“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden
It Didn’t Need A Movie To Become Famous
Chincoteague, VA – Without beating around the bush this time, it can be said that this resort island is maybe the most breathtaking island on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. At the same time, it is also the only resort island located in this beautiful state. This place is famous for its clam shoals and oyster beds, and a couple more things which we’ll tell you about later in the article. So, how does one go about describing one of the most magnificent places in the country? Well, here’s our go at it.
Chincoteague is actually a town on the namesake island, nestled in Accomack County, VA. The population is around 3,000. One of the most prominent and well-known features of this town are the famous Chincoteague Ponies. Although, these can actually be found on the neighboring island of Assateague. The 1961 family film Misty was shot entirely on location on this island, and is what made the place famous.
Chincoteague is completely absent of sprawling resorts and boardwalks which normally span the coastline of every major resort island in the country. In fact, the beach is one of the most beautiful things here. It is part of a 14,000-acre National Wildlife Refuge, which is so unspoiled and clean that one would struggle to find evidence of human presence there.
Chincoteague, VA – An Oasis Of Serenity In A Commercial World
That being said, fine dining restaurants and trendy boutique hotels are also nowhere to be found on Chincoteague. Basically, watching the sun set over the bay with a cold drink in your hand is pretty much the nightlife experience one can expect here. Considering everything aforementioned, the conclusion is obvious: Chincoteague is not for everyone. But, if you’re looking for a beach vacation free of sensory overload and tiring crowds of people, this is hands down THE place to be.
Biking is one of the main ways of making the most of your time while relaxing at Chincoteague. You can rent bikes on one of the island’s main drags, which is Maddox Blvd., from Bike Depot. You can find them close to the park entrance, and we recommend them because they offer great rates. A friendly word of advice – don’t forget to pack bug spray! Mosquitos can be a real nuisance when pedaling through the beauties of the town and island.
Maddox Blvd. is basically where most of Chincoteague’s limited commercial development is situated. That being said, you can also check out Main Street, which is the town’s other main drag. In runs the length of the downtown and boasts some pretty awesome souvenir stores, art galleries and antique shops. HopAmerica.com’s top tip: Do try to check out Sundial Books. This place offers quite an impressive collection of used and new books, as well as jewelry, handmade gifts and artwork.
The Place Brings Out The Inner Writer In People
And should the thought of moving to Chincoteague cross your mind, which it most definitely will, there’s no better place to ask for advice than the aforementioned store. This because the store’s owners did exactly the same thing just a couple of years after visiting the island for the first time. So, not only is the store cool in that it offers interesting stuff to visitors, but the owners have already figured out the what and the how of moving to Chincoteague. Pretty convenient, huh?
The “Where To Eat In Chincoteague?” part of your visit to this place really comes down to three awesome eateries. The first is the Famous Pizza & Sub Shop, which boasts everything from pizza to Greek food. The second is Captain Zack’s, which is a great family-owned spot, and the third is Bill’s Prime Seafood and Steaks, which is pretty self-explanatory.
And finally – accommodation. Miss Molly’s Inn is the place you want to go if you’re into history. It’s a Victorian B’n’B where Marguerite Henry stayed while she wrote the famous novel Misty of Chincoteague in 1947, which was in 1961 turned into the aforementioned motion-picture. And then there’s also the Waterside Inn, which is a reasonably-priced hotel with free breakfast, a heated swimming pool and spacious rooms. Who knows – if you don’t move here, you might become inspired to write a novel of your own. It’s not like it hasn’t happened before!