Posts Tagged ‘Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge’

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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Bird Watching on the Virginia Coast

May 14th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Birdwatching along Assateague and Chincoteague Islands is an amazing experience for many visitors. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is one of America’s finest places for birdwatching along the East Coast. This little island is one of the richest birding regions in the U.S. with outstanding year-round populations. Assateague Island now has a healthy bald eagle population as well. Learn about and observe the islands’ 300 species of migratory and resident birds.

Summer is a good time to see large numbers of migrating shore birds, warblers, and others set up residence on Assateague. A variety of species are visible along the National Seashore. assateague_birding_chincoteagueThe Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge’s freshwater areas combine with saltwater marshes all along Assateague’s shoreline to host a variety of terns, egrets, sandpipers, waterfowl, and more. Making one’s way by boat or kayak along Assateague’s extensive inland waterway is a thrilling experience for any bird lover. Herons and terns fly out from the marshes as you proceed through the intimate waterways, where you can also see crabs, fish, oysters and other food sources for the birds.

Limited amounts of Assateague are accessible by car, so many bird watchers choose to travel by boat along the inland waters. A birdwatching trip via watercraft offers you the chance to see more of the refuge and it’s wildlife. After all, Assateague has over 37 miles of pristine waterways. Boat excursions take you to one of America’s most unique ecosystems, with an abundance of wildlife, water and fowl, as far as the eye can see.

Lodging While Visiting Assateague

If camping isn’t your thing, you’ll need to stay on Chincoteague while visiting Assateague. We would like to invite you to to be our guests at the Island Manor Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy lovely surroundings and unpretentious luxury while observing undisturbed nature at the Wildlife Refuge.

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!

 

Plan Ahead for the 2012 Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend

September 16th, 2012 by jenn

Blue Heron on Chincoteague Island

See beautiful wild waterfowl such as this blue heron when you visit the islands of Assateague and Chincoteague on the Virginia Coast.

It’s not too early to start planning for the big Waterfowl Weekend 2012 on November 22-25. The migration of waterfowl to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful natural event worth experiencing for yourself. The 14,000-acre refuge, with its maritime forest, long sandy shore and fresh and saltwater marshes, has long been a much needed stop for birds making their way southward. It’s an event worth celebrating and every year the refuge hosts an Open House featuring special events, lectures, guided walks and more.

From 12 to 3:30 pm on Thanksgiving through Sunday, vehicles are allowed on the normally off-limits Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Service Road. This makes it easier to view migrating birds and local wildlife. Bring your binoculars and camera to capture the spectacle of thousands of birds converging on Assateague Island for the fall migration.

Snowy egrets, snow geese, herons, double-crested cormorants and other magnificent birds will be passing through. Likewise, large numbers of bird watchers and nature photographers will also be flocking to our area. Book your room now to ensure you have the best Chincoteague lodging during the Assateague Waterfowl Weekend! Our eight individually decorated guest rooms with private baths have everything you need to relax after a day of bird watching. Plus, our Chincoteague B&B is only a short and scenic 15-minute drive from the wildlife refuge!

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.

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.

 

Make This Thanksgiving Special

October 22nd, 2011 by Gail

Beach at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (VA)

Spend your Thanksgiving walking on the beach, not working in the kitchen.

The end of October is the time to make Thanksgiving plans. Do you feel up for hosting (and all the cleaning and cooking that it entails)? Have you been invited to share Thanksgiving with friends or family? Are you up for air travel and standing in endless lines?

Wouldn’t you rather just sneak off to our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast for Thanksgiving this year?

We’re offering a three night Thanksgiving Package that includes chocolate covered strawberries, gourmet breakfasts, bottomless bowls of snacks, and a traditional Thanksgiving buffet dinner for two (with a bottle of wine). Our concierge service will help you occupy your days with activities on Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, or we’ll leave you to lounge and explore as you will.

Sounds relaxing, doesn’t it?

If Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without your dearest friends or family, then bring them, too. 1848 Island Manor House Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast has eight rooms, and across the street Miss Molly’s Inn has seven rooms. You can spend Thanksgiving with the people you love, enjoying their company all the more because none of you will have to worry about cooking or cleaning. Instead, explore the beautiful surroundings together.

Our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfasts – both the 1848 Island Manor House and Miss Molly’s – are located on Main Street in the heart of Chincoteague village. Shops, restaurants, and art galleries are a short walk from from the front door. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island is just a few miles from the inns – easily accessible by bike or car.

Make this Thanksgiving special. Spend it at our Chincoteage Island Bed and Breakfast.

Thanksgiving Package at the Island Manor – $695.00 Inclusive:

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • gourmet breakfast each morning
  • homemade snacks and nibbles available 24 hrs a day
  • concierge service
  • bicycles to ride around the island
  • a Dozen chocolate covered strawberries in your room on arrival
  • traditional Thanksgiving buffet dinner and bottle of wine for two at 4 pm

 

Call 1.800.852.1505.

Abundant Birding on Chincoteague through November

October 22nd, 2010 by Lin Mazza

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Late Fall at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

The tourists have gone and the hush of fall has descended upon Chincoteague. If you love the outdoors and enjoy birding, this is a glorious time to come to see some of your favorite shorebirds and waterfowl at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
Species you will see in abundance through November at the refuge include the Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Tricolored Heron, Cattle Egret and Glossy Ibis.

White Heron on Chincoteague

Some of the popular sites to observe birds are at Swan Cove Pool along Beach Road, and Herons and Egrets can be spotted in the borrow ditches around the refuge.

Stay the weekend with us at Island Manor House bed and breakfast, and we’ll pack you a picnic, loan you some binoculars, and, when you’ve added more birds to your checklist of those spotted, head back to the Inn for a hot cup of cocoa in front of the fire.
Many shops and restaurants are open through the fall and winter, so you will have no shortage of things to do when you’re not out birding. Plan to come out for “Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend,”  November 25-28, at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Open House with special events and programs.

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