“Refuge from the Storm” for two-day-old Evelyn Grace Leonard

All of the Leonard kids grew up at the Refuge Inn, but never has one been here quite so early. Michael Leonard, who grew up here and now works at the front desk and bike shop, and his wife Anna welcomed their first child into the world on Monday, March 4th. Less than 48 hours… Read more »

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 »