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“A Great Time in Chincoteague”

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The Watson Guest House
Harrisburg, PA
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“A Great Time in Chincoteague”
Reviewed August 27, 2008

We had a great three-day stay at the Watson House . A friend and I visited there because we wanted to go to the beach, but we’re also wildlife and nature enthusiasts, so we chose Chincoteague because of the horses, deer, birds, protected sand dunes, non-commercialized atmosphere, etc. After researching all the B&Bs on Chincoteague, I chose the Watson House, which turned out to be a really great choice! When we arrived later in the evening at 8:45 p.m., Bob was ready for us out front, along with Clyde the cat, who was a very entertaining watch cat as we were unpacking the car. (Don’t worry – he’s an outside cat). Bob even offered to make restaurant reservations, although we didn't need them. As far as location, there are about five B&Bs that are within a few blocks of each other, and all within walking distance of shops, restaurants, the theater, etc. Bob and Carole, the owners of the Watson House, are very warm, friendly and fun people. They’re the kind of people you feel immediately comfortable with when you meet them. The house itself is very clean and the rooms are nice. We stayed in the sun room, one of the rooms upstairs that has a small enclosed little porch-like area. Someone else said that the rooms look much nicer than on the website, and I would completely agree with that! Coffee is available every morning around 7:15, and hot tea and biscotti are available anytime. The breakfasts, served every morning from 8:30-9:30, were very good! After breakfast, Bob was available to help with recommendations re: things to do and places to go. One of the mornings, we did a boat cruise with Daisey’s Dockside Cruises (one of a few that is recommended by Bob), located on Main St. I would highly recommend their company for boat tours! After calling a few of the boat tour companies, we chose Daisey’s because they were very helpful and friendly on the phone, being patient as we asked questions about the best times to see certain wildlife. The friendly attitude was definitely not the case with all the boat tour companies. Our driver, Tom, was great – very friendly and personable, talked to everyone, answered our questions, was very informative, asked what types of things we wanted to see – dolphins, birds, ponies, etc. – then took us to them. He’s also part of a family that had lived on Chincoteague for generations. I’ve heard that Captain Barry’s also does a great tour and I did talk to them by phone. They were very friendly as well, but their tours are a lot more “hands on” stuff, like digging for clams and things like that, because that’s what they’re known for. While that sounds like fun and maybe we’ll do that on another trip, this time we were looking for something with more wildlife watching. I would recommend going with Daisey’s or Barry’s if you want an enjoyable boat tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide! Back at the Watson House… Bob made reservations for us at Etta’s one evening. The food was pretty good, but what we liked even more is the great view we had overlooking the water. We took our binoculars inside and watched the horses across the bay and the birds that were congregating on the water. The Watson House provides you with bicycles, beach chairs, beach towels, binoculars, bug spray (which you’ll definitely need in the summer), sun screen, etc. Bob even let us use the bikes after we checked out because we were still in town for a few hours. In the evening, the porch is a beautiful place to sit and relax on the wicker rockers after a long day. If you’re looking for a great place for your next stay in Chincoteague, I would recommend the Watson House!

  • Liked — The friendly hosts.
  • Disliked — Nothing really.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
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Upstate NY
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Reviewed October 4, 2007

We enjoyed our 3 night stay with Bob and Carole at this comfortable B&B. We happened to be the only guests there during our stay (just at the end of the season). Our room was the Bayview and is the only guest room with a tub and shower, the others have only the shower. The "Front Porch' & the 'Sunroom' have lovely little 'enclosed porch'-like rooms that have wicker chairs, ect. Quite pretty. The rooms are far nicer in person than the website pictures. Ours was $470.00ish total (tax incl.) for the three night stay.
We were given a tour of the house & guest rooms when we arrived. I know that some guests really love those tours and the bit of history about the B&B they are in, but as I've stayed in so many...well I guess I'd prefer if all hosts gave the option to decline the history & tour. :) Bob may have given that option, I can't recall because my husband was speaking with him at first.
The house is spotless and comfortable. Not a TV anywhere. That made my husband a bit fussy, but he did agree at the end of our stay that it was nice to have taken a break. Our room was very homelike and comfortable. Roomy with a good sized bathroom that has a large claw foot tub.
You could hear the street noise very clearly in this room, and I was woken each morning by a gull screeching just outside. I guess you'd have to expect the gull. I kept the air unit on the help cover the outside noise and that worked pretty well.
The breakfast selection and quality was very good. The breakfast breads were my favorite. On our last morning there we had excellent waffles, breads and biscuts, fruit. The only thing that I would have changed is that I would have liked a protein, like eggs or a 'breakfast' meat served with all that bread. Otherwise it was terrific. Oh, and Carole gave us 'take away' left over breads to snack on....we liked that quite a lot.
Bob was helpful and happy to make reservations for us. We ate at 'Bill's' on our first and last night there. The food was very good, the prices fair, the appearence very nice. Bill's has a large menu offering lots of choices. We tried Etta's the 2nd night of our stay. That place apparently has a nice water view, but it was dark when we were there. The decor is very bland, the service was slow even though there were almost no other diners. The menu was not super impressive, prices seemed a little high to me. The food was just OK.
We took a sunset cruise with Spyder. It was OK. Windy and cold on the water when we went. Do I think it was worth $60.00 for two? Not compared with other water tours we've done elsewhere for less. But as there really isn't a lot to do in the evening, it was OK. And Spyder was really cool.
We enjoyed the beach very much, the surf can be a bit rough for the ave. swimmer though. You WILL need to wear footwear on the beach as it is covered with shards of broken shells.
We saw the ponies. We walked the nature walks. Entry to the refuge runs $10.00 for a week long ticket. The Watson House provided us with one for our stay, nice!
Bear in mind that you will not be able to get very close to the ponies anymore, they are fenced to protect them now.
This is a slow paced island with little to do that is not centered around nature. Keep that in mind if you want to visit.
We heard that during Pony Penning (the swim) it gets crazy mobbed. Around 40,000 visitors in a tiny area to watch 150ish ponies run down a short Main St. Not to mention the room rates and everything go way up. After being there on the edge of the season, I can imagine how difficult being there for the swim
must be. The locals said that the crowds have only been that bad for the last 4 years or so, prior to that it was more reasonable.

