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In this edition: Interviews Tide & Thyme Chincoteague Christmas Happily celebrating Twenty-One Years as the guide for tourist information on and around Chincoteague Island Š 2014 Nancy Richards West

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Family Owned & Operated for 79 years! The most famous corner on the Eastern Shore! Rts. 13 and 175, at the Chincoteague Turn Thousands of movies on DVD and Blu-Ray. Tanning is also available at T’s Corner with three tanning beds. Corner Videos is happy to provide Disk Repair for all Blu-Ray and DVD Based Media. Movies, Software and Game CD’s repaired while you wait.


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Chincoteague Cultural Alliance presents

u Free Movies in the Park u 2nd Saturday Art Stroll u Island Coffeehouse with Live Music, Spoken Word and Art u Free Concerts at the Dock

u 2nd Saturday Artful Flea u The Chincoteague Island Theatre Company Plays u Classes for Adults and Kids u Island Farmers Market

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21 years as Chincoteague Island’s Guide CONTENTS

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Everything from Seafood and Steaks to Carry-out. Candy and desserts too!

Recreation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Rent a bike, visit a festival, enjoy a kayak...and more!

Maps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Maps of the Island, with all the important locations marked!

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More than souvenirs: clothing, gifts, beach gear and more!

Lodging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 From large to small plus cottages and house rentals, these are the best around!

On the cover: “The Green Bucket” (© 2014 Nancy Richards West) is an original oil work by Chincoteague Island

artist Nancy Richards West. Similar artwork by the artist can be seen and purchased at Island Arts, 6196 Maddox Blvd. In this magazine, see page 22 for Island Art’s advertisement, Map locator # 14, or see more at Advertising & Sales: For information on advertising with Chincoteague Island Waves, please contact Simplistic Design, LLC. We will be glad to quote rates and explain our services. WAVES is distributed throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and beyond from June to June. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! P.O. Box 290, Chincoteague Island. VA 23336 / (757) 894-1564 / ©2015 Simplistic Design, LLC. All rights reserved. This magazine shall not be reproduced or used in total or in part without the written permission of Simplistic Design, LLC. This magazine assumes that material submitted is original and in no way infringes upon the rights of others. Similarly, Chincoteague Waves and Simplistic Design, LLC and/or its owners are not responsible for the content of the advertisements published herein. Chincoteague Waves regrets that prices, schedules, and other information may change after the magazine has gone to press but cannot accept responsibility for such changes. All registered trademarks and trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners. Certain graphic art within the magazine is owned by Nancy Richards West and is used by permission from the owner(s) of such artwork under special arrangement.

Chincoteague Island’s Churches Welcome You to our Home - Call for service times

St. Andrew Catholic Church 6288 Church Street - 336-5432

Episcopal Eucharist Service Fox & Holston Funeral Home • 336-3001

Chincoteague Church of God 5252 Woodland Drive - 336-5161

Union Baptist Church 6365 Church Street - 336-5018

Christ United Methodist Church 6253 Church Street - 336-6394

Island Baptist Church 3380 Willow Street - 336-5645


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isit the Shore’s leading destination for hands-on discovery. Unleash your imagination- and your kids-in this exciting new museum including a 6,000 gallon aquarium. Other great attractions in Pocomoke: Costen House Museum. Sturgis One-Room School Museum. Mar-Va Theater for Performing Arts • • 800-852-0335


istoric Snow Hill, located on the banks of the scenic Pocomoke river, just minutes from Chincoteague and Assateague Island. Best paddling on the shore including kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards. Great dining, art galleries, museums and superb collection of old homes on the Snow Hill historic homes tour.

