Life on the Maryland shore slows down off season. That’s enough reason to take a winter break in Ocean City, MD.
With the crowds gone from beach and boardwalk, you can take your time, shop the stores, and eat your way through the popular restaurants.
Why Ocean City?
The winter chases away the hordes of summer visitors, but it leaves the white sands and crashing waves in all their peaceful beauty. The long stretch of beach becomes one bright photo opportunity.
Boardwalk: Some stores and amusement arcades on the famed Ocean City boardwalk close for the winter. But, that’s okay. It leaves much more room for strolling, jogging, and bicycle riding for fun or exercise.
The Annual New Year’s Day Beachwalk sees tourists and locals walk along the waterline of Assateague Island to show support for the island’s unique ecology. It starts at 1 p.m. and ends with hot chocolate and cookies.
Winterfest of Lights: If you miss the crowds, you can join the tourists for the Winterfest Express through the fabulous Winterfest of Lights. For $4.00/person (Free under age 10), you take a 10-minute ride through the 50-acre site that includes Christmas trees, tunnels, and displays all lit beautifully.
In his Northside shop, Santa Claus awaits children with their Christmas wish lists and steeping hot chocolate through December 23rd.
Christmas Parade: If it’s parades you want, you can see the best on December 5th at 11 a.m. Regional high school bands, antique cars, and decorated holiday floats march on the Coastal Highway from 100th Street to the mall at 115th.
Hotel Deals: According to OceanCity.com, the Ocean City, Maryland hotels offer various New Year’s packages including dining and entertainment on New Year’s Eve.
For example, the Princess Bayside resort features special rates, New Year’s Eve dining and dancing, a New Year’s Day brunch, and the annual Atlantic General Hospital’s Penguin Swim in the hotel’s huge indoor pool.
Winter Golf: Maryland’s Eastern Shore is filled with quality golf courses. But, Rum Pointe, named in the top five Maryland courses by Golf Week, has bent-grass on its Scottish-style course. All but one of the 18 holes has a bay view and several are along the water line. It’s simply a gorgeous location on a mild winter’s day.
All told, there are 25 challenging golf experiences within minutes of Ocean City, and all have winter rates, and many participate in various winter golf package deals described at GolfAvisor.com.
Dining: The Captain’s Table has reopened. The Lighthouse is still a favorite. And, Seacrets, Fager’s Island, and Liquid Assets top the list of comfortable and crab dominant restaurants in the area.
Blue Crab: There’s this special thing about Chesapeake blue crabs. They remain the biggest culinary attraction on the Mid-Atlantic coast. The Sunset Grille in the beautiful Sunset Marina has indoor and outdoor seating for their crab specialties
Higgins Crab House has been serving crabs dishes for 7 days a week for 40 years. And, the Mug and Mallet starts you off with crab chowder in an absolutely casual atmosphere.
Winter Fishing: The winter report at thatsrightcharters.com recommends chasing the Rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay. While fishermen are happy with the top fishing around the Bay Bridge, you’ll have to watch the seasons scheduled for sea bass, blues and grouper.
Planning a winter break in Ocean City, MD offers bright clean air, photogenic landscapes, bargain discounts, and plentiful golf and fishing opportunities.
If you’re in Philadelphia, Baltimore, or Washington, D.C., it’s a better way to spend a weekend!
Michael F. Carroll
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