Simply beautiful by nature....

The Refuge Inn gives you a feeling of seclusion, yet our family owned Chincoteague Island, VA hotel lodging is close to everything. Clean, comfortable, and convenient, the Refuge Inn invites you to discover island elegance where there is as much or as little to do as your heart desires.

Our Rooms

70 unique, high-quality, beautiful rooms waiting for you.


Pool, hot tub, gift shop, memories ready to be made.

Groups & Meetings

Conference room with wifi for work & play.


Bikes, ponies & site seeing means fun for the whole family.


#2 on Trip Advisor, featured in Frommers, & Southern Living.

Clean, quiet & cozy

Family, friends & fun for all at Refuge. What's waiting for you?



  • #6 Best US Island

    USA TODAY has announced its list of winners in the Reader’s Choice travel award contest.  Assateague Island VA/MD placed #6 in the "Best US Island" category, beating out Block Island RI, Kauai HI, Dauphin Island AL, and Hilton Head SC.
  • #2 Island in the United States

    The Travelers’ Choice Islands awards honor top travel spots worldwide based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. Award winners were determined based on the popularity of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, taking into account travelers’ favorite and most highly rated places. The awards recognize outstanding islands in markets across the globe. “We are extremely honored to receive an award from TripAdvisor® two years running. We were voted the #7 Beach in the US in the 2013 Travelers’ Choice Awards Beaches”, says Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Evelyn Shotwell. “I suppose the word is out…..we have become ‘the travelers’ choice!’”
  • #2 Coolest Small Town in America

    This incredibly beautiful island town offers a mid-Atlantic summer getaway complete with perfect beaches with trails for cycling and walking, fresh seafood (and an annual seafood festival!), and its legendary wild ponies. But it’s also a year-round hot spot, especially during its holiday parades and house tours. The town is also a favorite spot for amazing boat tours and as an ideal locale for watching NASA rocket launches from the nearby Wallops Visitor Center.  Read more...
  • America's Happiest Seaside Town

    This oyster-and-crab-rich island is also home to the famous Chincoteague ponies. While saltwater cowboys have been driving wild horses across the channel for auction since 1925, it was the children's book Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry that put the event, and this quiet little fishing town, on the map in 1947.  Read More...
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  • “It was a pleasure to see you again and to stay at the Refuge Inn, the most charming hotel on Chincoteague.”
    Bill Goodwin