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?