  • Liked — The hosts and the comfort of the room
  • Disliked — That screaming seagull! :)
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed August 15, 2007

We recently returned from a lovely stay at the Watson House in Chincoteague. Bob and Carole are extremely warm, friendly hosts who make you feel at home immediately. Our room, the Bayview, was comfortable and spacious. We ate Carole's delicious breakfast on the wrap-around porch each morning. After breakfast, we were visited by the sweetest family of ducks who took refuge from the sun under the back porch. Bob gave us some leftover breakfast biscuits to feed the ducks, and then made sure we too were fed by making dinner reservations for us at the restaurants of our choice in the evening. We like Bill's best. Bob and Carole have many, many return visitors and we hope to be among them soon with another visit. If you're looking for a warm, comfortable, restful B&B with wonderful breakfasts and without a lot of pretense, the Watson House is for you!

  • Liked — Warm hospitality, delicious breakfasts
  • Disliked — Some very noisy cars at night driving up and down Main Street
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank teacherESL
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Ohio
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84 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2007

We chose the Watson House B&B based on quite a bit of research, including TripAdvisor reviews of various Chincoteague lodging.

The price was comparable to other Chincoteague lodging, however, extra amenities such as the full homemade breakfast, plus use of beach towels & chairs, bikes, sunscreen, bug spray, and free WiFi access actually made this a superior value. It's in a great location on Main Street, within walking distance to the movie theatre, restaurants, the ice cream parlor, and stores. Each room has a small fridge in it, with bottled water provided in it daily.

Bob and Carole Mabin are warm, friendly and easygoing hosts. We checked in rather late in the evening, hungry for dinner, and Bob managed to secure us a reservation at Bill's Restaurant a few doors away, even though the place was packed when we arrived. On our first morning, Bob gave us a map and an overview of the area, so we could plan our vacation strategy. He offered more candid, helpful restaurant suggestions, and on our second night he wrangled another last minute reservation at the popular Etta's restaurant at a table with a water view.

Carole whipped up delicious, abundant breakfasts each morning, served on good china, with seating in the formal dining room or at two-tops on the wrap-around porch. Highlights included Praline French toast, banana nut bread and cheese blintz cakes. Upon checking out, Carole even packed up extra zucchini bread from the morning's breakfast for us to take on the road.

There was always a jar of delicious homemade biscotti in the parlor, which my husband raided every time we walked in the front door.

Our room -- called the "Sun Room" -- was spacious with a very comfortable bed. There was also a small sitting room attached, with reading material, including a copy of the iconic "Misty of Chincoteague" (written only a few doors down Main St.) Several daily newspapers were set out in the parlor to read each morning, and menus for all the area restaurants were available to peruse. It's a non-smoking house (hurray!!) and there are no televisions or phones in the rooms (double hurray!), but Bob will gladly phone in dinner reservations for you and/or you can make brief calls from their business phone.

We've stayed at numerous B&B's all over the US and at a couple in Ireland, and the Watson House was among the most pleasant stays. The hosts were helpful and available when we needed them, but didn't hover. If we ever return to Chincoteague, we will definitely stay at the Watson House again.

  • Liked — Friendly & helpful hosts
  • Disliked — No drawbacks at all.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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pittsburgh
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43 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2007

Our four day stay at the Watson House was wonderful. Bob and Carole are congenial and helpful hosts. Carole prepares a
delicious and bountiful breakfast each morning. A fruit course, a hot entree with side dishes, a baked treat, plus homemade biscuits and orange juice . Coffee is available at 7:15. Biscotti and Tea are set in the parlour during the day. Each room has
a mini fridge for water, etc.
Bob will recommend restaurants ,boat tours and answer any
questions you might have. He also made reservations for all the guests at the popular eating places( Bills was the best )which was a time saver.
The Inn is very friendly, everyone congregated on the front porch ,talking about the fun experiences of the day. The lack of television was actually a nice change.
Beach chairs. towels and bikes(we brought our own bikes) were provided by the inn.
The location on Main Street made walking to shops and restaurants convenient. We were there for the Art Stroll on Sat. Night. Many of the Galleries and Shops provide wine ,cheese, and sweets, and stay open until 10:00pm.
Assateague Island was so pretty and unspoiled. It is connected to Chincoteague by a short bridge which is just a short bike or a 3 minute car ride.away.The trails, the beach area( there are showers, changing rooms and portajohns ) and the refuge are all enjoyable. The ponies were visible from the road,so everyone was snapping photos.
We definitely plan to return to the Watson House and to Chincoteague Island.


  • Liked — period decor and good food
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Watson Guest House
Address: 4240 Main St, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336-2801
Location: United States > Virginia > Chincoteague Island
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Ranked #5 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Chincoteague Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1898 in the Chincoteague Island style for the wealthy, the house features six bedrooms and seven baths. There is a light morning breakfast of home made breads, buttermilk biscuits, fruits, yogurts and such items. The location is downtown, near shops and restaurants. The Watson House is the closest B&B to the National Seashore on Assateague Island. Come enjoy our little piece of Paradise. ... more   less 

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