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    The Wild Pony Round-Up

    by Casey | Posted on July 23rd, 2012

    An annual event that occurs only in Virginia is the Chincoteague Pony Swim – a family friendly experience that creates memories for a lifetime.

    Eastern Shore PoniesEvery year on the last Wednesday of July the wild ponies from Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island make the swim over to Chincoteague as part of the small town’s annual Chincoteague Pony Swim festival and fundraiser. A team of volunteer firemen round-up the ponies and herd them across the channel during “slack tide” (between 7:30 and 10 a.m.). When the ponies emerge from the water, they graze and rest before parading down Main Street to the carnival grounds. The first foal to emerge from the water is named King or Queen Neptune and will be given away via raffle at the carnival that night.

    On Thursday the annual auction is held to sell the current years’ foals. The ponies have been cleared by a veterinarian and may be transported via approved horse trailer anywhere in the United States. Arrive as early as 8 a.m. to position yourself for bidding.

    Eastern Shore PonyOn Friday the remaining pony herd will swim back to Assateague Island.

    If any of this sounds familiar, perhaps you read Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague as a child. Henry traveled from her midwest home to attend the annual pony penning where she was inspired to write the book, based on a real pony named Misty. Misty of Chincoteague was published in 1947, and Misty the pony found a new home with Henry.

    Today you’ll find Misty’s ancestors at the Chincoteague Pony Centre. The Centre is the oldest established breeder of Misty family ponies. The kids will enjoy a pony ride while you browse the gift shop.

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    Everyone Loves a Baby

    by Casey | Posted on June 25th, 2012

    Admit it. You love baby animals and your kids do, too. So where can you go to see baby animals? In addition to the zoos in Virginia, there are other places to spot new sweet faces.

    Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton

    Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton

    At the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton you’ll visit working farms each with buildings moved from its country of origin and reconstructed on site. “Visit” 1600s England, 1700s Ireland, Germany and West Africa, and America from the 1700s through the 1850s, including rare breeds grazing along with their new young ones.

    Visitors to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg will find more than great roller coasters and performances. Beautiful animals call the park home, like the Gray Wolves of Wolf Valley, or the Black Clydesdales and Scottish Blackface Sheep of Highland Stables.

    The Stables welcomed a new member to the Clydesdale family in April. Aidan was born to mother Panola and father Dakota on April 20.  At just over a month old Aidan weighed in at 250 lbs. Once fully grown, he will weigh up to 2,000 lbs.

    Also born this spring at Busch Gardens were five Scottish Blackface lambs – Lia, Coara, Bryce, Lily, and Rhosyn. See the clip below from the Inside Busch Gardens blog of the lambs at play. Additionally, two African Pygmy Hedgehogs were born at BG this spring, and good golly are they cute (pic)! If there could be anything cuter, it’s that baby hedgehogs are called hoglets!

    Baby animals in the wild are not hard to find in Virginia. Any day trip across Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway will yield families of wildlife living their lives.

    Bears on Skyline Drive and Deer at Peaks of Otter

    Bears on Skyline Drive and Deer at Peaks of Otter

    To the right are a bear and her three cubs on Skyline Drive, as well as a doe and her fawn at Peaks of Otter.

    You’ve heard about the wild ponies in Virginia, yes? You can see them on Chincoteague IslandAssateague Island, and even on Mount Rogers in southwest Virginia.

    The annual Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction in July is unique to Virginia and should be on everyone’s bucket list. Perhaps you’ll want to take one home with you.

    REMINDER: Do not disturb, feed, or try to approach any wild animals you may see, but feel free to photograph from your car.

    - 95 Places to Find Wildlife in Virginia

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    Summer Beach Homes: The Eastern Shore

    by Casey | Posted on February 23rd, 2012

    Many vacationers wait to book their accommodation in hopes of a lower, last-minute rate. Unfortunately, beach travelers don’t have the luxury of waiting. Especially if their goal is to secure a house.

    Old Crow's Nest, Cape Charles

    Old Crow's Nest, Cape Charles

    The Eastern Shore is known for its quiet charm – a key selling point for families in need of uninterrupted time away from the chaos of life. Fortunately, the Shore has quite a few vacation homes available to meet that need.

