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[[Image:Chincoteague Wetlands.jpg|thumb|300px|Deer and geese on the bayside wetlands]]''' Chincoteague''' is a city an island and small town in [[Virginia]].
==Get inDirections to Chincoteague Island==
To get to Chincoteague Island, take 64 east from Richmond until you reach Norfolk. From there, take 13 North. You will need to pay a $12 bridge toll to cross the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel. Once on the other side, continue up the Eastern Shore for about an hour and a half. In Oak Hall, there is a Food Lion and Sonic. Turn right onto Rt. 175. Continue following 175 past the NASA base and across the bridges. There is a stoplight after the last bridge--Welcome to Chincoteague Island! Relax, you're on Island Time.
The island, in its entirety. Take a cruise around the island with a local captain. There are many operators with various trips. You'll almost be guaranteed to see dolphins, bald eagles, osprey, and of course the wild ponies.
*'''Annual Pony Swim''', Memorial Park. Last Wednesday in July. It's best to buy seats on a boat--for more info talk to the [ Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce].
Go to the beach. There is no commercialization over there--not even a Coke machine--so be sure to bring '''plenty of water and snacks.''' It is a wonderful beach, though you'll have to pay to get on Assateague Island, where the beach and wildlife refuge are located. Be sure to stop at the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center on Assateague--they have activities and exhibits for nature lovers of all ages! . You should also include a trip to the Tom's Cove Visitors Center, located near the beach this location boasts a touch tank and other exhibits.  If you're willing to have a little walk you should check out the Wild Beach. Located north of the main beach this secluded strip of sand is perfect for those just wanting to get away from it all. The Wild Beach is also accessible by the 1/2 mile Swan Cove Trail, which spurs off of the Wildlife Loop.
Go to the '''Fireman's Carnival.''' It's a small-town festival complete with rides, games, bingo, and delicious oyster and clam fritters. All the rides and stands are run by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. Many members of the fire company are World-Famous Salt Water Cowboys.
*'''Snug Harbor Marina''' at 7536 East Side road offers motor boat rentals as well as kayak rentals and tours around the islands. This is the best way to see all the islands have to offer. You can even take a trip to a private secluded beach. Just call 757-336-6176 to book your island adventure today.
*'''Refuge Golf''' on Maddox Blvd. provides lots of family entertainment. You can play a round of Putt-Putt, race for the finish in go-karts, climb the rock wall, get soaked with bumper boats, and even do a little old-school air hockey or pool inside the arcade.
*'''Surfside Golf''' also on Maddox Boulevard offers 36 holes of on two different courses. It also sells ice cream.
'''Riding bikes on the Wildlife Refuge Golf''' on Maddox Blvdis an unforgettable experience--I highly recommend it. provides lots The 3-mile wildlife loop is an easy, flat ride, and the short hike to the Assateague Lighthouse is a lot of family entertainmentfun. You can play Also check out the 1.5 mile Woodland Trail which is located off the main road to the beach and is a round prime spot for viewing ponies. The loop also includes two spur trails. The 0.5 mile Swan Cove Trail which goes to the beach, and the 1 mile Black Duck Trail which connects the loop to the road. Another option is the trail that leaves the refuge parking lot and follows the main road before connecting to the Black Duck Trail. Walkers have several options, the 0.5 mile long Marsh Trail, and the 1/4 mile long Snow Goose Trail, both of Putt-Putt, race which connect to the loop. Finally for the finish in go-kartsbrave ones, climb there is the 7.5 mile long service road. Originating at the rock wallwildlife loop and heading north, this trail is only open to walkers, get soaked with bumper boats, an exception during Waterfowl Week in November when it is also open to bikes and even do a little old-school air hockey cars. For families with kids or pool inside those unsure of riding with traffic, rent from the arcade[ Bike Depot]. They're close to all the paths and the beach too!
