Top 5 Beach Reads for this Summer!

As summer unfolds and the days stretch longer, there’s no better time to indulge in some captivating reads. There are so many books being released this summer! Here are my top 5 recommendations for your next read on the Ocean City beaches.

1. Funny Story by Emily Henry


Emily Henry returns with another captivating tale that’s sure to bring laughter and joy to your summer. Set it Waning Bay, Michigan, “Funny Story” is a delightful blend of humor and heart. You follow the quirky and endearing protagonist as they navigate unexpected twists and turns in life. Henry’s sharp wit and relatable characters make this a perfect beach read that will leave you smiling long after you’ve turned the last page.



2. Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez

Abby Jimenez delivers a swoon-worthy romance with “Just for the Summer.” The Protagonist has a curse: everyone woman he dates finds “the one” after they breakup. When a girl with the same problem contacts him with a plan to cancel out their curse he agrees. This story follows the two characters to a private island on Lake Minnetonka where they are supposed to just enjoy a little summer fling. Jimenez’s talent for creating lovable characters and steamy romantic tension ensures this book will be a hit for anyone looking to get lost in a love story this summer.


3. The God of the Woods by Liz Moore

For those who crave a bit of mystery and intrigue, “The God of the Woods” by Liz Moore is a must-read. When the daughter of the family that owns the Van Laar Preserve summer camp goes missing in 1975 all bets are off. Especially since this isn’t the first time one of the Van Laar’s children has gone missing. Told in two timelines, Moore’s masterful storytelling and atmospheric writing will keep you on the edge of your seat, making it the perfect companion for a cool summer evening.


4. Pearce Oysters by Joselyn Takacs

Dive into the world of “Pearce Oysters,” where the intricacies of family, tradition, and the sea come together in a beautifully woven narrative. Joselyn Takacs crafts a poignant story about a family-run oyster business and the challenges they face in maintaining their legacy. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, the protagonist must unite his family and community to save not only the business but the Gulf Coast. With its rich descriptions and heartfelt moments, this novel is perfect for those who appreciate stories of resilience and the bonds that tie us together.


5. A Novel Love Story by Ashley Poston

Ashley Poston brings a fresh and contemporary take on romance with “A Novel Love Story.” This charming tale follows a hopeless romantic, Eileen Merriweather, who finds herself stranded in the town of one of her favorite romance series, Eloraton. In this seemingly perfect place, she discovers it’s frozen in the late author’s last unfinished story. Determined to complete the tale, she encounters a grumpy, yet alluring, bookstore owner who complicates her mission. As Eloraton’s fate intertwines with her own, Eileen realizes her true happily-ever-after might be within reach.


Fun Experiences around Ocean City

Ride the Waves: Sea Rocket & Surf Lessons

Sea Rocket Adventures: If you’re looking for a high-speed adventure on the water, the Sea Rocket is your ticket to excitement. This thrilling speedboat ride offers breathtaking views of the coastline and a good chance of spotting dolphins. It’s perfect for adrenaline junkies and those who want to see Ocean City from a unique perspective. To receive a 10% discount on an Sea Rocket experience click here and enter the code “OCMDHOTELS10”.

Surf Lessons: Learn to surf with Wave Riding School in Ocean City, MD. Led by Brian Stoehr and his expert team, they offer 1.5-hour lessons for $99 in surfing, bodyboarding, skimboarding, and more. Suitable for all ages and skill levels, their unique teaching approach guarantees fun and success.

Sessions are available at 8:30 am or 5:30 pm. Book your spot by calling or texting 443-203-WAVE (9283) or online here

Family Fun & Thrills: Jolly Roger, Trimper Rides & Mini Golf

Jolly Roger Amusement Park: This iconic amusement park offers a blend of classic and modern rides that guarantee fun for all ages. From roller coasters to water slides, Jolly Roger is a playground of joy. The park also features mini-golf and go-karts, making it a perfect destination for family outings. See the front desk at an OCMD Hotel for more information on a discount.

Trimper Rides: Step into a world of nostalgia with Trimper Rides, a historic amusement park with over a century of entertainment history. Its vintage carousel, classic midway games, and a variety of rides capture the charm and magic of Ocean City’s past while providing endless fun for visitors today.

Mini Golf: Did you really visit Ocean City if you didn’t go mini golfing? Whether you’re navigating a pirate’s cove, a jungle adventure, or a fantastical world, mini-golf is a quintessential part of the Ocean City experience. It’s perfect for families, couples, and groups of friends looking to have a good time. Visit Nick’s Mini Golf for an exclusive discount if you are staying in one of our hotels. See the front desk at an OCMD Hotel for more information on a discount.

