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Chincoteague Vacation: “Tranquil Shores”

We spent 5 nights (April 7th through April 11th), at Chincoteague, Virginia in an Airbnb rental called “Tranquil Shores”.  Our host, Joseph, gave me permission to include details of his Airbnb in a blog post.  The complete listing for this AirBnB rental may be seen by clicking here.

Here is a Google Map picture of our Airbnb accommodation.

“Tranquil Shores”

“Tranquil Shores” is the right side of this duplex house.  We had use of that entire side of the duplex. The entrance to the home was via the wooden steps on the side of the house. We entered the door code, opened the door and we walked inside.  The entry door opens to the kitchen.

Eat-in Kitchen

The kitchen contains all the essentials of cooking and dining to include cookware, dinnerware, utensils, stove, oven, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, spices, and so much more.  We didn’t use it, but there was coffee grounds in the freezer for the coffeemaker.  We brought the tea kettle that you see in this picture.  We boiled water for hot tea and coffee.  Bob used an Aeropress to make coffee.

The kitchen and living room form a Great Room.

Living Room

There is access to a Screened Porch from the Living Room.

Screened Porch

The living room was comfortable, and we made frequent use of the screened porch.

In addition to the kitchen and living room, this Airbnb rental has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.  Two of the bedrooms (queen bed and twin bed) and one bathroom are located downstairs.  A washer and dryer are located in the downstairs bathroom.  The master bedroom (king bed) and second bathroom are located on the second floor.  There is access to a balcony from the master bedroom.  We made use of only the master bedroom.  The bed was very comfortable and provided for a good night’s sleep. Bed linens and towels are not provided in the rental cost. They are available, however, for an added fee of $10.00 per bed.  We saved $10.00 by bringing our own towels and bed linens.


Tranquil Shores, as seen from Maddox Blvd.

This AirBnB rental is located at the end of a quiet road.

This is the view of the road on which “Tranquil Shores” sits. The house is at the end of this road.

The rental cost was approximately $55.00 less than the cost of a King Bed with Balcony hotel room at Best Western Chincoteague, where we have stayed in past visits.  “Tranquil Shores” was a much nicer accommodation than staying in a room in a hotel!  We had lots more space, and we were able to eat in or eat out, as desired.  We ate breakfast and either lunch or dinner at home, during our stay.  Our view at “Tranquil Shores” was much, much better than at Best Western Chincoteague too.  At Best Western Chincoteague, if you booked a balcony room, your view was the McDonald’s Restaurant across the street.  Compare that view with the view from the screened porch and balcony of our Airbnb rental.

When I took this picture, I was standing at the edge of the property. The water seen in this picture is Eel Creek.

We enjoyed daily sunrises, sunsets and wildlife viewings, while at Tranquil Shores.

Snowy Egret on Eel Creek

Osprey flying over “Tranquil Shores”

Sunset at “Tranquil Shores”, as seen from back porch

Canada Geese on Eel Creek

Sunrise at “Tranquil Shores”

Tern Gull Flying Over “Tranquil Shores”

Sunrise, on the morning of our departure

I highly recommend “Tranquil Shores” to individual travelers, couples, and families.  You will be within a couple miles of downtown Chincoteague and Assateague Island where you can enjoy Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the Assateague Island National Seashore.  We brought our bicycles with us and enjoyed rides in the neighborhood, several rides at the wildlife refuge, as well as one ride from “Tranquil Shores” to the wildlife refuge.

Thank you, Joseph, for sharing your home with us.  We will return!



Chincoteague Vacation – Day 2: Annapolis, MD to Chincoteague, VA

On Sunday, April 7th, at 7:10 am we departed the Best Western Annapolis and continued our drive to Chincoteague, VA.

We crossed over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge about 10 minutes later.

Our first stop at 9:00 am was at the Salisbury Zoological Park in Salisbury, MD.  We arrived just as the zoo was opening.  

Salisbury Zoo – East Gate Entrance

We spent a couple hours walking around this wonderful, free zoo.  I created this slideshow to share with you some of the birds and animals that we saw, while at the zoo.

This was Bob’s first time at the Salisbury Zoo; it was my second visit.  My first visit was more than 30 years ago in August 1982.

Our second stop was for lunch at Subway at the intersection of Routes 13 and175.

