Get Away: Chincoteague’s Marina Bay Hotel & Suites

The sleepy island town has a new boutique hotel.

Chincoteague, the charming island town that serves as a gateway for visiting world-famous wild ponies, now has a boutique hotel. Marina Bay Hotel & Suites opened in December and is hosting its first summer season. While the closest beach is 5 miles away, the hotel’s outdoor features include a heated pool; fire pits; two private piers for fishing, crabbing or watching the sunset; and grills for cooking up the day’s catch. Inside, the lobby features a floor-to-ceiling wall of nautical flags carved in wood. Restaurants and shops are a short walk away along Main Street. Two things for which Chincoteague is famous might inspire a visit this year: the 70th anniversary of the publication of Misty of Chincoteague (visit the Museum of Chincoteague Island for exhibits on the novel by Marguerite Henry), and the 45th annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival, to be held in October (visit

Marina Bay Hotel & Suites rates start at $189 per night for standard rooms, breakfast buffet included.

3801 Main St., Chincoteague Island, Virginia | 757-336-3500 |

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