St. Patrick’s Day on the Eastern Shore

St. Patrick's Day on the Eastern Shore

Looking for something different to do this St. Patty’s Day? Make it a beachy St. Patrick’s Day with a getaway to Chincoteague Island or Ocean City, Maryland! There’s something about a little Spring in the air, a little Green in your cup, and hey, aren’t we all Irish for just a few days each March?!

Search for the Shamrocks

If you’re on the Hunt for some Shamrock Fun, each year the Chincoteague Historic Main Street Merchants’ hosts ‘Search for the Shamrocks’ on March 18 and 19th! This 2 day event is the perfect way to get out and enjoy some fresh air while searching for clues to our riddle! Main Street will be filled with Leprechauns and other amusing St. Patty’s characters, so grab your playing card and visit participating merchants to pick up your clues. Businesses give out candy and other goodies as you search for your Pot of Gold ~ here at Seaside Vacations, we’re known for our Irish Punch or Irish Coffee – yum! Once complete, cross the finish line to be entered into prize drawings that include getaways, gift cards, artwork and so much more!! Costumes are optional but definitely add to the fun!! It’s a fabulous way to get to know our Little Island by the Sea, and all it has to offer!

Search for the Shamrocks Event - Chincoteague Island, VA

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Are you a sucker for a good Parade? Then you’ll definitely want to head to OCMD for our awesome Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on March 12th! People come from near and far for this super fun Parade with over 100 entries from 3 states. The Irish Festival follows the Parade at the 45th Shopping Center. Grab your green everything and join us for music, dance, food, and drinks! Stay in one of our Oceanfront Condos, and walk to all of the shenanigans!

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Ocean City, MD

Nature Sightseeing on the Eastern Shore

While you’re here, you’ll want to visit Assateague National Seashore and search for our famous Wild Ponies. You can visit Assateague from the Virginia side OR the Maryland side, so it’s a must regardless of which town you’re visiting! Not only do our Ponies seem to be out and about more this time of year, you’ll discover other Off-season beauty like Snow Geese, the Snowy Owl, and maybe even a Seal if you’re lucky! Learn about our history at the Visitor Center, or climb to the top of Assateague Lighthouse on the Virginia side for a View you won’t soon forget.

Assateague Island Lighthouse

Springtime at the Beach

St. Patrick’s Day is Spring’s way of announcing that Summer is on the way! Take a stroll on the Beach to take in that salty, sweet sea breeze – and bonus, the shelling is awesome this time of year thanks to a few Winter storms. Shops are still running their off-season sales, and you won’t believe the specials many Local Restaurants run this time of year. Want to do your own cooking with an Ocean View? Staying in a Chincoteague or Ocean City Vacation Rental truly lets you “Live Like a Local” – sooo much better than a hotel.

As always, our Guest Experience Specialists are here to help you plan the perfect getaway – we know all the ins and outs – we’ve got you covered! AND, all Seaside Vacations’ Guests enjoy Free Early Check-in and Late Check-out this fun-filled weekend! Make your own Luck o’the Irish this March – get lucky with a Green Beach Getaway! 

Wintertime on Chincoteague Island

When you think of the Beach, you usually think about Summer Days, hot sand on your feet, and the occasional crowded weekend, but there’s so much beauty and magic at the beach in the Winter! With fewer crowds, the world is your Oyster (pun intended)! During the Winter months, there’s plenty to find and see on Chincoteague & Assateague – everything from migratory birds, seals, and Snowy Owls, to shell treasures as far as the eye can see!

seashells on Chincoteague Island

While we’re normally “Summer people”, we think that Wintertime is the best time to do some Beachcombing – especially after a good storm. Close to low tide, stroll out past the point on the South end of Assateague or closer to The Hole on the Northside of the Beach, and you usually can find a treasure-trove of untouched shells, sea glass, and sometimes even shipwrecks uncovered from the surf. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a Family weekend at the beach! 

