I have been going to OCMD for summer vacation since I was 2. When I was 12 my parents bought a condo on the bay and it's such a treat to visit year after year with my niece and nephew and now with our daughter, Eleanor. I lived in Rehoboth Beach and Lewes for close to 7 years after moving to the Eastern Shore in 2007 and I love both of those towns. They have so much charm and character, and great restaurants! But, there is still a nostalgic charm in Ocean City. For me, it's the old motels on the boardwalk, the train that runs its length, the 10s of mini-golf places, the endless surfs shops, and Trimper's rides at the end of the boardwalk (remind me to tell you the ghost story about the carousel come Halloween!)
There's something old time and vintage about it all, if you stop to take a look past the Sunsations and tacky t-shirts along the boardwalk. Oh, and Eleanor thinks it's the coolest ;)
Here are some highlights from last week...
Started the week off right with a dozen steamed crabs, hush puppies, corn and clam strips on the balcony of my parent's condo. Also, giving love to our friends down the hall at DC 101!
If you have a little one, no OCMD trip would be complete without a trip to Jolly Roger! My parent's place is within walking distance. After this we went to one of my favorite places to eat, Mother's Cantina on 28th street. They have THE BEST happy hour... but you'll wait in line during the summer.
More Fun at the end of the boardwalk... and some spinning monkeys :P
I did a lot of running this trip. Ran from 39th street to the end of the boardwalk, about 2.5 miles. Then I touched the spot, and got a well deserved Bloody Mary at the Frog Bar which overlooks the inlet. Justin (my husband) and I have always wanted to go there, but never got the chance. It was so good, we went back the next morning for breakfast with Eleanor. P.S. There are two of these signs on the boardwalk, one at the beginning and one at the end.
Jenn is one of my closest friends and best running buddy. When I lived at the beach we would meet at least twice a week behind the outlets in Rehoboth Beach to pick up the Junction and Breakwater Trail to get in a quick 3 miles... before grabbing a celebratory beer, and probably french fries. Who am I kidding, definitely french fries! It was a soaking three miles this time because we seemed to have chosen the hour where the rain was the heaviest! A refreshing run for sure, and a great memory. Her dog Alice loved it too!
Two happy beach girls :)
I'm such a huge fan of antiques so Trimper's Rides at the end of the boardwalk is a playground for me too! Look at how ornate and beautiful this old ticket booth is! I remember them selling tickets at this one when I was a kid. The carousel has been there since 1912, and it's currently the oldest working carousel in the nation! Come Halloween, I'll tell you all about the ghost stories associated with that beautiful, ornate horse ;)