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Category Archives: Seasonal Events on Chincoteague

Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival 2013 – Go Ahead and Be Shellfish

September 26, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

2013 Chincoteague Island Oyster FestivalIt’s fall and that means it’s purt-near time for the Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival!

Now, this a tradition going so far back that, in 1607 (or so the story goes), the island’s Native American inhabitants were interrupted from one of these ocean-side, seafood feasts by the very first Englishmen to set foot on the islands. Of course, said invaders, watching the backs of the retreating, frightened natives, must have thought to themselves: “Gee, it sure would be a sin to let all of the wonderful seafood here in this pit go to waste … “

Oyster season begins this time of year and the glory of the oyster beds of Chincoteague and Assateague are woven throughout the region’s history. Ever since the area’s oceanic bounty was first discovered, seafood has been an integral part of the island inhabitant’s survival and commerce. Seafood harvests made up the bulk of our economy until well into the 20th century and continues to be one of the perks of being here so, of course, let’s celebrate!

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Just Plein Beautiful – The 2013 Plein Air Art Event

September 9, 2013 by

The 2013 Plein Air Art Event

The 2013 Plein Air Art Event is back for its tenth year! Once again, more than 40 artists will spend 3 days painting outdoors on Assateague and Chincoteague Islands – and you’re invited!

Choosing their own locations from around the islands, artists from 9 states will pursue their unique styles in the tradition of Plein Air: capturing their chosen scenes out of doors and before the light changes. This racing with the sun and clouds lends a sense of energy and excitement to the work and has long been a component of the Impressionist movement.

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Chincoteague Island Getaways

July 21, 2013 by islandmanor

I really think everyone should have somewhere special they go once the weather turns nice. It can be close to home, like a swimming hole or a sunny riverbank a short drive away. Sometimes it is a little farther out – a stretch of beach up the coastline, or windy hillside cabin with buckets of sunlight.

For many in Virginia and along the Atlantic seaboard, Chincoteague Island is just such a place. While we have a thriving and artistic permanent community, the influx of visitors that love the island and cherish their memories of her make summer a special time for everyone.

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Overview of Chincoteague VA Weather

January 4, 2013 by islandmanor

Here on Chincoteague island, we experience all four seasons. Each is distinct and enjoyable in a different way. Maybe knowing a little more about what the seasons are like here on the island will help you decide when you would like to come visit Chincoteauge.

Chincoteague in the Spring

visit Chincoteague Island off-season

Snow Geese on the ponds of Assateague Island.

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New Year’s Eve Getaway on Chincoteague Island

December 4, 2012 by islandmanor

Join us for New Years Eve on Chincoteague! While many tourists chose to come to the island during the summer, the winter holds unique charms for those that enjoy a quieter, more serene beach experience. However, that doesn’t mean everything about Chincoteague island is quiet in the winter! Our New Year’e Eve celebration 2012 is not-to-be-missed!

The fun starts at 10:00 p.m. in the Robert Reed Downtown Park. Our signature event, The Pony Island Horseshoe Drop, is a celebration that culminates in a promenade of crazy costumes just before counting down to the stroke of midnight. That’s when the illuminated horseshoe drops in time to ring in the New Year! It’s not Swarovski Crystal…but it does sparkle!

Wear your favorite costume or just be a spectator (but it’s a lot more fun in costume! We might have a couple to share). This year’s theme is COWBOYS & ALIENS! While the theme may seem random, it’s actually a nod to Chincoteague heritage. First, we

New Year's Eve in Chincoteague VA

The infamous horseshoe drop!

are home to the World Famous Saltwater Cowboys. Secondly, we are just a lassos throw away from the original USA Space Port at Wallops Island. So if you show up looking like a cow poke, an alien, or whatever, don’t worry, it’s all good here on the island!

To become totally immersed in the oddest of silly visual spectacles, you should head for the Downtown Waterfront Park by 10 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Bring your camera to capture the shenanigans, dress warm (wear a hat and gloves for sure) and leave the stilettos at home (that was last year’s New Years). Comfortable shoes are a must so you can shimmy and dance the last night of the year away. Most importantly; bring YOUR family and friends with you to enjoy the grand fun that is Chincoteague!

Need Chincoteague VA Lodging?

We still have rooms in our Chincoteague bed and breakfast available for the holidays. Book now for great off-season rates!

