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Category Archives: Chincoteague Outdoor Activities

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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Fishing, Clamming, and Crabbing Chincoteague Island

July 22, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Fishing, Clamming, and Crabbing Chincoteague IslandChincoteague Island is surrounded by some of the best fishing grounds on the Mid-Atlantic Coast. In fact, fishing, clamming, and crabbing Chincoteague are some of our island’s popular activities!

When most people think of Chincoteague Island, visions of wild ponies tend to fill their heads – and why not? The annual Chincoteague Island pony swim is a very unique and special thing – but it’s hardly the only reason to visit Chincoteague Island!

Chincoteague was once known for its unique, salty oysters. While “Chincoteague Salts,” as they’re known, are still sought after, most of the currently rebounding local oyster beds were over-fished during the 19th century. Today we’re more known for our fishing, clamming, and crabbing.

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Discover Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on a Refuge Trek!

February 13, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Tour Chincoteague National Wildlife RefugePeople come from all around the world to see Chincoteague’s wild ponies – but there’s so much more to be seen here! A tour of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will help you discover all that you’re missing.

We’re not going to try and convince you that there’s anything more majestic on Chincoteague than the wild ponies. They are the main attraction and likely always will be. Our point is that there is more on Chincoteague to see and discover than just the ponies.

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Enjoy A Scenic Chincoteague Island Boat Tour

July 11, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Enjoy a scenic Chincoteague Island Boat Tour!Taking a Chincoteague Island boat tour is a must for any Chincoteague vacation. Seeing Chincoteague and Assateague islands from the water, with all the flora and fauna, will be a true highlight of your visit.

There are a number of great reasons to come to Chincoteague Island – the wild ponies, Assateague Island lighthouse and nature preserve, beaches, laid back island life, and more. Not the least of these choices is a scenic Chincoteague Island boat tour.

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Hiking the Assateague Seashore

April 21, 2013 by islandmanor

If you love to hike and experience the outdoors, make sure you leave a day for exploring Assateague Island. There are a variety of paved and unpaved trails open for hiking and 37 miles of beach to wander. Hiking on a barrier island is a very unique experience. Be prepared for the challenges of heat, humidity, biting insects, fast approaching storms and changing tides. Here are some things to make sure you have with you before heading out:

  • sunglasses
  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • water
  • long sleeve shirt
  • insect repellent

Some other things to keep in mind before your trek:

  • Check the weather forecast before you leave. We don’t recommend hiking in thunderstorms.
  • Know when the sun is going to set. Don’t get stuck in the dark.
  • Check for park closures. Sometimes regions are off limits due to nesting birds or habitat rehabilitation.
  • Beach hiking is different. Terrain is soft and uneven, making it more difficult. Gauging distance can be challenging with fewer landmarks.
  • Get a tide chart. Hiking during low tide can reveal hard packed sand, much easier to walk on.
  • Wear (waterproof) hiking boots. Wet shoes with gritty sand can cause serious blisters.
Assateague Island, Virginia trail map.

Assateague Island, Virginia trail map.

Hiking Trails on Assateague

Service Road: The longest hike on the island is the Service Road, which is seven miles and heads north. You can reach the Virginia half of the island via this trail.

Wildlife Loop: A 3.25 mile hike around Snow Goose Pool. You can reach the Service Road trail via this loop, or take the Swan Cove trail to the beachfront.

There are a variety of shorter, mile and under hikes. Perfect for a more casual stroll.

Lodging on Chincoteague Island

Whether you are coming for days full of hiking and wilderness immersion, or, something more gentile, we hope you will make Island Manor Bed and Breakfast your home base in Chincoteague.



Take a “Fit-cation” with the Chincoteague Bay-to-Bay Run

March 13, 2013 by islandmanor

Are you in full swing with your workout regimen? Getting ready for that summer bikini body? If so, you might be interested in the newest trend in vacations: a fit-cation. Vacations don’t have to be an excuse to pack on the pounds! Stay sporty and active during your vacation. Enjoy a new place while making your body feel great.

If this sounds like your kind of trip, come to Chincoteague at the end of the month for the Bay-to-Bay 10k run/5k walk. The Chincoteague Island Family YMCA will host this annual race on Saturday, March 30, 2013. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at Robert Reed Park and check-in starts at 6:30AM. Registration for adults is $25 ($35 after March 16); children 14 and under register for $10. Strollers are allowed in the walk only, and pets are not allowed in either the run or the walk.

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Plan Ahead for the 2012 Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend

September 16, 2012 by

Blue Heron on Chincoteague Island

See beautiful wild waterfowl such as this blue heron when you visit the islands of Assateague and Chincoteague on the Virginia Coast.

It’s not too early to start planning for the big Waterfowl Weekend 2012 on November 22-25. The migration of waterfowl to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful natural event worth experiencing for yourself. The 14,000-acre refuge, with its maritime forest, long sandy shore and fresh and saltwater marshes, has long been a much needed stop for birds making their way southward. It’s an event worth celebrating and every year the refuge hosts an Open House featuring special events, lectures, guided walks and more.

From 12 to 3:30 pm on Thanksgiving through Sunday, vehicles are allowed on the normally off-limits Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Service Road. This makes it easier to view migrating birds and local wildlife. Bring your binoculars and camera to capture the spectacle of thousands of birds converging on Assateague Island for the fall migration.

