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Chincoteague Travel Blog
Information to help you maximize your Chincoteague Island experience!


Posts from Year: 2017

Marshfest – A festival that celebrates the Ecosystem, Craft Beer, Music and Art all for a good cause.

Posted: September 9th, 2017

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Fall 2017 is proving to be one with great weather for Chincoteague Island. What better way to enjoy it than at an outdoor festival that has craft beer, live music, food, and even activities for the kids? This festival is called ‘Marshfest’. It is a fundraiser to be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from…[read more]


92nd Annual Pony Swim

Posted: July 29th, 2017

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Wednesday July 26, 2017 marked the 92nd year of Chincoteague’s annual Pony Swim. The Chincoteague Pony Swim was made famous by Marguerite Henry’s “Misty of Chincoteague“. Tens of thousands of spectators from around the world gather on Chincoteague Island each year to watch this annual tradition. Scroll down for pictures and video of this year’s…[read more]


Chincoteague Pony Auction FAQ

Posted: July 18th, 2017

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Q: When is the auction? A: The auction runs from approximately 8am until Noon on Thursday (the day after the swim). Q:  What should I take with me to the auction? A: Seating is limited so you may want to bring your own chair. It’s usually hot and humid  at the auction so bring water,…[read more]


Pony Swim Day FAQ

Posted: July 17th, 2017

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Q: What time do the Ponies swim? A: The Saltwater Cowboys swim the Ponies at “slack tide”.   Slack tide is a period of about 40 minutes after the current stops moving in one direction, and before it starts moving in the opposite direction. Slack tide is the easiest time for the Ponies to make the…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: July 13th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! Can you believe that Pony Penning is almost here?  Scroll down for the full Pony Penning Week schedule of events and be sure check out the Official Pony Swim Guide! Visit our website, www.chincoteague.com, for everything you need to plan your Chincoteague Island vacation….[read more]


Island Time

Posted: June 28th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! Can you believe that Independence Day is next week?  Summer is in full swing on Chincoteague Island and there there is a lot happening!  So keep reading for all the details. Visit our website, www.chincoteague.com, for everything you need to plan your Chincoteague Island…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: June 8th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! There are a lot of big events happening on Chincoteague Island this weekend and in the coming weeks!  So keep reading for all the details. Visit our website, www.chincoteague.com, for everything you need to plan your Chincoteague Island vacation. Chincoteague Bay Sunset June 2,…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: May 26th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! It’s shaping up to be a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend on Chincoteague Island!  The forecast is sunny skies and temperatures in the 70’s.  Get out and enjoy it! Visit our website, www.chincoteague.com, for everything you need to plan your Chincoteague Island vacation. There are…[read more]


Climbing to the Top of the Assateague Lighthouse

Posted: May 19th, 2017

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The majestic red and white-striped Assateague Lighthouse sits like a grand decoration on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Like the bald eagles of the same island, the lighthouse is perched guardedly on her land as if protecting a nest. However, the lighthouse not only watches over Assateague Island but keeps the maritime sojourner safe as it…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: May 11th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! Have you planned your 2017 Chincoteague Island vacation yet?  What better to do on a rainy day!  Visit our website, www.chincoteague.com, for everything you need to plan your Chincoteague Island vacation. There are a lot of big events happening on Chincoteague Island this weekend…[read more]


Assateague Island Village “When Assateague Was Home”

Posted: May 4th, 2017

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The Museum of Chincoteague has a wonderful exhibit that will be on display this Spring. The exhibit is part of Assateague Heritage Days and is called “When Assateague was Home”. Illustrated map of Assateague village, created by former resident Roy Jones. Assateague Island, Virginia is now a wildlife refuge and is home to the famous Wild…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: May 4th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! Have you planned your 2017 Chincoteague Island vacation yet?  What are you waiting for?  Now’s the time!  Visit our website, www.chincoteague.com, for everything you need to plan your Chincoteague Island vacation. Spring is in full swing and there are a lot of big events…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: April 21st, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! Today is perhaps the warmest day this year on Chincoteague Island, about 80 degrees and sunny!  Spring is in full swing and there is a lot happening on the Island.  Keep reading for everything you need to know! We hope that you’re planning on…[read more]


Taking a Drive Back in Time with ‘Teaguer’s Tump Tours’

Posted: April 21st, 2017

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This Spring, I had the opportunity to take a drive back in time through the streets and byways of ‘The Tump’, with the island’s new tour company ‘Teaguer’s Tump Tours’. In case you are wondering, it’s not far to get to ‘The Tump’.  In fact if you’re staying on Chincoteague, you’re already on ‘The Tump’. Islanders…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: March 26th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! It was a beautiful weekend on Chincoteague Island!  There was a noticeable increase in the number of visitors to the Island. We hope that you’re planning on visiting Chincoteague this year. Visit our website, www.chincoteague.com, for everything you need to plan your Chincoteague Island…[read more]


Heritage Weekend, March 24 – 26, 2017

Posted: March 22nd, 2017

Newly renovated in 2011, the Museum preserves the people, culture, and heritage of Chincoteague.

