after summer, winter is the next best season to visit Chincoteague Island. The average temperature this time of year is 50 degrees under sunny skies, there are smaller crowds, and there are events and attractions all year long. Plus we’ve unique shops for your holiday shopping, delightful local restaurants and, of course, the incredible, natural beauty of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands!

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1848 Island Manor House – Your Chincoteague Island Vacation Headquarters

October 11th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

take a Chincoteague Island VacationWe here at 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast had a GREAT summer and we’re proud to have been a positive part of so many people’s Chincoteague Island vacations!

How do we know we played a part in so many fun-filled Chincoteague Island vacations? Because you told us we did!

We’re presently ranked #2 on TripAdvisor’s site for Chincoteague Island bed and breakfasts and the reviews have us blushing with pride

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