We Followed Our Dream
Chris and Nikki Wardius moved to Virginia in 2009, to remodel and run the Wachapreague Inn.
Wachapreague, Virginia, located 20 miles south of Chincoteague, 50 miles north of Virgina Beach, is a nature lovers paradise. Known primarily for their flounder fishing in the spring and offshore fishing in the summer, the area has even more to offer. Unspoiled, shell covered beaches directly in the migratory path for dozens of bird species. The numerous channels and bays protected from the ocean by uninhabited barrier islands create a habitat that is unique. Its not uncommon to see terrapin turtles, bald eagles, and seals, find your own clams & oysters, fill crab traps, catch minnows, and find whole sand dollars & conch shells. Small boats are common in the back water ways, however there is a deep channel leading to the ocean, used by the charter fleet to go offshore.
Although Wachapreague is a small town, it has several marinas, a Coast Guard station, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William and Mary Marine College Science Center, Island House restaurant & bar, market, post office, firehouse, art gallery, park, playground, and tennis courts.
It all Began in 2009
Looking for a place to escape crowds, Chris and Nikki started exploring the Eastern Shore of Virginia in 2003. After the first year, they bought a vacation house and found themselves there most summer weekends. Because of their entrepreneurial nature, they started looking for other business ideas. They had no intention of leaving Oxford, PA but they thought the Inn could be a fun investment and an exciting new lifestyle.
The Inn was built in the 1962 and the Wardius's started their renovations by replacing all of the beds, updating bathrooms, painting, and replacing flooring. They completely renovated the office twice, creating a bright, airy welcome center, gift shop and coffee area. They replaced the soffitt, fascia, posts, installed gutters, added a light over each door, painted the doors and the “Brady Bunch brick” a happy yellow color…… what a facelift! They also installed a new well and instantaneous hot water heaters.
During the winter of 2010, they had both the two bedroom apartment building and the big house lifted and set on new foundations. During the lifting, Chris completely renovated the big house and built an addition. Over the years, they created several picnic areas, bought a bunch of bikes for guests to use, replaced the roof, installed mini-split heater air-conditioners in each room. The list of upgrades goes on and on.
The entire team at the Wachapreague Inn is getting rave reviews from customers who make trips to Wachapreague a tradition. Our return clients are delighted to see the changes and energy surrounding the small community. Everyone loves this Little City by the Sea.