Tourists that come to Massage Away for a massage often ask me where to stay, eat, and shop.
I've compiled MY favorites (and WHY they are my favorites) and hope that you will enjoy them as well!
If you need a place to stay (or to send friends and relatives) for those big events, check out Chincoteague Resort Realty. They have plenty of rental properties, with some even pet friendly. Or maybe you'd like to buy a rental property to rent out yourself, and let them handle the bookings! The staff is very friendly. I've done several massages for their guests, and I can say that the properties they rent out are very nice -- wish I could live in them year round! Discounts available for massages from Massage Away for their guests. Check out their website at www.chincoteagueresort.com or call 757-336-3100 for more information.
Two lovely bed and breakfast inns on the island owned by Lyn and Sam Mazza. Miss Molly's boasts "Marguerite Henry (author of Misty of Chincoteague) slept here." The amenities are worth the trip -- bikes, chairs, boogie boards -- everything you need for the beach! Check out their websites at www.missmollysinn.com & www.islandmanor.com or call 757-336-6686 & 757-336-5436 for more information.
Ray's Shanty has the best seafood around! Located on 32157 Chincoteague Rd (Rt 175), it is on your way to/from Chincoteague. During Memorial Day to Labor Day, they are open daily, otherwise, they are open Thurs-Sun during off-peak season. They usually close for winter break around late October and open back up around March. If you don't want to stay for lunch or dinner, you can get carry outs AND they have a seafood market so you can cook your own shrimp, scallops and other seafood. They are known for their hushpuppies, so be sure to get some of those! I usually get the grouper or flounder sandwich (minus the bun), but Ray gave me some heads-on shrimp to try and they were DELICIOUS! My recent craving (when in-season) are the drum RIBS! I didn't even know fish had ribs! And sometimes he makes them cajun drum ribs. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm. Ray was THE FIRST on the east coast to sell shrimp out of his roadside truck. Read about his story at www.RaysShanty.com. Call 757-824-3429 to make reservations.
Located in downtown Onancock, next to the DMV, this little emerald gem has great food..not your diner food..at reasonable prices. I love the mushroom brie soup as well as the watercress soup. I haven't tried the Irish chili, but I've heard it is good. I usually get the fish and chips (waffle fries) for lunch. If I'm there for dinner, it's the shepherd's pie or bangers n mash. They also have salads and sandwiches and daily specials. The Bailey's Irish Chocolate Mousse cake is to die for! They have a wide selection of beer on tap including some fine Irish beers. They are open for lunch and dinner. They have LIVE music from time to time with some very good musicians (local and nationally known)..with no cover charge! It is a no-smoking restaurant, with tables outside on a patio if you need to smoke. Most restaurants that have outside patios have the patio right near the road, where you inhale gas fumes from the traffic--not The Blarney! Call 757-302-0300 for more info and hours of operation.
Located just south of the Wal-mart and YMCA on Rt 13 in Onley, this fast food place is worth the trip. I LOVE the cajun chicken and special seasoning you can get for the fries. I can also get a healthy salad, which usually takes me 2 days to eat...it's enormous -- and loaded with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cukes and shredded cheese. They also have other healthy meals-- grilled chicken bites, green beans and cajun pinto beans. They have breakfast biscuits ALL DAY, if you want just a snack. Their fresh Boberry biscuits are chock-full of blueberries. They also have cinnamon pastries and sweet potato pies. I also like their fresh brewed iced tea. Call 757-789-3300 to order ahead.
This wonderful sandwich shop is located behind Caldwell Bank on Maddox Blvd. They have THE BEST sandwiches, salads and soups I have ever tasted. A wide variety to choose from or "make your own" delicious sandwich. All the ingredients are fresh -- I could swear they grow their own tomatoes, cukes, lettuce AND cheese!! They have black forest ham, turkey or vegetarian fare. Try the gazpacho soup. I usually get the "Aristocrat" - turkey and brie sandwich with the "flavor of the day" iced tea. They have artisan breads. Healthy never tasted so good! They are open Thurs-Monday, 11 am to 6 pm. Check out their menu and daily specials (usually posted at 10:30 am) at www.seastarcafeci.com
This deli has something for everyone, and it's on your way to the beach! Located on the left, just before the circle on Maddox, you can dine in or carry out. If I'm in the mood for pizza, I stop at Famous! They also have subs, salads, burgers, seafood, chicken and pasta dishes. Kids' meals also available. They will also deliver on the island. Open year-round. Call 757-336-3301 or 757-336-1316 for fast pick-up service and visit their website at www.famouspizzaci.com
I lived in NC and missed having true Carolina BBQ (vinegar based) until Woody's opened up! They have great Carolina BBQ as well as Memphis style (tomato based), boardwalk fries and other great sides. Next door is their Chicken Eatery. I had their grilled chicken and pineapple sandwich..YUM! They have a play area and a few outside tables. It's a good stop on your way to the beach. Located just before you get to the traffic circle on the right -- follow your nose! For a menu, check out their website www.woodysbeachbbq.com or call 757-336-5531
A great place to relax for an evening dinner on the channel, across from the lighthouse. Screened in porch for dining outside and on Thursday nights, local musician Ron Cole performs on the porch..No Cover! The menu has a wide variety of items for any taste, including finicky kids. They have nightly specials and great desserts to top off the meal. Visit their website at www.ettaschannelside.com for more information. Call 757-336-5644 to make reservations or to find out hours of operation.
Carla's unique eye for beauty shows in her selection of jewelry and gifts. She's also a wonderful photographer and has many postcards and prints of ponies, birds and other scenery from Assateague and Chincoteague. This little gift shop also boasts a coffee bar where you can come in from the heat and have a cup of joe and some desserts. Located next to Don's Seafood, this little shop has high quality gift items worth checking out! Call 757-803-9856 for more information.
Keep checking back at this page for more of my favorites!