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So Many Fun Things To Do In Chincoteague

November 28, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

things to do in ChincoteagueYou know about the wild ponies and the annual Pony Swim but, after that’s all over … are there any other things to do in Chincoteague?

You bet there are!

From the expected, like hiking and beachcombing, to the unexpected, like watching NASA rocket launches. There’s always something fun going on in Chincoteague!

Chincoteague is Virginia’s only resort island. Located just south of the Maryland border on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, the island is within easy reach of all major cities on the mid-Atlantic seaboard.

Our small town offers a casual and friendly atmosphere that makes relaxing into your getaway as easy and soothing as a breeze on the beach. After you’ve settled into your guest room at Island Manor House, though, what’s next?

Great question! There are lots of things to do in Chincoteague and the surrounding area.

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Chatham Vineyards – Virginia’s Only Eastern Shore Winery

October 18, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Chatham Winery Wine and BrineChatham Vineyards, located in Machipongo, VA, is Virginia’s only eastern shore winery. Visit the vineyard’s historic, nearly 400 year-old farm for tastings, stunning water views, and offerings in its bottle shop.

While there’s more than enough to keep you happily entertained on Chincoteague, the Delmarva peninsula is home to a few other attractions. Should you find yourself feeling the urge to do some off-island exploring, we’ll be happy to give you some ideas.

One of the first that comes to mind is Chatham Vineyards in Machipongo, the only winery on Virginia’s eastern shore. Though the vineyard is an hour south of our Chincoteague inn, the drive is pleasant and well worth the effort.

Virginia’s Wine Story

Wine has been being produced in Virginia since the very first settlers landed here but it took until the late 1970s for an industry to develop. In fact, much of the wine world used to dismiss the Virginia viticulture as a waste of effort.

Luckily, an eclectic handful of stubborn, Virginia vintners refused to be dissuaded. As usual, the studied perseverance paid off. What started out as a mere handful of wineries in the 1970’s grew to nearly 50 by the mid-1990s. That number then proceeded to double in less than a decade.

Now Virginia is home to almost 300 wineries, many of them award winning. We’re proud to have one of our very own right here on the peninsula.

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Black Narrows Brewing – Virginia’s First Eastern Shore Brewery

September 19, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Black Narrows BrewingIf you’re a fan of fresh, regional beers then you’ll be happy to know that Chincoteague is home to a craft brewery. Black Narrows Brewing, the first brewery on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, has been brewing its unique and popular beers here since 2017.

The craft beer movement that swept the nation has been a little slower coming to the eastern shore of Virginia but it is now officially here. Black Narrows Brewing opened their doors on Chincoteague in December of 2017. Less than a year later they were awarded 2018’s “Brewery of the Year” by the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association.

Black Narrows brews a variety of unusual and delicious beers. “How Bout It” is a popular corn lager. “Serpette,” a Rosé-inspired wild ale, uses grapes from Chatham Vineyards. “Salts” is a tart wheat beer that uses oysters from our very own waters.

In fact, the brewery uses locally sourced ingredients whenever they can. Further, all their spent grain goes to feed the heritage breed pigs at Perennial Roots Farm.

Best of all, the brewery also donates 10 percent of gross beer sales to different local and global causes every month. This means every beer you enjoy from their brewery is giving a little back to the world – and that’s a good feeling.

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A Chincoteague Beach Vacation

August 16, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague beach at Chincoteague National Wildlife RefugeYearning for a beach vacation this year? Great idea. Chincoteague beach offers endless summer fun with swimming, sunbathing, beach combing, fishing, boating, and more.

Beach vacations are among the best vacations around.  The sight and sound of the ocean compels us to just relax, take it all in and have a ball.  The surf, sun, and sand of the beach are the perfect combination for relaxation and recreation – but not all beaches are equal.

Chincoteague’s beach, located on the Assateague Island National Seashore, is one of the Atlantic Coast’s most gorgeous and pristine beaches.