The Chincoteague Wild Ponies

May 21, 2012 by islandmanor

A summer visit to Virginia’s Chincoteague and Assateague Islands means long afternoons on the beach, leisurely bike rides, and scenic cruises around the islands. It means lazy hours curled up with a book and a glass of wine, romantic getaways, and family gatherings.

One of the most thrilling aspects of a summer visit to Chincoteague and Assateague Islands is the Wild Pony Swim.

Chincoteague Island Ponies

It's an incredible sight.

The 87th Annual Pony Round Up, Swim, and Auction take place July 21-26, 2012. We still have availability during these times at Island Manor House Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast. Come for part of it or all of it.

The wild ponies will be rounded up by Saltwater Cowboys on July 21 and 22, in preparation for the swim. The public can view the ponies in their corrals on Assateague Island until they make their big swim. It’s always amazing to see the ponies, whether they’re in their natural habitat or in a corral. Just remember, they are wild animals; it’s best to avoid getting too close.

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The Spring Awakening of Chincoteague and Assateague

April 24, 2012 by islandmanor

Chincoteague and Assateauge Islands fully awaken in May. All shops and restaurants that were closed for the winter re-open. Scenic cruises to view the wild ponies of Assateague Island and charter fishing cruises resume after a winter hiatus. The weather is mild, the crowds slim. It’s a wonderful time to spend a few days at Island Manor Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast.

Assateague wild ponies

Get close to the Assateague Wild Ponies with a scenic cruise.

There are several fun events on the community calendar in May, 2012:

  • Migratory Bird Celebration, May 12. Celebrate the spring migration at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Second Saturday Art Stroll, May 12. Shops and art galleries stay open late and host special events.
Chincoteague Island Flounder Tournament

How many big fish can you catch?

  • Acoustic Music Series, Big Wide Grin, May 26. A 3 Peace Band, soulfully acoustic. Sure to be a fabulous show.
  • Blessing of the Fleet, May 27. Remember Chincoteague’s roots as a fishing village.

Help us celebrate the arrival of spring with one of the above events, or simple come for a few days of peace and quiet. Bring binoculars and scan the skies and shores for migrating waterfowl. Bring a good book and a good friend.

Call a 1-800-852-1505 or visit the reservations page of Island Manor House, an Assateague Bed and Breakfast.

The 2012 Chincoteague Daffodil Festival

March 10, 2012 by islandmanor

Daffodil Festival Chincoteague Island

Stay at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast during the Daffodil Festival, April 14, 15.

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills, 

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils; …


The waves beside them danced; but they 

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: …


…oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye 

Which is the bliss of solitude; 

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.

– William Wordsworth, 1804


If daffodils have inspired a poem that has endured for hundreds of years, it’s because their beauty and wonderfully playful spirit is timeless. William Wordsworth often revisited the image of dancing daffodils that once he saw, just as those of us who have read his poem revisit them in our own minds’ eye.

Daffodils are the herald of spring. When we see them pushing forth from the ground, we know that warmer days will soon be upon us. Daffodils mean life; they mean tilled farmland and growing food. They mean long summer evenings and the romance that accompanies them. All that, in one frilly, yellow flower.

The 2012 Chincoteague Daffodil Festival takes place April 14 and 15. Accompanying the daffodils will be Chinctoeague’s annual Flower, Home & Garden Show and Annual Spring Craft Show. It is a very festive occasion and a wonderful time to visit the island. We invite you to stay at The Island Manor House Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast while you’re here.

Spring at the Island Manor, Chincoteague!

March 12, 2011 by

Narcisos / Daffodils

Spring has sprung on beautiful Chincoteague Island!  What a perfect time to enjoy our little island, as the local businesses reopen for the upcoming season you are able to stroll main street’s art galleries and gift shops before the summer-season crowds arrive.  April 9th  and 10th we celebrate with the annual Daffodil festival, Chincoteague Center’s Annual Flower, Home & Garden Show and Annual Spring Craft Show.  In addition, participating galleries and shops are open extended hours with special events on Saturday April 9th with the kick off of Chincoteague’s 2nd Saturday Art Stroll.

 More information on these events can be found at http://www.chincoteaguechamber.com/   We invite you to come and enjoy a visit at the Island Manor House; our courtyard is popping with daffodils, tulips and crocus.  We are located just a few minutes away from Assateague Island with its abundance of flora and fauna.  Why not treat yourself to a Spring get-away?