10545
Virginia
Island Adventure: Discover Chincoteague and Assateague Islands
Get an insider’s perspective on Chincoteague and Assateague, where you’ll enjoy nature walks, attend cultural performances, search for wild ponies and wildlife and sample local cuisine.
Rating (5)
Program No. 10545RJ
Length
4 days
Starts at
649

At a Glance

Come for a taste of barrier island life! Tucked away on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is one of the most special places on the East Coast, evoking visions of unspoiled coastal island charm and serving as the gateway to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, the second most visited wildlife refuge in the U.S. Enjoy a small plates dinner featuring historic island recipes that are paired with wine while sitting with views of Chincoteague Bay. Listen as a local artist explains how our spectacular vistas and beautiful wildlife inspire her, and observe her technique as she creates a waterfowl painting as she speaks. Learn about the island’s rich history as you explore the exhibits at the Museum of Chincoteague Island.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking over flat terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Walk 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 and the natural forces that constantly reshape the island.
  • Learn how these islands inspire the arts, as you enjoy an afternoon painting demonstration from an award-winning wildlife artist and an evening performance by local musicians who teach you sea shanties, old and new.
  • Explore restricted sections of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in search of ponies, Sika elk, waterfowl and migratory birds and learn about the island’s aquaculture industry while cruising local waters.

General Notes

You may be interested in a five-night version of this program (#2005).
Featured Expert
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Nancy Ferguson
Nancy is a writer, educator, storyteller and wool spinner who has researched the cultural history of spinning and sheep flocks on Delmarva. She works with that same type of wool today, spinning it into stunning pieces and, all the while, telling the stories of Assateague Island women. Nancy first learned to spin in the mid 1970's and is the owner of a fiber business. She retired to the Eastern Shore in 2009 where she presents programs and demonstrates spinning at the Tom's Cove Visitor Center.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Cindy Faith
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Nancy Richards West
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William Borges
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