On a Winter Saturday, we bundled up and headed to the OSV (Over Sand Vehicle) beach on the Chincoteague side. We drove down past The Hook, where you can only go at the lowest of tides, and found some of the most pristine and largest Whelk Shells we’ve ever seen! We had tons of fun collecting all kinds of seashells from Scallop shells to Slipper shells and even happened upon some sea glass! We were even lucky enough to catch Buoy #8 washed up a little off course, after a recent storm. Even if you don’t have a 4 WD vehicle, you can talk a long Winter walk on a sunny day, and find the same treasures – be sure to bring a bag to carry your collection!

buoy on Chincoteague Island Beach

Because Chincoteague is a Barrier Island, coupled with how the surrounding shoals are constantly moving, there have been hundreds of shipwrecks off our coast.

A recent storm in late 2021 unearthed an Oyster boat from the 19th century! For hundreds of years, this skiff has been buried in the sand on the South end of Assateague Island, with thousands of people going across it each year, completely unnoticed. Currently, the theory is that this oyster skiff went out in the Winter months and was likely capsized by rough waves or bad weather, and pushed onto the shore.

Underwater Archeologists from Virginia’s Department of Historic Resources will be returning in the Summer to find out more about this wreckage to help continue adding to the rich history of Chincoteague!

Beached Wood on Chincoteague Island beach

Winter is also a great time to view the Ponies! You can typically find them hanging out in the Marsh as you drive towards the Ocean or on the Wildlife Loop. If you take a closer look on your drive through the Refuge, you might catch other animals such as Otters, Fox, Herons, Bald Eagles, and many migratory birds. Several hiking trails throughout the Refuge offer beautiful views and a wonderful opportunity to view all of Chincoteague’s abundant wildlife.

Nature on Chincoteague Island

Whether you’re bundled up in the Winter or applying sunscreen hourly in the Summer, there’s no bad time to visit the Beach here on Chincoteague! One thing is for sure though, make sure you stay long enough to enjoy the golden tones of Dusk turn to beautiful pastel Sunsets.

Sunrise on Chincoteague Island
Sunset on Chincoteague Island

Blast Off for Chincoteague Island!

Rocket Launch near Chincoteague Island

When you think of Chincoteague Island, you probably think of beautiful Wild Ponies, miles of pristine, undeveloped beaches, and perhaps even our famous Chincoteague Oysters. But, do you think about Rocket Launches and Space Expeditions? Get ready for your curiosity to take off!

To The Moon and Beyond!

We can’t begin to tell you what Wallops means to our quaint, little fishing village. Wallops Flight Facility is NASA’s only owned and operated launch range – a rocket launch site on Wallops Island, mere steps from Chincoteague Island. Operated by the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, it primarily serves to support science and exploration missions for NASA, as well as other Federal agencies. 

Probably the most famous of these rockets is Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket. This two-stage rocket, with an optional third stage that provides low-Earth orbit launch capability for payloads weighing up to 8,000 kg, is primarily used to support the company’s Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. We feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this – and now you can be, as well!

Rocket Launch near Chincoteague Island

Grab the kids, hot chocolate, and fuzzy blankets to watch the launch of Northrop Grumman’s Antares latest mission at 12:36 PM EST, Saturday, February 20th, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA Wallop’s Island. Weather permitting, you should be able to see the launch throughout the mid-Atlantic region and possibly the entire East Coast of the United States! It isn’t very often these exciting launches fall during “normal” hours – many times we’ve been up at 3 A.M. trying to witness history, so this midday launch is quite a treat – don’t miss this opportunity!

Chincoteague and Assateague are ideally located to give you absolutely stunning views of the Antares launch – talk about a front row seat! The best seats in the house include Robert Reed Waterfront Park on Main Street (right behind our Seaside Vacations’ office!), or the Beach Road spanning the area between Chincoteague and Assateague Island. The beach/wildlife refuge are not open during the launch, but fret not, these other locations have stunning views of the Antares launch! This will be Northrop Grumman’s 15th commercial resupply services mission to deliver NASA science investigations, supplies, and equipment to the International Space Station.