Riding bikes If you have time to spare, though when you are on the Wildlife Refuge is an unforgettable experience--I highly recommend it. The 3-mile wildlife loop Chincoteague Island, there is an easyseemingly no concept such as "time, flat ride" enjoy crabbing off the paths located conveniently on Maddox Boulevard, and right before the short hike entrance to the Assateague Lighthouse Island. The view is lovely and if you do a lot of fun! For families with kids or those unsure of riding with traffic180 degree turn, rent from across the [http:2-way road, you will most likely see some wild Assateague horses grazing and// Bike Depot]or running freely about. They're close to all the paths and the beach too!
Whatever you do, if it's outside, '''bring bug spray'''. The '''mosquitoes''' are blood-thirsty!
Sun Screen. Aloe. Bug Spray. A good beach book. *A t-shirt from the '''Purple Pony.''' It's locally owned and has a great selection of quality t-shirts, printed right there at the store. Don't let these tags fool you though, just because they are cheaper does not mean they are cheaply made. And if you don't believe me, take it from the owners! "We believe in value. But value is often confused with 'cheap'. Good value is high quality and good service with low cost. Cheap is just low quality at low cost .Good value lasts. Cheap will do for now. Good value is a bargain and cheap is not."
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*'''Bill's Seafood''' is one of the best. It's casual enough to eat in shorts and a t-shirt, but fancy enough to go out for a family celebration. Their broiled crabcakes are the best! Open 365 days a year, 5am-10pm. *'''Maria's Restaurant''' is a great restaurant with a family-vibe and a fabulously friendly staff. The perfect place to go for family-friendly environment that provides a great well-cooked home-styled meal. Reservations are not necessary though due its popularity, it does tend to get a bit more crowded in the evenings and especially on the weekends during the in-season time period. Never fear though, if there is a wait, just add your name to the list and walk next door to "Refuge Golf" (mentioned earlier on site). *'''The Village Restaurant''' is a more high-end restaurant though the draw-backs end there. Overlooking Eel Creek with an exquisite menu consisting of seafood, veal, steak and specializing in fresh Chincoteague oysters, this is the perfect spot to take that special person in your life if you'd like to treat them right. Reservations are highly suggested, though not required, and the doors open at 5:00 pm sharp. Bon Appetite! *'''Sugarbakers Bakery and Cafe''' is a great place for baked goods such as donuts, croissants, and many other delicious bakery regulars. Accompanied with an espresso, gourmet coffee or cappuccino, this bakery is an easy all-in-one stop to start your day off right. Pop in for lunch though and you will find homemade soups, fresh salads, and a variety of desserts to choose from. Located conveniently at 4095 Main Street, Sugarbakers Bakery and Cafe is easily accessible from all parts of Chincoteague. Opened daily from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Otherwise, Sugarbakers Bakery and Cafe is opened Thursday through Sunday from 7:30 am until 3:00 pm. *'''Etta's Channelside Restaurant''' is a great place for seafood with some of the best views on the island. Located on East Side Drive overlooking the Assateague Channel. *'''AJ's On the Creek''' is located on Maddox Boulevard. It has possibly the most upscale atmosphere on the island but is as casual as anywhere, and features seafood, veal, and hand-cut steaks as well as seafood pastas. Open for lunch and dinner Monday thru Saturday 11:30 am to 10: pm. And dinner on Sunday 5 to 10 pm. *'''Woody's Beach BBQ and Fried Chicken Joint''' located on Maddox Boulevard and features delicious barbecued pork and chicken, and fried chicken in a fun atmosphere. *'''Famous Pizza and Sub Shop''' Offering Italian items in a pizzeria setting. Located on Maddox Boulevard.
*'''Sea Star CafeDon's Seafood Restaurant and Chatties Lounge''' is my personal favorite. They serve sandwiches, salads, and soups located on Main Street open for lunch. The sandwiches are HUGE but delicious, with gourmet meats and some hand-made dressings that will make your mouth water. The owners make everything to order. It's so fresh and healthy, you'll be coming back for more the very next day. Try the Virginian or the Northerner! They have dinner seven days a lot of vegetarian and vegan options too, which is rare on the islandweek.