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Featured Artist from our Cover Nancy Richards West 14 Art work found only at Island Arts Tired of Souvenir shops? Come visit Island Arts. The owner, Cindy Faith-Oehm, welcomes you to the gallery that features a refreshing variety of fine arts and crafts. Specializing in American crafts from all over the country, the gallery emphasizes outstanding work by local and regional artists. Jewelry, photography, pottery, sculpture, wood carvings, glassware, ornaments, and handmade clothing are just a few of the treasures that await you. Look for Nancy West’s sensitive paintings of local birds and wildlife, as well as her landscape paintings of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Look for jewelry designed exclusively for Island Arts: The Chincoteague Tee Shirt charm; and the Assateague Lighthouse charm/pendant (which is a precise replica of our own lighthouse). Make your visit here a welcome break from the ordinary. 6196 Maddox Boulevard (across from Mister Whippy) 757-336-5856 (in season) or 757-894-1953. Also visit

Annual Chincoteague Blueberry Festival 5 Held at the Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Drive, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336, the Friday, Saturday & Sunday prior to Pony Penning. The Festival features fabulous food, homemade blueberry ice cream, the ultimate blueberry pie, blueberry shortcake and more. Also featured is fun stuff for the kids, live music, and the largest fine arts and crafts show on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. For info call: 757-894-2334 or visit: www.ChincoteagueBlueberryFestival. com for more info and discount coupons.


Restaurants & Food Each restaurant listed here has a corresponding description in the restaurant text section and has a location number on the map. These establishments represent a wide variety of dining, from elegant to carry-out, from waterfront to all-you-can-eat. Know that you are getting the freshest seafood and best service that Chincoteague Island has to offer.

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32 Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1960. The freshest local seafood, hand cut steaks, and chops. As well as pasta dishes. All accompanied by our international wine list. Beer and cocktails are served. Be sure to save room for our legendary desserts. Open all year, seven days a week, 6 a.m. to closing. All major credit cards are accepted. Carry out is available. Located in historical downtown next to the firehouse at: 4040 Main St. Reservations Accepted –

Bill’s Seafood Restaurant

Mister Whippy


The Chincoteague Island Oyster 27 Festival has ushered in the oyster sea-

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son for the past 40+ years on Chincoteague Island, VA. The delectable bi-valves are the main attraction, prepared every way imaginable—raw, steamed, fried and frittered with an abundance of sides. Dance to the tunes, enter the Best Decorated Space contest, or just kick back and relax. Join us on the second Saturday in October Noon to 4 pm at Tom’s Cove Park. Visit www.chincoteaguechamber. com or call 757-336-6161 to purchase tickets soon to this sell-out event.

Serving Chincoteague Island since 1950, this locally owned and family operated business, offering clean and friendly service, specializes in the best soft serve ice cream in town. Try our homemade waffle cones, thick shakes and snowballs and our famous Mister Whippy cyclones. Stop by and browse through our gift shop, or for speedy service, try our drive thru. Summer hours 11 am to 10:30 pm. Located at 6201 Maddox Blvd., Phone 757-336-5122.

Taking it back to where it all started, the Mister Whippy family is pleased to announce the opening of a new endavor, Lil Whippy. Carrying a daily variety of fresh, made from scratch, donuts and cupcakes and 9 flavors of Italian gelato and sorbetto. Something to please everyone’s appetite. Also, proudly brewing fresh, fair trade, 100% organic Rise Up Coffee. Call for hours. Located at 6201 Maddox Blvd., Phone 757-336-6484.

Island Creamery

15 Be sure to visit the Island Creamery, where our frozen desserts are handmade in small batches in our kitchen, ensuring the highest quality. Smell the aroma of freshly baked waffle cones as you enter the Creamery. Choose from 36 flavors daily of homemade ice cream, sorbet and no fat low carb and low calorie frozen yogurt. Relax with a café latte or cappuccino on our deck. Choose your favorite flavor to be made into a delicious ice cream cake for your next special occasion. We’ve been serving our neighbors and making friends since 1975. Come enjoy our homemade ice cream - we feel it’s the freshest, most delicious ice cream you’ll find anywhere. Also, try our homemade fudge. Surf the web on our free wireless internet. Open daily year round from 11am to 10 pm. Call for off-season hours. Groups welcome. Please call to ensure sufficient staffing in the off-season. Bus parking available. Located at 6243 Maddox Blvd. Phone 757-336-6236. www . islandcreamery . net



The Village Restaurant and Lounge


With over 40 years experience in the seafood business, The Village offers the best seafood in town, specializing in Chincoteague oysters. Enjoy candlelight dining, an international wine list and a relaxing atmosphere. Reservations recommended. Open for dinner at 5 pm. Located at 6576 Maddox Blvd., phone 336-5120.

