Chincoteague and Assateauge Islands fully awaken in May. All shops and restaurants that were closed for the winter re-open. Scenic cruises to view the wild ponies of Assateague Island and charter fishing cruises resume after a winter hiatus. The weather is mild, the crowds slim. It’s a wonderful time to spend a few days at Island Manor Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast.
There are several fun events on the community calendar in May, 2012:
- Chincoteague Seafood Festival, May 5. A simple spring tradition of good food, good music, and good company.
- Captain Bob’s Marina Flounder King Tournament, May 11-20. Anglers, get ready to catch some big fish.
- Migratory Bird Celebration, May 12. Celebrate the spring migration at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
- Second Saturday Art Stroll, May 12. Shops and art galleries stay open late and host special events.
- Acoustic Music Series, Big Wide Grin, May 26. A 3 Peace Band, soulfully acoustic. Sure to be a fabulous show.
- Blessing of the Fleet, May 27. Remember Chincoteague’s roots as a fishing village.
Help us celebrate the arrival of spring with one of the above events, or simple come for a few days of peace and quiet. Bring binoculars and scan the skies and shores for migrating waterfowl. Bring a good book and a good friend.
Call a 1-800-852-1505 or visit the reservations page of Island Manor House, an Assateague Bed and Breakfast.
We’re getting ready for a couple of quiet winter months here at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast. Guests are here through December 4, but the inn will be closed for the winter season between December 5, 2011 and February 9, 2012. That said, we’re already looking ahead to next spring.
To celebrate our spring re-opening, we’re offering a Spring 2012 Special at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast. Guests may stay three nights for the price of two, or four nights for the price of three, or five nights for the cost of four.
Spring is one of our favorite times on Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Birds – always abundant – flock to the islands and cheerfully wake us with their calls. Brisk days are tempered by mild days, and the air smells salty and green and good. It feels great to be outdoors, and great to curl up by the fire with a cup of tea, a glass of wine, or a good book.
The islands are still quiet in the spring. Shops are open, but summer beach-goers haven’t yet arrived. Beaches stretch out before us, inviting us to explore areas we’ve neglected for a while. The Piping Plover Nesting Area, on the hook of Assateague Island, is open to the public until March 15; it’s a long walk around Toms Cove to the tip of the hook, so we always bring plenty of snacks. We also love to explore the islands by bike in February and March, for there is little traffic. Bikes are available for use by guests of our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast, and we’ll happily recommend good bike routes.
Like us, the famous wild ponies of Assateague Island live here year-round. Wildlife viewing boat tours are the best way to see the ponies up close, and our concierge service will make the necessary arrangements. Folks who would rather keep both feet on land may well see the ponies while exploring the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge by bike or on foot.
After spending a few hours in the fresh air, a cup of warm, aromatic tea feels just right. Miss Molly’s, our sister inn, offers a full English tea every afternoon. To sink the teeth into a rich scone smothered in jam and cream is to taste heaven. Afternoon tea is particularly good on blustery days, but be careful – they’re deliciously addictive.
It’s not too early to look ahead to spring. In fact, winter can be much more enjoyable when you know you have a good vacation planned at our Chincoteague Island Bed and Breakfast.