*'''The VillageJ&B Cold Cuts''' is a Chincoteague classic. Open 5pm-close for dinner. Make reservations! The seafood platter is enough to feed two, or maybe three, but is a GREAT sampling on main street south of local seafood. Crab Soup is deliciousthe carnival grounds and offers subs, too. Fresh seafood, local waitressespizza, and a seperate bar area make The Village a must-eat stop on Chincoteaguedeli meat. Specializing in Philly Cheese steak.
*'''Captain ZackLedo's Seafood Carry-OutPizza''', corner of located on Maddox Boulevard offers pizza and Deep Hole RoadItalian specials. Don't be fooled by the unassuming little building – Crystal is serving up some mighty fine local seafood. Try the clam fritter and single fried oyster sandwiches. She's a Chincoteague native and a delightful one at that. Ask her about Halloween costumes!
*'''Famous Pizza and SubsThe Chincoteague Diner & Restaurant ''' located on Maddox Boulevard offers a full typical "diner" menu. Breakfast is a great little pizza jointserved all day long as well as daily lunch and dinner specials. They deliver Extensive seafood offerings, too--great when you don't feel like going plus Italian specialties round out or having a fancy dinnermenu of entrees, sandwhiches and desserts. Affordable fresh salads available. The Diner also features a full bar and wine menu. Inexpensive, tooOpen from 7 in the morning til late at night.
*'''Sea Star Cafe''' offering a variety of gourmet sandwiches and more. On Maddox. *'''Captain Zack's Seafood Carryout''' located on Deep Hole Road offers wide variety of fresh seafood. Served fried, grilled, blackened and other ways. You can take home raw seafood if you like to cook yourself. *'''The Island Cafe''' located at the Island Motor Inn, this indoor/outdoor cafe is without a doubt the island's best breakfast. Don't go here without trying the French Toast. *'''The Crab Shack''' located on Maddox Boulevard, The Crab Shack serves lunch and dinner in a very casual setting. The food and atmosphere are terrific. Coincidentally, the chef here is also the chef at the Island Cafe. ==DrinkIce Cream==The sweet treat followup to your delicious meal. Or whenever you want to! *'''Muller's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlour'''. The name says it all! In this old fashioned house that not only provides an adequate amount of seating inside but outside on the screened-in porch as well you will find your taste buds watering for more. Their most requested concoction is a Belgian waffle served with ice cream, fresh fruit and plenty of whipped cream. However, the old classics can still be found here which consist of ice cream cones to ice cream sodas and everything in between including, though certainly not limited to, fresh fruit sundaes, banana splits, malts, and frozen yogurts. Conveniently located on Main Street, to the right of the T-Shirt Factory, this house has been around since 1875 when it was built by William F. Cropper. A great place to enjoy some ice cream and chat with anyone you wish; during the in-season from around nine pm till closing, it is positively packed! Opened from 11 am until 11 pm. *'''Mister Whippy's'''. Located on Maddox Boulevard, this ice cream spot is a guaranteed must for locals and tourists alike. Order a famous Mister Whippy's cyclone, or any other of their fabulous treats which range from ice cream scoops in homemade waffle cones to thick milkshakes, and enjoy it on the front porch in a rocking chair, or inside at the tables if the weather is poor. What could be better? The drive-thru window that is conveniently located on the side of the establishment for those times when you want a sweet treat but have no time to spare. However, if you do have time, be sure to check out the gift shop that is located inside the parlor by the bathrooms. It offers a great selection of shirts, hats, and souvenirs alike. *'''The Island Creamery''' located on Maddox Boulevard has the islands only homemade ice cream and more. Smell the waffle cones cooking as you enter the building and choose from a wide variety of ice cream, yogurt, sorbet, and slushes. If your stomach is empty enough, order the Round-Up. The creamery also features coffee drinks, homemade fudge, a gift shop amd free WiFI
