After years of living in Washington, DC, I realized I had never visited Ocean City, Maryland. That changed when I was recently given the opportunity to thanks to sponsorship by DoubleTree by Hilton and Visit Ocean City.
It’s been months since seeing the beach and smelling the fresh ocean air. I decide it’s time for some serious rest and relaxation, and, of course, a bit of fun.
It’s a Friday afternoon, and I pack up my car and drive to one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most popular local beach towns for a quick weekend full of seaside views and fresh Maryland crab cakes.
Lodging: Double Tree By Hilton Ocean City
Part of the front desk lobby at the hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City.
Three hours after leaving DC, I arrive at the whimsical DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront. Here, I am greeted by warm and welcoming staff and a warm chocolate chip cookie at check-in (eaten before I could take a photo for the gram).
Ready for my relaxing fall beach getaway, I am shown my room where I discovered a full kitchen, corner balcony, and a breathtaking beach/ocean view at my fingertips. I immediately know it will be difficult to part with.
Amenities: It’s All in the Details
After settling in, I take a quick tour of the DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront to check out the amenities that are always most important to me when traveling. Here, there is a pool, 24-hour gym, and a convenience store with snacks. I am even given a quick tour of one of the hotel’s two penthouse suites
Beautiful view of the beach from one of the penthouse suites.
These suites have four or five bedrooms, massive bathrooms, spacious living areas, kitchens, balconies, and of course, great ocean views. These suites would be perfect for large groups of friends or family. Even better if the cost is split among a group that can fill up the rooms. They’re surprisingly reasonably priced too!
On Site Dining: Marlin Moon Restaurant
On the second floor of DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront is Marlin Moon Restaurant. As a well-reviewed restaurant, it’s home to a chef that local foodies praise. We head over for some happy hour bites, and a cocktail to officially kick off the R&R. I immediately love their Ahi Tuna and seaweed on fried wonton wrapper, and the Classic Fried Calamari with pesto sauce.
Thanks to the thunderstorm outside, I put on a movie and ate some fresh croissants and fruit. I open my Tina Fey book and sifle through the goodie bag given to me by Hilton Honors. I finally let the sound of the waves put me to sleep. No complaints here.
What to do in Ocean City:
The next day, thanks to Hilton Honors Gold status and a packed schedule of activities, I enjoy a complimentary breakfast.
First on the agenda, I head out to explore the city, starting with a behind-the-scenes tour of their newly renovated Roland E. Powell Convention Center. (**Attention event planners in the DMV area and beyond: If you’re looking for your next event location, plan it in Ocean City. Your view from the main hall will be an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean!**)
Wild Horses at Assateague Island
After that, it was a quick drive to Assateague Island, home of the roaming wild horses. We also stop by the Art League of Ocean City, which is an exhibit of beautiful paintings from renowned local artist, Patrick Henry.
Where to Eat in Ocean City:
As lunchtime came, we make our way to Harrison’s Harbor Watch Raw Bar, where I indulge in an amazing, creamy, savory, rich oyster stew (pictured below).
Lastly, if you visit Ocean City, don’t let yourself leave without trying one of the most popular (and delicious) state dishes: the crab cake.
In the afternoon, I spent my time strolling down the boardwalk. It’s cool, breezy, and sometimes a little drizzly, but I am determined to get some time in walking along the beach.
Of course, I’m already looking forward to more seafood for dinner, and many recommendations were made for Rare and Rye, which was a hop-and-a-skip away from the DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront.
I soon learn why everyone suggests I try it. First, I order a rye-based cocktail (delicious and strong). Second, I order scallops with sweet pickled onions and crunchy pine nuts. Third, I order baked oysters with triple cream cheese and balsamic glaze (highlight of the meal). Lastly, I indulge in a decadent peanut butter mousse.
With a happy tummy I retur to the DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront for one more night of rest and relaxation. I listen to the waves hit the shore outside of my window and drift to sleep.
Why Visit Ocean City?
Ocean City is a great getaway with much to do for people with all travel needs and expectations. For me personally, good food options are crucial, and the restaurants in the area did not disappoint. Not to mention it’s just a drive away from the high stress and bustling streets of DC. It’s also brimming with reasonable prices for accomodation—and for rooms with full ocean views!
If you live within driving distance of this quaint ocean town (or even if you don’t), a visit to it’s shores at least once in your lifetime is a must. Even if it’s not during the summer — and even if it’s only for the creamy oyster stew — it’s well worth it.
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