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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2019

October 11, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2019Make the most of your Thanksgiving weekend with a visit to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Waterfowl Weekend is a rare opportunity to visit the otherwise off-limit refuge during the peak of the fall migration. November 28th through December 1st, 2019.

There are a number of reasons to consider spending Thanksgiving on Chincoteague Island. The first being – it’s Chincoteague Island! From our sandy beaches, to our fun loving community, vibrant wildlife, excellent restaurants, shops, galleries, and more – there’s never a bad time to visit Chincoteague.

That being said, there are better times to visit – and Thanksgiving Weekend is one of them. It’s a bit of an open secret that many consider the “off-season” to be the best time to visit Chincoteague. Though Thanksgiving is a holiday weekend, it still qualifies. Crowds are smaller and, though temps are cooler, we still average a sunny, daily 50 degrees.

The birds certainly know it’s a good time to visit.

Waterfowl Weekend 2019

Assateague Island is part of the Great Atlantic Flyway and home to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Every fall, thousands of waterfowl literally flock here to either rest before continuing on south or to winter over. The island’s pristine beaches, forest, and fresh and saltwater marshes see Brant geese, herons, ducks, egrets, cormorants, swans, and great many others

Waterfowl Weekend isn’t called so because the birds are here. It’s a special event because it’s one of the only times during the year that the public can visit Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is a 14,000-acre wildlife preserve located on the Virginia half of Assateague Island. Portions of the preserve are also found on the Maryland side of the island, as well as Morris Island and Wildcat Marsh. The preserve is operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

During the 4 days of Waterfowl Weekend, visitors will enjoy the opportunity to drive on the refuge’s 7-mile Service Road and Wildlife Loop Trail, from 9am to dusk. The drive is a one-way, 15-mile round trip through the refuge. Bicycles are allowed but only for limited part of the loop. Visitors may also hike the Wildlife Loop Trail and can expect to see a wide variety of migratory waterfowl. Binoculars and cameras are recommended.

Learn more at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge website.

Holly Day Market & Wildlife Art Gallery

Holly Day Market 2019Waterfowl Weekend at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge isn’t the only thing going on here during Thanksgiving Weekend. We’ll also be seeing our final Chincoteague Farmers Market of the Season as well as the Holly Day Market!

The annual Holly Day Market, November 30th – 9am to 3pm, will see more than 90 different vendors. Hand carved decoys, fine wildlife art, jewelry, antiques, and holiday decor. It’s a great opportunity to do some early-ish holiday shopping done.

The final Farmers Market of the season will feature fresh produce, baked goods, meats, eggs, cheeses, and more. The event also includes a food court for your grumbling tummmy and live music for your happy feet.

Visit the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance website for more information.

Thanksgiving Lodging Special

Chincoteague Thanksgiving Lodging Special 2019Island Manor House would like to welcome you into our home for the holidays!

Our Chincoteague Thanksgiving Lodging Special includes a bottle of wine and a cheese tray in your room upon arrival. You’ll also be treated to an unlimited Thanksgiving meal at Bill’s Prime Seafood & Steaks. Best of all, the restaurant is only a 3 minute walk from our Chincoteague inn!

Other perks for your Thanksgiving stay at Island Manor House include daily gourmet breakfasts, snacks, and beverages, plus access to bicycles and other gear for visiting Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

3 Night Thanksgiving Lodging Special Pricing

  • King room $695 + tax/couple
  • Queen room $650 + tax/couple
  • Hummingbird $525 + tax/couple
  • The Royal Suite $895 + tax/couple

Learn more on our Thanksgiving Special page. Be sure to check out our other Chincoteague lodging specials as well. Our sister inn, Miss Molly’s Inn, is offering a similar holiday lodging special.

Save Your Appetite for Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2019

September 13, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2019Come out to Chincoteague Island this October for Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2019! Oysters on the half shell, steamed, frittered, single fried, and more. October 12th, 10am to 4pm in Tom’s Cove Park.

