The Island Manor of Chincoteague


Chincoteague Island Time

December 10, 2011 by islandmanor

Chincoteague Island is remote, and that is one of its biggest charms. Not only is it an island – it is an island off the Delmarva Peninsula. The closest major cities, Annapolis, Maryland, Wilmington, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. sit at the tip of the peninsula or on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay.

Wild Pony.

Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Peaceful.

Yet, in spite of its remote location, it doesn’t take all day to reach Chincoteague Island. It’s about three hours from Annapolis, three and a quarter hours from Wilmington, and three and a half hours from D.C. Leave work after lunch on Friday, and you can be at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast┬áin time for Afternoon Tea.

People routinely come to our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast to escape from hectic schedules and non-stop lives. The island is an ideal place to relax, especially during the spring and fall, before and after the arrival of summer crowds. Bring a good book, or borrow one of ours. When was the last time you read Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague, inspired by the wild ponies on neighboring Assateague Island?

There are many opportunities for outdoor recreation on Chincoteague Island and neighboring Assateague Island: kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking and biking. Some of the best activities, fortunately, are also some of the most relaxing.

Scenic cruises lead passengers around the perimeter of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, where the famous Assateague wild ponies live. They are often as curious about people as we are about them, and they sometimes seem to pose for photographs. Picture a wild pony standing on the beach, with the breeze gently lifting his mane.

The Assateague National Seashore is an ideal place for beach strolls. Collect shells (unless they are being used as a home), or bring a blanket and a picnic and let yourself be soothed by the sound of the surf. Change your internal clock to Island Time.

Our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfasts re-open for the season on February 10, 2012. To celebrate spring, we’re offering a Spring Special: stay three nights for the price of two nights, or four nights for the price of three. For more information, please call 800.852.1505.

Assateague Island Waterfowl Week

October 8, 2011 by islandmanor

Our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast is just minutes from the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island. Many know the refuge as the home of the Chincoteague wild ponies, which are indeed remarkable to behold. Yet Assateague Island is also an important site for resident and migratory waterfowl.

Photo of the Week - Sunrise at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (VA)

Sunrise at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Thousands of birds rest and feed in the protected areas of Assateague Island each spring and fall. Birders and photographers are invited to witness this natural spectacle during the Assateague Island Waterfowl Week, which is in its 37th year. In 2011, it takes place from November 19 to November 27.

This is an ideal time for birders and photographers to stay at our Bed and Breakfast on Chincoteague Island.

The Chincoteague National Wildilfe Refuge is comprised of more than 14,000 acres of maritime forest, saltwater marsh, freshwater marsh, and beach. During the Assateague Island Waterfowl Week, visitors are invited to explore parts of the refuge normally closed to the public. This is a spectacular opportunity.

Join in special guided walks through the refuge and participate in the many special events and programs that will take place throughout the week. The waterfowl migration is expected to be at its peak the week of November 19, 2011.

Expect to see large numbers of Herons, Snowy Egrets, and Snow Geese. Double-crested Cormorants are abundant in the fall, and both Tundra and Mute Swans are common. Watchers with binoculars, a telephoto lens, sharp eyes and patience will be richly rewarded.


Spend Thanksgiving on Chincoteague Island

September 24, 2011 by islandmanor

The holidays are a wonderful time. Thanksgiving is a feast shared with family and friends. Christmas is a celebration of life and love – a time to exult in the joy of giving. New Year’s is a time to reflect on the past, plan for the future, and rejoice in the present.

Thanksgiving Spread

Let us cook your Thanksgiving feast.

In truth, the holidays can also be a stressful time, especially for folks who enjoy hosting them. Feasts require days of planning and food preparation. Entertaining requires a clean and tidy home. Gifts must be either purchased or made. By the time Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s have passed, many people feel the need for a vacation.

This year, consider incorporating a vacation into your holiday plans. Break up the monotony of always hosting, or always schlepping from one relative’s house to the next. This year, spend Thanksgiving on beautiful Chincoteague Island, at the Island Manor House, our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast.

Spend your time walking on the sparkling sands of Assateague Island, watching the wild ponies frolic, and witnessing the miraculous migration of beautiful Snow Geese. Go for an invigorating bike ride around the island. Warm yourself by the fire, curled up with a good book and a glass of wine or cup of coffee.

Let us do the work for you. We’ll cook, we’ll clean. You’ll relax, eat, drink, and be merry.

Read on for details about the Holiday Packages at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast.

Thanksgiving Package at the Island Manor – $695.00 Inclusive:

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • gourmet breakfast each morning
  • homemade snacks and nibbles available 24 hrs a day
  • concierge service
  • bicycles to ride around the island
  • a dozen chocolate covered strawberries in your room on arrival
  • traditional thanksgiving buffet dinner and bottle of wine for two at 4 pm

Please call 1.800.852.1505 for more information, or visit our reservations page to reserve your blissful Thanksgiving holiday at the Island Manor House.