After lunch, we crossed Route 13 and took Route 175 to Chincoteague Island, VA.

Our third stop was at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, located on Assateague Island, VA. 

Located on the East Coast along the Atlantic Ocean in Maryland and Virginia, Assateague Island is the largest, natural barrier island ecosystem in the Middle Atlantic states region that remains predominantly unaffected by human development. The Virginia portion of the island is designated as the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with the exception of 448 acres in the refuge’s Toms Cove area maintained by the National Park Service.  These 448 acres are part of the Assateague Island National Seashore.  The Assateague State Park and the Assateague Island National Seashore are located on Assateague Island, MD.  This year marks our fifth visit to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the Assateague Island National Seashore, located on Assateague Island, VA.

Admission to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is $20.00, which is good for multiple days.  We didn’t have to pay the admission fee, as I purchased a National Park Service senior pass in February 2018, when I turned 62 years old.

We rode our bicycles on the Woodland Trail.   The Woodland Trail, which takes you through a pine forest, is 1.6 miles round trip, paved and wheelchair accessible.  The trail is open to both walkers and cyclists.  A couple years ago many of the pine trees were damaged by a southern pine beetle infestation. 

We went for a bicycle ride on the Woodland Trail. This boardwalk leads to an observation platform from which you may see wild ponies.

We looked for wild ponies from this observation platform. We didn’t see any ponies.

Leaving the Woodland Trail, we rode our bicycles on the Beach Access Road to the Assateague Island National Seashore and back to the Woodland Trail parking lot.


We saw two horses and riders at the beach.


Egrets are popular at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

We watched one egret, as it was hunting, standing immobile or wading through wetlands, to when it suddenly took flight.

Great Egret Hunting

Great Egret, Lift Off

Great Egret in Flight

Great Egret in Flight

We watched another egret standing in a tree.

Great Egret in a Tree

We rode our bicycles a total of 4.16 miles on Woodland Trail and to and from the beach.

We arrived at Tranquil Shores, our Airbnb rental, at approximately 3:00 pm–1 hour before check-in time. Tranquil Shores is located on Chincoteague Island, VA.  I telephoned our host shortly before we checked in to see if an early check in was possible (and it was).  Tranquil Shores was our home away from home for 5 nights.  I will publish a separate blog post pertaining to Tranquil Shores in the near future.

An hour later the car was unpacked.  At 4:40 pm we left to pick up some groceries.  We shopped at Food Lion at the intersection of Routes 13 and 175.  We picked up dinner, breakfast foods, snacks and beer. 

Tonight’s dinner was rotisserie chicken, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and, for dessert, cheesecake.  We purchased a sampler cheesecake platter, which lasted us through four dinners.

We watched a couple episodes of NYPD Blue and then went to bed. As a side note, we started watching NYPD Blue on Amazon Prime in early February this year.  NYPD Blue is an American police drama set in New York City, exploring the struggles of the fictional 15th Precinct detective squad in Manhattan.  The series was originally broadcast on the ABC network, debuted on September 21, 1993‚ and aired its final episode on March 1, 2005.  Bob says this was one of his favorite TV shows.  We both saw the series, when it aired.   We may or may not have seen each episode, though.  I certainly do not remember each episode’s story line.  There are 12 seasons, 261 episodes.  We watched Season 9 episodes, while on vacation.

Please check back soon for more blog posts about our Chincoteague vacation.

Easter Vacation – Chincoteague Island, VA and Returning Home

It am still blogging about our the day’s activities on Saturday, March 31st.  We visited two Chincoteague, VA parks upon our return to home base from Assateague Island, MD.

The Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park is located at the intersection of Main and Mumford Streets.

_LG25703A statue of Misty of Chincoteague stands at the entrance to the park.

_LG25708The Evening Star was docked at the park.

The seagulls look different than they do at home.

This is a Bonaparte’s Gull, I believe.


There are four Adirondack chairs in the park.  The chairs are 10 feet tall and weigh more than 500 pounds.  The chairs arrived in Chincoteague in the summer of 2014 and promote the state’s “Virginia is for Lovers” tourism slogan.  They had been located at Virginia’s Kiptopeke State Park since May 2012.

20180331_193301597_iOSSomeone took our picture on the “LOVE chairs” in exchange for me taking their picture.


