Chincoteague Island, Virginia
This island is famous for its’ wild ponies, which roam designated parts of the island. If you’re in town in late July, you’re in luck: watch the annual Sunrise Pony Walk. One of your first stops should be a visit to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge includes more than 14,000 acres of beach, maritime forest, saltmarsh, and freshwater marsh, all of which house a variety of migratory birds, plants, and other animals. Hiking and biking trails are also great recreational options. Rent bikes at The Bike Depot. You can also rent fishing or crabbing boats Captain Bob’s Marina; book a nature boat cruise and your captain will take you through private waters where you can see incredible wildlife, such as wild ponies, dolphins, and bald eagles. Stay at the Assateague Inn or the Anchor Inn, where you can watch the sunset over the Chincoteague Channel. For a delicious, local lunch, with lots of vegetarian and taste-of-home options, call in a carry-out order from the Sea Star Café. For organic and gluten-free yummies, visit Poseidon’s Pantry, where they also offer rich and delicious desserts (not so gluten-free) and wine and beer. Order some savory BBQ at Woody’s Beach BBQ. If it’s seafood, steaks or pasta you’re after, visit Bill’s Seafood. Don’t leave the island without buying an incredible scoop or two of homemade ice cream at Island Creamery.