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Visit Chincoteague, Virginia

Updated on October 29, 2014

Chincoteague

Chincoteague, Virginia

The squawking of the sea gulls did not deter us from our mission. Even as they began to dive bomb us, we continued on. The sun beat down on us as we sat in the adirondack chairs, ignoring the birds. I wasn’t hot, just comfortably warm. the juice from the delectable pit pork slowly made it’s way down my arm. I didn’t even notice. Woody’s did not have indoor seating and they were out of wet naps, but none of us cared at this point. We had been waiting all winter to get back here and taste these delightful, overstuffed sandwiches.

Once a year, or maybe more my husband, my friends and I travel to Chincoteague. We enjoy the laid back atmosphere that resides here. (even with the sea gulls!) We always stay in one of the “mom and pop” style motels. They have always suited our needs and are very clean.

Accommodations

The accommodations on the island range from chain hotels to the “mom and pop” motels that have been around for sometime. If you are so inclined you can find several campgrounds that may fill your needs. As I mentioned we normally stay at the Seahawk Motel. This motel is run by a very nice man who keeps his property in good condition. We usually travel with our dogs and this motel is pet friendly. Not only does he have rooms but he also has a cottage and efficiencies for rent. My favorite part of staying here is that I can walk to my favorite restaurant, Steamers and to the Island Creamery!

Food

Steamers is a good restaurant, you can order off the menu or choose from all you can eat blue crabs, snow crabs and/or shrimp. But, this is not the only place to eat in Chincoteague, there are many different ones to choose from ranging from a diner to McDonalds.

If you are looking for dessert you have come to the right place! Right next to Steamers is the famous (maybe only to me and my friends!) Island Creamery. This establishment makes their own ice cream, and it is amazing! However, if it is low fat or fat free you are looking for go next door to Mr Whippy’s.

Sugar Baker’s in the older part of town is a bakery and coffeehouse. They serve delightful baked items. Lunch is also served consisting of sandwiches and salads.

Things to do on Chincoteague

  • Bike rentals

  • Motor bike rentals

  • Shopping

  • Boat tours

  • Beach

  • Wildlife Refuge

  • See the Lighthouse

  • See the wild ponies

  • Mini Golf

Shopping

One of our favorite places to shop on Chincoteague is The Brant. Here you will find unique and interesting things that you may not find just anywhere. We also make sure we go to Pony Tails. The taffy there is outstanding! Every time we go I bring home a good bit of taffy. They also make fudge with many diverse combinations. Of course you will find some of the normal beach type shops, where you will find boogie boards and hermit crabs.

Beach

The beach here is very nice, clean and not normally too crowded. This also depends on the time of year you travel of course. Once at the beach you will see a building, this building has interesting information about Chincoteague and a gift shop.

Wildlife

Chincoteague is a wildlife refuge. It includes more than 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. Chincoteague provides visitors the opportunity to learn about wildlife. While walking on one of the many walking trails we were able to spot an endangered animal, the fox squirrel. It is amazing how many people come here just to bird watch. The Island in teaming with birds including the Bald Eagle and the Piping Plover.

The Island is also filled with reptiles and amphibians. These animals are not seen as often as the others, but they are there. We have stopped and watched the turtles on many occasions.

Don’t forget the Ponies! They are considered part of the wildlife. The Island keeps up to 150 ponies on the Island at all times. They reproduce and some are sold every year in July at the Pony Swim. The Pony Swim is run by the Chincoteague Fire Department. Thousands of people come here every year to watch the Saltwater Cowboys round up the ponies and send them on their swim. Some of the ponies are bought and given back to the Island. The ponies that are donated back can never be sold again, they will live out their lives on the Island. The proceeds of the pony sales go to the Chincoteague Fire Department.

Assateague Island Lighthouse

The lighthouse is 142 feet tall and was built in 1867. The foundation of the lighthouse is made of stone while the rest is brick. It was painted in the 1960’s with the red and white bands we see today. At the time that I write this article the lighthouse is being repainted. Normally, visitors are welcome to climb the lighthouse for a small fee, but it is closed as of right now. It is still possible to go to the outside and take pictures.

Walking Trails

The walking trails are relaxing, you will find several walking trails on the Island. They are not only reserved for walking but bike riding as well. Take the time to walk these trails and enjoy the wildlife, including the ponies but, make sure you take your camera!

Boats Tours

We had the pleasure of taking a boat tour with Daisey’s Dockside Nature Cruises. These people were very friendly and helpful. The tour lasted about 2 hours and we were able to get up close to the ponies. Our captain that day was very knowledgeable. During the tour he stopped and gave us a pictorial history of the Island. What we enjoyed about the tour was how personal it was. They only take about 6 people at a time on a tour. They use pontoon boats for the trip, and they encourage you to bring binoculars for a better view of the different birds on the Island.

Fishing is also available to those who would like to fish.

All in all this is a great place for a quiet family vacation. We go from April through October and have never been disappointed.

Velzipmur aka Shelly Wyatt

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      Kellsie 3 years ago

      Well done to think of sohtnmieg like that

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      Shelly Wyatt 3 years ago from Maryland

      Joan I am a published author you can find my books on Amazon.com I have a suspense novel coming out on Jan. 27, 2015 the title is Revenge. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my article.

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      Joan 3 years ago

      I'm impressed by your writing. Are you a professional or just very knabeedglowle?

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      Shelly Wyatt 5 years ago from Maryland

      billybuc, Just that part of Virginia is flat. The rest, not so much! I love the state it is beautiful I hope you get the chance to see more of it.

      The Dirty Farmer, we love it there! If you get a chance you should definitely go back.

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      Shelly Wyatt 5 years ago from Maryland

      It is a wonderful place to go!

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      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      I haven't been to Chincoteague since I was a kid, but I'd love to go back!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It looks lovely and very peaceful. I visited D.C. and Virginia back in 1997...only made it south as far as the Civil War site of Fredricksburg and the Wilderness....lovely state what I saw of it, but awfully flat. :)

      Thanks for the tour. Maybe someday I'll return and be able to see more of the sites.

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