    A Bayview Beauty is a Cape Charles cottage that comfortably sleeps 6 but can accommodate 8 with a pull-out sleeper sofa. The Chesapeake Bay breeze cools this golf cart town where everything is walkable. The beach is mere steps away. If this sounds inviting, act fast. The home is already booked June 5-20, July 7-21, and July 28-August 4.
    Nightly Rate: $230
    Weekly Rate: $1,273
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    Also in Cape Charles is Old Crow’s Nest located within Bay Creek Resort. The private Bay beach is right at hand. Enjoy the multiple decks and porches perfect for viewing the sunset and the hundreds of birds that call the Shore home. This beautiful new property sleeps 8. Available June 2-22, July 14-24, and all of August.
    Weekly Rate: $2,058
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    Lakeview is a great home for multi-generational travelers. It’s also located within Bay Creek, and features two master suites – one on the first floor and one on the second.  With four bedrooms in total, this home sleeps 10. The open floor plan is both inviting and accommodating for a large family. The private beach, resort restaurant and other resort amenities are in close proximity. Lakeview is still available June 1-8, June 16-22, July 1-12, July 15-31, and all of August.
    Weekly Rate: $3,688.60
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    Nestled in the land of wild ponies is Chincoteague Island’s Spinnaker Waterfront Home. The unique four-level design enables guests to see water in three directions, and even Assateague Island in the distance. A private dock is perfect for crabbing, fishing, putting in your kayak, or swimming. Spinnaker was featured on Fine Living Channel’s “Around the World in 80 Homes” – go see what you’re missing! Sleeps 8.
    Available June 8-July 13, and from August 18 into the fall season.
    Weekly Rate: $1,911-$3,589 (rates last published for 2011 season; rate varies by peak season and couples vs. a family)
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    The Moorings North, Chincoteague Island

    The Moorings North, Chincoteague Island

    Views, views, views. The Moorings North on Chincoteague Island has really nice Chincoteague Bay views. This commanding home has a two-story front porch overlooking Chincoteague Channel, a tower hide-away, a three-stop windowed elevator, and a most unusual “gazebo-in-the-sky” just off the dining room. Much like Lakeview, The Moorings North is a great home for two families vacationing together, as it has two master suites with private balconies. At your disposal is a deep water boat tie-up, if you came toting the big boy toy. This home sleeps 10.
    Weekly Rate: $3,400
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    These few homes are just a glimpse of what the Eastern Shore has to offer in the vacation rental house market. Discover more charmers at Virginia.org.

    Keep an eye peeled for upcoming posts highlighting summer beach homes from the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads regions.

    *Rates and availability accurate at the time of publication. Inquire through the links for updated information.

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    There are Foodies and There are SEAFoodies

    by Casey | Posted on October 20th, 2011

    Some crave traditional comfort food, but not you. Your comfort comes from the tides. These festivals are right up your alley and will fill all your seafoodie desires.
    Raw Oyster. Credit: Blue Crab Bay Company

    Raw Oyster. Credit: Blue Crab Bay Company

    Live in Hampton Roads? Enjoy a date night! The City Point Oyster Roast in Newport News is tomorrow evening, October 21, from 5 to 9 pm. More than great Chesapeake Bay oysters, there’s also beer tasting, live music, and a fun scavenger hunt and crafts for kids. Free admission and parking; pay as you go for tastings and food.

    Pair your fresh oysters with great Virginia wine when you attend the Oyster Roast at Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, October 29-30, in Afton. Music by The Cashmere Jungle Lords on Saturday and The Atkinsons on Sunday. Admission includes wine glass and tasting, but not full beverages or oysters.

    Deborah Pratt at Cardinal Point Vineyards and Winery

    Oyster Shucking Champion Deborah Pratt at Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery. Also see her at the Urbanna Oyster Festival.

    The little town of Urbanna takes on a larger-than-life atmosphere every November, and this year is no different. Don’t miss the 54th Annual Urbanna Oyster Festival November 4-5. Plan to bring the whole family and spend quality time with great entertainment like …

    • Fireman’s Parade 
    • More than 125 Vendors
    • Virginia Wine Tasting and Oyster Pairing
    • Queen & Little Miss Spat pageants
    • Oyster Shucking Contest

    Oysters will be served up whatever way you care to suck ‘em down: “raw, roasted, fried, smoked, steamed, in fritters, or in stew,” claim the Festival planners. No worries for the wee foodies. There are hot dogs, hamburgers and more for their tiny tummies.

    This is a pay-as-you-go festival. Parking is $10 to $20, offsetting festival expenses and supporting the Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation.

    You can’t get much more “local” than oysters grown out your backdoor and wine produced mere steps away. Come out November 13 for the Church Creek Chardonnay & Oyster Tasting Extravaganza at Chatham Vineyards in Machipongo. Splurge on unlimited raw bar oyster tasting and a glass of steel-fermented Church Creek Chardonnay. Admission is $20 and by advanced purchase onlyonline or by calling 757-678-5588.

    “Eat for a good cause,” that’s what I always say, and you can do just that at the 13th Annual Oyster Roast at the Cape Charles Museum on November 26. Fill your plate with raw or roasted oysters, fried chicken, clam chowder, potato salad, three-bean salad, and homemade rolls and desserts. Mmmm! Beer and wine are available, as is a a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. $30/adult; $10/child aged 7 to 12.

    Find more great culinary events at Virginia.org.



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    Try an Autumn Shore Getaway

    by Casey | Posted on September 20th, 2011

    Kayaking the Eastern Shore

    Kayaking the Eastern Shore

    What do you enjoy in a vacation? Great food? Quaint B and Bs?  Walks to remember? When you spend time on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, those things are exactly what you’ll find.

    Dig in to what the Shore offers in a vacation by sneaking a peek at these ready-made getaways:

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