From the Innkeepers

Fall Specials announced!

As September draws to a close, the crisp, cool air of Autumn rolled through the Chincoteague marshes this morning.  On Assateague, migratory birds await... 

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... 

Chincoteague & Assateague

Upcoming Events

September 27, 2014
Chili Chowder Cook-off & Car Show
Sponsored by Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Co. Visit for more info.


October 11, 2014
42nd Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival
All you can eat oysters and more! Tickets sell out quickly! For more info visit the Chamber’s Oyster Festival page.


October 10-11, 2014
Annual Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Co. Fall Pony Round-up


November 4, 2014
4th Annual Mayor’s Ball
6 PM Cocktails, 7 PM Dinner by Bill’s Seafood. $50 per person. Chincoteague Center, tickets available at the Center and Shore Bank.


November 8, 2014
YMCA Chin Dig
‘An Island Masquerade’ evening of dining, dancing and revelry with a spirited auction of desirable items, fine art and decoys. $30 per person.


November 27 – 30, 2014
Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge holds Open House and offers special events and programs to mark the fall migration of waterfowl to the refuge.