Assateague Channel

Roaming the Home of the Ponies

When I was around 10 years old, one of my absolute favorite book series was Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry (first published in 1947). I must have read each book at least 10 times, that is how much I love(d) them.

So this past weekend was like a dream world made reality, when I traveled to Chincoteague and Assateague Islands with my mom and aunt for a four-day getaway. I met up with them in Washington, D.C. and from there we drove down. It was only a three hour drive, which is perfect for a little getaway. I have to say I was very excited for the possibility to see the wild horses and to spend some time at the beach.

We stayed at the Channel Bass Inn run by Barbara and David Wiedenheft. They have been running the Bed & Breakfast and Tea Room for 22 years. It was an absolutely wonderful experience to stay there. Barabara and David make you feel right at home. Every day at 9 a.m. a full breakfast is served, and each day something different is on the menu. Some of the dishes we enjoyed were crab quiche, warm compote with granola, bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon, and Mexican eggs (a recipe I plan on trying very soon). The tables are set up so that you share them with other guests staying at the Inn, which is a great way to get to know fellow travelers and find out what kind of adventures they’ve been going on. We met an Armenian family from Canada, and a few couples from PA and Delaware.

They also offer afternoon tea (for an additional $12 for guests staying at the Inn. It’s $23 for non-guests), which is a four-course affair with beautiful music playing in the background. The food served is rich and heavy, so you might not need to eat dinner, or if you do, not until later at night. A wonderful surprise the day we enjoyed our tea time was a young woman who demonstrated her skills on the piano.

The best restaurant (and one of the few available) in town is Bill’s Seafood & Steaks. Since Bill’s has great food, a reservation is definitely needed. Otherwise, you will be waiting at least 45 minutes to be seated.

I don’t know about you, but I like to wait a while before I enjoy dessert, and eating in restaurants doesn’t always allow for that time. But, that’s why there are places like The Island Creamery, that makes homemade ice cream in very delicious flavors, such as Snickers Cheesecake, Bourbon Caramel Crunch, Black Raspberry, Birthday Cake, and many more.  But also has some of the biggest sundaes I have ever seen, and they make homemade fudge as well.

Besides enjoying delicious food, you can tour the island by bike or scooter, explore the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (bug spray is highly recommended because the mosquitos are quite aggressive), relax on the Assateague Island National Seashore, then visit the Maryland side of Assateague Island, go on a boat tour of the islands to see dolphins and wild horses (this was amazing), or even plan to visit during the annual pony swim and penning (though you will be joining about 30,000 people) that has been going on for 88 years.

Here are some more sights from Chincoteague and Assateague Islands.

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After all of this, I want to re-read Misty’s story all over again.

Have you ever traveled to a place where one of your favorite books was set?

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