Take Advantage of a Vacation to Chincoteague Island this February

Take Advantage of Vacation to Chincoteague Island this February

Are you and your family looking to take a vacation this February to Chincoteague Island? Escaping from real life and heading to the beach can cheer up the family by exploring the island a little. Staying in one of our Seaside Vacations rental homes will keep you and your family close to the shore and where you can enjoy spending your time together. Let’s look below at what you and your family can do while you are on vacation to Chincoteague Island.

National Wildlife Refuge

Take Advantage of Vacation to Chincoteague Island this February

Are you a family who loves nature and wildlife? If the answer is yes, then head on over to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge for the day. There is plenty of things that you and family can do while visiting such as the trails, the Herbert H. Bateman Educational Center and the Assateague Lighthouse. There is also a recreational beach there as well and during the summer many beach loving families can be found here. If you decide to hike the trails though be sure to bring bug spray because there are ticks and other creepy crawling bugs out there. The Educational Center is open every day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Wild Horses

Take Advantage of Vacation to Chincoteague Island this February

While you are over at the National Wildlife Refuge checking out the Assateague Island Lighthouse, you may be able to get a quick glimpse of the “Chincoteague” ponies. They are also known as the “Saltwater Cowboys” and they can be seen year-round. Be sure to keep your distance from the horses as they are wild, and they aren’t like the horses you may find elsewhere. If you do happen to see one and it comes close, do not feed the horse either. Just sit back and watch them in their natural habitat and take photos of them for the family to remember that moment.

 While there are many other things that you can do while you are on vacation to Chincoteague Island this February, these are the ones we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay with us at Seaside Vacations, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your next adventure to the island!

4 Festive Things to Do During the Holiday’s in Ocean City, Maryland

4 Festive Things to Do During the Holiday’s in Ocean City, Maryland

Have you and your family ever vacation during the holidays in Ocean City, Maryland? If you haven’t, then let us tell you about several things happening this December. Staying in one of our Ocean City vacation rentals during the holiday season will keep you close to the fun. Let’s look below at how you and your family can enjoy the 5 festive things to do during the holidays in Ocean City, Maryland.

Winterfest

Winterfest is being held at Northside Park over on 125th Street this year. It takes place every year from now until December 31st 7 days a week. What a fun thing that your family can do and enjoy is explore what the Winterplace Village. Here you will be able to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or cider, shop for those last-minute gifts and have your photo taken with Santa Claus. Admission to Winterfest is $5 per person over the age of 11 and children 11 & under are free. Don’t miss this fun festival  with the family as you vacation with us this holiday season.

Christmas Parade

4 Festive Things to Do During the Holiday’s in Ocean City, Maryland

You can’t celebrate Christmas without attending the Ocean City Christmas Parade. This is an annual parade that many families love to watch and see. Happening this year on Saturday, December 7th beginning at 11:00 am is where your family can watch the floats go by. You will also be able to see horses, high school bands and even get a peek at old antique cars. Be sure to get there a little early as you won’t want to miss Old Saint Nick himself at the end of the parade!

Shop

Even during the off-season, shopping at the beach for some hidden gems is what many look forward to. Whether they are in search of something or are excited to be shopping in general at the beach. You may be able to find several stores who will have crafts from a few of the local artists or find that gift for the hard to shop for person in your family. We all have them and sometimes vacationing to the beach during the holidays you will be able to find something just for them. No matter what you are on the hunt for, you may find it here in Ocean City.

Enjoy the Boardwalk

4 Festive Things to Do During the Holiday’s in Ocean City, Maryland

The boardwalk is one of the iconic places that many loves to go to year-round in Ocean City. For many, going to the boardwalk on each trip to the beach they go to. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the winter that they get to experience the boardwalk. Also going during the holidays is when you and the family can rent bikes, scooters and surrey bikes. You won’t have to worry about the crowds while you are enjoying your ride on the boardwalk. Just have a great time with your family as you experience the boardwalk together.

There are many other things that you can do during the holidays around Ocean City, Maryland, but we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay in one of our Ocean City vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you this holiday season as you enjoy your vacation with the family!

3 Reasons Why You Need to Book a Vacation to Ocean City MD

3 Reasons Why You Need to Book a Vacation to Ocean City MD

Do you and your family have a family vacation planned to come to Ocean City MD soon? If the answer is no, then we must tell you our top 3 reasons on why you need to book a vacation to Ocean City MD today. Staying in one of our Ocean City MD Vacation Rentals will keep you and your family close to where the fun and memories are made. Let’s look below at a few of the reasons you need to book your vacation to the area.

