The Island Manor of Chincoteague, a Bed and Breakfast and Wedding Venue

Category Archives: Restaurants and Shopping

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.

Read the rest of this page »

Planning Your Chincoteague Vacation

March 28, 2013 by islandmanor

What are your goals for visiting our charming little island?

Depending on what you want to accomplish, you can schedule a visit for this Spring.

If seeing the pony roundup is your main concern – you will need to book for July. However, perhaps you are simply looking for a beach vacation that doesn’t involve mega-resorts and inflated prices. If charming shops, restaurants and southern charm all in a natural beach setting is more your pace, come visit us in Chincoteague this April!

On April 13, the Second Saturday art stroll is taking place.

Look for the 2nd Saturday banner in participating shop windows

Look for the 2nd Saturday banner in participating shop windows

The Art Stroll takes place at participating galleries and shops around the Island from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Come out to meet local artists, see exhibits of a wide variety of visual arts, listen to live music and more.

Participating Galleries and Shops

Visit these galleries and shops during Second Saturday to enjoy demonstrations by visiting artists, performances by musicians, readings and book signings by authors and wine and cheese tastings.

  • Island Butterfly – 4107 Main St.
  • Guinevere’s – 4076 Main St.
  • Flying Fish Gallery – 4086 Main St.
  • Island Arts – 6196 Maddox Blvd.
  • Old Neptune Books – 4076 Main St.
  • Sundial Books – 4065 Main St.
  • Working Artists Studio – Maddox Blvd.
  • Osprey Nest Gallery – 4096 Main St.
  • And more!

More Springtime Activities in Chincoteague

Hiking on Assateague Island: This is a great time to hit the trails in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The temperature is cooler, there are less visitors in the park and birds are abundant.

The Wildlife Loop is a 3¼ mile round-trip route around a soil management area. It is a great place to observe wildlife, especially waterfowl and wading birds. It is open to walkers and bikers throughout the day, but vehicles are only permitted to drive on it from 3:00 P.M. till dusk.

Check back for our next blog with a full list of hiking trails in the Wildlife Refuge!




Saint Patrick’s Day on Chincoteague

March 6, 2013 by islandmanor

We have a fun event planned for Saint Patrick’s Day this year! This holiday also marks the beginning of spring on Chincoteague. It’s a great time to come visit and see the changing landscape of the island.

Search for the Shamrock in Downtown Chincoteague

‘In Search of the Shamrock’ is on Saturday, March 16th from 11-4. Players will travel from business to business with their playing card and must fill in the blanks based on what they discover at each business. This is great fun for the whole family.

When you finish (or by 4 p.m.) meet at Chattie’s Lounge above Don’s Seafood Restaurant (4113 Main St ). search-for-the-shamrock-chincoteagueGet your card validated and be entered into the drawing for prizes donated by the participating shops. The drawing starts at 4:30 p.m. Join in a fun filled day and don’t forget to wear your green! For more details visit chincoteaguemerchants.com/shamrock-search-info.html, email lwber@yahoo.com, or call 757-336-3434.

Other Entertainment over Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend

The Island Coffeehouse is a cultural event that takes place the third Saturday of each month. Sponsored by the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, each Island Coffeehouse generally includes a static art exhibit and two performances. Usually this includes a spoken word/poetry/theater act and then a musical performance. Meet new people and mingle. Enjoy a coffee, soft drinks, beer, wine and homemade goodies.

The Island Coffeehouse is a popular event with islanders of all ages and is a wonderful chance for visitors to expose themselves to something besides the beach while they are on Chincoteague. Come out and enjoy the fun at the Chincoteague Senior Center on Church Street. Admission is $5. Doors open at 7:00 and performances start at 7:30. For more details visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/coffee_house.html, email info@chincoteagueculturalalliance.org, or call 757-336-0044.

Downtown Chincoteague Lodging

When planning your trip to Chincoteague, whether this spring or later in the summer, we hope Island Manor bed and breakfast will be your lodging choice!

A Sampling of Seafood Restaurants on Chincoteague Island

July 16, 2012 by

Colorful Seafood Sign Rockport, Massachusetts 2008

Experience the wonderful local dining during your stay at Island Manor Bed and Breakfast

Chincoteague Island rightly has a reputation for fresh delicious seafood. The Mid-Atlantic Coast has a long history as a major fishery and Chincoteague has always been a fishing village. The locals have fishing in their blood. They know how to catch seafood and prepare it just right! While staying at our Chincoteague B&B, you certainly can’t miss out on our local restaurants serving these fresh fruits from the sea.

Below is a sampling of Chincoteague seafood restaurants and dining experiences. This is by no means the end-all-be-all list! There are far more options to suit seafood- and non-seafood-lovers alike. For a more complete list, please visit the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. Here are a few Chincoteague seafood places to whet your appetite:

AJ’s on the Creek: Casually elegant fine dining with water views indoors or out. Artfully preparing seafood, beef, poultry and vegetarian dishes paired with fine wines. Lounge features live music. @ 6585 Maddox Blvd. ~ (757) 336-5888

Bill’s Seafood Restaurant: Fine dining specializing in fresh local seafood, hand cut steaks, pasta dishes and legendary desserts served with an international wine list. @ 4040 Main St. ~ (757) 336-5831

Captain Zack’s Seafood: Takeout only. Pick up your seafood, such as fresh oysters or a flounder sandwich. See them bring the catch in and prep right before your eyes. @ 4422 Deep Hole Rd. ~ (757) 336-3788

Sea Shell Cafe: A casual cafe serving seafood and beyond, from tapas and pasta to brunches and a full dinner menu. Bring your dogs to dine with you on the porch! @ 7085 Maddox Blvd. ~ (757) 336-6005

Village Restaurant: The Conner family offers fine dining with a water view on Eel Creek. Experience fresh seafood, fine aged steaks and veal, plus an international wine list. @ 6576 Maddox Blvd. ~ (757) 336-5120

Woody’s Beach BBQ and Eatery: Laid back beach shack atmosphere. Grab a picnic table and dine on your slow-smoked ribs or seafood dishes such as softshell crab sandwiches. @ 6700 Maddox Blvd. ~ (410) 430-4429

We hope this short list is just a start to your exploration of Chincoteague seafood dining. During your stay at our inn near Assateague, talk with us and we can guide you to the dining experience that best suits your style and palate. For the fine restaurants of Chincoteague, we’ll also be happy to make your dinner reservations.