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Reproduction of a Map of Assateague created by Roy Jones. The Museum of Chincoteague Island is partnering with the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance (CCA), the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization (CIAO), Chincoteague Island Library, the Chincoteague Natural History Association, Assateague National Seashore, and the Virginia Barrier Islands Center to celebrate Heritage Days. The theme this year for…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: March 20th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! Happy first day of Spring! We hope that you’re planning on visiting Chincoteague this year. Visit our website, www.chincoteague.com, for everything you need to plan your Chincoteague Island vacation. Upcoming Events March 5 – March 26, 2017 Chincoteague Community Art Show Community Art Show,…[read more]


My Chincoteague Island History Tour aboard the Pony Express Trolley

Posted: March 16th, 2017

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“With my high starched-collar and my high-topped shoes And my hair piled high upon my head I went to lose a jolly hour on the trolley And lost my heart instead” Lyrics from “The Trolley Song” * sung by Judy Garland, written by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane I just can’t talk about the Trolley without…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: March 13th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! Currently we have clear, sunny skies and cold air on Chincoteague Island.  A Coastal Storm is expected to arrive this evening, bringing high winds, rain, and maybe even a little snow.  Heavy snow is expected for our friends in the North, please be safe!…[read more]


What is a ‘Buyback’ Pony?

Posted: March 13th, 2017

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Wild ponies have inhabited Assateague Island for hundreds of years. Today two herds of wild horses make their home on Assateague Island, separated by a fence at the Maryland-Virginia line. The Maryland herd is managed by the National Park Service. The Virginia herd is owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. Each year the Chincoteague…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: March 6th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! After a stretch of spring-like weather, cold temperatures have returned to Chincoteague Island.  Temperatures are expected to climb back above 60 by mid-week! We hope that you’re planning on visiting Chincoteague this year. Visit our website, www.chincoteague.com, for everything you need to plan your…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: February 27th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! Like many visitors to the Island, we’ve been soaking up the spring-like weather and trying to take full advantage of it!  We’ve seen many of you on the beach, on the bike trails, around town, and even eating ice-cream.  Come on Spring! We hope…[read more]


My overnight stay at the Marina Bay Hotel & Suites – The Island’s newest and only Boutique Hotel

Posted: February 22nd, 2017

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I’m not ashamed to admit it, but I’m a simple person, and I had no idea what a boutique hotel was or what it meant when I saw the term on the website of the Marina Bay Hotel and Suites. Did it mean they had a small and pricey clothing or accessory store inside of it? Did it…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: February 13th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! We hope that you’re planning on visiting Chincoteague this year. Visit our website, www.chincoteague.com, for everything you need to plan your Chincoteague Island vacation. Upcoming Events February 15, 2017 “Our Best Friends” Photo Contest CCA is part of WaggaPalooza, a fun event to raise…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: February 7th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! Wednesday will have the best weather of the week, with mostly sunny skies and a high of  60 degrees.  There will be a cold snap on Friday with highs in the mid 30s. The weekend forecast will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid to…[read more]


This Week on Island Time

Posted: January 29th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Island Time… Chincoteague Island Time! Even in the winter Chincoteague Island is a great place to visit!  Many of the local businesses are still open.  There are no crowds or mosquitoes to deal with!  It’s a great time of year to walk along the beach on a brisk, sunny…[read more]


The ‘Refuge Trek’ bus tour, a great way to see the North side of Assateague

Posted: January 22nd, 2017

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Psst…are you looking for something to do on your visit to Chincoteague that’s a little “off the beaten path”? Well then, perhaps you’d be interested in taking the ‘Refuge Trek’. Formerly known as the Wildlife Tour, the ‘Refuge Trek’ will give you exclusive access to the Northern part of Assateague. The Northern OSV road The…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: January 22nd, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Chincoteague Island! When the weather is cold and wet, what’s better than snuggling up to a good story? This week’s events include a time for the kids to hear a story and a time for the adults to tell a story. The weather will hover in the low 50s…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: January 16th, 2017

Your guide to what’s happening on Chincoteague Island. We hope you are enjoying your Martin Luther King Jr. holiday! In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., entrance to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is free today (January 16, 2017). What a difference in weather since our last “Island Time” post one week ago.  At that time…[read more]


Spring and Fall Pony Round-ups

Posted: January 12th, 2017

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Chincoteague’s annual Pony Swim attracts nationwide attention. The swim and auction take place on the last Wednesday and Thursday of July each year.  This year, 2017,  will mark the 92nd anniversary of the world famous event. Did you know that the Saltwater Cowboys round up the Wild Ponies on Assateague at two other times of…[read more]


Island Time

Posted: January 9th, 2017

Happy New Year! Winter Storm Helena dumped about a foot of snow on Chincoteague Island on Saturday January 7, 2017. To see what the Island looked like after the snow storm check out our Facebook album here: https://www.facebook.com/chincoteagueisland/posts/1352134958172243 Warmer temperatures are forecast for mid-week, with a high of 60 on Thursday. Upcoming Events January 13,…[read more]


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