Travel Blogs from Chincoteague Island
... cookies we put down the windows, and preceded to take turns napping in the car. It was quiet, and we had a great breeze off the ocean. To many late nights, and missed sleep are starting to catch up. By now it was time to go check in at our hotel. We unloaded the car, and left again to go visit Assateague Island Lighthouse. It was one of the nicest lighthouses we've seen thanks to fresh paint in the last year. After driving around the wildlife refuge we ended ...
... got there. This didn't work to well when dolphins showed up at the dock we left, so we had to turn around to come back. The tour was fabulous though because after that we saw wild ponies, osprey, and the lighthouse. Our tour guide also was awesome. After our boat tour we hit Mister Whippy for ice cream. Donna wanted to hit a few shops to work off the ice cream, and follow that up with a stop for fudge. We hit a couple ...
... Seashore to see the wild Chincoteague ponies. You may have seen a National Geo. show about these ponies. The local Virginia Fire Department rounds them up every year, swims them across the channel, and auctions them off. The money raised pays the expenses of the FD.
Our first stop, as always, is the visitor center. The ranger said we might have a good chance to see the ponies from ...
This morning we left the boardwalk behind and caught a ride to Delaware via the cape may-lewes ferry. Smooth sailing across the mouth of the Delaware bay. Even saw some dolphins. We actually caught the earlier ferry (amazing feat for us!) so with the extra time we decided to drive thru the Delaware beaches that neither of us had been too since our childhood. Once you get past the generic outlet areas rehoboth was really charming. ...
... and visit Richmond with my host family. It will be our last travel together. I will miss them!
Then, my two months in Washington D.C. is already done. I can’t believe it yet. Time flows too quickly when you travel. However, I can’t say that my internship was not fantastic because I saw, visited and did so many things, much more than I planned to do and ...
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Wonderful stay at the Waterside Motor Inn
We just returned from a gorgeous fall weekend at the Waterside Motor Inn. The staff was very friendly and went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. They provided us with all the information we needed for our stay. Tips on stores, restaurants etc...The room was very clean, and beautifully decorated. Nice size bathroom, microwave, fridge, and coffee in the room. The view this hotel provides is amazing. You have the best view of the sunset. You can enjoy it from your deck or on the extensive dock. Boat slips are available and there is heated pool and hot tub.
Another nice part about this hotel is that is on the south end of Main St. away from the conjestion, but still within walking and biking of shops and restaurants. It is so quiet and peaceful.
A continental breakfast is provided, and coffee is brewed all day-nice in chilly weather.
We will defintiely return to the Waterside Motor Inn! Ask for a room closer to the dock, all rooms have decks, but the view is better closer to the end of the building.
A diamond in the Rough (By AJ)
This place Receives Two thumbs Up. The Room was immaculate. We got a room on the second floor overlooking the bay. Mosquitos were the only issue, but a little Deet would repel them quick. The breakfast was splendid with english muffins, bagels, toast, OJ , cereal and danish.
The front desk was really helpful. Since it was our first time in the area, they recommended the places to visit and we just did so. It was perfect. The pier of the Inn is a fantastic place to just sit and relax. Each floor had vending machines. The first and thrid floor has the icemakers while the second floor has the washer/dryer. The jacuzzi was perfect to just cozy up to a dear one.
All in all, a wonderful vacation thanks to were we stayed at.
Clean, comfortable & lovely setting
Having looked at the hotel's website (not very good) I was expecting something a little dated but clean. I wasn't expecting a 3 story 40+ room well kept place with great views of the water. This place is immaculate & shows that there are great alternatives to sterile, predictable chain motels.
Previous reviews suggested getting a room on the 3rd floor. Absolutely worth it. There are several different grades of room depending on floor and view. The motel is basically sideways on to the water with the reception at the front and the pool right next to the water at the back - so the further away you are from the reception area the better your view. Apart from the 3 most expensive rooms at the end (115,215,315 - all have balconies and side windows onto the water) all rooms are the same size and have a combination of either queen & double beds or king and pull out sofa. Our room - 312 - had a king plus a pull out sofa. Best views in the house are from rooms 310-315.
Rooms are spotlessly clean. Bathroom clean but a little dated. Good sized fridge a nice extra. Hairdryer & full size iron & board also provided in room. Ice machines plus vending machines on every floor. All rooms have nice balconies with views of water.
Heated pool open 9am to 1am. Only complaint is that it would have been nicer if the pool had been open earlier. Not sure why it is open until 1am!! Pool very clean and area around it very well maintained - loungers, tables & chairs all looked new. Jacuzzi tub on 2nd floor - a little on the hot side but nice. Some gym equipment also available.
Free continental breakfast available in lobby. Nothing fancy (donuts, muffins, cereal, juice, coffee etc) but adequate. Staff very friendly and helpful.
There are eating options within walking distance if you don't want to drive. Bill's back along main road towards bridge serves a reasonable meal and has extensive wine list. Don's a little further along, basic & a little dated but adequate. Other options further away down Maddox Blvd which you would probably want to drive to.
