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!
- 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