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Spring Special on Chincoteague Island

April 3, 2012 by islandmanor

Take advantage of the Spring Special at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast and spend a few days basking in balmy spring weather.

Relax on the brick patio at the Island Manor House, sipping wine and dipping into the snacks we provide. At this time of year, many ducks and ducklings take up residence in town. They walk up and down the roads like they’re out for a Sunday stroll, and everyone stops to let them pass in style. Sometimes they explore our gardens. The ducklings are adorable, and the parents appropriately proud.

Spring ducklings on Chincoteague Island

Come see the ducklings.

Borrow one of our bikes and explore Chincoteague and Assateague Islands (ask us about our favorite bike trails). If you like to get in a lot of miles, the quiet country lanes of the Delmarva Peninsula are just a bridge away. Borrow some beach gear and spend a day on the uncrowded beaches of Assateague Island. We have backpack loungers, beach chairs, towels, umbrellas, boogie boards, frisbees, and buckets and spades. The weather is usually quite pleasant in the spring–perfect for a day at the beach.

The Beach at Assateague Island

Bike to the beaches of Assateauge Island

There are a couple of fun events on Chincoteague Island¬† in April. The Easter Decoy & Art Festival on April 6 and 7 fills the town with wonderful carved decoys and other art. ¬† The following weekend (April 13 and 14) is the Spring Pony Roundup, when ponies are herded into the Southern Corral to be seen by veterinarians. It’s a great opportunity to get a good look at the Chincoteague wild ponies.

The Spring Special at our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast takes 10% off a stay of two or more nights through the month of April. Ask us about it when you make your reservation. You simply can’t afford to not come!

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.

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