Weekend Getaways

Dreaming of a quick getaway? Pack your bag for the weekend and check out our guide to the best coastal towns for eating well, having fun in the sun, or doing absolutely nothing at all.

Explore Virginia's Eastern Shore

Discover a coast where you can watch wild ponies run, eat world-class BBQ, and dig your own clams.

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Chincoteague Island: Wild Horses
Photographer: Chris M. Rogers

Chincoteague Island: Wild Horses

The most famous inhabitants of this part of the Eastern Shore remain the Chincoteague ponies, two herds of wild horses that graze among the dune grasses of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Accessing the protected ponies on foot proves to be nearly impossible, so I board a pontoon boat captained by Dan Davis (757/894-0103), a native and waterman turned tour guide. He navigates us to a point off the beach, and we idle there, watching these shaggy animals feed and frolic.

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100 Comfy Cottage Rooms 

Develop your coastal cottage’s style by following these simple tricks.

Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.