Chincoteague Veteran’s Memorial Park, located on Eastside Road, is another lovely waterfront park. There is a great view of Assateague Island Lighthouse from Veterans Memorial Park.

Assateague Island Lighthouse,
as seen from Chincoteague Veteran’s Memorial Park

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The bridge to Assateague Island can be seen in this picture.


We checked out of Best Western Chincoteague around 6:30 the morning of Easter Sunday, April 1st, but not before enjoying a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel.

We departed the hotel at 6:40 am.  Our drive home was uneventful. We made a couple bathroom stops and one fuel stop. We received a $0.10/gallon discount on the cost of fuel, as we did throughout our vacation.  I found information online about the fuel discount. Exxon Mobil is offering $0.10 off per gallon at participating stations on fill ups through July 10th when you pay through the Exxon Mobil Speedpass+ app. The promotion began on March 29th.  The fuel discount was a pleasant surprise.

We ate Easter dinner at Chili’s in Altoona, PA using a $25 gift card to offset the cost. Easter dinner was non-traditional. Baked ham was not on the menu. We ordered steak dinners. For dessert we shared a chocolate chip cookie with ice cream.

We returned home around 4:30 pm.

What an enjoyable vacation we had! We look forward to making a return trip to Chincoteague, VA.  It is always a quiet, relaxing time away from home, when we vacation there.

Easter Vacation – Warren, PA to Chincoteague Island, VA

March 29th was the start of a long weekend getaway. We were on our way out of Warren, PA at 5:30 am, en route Chincoteague Island, VA.

We stopped for breakfast at McDonald’s in Clearfield, PA. We used an order kiosk there for the first time. We had to pay at the counter, as the cashless mechanism was off line. After eating our bagel sandwiches, hash browns and beverage of choice, we were back on the road at 7:45 am.

It was a foggy drive, with dense fog at times.

This was the view on I-99 at Osterburg, PA at 9:06 am.

The fog was even more dense, as we descended the Town Hill mountain range on I-70 in Pennsylvania. The fog was close in, making me feel a little bit claustrophobic! The fog left us, after descending Town Hill.  Driving conditions were good rest of the way to Chincoteague Island.

The drive would have been more interesting without the fog. It is a beautiful drive from Pennsylvania to Maryland. Because of the fog we saw very little of the countryside.

We entered Maryland at 9:55 am and crossed over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Annapolis shortly before noon.

Crossing over the Bay Bridge

The Bay Bridge is 4.3 miles long.  I suffer from gephyrophobia, the fear of bridges.  I am particularly fearful of long and tall bridges.  My fear originated many years ago, while crossing a bridge in Maine.  I was boxed in, nowhere to go.  Looking through my rear view mirror, I saw a truck closing in quickly.  It was not slowing down.  The truck rear-ended me.  Thankfully, myself and a passenger did not sustain any injuries.  We were both quite shaken, though, by the experience.

My fear of bridges has lessened over time.  I used to grip the steering wheel, if I was driving (or the door handle if I was a passenger), so tightly that my fingers would turn white. Nowadays I sometimes close my eyes, if not driving, or take several deep breaths, if driving, while crossing a bridge. I am not fearful of all bridges.  If traffic is light and I can see the end of the bridge, I have no fear.

We ate lunch at IHOP in Chester on Kent Island, MD.  Bob ordered a grilled cheese sandwich.  I had a BLT sandwich.  We were back on the road at 1:00 pm.

We arrived in Virginia, via Route 12, shortly before 3:30 pm. We made it to our hotel, the Best Western Chincoteague Island, by 4:00 pm. We checked in and got settled in our room.  We decided to go for a bicycle ride, after relaxing for a short time in our room.

We brought our folding bicycles with us to Virginia. After removing the bicycles from their carrying bags, unfolding them, and adjusting the seats we went for a short bicycle ride. Best Western Chincoteague Island is the closest hotel to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. We rode our bicycles almost to the refuge entrance, a distance of about 1/2 mile.

On the way to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, there is a very nice view of the Assateague Channel.

20180329_212421844_iOSAssateague Channel

Returning to the hotel, we ditched the bicycles and drove to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

Our hotel provides several outdoor bike racks.
This particular bike rack was located behind the hotel.

We drove along Beach Drive to the Assateague Island National Seashore.