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What’s Open On Chincoteague Island?

July 10, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Whats open on Chicnoteague - the beach

Come walk our pristine beaches

Summer is here, the sun is out, and Virginia has moved to Phase 3. Island Manor House is back and ready to see you – so what’s open on Chincoteague Island?

2020 is certainly one for the books. In some ways, it seems like we just had an extended winter and no spring. With summer here and Virginia moving to Phase Three on July 1st, however, things are looking a little brighter.

There are still guidelines and precautions one must take, of course but it is now possible to have yourself a Chincoteague getaway. So what’s open?

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Take In Stunning Views from Atop Historic Assateague Lighthouse

March 9, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Assateague Lighthouse sunsetAssateague Lighthouse opens its doors to weekend visitors beginning in April. If you’ve never experienced the view from the top of the tower, you’re missing out!

The first Assateague Light was built on the Virginia side of Assateague Island in 1832. The original structure proved too short, however. The red and white brick tower seen today replaced in in 1867.

The tower is 142 feet tall, the base over 27 feet in diameter, with 175 steps to the top. The tower’s twin rotating lights are 154 feet above sea level and can be seen 19 miles out to sea.

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The Captain Timothy Hill House – Oldest House on Chincoteague

February 14, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

The Captain Timothy Hill HouseThe Captain Timothy Hill House, the oldest house on Chincoteague Island, is full of history. If it weren’t for the care of some sharp-eyed residents, however, it may have simply become history!

There’s a lot of history to be found on Chincoteague Island. 1650 saw the island’s first land grant, with Europeans settling here in the late 1700’s. By 1838, 26 homes dotted the island. Most were simple, rustic log plank homes, not designed to survive the passage of centuries. Yet one did.

Of those original 26 homes built on Chincoteague, only Captain Timothy Hill’s house remains. The house features a now rare example of early long plank construction and was the site of Chincoteague’s first recorded murder. Yet, by the 1980’s, it was abandoned, forgotten, and almost torn down.

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A Valentine’s Day Chincoteague Island Getaway

January 17, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island getawayChincoteague is a well known romantic destination. Our beaches, quiet community, wild ponies, excellent dining, and more make a Chincoteague Island getaway the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone in your life.

Chincoteague Island’s romance is innate and ubiquitous. It’s in our scenery, our history, and our quiet and friendly culture. Our Virginia coast barrier island is within reasonable driving distance from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Norfolk, Virginia.

Come walk hand in hand on our pristine beaches and historic village’s streets. Just one of our stunning, Virginia Coast sunsets will make you feel like you are falling in love all over again.

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Hit the Surf for Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2020

December 8, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2020What better way to welcome the New Year than with an eye-opening plunge into the chilly Atlantic during Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2020? This year’s event is scheduled for 1:20pm (but of course) on January 1st, 2020.

Okay, okay: so maybe the picture to the right is a touch misleading. It is rather rare for the Atlantic to freeze, here on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. That doesn’t mean you won’t feel a thrill (along with a chill) if you participate, however. This is the Atlantic in January we’re talking about, after all.

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Self-Guided Chincoteague Tours – Get To Know The Island

November 18, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Self Guided Chincoteague ToursEveryone knows about the wild ponies and Misty but Chincoteague has so much more to offer. Get to know the island better than ever with self-guided Chincoteague tours.

Are you familiar with the Gingo-Teague tribe? Did you read about the Civil War Battle of Cockle Creek in school? Can you locate Snotty Ridge on a map? These and other pressing questions can be easily answered after a walking or biking tour of Chincoteague. Our little island has stories to tell to those who want to know.

A self-guided tour of some locations would set your teeth on edge – but not here. Chincoteague Island makes for the perfect walking or biking vacation. With Assateague Island in the mix, you have the perfect blend of wilderness and small town to explore. There are miles of well-maintained, low-impact trails all over both Chincoteague and Assateague. Why, you even can follow a trail all the way out to Assateague Lighthouse!

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