Outdoor Adventures: Assateague Island & Oceanic Fishing Pier

Assateague Island: Just a short drive from Ocean City, Assateague Island is renowned for its wild horses and pristine beaches. Whether you’re exploring the trails, enjoying a beach picnic, or camping under the stars, Assateague offers a serene escape into nature. Don’t miss the chance to witness the island’s famous wild ponies roaming free!

Oceanic Fishing Pier: Cast a line and relax at the Oceanic Fishing Pier. This iconic spot is great for fishing enthusiasts and those looking to enjoy the scenic views of the inlet. Look out for bluefish, stripers, shad, flounder, sharks and more! Open 24 hours during the season, it’s a peaceful place to soak up the coastal atmosphere, whether you’re fishing at dawn or stargazing at night.

Creative Escapes: Glass Blowing, Classes at the Art League of Ocean City & TC Studios

Glass Blowing at Jeffery Auxer Designs: Unleash your inner artist with a glass-blowing class in Berlin, MD. This hands-on experience allows you to create your own unique glass pieces under the guidance of skilled artisans. It’s a mesmerizing process that combines art and science, making it an unforgettable activity. Classes range in price from $35 – $95. Call 443-513-4210 for reservations or visit their website here for more info.

Classes at the Art League of Ocean City: For those who prefer a different artistic medium, the Art League offers a variety of classes from painting to pottery. It’s a wonderful way to tap into your creativity while learning from local artists. Plus, you get to take home your masterpiece as a unique souvenir of your Ocean City visit. Check out their schedule here to see what classes are coming up. They fill up fast so make sure you register early!

TC Studios: Another fantastic spot for art enthusiasts is TC Studios. Here, you can participate in various art classes, from pottery to canvas painting. The studio offers a relaxed environment where you can unleash your creativity. Whether you’re crafting something for yourself or creating a gift for someone special, TC Studios provides a wonderful way to spend a few hours immersed in the joy of making art.

Unique Experiences: Seacrets Distillery Tour, Shorebirds & Ocean’s and Country Calling

Seacrets Distillery Tour: Step back in time with a tour of Seacrets Distillery. Discover the art of crafting rum and other spirits while exploring the speakeasy-themed distillery. The tour offers a fascinating look at the distillation process and ends with a tasting session, making it a delightful experience for those who appreciate a good drink and a bit of history.

Shorebirds: Catch a Delmarva Shorebirds game, the local Minor League Baseball team. It’s a fun and family-friendly way to enjoy America’s favorite pastime. The atmosphere at the stadium is always lively, with plenty of activities and promotions to keep fans entertained beyond the game. Use this link to book a game.

Oceans and Country Calling: For music lovers, the Oceans Calling Festival is a must-attend event. Held annually, this festival brings together a diverse lineup of artists performing on multiple stages right on the beach. The combination of great music, ocean views, and a vibrant crowd makes for an unforgettable experience. This year is the first Country Calling music festival!

Top Ten Things for Teens to Do in Ocean City

Top Ten Things for Teens to Do in Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland, is the ultimate destination for families looking for a fun-filled vacation. Known for our sandy beaches, boardwalk, and endless entertainment options, this coastal town is a paradise for teenagers seeking excitement. Whether you’re planning a trip for the first time or you’re a seasoned visitor, here’s a guide to the top ten things teens can do to make the most of their Ocean City experience while the kiddos get sandy.

1. Explore the Ocean City Boardwalk

The Ocean City Boardwalk is the heart of the city’s action. Spanning three miles, this bustling stretch is packed with shops, eateries, and entertainment options that teens will love. There’s no shortage of fun here, from souvenir hunting at the quirky shops to delicious boardwalk fries. Don’t miss the arcades, where you can challenge friends to a skeeball game or try your luck at winning a prize.

2. Hit the Beach

Of course, no trip to Ocean City is complete without spending time on its beaches. Teens can dive into the waves, join a beach volleyball game, or simply relax with a beach read. For the more adventurous, they can participate in sandcastle competitions or surf lessons, the perfect way to add a little extra excitement to the day.

3. Thrilling Water Sports

For those seeking adrenaline, Ocean City offers a variety of water sports. Jet skiing, parasailing, and kayaking are just a few of the options available. Whether you’re gliding across the water at high speed or enjoying a peaceful paddle along the coast, these activities provide a great way to experience the ocean in new and exciting ways.

4. Theme and Water Parks

Teens looking for a mix of thrills and chills should head to Jolly Roger Amusement Park or Splash Mountain Water Park. Jolly Roger features roller coasters, bumper cars, and carnival games, while Splash Mountain offers a range of water slides and lazy rivers. Both parks promise hours of fun and are sure to be a hit with the younger crowd.

5. Miniature Golf Courses

Miniature golf is a beloved pastime in Ocean City, and there are plenty of courses to choose from. Each one has its unique theme, from pirates to dinosaurs. Challenge your friends to see who can get the most hole-in ones!

