Coastal Charm: The Houses of Chincoteague Island

The little town of Chincoteague, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, has a special place in my heart.

(photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)
(photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

My family has been coming here for thirty years, and my memories of childhood are littered with summer days spent on the seashore, followed by nights in mom-and-pop seafood restaurants and the best ice cream shops. While, in recent years, the town seems to be changing more than ever, it still retains its historic charm as a player in the fishing and oyster canning businesses.

(photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

Its main street is full of traditional homes built in the characteristic Eastern Shore style, with a screened-in porch that juts out the front of the house and provides some relief from the island’s resident mosquitoes.

(photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)
(photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

There are also several quaint and charming bed-and-breakfasts along the street. These are complete with gardens that erupt in colour in the warmer months and wrap-around-porches with rocking chairs that look like the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, before the heat of the day sets in.

(photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)
(photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)
(photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

Even the library seems to fit the coastal vibe of this place. There’s a lovely green space behind it that overlooks the water; of course, it also features a statue of Chincoteague’s most popular literary character, the pony named Misty.

(photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

You won’t find tiki bars and wild spring-breakers in this sleepy town, and that’s exactly what makes it so endearing. It seems hitherto untouched by development (although each year that seems less and less the case)- giving the comforting impression of the town being frozen in time, a beloved place to return to year after year. And I certainly hope to do so for many more.

(photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)
(photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

Is there a meaningful place like this for you? Tell me about it in a comment, I’d love to know what makes it special for you.

(photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

4 comments

  1. Must have been fate that I read this post right now. I was literally just looking for nearby locales for a long weekend away (the Hubs and I reside in Northern VA), and I hadn’t even thought of Chincoteague! I do believe you just convinced me to plan a quick trip to this quaint little town on the eastern coast, instead of our go to in the mountains.

    Like

Leave a Reply to Redefined Timeline Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s