Sugarbakers Bakery & Café


Espresso/Cappuccino, Over Stuffed Sandwiches, Soup, Salads Gourmet Coffees. Open for the Season 7:30am Daily. ~Closed Tuesday~ 4095 Main Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 (757) 336 – 3712. Like us on Facebook at:

Chincoteague Oyster Fritters 1 pint oysters dash of salt and pepper Crisco

1 egg, beaten 1/2 cup flour

Combine oysters, egg, salt, pepper and flour. Mix well. If batter is too thin, add a little more flour. If too thick, add a little milk to thin. Drop batter by spoonfuls into melted 1/4 to 1/2 inches of Crisco in hot skillet or electric pan. Cook until center of fritter is solid, that is, not runny when center is punctured.







Meet Laura Davis of Living on this joyous little island on the wonderful Eastern Shore you’re sure to eat your fair share of clam chowder. For me, there’s nothing more fun than strapping on a pair of old canvas sneakers, finding a muddy sandbar at low tide, and digging your toes around in the mud until you run into you fill up your bucket with fresh quahogs. Or as we like to call them, “chowders”. The big guys aren’t good for much besides soups and clam strips. So, I’ll usually make a batch of chowder when we come across some. About 2 dozen will be more than enough to make a large pot of chowder. There are a couple ways you can go when it comes to clam chowder. The most well-known is your New England variety, which is cream based. That’s the husband’s favorite, and I plan on sharing that recipe with you soon. But today I’m sharing my recipe for Manhattan, which is tomato based, and my personal favorite… Bacon, potatoes, celery, onions, tomatoes, and clams. Basic, but oh so delicious. Now, I realize some of you may not be able to come across fresh clams as easily as I am. In that case, a couple cans of clams and a some bottled clam juice works just fine. But, if you have if you happen to be visiting our wonderful little island, I’d highly encourage you to visit one of the many local seafood shack and get some that are fresh. They’re cheap as far as it goes on the seafood spectrum, and the flavor is unparalleled. A perfect dinner for these warm evenings. Make sure to make some homemade oyster crackers to go along with it (you can find the recipe on my blog), they’re the perfect topping and only take a few minutes to throw together. I hope you enjoy your stay here on our special little island of Chincoteague!


Manhattan Clam Chowder 24 large chowder clams* 4 slices bacon, chopped 1 Tbsp olive oil 4 carrots, peeled and chopped 4 stalks celery, chopped 2 small onions, chopped 1/4 cup tomato paste 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes 2 lbs red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 tsp dried thyme 2 bay leaves kosher salt black pepper

Scrub the clams clean using a clean scrub brush. Place clams into a large pot and add 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cover. Steam the clams until they have all popped open, about 15 minutes. Remove the clams from the pot and set aside to cool. Strain the clam steaming liquid through cheesecloth or a fine-mesh strainer to remove any grit and reserve the liquid. Remove the clams from the shells and chop well. Set aside. Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven or stockpot (I use the same one that I use to steam the clams), add the bacon and cook over mediumhigh until the bacon is crispy – about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pot to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside to drain. Add the carrots, celery, and onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add in the tomato paste and cook until starting to brown, about 3 minutes longer. Add the broth, diced tomatoes, potatoes, thyme, bay leaves, bacon, chopped clams, and reserved clam juice. Stir to combine, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 45 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Remove bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving. *If fresh clams are not available, substitute 2 (10 oz) cans of chopped clams and 2 (14 oz) bottles of clam juice or broth. 11


There’s lots to do in Chincoteague. All of these businesses have detailed descriptions in this section, and a locator mark for the maps. Try your hand at renting a boat, enjoy some bluegrass music or take one of the Island’s charter boats for a cruise!

Paddle the Pocomoke River A unique way to experience one of Delmarva’s Natural Wonders Canoes, Kayaks, Paddle Boards Small Motor Boats 2 River Street, Snow Hill, Maryland 410-632-3971

The Bike Depot & Beach Outfitters


Closest rentals to the beach & wildlife refuge. We are the island’s largest rental fleet of beach cruisers, tandems, tag-a-longs, kiddie carts, baskets & helmets. For your beach rental pleasures - chairs, umbrellas & boogie boards. Our shop carries bike accessories/parts & a great selection of souvenirs. The friendly staff of The Bike Depot aims to make your visit more enjoyable and relaxing. Let us help you GEAR up for a great vacation. Hourly, Daily & Weekly Rates available. Located next to The Refuge Inn, 7058 Maddox Blvd. Phone 757-336-5511 ext: Bike Shop. Visit us at:


Discover the Spirit of Chincoteague Island... Since Marquerite Henry penned Misty of Chincoteague in 1947, Chincoteague Island has been known worldwide for our beloved Chincoteague Ponies. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the famous swim across the Assateague Channel on the last Wednesday in July. Assateague Island’s salt marsh grasses and maritime forest are home to these ponies. They can be seen by hiking, biking or driving on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge or by cruising the waters around the islands by boat.

