OCMD/Berlin

Every year since I was born except for 2013 I have traveled to Ocean City, Maryland, for vacation.  In 2013 Jason and I went on our first cruise and since that was an island itinerary, that counted as my “beach trip” for the year.  This year I did research a few other beach destinations such as Rehobeth, Bethany and Cape May.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find a hotel that was as comparable in cost or proximity to the beach as the Sahara.  For that reason Jason and I returned yet again to our usual beach spot.

We only ever visit for a few days, this year leaving on Sunday and returning on Wednesday.  I love the beach, primarily the ocean.  Unfortunately the sun doesn’t love Jason or me very much.  We spend a lot of time under the umbrella and reapplying sunblock.  I could never spend a week at the beach like many people do; I would come back looking like a lobster.

We enjoyed our time in the ocean and were fortunate that our particular section didn’t have any rip currents.  In the evenings we ventured onto the boardwalk, another perk of our motel location is being able to walk right onto it.  This year there was an Englishman who was both a comedian and magician performing near the end of the boardwalk and he provided a very entertaining show.

The highlight of our trip this year was actually a side trip to Berlin, Maryland.  Monday was a rain filled day and we didn’t want to spend the day in the motel room.  We figured the indoor mini golf, bowling alley and movie theater would be packed with other tourists seeking fun on a rainy day.  We saw Berlin advertised in the vacation guide we picked up in the motel lobby.  It was only 8 miles outside of Ocean City and labeled one of the “coolest small towns” so we figured why not?

Berlin was definitely an adorable and fun small town to explore.  Most of the shops along Main Street have large awnings extending over the sidewalk so our use of umbrellas was limited.  We explored antique shops and some other specialty stores.  We ate lunch at Blacksmith and enjoyed every bite.  Jason finally got to try a bahn mi sandwich.  I had crab mac & cheese made with goat cheese that was super creamy and loaded with crab meat.  We agreed we may have to venture outside of OCMD again in the future just to enjoy lunch there again.

Have you vacationed in the same place many years in a row?  What do you do on rainy vacation days?  

 

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About TracyNicole

Runner. Writer. Reader. Environmental advocate. Fascinated by the ocean, waterfalls and Christmas lights. Inspired by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Elon Musk.
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14 Responses to OCMD/Berlin

  1. AJ says:

    That is cool that you always go back to the same place! Has it changed a lot?

    • TracyNicole says:

      It’s gotten a tad more crowded over the years and there are a few new hotels/restaurants along the boardwalk but I would say the vast majority of it has remained the same. I like the tradition of it; my husband not so much. We make it a priority now to try at least one new restaurant each time and that makes it more enjoyable for him. He’s never understood how my family could eat at so many of the same places there year after year. Oh and the cost of salt water taffy has definitely gone up over the years… in high school/college it was probably $5-6 a box and now it’s $9 for one!

      • AJ says:

        Lol I’m a creature of habit too so I can completely understand how you can always go to the same places:). Glad you found a compromise that works for your husband though:)

  2. We’ve found ourselves returning to Charleston, SC these past several years. I love it there so much and we’re always discovering new places to eat or cute little shops, etc. It’s one of the few places where we return year after year, because we want to go to so many different places around the world.

    • TracyNicole says:

      I’ve heard that’s a very nice area and hope to visit someday! My “rule” is that I need to go to the beach each year even if it’s just for a few days so I would be fine trying out another beach or returning to the islands instead of going to Ocean City. The cost and closeness (around 3.5-4 hour drive) seems to be the main reasons we keep ending up there! Jason did mention going back to the islands next year so we shall see 🙂

  3. I love that the rain made you venture a bit outside of your norm and you ended up finding a little gem! (also, I will ALWAYS go back to a place where I’ve had a good meal ;))
    Rain on vacation is always an adventure. If we had something big planned (something we’ve already paid for) we usually just tough it out and call it an adventure. If we are traveling for a while and we are tired anyway, we usually have a cozy day inside watching movies or something!
    So glad you enjoyed your trip! x

    • TracyNicole says:

      It certainly made me more excited for our 2 day tiny house stay coming up in September because we’re going to be exploring a nearby small town then as well! I agree that sometimes you have to tough out the rain if you’ve already shelled out the money but if anything it usually means less people will be doing the same activity at least! Glad you returned safely from your trip and had a nice time as well 🙂

  4. swosei12blog says:

    We used to go to Ocean City when I was a kid.

    Since 2012, I try to visit Montreal every year.

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