Blog

Weekend “Must-Do’s” for Chincoteague!

Weekend trips are wonderful this time of year on Chincoteague Island. The weather is perfect, the island isn’t crowded, and we only have a 3 Night Minimum until mid-June. It’s the perfect time to come and enjoy a sunny spring getaway!

Come see the island wake up from it’s winter slumber, as many of our local businesses and activities are starting to “rev up” again for another year here in our coastal community. Here’s a list of things yo may want to add to your weekend trip itinerary!

31273742340_5aac349fec_k

Chincoteague Farmer’s Market – you can find them on Church Street, on Saturday mornings from 9 AM – 1 PM. A true farm to table provider, you can find everything from local eggs and produce – to scallops, clams, and oysters pulled fresh from our local waters. Take some fresh Seafood back to your Vacation Home and fire up the grill!

31646256695_b90a9b8976_k.jpg

Assateague Lighthouse Climb – take the short wooded trail, then climb to the top of this local landmark for  unparalleled views of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Open for visitors each weekend from April through November – 9 AM to 3 PM (closes from 12-12:30 for lunch). Free admission, but donations are greatly accepted to help keep lighthouse open for other visitors.

10624505_1950742201733150_33306435_n

Yard Sales – grab a copy of the local paper to check for weekend yard/garage sales here on our little island. It’s a great opportunity to see parts of the island that are “off the beaten path”, and maybe make some friends with locals/neighbors. Look for signs posted at road intersections, or just take a spin around on a Saturday morning. You’re guaranteed to find some treasures and meet some amazing folks that will put a smile on your face!

rocket 3

NASA Wallops Visitor Center – while not technically on Chincoteague, it’s worth the short drive to visit this space lover’s sanctuary.  Find out about what goes on behind the scenes at Wallops Flight Facility, and make sure to visit the gift shop to take home some astronaut ice cream.

32104427515_cac4f9f1d3_b

Downtown Shopping – you’ll find a little bit of everything in our downtown district. Original art and photography, an adorable book store, local wines and delectable cheeses. And of course, the waterfront LOVE chairs that are everyone’s favorite photo-op.

Island Boat Tours – One of the best ways to see the stunning beauty here is on a Boat Tour! See the ponies up close, and learn about what lives in our waters from one of our wonderfully entertaining Captains. Captain Dan’s Around the Island Tours or Captain Barry’s Backbay Cruises are 2 wonderful tours of many offered on the Island, but they are all fabulous!

ponies1

Teaguer’s Tump Tours – Learn Chincoteague Local history, legends, and more from a multi-generational Teaguer. You’ll love this tour!

Tom’s Cove Visitor Center – The kids will love learning about the Sea Life in our waters here  – and so will you! Our boys used to love feeding the Horseshoe Crabs and holding live Whelks. They offer a variety of programs for all ages.

Absolutely Nothing – Sit on the Beach and watch the Pelicans dance over the water.  Relax Channel Side and enjoy the Herons & Egrets fishing for their morning meal. Turn off your phone. Count your blessings. Smell the Marsh Mud – we happen to think it’s one of the sweetest smells on earth. Come on, you know you need a weekend like this.

Looking for something specific to do or planning a celebration? Give us a call – we LOVE getting to know you and helping you plan your adventures! We are here to help you make the very best of your time on our Island, not matter how long or short it may be. Chincoteague Island – Relax, Rejunvenate, & Re-connect.

Discover the Seaside Difference on your next trip to Chincoteague Island!

Fondly, Lance & Elaine Stitcher – Owners & Fellow Beach Lovers

us on the beach

 

 

Spring Roundup 101

ponies2

While our most notable roundup of the famous wild ponies occurs at the end of July, there are two lesser known round-ups – one in the spring, and one in the fall. The ponies don’t make the swim over to Chincoteague like they do at Pony Penning, but rather are corralled on neighboring Assateague Island over the course of a weekend in April. It’s a great time of year to visit and experience the magic of the wild herd, without all the hurly-burly that comes along with Pony Penning.

WHY?

The primary reason of the spring roundup is for veterinary & farrier checks after the winter months. It’s also a great time to assess the number of foals that have been born so far in the season, to prepare for the auction in the summer.

In addition, it’s the point in which any “buyback” ponies from the previous year are brought over to Assateague Island (via horse trailer) and released to live their lives wild on our neighboring island. Previous to this, the foals are kept at the carnival grounds, so the Chincoteague Fire Department can keep an eye on them during the winter months that can be harsh on a foal only a few months old.

ponies1

WHEN?

This year the spring roundup will take place the weekend of April 13- 14, 2018.

Friday April 13th – the southern herd will be rounded up and penned at the corral on Beach Access Road,  which is located to your right on the way to the beach. The saltwater cowboys usually have them there by the late afternoon. Once they’re safely in the pen, they allow people to gather around the outside of the fence to take photos, general surveying of the situation, etc. A parking area is located behind the corral at the Woodland Trail. Enjoy the ponies and then stick around for a gorgeous sunset!

Saturday April 14th – the Saltwater Cowboys set up to round up the northern herd of ponies bright and early. The northern corral is located in an area of Assateague that isn’t accessible by vehicle. You’ve got to “hoof it” (no pun intended!) down a 3-mile (6 miles round trip) gravel road, which is a great hike for many folks – but not so much for others. It takes a few hours to round up these herds as there is alot more ground to cover, and more ponies. Due to safety concerns, the public is only allowed up to the cattle grate fence initially. Once they have them safely in the pens, they allow spectators to line the fence to get a gander at the ponies and take photos. Make sure to pack plenty of water and some bug spray for your hike!

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING ON THE ISLAND?

It’s a great time of year to visit Chincoteague Island, as it’s still considered our “off-season” – but most of our wonderful restaurants and businesses have opened their doors for the year.  Here are a few events going on that weekend that are worth checking out:

  • The winter film series hosted by the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization will have a showing of “Kinky Boots” (2006) at 7 PM on Friday, April 13th. Tickets are $5.00.
  • The Chincoteague Center is kicking off yard sale season with an Indoor Yard Sale on Saturday morning, April 14th at 8 AM. A wise man once said one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
  • Our friends and neighbors at NASA Wallops Flight Facility host a series of activities at their Visitor Center geared towards children on Saturdays. On April 14th you’ll find Engineering Gliders and Paper Airplanes on the lineup. For more information on the activities, or the full lineup – visit them here.

READY TO PLAN YOUR SPRING GETAWAY?

View our wonderful selection of Vacation Homes HERE – We even have Pet-Friendly Homes! Or give us a call at 844.662.2583 – we always love to here from you!