Wallops Island, our sister island to the west, is home to NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Founded in 1945, it is the principal facility for management and implementation of suborbital research programs and, most recently, is the origin of flights to the International Space Station. Locations on Chincoteague offer prime viewing sites to watch these rockets lift off. Chincoteague won fame in 2014 as being chosen the #1 Happiest Seaside Town in America by Coastal Living®. Budget Travel selected us the #2 Coolest Town in America in 2015. Chincoteague and Assateague remain on USAToday and TripAdvisor’s People’s Choice Awards each year as favorite islands to visit. The Islands offer unspoiled, natural beauty; pristine beaches; wildlife viewing; scientific adventures; and hours of fun for the entire family 365 days a year. Plan your visit soon to “relax....on island time”! Visit to begin.

Jus’ Bikes

16 Why walk when you can ride in style? Cruise scenic Chincoteague or Assateague Island on one of our bikes or scooters and discover the fun exploring in one of our new Cadillac Escalade or Hummer H3 low speed vehicles! We can handle all your biking needs: Beach cruisers, kids bikes, child seats, trail-a-bikes, kiddie karts, tandems, 3-wheelers, & surreys as well as baskets, helmets & locks! Service is not a problem, just stop on by. We are a local family owned & operated business that has been providing the island with family fun since 1995. Jus’ Bikes is located at 6527 Maddox Blvd., phone 757-336-6700.

Worcester County, Maryland Maryland’s Beach and Beyond!

A short drive from Chincoteague will bring you to the delightful southernmost county in Maryland, Worcester County. A microcosm of the state in one county. Enjoy the fun of Ocean City, the Victorian charm of Berlin and Snow Hill and the historic attractions of agricultural and bay influences from Pocomoke City to the Chesapeake. Worth the trip for a day or more, visit: or www.beachandbeyond. org to discover all the things happening in this vibrant county at Maryland’s Beaches!

@chincoteaguewaves Delmarva Discovery Center

7 The Delmarva Discovery Center, just minutes from Chincoteague, is the shore’s leading destination for hand-on discovery. A 6000-gallon aquarium, life-size exhibits, special events and more are a thrill for the whole family! The Delmarva Discovery Center, 2 Market Street, Pocomoke, Maryland 21851. Phone 410-957-9933.

Pocomoke River Canoe Company

21 Paddle gently in one of our Old Town canoes or kayaks through shady caverns of foliage. Novice or experienced paddlers will find the flat-water Pocomoke River a delight! See turtles, otters, bald eagles and blue heron in their natural environment. Great freshwater fishing from one of our jon boats. Give one of our Paddle boards a try! A short 35 minute ride from Chincoteague, find the Pocomoke River Canoe Company at 2 River Street in historic Snow Hill, Maryland. Call for directions at 410-632-3971. Find us on Facebook!


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Keeping Local Tradition Alive Chincoteague, most popular for its annual pony swim, picturesque small town appeal, and beautiful neighboring refuge, harbors many artists featuring a variety of talents. One of those talents is rooted deep in the heritage of the Island. Decoy carving has many collectors worldwide. Folks often see the birds and their beauty without knowing the time, struggle, and history behind the art. Long before the days of plastic, decoys were originally made using mud, which eventually was perfected by replacing the mud with wood. Chincoteague Island has always been a prime location for hunting, but to hunt (especially legally), decoys are a must. Over the years, the art of carving has been passed along through the generations. Zach Jester, a native of Chincoteague, has been carving for about four years. Though he is only 25 years old, his work has been noticed by people near and far. While growing up on Chincoteague, Zach was neighbors with Roe Terry. He recalled watching Roe through his shop windows while playing in the yard. “I ended up going in there one evening,” Zach explained. “(He) put a knife in my hand, put an apron on me, and to work I went. From then on, it was just game on. I had an attachment to it.” For the past two years, Zach’s primary means of income has been made from carving. Photo credits: JoAnne Moore/Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce When asked about his most difficult decoy, Zach points to an unfinished Canadian goose on his workbench. “Once I band sawed him out and started chopping, that’s when I noticed I didn’t want to make a goose anymore,” joked Zach. The goose is about twenty-four inches in length and includes quite a few intricate details.

