Before I move forward with my post for today, I would just like to pause for a moment in honor of those affected by the tragic events in Boston yesterday. It is hard to know what to say in such circumstances – my fellow bloggers say it far better than I ever could: here, here and here. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and anyone else affected today and the days ahead.
Let’s head south today to two neighboring islands that are perfect for a family vacation:
by Marguerite Henry’s iconic
children’s book, Misty of Chincoteague, Chincoteague and Assateague Islands are off the coast of Virginia and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Contrary to what I believed when I first read Misty when I was eight, Misty and Stormy are actually fictional characters, but the wild ponies that live on neighboring Assategue Island are very real. It is believed that the famous wild ponies are descendants of horses left behind when a Spanish galleon sank in the 1500’s.
Island Creamery is the go to spot for homemade ice cream.
Stop by Sea Star Cafe for great sandwiches.
Great southern food and BBQ is enjoyed outside at Woody’s Beach BBQ.
There are quite a few mid-priced chain hotels, but for a more authentic experience opt for a quaint inn or bed & breakfast.
Miss Molly’s is an adorable Victorian B & B, where in its previous incarnation as a boarding house, Marguerite Henry wrote Misty of Chincoteague.
The Refuge Inn is perfect for families – a laid back atmosphere with nature as it’s decoration and a pool.
Next stop, Hatteras Island, North Carolina…
Castles Crowns and Cottages says
Oh how I would love to see these sights, my favorite being the PONY SWIM! Now wouldn't that be a hoot to watch! My ancestors loved their horses and still do to this day; I wish I had the resources to own one of my own.
Peace and tranquility would be a nice thing to have on our streets and schools….thank you for offering a respite from all of this nonsense that just is too hard to take at this moment. Much love Sandy, Anita
Cynthia Leonard says
Very nice post but want to mention– Misty and Story were definitely real horses raised on the Clarence Beebe's farm! My grandfather spent many days there with them, and even drove Misty home from Marguerite Henry's farm in 1962 when she was pregnant with Stormy.
You can see them today, taxidermied, at the Chincoteague Museum on Maddox Boulevard, at the entrance to Assateague.