6. Outdoor Adventure Parks

For a day packed with adventure, check out one of the area’s outdoor adventure parks. Places around town offer zip-lining, ropes courses, skydiving and go-karting. Teens can test their courage and agility while enjoying the beautiful outdoor settings.

7. Go Shopping

Shopping in Ocean City is a must-do, with plenty of stores catering to teens. Explore the boutiques and surf shops along the boardwalk, or take a trip to Tanger Outlets for great deals on popular brands. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion or unique souvenirs, you’ll find plenty to browse.

8. Attend Local Events

Ocean City hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year that are perfect for teens. From music festivals to fireworks displays, there’s always something happening. Check local listings for events like the OC Air Show, Sunfest, or the White Marlin Open which offer entertainment and activities for all ages.

9. Skate Park

For teens who love to skateboard or BMX, the Ocean City Skate Park is a must-visit. Located right off the boardwalk, this park offers a range of ramps, bowls, and rails suitable for all skill levels. It is newly renovated and a great place for teens to practice their tricks or meet other skaters. Don’t have your gear? No problem—there are rental options available nearby. The park also hosts occasional competitions, events, and classes so be sure to check the schedule.

10. Shorebirds Game

If you want to take a break from the busy downtown, hop on Rt 50 and catch a Baseball game at the Delmarva Shorebird Stadium in Salisbury. Between innings, there are contests, mascots, and entertainment that keep the excitement going. The stadium also often features special events like fireworks nights or themed games, adding an extra layer of fun to the experience. Don’t forget to grab a ballpark hotdog while you’re there!

Join This Year’s OCMD Photo Contest!



Are you ready to immerse yourself in a summer of unforgettable moments? This summer, we invite you to capture the essence of your Ocean City experience and participate in our second annual exciting Photo Contest!

From the golden hues of sunrise to lazy afternoons spent lounging by the pool with your favorite cocktail in hand, every moment in Ocean City is waiting to be captured. Whether you’re strolling along the sandy shores, trying your hand at some water sports, or simply enjoying the company of loved ones against the backdrop of the ocean, there’s no shortage of picture-perfect scenes waiting to be framed.

Here’s how you can be a part of the excitement:

Contest Details:

Submission Period: May 24 to September 2.

Participating Hotels: Hilton Oceanfront Suites, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Doubletree Oceanfront, Courtyard by Marriott, Holiday Inn Oceanfront, Quality Inn Oceanfront, Quality Inn Boardwalk, Dunes Suites, Dunes Court, Plim Plaza, Harrison Hall, Flagship, Seabonay, and Oceanic Motel.

How to Submit: Share your photos on social media by tagging OCMDHotels.com or a participating property, send a direct message, or upload your photos on our website.

Contest Process: Finalists, one from each property, will be announced on September 9. The grand prize winner will be determined by a public vote on OCMDHotels.com/photocontest.

Grand Prize: The grand prize winner will receive a two-night stay at an OCMDHotels.com property in 2024, a $100 restaurant gift card from OCMDRestaurants.com, and an exclusive OCMDHotels.com swag bag. Finalists will also receive swag bags as a token of appreciation.

Terms and conditions apply. The grand prize is not redeemable for cash and is subject to availability.

So, seize the moment and capture the magic of Ocean City this summer for a chance to be the lucky winner walking away with an unforgettable Ocean City getaway.

For more information and to submit your photos, visit OCMDHotels.com/photocontest. We can’t wait to see Ocean City through your lens!

See What’s Happening for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is this weekend! If you’re thinking about coming to the beach, here are some of the events and specials going on at our restaurants.

Marlin Moon

Breakfast 7am-2pm

  • Brioche french toast stuffed with a light cream cheese filling topped with fresh strawberry
  • New York cheesecake pancakes

Dinner 4pm-close

  • Pan seared scallops with a saffron cream sauce
  • Blackened salmon with a roasted red pepper coulee
  • Roasted duck breast with a sweet bourbon glaze

Free piece of cheesecake or mimosas for all mothers!

Captain’s Table

Special brunch menu and cocktails from 10am-2pm

32 Palm

Special menu from 11am-3pm

Coral Reef

Free coconut shrimp appetizer with the purchase of an entree when using this coupon available on the website and at the restaurant

Starbucks

Special pop-up flower shop event starting at 8am 🙂


Treat the mother in your life to a great meal with a view this weekend!

Discover Why OCMD Is a Multi-Award-Winning Vacation Destination

Ocean City Maryland has recently garnered significant recognition, solidifying its reputation as a top-tier vacation spot on the East Coast. Let’s delve into the accolades that this coastal gem has earned and explore why it’s the ultimate destination for your next getaway!

