By David Parmelee
The Islands of Chincoteague and Assateague are travel destinations like no other.
Many visit these islands on Virginia’s Eastern Shore to see the wild ponies made famous by the children’s classic Misty of Chincoteague, but they find themselves returning for a host of reasons. The undeveloped National Seashore on Assateague allows access to a barrier island beach that looks just like it did centuries ago. The natural beauty of the environment, with its birds, animals, and sea life, forms the backdrop of a quiet seaside town with a rich legacy and a burgeoning food scene.
Author David Parmelee shares first-hand knowledge on what to do, where to stay, where to eat, and how to enjoy the local culture. His “shortcuts to the magic” let first-time visitors access tips and tricks to the Islands that can take years to learn. Parmelee combines his practical and logistical guide with interviews of key people who make the islands what they are. Use The Traveler’s Guide to plan your trip and uncover the joy of the Islands.