Meet our Newest Photographer: 10-year-old Ayden

Ayden’s cell phone photo of a Great Blue Heron got some interest on our social media pages last week, so we took him out with a real camera to see what he could do. The results are stunning, but you’ll have to settle for this cell phone shot of him for now while he titles… Read more »

Chincoteague Causeway Video

As many ‘Teaguers, come-heres, and lifelong visitors of Chincoteague will tell you, there is nothing quite like coming across the causeway to Chincoteague. The smell of the salt marsh is the first thing that hits you. To first-timers, it may be a strange smell, but to those of us who’ve driven the causeway tens, hundreds,… Read more »

Island Boy at the Seafood Festival

We are celebrating our 40th anniversary here at the Refuge (Motor) Inn–what better way to celebrate the start of the season than sponsoring a performance by the Island Boy Band at this year’s Seafood Festival, to be held May 4th. These guys always get a party started when they play at the Oyster Festival in… Read more »

Chincoteague Oysters featured in “Michigan Avenue”

It takes several lifetimes to master the art of oystering. Just ask Mike McGee, third-generation Chincoteague waterman and vice president of strategy for Ballard Fish & Oyster Company, who holds the majority of leases of the island’s famed oyster beds, where wild and cultured shellfish are harvested 52 weeks a year. Steering Miss Linda, the… Read more »

Postcard from 1949

We found this postcard from Mrs. Jane Moore Thardy, of Thardy Travel Bureau, Alabama. She must have sent it when she was visiting her sister Martha on Chincoteague in 1949. Many years later, Martha and her husband Don Leonard founded the Refuge Motor Inn.