First time, won't be the last
This was our first stay to the Waterside Motor Inn but not our first stay in the Island. We come back every year for the last 11 years. We usually stay at different places to find one that is good. This was a great place to say. The room was a nice size. We loved to go Crabbing off of the Pier and went swimming every day in the pool which was very well kept. They do serve Donuts and other breakfast munchies there but we preferred to eat out. The room was very well maintained and housekeeping came in every day and added their special touch. I do recommend if you are staying here to get the 2nd or 3rd floor though because the balcony view from the bottom floor is blocked by the trees and brush it we couldn't see the water very well. The staff was wonderful and very friendly. Another tip to remember tho is that check-in isn't until 3pm and they stick with this time. We arrived on the island at 11am and thought we would see if we could check in early as some hotels/motels will let you and they advised us that we could come back at 2:30pm and check-in, this was a downer but not that big of a dea, we just toured the island for a while. The hotel has rose bushes all around it which makes it very charming and beautiful!
Our favorite place to stay on the island!
The Waterside Inn continues to be an excellent "boutique" hotel on the Chincoteague Bay side of the island. Wonderful people, excellent location. Rooms are very comfortable and roomy, nice little deck, and a great pool and pier. They also offer units in a Victorian house across the Main Street. We have stayed here many times and highly recommend the Waterside. Chain hotels have built up but the Waterside and other smaller, locally-owned hotels provide a home town feel. The property is very well maintained and the pool is always spotless. The owners take pride in their property.
Assateague National Seashore (wildlife refuge and excellent beach) is a great place to explore, and the beach is very nice. Of course the wild ponies are the main attraction. But there are also many bird species to enjoy, as well as deer and turtles.
Chincoteague has been a second home to my wife all her life, and I've been lucky enough to become acquainted with it as well. Wonderful people, beautiful spot, we vacation here every year even though we are also hooked on the Caribbean. Pony penning week has become too busy over recent years, but everyone should experience that once. Runs on the 3rd Wednesday of July.
Great restaurant choices for a small island, recommend AJ's and the Village Restautant right across Maddox Blvd. Also Maria's for great pizza.
Rent a bike and tour the shores, and if you're lucky you may even get a chance to see the Salt Water Cowboys!
We highly recommend the Waterside Motor Inn for the friendly people, comfortable rooms, and excellent views of the bay.
Stay at the Waterside!
The Waterside is "our" place. We have been staying there every year since it first opened! It is a family tradition and we wouldn't think of going anywhere else. It is the cleanest, friendliest, best kept home away from home I have ever seen. The owners truly offer a labor of love to their patrons. Pride and excellence show everywhere. The big chains cannot compete with this place! It is in a class by itself!
Loved the pier
This is a nice, clean, family friendly hotel. Every room has a private balcony where you can sit and relax and watch the water. We really enjoyed the fishing/ crabbing pier. The kids caught about a 1/2 bushel of crabs in just a few hours. The pool is kind of small but it is clean and heated. The hotel offers a free continental breakfast that features donuts, bagels, muffins, oatmeal, cereal, and frozen waffles. This is especially nice for the early morning fisherman. The only downfall we encountered was that we had to wait everyday for clean towels. We had two adults and three children in our room, and we would only recieve four towels. I also could not find a extra blanket, and the air conditioners were extremely cold. If you want a nice relaxing vacation, in a good clean hotel, this is the place to stay. It has many extra amenities not found in a small hotel.
Wonderful hotel, great staff,
I was pleasantly surprised at this Hampton Inn. We stayed at this hotel at their busiest time of year - pony penning in July. What a great value! Rooms extremely clean, very friendly staff, good breakfast, and well stocked little sundry shop.
You'll Love It...
Take a trip back to the 50's at this wonderful hotel.
Remember the days before the cookie-cutter major chains were everywhere?
Remember when helpful, polite, personal service was the rule rather than the exception?
I always have that feeling when I stay at this property.
It's just old enough that you have that homey feeling of past vacations you enjoyed with your family when you were a kid, but new enough to offer all the amenities you have come to expect from, say, a Comfort Inn.
Offering great, private balconies that offer wondrous views, that urge you to turn off the TV, get a drink, and sit outside and enjoy an island sunset.
You will also notice the cleanliness of this property. I swear it's almost like the rooms were brand new, and I KNOW that thousands of people come through this place during the season.
One tip: Always ask for a room as close to the end of the hall as possible. All room locations are fine, but the farther out you are - the better the view.
We love the Waterside Motor Inn
I fell in love with the island my first trip (1986) and have come almost every year since then and have stayed at the Waterside Motor Inn almost every year. I wouldn't stay anywhere else. My daughter and I just returned home yesterday. You can have your big chains, but I wouldn't trade the Waterside for any other place. The view is tops, the room is comfortable and well-cared for. The spa is great. I love to walk out the dock. The folks at the desk and the owners are wonderful. The Waterside is my home away from home. It's the greatest!