Pony Penning 2019 Photo Gallery & Recap

This year’s Pony Penning was a huge success, resulting in a lot of happy pony fans, lots of money raised for the fire department, and a renewed love for the traditions of the place many of us call home. Next year’s swim will be July 29, 2020. We’ve decided to thank our early birds by… Read more »

Refuge Inn featured in the Habitattler

There are some beautiful photos and good travel tips on this post from Habitattler, who were kind enough to share a copy with us.  Check it out and be sure to comment on their post if it helped you plan your time in Chincoteague!

Migratory Bird Day 2019

One of our favorite events of the year is coming up, the Migratory Bird Day Celebration at the wildlife refuge.  It’s held every year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day– this year that’s May 11. The entrance fee to Assateague will be waived (!!!) and the celebration itself is free to attend.  There are a… Read more »

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 »