Retirement Party

  Carol Sue Winder started working at the Refuge Motor Inn in 1985, after becoming friends with Martha Leonard.  Twenty-nine years later, at the end of her last year here at the Refuge, fellow staff members, owners, and family gathered for a dinner to thank Carol Sue for her steadfast dedication and loyalty during her… Read more »

Fall & Winter Waterfowl

The temperatures have dropped, the leaves are falling, and the island is quiet.  No dinner reservations are necessary this time of year, and the summer beach traffic is a distant memory.  High tourist season in Chincoteague has come and gone for another year, but Fall and Winter and prime time for a different type of… Read more »

Summer Sum-up

Hello everyone and welcome to FALL! We had a very busy summer, filled with excitement and many wonderful guests.  Highlights include a very rainy June, beautifully mild July and August, the busiest month in recent history (August, with 98% occupancy,) a downpour during the annual pony swim, completion of an update to the Sun &… Read more »

New foal born at the Refuge Inn

Guests awoke to a rare treat Thursday morning, a newly born foal right across the  parking lot.  Sassie gave birth to a beautiful little filly, whom the front desk has named Lady Kate (after Kate Middleton, who is expecting her first child this summer.)

Week 3: Chincoteague is for Lovers… of Relaxation

Most vacation destinations attract a particular type of visitor.  But Chincoteague Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore isn’t like the others. It offers events, attractions, learning activities and relaxing vistas for every type of family to enjoy. We proudly present Week 3 of customized Chincoteague vacation styles:   Chincoteague is for Lovers… of Relaxation! You could… Read more »