My wife, son, and I just returned from July 4th weekend at the Channel Bass Inn. It was our first trip to Chincoteague Island and we had mixed anticipation: excited to be on the ocean in a town that looked untouched by immense crowds and mega-development, but also concerned with reports of roving bands of mosquitoes ready to pick us apart at a moment's notice. Part of what sufficiently allayed our concerns were the extremely positive reviews on TripAdvisor.
So, the B&B is pretty perfect. Barbara and David are most inviting hosts. We arrived in time for high tea on the first day and each course was extremely well-prepared (the crab quiche stands out for Barbara's remarkable execution of a dish that was not creamy and that contained more crab per square inch than we have ever encountered). We stayed in a larger room on the third floor of the house, two flights up. There is no bellhop and while David offered to help, it really wasn't required. The room and general decor of the place seems dated, but not in an off-putting way. For me, having grown up watching the BBC, it felt nostalgic. The room, while also not modern, contained a very effective air conditioning unit, was bug-free (to my wife's delight), and easily accommodated us in a king size bed and my son in a cot.
Each morning we awoke to a multi-course 9 AM breakfast, which was also very well-prepared and delicious. Barbara and David were very good about making introductions at each table and were thoughtful about seating arrangements. Given that Chincoteague is a small place, we began seeing our fellow guests at dinner in restaurants and breakfast became a place to share notes (most prominently, the sage advice to take the boat to the sandbar for a sublime beach experience).
In sum, this B&B does not try to look like a Starck-designed postmodern hotel - it is homey and comfortable and it is rare in my extensive traveling to encounter more dedicated, talented innkeepers than Barbara and David. I should include that everything needed for the beach is freely available, including chairs, umbrellas, beach toys, sunscreen, etc.
We will definitely return to Chincoteague and will only stay at Channel Bass Inn.
PS: We did not see a single mosquito in four days on the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chincoteague Island's Most Personable Bed and Breakfast & Tea Room ... more less