Merry Times on the Maryland/Virginia Coast


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Sometimes, there’s nothing better than taking a break from city life, getting in your car, and driving off into the countryside. If you’re in need of a destination during this impromptu journey, set your sights on Assateague Island. Home to a herd of wild horses enthralling enough to drag anyone away from their house–The Rolling Stones included–Assateague Island is a great place to spend a few relaxed days without having to pony up piles of money. And since, in the words of Dan Eldon, “The Journey is the Destination,” this week’s Travel Bug has a slight “road trip” twist. So, settle in to the passenger seat, and see where these words take you.

1. En route, satisfy your midday hunger at the Wildflower Cafe in Easton, Maryland. Choose from a tantalizing list of fresh, healthy, hands-down-delicious sandwiches, soups, and salads on this lunch’s cafe’s ever-changing menu. If the weather’s nice, nab a seat at their airy patio, full of verdant plants and rustic red brick. After lunch, wander the town’s historic center, and admire the quaint architecture of the adorable old houses.

2. When you arrive in Assateague, pitch a tent in the State Park Campgrounds. (Reservations are available online.) Camping doesn’t get cozier than a plot of sand in this little Eden. The bathhouses have flush toilets and hot showers, and the sand makes for a comfy camping ground. When you’re all set up, walk over the neighboring dunes, and spend some time on the beach!

3. Up in the morning with the golden sun, there’s nothing better to do than take a walk. Head out of the campground’s entrance, and take the short trek out to the island’s entryway bridge. Assateague’s famed wild horses are easy to spot in the marshlands you’ll pass, and the footpath alongside the high bridge offers a breathtaking view of the landscape.

4. After you’ve got your breath of fresh air, hop in the car and follow the bucolically beautiful drive to Chincoteague. Poke around the picturesque town’s small shops before heading over the bridge to Assateague’s nature reserve, accessible only from Chincoteague. Climb the candy-striped lighthouse if it’s open, or just enjoy a stroll through one of the park’s pretty paths.

5. Once you’ve got your fill of the outdoors, motor on over to Ocean City. Full of beachy Americana and kitsch, a stroll on the ‘OC’ boardwalk will provide a great daytime diversion, whether you’re hoping to fly kites on the shore or snack on scads of saltwater taffy.

Been to any of these places yourself? Share your experience!

Wildflower Cafe in Easton, Maryland. Choose from the tantalizing list of fresh, healthy, hands down delicious sandwiches, soups and salads on this lunch’s cafe’s ever-changing list. If the weather’s nice, nab a seat of this airy patio, full of verdant plants and rustic red brick. After lunch, wander the town’s historic center, and admire the quaint architecture of the adorable old houses.
2. When you arrive, pitch a tent in the State Park, though you might want to reserve a spot ahead of time. Camping doesn’t get cozier than a plot of sand in this little Eden. The bathhouses have flush toilets and hot showers, and the sand makes for a comfy camping ground. When you’re all set up, walk over the dune and spend some time on the beach!
3. Up in the morning with the golden, there’s nothing better to do than take a walk. Head out of the campground’s entrance and take a short trek out to the island’s bridge. Assateague’s famed wild horses are easy to spot in the marshlands you’ll pass, and the footpath alongside the high bridge offers a breathtaking view of the landscape.
4. After you’ve got your breath of fresh air, hop in the car and take a bucolically beautiful ride to Chincoteague. Poke around the picturesque town’s small shops before heading over the bridge to Assateague’s nature reserve. Climb the candy-striped lighthouse if it’s open, or just enjoy a stroll through one of the park’s pretty paths.
5. Once you’ve got your fill of the outdoors, take a short ride over to Ocean City. Full of beachy Americana and kitsch, a stroll of the ‘OC’ boardwalk will provide a great daytime diversion, whether you’re hoping to fly kites on the shore or snack of scads of saltwater taffy.
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8 Responses to Merry Times on the Maryland/Virginia Coast

  1. Ella 10/15/2009 at 11:44 am #

    I’m sorry but that dress just lookes… lame. I love what you paired it with but there is nothing, not even the cutest of acessories, that would have me wear that dress, or the wolf dress, or any dress like it. Not even if I found it on sale at the Goodwill for $5, let alone the $50 + $7 shipping it sales for on here. $57 can buy you a lot of cute things at Modcloth but this is not one of them. I predict this will linger on in the sale section, much like the Sedona Skirts. It’ll become like the living-dead, haunting Modcloth until you are forced to give it away in a contest when you all consolidate your inventory.

    I just can’t figure out why you all thought stocking three dresses in this style was a good idea? What demograph are you appealing to? People who shop here are fashionable! They are demanding! I can… almost… see a hipster wearing this dress… “ironically*”… if only for the purpous of it leads to witty dialoug like: “If you hate this dress so much, why don’t you take me home and rip it off me? Rawr!”
    (*no one uses “ironically” properly anymore.)

    Sorry sorry sorry! I still love you guys. And thanks for all the cute stuff you added yesterday. :P

  2. Ella 10/15/2009 at 11:46 am #

    P.S. I might change my opinion about these dresses if you have a model put it on and demonstrate that it can look good. No cheating and pinning it to make it look more tailored! ;)

  3. Bridget 10/15/2009 at 1:04 pm #

    From VA. what what!

  4. Elissa 10/15/2009 at 1:55 pm #

    I just went camping on Assateague Isand this September! So glad to see this post! I didn’t know about the nature reserve access, but will be sure to check it out next time, because I will definitely be going back. We did make it to Ocean City though for a little while, I and I didn’t like it at all. It wasn’t kitschy cute, it was kitschy. . .blech. I would skip that. part. The other suggestions were great though! Thanks for the post!

  5. Rachel C 10/15/2009 at 3:22 pm #

    The Eastern Shore is so, so beautiful!
    (And that dress is very ugly–Sorry)

  6. Erin 10/15/2009 at 4:52 pm #

    The last time I went to Assateague I was eaten alive by mosquitoes. It was so bad I had to go to a medical center. I haven’t been brave enough to go back which is sad because it is a beautiful place.
    Ocean City is, at its best, trashy, not kitchy. I still love it though and I go every year for vacation.
    I do recommend checking out a little shop called Raggamuffin on 28th street bayside. It’s so cute.

  7. Hannah Elisabeth 10/15/2009 at 11:21 pm #

    spiced crabs are a must-have!!! fireworks aren’t legal where i live, so on the last night of my vacation there we got spiced crabs and fireworks. perfection!!

  8. Alexandra 04/05/2011 at 4:44 pm #

    I love Assateague and Chincoteague. I’ve lived in Maryland my entire life and they still amaze me.

    But… ugly dress.

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