Looking for a great way to kick off your autumn? Make a break for Virginia’s eastern shore and the 47th annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival!

Chincoteague Island is always a great place for getting away from it all and rejuvenating for a few days. That’s especially true with fresh seafood and one of the island’s popular annual festivals in the mix!

Although it’s no longer true that you should only eat oysters in the months containing an ‘R’ (September through April), it IS still generally true that oysters are better in autumn and winter. This is especially true in September and October, when they tend to be more plump and sweet.

Harvesting the bounty of the waters around Chincoteague played a major role in the island’s history, and oysters were a big part of that. The oyster beds around Chincoteague and Assateague produce a unique and prized variety of oyster known as “Chincoteague Salts” that took our name to banquets around the globe.

Chincoteague Oyster Festival celebrates both the island’s oyster fishing history and the start of oyster season. Come join in the fun!

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Don’t Miss Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off 2019

August 12, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chili Chowder Cook Off 2019An end of summer favorite, the annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off & Car Show is coming right up! September 28th, 2019, 10am to 5pm at the Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds.

Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off is so much fun you don’t even have to like chili OR chowder to enjoy yourself (but it wouldn’t hurt). The event draws amateur and professional chefs to Chincoteague from all around the region, every year. Each comes ready to compete with their best chili and/or chowder recipes.

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World’s Largest Golf Outing and a Chincoteague Crab Feast

July 5, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Worlds Largest Golf Outing 2019 You’ve got to love summer. Not only is the weather fabulous, there is just so much to do and see. Virginia’s Eastern shore is no exception, with a couple of exciting events coming right up: The World’s Largest Golf Outing and a Chincoteague Crab Feast and Music Festival!

The nice thing about Chincoteage is that it doesn’t require any special events to be worth visiting. The island’s own, natural beauty and wildlife seems more than enough for most, year ’round. That being said, when we do throw a party, we know ho to do it right. The upcoming crab feast is a good example.

Chincoteague Crab Feast & Music Festival

Chincoteague Crab Feast and Music Festival 2019August 3rd, 12pm to 9pm
Chincoteague Island KOA – 6742 Maddox Boulevard

Grab your bib and ready your best moves for the Chincoteague Crab Feast & Music Festival!

Your ticket includes steamed crab, fried chicken, and corn on the cob from 1pm to 4pm – or while it lasts! A food truck will pick up the slack with food for purchase from 4pm to 9pm. Beer, soft drinks, and water will also be available.

Along with all the good eats you’ll also be entertained by some of the area’s finest performers: Chase Payne and Front Page News!

Best of all, the feast and fest also includes unbeatably beautiful Chincoteague Island views. Tickets and more information available online.

Chincoteague Crab Feast Schedule
12pm to 4pm – Crab/Chicken/Corn Feast
12pm to 3pm – Chase Payne
3:30pm to 9pm – Front Page News
4pm to 9pm – Food trucks

World’s Largest Golf Outing 2019

Worlds Largest Golf Outing 2019 August 5th, 9am
Captain’s Cove Golf & Yacht Club – 3332 Captains Corridor, Greenbackville, VA 23356

The World’s Largest Golf Outing is a charitable golf event held on one day at over 100 golf courses around the country. Captain’s Cove Golf & Yacht Club, located less than half an hour from Chincoteague in Greenbackville, VA is taking part.

This year’s Outing is an 18 hole, 4-person team scramble format. The registration fee includes a $10 per player donation, 18 holes green fee, and a shared cart. Your ticket also gets you into the after-game crab pick, and prizes following the round. Fun!

This year’s event benefits the Fisher House Foundation. The Fisher House Foundation provides a network of homes for military and veterans’ families to stay at for no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.

Registration time for this year’s event is is 9am, with a 10am start time for the game. Register your team online before game day. Learn more at the World’s Largest Golf Outing website.

