our last morning in chincoteague, a stop in assateague & berlin, and return home

Monday, October 26:  This morning, it’s time to head home after our weekend in Chincoteague.  I’m sad to leave because we’ve had such a wonderful time exploring the wildlife refuge by car, on foot, and by bicycle.  First, we have our coffee in the sitting room at the Channel Bass Inn.

Mike in the sitting room of the Channel Bass Inn
Mike in the sitting room of the Channel Bass Inn
me in the morning after my birthday :-)
me in the morning after my birthday 🙂

Since we are the only guests in the inn this Monday morning, the innkeepers Barbara and David serve us and then eat breakfast with us.  It’s almost as if we’re their personal guests. 🙂

David has created a fabulous yogurt and fruit parfait, fresh fruits blended together and swirled through a creamy Greek yogurt.

Breakfast at the Channel Bass Inn
Breakfast at the Channel Bass Inn
the Dining Room at the Channel Bass Inn
the Dining Room at the Channel Bass Inn

One of Barbara’s new creations is her Mexican Eggs, shown below, in flour tortilla cups. Here is her recipe: Mexican Eggs.  They are delicious. 🙂

Mexican eggs for breakfast
Mexican eggs for breakfast
Mike, me, Barbara and David (the innkeepers)
Mike, me, Barbara and David (the innkeepers)

We take a quick spin around the town of Chincoteague, stopping here and there to take a few pictures, including this colorful mural.

Mural in the town of Chincoteague
Mural in the town of Chincoteague
Chincoteague
Chincoteague

After leaving Chincoteaugue, we head an hour north back to Assateague Island, where we take one more walk around the Marsh Trail before having lunch in Berlin, Maryland.

Marsh walk on Assateague Island
Marsh walk on Assateague Island
Marsh walk on Assateague Island
Marsh walk on Assateague Island
Marsh walk on Assateague Island
Marsh walk on Assateague Island
Chincoteague Bay
Chincoteague Bay
Marsh walk on Assateague Island
Marsh walk on Assateague Island
birds on Assateague Island
birds on Assateague Island
birds on Assateague Island
birds on Assateague Island
me with the birds
me with the birds
birds on Assateague Island
birds on Assateague Island
Marsh walk on Assateague
Marsh walk on Assateague
Marsh walk on Assateague
Marsh walk on Assateague
Mike on the Marsh walk on Assateague
Mike on the Marsh walk on Assateague
Marsh walk
Marsh walk
Marsh walk
Marsh walk
Marsh walk
Marsh walk
Marsh walk
Marsh walk
Marsh walk
Marsh walk
Mike on the Marsh Walk
Mike on the Marsh Walk
Marsh walk
Marsh walk

As we’re leaving Assateague Island, we come to a traffic jam where people are stopped along the road to see some of the wild ponies.

Wild pony on Assateague
Wild pony on Assateague

One lady is standing with her car door open and her hand extended with some kind of food in it, beckoning one of the ponies over.  I get so annoyed when people feed wildlife, despite warnings all over the refuge instructing people not to feed the ponies.  I say, “Oh my god!  You’re not supposed to feed the ponies!”  She gets defensive and says, “It’s just an apple!”  I just shake my head and walk away.  What is it with people? It doesn’t matter what the food is; feeding them makes them fearless around people, which is dangerous to both the animals and people.  There are pictures all over the park of people who have been bitten or kicked by the ponies when they’ve gotten too close.

Wild pony on Assateague
Wild pony on Assateague
Wild ponies on Assateague
Wild ponies on Assateague
Wild pony on Assateague
Wild pony on Assateague

Mike is especially happy that, after a childhood being obsessed by horses, I’m able to get a picture of Misty of Chincoteague. 🙂

Wild pony on Assateague
Wild pony on Assateague
Wild pony on Assateague
Wild pony on Assateague
crossing over Chincoteague Bay
crossing over Chincoteague Bay

After leaving Assateague Island, we’re ready for lunch so we head to the nearby town of Berlin, where we have a lunch of two soups, chicken and dumpling soup for me and crab soup for Mike, and a shared mushroom quiche at Siculi Italian Kitchen.  After our cozy lunch, we drive home the three hours to northern Virginia.

It’s been a great 60 years! 🙂

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crab cakes and cupcakes in berlin, maryland

Thursday, August 22:  This morning, my sister Joan and I lounge around her house in Salisbury, chatting and drinking coffee. After we’re tired of being totally lazy, she suggests we take a little trip to Berlin, Maryland.  Before we go, I set the self-timer and take a picture of the two of us in front of her backyard pool.

me and Joan in front of her backyard pool
me and Joan in front of her backyard pool

The town of Berlin had its start around the 1790s, part of the Burley Plantation, a 300-acre land grant dating back to 1677. The name Berlin is believed to be derived from a contraction of “Burleigh Inn,” an old tavern. Berlin incorporated as a town in 1868.

Hotel Atlantic in Berlin
Hotel Atlantic in Berlin

We head straight for lunch at the Hotel Atlantic.  I order the most delicious crab cake sandwich; this one has no filler and is broiled instead of deep-fried.  It’s absolutely perfect.

Crabcakes at the Hotel Atlantic
Crab cake sandwich at the Hotel Atlantic

Since the late 1980s, Berlin has undergone considerable revitalization of its historic downtown commercial district and adjacent residential areas. Berlin’s historic residential areas feature nearly two centuries of architectural heritage from three distinct periods: Federal, Victorian, and 20th Century.  Forty-seven of these structures have been noted in the National Register of Historic Places as well as the historic commercial district. Berlin has also been designated as a “Main Street Community” by the State of Maryland.

Berlin’s claim to fame is that its Main Street and some of the outlying areas were altered to become the fictitious town of Hale, Maryland in the 1999 film The Runaway Bride, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.

For the 2002 movie Tuck Everlasting, starring Sissy Spacek, Ben Kingsley, and William Hurt, alteration of the streets and sidewalks transformed Berlin into the fictitious town of Treegap (Wikipedia: Berlin, Maryland).

After lunch, Joan and I wander through the little shops, each of us buying a few trinkets.  I’m enticed by the little cupcake shop, Cupcakes in Bloom.

Cupcakes in Bloom
Cupcakes in Bloom

The walls are decorated with pretty cupcake liners.

the walls of Cupcakes in Bloom
the walls of Cupcakes in Bloom

And the glass case is full of enticing and pretty cupcake creations.

cupcakes in bloom
cupcakes in bloom
bouquets of colorful cupcake liners
bouquets of colorful cupcake liners

I buy some cupcakes to take home to the family: S’mores, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Lemon and German Chocolate.

cupcakes
cupcakes

Other shops in the town are cute little enticements.

Main Street Sweets in Berlin
Main Street Sweets in Berlin
shop window in Berlin
shop window in Berlin

After we finish our wanderings, we drive back to Salisbury, where I say goodbye to my darling little sister and head back home to Virginia.  On the way, I make a stop at a farmer’s market, where I load up on watermelons, cantaloupes, and fresh corn, and admire the colorful Adirondack chairs displayed out front. 🙂

Adirondack chairs at the farm market
Adirondack chairs at the farm market