The Quality Inn
Okay, we admit it this isn’t a typical Poshbrood hotel. However, it totally deserves to be a PB pick for many reasons including: the following:
- Cool, retro Mad Men vibe and décor
- Pets accepted
- Comfy beds
- Adjoining rooms for families
- Complimentary breakfast
- Swimming pool
- And, drum roll please, the hotel has its own Chincoteague pony!
We went to Chincoteague, Virginia on an impromptu Labor Day weekend. Chincoteague is a small fishing village on a 7-mile long, 1.5-mile wide island off Virginia’s Eastern Shore, known for unspoiled natural beauty and wild horses. Our girls are gaga about ponies (who isn’t, really?) and were so excited to go to an island where they could explore and spot the wild animals.
After some research, we found The Quality Inn was the only property who would take large dogs. The website looked nice, online reviews were great, and the price and location were right, so Poshbrood decided to adventure to the 2-star Quality Inn.
The Inn is a typical motor lodge design, very clean with nice landscaping with pretty window boxes. All rooms at the Chincoteague Quality Inn feature either one King two Queens or two Double beds. We opted for an oversized Queen Queen room with funky wood, Don Draper paneling, and a cathedral ceiling. It was very large but there are five of us and two dogs. The innkeeper was so generous, offering us a second connecting King room for a major discount to allow for some breathing room. It was a perfect family arrangement.
All the rooms at the hotel offer cable TV, a fridge and microwave (we used them both a lot, such a great amenity for families), coffee maker, hair dryers, free Wi-Fi, direct dial telephone and individually controlled air-conditioning and heat.
The pool is large, clean and has a nice deck with lounge chairs for parents. However, this is not the main attraction at the hotel. “Lightning” is the hotel’s very own Chincoteague pony who lives onsite! Our girls visited him several times a day. We learned that clover is Lightning’s favorite treat, how to spot it and feed it to him safely.
The breakfast was plentiful: featuring bagels, waffles, fruit, muffins, coffee, tea, juices, toast, and cereals. The location too, couldn’t be better. You're steps away from shops, restaurants, scooter rentals and the famed Island Creamery. We used the hotel bikes and toured Assateague, which is one of the most beautiful and family-friendly beaches we’ve ever seen. We spotted wild ponies during our exploration and played the ubiquitous games of mini golf and go carts.
Tip: Don’t miss dinner at Woody’s Beach Barbecue a short trolley ride or 10 minute walk from the hotel. They offer two different Southern menus – one BBQ and the other seafood. There is a faux-sand beach, surfer tunes and games like tetherball and bean bag toss while you wait. Adirondack chairs, stumps for tables and picnic tables add to the ambiance. BYOB!! woodysbeachbbq.com
Room rates begin at $99 a night and include breakfast and all hotel amenities.