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Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market – Come Taste the Fresh!

April 14th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Farmer's MarketThe Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market offers so much more than fresh local produce. Beyond being a farm to table provider, the market also offers quality arts, crafts, attic treasures, and live entertainment! As a matter of fact, they’re now referring to it as the Chincoteague Island Farmers and Artisans Market!

The Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market is held on Church Street most Saturdays, from April 15th to October 28th, and most Wednesdays, from May 31st to September 6th. The market is a wonderful opportunity to experience and share in the island community spirit. A festive spirit pervades the scene, propelled is part by the laughter and smiles, good food, live music, and the beauty of Virginia’s eastern shore.

Of course, another reason to go is all the great, fresh produce! You’ll find local meats, seafood, honey, eggs, seasonal produce, cheeses, seedlings, flowers, jams, and fresh baked goods. Admission is free – and so is parking!

One of the best aspects of our Farmer’s Market is the entertainment. Good, live music is always a plus, adding spice to an event like nothing else can. Chincoteague’s Farmer’s Market has 17 days of live entertainment in the chute – now all it needs is your ears!

Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market Performance Schedule
April 15 – Ally Tarwater & Friends
22 – Michael Yountz
29 – Hemlock Hollow
May 13 – Dawn Williams
20 – Michael Yountz
27 – Hot Spot Band
June 10 – Kasey Williams
17 – Hemlock Hollow
July 8, 12, 15, 19 – Leah Woods
22 – Hemlock Hollow
August 2, 5 – Kasey Williams
12 – Dawn Williams
October 14 – Mike Hawker

Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market is also home to the Second Saturday Artful Flea! What’s an Artful Flea, you ask?

The Artful Flea is an opportunity to peruse and purchase from an amazing array of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, and attic treasures. Like the Farmer’s Market, it also features food and live music. In fact, the event replaces the Farmer’s Market on the 2nd Saturday of each month, May through October.

Grand Opening Day for the Artful Flea this year is May 13th, 9am to 2pm. This first Artful Flea is being held in conjunction with the 2017 Mother Earth Day Festival. Come enjoy the special environmental exhibits, activities, and fun!

2017 Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market

6309 Church Street, Chincoteague, VA
www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org
Open Saturdays, April 15th to October 28th and ​Wednesdays, May 31st through September 6th, 9am to 1pm. On Pony Penning Week the Market is open Tuesday, July 25th and closed Wednesday.

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1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located on Chincoteague’s Main Street, just minutes from the Farmer’s Market, other shops and restaurants, and the the famous wild ponies of Assateague Island. Let us share the Islander spirit with you at our Chincoteague Island B&B. Book your stay today!

Get Set For The 2017 Chincoteague Spring Pony Roundup!

March 6th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Chincoteague Spring Pony RoundupSpring is on the way and with it the annual Chincoteague Spring Pony Roundup! This year’s checkup on the wild horses of Assateague Island is scheduled for April 7th and 8th, 2017.

You’ve heard of the annual Pony Swim that occurs every summer but did you know that there are two other roundups during the year, too. The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company holds a roundup in the spring and the fall, as well.

These roundups allow the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company a chance to give the herd an overall health check. The spring pony roundup also sees buybacks from the previous year’s auction released back into the wild.

While these seasonal, health-check roundups are nowhere near the spectacle of the annual swim, they’re still very much worth experiencing. Further, as the two events are not as famous as the Pony Swim, the crowds are lesser, too. That means more viewing the wild ponies of Assateague close-up and less time fighting crowds.

The roundups are split into two days to accommodate the two separate herds of wild horses on Assateague.

The southern herd is the first to be rounded up: April 7th, 5 pm. The pen for this herd is located on the road going out to the beach on Assateague Island. The southern herd is smaller and closer with plenty of parking. Consequently, this first roundup only lasts a few hours and is the most popular of the two spring pony roundup events.

The roundup for the northern herd is scheduled for 8 am on April 8th. This herd is located on the northern end of Assateague Island, translating into a three-mile hike, one way, up the island’s service road. One has to be prepared for the hike but, because of this perceived inconvenience, the Saturday morning roundup tends to be a less crowded.

The northern herd is quite a bit larger than the southern, so the roundup is a much longer affair. Add in the combined six-mile hike and you’re making a day of it. Fun!

Either date will provide you with an indelible snapshot of these gorgeous wild horses and the amazing lives they lead. Come see the wild ponies of Assateague!

2017 Chincoteague Spring Pony Roundup

April 7th & 8th
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Visit: www.chincoteaguechamber.com for more details and a guide to other events and attractions on Chincoteague Island.

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1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is your home away from home on Chincoteague Island. We offer air conditioning, wireless internet, daily treats, bikes, and a wide variety of beach gear. Let our concierge service assist you in booking all that you want to do in the Chincoteague area.

Come discover the comfort and relaxation of island time on Chincoteague. Book your stay at 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast today.

