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<center>America's Best Summer Getaways 2009</center>

<center>America's Best Summer Getaways 2009</center>
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Beach Town: Chincoteague, Virginia

Chincoteague, a seven-mile-long island just off the Virginia coast, feels like the land that time forgot. The gateway to the 37-mile-long Assateague Island National Seashore—a nature refuge that’s home to wild ponies, herons, woodpeckers, and foxes—is only accessible via car over the Route 175 swing-span bridge.

Stay: A Victorian-era house has been turned into Miss Molly’s Inn, a seven-room B&B that offers high tea in the afternoons. Doubles from $140, including breakfast.

Eat: Known for clam chowder and platters of fried Atlantic shrimp and Chincoteague oysters, the Seashell Café hits the spot after a long day of beachcombing. Dinner for two $65.

—Tom Austin

America's Best Summer Getaways 2009

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