Beach Town on the East Coast

Ocean City Maryland clinched the prestigious title of one of the best beach towns on the East Coast, as recognized by Conde Nast Traveler. This speaks volumes about the charm and allure of Ocean City’s pristine shores and vibrant atmosphere. It highlights Berlin, the nearby small town, that you can go to for less crowds and even enjoy the Sunday farmers market.

A Top U.S Beach Town

Thrillist has also recognized Ocean City’s allure, ranking it as one of the top beach towns in the entire United States. Whether you’re a sun worshipper, a water sports enthusiast, or simply seeking a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Ocean City has something for everyone. Spend the day at the beach and then when it’s time to put away the umbrella, watch the sunset and listen to live music.

25 Best Beaches in the USA

Travel + Leisure’s esteemed list of the 25 best beaches in the USA includes Ocean City, further cementing its status as a must-visit destination for beach lovers. With the Eight miles of beaches and a 3 mile boardwalk, you’ll have a jam packed vacation of fun. From amusement park rides, bike rentals, shops, to saltwater taffy there’s something for everyone. We’re so excited to be included alongside beaches in Hawaii and California!

USA Today 10 Best Summer Travel Destination Nominee

Ocean City has been nominated by USA Today 10 Best for the title of Best Summer Travel Destination, and the voting is currently underway! Cast your vote and help Ocean City secure its well-deserved place as the ultimate summer getaway. Don’t miss the chance to be part of the excitement as the winners are announced on May 22nd!

Anime Ocean City


Check out Anime Ocean City this weekend at the convention center featuring special guests, Catherine Sutherland from Power Rangers, Steve Cardenas, and Erica Schroeder to name a few! Aside from the guests, artists and vendors, you can participate in the cosplay contest taking place on Sunday to win a cash prize and professional photoshoot or register for one of their gaming tournament’s. For the Pokemon enthusiasts, stop by tables 114 and 115 for a chance to win the exclusive Galactica City Gym Badge!

Experience Springfest in OC


Springfest will be celebrating 33 years this May! From 5/2 – 5/5, Ocean City, Maryland comes alive with their beloved tradition combining food, music, arts and entertainment for all ages.

Vibrant Music

One of the highlights of Springfest is undoubtedly the electrifying lineup of live music with their two stages and over 20 groups from around the world. From local talents to renowned artists, the music at Springfest caters to everyone. Whether you’re a fan of rock, country, pop, or jazz, you’ll find something to get your toes tapping. Just picture yourself basking in the spring sun, surrounded by the sounds of live music and crashing waves. Purchase your tickets for the headliners, The Olivia Show – A Tribute to Olivia Newton-John, Lauren Alaina, and Everclear here.

Culinary Delights

No festival is complete without an array of food options, and Springfest does not disappoint. There are some returning vendors but also some newcomers to get excited about. Gosia’s Pierogies returns with their pockets of comfort, Tailbangers brings their gourmet dog treats for all of our furry friends, and Pecan Yummies and the crepe stand serve those who need their sweet treat. Delmarva Boil and Shore Spice & Pickle Co. will be in attendance this year marking the time to try an irresistable seafood boil and zesty pickles!

Arts, Crafts, and More

In addition to its musical and culinary offerings, Springfest also showcases the creative talents of artisans and crafters from across the region. You’ll fine handmade jewelry, unique artwork, intricate woodwork, and other one-of-a-kind creations. This year there are over 200 artisans with 20 of them being new additions! Make sure to check them all out and don’t forget that you’ll have access to all that the Ocean City boardwalk has to offer as well.

OCMD Voted as One of the Best Places to Travel in June 2024

“If the name Ocean City conjures up visions of waves breaking on the shore, a classic wooden boardwalk, restaurants, and summer fun, you have a pretty good idea of what you’ll find on this Maryland barrier island with ten miles of Atlantic coastline. For more than a hundred years, Ocean City has offered visitors sunny beaches, an amusement park, games, arcades, shops, boating, fishing, and water sports. There’s nightlife, a performing arts center with live shows, shopping, and nearby Assateague Island with beaches and wildlife that includes deer and wild horses.”

Travel + Leisure


Travel + Leisure has just unveiled their top 15 destinations to visit in June 2024, and we’re thrilled to announce that Ocean City, MD has secured it’s spot alongside renowned places like Santa Barbara, California, Greece, Australia and Fiji! It’s truly surreal to see our coastal gem mentioned among such esteemed company. We invite you to experience the irresistible allure of OCMD firsthand. With our stunning beaches drawing so much attention, why not indulge in an oceanfront accommodation? Explore our page to discover a range of options for oceanfront rooms, where each morning welcomes you with the gentle rhythm of waves and every evening treats you to breathtaking sunsets, crafting an unforgettable backdrop for your summer getaway! 🌊🌅

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