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The Assateague lighthouse, the famous Chincoteague ponies, and our beach provide a unique vacation experience.
Chincoteague and Assateague Activities & Attractions

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New York Times

“A handful of informal seafood restaurants, rich tastes of sea trout, red and black drum, and the best oysters on earth.”

David Shribman


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“My husband and I have traveled fairly extensively, both domestically and abroad.  We were impressed with your facility.  Your concern for the care and comfort of your guests was extraordinary.”

 Mr. & Mrs. Nicholson

September, 2014


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Chincoteague and Assateague are perhaps the most beautiful islands on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Plan to spend your vacation in the generous accommodations at the Refuge Inn and have easy access to all that the islands have to offer.

Washington Times Magazine

“Nature is still supreme here, on this beach of fragile dunes, wild ponies, lost gull feathers and long stretches of deserted sand.”

Jennifer Harper

On Chincoteague Island you'll find fascinating shops featuring unusual gifts and the work of Island artists and decoy carvers. Waterfront and specialty restaurants offer seafood and a variety of treats to please your palate. Rent a boat and fish for flounder or sea trout, or enjoy frequent signtings of eagles, dolphins, and ponies aboard a scenic dinner cruise and boat tour with Daisey's Island Cruises.

Assateague Island, VA, protected by the Assateague Island National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, is the ideal place for swimming, birding, hiking, and biking.

Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Island National Seashore is only a few minutes by car from the Refuge Inn. Thirty-seven miles of the wildest and most beautiful beaches on the East Coast are yours to explore and enjoy.

During the summer, lifeguards oversee a section of the beach near the bathhouses and visitor center. Changing stalls, toilet facilities, rinse-off showers, and drinking water are available at the bathhouses.

Outside the lifeguard protected area, you can enjoy surf fishing and even surfing (boards of all sizes are available for rent on Chincoteague).

Anytime of year, there is nothing like a relaxing walk or jog along the beach.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island is within walking distance of the Refuge Inn.

The Refuge is well-known as a bird-watcher's paradise where over 300 species of birds have been spotted. The Refuge is also home to the Chincoteague ponies made famous by Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague. Each year in late July the ponies are rounded up by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company for the annual pony swim to Chincoteague and the auction at the Chincoteague Firemen's Carnival. (For a schedule of events, see the July Events section of the Chamber of Commerce web site.)

Located on a hill some 22 feet above the mean high water is the Assateague Lighthouse - 142 feet high, with a diameter of 27 feet, 6 3/4 inches at the base. The light is rated at 800,000 candle power, and can be seen for 19 nautical miles. Operated by the United States Coast Guard, the lighthouse was constructed in 1833 and was eventually rebuilt in its present form in 1867.

You'll enjoy every season of the year on the Refuge whether you hike or bike the Wildlife Loop or any of the other scenic trails. (Admission is free for those who walk or bike.)

On Chincoteague Island, you'll experience a relaxed life style free from the rush of the cities. Along Main Street, Maddox Boulevard, and on many of the back streets are shops, art galleries, restaurants, ice cream parlors, and even mini golf.

For those interested in the history of the islands, the Museum of Chincoteague (within easy walking distance of the Inn) will be of special interest.

For those who would enjoy a fishing trip, wild pony sightings, or a sunset cruise, the Island's tour boats offer an experience you'll long remember.

During the Fall and Winter, outdoor sportsmen travel from far and wide to enjoy great hunting opportunities for deer and migratory waterfowl.  Book one of our local guides to plan every detail of the many outdoor excursions offered on Chincoteague and Assateague Islands.

Finally, of course, there are the special events on the Island - such as the Chincoteague pony swim and auction, the Firemen's Carnival, the Fourth of July fireworks, the seafood festivals, and the art and decoy shows that have made Chincoteague famous throughout the world. (See the Events section at the Chamber of Commerce web site for more information).








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2014- Chincoteague was named the Happiest Seaside Town in America by Coastal Living Magazine. The finalists were selected based on percentage of sunny days, commute times, crime rates, and standards of living. From ten finalists, including locales such as Captiva Island, Fla. and Haleiwa, Hawaii, online voters chose our hometown of Chincoteague Island as the #1 Happiest Seaside Town.


2014- TripAdvisor travelers crowned Chincoteague the runner-up in a competition for Best Island in the United States. The awards were based on tens of thousands of TripAdvisor reviews of hotels, attractions, restaurants, and activities. Chincoteague ranked higher than many famous destinations, including Hawaii, Nantucket, Hilton Head, and Key West.


2010- AOL Travel published an article entitled “America’s Best Beach Towns” and listed Chincoteague Island, Virginia in the top spot. AOL Travel contributor Jordan Simon lauded Chincoteague and Assateague Islands as a year-round “nature lover’s nirvana,” and suggested visitors should enjoy other attractions such as our picturesque beach, wild ponies, ice cream parlors, and stunning rocket launches.


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A variety of special events can be enjoyed year - round. Festivals celebrating birding, seafood (all you can eat), our famous wild ponies , arts, & carvings are but a few of the bonuses to be enjoyed if you visit our islands when special things are happening. Check the links below for current schedules and listings.


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