Spending Time Outdoors

3 Reasons Why You Need to Book a Vacation to Ocean City MD

Anytime you vacation at the beach, it only means that you get to spend more time outdoors with the family. During the summer, the weather is warm, and you may get a shower or two in the afternoons. The spring and the fall are great times to come and enjoy the warm weather, but the water may be a little too chilly to jump into. And it’s a great place where your family can disconnect with electronics and spend more time as a family outside. Some of the other things that you can take advantage of outdoors at the beach are flying a kite, riding bikes, heading to the boardwalk or spending time on the sand building sandcastles.

Celebrate Holidays

Vacationing during the holidays are always fun for everyone in the family no matter what time of the year it is. A few major holiday’s that are coming up soon that you may want to sneak away for is Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Many of the local restaurants will have special menus for Thanksgiving Day dinners and Christmas Eve dinners. Celebrating these special moments with the family while on vacation can be a new tradition for years to come. Don’t miss these precious years pass you by as the kids grow up and eventually move away.

It Reduces Stress

3 Reasons Why You Need to Book a Vacation to Ocean City MD

Did you know that many adults who have full-time jobs will still work while they are on vacation? But disconnecting from work while you are away from your home can help you reduce stress for everyone in the family. Don’t bring your work with you while on vacation, it’s your time to relax and enjoy the time spent with your family. This can be helpful for everyone in the family and have the teens and kids turn in their electronics before you head into you Ocean City MD Vacation Rental too!

While there are many other reasons as of why you and your family need to book your vacation at the beach. If you still haven’t booked your family vacation to stay in one of our Ocean City MD Vacation Rentals, now is the time. We hope to see you and your family on your next vacation to the beach.

Don’t Miss These Fun Events Happening in October

Don't Miss These Fun Events Happening in October

Are you and your family taking your vacation to Ocean City in the month of October? If the answer is yes, then you don’t want to miss these fun events happening. Staying in one of our Bayside vacation rentals will keep your family close to where the fun is at. Ocean City is a great family beach to take your kids to during the fall months. Let’s look at what some of the fun events that are happening during the month of October below.

O.C.Toberfest

Don't Miss These Fun Events Happening in October

O.C.Toberfest is a fun event that the family will love attending. Returning for it’s 8th year on the Boardwalk on October 19th-20th and October 26-27th. Not only will you be able to experience a fun beach maze, your kids will have fun pirates in the sand and scary scarecrows. Plus, you will be on the Boardwalk where you will be able to grab some of the famous Thrashers Fries. Don’t miss this fun event as Ocean City celebrates Halloween!

Endless Summer Cruisin’

Do you have a child who loves all things cars? If so, then this is the event for you. Join Ocean City as they celebrate the 22nd Annual Endless Summer Cruisin’ on October 10th. There will be plenty of things that you can do and vehicles to look at. Admission to this event is $10 a day on Thursday’s and Sundays, $15 a day for Friday’s and Saturdays or you could get the Weekend Pass for $35 each. There will be parades on the Boardwalk, live entertainment and more. This is one event you don’t want to miss.

O.C. Pet Expo

Don't Miss These Fun Events Happening in October

Do you have a pet at home and want to enjoy a fun event? Then head on over to the Convention Center on October 26th & 27th to experience the Ocean City Pet Expo. Here you will be able to get some valuable information, pet products and even check out some pets that will need homes. This is a great event to go to and if it’s raining then it’s something you can do indoors.

While there are many other events happening in Ocean City during the month of October, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you still haven’t booked your Bayside vacation rental for your next vacation, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you next month as you celebrate that the weather is cooler!

4 Family-Friendly Activities on the Beach

4 Family-Friendly Activities on the Beach

Are you looking for family-friendly activities that you can enjoy on the beach? If the answer is yes, then we must tell you about several activities that are good for the entire family. Staying in one of our Ocean City vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to where the fun is at. Let’s look at a few of the family-friendly activities that you can do on your next family vacation.

Musical Towels

Just like the classic game musical chairs, this game is easily played on the beach. Everyone in the family will enjoy playing this game on the beach. Bring a small radio or speakers with you so you can jam to the tunes. Before you head to the beach for the day make sure that you have enough beach towels for everyone in the family. Once you are settled on the beach, lay the towels on the sand to make a circle and it’s time to play musical towels. What a great activity for the whole family to enjoy and have a good time!

Fly a Kite

4 Family-Friendly Activities on the Beach

Flying a kite while you are on vacation to the beach is one of the most family-friendly activities. As a child, do you have memories of flying a kite while running down the beach at Ocean City? For many families, this is a classic beach activity that everyone in the family can have fun with. It doesn’t matter where you got your kite from, it’s about how much fun you are having together. All you need is a kite, wind and someone to run down the beach to get the kite in the air. Not only are you spending time with your family, but you are also getting a little exercise in too.

