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 sample the bounty of the sea.
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Program No. 10545RJ
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4 days
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4 days
3 nights
8 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Chincoteague Island, VA
D
Best Western Chincoteague Island

Afternoon: Registration at the motel between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. For your dining pleasure, this program includes "A Taste of Island" We will be dining each evening at a different island venue, each known for its local cuisine and friendly service.

Evening: Your group leader, Cindy Faith-Oehm, will have you introduce yourselves and provide additional program information. Then she will tell you about the famous Chincoteague pony herd, from when they first landed on our shores to their current existence on Assateague. She will explain the care they receive from the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department and the mutual benefit reaped by the town.

DAY
2
Undeveloped Beach, Museum Visit, Island Cruise
Chincoteague Island, VA
B,L,D
Best Western Chincoteague Island

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the motel dining area.

Morning: We will travel around Chincoteague Island by bus as your group leader describes the island's historic sites. We will arrive at the Assateague National Seashore, at 37 miles the longest stretch of wild, undeveloped beach on the mid-Atlantic coast. As you take a walk on the sandy shore, listen to your guide discuss dune ecology. Explore and learn about the newly restored Assateague Lighthouse.

Lunch: We'll have a boxed lunch at the museum.

Afternoon: Our small island has an outstanding museum, rated by Trip Adviser as one of the top 5 attractions on Chincoteague. With your expert guide, explore the museum's exhibits including a rare 1st order Fresnel lighthouse lens, surprising shipwreck finds, handmade artifacts from the past, and much more. Uncover the unique 300-year old history of Chincoteague and Assateague as you learn how and why its resilient people survived and adapted despite isolation, storms, wars, and changing economies. Later in the afternoon, we'll take a cruise along the island's waterfront. A local expert will explain how the commercial waterfront has changed over the years and how modern aquaculture has changed the lives of local watermen.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:00 p.m. Dinner will be several courses of "small plates" featuring local seafood and paired with selected wines. Your meal will be prepared by a local chef using island heirloom recipes passed down from his grandmother.

Evening: Linger over dessert and socialize with new friends.

DAY
3
Wildlife Art, Wildlife Safari, Local Entertainment
Chincoteague Island, VA
B,L,D
Best Western Chincoteague Island

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the motel dining area.

Morning: Explore the interior of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge to look for wild ponies, petite Sika elk, nesting terrapin, otters, bald eagles, Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrels, and other wildlife. Jenny Somers, a local birding expert with over 30 years experience, will be our guide. We will be going into an area that is normally closed to the public, so be sure to bring your camera for this trip. Also carry along your binoculars if you have them. Visit the newly restored Assateague Lighthouse.

Lunch: Lunch at noon in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Study the techniques of local wildlife artist Nancy West, who is internationally recognized for her sensitive interpretations of this beautiful coast. Through Power Point and an actual painting session, Nancy Richards-West will demonstrate how she captures the subtle patterns of color, light, and movement distinctive to the waterways, creatures, and skies of Chincoteague.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at a local restaurant.

Evening: This evening's entertainment features "Three Sheets." This local trio will delight you with a performance of Celtic, nautical, and traditional music. They will entertain you with witty banter while teaching you about their songs and instruments.

DAY
4
Local Traditional Arts, Program Concludes
Chincoteague Island, VA
B

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the motel dining area.

Morning: At the museum we’ll be joined by a local artisan who spins wool from Hog Island Sheep, the very breed of sheep that used to roam free on Assateague Island. This skilled artisan is the keeper of an important story: what life was like for the women on Assateague Island. The practice of spinning wool and knitting is a window into their lives. Our program will end after the morning demonstration at about 11:00 a.m..






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