In FEARLESS SUMMER, I used lots of real places, my favorite places, shops and restaurants that I need to visit to make my Chincoteague experience perfect. Because there are so many, I didn’t include them all. But as I wrote about Charlotte’s return to her hometown, her conversations with her sisters, and her meeting with her lost love, I added real places.
Need a book to read on the beach? Sundial has best sellers, works by local writers, and lots of great used books. It also has the best posters of local places, work by local art and Chincoteague stickers for your car.
The Brant is one of many local shops full of souvenirs and gotta-haves for beach living. If I could only go to one shop the whole week of my vacation, I stop here. Usually with a full car since everybody in my extended family feels the same way.
We eat in since there are 25 of us visiting Chincoteague. But when we break into little groups, the nearby Ropewalk is one we like to visit. It might be the outside bar that draws us or it might be the crab egg rolls, like the ones Charlotte enjoys with her sister in FEARLESS SUMMER.
There’s one more place I ought to mention and that’s the Pony Tails candy shop. If you like candy this is your dream shop. It’s not my model for Chincoteague Sweets in FEARLESS SUMMER, but Charlotte, Anne and Emily do carry their salt water taffy!