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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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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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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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Things To Do During Chincoteague Pony Swim 2018

June 15, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Pony Swim 2018Chincoteague Pony Swim 2018 is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25th, this year, with a week of pony related activities planned around the swim. The annual pony swim is undoubtedly the most famous aspect of Chincoteague Island – but it’s hardly the only thing to do here!

Chincoteague Pony Swim helps to make July – already awash with events and activities – the island’s most busy and popular month. There is the 4th of July, the Volunteer’ Fireman’s Carnival, and Pony Swim week (July 21-27).

Pony Swim week offers plenty to see and do, what with the two swims, the roundups, and auction. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that the wild ponies of Assateague Island are the only things to see on Chincoteague Island!

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Come To Chincoteague and Explore Historic Assateague Lighthouse!

June 12, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Visit historic Assateague Lighthouse!Historic Assateague Lighthouse is a photogenic landmark you can tour that is just 3 miles from our Chincoteague Island B&B!

The distinctive red and white tower of the Assateague Lighthouse is 142 feet high and almost 5 miles inland on the Virginia side of the island. Earlier, shore-based versions of the light proved too vulnerable to storms and shifting sands. The current tower was moved farther inland in 1867.

Assateague Lighthouse is one of less than 20 lighthouses of its kind still in use on the Eastern Seaboard. It is recognizable to many because of its broad red and white stripes and unique double-flash pattern.

Lighthouse buffs come from all around the world to visit Assateague Lighthouse. Visitors are delighted to discover that they can easily walk or bike to the lighthouse. That’s true of almost everything on Assateague and Chincoteague. The islands are the perfect place to set off on foot or on a bike. Traffic is typically light on the roads and there are miles of trails, including one out to the lighthouse.

Assateague Lighthouse is open for tours every weekend, April to November – and yes, you can climb the tower!

Both Chincoteague and Assateague Island are relatively flat. Consequently, Assateague Lighthouse stands head and shoulders above just about everything else on the islands! It towers over you as you approach the base – and the views from the top? Absolutely stunning. Not only can you see the entirety of both Assateague and Chincoteague but also Wallops Island and portions of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland!

Assateague Lighthouse

The tower is open for free tours on weekends in April through November, 9am to 12pm, 12:30pm to 3pm.
Donations go towards maintaining lighthouse tour staff and maintenance.
Visit for more information about the Assateague Light.

Assateague Lighthouse Lodging
Let Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast help you to make the most of your Chincoteague adventures! Our individually decorated guest rooms will have you feeling right at home with their luxurious amenities. Our convenient location puts the best of both islands at your fingertips and we are more than happy to help you arrange your visit with our concierge services. Book your stay at Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast today!

Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market – Come Taste the Fresh!

April 14, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Farmer's MarketThe Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market offers so much more than fresh local produce. Beyond being a farm to table provider, the market also offers quality arts, crafts, attic treasures, and live entertainment! As a matter of fact, they’re now referring to it as the Chincoteague Island Farmers and Artisans Market!

The Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market is held on Church Street most Saturdays, from April 15th to October 28th, and most Wednesdays, from May 31st to September 6th. The market is a wonderful opportunity to experience and share in the island community spirit. A festive spirit pervades the scene, propelled is part by the laughter and smiles, good food, live music, and the beauty of Virginia’s eastern shore.

Of course, another reason to go is all the great, fresh produce! You’ll find local meats, seafood, honey, eggs, seasonal produce, cheeses, seedlings, flowers, jams, and fresh baked goods. Admission is free – and so is parking!

One of the best aspects of our Farmer’s Market is the entertainment. Good, live music is always a plus, adding spice to an event like nothing else can. Chincoteague’s Farmer’s Market has 17 days of live entertainment in the chute – now all it needs is your ears!

Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market Performance Schedule
April 15 – Ally Tarwater & Friends
22 – Michael Yountz
29 – Hemlock Hollow
May 13 – Dawn Williams
20 – Michael Yountz
27 – Hot Spot Band
June 10 – Kasey Williams
17 – Hemlock Hollow
July 8, 12, 15, 19 – Leah Woods
22 – Hemlock Hollow
August 2, 5 – Kasey Williams
12 – Dawn Williams
October 14 – Mike Hawker

Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market is also home to the Second Saturday Artful Flea! What’s an Artful Flea, you ask?

The Artful Flea is an opportunity to peruse and purchase from an amazing array of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, and attic treasures. Like the Farmer’s Market, it also features food and live music. In fact, the event replaces the Farmer’s Market on the 2nd Saturday of each month, May through October.

Grand Opening Day for the Artful Flea this year is May 13th, 9am to 2pm. This first Artful Flea is being held in conjunction with the 2017 Mother Earth Day Festival. Come enjoy the special environmental exhibits, activities, and fun!

2017 Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market

6309 Church Street, Chincoteague, VA
Open Saturdays, April 15th to October 28th and ​Wednesdays, May 31st through September 6th, 9am to 1pm. On Pony Penning Week the Market is open Tuesday, July 25th and closed Wednesday.

Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market Lodging
1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located on Chincoteague’s Main Street, just minutes from the Farmer’s Market, other shops and restaurants, and the the famous wild ponies of Assateague Island. Let us share the Islander spirit with you at our Chincoteague Island B&B. Book your stay today!

View A Space Launch from NASA Wallops Visitor Center!

October 17, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

NASA Wallops Visitor CenterWhether you’re a hardcore space junky or just your average joe, watching a Nasa rocket launch is exciting to behold! You can view launches from NASA Wallops Visitor Center, or from Chincoteague Island, itself!

The NASA Wallops Visitor Center on Wallops Island, Virginia, is just ten minutes from Chincoteague Island. The center contains interactive exhibits highlighting the history of Wallops Flight Facility, one of the oldest launch sites on the planet! The facility is free to visit and will have you feeling like an astronaut, yourself!

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A Chincoteague Island Winter Getaway

January 15, 2016 by InsideOut Solutions

Chincoteague Island WinterNot 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!

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Lift Off for Wallops Flight Facility NASA Visitor Center!

February 21, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

NASA Visitor Center at Wallops Flight FacilityThere’s nowhere quite as quaint and peaceful as Chincoteague Island – which makes it even more surprising that, just ten minutes away, they’re launching rockets into space at the Wallops Flight Facility NASA Visitor Center – and you can watch for free!

Yes, you read that correctly: The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops Flight Facility is just a short drive form the quiet beauty of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands.

One of the oldest rocket-launch sites in the world – it opened in 1945 – Wallops Flight Facility is fully a active facility, regularly hosting space launches

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