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.


Chincoteague Island Weddings

February 24, 2012 by islandmanor

If you’re looking for a good place to hold your wedding, consider our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast.

Weddings on Chincoteague Island

We can help find caterers who will create a delicious, lovely, wedding cake.

The Island Manor House comfortably accommodates gatherings of up to 100 guests, both for indoor and outdoor weddings. When the weather is fine, as it tends to be spring through fall, our expansive gardens are an ideal setting; there is plenty of room to walk, dance, eat and celebrate.

Since weddings are held frequently at Island Manor House, we have good relationships with local caterers, officiants, and photographers. We’ll happily help couples make their wedding plans, or we’ll take charge and make most of the arrangements ourselves. Some couples like to be intimately involved in their wedding plans, while others prefer to leave the nitty gritty details to others; we are comfortable with both of these situations.

Say your vows on the wind-swept beaches of Assateague Island, or in the elegant gardens here at the inn. Enjoy a full lunch or dinner, or treat your guests to a vast selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres. Dance to live music, or let a D.J. play all of your old favorites. If you’re happy with your wedding, your guests will be, too.

Your wedding should go smoothly, be memorable for you, and be fun for your guests. We know how to make that happen at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast. Put yourselves in our capable hands.

1848 Island Manor House accommodates 18 guests. We will happily suggest additional lodging on Chincoteague Island, should you require it.

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.