Beach Mini Golf

Playing mini golf at the beach is always fun, but when it’s played by the ocean it becomes even more fun. Building your very own mini golf course is just what the family can do on a hot day by the ocean. Head over to a local dollar store to pick up the golf club sets and purchase enough balls for everyone. Then when you are on the beach you and your family can design their own course to play through. Use driftwood that you found on the beach to mark each hole and play golf. Spending as much time together while you are on vacation is what every family wants.

Play Soccer

4 Family-Friendly Activities on the Beach

Playing any kind of game on the beach is always fun but playing soccer can be even more fun. Bring a soccer ball with you on your next trip to Ocean City and have a small game on the sand. You can either break up into different teams or just make a circle to pass the ball back and forth. This activity is great to play as a family because it’s also a great teamwork game.

There are many other activities that your family can do while on vacation, but we thought you’d enjoy these. If you still haven’t made your reservations to stay in one of our Ocean City vacation rentals, now is the time. We hope to see you and the family as you make new memories on your next trip!

Don’t Miss These 4th of July Events on Chincoteague Island

Don’t Miss These 4th of July Events on Chincoteague Island

It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July is almost upon us and the fireworks will begin to glare. Many families love to head to the beach this week to take a family vacation and to enjoy the fellowship together. Staying in one of our Chincoteague Island vacation rentals will keep your family close to where the action is. We promise that your family will treasure this vacation compared to others. Let’s look at what some of the fun things you can do to celebrate this fun holiday.

Spend the Day at the Beach

Don’t Miss These 4th of July Events on Chincoteague Island

For many families who vacation with us, spending the day at the beach with the kids is what a family vacation is for. They want to sit back, relax and enjoy hearing the waves in the background and the kids screaming with glee. And yes, they might hear the fighting over that one sand bucket, but let’s not fret about that. Grab your beach gear, sunscreen and family and spend the whole day on the beach. Bring a picnic lunch and be sure to have that cooler full of juice boxes and waters as you enjoy your day. Make new memories on the beach with your family this 4th of July!

Annual Chincoteague Old Fashion Fireworks

Come and help us celebrate the 33rd Annual Chincoteague Old Fashion Fireworks Display on July 4th. Your family can come to the Carnival Grounds where we will be celebrating the birth of our nation together. The fireworks are sponsored by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company and the Town of Chincoteague. What as they light up the night sky with beautiful firework displays this year that you don’t want to miss. This event is free to attend, and we promise that it’s something like you’ve never seen before.

94th Annual Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

Don’t Miss These 4th of July Events on Chincoteague Island

While this event does not happen on July 4th, we thought that you would enjoy this fun carnival that is happening from July 3, 2019 from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Here you and your family can head over to the Carnival Grounds where you can enjoy a variety of entertainment. There will be carnival food such as hot dogs, pizza or clam & oyster fritters. There will be games and rides that the family can all join in and so much more. Don’t miss this fun event while you are on vacation to the island!

While there are many other things that your family can do while you are on vacation to Chincoteague Island, these are the ones we thought you’d enjoy. If you still haven’t made your reservations for your next vacation, now is the time. We hope that your family has a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Weekend “Must-Do’s” for Chincoteague!

Weekend trips are wonderful this time of year on Chincoteague Island. The weather is perfect, the island isn’t crowded, and we only have a 3 Night Minimum until mid-June. It’s the perfect time to come and enjoy a sunny spring getaway!

Come see the island wake up from it’s winter slumber, as many of our local businesses and activities are starting to “rev up” again for another year here in our coastal community. Here’s a list of things yo may want to add to your weekend trip itinerary!

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Chincoteague Farmer’s Market – you can find them on Church Street, on Saturday mornings from 9 AM – 1 PM. A true farm to table provider, you can find everything from local eggs and produce – to scallops, clams, and oysters pulled fresh from our local waters. Take some fresh Seafood back to your Vacation Home and fire up the grill!

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Assateague Lighthouse Climb – take the short wooded trail, then climb to the top of this local landmark for  unparalleled views of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Open for visitors each weekend from April through November – 9 AM to 3 PM (closes from 12-12:30 for lunch). Free admission, but donations are greatly accepted to help keep lighthouse open for other visitors.

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Yard Sales – grab a copy of the local paper to check for weekend yard/garage sales here on our little island. It’s a great opportunity to see parts of the island that are “off the beaten path”, and maybe make some friends with locals/neighbors. Look for signs posted at road intersections, or just take a spin around on a Saturday morning. You’re guaranteed to find some treasures and meet some amazing folks that will put a smile on your face!

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NASA Wallops Visitor Center – while not technically on Chincoteague, it’s worth the short drive to visit this space lover’s sanctuary.  Find out about what goes on behind the scenes at Wallops Flight Facility, and make sure to visit the gift shop to take home some astronaut ice cream.