We made it to the beach.

We ate dinner at the Chincoteague Diner and Restaurant, which is located conveniently next door to the Best Western Chincoteague Island hotel  We have eaten at this restaurant during past Chincoteague vacations.  The food has always been good.  Service, though, can be on the slow side.  I just think life is slower on an island than it is on the mainland.  A slower lifestyle is one of the reasons that we keep coming back to Chincoteague Island.

After dinner we returned to the hotel, where we spent rest of the evening.

Oh, the hotel.  I should probably tell you a little something about the hotel and our room.  We like the Best Western Chincoteague Island hotel.  This was our third or fourth stay at this hotel.  Off season a room rate of approximately $90+tax is reasonable, especially when Discover reward point gift cards are used to defray some of the cost.  The hotel location is quiet.  As is customary at most, if not all, Best Western hotels breakfast is provided on a complementary basis.  The hotel provides a good selection of breakfast items, hot and cold.  The hotel and the rooms are clean.  The hotel staff is very friendly. We selected a two queen bed room with balcony for our 3-night stay.  Best Western Chincoteague Island is our go-to hotel, whenever we vacation on Chincoteague Island.

Stay tuned for more blog posts about our Chincoteague Island vacation.

Our Chincoteague Vacation (Part 3 of 3)

This blog post continues our 3-day Easter weekend vacation at Chincoteague Island.  Our first vacation day was a travel day.  We spent much of our second vacation day at the NASA Wallops Visitor Center and exploring Assateague Island.

On Saturday, March 26th, we drove to the Assateague Island National Seashore at 6:00 am to watch the sun rise at 6:55 am.

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While on our way back to the hotel from the seashore, we made a couple stops along Beach Access Road.  Our first stop was at Little Toms Cove.

_LG20585 4x6The Assateague Lighthouse is visible across from Little Toms Cove.
We opted not to walk the Assateague Lighthouse trail this year.

_LG20586 4x6We saw Northern Shoveler Ducks on Friday.
We were rewarded with their presence again on Saturday.


We saw ponies at our second stop on Beach Access Road.

_LG20590 4x6Chincoteague Wild Pony

Back at the hotel we ate breakfast in our hotel room, as it was quite crowded in the breakfast room and too chilly to sit on the outside patio.

After breakfast we drove into the town of Chincoteague. At the draw bridge we turned right onto Main Street and followed it to the end, where there was a turn around.  We made three stops on Main Street.

Our first stop was at the Captain Timothy Hill House.

_LG20597 4x6Captain Timothy Hill House (c. 1800)
Oldest house on Chincoteague Island

The Captain Timothy Hill House is the oldest house on Chincoteague Island.  We were not able to tour the house interior, as the house was closed for the season.

Our second stop was at a house with a miniature replica of itself built beside a mailbox.

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A house and its miniature replica

Our third stop was at a yard sale, where I picked up the game Connect and four bags of small plastic toys for our granddaughters.

We made our way back to the traffic light at the draw bridge. We crossed over VA 175 and drove into downtown Chincoteague on Main Street. We were soon stopped by runners.

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Runners on Main Street

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A search on Facebook revealed that Saturday was the Bay to Bay 10K & 5K Run/Walk Event.  All proceeds from this event support the Chincoteague YMCA financial assistance program.  We did continue our drive on Main Street, slowly, encountering runners all the way and on the return trip.

_LG20606-photobacks-texture-templateChincoteague Island docked boat

The Chincoteague Channel runs alongside Main Street.  This boat was docked near where we turned around to return to downtown Chincoteague.  I applied a texture effect to the original photograph and love the result.

An Easter egg hunt followed the Bay to Bay 10K & 5K Run/Walk Event.  Upon our return to downtown Chincoteague, we parked across from the Robert Reed Park. We walked over to the park and watched the Easter egg hunt.

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Here comes the Easter bunny.

_LG20612 4x6The Easter bunny posed for lots of pictures.

_LG20620 4x6On your mark, get set and GO!

_LG20621 4x6Some children picked up Easter eggs near them,
while others ran to pick up the eggs the farthest away.

_LG20622 4x6Easter Egg Hunt

After the Easter egg hunt we made a return trip to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The highlight of that trip was a great blue heron.

