Chincoteague Island: The Ultimate Romantic Getaway by:Sam Serio
Few places on planet Earth capture the idea of a romantic honeymoon getaway as themagical wilds and waterways of Chincoteague Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Once you and your spouse have successfully navigated the anxieties, anticipation, and hectic activities leading up to and including your wedding day, you deserve to leave the world behind and bask in the pleasure of each other's company, in surroundings of natural beauty and Southern charm.
Spend your Chincoteague Island honeymoon being pampered at one of the waterfront bed and breakfasts. The Island Manor House, built in 1848 and furnished with antiques dating back to pre-Civil war days, is among the most striking of Chincoteague's many stunning B&Bs. Enjoy your gourmet breakfast or afternoon snack in the garden room or the front courtyard, where the gentle trickle of the fountain and the sweet fragrance of rosebushes will soothe your spirits. Watch hummingbirds and butterflies winging their way through the private gardens--or maybe, like you, they're just floating on air!
The history of the Island Manor House makes it the perfect setting for your Chincoteague romantic getaway. It was built by Nathaniel Smith, Chincoteague's only doctor in 1848, and his friend Joseph Kenny, the Island's Postmaster, who married sisters. The home was actually divided into two smaller dwellings in the 19th century, but reconnected in the 1980s and has been a bed and breakfast ever since.
When you arrive, ask for a room with a view of the sun setting over the Chincoteague Channel, and then head out for an intimate dinner at one of Chincoteague's outstanding seafood restaurants within walking distance along Main Street. Make sure you allow enough time for sleep that you can awaken in time for an amazing and "decadent" Southern breakfast before heading out to explore your romantic Chincoteague surroundings.
A short drive across the channel to Assateague Island (or make the trip by bike if you like) will let you enjoy all the solitude you can possibly want. Assateague Island, the home of the word-famous Chincoteague ponies, is the site of both the Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Assateague Island National Seashore. What that means is that the honeymoon hours you spend on Assateague will be free of tourist developments, hot dog stands and souvenir vendors.
Rent a canoe or kayak and explore the Island waterways in peace and quiet. Or go beachcombing along endless stretches of empty beach. Hike the island trails through pine forests where you'll be serenaded by songbirds high above you, or simply lie on the beach and hold hands while you listen to the music of the whispering surf. Beach towels are provided courtesy of the Island Manor! Return to Chincoteague for some shopping at its charming art galleries and boutiques.
Enjoy a champagne cruise along Chincoteague Channel at sunset, take in another gourmet dinner followed by a movie at the delightfully Art Deco Island Roxy Theater, and return to your cozy Island Manor Room to luxuriate in your impossibly comfortable white terrycloth robes. The rest of your evening will pass as honeymoon evenings usually do, and in the morning, you can begin the fun all over again!
Treating yourself to an ultimate romantic getaway on Chincoteague Island will guarantee that your once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon is everything you've dreamed!
About the author
Sam Serio is a marketing consultant and special events producer on Chincoteague Island. Chincoteague Island is the premier romantic getaway destination on the Eastern shore of Virginia. To learn more about this amazing place, please visit, http://www.chincoteagueislandvacations.com and http://www.chincoteagueoutlook.com - Discover Chincoteague Island!