Not just a summer play-land, you’ll discover a whole new island with a Chincoteague Island winter getaway!
While it’s true that we see most visitors during the summer, did you know that a great many of those who make return trips to our island haven on Virginia’s Eastern Shore do so during the winter months?
Chincoteague Island and Assateague Island are quite different in the winter but no less appealing. With the weather tending towards the mild and lightly sunny, most seasons, the first and most obvious difference being that the throngs of tourists have evaporated. Not to say that Chincoteague Island rolls up its sidewalks and hibernates through winter – to the contrary!
While a few businesses that cater directly to summer activities may be in mothballs in lieu of spring’s return, we’re an island community of full-time residents and, as I said above, winter sees its own influx of visitors to the island. Consequently, most shops, galleries, and island eateries remain open. Chincoteague seafood stands continue to provide the freshest possible bounty from our surrounding waters: fish, clams, scallops, crabs, and – of course – oysters!
A Chincoteague Island winter visit will give you a different perspective on our community, too. Off-season Chincoteague provides a more intimate getaway: just you and a loved one enjoying quiet days of beach combing and slow, warm meals of clam chowder and fresh baked bread.
Our island community also gets up to some fun during these off-season months, with promotions like the upcoming Death by Chocolate, scheduled for February 13, 2016: Participants visit local businesses with a Death By Chocolate playing card to sample chocolates, answer trivia questions, or get a business card from each participating merchant. Stay for the drawing and your chance to win from a selection of prizes.
Of course, the biggest draw during a Chincoteague Island winter is a chance to visit our barrier islands while they’re populated with unique, winter season wildlife.
Chincoteague and Assateague Island are part of the Great Atlantic Flyway, making Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge a preferred rest-stop and seasonal home for various migratory waterfowl. Thousands of brant, geese, and ducks spend much if not all their winter here. These two facts offer wildlife fans, photographers, and birders a unique opportunity to see another side of the island.
Then there are the wild ponies of Assateague. A Chincoteague Island winter visit will introduce you to a very different herd, having temporarily forgotten how to beg for nibbles from tourists, you’ll see a truer picture of them for what they really are: living links to the island’s past settlers – both native and European.
So … what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to a Chincoteague Island winter getaway here in the New Year and reap the benefit of an even more special visit to Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Our Chincoteague Island B&B, Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast will be here, waiting for you!