island of Chincoteague, Virginia, is the gateway to the seven-mile-long Assateague National Seashore, a
wondrous backdrop for beach strolls and a nature refuge home to
herons, bald eagles, woodpeckers, foxes, and the famed wild ponies.
This small, serene island just
off the Virginia coast is accessible to boaters and via car over the
Route 175 bridge.
Travel + Leisure recommends staying at Miss Molly's Inn, a Victorian-era home that has been turned into a seven-room bed & breakfast considered Chincoteague's jewel by the sea. The house was built in 1886 by J.T. Rowley, then known as the "clam king of the world." Today, the house has been beautifully restored and offers wonderful accommodations and warm hospitality to the Island visitor. Miss Molly's Inn sits on the bay and has five wonderful porches with plenty of rocking chairs and a large deck on the second floor that overlooks th ebay. You an also enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea at only $12.50 per person. The Inn is open year-round.
While in Chincoteague, Travel + Leisure says it doesn't get simpler or better than Chincoteague's Seashell Cafe, a welcome destination after a long day on the beach. Here diners fill up on clam chowder and platters of fried Atlantic shrimp and Chincoteague oysters.
Visit in July, when the Pony Round-up and Swim engulfs the island, with ocean-going cowboys herding the ponies across the channel between Assateague and Chincoteague, where the colts are auctioned off to keep the herd at a manageable level.