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Chincoteague Island Horses in the Winter

December 22, 2012 by islandmanor

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!


Chincoteague Holiday Home Tour

November 13, 2012 by islandmanor

The 2012 Holiday Home Tour will feature a dozen extraordinary Chincoteague Island homes! This event is popular with local as out-of-town guests. For locals, it is a chance to mingle and see each other in a leisurely setting during the colder winter months, when we aren’t out on the beach – all the time. For visitors, the Holiday Home Tour is an opportunity to look around the inside of remarkable and historic homes. The home on the tour represent the architectural integrity and diversity of our eclectic community. Decked out in their finest for the holidays, the tour homes will have docents on duty to point out the rich history, architecture, distinctive features and decorations of each home. Purchase tickets ($20) at Threadgoodes (4211 Main St.) or call 757.336.6858.

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2012 Fall Series Chincoteague Acoustic Music Concerts

August 16, 2012 by

Thank goodness for the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance! This Chincoteague arts organization is behind so many of the cultural events which enrich the Chincoteague Island community. In addition to the Movies in the Park, the Second Saturday Art Stroll and other events, the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance also sponsors a wonderful series of acoustic musical concerts.

If you love listening to professional musicians playing “unplugged,” the 2012 Chincoteague Concert Series is truly a treat!


The 2012 Chincoteague Concert Series

Saturday ~ September 29 @ 7:30 pm: North Sea Gas
A lively and popular Scottish folk band, buy your tickets now. They’re popular for a reason! Traditional instruments such as tin whistles, bodhrans, bouzouki plus banjo, fiddle and guitar combine beautifully with three part harmonies and rich vocals.

Saturday ~ October 27 @ 7:30 pm: Ken Bloom
A skilled musician with wit and charm to boot, Ken returns by popular demand. Enjoy Celtic, Eastern European and other traditional selections played on a wide array of instruments including dulcimer, guitar, concert zither, Northumbrian small pipes, clarinet and more.

Saturday ~ November 10 @ 8 pm: Allegheny Baroque
The harmonious sounds of this classical ensemble are sure to please. Listen to soothing and moving chamber music performed on harpsichord, violin and cello.

All concerts are performed at the Chincoteague Senior Services Center at 6309 Church Street.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or 1-2 weeks before each event at H&H Pharmacy at 6300 Maddox Boulevard, (757) 336-3115 or Sundial Books at 4065 Main Street, (757) 336-5825. All Advance tickets are $15 and will be held at the door for pickup. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets bought at the door are $18. Keep in mind that all ticket sales are final!

We hope you enjoy these delightful live music offerings during your stay at our Chincoteague B&B. If you need help making arrangements to see these shows, the staff at our inn near Assateague will be happy to help you.

2012 Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company’s Carnival

July 1, 2012 by

The 87th Annual Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival begins on June 29-30. It opens 7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through July, with Chincoteague 4th of July fireworks (actually on July 7th) at 10 p.m. and Pony Penning week July 23-28. On the weekend of July 13-14, the carnival’s proceeds will go toward the building fund, so be sure to go and support the volunteer firefighters of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company!

Bikers follow Pony Parade to Chincoteague Carnival Grounds

Experience a great month of events and support a great cause at the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Carnival.

This Chincoteague favorite event has all the fun, rides, live music, games and food you long for in a summertime carnival. Stuff your mouth with cotton candy and get on the ferris wheel! Don’t forget to enter the raffle. There are great prizes this year, including a 16-foot Bayliner Boat with motor and trailer, and a golf cart that’s legal to cruise down the street.

Join the fun and support the local Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company! For more information and a detailed schedule of events, please visit www.cvfc3.com.

Chincoteague Island Time

December 10, 2011 by islandmanor

Chincoteague Island is remote, and that is one of its biggest charms. Not only is it an island – it is an island off the Delmarva Peninsula. The closest major cities, Annapolis, Maryland, Wilmington, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. sit at the tip of the peninsula or on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay.

Wild Pony.

Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Peaceful.

Yet, in spite of its remote location, it doesn’t take all day to reach Chincoteague Island. It’s about three hours from Annapolis, three and a quarter hours from Wilmington, and three and a half hours from D.C. Leave work after lunch on Friday, and you can be at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast in time for Afternoon Tea.

People routinely come to our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast to escape from hectic schedules and non-stop lives. The island is an ideal place to relax, especially during the spring and fall, before and after the arrival of summer crowds. Bring a good book, or borrow one of ours. When was the last time you read Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague, inspired by the wild ponies on neighboring Assateague Island?

There are many opportunities for outdoor recreation on Chincoteague Island and neighboring Assateague Island: kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking and biking. Some of the best activities, fortunately, are also some of the most relaxing.

Scenic cruises lead passengers around the perimeter of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, where the famous Assateague wild ponies live. They are often as curious about people as we are about them, and they sometimes seem to pose for photographs. Picture a wild pony standing on the beach, with the breeze gently lifting his mane.

The Assateague National Seashore is an ideal place for beach strolls. Collect shells (unless they are being used as a home), or bring a blanket and a picnic and let yourself be soothed by the sound of the surf. Change your internal clock to Island Time.

Our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfasts re-open for the season on February 10, 2012. To celebrate spring, we’re offering a Spring Special: stay three nights for the price of two nights, or four nights for the price of three. For more information, please call 800.852.1505.

Visit Nasa Visitor Center and Launch Site Near Chincoteague

June 9, 2011 by

Nasa Visitor Center Near Chincoteague

Nasa Visitor Center Near Chincoteague

Near Chincoteague Island discover what has been going on since 1945 at one of the oldest launch sites in the world. No spacecraft needed to have an astronauts-eye-view of the planets and moons at the new Science On a Sphere Theatre. A six-foot-diameter globe provides stunning visual effects from real scientific data. The animated sphere seems to float in space – just as an astronaut would see the Earth!



Nasa Visitor Center Schedule:

Mar – Jun: Thursday – Monday 10 to 4.
July 4-Labor Day: Daily 10 to 4.
Sept – Nov: Thursday – Monday 10 to 4.
Dec – Feb: Monday – Friday 10 to 4.

Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flight Facility, Building J-17
Wallops Island , VA 23337  Phone 1: 757-824-2298 Nasa Visitor’s Center Website

While visiting on the Eastern Shore, please come and stay with us at the Island Manor House, Bed and Breakfast on beautiful Chincoteague Island! We are located  just minutes from NASA’s visitor center and launch site!

Beat the Heat on Chincoteague: This Year’s Top Beach Town

August 17, 2010 by islandmanor

Couple on Beach

Cool off beachside on Chincoteague in VA

With much of the United States suffering record temperatures this summer, spending a long weekend, or much needed vacation in Chincoteague can give you a place to cool off, relax and replenish. This year on our little island, Chincoteague, home of the world renowned Assateague Island Pony Swim, has been voted the number one beach town in the United States. There is plenty to do on our vanilla bean shaped peninsula off the coast of Virginia, in addition to splashing in the surf. Chincoteague Island is an outdoor and wildlife enthusiast’s paradise.

The historic 1848 Island Manor House, our eight room bed and breakfast, is fully air conditioned, offering a gourmet breakfast. We provide top-notch concierge services to help you plan for a boat tour, fishing trip, kayaking, jet skiing, biking, nature tours and bird watching. We can also help suggest some of the best restaurants on Chincoteague, not to mention where to find the delicious oysters we’re known for.
Take a respite from the heat and come to “America’s Best Beach Town!”