Snowy egrets, snow geese, herons, double-crested cormorants and other magnificent birds will be passing through. Likewise, large numbers of bird watchers and nature photographers will also be flocking to our area. Book your room now to ensure you have the best Chincoteague lodging during the Assateague Waterfowl Weekend! Our eight individually decorated guest rooms with private baths have everything you need to relax after a day of bird watching. Plus, our Chincoteague B&B is only a short and scenic 15-minute drive from the wildlife refuge!

Get on the Water with the help of our Chincoteague Inn Concierge Services

September 2, 2012 by

Assateague Lighthouse Sunset

Getting on the water, whether by kayak or a cruise, is a great way to experience the natural beauty of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands.

When you stay at our Chincoteague Island bed and breakfast, we provide full concierge services so you don’t have to deal with needless stresses like making restaurant or nature tour reservations. We’re always happy to make your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible. Interested in bird watching? We’ll tell you the best spots at Assateague National Seashore and we’ll even lend you binoculars! If you need any gear, especially for the beach, we’ll be happy to give you buckets, towels, beach chairs, bikes, umbrellas, frisbees and boogie boards so you can get out and play. Beach lunches are also available.

We want our guests to enjoy the best of our beautiful little piece of the Virginia Coast. Our concierge services are an important way that guests can access the magic of this place. Some of the best experiences we help provide are opportunities to get in and on the water. The islands of Chincoteague and Assateague feature memorable sights such as the Chincoteague ponies and the picturesque Assateague Lighthouse. You simply must get on the water to really see them. There are a number of ways we can help you do this:

Boat tours – See the ponies in the summer and the wild birds visiting our shores during their seasonal migrations. Throughout the year watch dolphins, turtles and other ocean wildlife.

Fishing Trips – This is one of the great places to fish on the East Coast. We’ll be happy to arrange a chartered fishing trip for you!

Kayak, Canoe, Motor Boat, Jet Ski, Para Sail – Be the master of your own fate on the water. Get in a kayak, canoe or motor boat. Jet ski or soar on a para sail. We know all the local outdoor water adventure outfitters.

Our Chincoteague B&B provides free concierge services to our guests because we want their stays to be an absolute pleasure.

Contact us today if you’re interested in planning water activities while you enjoy the comfort and luxury of our lodging near Assateague Island.

37 Miles of Beach

March 24, 2012 by islandmanor

Chincoteague Island snapper

Enjoy the wildlife of Assateague and Chincoteague Islands. Just don't get too close.

The Assateague Island National Seashore is home to 37 miles of beach. 37 miles. It takes time to experience all that nature and beauty–days, even weeks. We suggest staying making yourself at home in one of our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfasts.

Assateague Island is wild. Chincoteague Island is quiet. There’s a difference. The historic town of Chincoteaugue is not a hotbed of activity, but there are things to do. There are shops, including one very good bookstore, art galleries, and eateries. There are many lovely historic buildings and homes. It’s peaceful here, particularly in our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfasts; you’ll want a good book.

Just across a nearby bridge lay Assateauge Island National Seashore and its vast expanse of beaches, pine forest, and salt marshes. Animals live here, not people. There are hundreds of wild horses and thousands of birds on Assateague. Off shore, there are sometimes dolphins. It is amazing to think that Assateague Island is so close to Washington D.C. and Baltimore; how can it be so close to such cosmopolitan cities and yet be so wild?

Come to our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast this spring. Breathe in the fragrant scent of flowers and fresh, salty air. Poke around the shops. Borrow a bike and circumnavigate the island or explore the trails of Assateague. Borrow a beach chair, a frisbee, a bucket and a spade. Build a sand castle. Dig a deep hole. Take a long walk. Look at birds. Relax.

Spring is a wonderful time to visit the islands. The weather is pleasant and there are no crowds. Spend a weekend or linger longer. Ask us about our Spring Special: if you stay at least two nights before the end of April, you’ll receive a 10% discount.


Assateague Lightouse

September 10, 2011 by islandmanor

Assateague Lighthouse

Views from the top of Assateague Lighthouse are lovely.

Chincoteague and Assateague Islands are relatively flat, which makes them great for biking and walking. Beauty is everywhere: in the long stretches of beach, the marshes, and the bays. The village has many historic buildings, such as the 1848 Island Manor House, our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast. Even walking down Main Street is an aesthetically pleasing experience.

Still, some people crave big views. The best spot for these folks is the Assateague Lighthouse.

Part of Assateague Island lies in Maryland, and part in Virginia. The lighthouse is located on the south side of the island in Virginia, close to the bridge from Chincoteague. Indeed, it’s less than three miles from our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast to the Assateague Lighthouse trail. Many guests bike out to the lighthouse; we provide bikes if guests don’t have their own.

The present Assateague Lighthouse was built in 1867, replacing a shorter, inadequate tower dating from 1833. The brick structure stands 142 feet tall on top of a 20+ foot bluff. It is one of fewer than 20 lighthouses of its kind still functioning on the Eastern Seaboard today, and is easily recognizable to mariners thanks to it’s broad red and white stripes and nightly flash pattern.

Visitors will notice that the Assateague Lighthouse is not located right on the shore of the island, but nearly five miles inland. It was not always so. The tides have shifted the sands and somewhat stranded the light, though it’s light still warns shipping traffic of the shallow waters off Assateague.

Visitors are welcome to climb to the top of the lighthouse. Those who do are rewarded with expansive views. Ask the innkeeper of our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast about lighthouse tours. The light is open seven days a week from June through September, and Fridays through Sundays October through May. From time to time, reparations may alter this schedule. Up-to-date information is available at 757.336.3696.