At 25 years old, Zach is currently the youngest carver on the island. He says, “I mean, as the youngest one it does feel good, but I wish there were more coming up…I really do.” To see the full interview with Zach Jester, visit 19

Largest Tobacco Aisle on the Shore

Complete Selection of Tobacco Products Deli & Boardwalk Treats Full Line Take-Out Deli “Best Cheese Steak Sub outside Philly” Hand Cut Boardwalk Fries Incredible Soft Serve Ice Cream & Sundaes

Beer & Wine, Sodas & Snacks • FIREWORKS!!! • NFL Gear • Body Jewelry

Pay at Pump 24/7

• Gifts & Novelties • Beatriz Ball • Jim Shore

Open 7AM-Midnight • 7 days a week! • 757-824-6117


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Shopping As with other sections, each business listed has a detailed description in this section, and a location marker that you can reference on the map. These merchants offer a wide variety of products to take home, or services while you are here.

“ONE HORSE TOWN” products available exclusively at

7058 Maddox Blvd. Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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6300 Maddox Blvd. Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 757-336-3115 - telephone 757-336-1947 - fax

7001 Lankford Highway Oak Hall, VA 23416 (Food Lion Shopping Ctr.) 757-824-4477 - telephone 757-824-4011 - fax

H&H Pharmacy is the area’s full service, independent pharmacy. We can fill your prescriptions from home if you forget it while on vacation. Copy & fax service is available at each location.

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Bishop’s Stock Fine Art, Craft and Wine


If you enjoy art and wine, owner Ann Coates has created a unique gallery setting. Bishop’s Stock in Snow Hill represents some of the region’s finest artists. Twodimensional work includes American Realism by Kirk McBride, Lynne Lockhart, Scot Dolby, Nancy West among others. Abstract work by Deborah Rolig, Maurice Spector, Ed Challenger and others is also shown. New features open monthly with a wine tasting on First Friday. The wine gallery offers a changing inventory of wine selected for value and variety. Each month new wines are added to provide patrons a chance to try wines from all over the world. Part of the Bishop’s Stock experience is discovering Old and New World wines while enjoying the work of the region’s talented artists. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays Bishop’s Stock is also the working studio for woodcarver, Doug Fisher. Located in Snow HIll, Maryland a short 35 minutes from Chincoteague at 202 W. Green Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11-6 and Sunday noon-4. 410-632-3555.

Designing Women


We specialize in fresh and silk arrangements and are ready to meet your needs during your visit! Getting married on the beach? No problem. That’s one reason why silks are one of our specialties! Give us a call. Located at 7179 Thomas Circle off of Eastside Road. (Behind Chincoteague Island Outfitters!) Phone 757-336-1505, 757-8942412, or 757-894-7601 - Like us on Facebook too!


H & H Pharmacy

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The Shore’s independent pharmacy, offering a wide variety of first aid remedies, non-prescription drugs, beach supplies, and film, in addition to our pharmaceutical services. Out of state prescriptions filled, fax and copy service available. Come in and look over our large gift and jewelry selection. Need a prescription from home filled here? No problem. Give us a call. Located at 6300 Maddox Blvd. Phone 757336-3115, fax is 757-336-1497 or our additional location: 7001 Lankford Hwy. Oak Hall, VA in the Food Lion Shopping Center. Phone 757-824-4477, fax is 757-824-4011.

