On Memorial Day weekend, Sam and I took a drive up to Chincoteague and Assateague on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We hoped for a chance to see the ponies and have a little beach time! Neither of us had been to either of the islands before. I still can’t believe that I hadn’t because I live in VA and have been to many other islands outside of the state and country!
Sometimes when I take a vacation, I like to put my camera away for a couple of days. Not that I ever get tired of taking photos, but sometimes I just like to take in the scenery with my own eyes and fully experience the place that I am in. Though, I just had to capture a few photos of the ponies! I was surprised at how big both of the islands actually are. They each have their own unique character as well.
We spent most of our time on Chincoteague because we were staying in a cute little bed and breakfast, called The Garden and Sea Inn, about 10 minutes away. By the way, they have the most amazing breakfasts! They are gorgeously styled as well. I had to take a pic:
The town of Chincoteague, itself, had some cute art galleries, restaurants and an awesome coffee shop called, Mainstreet Shop Coffeehouse. If you know me, you are aware of my love for cute coffee shops and how no matter where I am in the world, I will find one to hang out in! This particular coffee shop is two stories high and has art, books and other unique artifacts on sale. Sam and I enjoyed reading a book called, something like, “1000 Things To Do With Toast”, particularly because of the attractive food photography inside! We both LOVE trying new foods. I guess you would call us food travelers? To me, trying food from local restaurants is one of the best ways to immerse myself in the culture of a place.
Our favorite restaurant of the whole weekend (we went there 3 times), was Pico Taqueria. They scored an A+ in all aspects of the culinary experience for me! The tacos were fresh, with locally grown ingredients, and uniquely made. My favorite was The Maddox, which had local cornmeal fried oysters, pickled carrots, daikon, tartar sauce, and thai basil. I think I ate way too many oysters that weekend, but they are so good! Another part of this place that I liked was the the atmosphere. You almost felt like you were at a food truck, but they had built it up a little bit to be more stationary. There were standing only tables with string lights strung overhead and in the trees, as well as a backyard area with beach chairs, corn hole and other games. To my surprise, Chincoteague had a lot of other restaurants similar to Pico, as far as atmosphere, with the food truck court kind of vibe.
Other than food..we did have a great time exploring Chincoteague Island by bike and moped! Mopeds seem to be the vehicle of choice on Chincotegue (at least for tourists). Riding on the back of and driving a moped were other firsts for me! Sam was quite excited to drive the moped because he just got his motorcycle license and this was a first taste of the open road..(with the sun on his face and the wind to his back..) I was a little more hesitant, though. Going more than 25mph on something not enclosed in a metal cage is a bit scary for me! When it was my turn to drive, I decided to head down to the beach. We got about half way there and it began to pour down rain so we turned around and headed back towards town. the rain stopped for a minute but then came back on strong and completely drenched us! All I could do was laugh! Needless to say, we sought refuge at the little coffee shop :)
On our last day, we stopped in Assateague to see if we could catch a glimpse of the ponies. Our host at The Garden and Sea Inn told us that if we drove to the Maryland side of the island, we would have a better chance of seeing some. As I mentioned before, both Assateague and Chincoteague islands are a lot longer than expected, so it took us a good 45 minutes or so to reach the entrance of Assategue Island National Seashore on the Maryland side. You are basically across the water from Ocean City, Maryland when you get there. To us, though, it was totally worth the drive because right away we saw two little ponies grazing in the marsh! It was a nice close to a fun and relaxing weekend!