[http://www*'''The Lighthouse Inn''' at 4218 Main Street is a Chincoteague landmark. The Lighthouse Inn is one of the longest running hotels in the country and is the longest running hotel in Chincoteague. The Lighthouse has been renovated into a fine modern hotel but still has the charm of old Chincoteague.refugeinnThe reservation hotline is Come and stay at the Historic Lighthouse Inn for a vacation to remember.*'''The Refuge Inn] on ''', Maddox Blvd. is the #1 place on Chincoteague. The little hotel has been around since the 70's, but you wouldn't know it from the look of the rooms! . Apparently everything has been newly renovated. Local, knowledgeable, friendly staff make you feel like you're on a cruise ship. The rooms are SPOTLESS spotless and very spacious for the price. We looked at rooms at the Comfort and the Hampton, but neither of the compared to our rooms at the Refuge. The indoor/outdoor pool is great (and heated in the winter!) while the observation deck above the 2nd floor is a wonderful place to sit at night and stargaze. They have ponies right on-site from the [ Chincoteague Pony Farm] and you can pet and feed the horses. In the spring and summer there are young colts and fillies running around inside the pen. Kids love being able to walk on the deck or patio and see baby ponies. They have a great gift shop too and a bike place right across the parking lot (with an a free outdoor air pump for everyone to use--great if you bring your own bikes).) Breakfast at the Refuge was is great, although it can be a little crowded. We had waffles, pancakes, and even french toast!
*'''Miss Mollys Inn''', 4141 Main Street, 757-336-6686 or 800-221-5620, []. At this bed and breakfast you will find a warm and inviting parlor that is just the place to curl up with a good book, chat, play board games or just sit by the fire. Famous author Marguerite Henry stayed here while she wrote Misty of Chincoteague. *'''Uncle Joe's Cabins and Motel''', Chicken City Road, has been in business for 45 years. They offer 21 units, varying from cottages to mobile homes to motel rooms. Rentals exist as One to three bedroom units with cooking facilities. Television, A/C, private crabbing area, and picnic tables. *'''Sea Shell Motel''', Willow Street, offers efficiencies, suites, and cottages. Amenities include a summer kitchen, picnic tables, BBQs, wireless hot spots, pool, in-room coffee, refrigerators, phones, shade, trees, and flowers everywhere. This motel, which started off as only four units, is located a block from downtown. *'''The Sea Hawk Motel''', Maddox Boulevard, offers rooms and efficiency apartments. Free wireless internet, pool, picnic, playground, and cooking area. Across the street from the Island Creamery *'''Waterside Inn''', Main Street, is another great place. Including a heated waterfront swimming pool, pier for fishing and crabbing, solar health spa with jacuzzi, tennis court, and marina. A conference and hospitality room is available. You can dock your boat for free if you're staying there. Wireless internet and continental breakfast are free.  *'''Island Motor Inn''', Main Street is one of the top hotels on the island, with both an indoor and outdoor pool, exercise room and brilliant waterfront views. The Island Cafe is another major perk. *'''Blue Heron Inn''', Maddox Boulevard is a good place as well. It features a pool, playground, ponies on site, picnic pavilion, free continental breakfast (at a nearby restaurant), and Wi-Fi. *'''Snug Harbor Marina''', East Side Drive, offers cottages to stay overnight for a price less than many hotel rooms. Small palm trees and waterfront lounge chairs for sipping drinks or just watching the world go by, as well as the reggae music complete the tropical theme. Available to rent are kayaks and canoes, pontoon boats, skiffs, and powerboats. A small selection of bait and tackle is also available.*<sleep name="Best Western" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">The closest lodging to the shore. Very clean rooms with free WiFi and continental breakfast. Pool and workout room onsite. </sleep> 
Talk to the [ Chamber of Commerce] for all questions!
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