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Experience the finest Southern hospitality located on Route 13 South in New Church, Virginia just beyond the Maryland state line as you enter into the Old Dominion. Not only will you find the shore’s most extensive and largest tobacco aisle, but an unmatched variety of gifts, souvenirs, fireworks, beer, wine, beverages, Virginia peanuts and snacks. Be sure to take home a Dixieland T or sweat shirt and do not miss the South’s most famous camouflage gear. A stop at Dixieland would not be complete without experiencing a mouth-watering sub, boardwalk fry, fantastic funnel cake or the tastiest soft serve and thickest milkshakes found anywhere. The most exciting store on the shore offers Sunoco fuels available 24/7 with pay at the pump availability and Virginia Lottery. You will always find service with a smile!! Like us on Facebook!! Dixieland 2452 Charles M. Lankford Highway, New Church, VA 23415. Open 7 AM To Midnight, 7 Days/Week. 757-824-6117

There’s a new restaurant in town specializing in tacos. Let’s learn a little more about Pico Taqueria from one of the owners, Rosie Moot.

Waves: How did you develop the name, Pico Taqueria?

Waves: What made you choose Chincoteague Island?

Rosie: Pico comes from the fresh mexican salsa “pico de gallo” which translates to “beak of the rooster.” It got its name because people use to eat it by pinching it between their thumb and forefinger. Pico also means “peak.” We want to use things that are fresh and focus on ingreidents at their peak.

Rosie: We wanted a small town with character. We felt we knew a little bit of the island and we had friends to guide us. Mainly we were looking for seasonal too. Our 2nd passion (maybe 1st passion) is travel. We want to set up our lives to be able to take a few months off and disappear somewhere.

Waves: Why tacos? Rosie: We wanted to do something different. not bbq not seafood not sandwiches. tacos are familiar but we can put our own twist on it.

Together, the staff of four has the combined talents of ALL aspects of a restaurant. Check out their website and read more about Rosie, Dylan, Nate, and Kate!

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The Rookery at the Refuge

Located next to the lobby of The Refuge Inn, The Rookery gift shop features many “Made in America” products and offers free coffee & tea for customers. Offering high-quality souvenirs and gifts for all ages, this shop is worth the extra stop. Product lines include Burt’s Bees, Folkmanis Puppets, Baggallini, Melissa & Doug, French Soaps & Tula Hats. “Advice from a Tree” and ROOKERY EXCLUSIVE “Chincoteague... Not Just a One Horse Town” posters and products are featured here. From wooden duck decoys, to hand-made jewelry and journals, to stuffed ponies, this gift shop has a little something for everyone. Don’t leave Chincoteague without a visit to The Rookery, open daily from 8AM - 10PM. Located at 7058 Maddox Blvd., inside the lobby of The Refuge Inn. Telephone 757-336-5511.

T’s Corner


Family owned and operated since 1936, T’s Corner is famous for our old-fashioned soda fountain service and grill. Catch us on your way to or from Chincoteague at the end of Rt. 175. Large parking area for campers and buses. Also note Corner Videos & Tanning with thousands of DVD and Blu-Ray selections. Corner Videos will happily repair your DVD or Blu-Ray based media. DVD movies, Blu-Ray, computer software disks and games on CD/DVD can all be repaired while you wait. Don’t miss our large selection of FIREWORKS! Mention this ad and receive a firework piece with purchase of $20.00 or more. Open 7 days a week. Phone 757-824-5935.

Don’t Forget the Chincoteague Farmer’s Market, 6309 Church Street Wednesday and Saturday, 8am to 12 noon, April thru October

Check out our online events calendar!

2015 Chincoteague Chamber Calendar of Events

For a more complete listing and updated info visit June 13 • July 11 • August 8 • September 12 October 10 • November 14 Second Saturday Art Stroll June 20 • July 18 • August 15 • September 19 October 17 • November 21 Island Coffeehouse - 6309 Church Street June 26 & 27 July 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 27-31 August 1, 2015 90th Annual Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival July 4 4th of July Fireworks Celebration 10 PM at the Carnival Grounds July 24-26 28th Annual Chincoteague Blueberry Festival Chincoteague Center July 29-30 90th Annual Pony Swim and Auction Memorial Park-Carnival Grounds September 5 & 6 Chincoteague Decoy Carver’s & Artist’s Association Decoy Show • Chincoteague Center


September 11-12 12th Annual Plein Air Painting Event September 12 Poker Run & Block Party Call the Chincoteague Police Dept. for more information September 26 Annual Chili & Chowder Cook off October 10 43rd Annual Oyster Festival Tom’s Cove Park Campground November 26-29 Assateague Island Waterfowl Week Open House and Special Offers Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge November 27-28 29th Annual Deborah Waterfowl Show & Auction Chincoteague Combined School 4586 Main Street December 5 Old Fashioned Christmas Parade Main Street - Downtown Chincoteague Parade begins at 7 PM

Lodging Chincoteague Island attracts visitors from around the world, each with their own tastes and preferences on how they like to be pampered (or not) while on vacation. This wide variety of lodging options includes Motels, Cottages and house rentals.