Chincoteague Lodging

Island Manor House would love to be your Chincoteague Island home away home! Our Chincoteague bed and breakfast offers individually decorated guest rooms and a convenient location on Chincoteague’s historic Main Street, just minutes from shops, restaurants, and more. Book your stay at Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast today!

Chincoteague Blueberry Festival 2019 – A Berry Good Time!

June 14, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Blueberry Festival 2019Come celebrate one of the most delicious natural foods around – and in one of Virginia’s most beautiful towns: Chincoteague Blueberry Festival 2019 – July 19th through the 21st.

2019 marks the 32nd annual return of the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival and this year’s festival is looking as exciting as ever. It seems like the festival grows in both size and attendance every year. It has now become almost as much of a popular tradition as the annual Pony Swim weekend, which it precedes by one week.

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Maui Jack’s Waterpark, Mini Golf, Bowling & More

May 11, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Maui Jack’s WaterparkMaui Jack’s Waterpark, one of Chincoteague’s newest attractions, opens for the season on May 25th. If water slides, pools, and rides sounds fun to you, you’ll be happy to know that Maui Jack’s is less than 5 minutes from our Chincoteague bed and breakfast.

Maui Jack’s Waterpark opened last year on Memorial Day Weekend. While the park is quite a contrast to the area’s pristine beaches and nature preserves, it was also quite popular.

The waterpark has a variety of looping body slides, straight racing slides, a Lazy River, and a separate play area for the little ones. There is also an adults-only pool, shaded cabanas, and a seating area on the beach.

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Scenic Chincoteague Island Boat Tours

April 13, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Scenic Chincoteague Island Boat ToursOne of the most popular things to do on Chincoteague is to leave the island … aboard one of the many excellent and professional Chincoteague Island boat tours!

Chincoteague Island offers an endless variety of reasons to come for a visit: the wild ponies, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Lighthouse, our pristine beaches, and so much more. One of the more popular pastimes is enjoying a scenic Chincoteague Island cruise.

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Don’t Miss the 2019 Spring Chincoteague Pony Roundup!

March 15, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Spring Chincoteague Pony Roundup 2019This year’s spring Chincoteague pony roundup is scheduled for the weekend of April 12th and 13th, 2019. If you’ve a yen to see the famous wild horses of Chincoteague up close, this is your next opportunity!

The wild ponies of Chincoteague are one of the biggest draws to our island. People travel from all over the world to come see them during the famous annual wild pony swim and auction.

What most people don’t realize is that each year sees three chances to get up close to Chincoteague’s wild ponies, not just one.

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Museum of Chincoteague – Delve Into the Island’s Rich History

February 9, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Misty of Chincoteague at the Museum of Chincoteague

Misty of Chincoteague at the Museum of Chincoteague
photo: brownpau

Most folks know about Misty of Chincoteague but that’s not all there is to know about Chincoteague Island. Come dig into our rich and often surprising past at the Museum of Chincoteague.

Marguerite Henry really put Chincoteague Island on the map when “Misty of Chincoteague” was published in 1947.

Her children’s story about the very real herds of wild ponies that still live on Assateague Island spawned sequels, a movie, and legions of fans. People still come to Chincoteague because of Misty and, of course, the wild ponies of Assateague.

Quite a few are excited to learn they can see the actual Misty – and her foal, Stormy – during their visit. Both are on display at the Museum of Chincoteague!

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Plan Your Chincoteague Wedding or Elopement Now

January 18, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Plan Your Chincoteague Wedding or Elopement NowValentine’s Day is just around the corner and, one thing leading to another, now is the time to make your Chincoteague wedding plans!

Chincoteague Island is a unique, Virginia coast paradise located between Virginia’s Eastern Shore and famous Assateague Island. Our island has a vibrant and active, year ’round community of unique shops, galleries, fine dining, theater, and more. The annual wild pony swim draws thousands every summer but that’s not the only reason to visit. Not by any means!

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