2014 Chincoteague Seafood Festival

April 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Chincoteague Seafood FestivalSpringtime on Chincoteague Island means the return of lots of things but one of the best is fresh seafood and the Chincoteague Seafood Festival!

Chincoteague Island’s community started out as a small fishing village and, to this day, some of the best Mid-Atlantic Coast fishing waters are right here, around the island. This time of year, local anglers bring in a variety of fish, including striped bass, drumfish, and flounder. Throw in Little Neck clams and Chincoteague oysters and you have yourself the makings of a feast!

The Chincoteague Seafood Festival is a 46 year-old tradition here on the island and remains one of the best opportunities for you to sit down in the wonderful spring sunshine of Chincoteague Island and fill your bellies with fresh bounty from the sea.

Here’s a sample of the fare that will be available at the festival:

  • Little Neck steamed clams
  • single fried oysters
  • fried fish
  • full salad bar
  • sweet potato fries
  • shrimp
  • clam fritters
  • boardwalk fries
  • clam strips
  • raw oysters and clams
  • grilled chicken
  • clam chowder
  • hushpuppies
  • water and soft drinks – beer may be purchased separately

Live music will be provided by the Island Boy Band and there will be an Arts & Crafts show under the Big Tent so you can work up an appetite … or walk off your meal!

The 2014 Chincoteague Seafood Festival

Saturday, May 3rd, noon to 4pm
Tom’s Cove Park
8128 Beebe Road
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
For more information and tickets, please visit: www.chincoteaguechamber.com/events/chincoteague-seafood-festival

Chincoteague Lodging for the Seafood Festival
As of this writing, Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast still has rooms available. Consider a stay at our historic inn and soak up the timeless charm of Chincoteague’s island community. Even today, the island retains much of its small fishing village charm and the Chincoteague Seafood Festival provides a wonderful venue for sampling the best of the best of our local seafood. Don’t miss it.

The 2014 Spring Pony Roundup

March 10th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Spring Pony Roundup

It’s almost spring and that means the 2014 Spring Pony Roundup is just about upon us. The 2014 Spring Pony Roundup is scheduled for April 11th and 12th.

What’s the 2014 Spring Pony Roundup all about, anyway?

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The Museum of Chincoteague

February 17th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Fresnel Lens displayed at the Museum Of Chincoteague

Assateague Lighthouse’s original Fresnel lens is on display at the Museum Of Chincoteague

Previously known as The Oyster & Maritime Museum, The Museum of Chincoteague houses the story of Chincoteague Island’s fascinating history.

Located just outside the entrance to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Maddox blvd, The Museum of Chincoteague’s stated mission is to collect and preserve the material culture that reflects the historical progression of the life on Chincoteague Island.

And it’s not all just ponies, I can tell you.

The islands of Chincoteague and Assateague have a history that is the stuff of seafaring legend, complete with shipwrecks and strandings that belie the peaceful and friendly faces the islands now present to visitors.

Take, for example, the January 1650 stranding of Colonel Henry Norwood by his crew on the north shore of Assateague Island. Colonel Norwood and some of his men came ashore in search of food, water, and safe harbor in which they could repair their storm-damaged ship – but the crew remaining onboard got cold feet and scarpered, marooning Norwood’s party to the island’s wilds. Norwood survived to write of the ordeal in his book “A Voyage to Virginia,” a survival ensured in part because of the oysters of Assateague.

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2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim Schedule

January 29th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim ScheduleThe schedule for the 2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim is set and now is the time to start planning your trip to witness the 89th year of this famous, annual tradition!

The Chincoteague Fireman’s Carnival – alive with rides, games, raffles, and lots of good food – opens each night at 7 pm during the 2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim week and serves as something like a base of operations for much of the process.

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Island Manor’s 2014 Valentines Day Specials

January 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Island Manor’s 2014 Valentines Day SpecialsIsland Manor’s 2014 Valentines Day Specials – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and there are few places more romantic than picturesque Chincoteague Island. Celebrate your love by bringing that special someone to the charming and intimate island community of Chincoteague for Valentine’s Day.

Historic Island Manor House is the perfect place to kindle or renew your romance. With our beautiful and unique location, quiet island community, the nearby, famous wild ponies of Chincoteague, and 37 miles of unspoiled beach on Assateague Island.

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Take the 2014 Polar Pony Plunge on Chincoteage Island!

December 16th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

As with most smaller, island communities, we like to do things our own way here on Chincoteage Island. The Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade on New Year’s Eve is an example of that and another is the New Year’s Day, Polar Pony Plunge on Chincoteage Island.

Come New Year’s Day afternoon – January 1st, 2014 at 1:14pm (get it?) – you are given the opportunity to display your intestinal fortitude by taking the Polar Pony Plunge. That or you can display your sanity and enthusiasm for those crazy enough to take the aforementioned Polar Pony Plunge.

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Spend New Year’s Eve on Chincoteage Island!

December 9th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Why spend New Year’s Eve on Chincoteage Island? Chincoteage Island is always a fun place to be and New Year’s Eve is no exception.

This year, legendary musician Bill Toms and blues guitarist Chaz DePaolo will once again be performing at the Island Theatre on New Year’s Eve.

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A Winter Visit to Chincoteague Island?

November 17th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

A Winter Visit to Chincoteague Island

The wildlife is here, the views are here, the island’s here …
Why aren’t you here?

Am I crazy or are people missing a BIG opportunity by not considering a winter visit to Chincoteague Island? It’s the perfect place for a quiet holiday, if you ask me.

Too many folks seem to think of beaches as only worth visiting if it’s 100 degrees out – nothing could be farther from the truth. As we all like to say, even a cool day at the beach is better than a warm day at work!

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3 nights on Chincoteague Island – $100 per room, per night!

October 16th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

3 nights on Chincoteague Island

Give yourself a break: 3 nights on Chincoteague Island!

You’ve made it through the summer and now it’s time to take a well deserved breather – it’s time to relax! – and we have just the deal for you!

Stay 3 nights on Chincoteague Island during the week (Monday through Thursday) in one of the best rooms we have available, enjoy a gourmet breakfast every morning, access to snacks 24/7, bikes and beach gear for your use, and all for only $100 per room, per night!

That’s right: you can experience the historic, 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast right here in the charming community of Chincoteague for only $100 a night.

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Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival 2013 – Go Ahead and Be Shellfish

September 26th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

2013 Chincoteague Island Oyster FestivalIt’s fall and that means it’s purt-near time for the Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival!

Now, this a tradition going so far back that, in 1607 (or so the story goes), the island’s Native American inhabitants were interrupted from one of these ocean-side, seafood feasts by the very first Englishmen to set foot on the islands. Of course, said invaders, watching the backs of the retreating, frightened natives, must have thought to themselves: “Gee, it sure would be a sin to let all of the wonderful seafood here in this pit go to waste … “

Oyster season begins this time of year and the glory of the oyster beds of Chincoteague and Assateague are woven throughout the region’s history. Ever since the area’s oceanic bounty was first discovered, seafood has been an integral part of the island inhabitant’s survival and commerce. Seafood harvests made up the bulk of our economy until well into the 20th century and continues to be one of the perks of being here so, of course, let’s celebrate!

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