International Space Station

Chincoteague Island Exploration

And why not take advantage of virtual schooling and tele-communiting, and come on down for a few days!? We have many fabulous Vacation Homes still available – no need to miss a beat with work or school, but you CAN do it at the beach – and trust us, it’s ALWAYS better at the beach! Many restaurants are not only open, but are offering awesome off-season specials, and free delivery! Hike the Wildlife Loop at the Refuge, search for Snowy Owls and Snow Geese on the beach, and just enjoy the peace and serenity of off-season on Chincoteague Island – it truly is a beautiful thing!

Eagle above Chincoteague

Need help planning this adventure? We’re here – we LOVE what we do and where we live! Call us anytime at 757.336.7070, or peruse our selection of gorgeous Chincoteague rentals online – and remember, no need to leave Fido behind with our great selection of pet friendly rentals…See you at the beach!

The holidays are over – So, what now?!

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First, let us welcome you to 2021 and wish you a stupendous New Year! No doubt the holidays looked a bit different this year, but like us, I am sure you made the very best of it. And now – here come the Winter doldrums. Many of us are still working from home, and dealing with the kiddos virtually learning, as well. Here at Seaside Vacations, and in our own family lives, we’ve been trying hard to focus on ‘silver linings’. And they’re there – sometimes you just have to look for them. As a Mom of 2 grown boys – wow, I can only imagine how challenging this is! And, you’ve been doing it for MONTHS now. The kids are tired, you’re tired – heck, even the dog is tired of all of this. So, this Winter, let’s change it up! Bring the family to wild & wonderful Chincoteague Island for some hands-on learning – experiential style!

What You Can Do In Chincoteague

Wild horses of Chincoteague

A hike in the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge – what will they discover? Not only home to our famous Wild Ponies, but also home to so many other amazing creatures – Sika Deer, Delmarva Fox Squirrels, and so many migratory birds. The Winter Beach welcomes breathtaking Snowy Owls, and even Seals are frequent visitors here! Less crowds lead to more wildlife sightings and plenty of treasures to collect from Whelk Shells to Skate Cases. The beauty of Assateague National Seashore is stunning every season of the year. Sounds like a pretty awesome Science lesson, don’t you think? The bonus? Making memories that will be cherished forever – way longer than the dismal memories of covid.

Water Activities in Chincoteague

Captain Dan's Foal Patrol - Horse Tours

If not by land, how about by water? As the weather turns more Spring-like, a day spent with one of our wonderful Local Boat Captain’s is never a day wasted. See our ponies up close and learn all about our way of life on Captain Dan’s Around the Island Boat Tour.  Love to touch, feel, explore, and turn over rocks? Definitely check out Captain Barry’s Bayback Cruises for a fabulous Eco-Tour! Or, how about a little History 101 with a Chincoteague Step Through Time? Education is not meant to be only virtual – we must feel, hear, taste, and live it!

Reconnect and Enjoy Life Once More

Chincoteague Treats and Sweets

And how about us grown-ups? You bet you deserve to tele-commute with a water view, right?! Covid has taken so much away, but we must be mindful to not miss the gifts it has given us, as well. Enjoy a stroll to The Island Creamery after a busy day at the “office” – and guess what? No lines! The seasonal flavors will knock your socks off – we’re huge fans of the Pumpkin Pie ice cream. You can take a day trip to Ocean City for a stroll on the Boardwalk, or go South and check out quaint and charming Onancock and Cape Charles!

Bring on the Fun, 2021!

Between fewer crowds and incredible savings on everything from Chincoteague Vacation Rentals to Off-Season Dining Specials (delivered right to your doorstep), an affordable getaway IS within your reach!

Or simply, breathe. Walk by water, reflect, grow, relax. Close your eyes and take in the salty, sweet sea breeze. As I write this, I have a breathtaking view of the bay – the ever healing, peaceful, rejuvenating water. Mother Ocean has seen me through some of the most difficult times in my life – she happens to be an amazing listener, and always knows just what to say.

