The Island Manor of Chincoteague


37 Miles of Beach

March 24, 2012 by islandmanor

Chincoteague Island snapper

Enjoy the wildlife of Assateague and Chincoteague Islands. Just don't get too close.

The Assateague Island National Seashore is home to 37 miles of beach. 37 miles. It takes time to experience all that nature and beauty–days, even weeks. We suggest staying making yourself at home in one of our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfasts.

Assateague Island is wild. Chincoteague Island is quiet. There’s a difference. The historic town of Chincoteaugue is not a hotbed of activity, but there are things to do. There are shops, including one very good bookstore, art galleries, and eateries. There are many lovely historic buildings and homes. It’s peaceful here, particularly in our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfasts; you’ll want a good book.

Just across a nearby bridge lay Assateauge Island National Seashore and its vast expanse of beaches, pine forest, and salt marshes. Animals live here, not people. There are hundreds of wild horses and thousands of birds on Assateague. Off shore, there are sometimes dolphins. It is amazing to think that Assateague Island is so close to Washington D.C. and Baltimore; how can it be so close to such cosmopolitan cities and yet be so wild?

Come to our Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast this spring. Breathe in the fragrant scent of flowers and fresh, salty air. Poke around the shops. Borrow a bike and circumnavigate the island or explore the trails of Assateague. Borrow a beach chair, a frisbee, a bucket and a spade. Build a sand castle. Dig a deep hole. Take a long walk. Look at birds. Relax.

Spring is a wonderful time to visit the islands. The weather is pleasant and there are no crowds. Spend a weekend or linger longer. Ask us about our Spring Special: if you stay at least two nights before the end of April, you’ll receive a 10% discount.


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.