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 »

Downtown Chincoteague

  For all the wonderful sights, activities and events that our little island has to experience, it is amazing how many of them can be found in an area just a quarter mile long and a block or two wide. From the stately Bed & Breakfasts at the north, to the bustling waterside activity at… Read more »

Tesla Charger Debut

The Leonard Family and Staff of the Refuge Inn are proud to announce the installation and availability of two electric car charging stations! One Tesla Charger and one universal charger are now available to use at the Refuge Inn. These chargers are the only ones publicly available on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, and make Chincoteague an… Read more »