From the Innkeepers

It’s beautiful today, so we wrote a poem!

Twas March the Eleventh and all over the island People were donning flip flops and smilin’. The children were outside in t-shirts and shorts, Playing... 

The Low-Down on Pony Penning

So you want to see the Pony Swim.  Whether you’re an old hat or a greenhorn, we talk to folks just like you every day.  Every year, it’s basically... 

Snowy Owls on Assateague!

There’s been a lot of talk over the past month or so about the appearance of several Snowy Owls in the Chincoteague and Assateague area.  Hedwig... 

Christmas decorations at the Refuge

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Retirement Party

  Carol Sue Winder started working at the Refuge Motor Inn in 1985, after becoming friends with Martha Leonard.  Twenty-nine years later, at the... 

Special Treats for Veteran’s Day

Refuge Inn founder Donald Leonard served as an army medic during the second World War. It’s a little-known fact that our founder, Donald Leonard,... 

Fall & Winter Waterfowl

The temperatures have dropped, the leaves are falling, and the island is quiet.  No dinner reservations are necessary this time of year, and the summer... 

Happy 40th Anniversary, Refuge Inn!

We are so lucky to have such a great group of staff & owners gathered here for our 40th Anniversary Picnic, held on September 23rd.  Almost half our... 

Chincoteague & Assateague

Upcoming Events

April 11 & 12, 2014
Spring Roundup
The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company will hold a round-up this weekend.  Southern herd rounded up starting about 4:30PM on the 11th.  Northern herd rounded up starting at about 8am on the 12th.


April 18 & 19, 2014
Easter Decoy & Art Festival
Local and national carvers and artists exhibit and sell their one-of-a-kind crafts.  Decorated wooden easter egg silent auction. For more info, visit the Easter Decoy & Art Festival page.


April 19, 2014
YMCA Bay-to-Bay 5k Walk & 10k Run
Locals and visitors alike can enjoy all the sights of Chincoteague in this annual event.  Registration starts at 6:30 AM and the race begins at 8AM at the Robert Reed Downtown Park.  For more information, see the flyer or call the YMCA at 757-336-6266.


May 3, 2014
Chincoteague Seafood Festival
An annual Spring tradition on Chincoteague Island. All you can eat seafood and other local fare. Live music. Soft drinks and water are included in the ticket price and beer is available to purchase. Sponsored by the Chincoteague Chamber. Visit the Seafood Festival page for more info.