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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.

Dive Into The New Year With Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2018!

December 1, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Polar Pony Plunge 2018If you’re looking for a fun way to break in the new year on Virginia’s eastern shore, look no further than Chincoteague Island and Polar Pony Plunge 2018! The popular, annual event is held every January 1st on Assateague Island.

New Year’s Eve is a lot of fun but New Year’s Day can be even better if you find the right way to celebrate it. Chincoteague Island’s annual Polar Pony Plunge is one of those right ways. I mean, what could possibly be more fulfilling than throwing yourself headlong into the icy surf of the Atlantic, right?

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Chincoteague Holiday Home Tours – “Homes for the Holidays”

November 14, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Holiday Home Tours 2016 - "Homes for the Holidays"Come to Chincoteague Island this holiday season and get a glance inside some remarkable homes during the annual “Homes for the Holidays,” Chincoteague holiday home tours. December 3rd, 2016.

Chincoteague is already known for its quaint and welcoming island ambiance. Chincoteague Island has a lot of interesting and beautiful homes. Once the holidays come around, however, that feeling is further enhanced with all the fantastic seasonal decorations.

Many of us take one day out of our holidays to cruise neighborhoods known for their Christmas lights and decorations. Have you ever viewed the exterior of a particularly well-decorated home and wished you could see inside, too? You can with the annual Chincoteague Holiday Home Tours!

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Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend 2015!

October 5, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend 2015Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend – scheduled for November 26th through the 29th – is a celebration of the thousands of different species of birds that visit Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge during their annual fall migration, an event whose peak occurs every year around this time.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on beautiful Assateague Island – home of the famous wild ponies – is always good for a visit. With more than 14,000 acres of beaches, maritime forest, saltwater marshes, and freshwater marshes, enjoying nature and wildlife, getting a peep at the wild horse herds, or just soaking up the quiet and solitude here is as simple as arriving.

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A Chincoteague New Year’s Eve

December 13, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague New Year's Eve

No Chincoteague Island New Year’s Eve
is complete without the
Pony Island Horseshoe Drop!

There’s no place like Virginia’s Chincoteague Island for unique and beautiful vacations – and that doesn’t end with summer. A Chincoteague New Year’s Eve is a great, one-of-a-kind way to start the new year!

You’d think a small town on a small island would just roll-up the sidewalks once “tourist season” ends but not Chincoteague Island! Sure, we’re a lot quieter and less crowded once vacation season ends but frankly, that’s part of the reason the “off-season” may be the best time to visit! It’s still beautiful here and there’s still plenty to do and see, especially around the holidays.

A Chincoteague New Year’s Eve, for example, is chock-full of that unique island spirit and fun Chincoteague Island is so well known for.

It starts off with the Annual New Year’s Eve Concert at the Island Theatre. Bill Toms and Hard Rain are back this year with their hard mix of rock, rhythm and blues, soul, and folk. Bill Toms played lead guitar and sang back-up for Pittsburgh’s Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers for 19 years and has toured the US and Europe repeatedly, opening for artists like The Band, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, so you know you’re in for a great show.

After the concert, quick change into your costume (if you want … or haven’t already!) and head down to the Robert Reed Downtown Park for the Pony Island Horseshoe Drop and Costume Promenade!

The Costume Promenade is an annual, silly spectacle that includes costume contests in a variety of categories and, yes, there are prizes! This year’s Costume Promenade theme is Saltwater Cowboys and Seaside Angels. Whether you intend to participate in the shenanigans or not, bring a camera and be prepared for a hilarious time that will includes music and dancing – or something approximating that, anyway.

At midnight comes the countdown and the Pony Island Horseshoe Drop. That’s right, who needs a glittery ball when you have a sparkly horseshoe? Count down to 2015 and give your loved ones a big squeeze!

Finally, if you’re feeling up to it – hey, New Year’s! – the first day of the new year brings … the 2015 Polar Pony Plunge! What better way to celebrate the new year than by throwing yourself into the ice-cold waters of the Atlantic? If you’re still in your costume from the night before, all the better because there are more prizes for crazy costumes and a 2015 Polar Pony Plunge t-shirt you can purchase as proof of your insanity.

and THAT is a Chincoteague New Year’s Eve.