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• Conveniently located close to town, shopping & eateries • Motel rooms, efficiencies, suites & houses • Summer kitchen, picnic tables, barbeques • Moderate rates • Free high speed wireless internet The Sea Shell Motel is worth looking for. 3720 Willow Street

Assateague Inn


The Assateague Inn offers picturesque accommodations ranging from rooms to efficiencies for romantic getaways and business gatherings, with a dock available for crabbing, picnicking or just relaxing. Plenty of room for boat trailers in our large parking lot. Located one block off Maddox Blvd. From Chicken City Road, (Right at third stop light on Maddox from bridge) at 6570 Coach’s Lane. Contact us at 757336-3738 or Visit our website:


Chincoteague Island Outfitters


Don’t be caught on the hot sand without a chair! We are a new vacation equipment rental business on beautiful Chincoteague Island specializing in your basic needs during your visit! We are always adding to our inventory, so please ask if you don’t see something on our list! Located at 7885 Eastside Road. Contact us at 757-336-5129 or Visit our website:

• All Waterfront Suites with Private Balconies • Indoor/outdoor heated pools • Complimentary Hot breakfast • Fitness Center • Custom packages for groups and weddings • Award winning service

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Chincoteague Comfort

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4195 Main Street Chincoteague Island Virginia 23336 (757) 336-3700

Comfort Suites


Enjoy the charm of Chincoteague Island at the Waterfront Comfort Suites. An Award Winning Hotel that offers views of spectacular sunsets and the abundant wildlife on Chincoteague Bay. Each suite is 100% smoke free, features a private waterfront balcony, free high speed internet access and a cozy sitting area. The Comfort Suites also features two waterfront heated pools, guest laundry, and the complimentary Savory Starts Hot Breakfast just to mention a few. We are located in the heart of the historic town of Chincoteague and within easy walking distance to Island shops, galleries and restaurants. A very short drive or bike ride will land you in the middle of the Assateague Island National Wildlife Refuge; home to the famous Chincoteague Wild Ponies and miles of unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. We are also minutes from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility A 100% smoke-free hotel. Located at 4195 Main Street, phone 757-336-3700. www.chincoteaguecomfort-

Holiday Cottages


One block north of Maddox Boulevard, Holiday Cottages offers 20 cottages that are modern in every detail. Cottages consist of two bedrooms, kitchen, living room, and bath complete with house-keeping furnishings. Color cable TV, telephones, A/C, 24-hour linen availability. Picnic tables, hibachi grills, and plenty of parking for boats. Pool and playground, too! Sorry, no pets. 6113 Taylor Street, phone 757336-6256. Free Wifi!

Eastern Shore Properties & Retreats


Eastern Shore Properties & Retreats can assist you with all of your property needs. We have many charming year-round, and vacation homes, waterfront and nonwaterfront, as well as commercial properties for sale. We can help with the entire process of buying a home - from finding the perfect lot - to assisting you with finding a contractor to build your “dream home” or finding a place for your new business. We also offer properties for sale in the surrounding areas. Regarding vacation rentals, Eastern Shore Retreats maintains a select group of homes for your vacation dream come true. We have homes located throughout the island; some in town, others close to Assateague Island or overlooking the Assateague Channel and the lighthouse. All of our homes are equipped with everything needed for an enjoyable stay. We can accommodate from two to eight guests and summer rates range from $400 to $1700 (plus tax and cleaning fee). Our hope is that we can match you and your family with the right home to insure a memorable vacation while in Chincoteague. We also offer rental schedules to meet your needs? Contact them at 757-336-3121 or 757-336-1088, or by email at Visit online: or