Discover Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on a Refuge Trek!

February 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Tour Chincoteague National Wildlife RefugePeople come from all around the world to see Chincoteague’s wild ponies – but there’s so much more to be seen here! A tour of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will help you discover all that you’re missing.

We’re not going to try and convince you that there’s anything more majestic on Chincoteague than the wild ponies. They are the main attraction and likely always will be. Our point is that there is more on Chincoteague to see and discover than just the ponies.

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The Island Manor House Chincoteague Island Winter Lodging Special!

January 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Winter Lodging SpecialSummer isn’t the only good time to make an escape to the Virginia coast! Plan your Chincoteague Island winter getaway now and save with the 3 for 2 Lodging Special at The Island Manor House!

It’s a common mistake to think of Chincoteague Island as a summer playland but that’s hardly the only time to visit here. In the winter things are quite a bit quieter, that’s true. Of course, all that really means is no crowds to contend with while beach combing, shopping, dining, and more! Taking a Chincoteague Island winter getaway presents you with a whole new side of the island to discover!

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Ring In 2017 At Chincoteague’s Pony Island Horseshoe Drop!

December 10th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island's 2016 Pony Island Horseshoe DropCome to Chincoteague Island this New Year’s Eve and celebrate the passing of 2016 at the annual Pony Island Horseshoe Drop and Costume Promenade!

Chincoteague Island definitely knows how to throw a party and no date makes this more apparent than New Year’s Eve. The annual New Year’s Eve Concert, Pony Island Horseshoe Drop, and Costume Promenade see to that!

Honestly, though summer and the Pony Swims/Roundups see most of our traffic, many will tell you that the off-season is the best time to visit Chincoteague!

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Chincoteague Holiday Home Tours – “Homes for the Holidays”

November 14th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Holiday Home Tours 2016 - "Homes for the Holidays"Come to Chincoteague Island this holiday season and get a glance inside some remarkable homes during the annual “Homes for the Holidays,” Chincoteague holiday home tours. December 3rd, 2016.

Chincoteague is already known for its quaint and welcoming island ambiance. Chincoteague Island has a lot of interesting and beautiful homes. Once the holidays come around, however, that feeling is further enhanced with all the fantastic seasonal decorations.

Many of us take one day out of our holidays to cruise neighborhoods known for their Christmas lights and decorations. Have you ever viewed the exterior of a particularly well-decorated home and wished you could see inside, too? You can with the annual Chincoteague Holiday Home Tours!

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View A Space Launch from NASA Wallops Visitor Center!

October 17th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

NASA Wallops Visitor CenterWhether you’re a hardcore space junky or just your average joe, watching a Nasa rocket launch is exciting to behold! You can view launches from NASA Wallops Visitor Center, or from Chincoteague Island, itself!

The NASA Wallops Visitor Center on Wallops Island, Virginia, is just ten minutes from Chincoteague Island. The center contains interactive exhibits highlighting the history of Wallops Flight Facility, one of the oldest launch sites on the planet! The facility is free to visit and will have you feeling like an astronaut, yourself!

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Chincoteague Island Restaurant Week 2016 – A Taste of Chincoteague

September 9th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Taste of Chincoteague Island Restaurant Week 2016Come to Virginia’s eastern shore for Chincoteague Island Restaurant Week and treat your taste buds! October 1st through the 8th, 2016. Show up the evening of September 30th to kick off the week with an evening of fine food at “Taste of Chincoteague!”

Everyone knows Chincoteague Island for its wild ponies, saltwater cowboys, and wildlife. What about Chincoteague oysters? Ring any bells? You bet they do – and that’s not all. Our small island is BIG on taste, with numerous chefs and restaurants making their mark here on our shores.

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Attend the Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show

August 15th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car ShowTime for Chincoteague Island’s annual Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show is almost here: September 24th, 2016 on the Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds.

The annual Chili Chowder Cook-off is a favorite island get-together featuring fun, sun, food, music, and more. Sponsored by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, the event brings area chefs together in a competition to create the best chili or chowder. Each year sees amazing twists on these dishes, from the chef’s own ingenuity or family recipes handed down from generation to generation.

Attendees to the Chili Chowder Cook-off will be able to taste and help judge delicious variations of these two, classic comfort foods! Consequently, the judges – people like yourself – are the real winners!

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Enjoy A Scenic Chincoteague Island Boat Tour

July 11th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Enjoy a scenic Chincoteague Island Boat Tour!Taking a Chincoteague Island boat tour is a must for any Chincoteague vacation. Seeing Chincoteague and Assateague islands from the water, with all the flora and fauna, will be a true highlight of your visit.

There are a number of great reasons to come to Chincoteague Island – the wild ponies, Assateague Island lighthouse and nature preserve, beaches, laid back island life, and more. Not the least of these choices is a scenic Chincoteague Island boat tour.

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