Bill Toms and Hard Rain Chincoteague Island New Year’s Eve Concert
Dec 31, 2015 – 8pm-11:30pm
The Island Theatre – 4074 Main St
chincoteagueislandarts.org

Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade
Dec 31, 2015 – 10pm – Midnight
Robert Reed Downtown Park
www.chincoteaguechristmas.com

2015 Polar Pony Plunge
January 1st, 2015 – 1:15pm
Assateague Island beach (look for the crowd)
www.chincoteaguechristmas.com

Chincoteague New Year’s Eve Lodging
If you’re planning an off-season Chincoteague Island vacation and are looking for somewhere to stay, 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is open year-round! With nine tastefully decorated, luxury rooms, daily gourmet breakfasts, a snack room, game room, beach gear, concierge services, and more, we’re here to make your Chincoteague getaway the best it can possibly be – Happy New Year!

Enjoy a Chincoteague Island Holiday Vacation!

November 15, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island may seem like a summer destination but, in fact, there’s always plenty to see and do here – so why not treat yourself to a Chincoteague Island holiday vacation this year?

We always like to say that, after summer, winter is the next best season to visit Chincoteague Island. The average temperature this time of year is 50 degrees under sunny skies, there are smaller crowds, and there are events and attractions all year long. Plus we’ve unique shops for your holiday shopping, delightful local restaurants and, of course, the incredible, natural beauty of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands!

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The Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off 2014!

August 16, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off 2014As we head into the beautiful Chincoteague autumn, a lot of things come to mind, not the least of which is … the annual Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off!

An island favorite, the Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off is fun, sun, food, music, crafts, contests, and more. Hosted by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, the 2014 Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off offers chowder and chili aficionados from around the area a chance to compete – and taste! – delicious variations of chili and chowder. You’ll see numerous examples of these dishes, prepared under cover, from secret recipes handed down generation by generation, as well as brand new twists on these classic, comfort-food favorites.

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2014 Chincoteague Blueberry Festival

June 17, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Chincoteague Blueberry FestivalBlueberries – is there a more perfect food? The blueberry is both sweetly delicious and a healthy snack. Perhaps that’s why this otherwise humble, little fruit has its own celebration: The 2014 Chincoteague Blueberry Festival!

Scheduled for midsummer – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 25th, 26th, and 27th, 9am to 4:30pm – Chincoteague’s Blueberry Festival promises a great time for all – and blueberries!

Of course, one of the best parts of the festival are all the fresh, juicy, blueberries you get to eat – but you have to act fast or risk missing them when they sell out – and they will! Luckily you can pre-order yours from Dick Jones at: 540-273-2963. The same is true of Sugarbakers’ wildly popular Ultimate Blueberry Pies, available whole or by the slice. Call Sugarbakers at 757-336-3712 to make sure you get yours.

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2014 Chincoteague Seafood Festival

April 13, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Chincoteague Seafood FestivalSpringtime on Chincoteague Island means the return of lots of things but one of the best is fresh seafood and the Chincoteague Seafood Festival!

Chincoteague Island’s community started out as a small fishing village and, to this day, some of the best Mid-Atlantic Coast fishing waters are right here, around the island. This time of year, local anglers bring in a variety of fish, including striped bass, drumfish, and flounder. Throw in Little Neck clams and Chincoteague oysters and you have yourself the makings of a feast!

The Chincoteague Seafood Festival is a 46 year-old tradition here on the island and

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A Winter Visit to Chincoteague Island?

November 17, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

A Winter Visit to Chincoteague Island

The wildlife is here, the views are here, the island’s here …
Why aren’t you here?

Am I crazy or are people missing a BIG opportunity by not considering a winter visit to Chincoteague Island? It’s the perfect place for a quiet holiday, if you ask me.

Too many folks seem to think of beaches as only worth visiting if it’s 100 degrees out – nothing could be farther from the truth. As we all like to say, even a cool day at the beach is better than a warm day at work!

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