It’s beautiful today, so we wrote a poem!

Twas March the Eleventh and all over the island People were donning flip flops and smilin’. The children were outside in t-shirts and shorts, Playing frisbee and baseball and other spring sports. Ma with her sunscreen and I with my hat, Headed to the beach, and there we sat. Out on the marsh, which wasn’t… Read more »

The Low-Down on Pony Penning

So you want to see the Pony Swim.  Whether you’re an old hat or a greenhorn, we talk to folks just like you every day.  Every year, it’s basically the same procedure, and we’ve got the skinny on what you need to know as a visitor to our island. First things first:  the Schedule. Saturday… Read more »

Snowy Owls on Assateague!

There’s been a lot of talk over the past month or so about the appearance of several Snowy Owls in the Chincoteague and Assateague area.  Hedwig look-a-likes may be neat, but some folks are wondering, owls–we see owls all the time–what’s the big deal?   The big deal is that the snowy owl very rarely… Read more »

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 »