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Downtown Shopping – you’ll find a little bit of everything in our downtown district. Original art and photography, an adorable book store, local wines and delectable cheeses. And of course, the waterfront LOVE chairs that are everyone’s favorite photo-op.

Island Boat Tours – One of the best ways to see the stunning beauty here is on a Boat Tour! See the ponies up close, and learn about what lives in our waters from one of our wonderfully entertaining Captains. Captain Dan’s Around the Island Tours or Captain Barry’s Backbay Cruises are 2 wonderful tours of many offered on the Island, but they are all fabulous!

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Teaguer’s Tump Tours – Learn Chincoteague Local history, legends, and more from a multi-generational Teaguer. You’ll love this tour!

Tom’s Cove Visitor Center – The kids will love learning about the Sea Life in our waters here  – and so will you! Our boys used to love feeding the Horseshoe Crabs and holding live Whelks. They offer a variety of programs for all ages.

Absolutely Nothing – Sit on the Beach and watch the Pelicans dance over the water.  Relax Channel Side and enjoy the Herons & Egrets fishing for their morning meal. Turn off your phone. Count your blessings. Smell the Marsh Mud – we happen to think it’s one of the sweetest smells on earth. Come on, you know you need a weekend like this.

Looking for something specific to do or planning a celebration? Give us a call – we LOVE getting to know you and helping you plan your adventures! We are here to help you make the very best of your time on our Island, not matter how long or short it may be. Chincoteague Island – Relax, Rejunvenate, & Re-connect.

Discover the Seaside Difference on your next trip to Chincoteague Island!

Fondly, Lance & Elaine Stitcher – Owners & Fellow Beach Lovers

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Spring Roundup 101

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While our most notable roundup of the famous wild ponies occurs at the end of July, there are two lesser known round-ups – one in the spring, and one in the fall. The ponies don’t make the swim over to Chincoteague like they do at Pony Penning, but rather are corralled on neighboring Assateague Island over the course of a weekend in April. It’s a great time of year to visit and experience the magic of the wild herd, without all the hurly-burly that comes along with Pony Penning.

WHY?

The primary reason of the spring roundup is for veterinary & farrier checks after the winter months. It’s also a great time to assess the number of foals that have been born so far in the season, to prepare for the auction in the summer.

In addition, it’s the point in which any “buyback” ponies from the previous year are brought over to Assateague Island (via horse trailer) and released to live their lives wild on our neighboring island. Previous to this, the foals are kept at the carnival grounds, so the Chincoteague Fire Department can keep an eye on them during the winter months that can be harsh on a foal only a few months old.

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WHEN?

This year the spring roundup will take place the weekend of April 13- 14, 2018.

Friday April 13th – the southern herd will be rounded up and penned at the corral on Beach Access Road,  which is located to your right on the way to the beach. The saltwater cowboys usually have them there by the late afternoon. Once they’re safely in the pen, they allow people to gather around the outside of the fence to take photos, general surveying of the situation, etc. A parking area is located behind the corral at the Woodland Trail. Enjoy the ponies and then stick around for a gorgeous sunset!

Saturday April 14th – the Saltwater Cowboys set up to round up the northern herd of ponies bright and early. The northern corral is located in an area of Assateague that isn’t accessible by vehicle. You’ve got to “hoof it” (no pun intended!) down a 3-mile (6 miles round trip) gravel road, which is a great hike for many folks – but not so much for others. It takes a few hours to round up these herds as there is alot more ground to cover, and more ponies. Due to safety concerns, the public is only allowed up to the cattle grate fence initially. Once they have them safely in the pens, they allow spectators to line the fence to get a gander at the ponies and take photos. Make sure to pack plenty of water and some bug spray for your hike!

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING ON THE ISLAND?

It’s a great time of year to visit Chincoteague Island, as it’s still considered our “off-season” – but most of our wonderful restaurants and businesses have opened their doors for the year.  Here are a few events going on that weekend that are worth checking out:

  • The winter film series hosted by the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization will have a showing of “Kinky Boots” (2006) at 7 PM on Friday, April 13th. Tickets are $5.00.
  • The Chincoteague Center is kicking off yard sale season with an Indoor Yard Sale on Saturday morning, April 14th at 8 AM. A wise man once said one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
  • Our friends and neighbors at NASA Wallops Flight Facility host a series of activities at their Visitor Center geared towards children on Saturdays. On April 14th you’ll find Engineering Gliders and Paper Airplanes on the lineup. For more information on the activities, or the full lineup – visit them here.

READY TO PLAN YOUR SPRING GETAWAY?

View our wonderful selection of Vacation Homes HERE – We even have Pet-Friendly Homes! Or give us a call at 844.662.2583 – we always love to here from you!