Thank goodness, this won’t last forever – but neither will these opportunities to step outside of our everyday routines. Don’t miss out – grab your ‘silver linings’!

Need help planning this adventure? We’re here – we LOVE what we do and where we live! Let us share what gets us through the darkest days of this covid-world. Give us a call at 757.336.7070 and let’s get back to living……

Explore Chincoteague Island this Fall with the Family

Explore Chincoteague Island this Fall with the Family

Do you and your family have a vacation planned for Chincoteague Island this fall? If you do, then allow us to tell you of a few things that you can explore. Staying in one of our Chincoteague Island vacation rentals will allow you and your family to enjoy your vacation a little more. Let’s look below to see how you can explore Chincoteague Island with the family this fall.

Museum of Chincoteague Island

Explore Chincoteague Island this Fall with the Family

Have you and your family ever been to the Museum of Chincoteague Island before? If you haven’t, then you are missing out on a great find. This museum has many different exhibits, but you can take a Chincoteague Island History Tour to learn more about the island. The island has a rich history of 200 years, and it is a barrier island off the coast of Virginia. Here you will be able to see the rich history of the island and learn a little more about the island’s people and culture. We promise that you won’t hear “I’m bored” from the kids on the day you visit this museum.

Assateague Lighthouse

Explore Chincoteague Island this Fall with the Family

Another great place to explore while you are on vacation here in Chincoteague Island is the Assateague Lighthouse. Located on the southern end of a nearby island, Assateague is where you will find this lighthouse. This lighthouse is known for its colors of red and white, which resemble the Coast Guard. We recommend that you wear good shoes to climb to the top of the lighthouse as there are 175 steps in all. What a great day spending your time as a family exploring this impressive lighthouse together!

While there are many other fun things to do this fall on Chincoteague Island, we wanted to share these few with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay in one of our Chincoteague Island vacation rentals, now is the time. We hope to see you and your family this fall as you explore our island a little bit together.  

Our Top 3 Restaurants to Eat at on Chincoteague Island

Our Top 3 Restaurants to Eat at on Chincoteague Island

Do you and your family have a vacation this summer to Chincoteague Island? We understand that when you are on vacation, sometimes you want to go out to eat and not have to worry about cooking. That’s why we at Seaside Vacations have come up with our top 3 restaurants to eat at while you are on vacation. Staying with us in one of our Chincoteague Island vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to some of the most fantastic restaurants on the island. Let’s take a peek at where our top 3 restaurants to eat at on the island are below.

Bill’s Prime Seafood & Steaks

Our Top 3 Restaurants to Eat at on Chincoteague Island

Dining out when on vacation can seem like a treat, but you will enjoy this food from Bill’s Prime Seafood & Steaks. Not only do they serve lunch and dinner and are open seven days a week. Some of the things that your family can enjoy are Oysters on the Half Shell, Pasta, Surf & Turf, and more. Located on Main Street in Chincoteague is where you will find this fantastic restaurant to take the family out for a nice lunch or dinner.

Beach Road Round-Up

Another great restaurant that your family can enjoy while on vacation is Beach Road Round-Up. This unique restaurant where your family can grab breakfast and lunch from Thursday – Sunday. Some of the foods that your family can try are omelets, quesadilla’s, chicken sandwiches, and more. Don’t forget to ask what the daily special is when you go to eat as there is something for everyone!

Better

Our Top 3 Restaurants to Eat at on Chincoteague Island

Have you and your family ever gotten food from a food truck before? If you haven’t, then you are in for a treat! Better is a new kind of food truck experience that you have ever tried. According to Chef Justin, you will be able to see and taste that everything tastes better when it’s all made to order on the food truck. Some of the items that you will find at the truck are Schnitzel, The Better Crab Cake Sandwich, Brussels Sprouts, and more. Better is like no other food truck you may have eaten at, but we promise you that it’s one you won’t want to miss!

While there are many other great restaurants in the area that you can try, these are the few we wanted to share. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to come to stay with us at Seaside Vacations, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your upcoming vacation to relax and have a good time!

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!