Quaint Chincoteague’s wild ponies and beautiful seashore are within easy reach of this inn with free breakfast and included bike rentals
Hotel at a Glance: Refuge Inn
Refuge Inn does an excellent job of living up to its name, providing a dreamy escape among the wild, roaming ponies on Chincoteague Island. A quick 30-second drive brings you to the marshlands, forests, and roaming grounds of local wildlife (including the island’s famous ponies) at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
- Wake up to fresh coffee and tasty treats at the complimentary continental breakfast.
- Explore the island by bike with one of the inn’s onsite rentals (daily rentals for two included).
- Go for a swim in the indoor/outdoor pool or hit the beach.
- Enjoy the fresh air: Guest rooms have private patios or balconies and the inn has a sun deck and swings.
- Additional in-room amenities include flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, and a coffeemaker.
- Not far from the Assateague Lighthouse—some rooms can even see it its lights in the distance on clear nights.
Chincoteague, Virginia: Sleepy Fishing Village with Unspoiled Coastline near Assateague Island
An island along the northern Virginia coastline, Chincoteague has the charm of a worn-in fishing village. There are no noisy boardwalks or sky-scraping hotels here—just quiet shops and virgin beaches. A popular way to explore the island’s winding waterways is on a boat tour; many make stops along the way for passengers to collect seashells or sample a raw oyster or two.
Be sure to cross the bay to neighboring Assateague Island to explore the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Its most famous residents are the Chincoteague wild ponies, who’ve lived on the island for hundreds of years. There’s another herd of wild horses further north along the Assateague National Seashore, a sprawling stretch of unspoiled beaches with nary a condo or billboard in sight.