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Great Blue Heron

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I watched this great blue heron for about 30 minutes.  The only movement the heron made, during that time, was to stretch its neck!

Later in the morning we returned to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. We parked at the Wildlife Loop and walked the ½ mile Marsh Trail.

_LG20645 4x6Marsh Trail Scene

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The overlook was our destination.

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You can see Marsh Trail, leading up to the overlook.

After walking the Marsh Trail, we drove along Beach Access Road to the Assateague Island National Seashore.  A Chincoteague wild pony was closer to the Beach Access Road than it had been all weekend.

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Chincoteague Wild Pony

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It was very clear along the Assateague Island National Seashore, a big difference from Friday’s foggy scene.

_LG20665 4x6Assateague Island National Seashore

After leaving the seashore, we stopped opposite Little Toms Cove.

_LG20671 4x6My best photograph of the Northern Shoveler Duck!

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These wading birds were fun to watch!

UPDATE 4/1/2016: 
I emailed Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge for help in identifying the birds in these two photographs.  The top photograph “features a greater yellow legs on the left and that bird is transitioning to breeding plumage. The other two birds are also yellow legs, but probably lesser. The bottom photograph “Few birds. Foreground is another lesser yellow legs. Far right is a long billed dowitcher. Smaller birds are dunlin and the other larger birds middle and left are short billed dowitcher.”  Thank you, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, for identifying these birds!

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Farther along Beach Access Road we spotted a Kingfisher, a first for both of us.

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Belted Kingfisher

We ate a late lunch about 20 miles from Chincoteague Island at Metompkin Seafood Market

20160326_183948054_iOS 4x6Metompkin Seafood Market

We found this seafood market by asking Siri, iPhone’s virtual assistant, where to find a good place to eat near Wallops Island.  Siri made an excellent choice.

20160326_181220969_iOS 4x6You place your order here, either for fresh seafood or for fried seafood.

The menu is behind the counter, but it is located outside on the patio wall as well.  While looking at the outside menu, a woman walked by and remarked “Order one of everything.  Everything is good.”

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We both ordered fried seafood platters.  We waited 15-20 minutes, I believe, for our meals.  It was standing room only inside that tiny shack!  We struck up a conversation with a local man, who has been coming to Metompkin Seafood for 10+ years.  He told us everything on the menu is good.  We ate our meals on the patio outside.  The man with whom we struck up a conversation inside joined us outside at our table.  The conversation was pleasant, and our meals were very filling and tasted great!  We would definitely make a return trip to Metompkin Seafood Market!

Returning to Chincoteague Island, we made another trip to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. It was after 3:00 pm, so it was possible once again to drive the car around the Wildlife Loop. We actually drove the loop two times. I am happy that we decided to drive twice around the Wildlife Loop, as we saw a deer the second time around.

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As we approached the deer, a car was in front of us stopped on Wildlife Loop looking at the deer.  The deer turned around and went back into the weeds.  The stopped car moved on.  We slowly approached the place where the deer had been.  Bob pulled off the road and turned off the engine.  I got out of the car, standing behind the hood.  We waited for a few minutes.  The deer popped its head out and quickly pranced across the road.  It really wanted to get to the other side!

Before returning to the hotel we drove to the Island Creamery for dessert.

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the Island Creamery

The Island Creamery, which sells homemade ice cream, is a popular place. It was busy, but the line moved faster than we expected.

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Bob ordered 2 scoops of Java Jolt ice cream; I ordered one scoop of Marsh Mud ice cream and one scoop of Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream. Delicious! I wouldn’t have ordered the Marsh Mud ice cream, if it hadn’t been recommended to me by a couple in line behind us. They told us, when that ice cream was first made, it was made incorrectly. However, everyone liked that ice cream, so they kept making it the wrong way.

We returned to our hotel, the Best Western Chincoteague, around 5:00 pm. I noticed that the hotel cleaning woman had placed an Easter chocolate on each of our pillows.  What a nice touch!

We checked out of the hotel at 5:00 am on Easter Sunday and began our drive back home. Our ETA was 12:53 pm.   We made a few stops on the way home, the longest stop being at Cracker Barrel in Hagerstown MD.  We stopped there for breakfast.  We both ordered the Sunrise Sampler.  We returned home around 2:30 pm.

We are talking already about our next vacation in Chincoteague!


