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A Hands-On, Sea-to-Table Extravaganza on Chincoteague Island

Learn about the aquaculture industry of Chincoteague as you harvest clams, oysters and crab with locals, and take your catch to the kitchen to cook local dishes with acclaimed chefs.
Rating (5)
Program No. 23441RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,599
Virginia

A Hands-On, Sea-to-Table Extravaganza on Chincoteague Island

Learn about the aquaculture industry of Chincoteague as you harvest clams, oysters and crab with locals, and take your catch to the kitchen to cook local dishes with acclaimed chefs.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,599
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,599
Program No. 23441RJ

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DATES & starting prices
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Jul 9 - Jul 14, 2023
Starting at
1,599
Aug 13 - Aug 18, 2023
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1,599
Aug 27 - Sep 1, 2023
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1,599
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
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1,599
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jul 9 - Jul 14, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Aug 13 - Aug 18, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Aug 27 - Sep 1, 2023
Starting at
1,949
Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2023
Starting at
1,949

At a Glance

The coastal waters surrounding Chincoteague Island off Virginia’s Atlantic coast were once known for their salty oysters until overfishing nearly depleted the harvest during the 19th century. Today, a new “aquaculture” industry is emerging as the famous oysters known as the “Chincoteague Salts” return. Local waters also offer excellent grounds for clamming and crabbing, and sea-to-table restaurants abound for enjoying these bountiful harvests. During this hands-on seafood extravaganza, get your feet wet as you join local shellfishers and crabbers to hunt for clams, oysters and the famous blue crab, and head to the kitchen with experienced chefs to learn how to make historic and modern Chincoteague dishes. Along the way, learn about the re-emerging aquaculture industry and from those who live it, and find out about the challenges faced by those who work on the water.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Harvesting in knee-deep water.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Join husband and wife clammers for a hands-on harvesting experience, and take your clams to the kitchen to prepare an island chowder with a well-known local chef.
  • Learn the craft of beer making as you produce a small batch of stout with an excellent local brewer, and take your skills home with you to try beer making in your own kitchen!
  • Enjoy a special “small plates” meal featuring historic island recipes paired with international wines.
Featured Expert
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Chip Lewis
Chip Lewis is a Chincoteague Island native who grew up working in the local seafood business. His mother was one of the few female decoy carvers. He returned to the island following a successful military career. He operates his own clamming business using modern aquaculture techniques to carry on an age-old tradition.

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

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Chip Lewis is a Chincoteague Island native who grew up working in the local seafood business. His mother was one of the few female decoy carvers. He returned to the island following a successful military career. He operates his own clamming business using modern aquaculture techniques to carry on an age-old tradition.
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Beth Scheeley was born and raised on Chincoteague Island. She has many family ties to the island, which makes her a true "teaguer." Beth has an extensive knowledge for Chincoteague's history. Her childhood memories of Chincoteague's past looks, restaurants and people will call for endless conversations and stories during your time with her. Her go-getter personality and friendliness will surely make you feel right at home on Chincoteague Island.
Meals
13 Meals
5 Breakfasts
4 Lunches
4 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Lodging
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Display
Sep 24, 2023 - Sep 29, 2023
  • Jul 09, 2023 - Jul 14, 2023
  • Aug 13, 2023 - Aug 18, 2023
  • Aug 27, 2023 - Sep 01, 2023
  • Sep 24, 2023 - Sep 29, 2023
5 nights
Chincoteague Island
The Island Resort, a locally, family owned inn is located on North Main St. Its beautifully landscaped waterside location is within walking distance to historic downtown Chincoteague, restaurants, shops and amenities. Assateague National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge are a five minute drive away. All parts of the motel are accessible by elevator. All rooms have private waterfront balconies with stunning views. Glorious sunsets can be seen over the water. Visitors may observe from their balconies egrets, herons and other species of wildlife frequenting the adjacent waterways. There are a limited number of rooms equipped with grab bars for participants with disabilities; however, no rooms at the Island Resort have walk-in showers. Breakfast is provided in the Inn's cafe, a separate on-site building, where guests can dine inside or out on the porch. There is a year-round indoor pool and fitness center, and, in warmer weather, there is also an outdoor pool. A hot tub with sunset views is available. The Inn is fronted by a 600 foot pier with a private dock and an observation deck. Guest laundry facilities are provided, and there is a conference room on the second floor overlooking the bay.
5 nights
Chincoteague Island
The Island Resort, a locally, family owned inn is located on North Main St. Its beautifully landscaped waterside location is within walking distance to historic downtown Chincoteague, restaurants, shops and amenities. Assateague National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge are a five minute drive away. All parts of the motel are accessible by elevator. All rooms have private waterfront balconies with stunning views. Glorious sunsets can be seen over the water. Visitors may observe from their balconies egrets, herons and other species of wildlife frequenting the adjacent waterways. There are a limited number of rooms equipped with grab bars for participants with disabilities; however, no rooms at the Island Resort have walk-in showers. Breakfast is provided in the Inn's cafe, a separate on-site building, where guests can dine inside or out on the porch. There is a year-round indoor pool and fitness center, and, in warmer weather, there is also an outdoor pool. A hot tub with sunset views is available. The Inn is fronted by a 600 foot pier with a private dock and an observation deck. Guest laundry facilities are provided, and there is a conference room on the second floor overlooking the bay.
5 nights
Chincoteague Island
The Island Resort, a locally, family owned inn is located on North Main St. Its beautifully landscaped waterside location is within walking distance to historic downtown Chincoteague, restaurants, shops and amenities. Assateague National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge are a five minute drive away. All parts of the motel are accessible by elevator. All rooms have private waterfront balconies with stunning views. Glorious sunsets can be seen over the water. Visitors may observe from their balconies egrets, herons and other species of wildlife frequenting the adjacent waterways. There are a limited number of rooms equipped with grab bars for participants with disabilities; however, no rooms at the Island Resort have walk-in showers. Breakfast is provided in the Inn's cafe, a separate on-site building, where guests can dine inside or out on the porch. There is a year-round indoor pool and fitness center, and, in warmer weather, there is also an outdoor pool. A hot tub with sunset views is available. The Inn is fronted by a 600 foot pier with a private dock and an observation deck. Guest laundry facilities are provided, and there is a conference room on the second floor overlooking the bay.
5 nights
Chincoteague Island
The Island Resort, a locally, family owned inn is located on North Main St. Its beautifully landscaped waterside location is within walking distance to historic downtown Chincoteague, restaurants, shops and amenities. Assateague National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge are a five minute drive away. All parts of the motel are accessible by elevator. All rooms have private waterfront balconies with stunning views. Glorious sunsets can be seen over the water. Visitors may observe from their balconies egrets, herons and other species of wildlife frequenting the adjacent waterways. There are a limited number of rooms equipped with grab bars for participants with disabilities; however, no rooms at the Island Resort have walk-in showers. Breakfast is provided in the Inn's cafe, a separate on-site building, where guests can dine inside or out on the porch. There is a year-round indoor pool and fitness center, and, in warmer weather, there is also an outdoor pool. A hot tub with sunset views is available. The Inn is fronted by a 600 foot pier with a private dock and an observation deck. Guest laundry facilities are provided, and there is a conference room on the second floor overlooking the bay.





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