After visiting friends in D.C., we headed for Chincoteague Island. The Refuge Inn was a perfect base camp for our family of four. It's on the eastern side of the island (the Island's quaint Main Street is on the western side of the island about a mile or two away). During our stay, we spent most of our time exploring Assateague Island and the Refuge Inn is literally on the front door of Assateague. We rented bikes and tag-a-longs from the Bike Depot that is run by the Refuge Inn and in less than 5 minutes we had crossed the short causeway and were searching for wild ponies. Exploring the park on bike was delightful. Not only are entrance fees waived for pedestrians and cyclists but many of the roads are closed to automobile traffic until the afternoon.
Our room at the Refuge Inn was nicely appointed and very clean. The staff was very welcoming and gracious. The Inn also serves up a nice breakfast each morning where guests gather to begin their day. During our stay, the guests ranged from older couples to young families and it made for a spirited and friendly environment.
We stayed on the island in early April. We were fortunate to get some unseasonably warm days so we spent a lot of time playing in the sand on the beaches of Assateague. The ocean temperature was still fairly frigid so we saved our swimming for the Refuge Inn's pool and it was warm, warm, warm.
We had a great stay at the Refuge Inn. We will return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exceed your expectations in this family owned inn where no detail is overlooked. The Refuge Inn is located within walking distance of the wildlife refuge and minutes from our beautiful undeveloped beach. Amenities include Continental Breakfast, Wireless Internet, Indoor/Outdoor Heated Pool, Hot Tub, Fitness Room, Bicycle & Beach Gear Rentals, Conference Room and Gift Shop. A Treasure of a place, Family Owned and Proudly Operated. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Refuge Hotel Chincoteague Island
- Refuge Chincoteague Island