BISis and I recently took a trip to Chincoteague, VA, home of the Misty of Chincoteague stories. What can you do in a tiny island town in the middle of January? Well, not a huge amount, but it was a short trip (Friday-Sunday) so it wasn't bad. We spent most of our time in the wildlife refuge. This included the approximately 6.5 miles of Saturday hiking (with the last 1.5 miles on the beach). I am not in good enough shape for this. Note: In the off season, half the town is closed down. Also, they've got more, and better, bookstores than I do in BItown.
Where we stayed: Hampton Inn in Chincoteague.
It's consistently been rated the top Hampton Inn in the country and I can see why. The staff were fantastic, the views breathtaking, and the cost low (~$80/night). They were undergoing renovations to their breakfast area, but that didn't detract. Our beds were comfy and it's always nice to have a fridge and microwave in the room.I also love the fact they always have fresh baked cookies in the lobby.
Where we ate:
Chincoteague Diner which was meh. Dessert was decent and the staff friendly, but based on the batter on my scallops, they were frozen.
Mr. Paul's Kitchen, Home Cooking which was great. It's only open for breakfast and lunch. We each had a burger. Mine was a little dry, but very flavorful and the homemade applesauce was amazing (they add vanilla once it's done cooking). We also had a great time talking with our waitress (Love it or List it was on the TV and we all like the show).
Famous Pizza was our Saturday dinner. After all the walking on the beach, my ankles stiffened up too much to walk. I called down to the front desk and she recommended this place. They delivered right to the hotel room and in about half the time they said it would take. The crust had just enough 'snap' to it and the toppings were generous.
BISis wanted a little something more and ran out to Island Creamery. She called back to the room and read the menu out to me. Her choice was Birthday Cake and mine was Bourbon Caramel. They weren't kidding about the bourbon, but it wasn't as strong after a few dozen spoonfuls.
Additional pictures from the trip:
Our totally inadequate footwear (we forgot to toss boots in the car)
We saw the the wild ponies of Chincoteague on the first night as we were driving back from watching sunset on the beach. The car in front of us randomly stopped and we soon figured out why. They had absolutely no concern about the cars or people. The picture is dark because I didn't want to use the flash and startle them.
If it hacn't been for that, I would have assumed that there were no ponies and the rangers just scattered piles of horse shit all over the place (and I do mean all over). According to a friend, many go and never see the ponies.