The Island Manor of Chincoteague

Take the Long Way to Chincoteague Island

February 9th, 2012 by islandmanor

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.