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Island Adventure: Discover Chincoteague and Assateague Islands

Program Number: 10545RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/28/2013 - 5/1/2013; 9/7/2014 - 9/10/2014; 4/26/2015 - 4/29/2015; 5/10/2015 - 5/13/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Chincoteague Island, Virginia
Price starting at: $398.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks
Meals: 0; 0 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 0 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Come for a taste of island life! Tucked away on the eastern shore of Virginia is one of the most special places on the East Coast, evoking visions of coastal island charm and serving as a gateway to the second most visited wildlife refuge in the U.S. On Chincoteague Island, get to know the inhabitants, sample its famous seafood and learn about the dynamic beauty of this barrier island.




Highlights

• Meditate upon nature as you walk on part of the 37-mile-long beach on Assateague Island — the longest undeveloped beach in the mid-Atlantic — accompanied by an expert who teaches you about dune ecology.
• Spend a morning with an award-winning decoy carver who regales you with stories while the wood chips fly and a hunting decoy emerges before your eyes.
• Explore restricted sections of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in search of ponies, Sika elk, waterfowl and migratory birds.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program. Conference is on the second floor, accessible by stairs.



You may be interested in a five-night version of this program (#2005).




Date Specific Information

4-26-2015

Waterfront resort. All rooms have sunset vistas over Chincoteague Bay. This program includes a cruise that shows dramatic evidence of changing barrier island topography as well instruction on growing aquaculture industries.



5-10-2015

Comfortable motel conveniently located within walking distance of historic downtown Chincoteague and its restaurants and shops. Lightning, a Chincoteague pony often makes the motel its home.



Coordinated by Museum of Chincoteague Island.




Chincoteague Island

One of several islands along Virginia’s Eastern Shore separating the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean, Chincoteague Island is world-famous for its oyster beds and clam shoals, quaint Victorian-era villages and pristine beaches, and is the gateway to Assateague Island National Seashore and the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge.



Accommodations
Varies by date. Several offerings include a waterfront inn. Please see date specific notes.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Nancy West

Nancy Richards West has lived on Chincoteague Island for three decades, using this picturesque setting as inspiration for her paintings. The first resident artist chosen by the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, the thrill of painting en plein air often lures her out of the studio and into the field, where she captures the effects of changing light, weather and seasons. Nancy has extensive training in classical drawing and color theory, and her delicate treatment of oils is subtly elegant. Her work has won numerous awards and honors, including the Ward Foundation’s top award for painting, and she represented the Commonwealth of Virginia at the White House Easter Festivities in 1996. Nancy received her B.A. with high honors in fine arts from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.. Nancy has been sharing her artistic talents on Road Scholar programs with the Museum of Chincoteague Island for almost 20 years.
 
Meals and Lodgings

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration at the motel 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 11:00 am.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
All parking is free at the motel. There is no public transportation to or on the island. Participants will want a car to visit the beach or downtown in their free time.
Transportation
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Travel Details
 

Norfolk, Va.

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

Car rental is available at the airport. It is about 120 miles from the airport to Chincoteague.

 

Salisbury, Md.

 

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Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

Car rental is available at the airport. It is about 55 miles from the airport to Chincoteague.

 

Washington, D.C.

 

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None - Car Required

   

Car rental is available at the airport. It is a 3 to 4 hour drive to Chincoteague, depending on traffic.

 

Baltimore, Md.

 

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None - Car Required

   

Car rental is available at the airport. It is a 3 to 3 1/2 hour drive to Chincoteague from the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  Either north or south You will be traveling either north or south on Rt. 13. When you reach T's Corner, in Oak Hall, Virginia, turn east onto Rt. 175. This will bring you onto Chincoteague Island (12 miles). When you reach the island, drive directly across Main St. You will be on Maddox Blvd. Look for the Rodeway Inn, shortly after The Island Creamery .
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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