Our Chincoteague Vacation (Part 1 of 3)

Our Easter vacation began on Thursday, March 24th. Bob came home from work at noon, and we were on the road en route Chincoteague Island, VA by 12:30 pm. Our ETA was 8:30 pm, without making any stops.

We hadn’t even made it 50 miles from home before 20 minutes were added to our travel time, as the result of a detour on PA 948. We ended up going through Johnsonburg before returning to our route in Ridgway.  An additional 10 minutes was added to our travel time, when we made a bathroom break at Sheetz in Clearfield, PA.  We made it through Breezewood, PA without experiencing any traffic congestion.  A fuel and bathroom stop shortly after crossing the Maryland border added 15 minutes to our travel time. We gained back some of the time we lost earlier, though, before making the stop. Our ETA at 5:12 pm was 9:17pm.  We encountered nothing out of the ordinary, while driving through the Frederick, MD area.  There were lots of cars, moving fast.  We saw the most traffic congestion on I-97 about 3 miles from the exit for U.S. Route 50 to Annapolis and continuing on Route 50.

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Crossing Chesapeake Bay Bridge
(commonly known as the “Bay Bridge”)

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I did not like crossing the Bay Bridge.  I have an aversion to bridges that possibly goes back to when I was rear ended many years ago, while on a bridge in Maine.  While on the bridge in Maine, I saw through the rear-view mirror a truck barreling toward me.  I was trapped.  There was no way for me to get out of its way.  When we neared the end of the Bay Bridge, I let out a breath of air.  Bob asked if I was holding my breath, while crossing the bridge.  I wasn’t holding my breath.  What escaped was a breath of relief!

Traffic improved, after crossing the Bay Bridge.

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Sun setting behind us
near Queenstown, MD at 7:12 pm

Around 7:30 pm we made a quick stop for dinner at Burger King in Easton, MD. Our ETA, after dinner, was 9:36 pm.

We arrived at the Best Western Chincoteague Island around 9:45 pm and checked into our room. Our home away from home for three nights was on the third floor, room 360. Our hotel room was spacious with two queen beds, a large bathroom and a private balcony that looks out on Maddox Blvd.  The Best Western Chincoteague Island is a very nice hotel, and we highly recommend it to everyone who travels to Chincoteague Island.


Easter Vacation in Virginia – Day 4: Chincoteague Island

In yesterday’s blog post I wrote that we drove through the town of Chincoteague, after lunch. Chincoteague Island is Virginia’s only resort island.  The town of Chincoteague is known for the Chincoteague Ponies, although these are not actually on the island of Chincoteague but on nearby Assateague Island.  Chincoteague is the gateway to the Assateague Island National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

While in downtown Chincoteague, we admired the Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park.

The Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park is located
at the intersection of Main and Mumford Streets.

The lovely white Queen Anne style building is the Chincoteague Island Library.

the Library


The Sharon Nicole was docked at the park.

These four Adirondack chairs are 10 feet tall and weigh more than 500 pounds.  The chairs arrived in Chincoteague in the summer of 2014 and promote the state’s “Virginia is for Lovers” tourism slogan.  They had been located at Virginia’s Kiptopeke State Park since May 2012.   We sat in this particular chair because the “O” looks like a wedding ring.


Misty of Chincoteague


While driving through downtown Chincoteague we saw our first Chincoteague pony.

This is the site of the Fireman’s Carnival, located at 3648 Main Street.  The Carnival leads up to the world famous Pony Swim and Auction always held on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July.

a Chincoteague pony!


While on Chincoteague Island, we also enjoyed the view along Chincoteague Channel and saw a couple houses that were decorated for Easter.

Chincoteague Channel view

Easter decorations

Easter decorations

We ate dinner at Mr. Baldy’s Family Restaurant, located along Ridge Road.  Bob ordered the special, Surf & Turf, and I ordered fried chicken. We were the only guests in the restaurant. Our waitress was very friendly; service was great; and the food was good.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading about our Easter vacation in Virginia.  We made a couple more return trips to Assateague Island before calling it a day.  I have one more vacation blog post to share with you.  We finally saw some Chincoteague ponies on Assateague Island.  I bet you can’t wait until I share the next blog post with you!

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Hospitality Lane

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Gretchen's Traveling

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An English Girl Rambles from 2016 to ....

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