Waterside Inn - Chincoteague Island, VA


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Hotel at a Glance: Waterside Inn

The Waterside Inn is a charming place to stay on scenic Chincoteague Island. Guest rooms are comfortable and homey, with free WiFi and coffee. The property is ideally situated for exploring one of the East Coast’s most picturesque little islands.

  • Full breakfast each morning including belgian waffles, coffee, juice, and other staples
  • Catch flounder off the 220-foot private fishing-and-crabbing pier.
  • Soak stress away in the solar-heated indoor hot tub or take a dip in the heated outdoor pool.
  • Explore the coastline at Assateague Island National Seashore.
  • Witness a rocket launch at the nearby Wallops Flight Facility, where visitors can choose to view launches from the outside bleachers near the visitor center, or via live broadcast in the auditorium.
  • Watch the sunset from your room’s private balcony or the pool deck.

Chincoteague Island, Virginia: Ponies and Island Charm

You’ve probably heard of Chincoteague Island. That’s because this small island off the mainland of Virginia is the setting for Marguerite Henry’s 1947 children’s book Misty of Chincoteague, the story of a family who tried to tame a foal born to a wild horse. Chincoteague is famous for its Pony Penning Day, an annual tradition every July since 1925, when feral horses from nearby Assateague Island swim or are ferried over to Chincoteague to be auctioned off. When the auctions are finished, the remaining horses swim home to Assateague to live another year as wild horses. 

There actually was a Misty, and her foal, Stormy, about whom another book was written, existed, too—you can visit them both at the Museum of Chincoteague Island where the horses are preserved by taxidermy. Apart from the ponies, there’s enough to do on the island to keep nature-lovers happy—go crabbing and clamming, hire a fishing boat for the day, or rent a bike to pedal around the island. You’ll find quaint stores, ice cream shops, and kayak tours to occupy a free day.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a double-queen room or king room
  • Up to two kids 12 or younger stay free in a double-queen room.
  • Dates into September

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are nonrefundable.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.


  • Complimentary hot breakfast
  • Private fishing pier
  • Marina
  • Indoor hot tub
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Exercise room

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in

Other Details

Room Details

Double-Queen Room

  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for each additional guest 13 or older; up to 2 kids 12 or younger stay free

King Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 2:30 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $7 per night; subject to availability
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact the property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available by calling the hotel or at check-in for an additional cost.
  • There is no cutoff for check-in. If checking in after 10 p.m., please call (757) 336-3434 ahead of time.

Getting There

  • Nearest airports: Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional (SBY; 48 miles) and Norfolk International (ORF; 99 miles)
  • Distance from Norfolk: 105 miles

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