Island Manor House, our historic Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast, opens for the season Friday, February 10, 2012. That’s just in time for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway.
There are plenty of romantic places in the world, and in our humble opinion, Chincoteague Island sits at the top of the list (just after Paris and Florence). Plus, we’re driving distance from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Norfolk, Virginia. Not so the great cities of Europe!
Yes, some places help us fall in love all over again, and Chincoteague Island, Virginia is such a place. Long a fishing village, it has largely resisted development and the “been here, seen that” feel that comes with it. Chincoteague has retained its picturesque charm, and there is something romantic about that.
Guests of our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast feel compelled to walk hand in hand through the historic village. They find themselves wrapped arm in arm on the pristine beaches of neighboring Assateague Island, watching the sun set. They linger over morning coffee by the fountain in our private courtyard, and sip wine in the evening in their cozy rooms. We’re on island time here on Chincoteague; there’s no need to rush anything.
One of the most romantic spots on the island is table number 20 at AJ’s on the Creek; nestled in a corner, #20 encourages intimate conversation and eye-gazing. All of the food is good at AJ’s, but their Chincoteague Oysters in a light Champagne cream sauce is out of this world (and you know what they say about oysters). AJ’s on the Creek is just over a mile from our inn; walk or ride one of the cruiser bikes we have available for guests.
Don’t despair if you can’t make it to Paris this February (the weather there isn’t great then, anyway). Instead, plan a romantic getaway to our Chincoteague Island, Virginia Bed and Breakfast. Ask about our Spring Special when you make your reservations.
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.
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 in 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.