• suites/efficiencies • crabbing pier • pool •great rates

6570 Coach’s Lane, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 •

Winter Quarter’s Golf Course Nestled on the banks of the Pocomoke

River, this 9 hole course is open all year long. It’s name comes from the days when the Pocomoke Indians found winter shelter in this protected riverside location. The course is open daily and features bent grass greens, a putting green, numerous sand traps and water hazards. The course is 2629 yards long for men and 2539 yards for women with a rated par of 35. Daily greens fees are reasonable, and annual passes are available. The course may be closed occasionally for a tournament, so please call in advance. The adjacent new club house features a pro shop with equipment sales, snack bar, and cart rentals. For tee-times or for questions regarding the golf course, please call (410) 957-1171. Visit us online: or www.

Refuge Inn


An island favorite offering distinctive rooms and suites located very close to the beach and wildlife refuge. All rooms are pet-free and non-smoking. Amenities include indoor/outdoor pool, sun & stars deck, hot tub, sauna, fitness room, conference room, high-speed wi-fi, continental breakfast, and our very own Chincoteague Ponies in the pasture next door. During 2014, we are celebrating our 41st year of Island Hospitality. Choose the recently renovated Refuge Inn for your next get-away. Our family-owned and operated hotel will exceed your expectations. Located just before the bridge to Assateague Island and the wildlife refuge: 7058 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague Island. Phone (757)336-5511 or toll free (888)257-0036. Visit us at for discounts & specials.

Sea Shell Motel


Tom’s Cove Park


Modern motel rooms, efficiencies, suites and cottages. Our location is ideal, being just one block from town. A summer kitchen, picnic tables, barb-ques, free wireless internet, pool, in-room coffee, refrigerators, phones, shade trees and flowers everywhere, combined with moderate rates make us one of the most popular motels on the island. 3720 Willow Street, all major credit cards welcome. Email us at, visit us at or phone 757-336-6589.

We are a family campground located on Chincoteague Island. Tom’s Cove overlooks Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore Park. Our guests can enjoy outdoor recreation at its very best. Whatever your camping pleasure, Tom’s Cove is a favorite way of life for those fun-minded adventurers who enjoy saltwater fishing, boating or crabbing in the ocean and bays, beachcombing and hiking in the wildlife refuge, or just peaceful contentment where the sand whispers to the sea. We are open March 1 - November 30. We have a country store, large swimming pool, clubhouse with snack bar, playground, boat ramp, and wifi for guests to enjoy. Located at 8128 Beebe Road. Telephone (757) 336-6498, fax (757) 336-6738.

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Chincoteague Christmas One of Chincoteague Island’s best kept secrets includes annual winter traditions. Three people, Steve Potts, Kevin Krome, and Lynn Neilson, were the driving force and masterminds behind what many know as Christmas by the Sea. Steve Potts, Managing Partner and Catering Coordinator at Bill’s Restaurant, explains it best. “It all started when the Town of Chincoteague asked us to help to raise money for the town Christmas lights. Kevin and I went to businesses, civic groups, and individuals who generously gave to help light up the town for the holidays. Since we were getting new lighting, we thought why not promote the season along with events that were already happening at the holidays and hopefully extend the shoulder season and attract visitors to dine shop, stay, and play? We felt that by marketing all of the holiday events under the name Christmas by the Sea and the tag line....Even a COOL day at the a day at work! would be beneficial to all. Within 5 years, Christmas by the Sea and the familiar Santa Hat logo have become icons for the holidays on Chincoteague.”

Events to look forward to include: Annual Tree Lighting

(sponsored by the Main Street Merchants)

Old Fashioned Christmas Parade (Chincoteague Chamber)

Holiday Home Tour (Laurie Walton)

Tea with Mrs. Claus

(Christmas by the Sea)

The Great Gingerbread Challenge (Chincoteague Center)

Pony Island Horseshoe Drop (Christmas by the Sea)

Polar Pony Plunge

(Christmas by the Sea)

For more information about Christmas by the Sea, please email or visit 32


Jus’ Bikes

6527 Maddox Blvd. Chincoteague Island, Virginia


Rentals Sales Service Rent for the day, week or longer! Bikes Scooters Surreys Tandems Custom LSV’s Cruise scenic Chincoteague and Assateague Islands! Why Walk when you can ride in style?

Local Family Owned & Operated since 1995

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