Sage advice for the Spring Roundup

It can be the best of times, or the worst of times. April on Chincoteague and Assateague is tricky as far as the weather is concerned. Last year, it was freezing, the year before, cold and rainy. Nevertheless, the Saltwater cowboys ride on. 2018 Spring Roundup will be held on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April… Read more »

Ponies or Pines?

Folks ask us all the time which side of the Inn most people prefer, and to us it seems pretty split down the middle. The East Side faces the parking lot and the pony pasture, and you can sometimes see the lighthouse blinking in the distance through the pines.  It’s convenient for bicycles (just pull… Read more »

Recipe: Banana Bread

If you frequent the Refuge Inn in the off-season, chances are good that you’ll have an opportunity to taste our homemade banana bread!  It’s an original recipe from our very own Anna Leonard, whose husband Michael runs the Bike Depot next door to the hotel, and staffs the front desk in the chilly winter months. Anna’s… Read more »

Snow Day! Chincoteague gets snowed in with 13 inches

The snow started around 2am Saturday morning, January 7, 2017, and didn’t stop until after dark that night.  We’re all snowed in up here until the warm weather arrives on Wednesday. Special thanks to Lacey Bueno, Laura Davis, Pat Farley, Diane Fisher, and Mary Esther Leonard for giving us permission to use their photos!! (Big thanks to… Read more »

Upcoming Event: Death by Chocolate

Local favorite “Death by Chocolate” returns for 2017 on February 17 & 18.  This year, it’s a two-day event that runs 4-8pm on Friday and 10-4 on Saturday.  It combines two of our favorite things– shopping and chocolate. Go door-to-door & store-to-store with your friends and your playing card, and answer a question or pick… Read more »

A Chincoteague Christmas

  All over Chincoteague Island, on the Friday after Pony Penning, the islanders say “Well, the penning’s done. Before we know it, it’ll be Christmas.”  And indeed, here we are—it seems like the excited crowds of July and August have just left, but the Refuge Inn Christmas Tree has been lit, and the whole town… Read more »