Posts Tagged ‘Assateague Island’

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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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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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 Horses in the Winter

December 22nd, 2012 by Katie Pate

Just because you’ve missed the pony roundup for 2012, doesn’t mean you’ve lost your chance to see the infamous Chincoteague ponies during the off season! In fact, many of us locals find that the herds are easier to observe during once the crowds thin down.

There are two herds that graze in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (located on the island just next to ours, Assateague Island). The easiest and most reliable spot to view the southern herd is the pull off on Beach Road (the main road on Assateague Island) across from Black Duck Marsh Pool, which is also a great photo spot. This is the first pull-off after emerging from the 25 mph area on the right. The ponies are in a large area and can often been seen in the marshes and among the pine trees. There is also a pony lookout along the woodland trail — it is a nice hike around to the spot where you can observe the ponies.

Chincoteague Island ponies

The Horses live in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge year-round

The northern herd grazes in an area that can be accessed from the service road that runs north from the end of the wildlife loop. It is a longer hike – about 3-4 miles. You will pass a small corral and cross a cattle gate and after the cattle gate, you enter the Chincoteague horse’s area. The ponies can be anywhere north of the cattle gate – – some see them on the road and in the marshes and flats. If you come across them on the road, give them a wide berth and time to adjust to your presence. The ponies graze in a large area so it is possible that you will not see them.

Remember, the ponies are WILD ANIMALS — keep a safe distance do not attempt to pet or feed them. The males in particular can be intimidating and unpredictable. This is especially true with the northern herd since the service road runs through their area, but there are times when the ponies get out of the southern corral and can be on beach road or the wildlife loop.

We hope to see you on the island soon!

 

The Spring Awakening of Chincoteague and Assateague

April 24th, 2012 by Gail

Chincoteague and Assateauge Islands fully awaken in May. All shops and restaurants that were closed for the winter re-open. Scenic cruises to view the wild ponies of Assateague Island and charter fishing cruises resume after a winter hiatus. The weather is mild, the crowds slim. It’s a wonderful time to spend a few days at Island Manor Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast.

Assateague wild ponies

Get close to the Assateague Wild Ponies with a scenic cruise.

There are several fun events on the community calendar in May, 2012:

  • Migratory Bird Celebration, May 12. Celebrate the spring migration at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Second Saturday Art Stroll, May 12. Shops and art galleries stay open late and host special events.
Chincoteague Island Flounder Tournament

How many big fish can you catch?

  • Acoustic Music Series, Big Wide Grin, May 26. A 3 Peace Band, soulfully acoustic. Sure to be a fabulous show.
  • Blessing of the Fleet, May 27. Remember Chincoteague’s roots as a fishing village.

Help us celebrate the arrival of spring with one of the above events, or simple come for a few days of peace and quiet. Bring binoculars and scan the skies and shores for migrating waterfowl. Bring a good book and a good friend.

Call a 1-800-852-1505 or visit the reservations page of Island Manor House, an Assateague Bed and Breakfast.

Spring Special on Chincoteague Island

April 3rd, 2012 by Gail

Take advantage of the Spring Special at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast and spend a few days basking in balmy spring weather.

Relax on the brick patio at the Island Manor House, sipping wine and dipping into the snacks we provide. At this time of year, many ducks and ducklings take up residence in town. They walk up and down the roads like they’re out for a Sunday stroll, and everyone stops to let them pass in style. Sometimes they explore our gardens. The ducklings are adorable, and the parents appropriately proud.

Spring ducklings on Chincoteague Island

Come see the ducklings.

Borrow one of our bikes and explore Chincoteague and Assateague Islands (ask us about our favorite bike trails). If you like to get in a lot of miles, the quiet country lanes of the Delmarva Peninsula are just a bridge away. Borrow some beach gear and spend a day on the uncrowded beaches of Assateague Island. We have backpack loungers, beach chairs, towels, umbrellas, boogie boards, frisbees, and buckets and spades. The weather is usually quite pleasant in the spring–perfect for a day at the beach.

The Beach at Assateague Island

Bike to the beaches of Assateauge Island

There are a couple of fun events on Chincoteague Island  in April. The Easter Decoy & Art Festival on April 6 and 7 fills the town with wonderful carved decoys and other art.   The following weekend (April 13 and 14) is the Spring Pony Roundup, when ponies are herded into the Southern Corral to be seen by veterinarians. It’s a great opportunity to get a good look at the Chincoteague wild ponies.

The Spring Special at our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast takes 10% off a stay of two or more nights through the month of April. Ask us about it when you make your reservation. You simply can’t afford to not come!

Take the Long Way to Chincoteague Island

February 9th, 2012 by Gail

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to the Delmarva Peninsula.

Our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast is a great vacation destination, in part because it’s so much fun getting here.

The Delmarva Peninsula, named for the three states that comprise it, is what separates Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. The northeast part of the peninsula is in Delaware (“Del”), the northwest part is in Maryland (“ma”), and the thin strip of land at the southern tip is in Virginia (“va”).

There are lots of interesting places to visit on the Delmarva Peninsula. If you’re coming from Richmond, Norfolk, or Virginia Beach, adventure begins as you cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. It is an event to drive across this Engineering Wonder of the Modern World. Land isn’t visible from the middle of the bridge; you’ll think your car has been transformed into a ship.

Stop by Cape Charles and stretch your legs with a walk around the historic downtown. Much of Cape Charles was built between the 1880s and the 1920s, and the historic architecture is lovely to behold. Before getting back in the car, enjoy a plate of crab cakes at The Chesapeake, a seafood bistro and wine bar. If you’re traveling up the Delmarva Peninsula in early June, check out the Tall Ships anchored at Cape Charles.

morning haze

Find tranquility on Chincoteague Island.

Onancock is another good stop on the journey to Chincoteague Island from points south. First settled in 1680, Onancock is sweetly nestled between the fingers of a creek. Park the car and check out art galleries like the Dragonfly Gallery, which features the work of many local artists. Take a walk through town, crossing the Ames Street Bridge and then the Mt. Prospect Ave Bridge. Grab a sweet treat at the Corner Bakery, or, if the weather is fine, have a drink on the deck of Mallards at the Wharf.

By the time you arrive at our Chincoteague Island Virginia Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be ready to settle into one of our comfortable rooms. Sleep late the next morning, knowing that when you awaken, you’ll be greeted with a the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and freshly baked biscuits. Our breakfasts are legendary around here.

Your time on Chincoteague is guaranteed to be relaxing, whether you spend it birding at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, lounging on the beaches of Assateague Island, or curled up with a book here at the inn. By the time you make the journey back home, you’ll feel like a whole new you.

 

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