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Hey all, Lived in DE until I was 30 and now 35 living in Outer Banks. Want to come back to OCMD for Christmas to see family and enjoy old area for holidays. What is a good spot to visit for Christmas for husband and wife. Were regulars through early 2000's in our 20's and hit all the regular hotspots (Seacrets, BJ's, Salty Dog, Brass Balls, Purple Moose, Dumsers, Hooters, etc) and looking for what's open for Winterfest. Thanks for all the help. Will be coming up from Rt. 13 from Salisbury. Have a good one!
Submitted by Ryan H, Camden North Carolina on December 9, 2013
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: December 9, 2013

Hi Ryan,

Welcome back!  You will see alot of the same places open that were open back in the day.  Seacrets does offer winter hours as does Dead Freddies on 64th St (bayside).  There is also a new midtown boardwalk on 67th St.  And get this, we now have our very own Ron Jon's Surf Shop in the pre-mentioned shopping center.  Also, there is a Sweet Frog there as well. (yum).  While I am discussing things on the 60th St corridor, you may also want to check out the food at Rosenfelds.  Great corn beef AND pancakes (not together though! LOL).  Finally, one more 60th st location:  Fager's Island.  Be sure to stop in and enjoy a warm meal and a cold brew by the fireplace while watching one of OC's famous beautiful sunsets. 

 

Where is a good place to celebrate New Year's Eve for a group (ages 50-60) with age-appropriate music that doesn't not require an overnight stay or a package deal?
Submitted by Denise E, Sinking Spring Pennsylvania on December 6, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 6, 2013

There are several good options available, although sometimes with 2 people it is cheaper to take one of their room specials, even if you don't use the room. Here are a few places that I am sure will offer a great time:

Fresco's (82nd Street) is having a NYE party with a 4 course meal, toasts, and live music from 8pm to 1pm. Cost is $95 per person. Call 410.524.8202 from more info and to make a reservation. More info can be found here. This is my top recommendation for you.

Clarion (101st Street) - Their New Year's Eve Gala is $145 per person an includes dinner buffet, dancing, and open bar until 1am. Reservations required. Call them at 410.524.3535 for reservations and more info.

Holiday Inn Oceanfront (67th Street) is having a party with dancing and a magician. This flyer describes the special with a room, but if you call 800.837.3588 you can find out about just attending thier NYE event.

Harpoon Hanna's (Route 54) is having a Ring in the New Year party starting at 9pm. Call 800.227.0525.

Have a great NYE in OCMD!

I remember a pirate ship that you could go into and play around, and across from it there was a restaurant that had a big chef on the front of it that was eating a big bowl of soup. I want to know where that is or was.
Submitted by Emily B, westminster Maryland on December 5, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 5, 2013

I don't know about the big chef eating the bowl of soup, but there are two possible Pirate Ships you could be referencing. If you were at the south end of town, near the inlet and Route 50 bridge, you are talking about the Duckaneer. It leaves from the Talbot Street dock and several restaurants including The Marina Deck, M.R. Ducks, and The Angler are all in this area. If you were at the north end of town near Fenwick Island and the lighthouse, you are talking about Pirate Adventures. It leaves from the dock near Harpoon Hanna's. There are several restaurants in this area including Harpoon Hanna's and The Lobster Shanty in this area.

Is there a way to prepurchase tickets for the train ride at Winterfest? Thanks
Submitted by Dino M, Ocean Pines Maryland on December 5, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 5, 2013

You can prepurchase Winterfest tickets at either the Convention Center (40th Street) or at the Recreation & Parks Department building at Northside Park (125th Street). Both locations have tickets for sale during the day (figure 10am to 4pm).

Have a great time at Winterfest!

Does the Winterfest tram run rain or shine?
Submitted by Judy D, glen burnie Maryland on December 5, 2013
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: December 5, 2013

Yes it does unless it's a bad storm or heavy snow storm.  But light to moderate rain won't stop it.

How much does it cost to get into Winterfest of lights?
Submitted by Michelle S, Salisbury Maryland on December 3, 2013
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: December 9, 2013

If you are attending Winterfest, be sure to check out the Abbey Burger Bistro on 126th St.  They have terrific burgers and great brews for happy hour. 

Are the stores open during Spring Break?
Submitted by Clark A, Las Vegas Nevada on December 2, 2013
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: March 12, 2014

You'll find a lot of stores open in March and even more in April. It depends on when your spring break is.  The Tanger Outlets in West Ocean City on Rte. 50 are open year round.  And you'll find places like the Gold Coast Mall and Roses are also open. 

Can you tell us about Ocean City? We have gone to Myrtle Beach for years and stay north of there in a smaller, less congested area. We are thinking of coming to Ocean City this summer but do not know anything about the area. There would be three families (10 people)
Submitted by Sandy B, Chesterfield Virginia on December 2, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 2, 2013

I can tell you I have gone to Ocean City my whole life, and I love it. I suspect other Insiders will tell you the same. Ocean City is 10 miles long, and rarely more than about 1/2 a mile wide, so everyplace is an easy walk to the beach. Its entire 10 miles of beach are public, accessible, guarded (End of May to Late September), clean, and FREE! The beach is much wider than many places at Myrtle (last year, my wife was at Myrtle, and at high tide there was no beach where she stayed!). At the south end of town is the inlet and the MD/DE state line is at the north end of town.

Here is my perspective on the different areas of town and what they each offer. It should give you some sense of what area is best for you and your situation. The boardwalk is at the south end of town starting at the inlet. It runs 37 blocks starting with streets named after Maryland's Eastern Shore Counties up to 27th Street. If you like all the action and noise of the boardwalk stay south of 5ht Street. If you want it a bit quieter, but want to be on the boardwalk, stay north of 5th Street. The further north you go the quieter it will be. On the ocean side if you want a great midtown location where it is not too far from anything stay between 28th and 80th Streets. This is my favorite part of town. Most of the buildings are low rise condos and hotels with more condos to the north and more hotels to the south. From about 95th street to 118th Street are mostly high rise condos, many have lots of amenities including pools, tennis courts, game rooms, and gyms. North of 118th to the Delaware line at 146th are mostly low rise condos. The bay side of town tends to be more  low rise condos, smaller hotels, houses, and townhouses for most of the are north of about 5th street for the whole length of town. There is really no bad place to stay. Almost everyplace is in walking distance to the beach and it is easy to drive or take the bus along Coastal Highway to anywhere else you'd want to go. During the summer traffic on Coastal Highway can get busy, but there is plenty of parking around town, and the bus can take you anywhere you want to go ($1/ride or $3 to ride all day)

There is tons to do in OC including amusement parks, golf, mini golf, shopping, fishing, all kinds of water sports, and lots more. Find out about many things to do here and here.

There are also lots of FREE things to do while in OC during the summer,including movies, concerts, fireworks, and laser light shows. Look at these places for details on them: (1) Free family Fun, (2) Ocean City Free for All, (3) Ocean City is Free.

There are also lots of great places to eat in OC. See some of  my favorites here.

Hope this info is helpful and that you have a great time in OC - Come back and ask us more questions!

Do you know of any places open for breakfast or brunch on Thanksgiving? Not thanksgiving food; just general Brunch.
Submitted by Karen H, church Hill Maryland on November 26, 2013
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Naperville, IL

Insider since: 2011

Answered: January 6, 2014

The Bayside Skillet is open and has always been a favorite of mine! www.baysideskillet.com

How long is the Winterfest Express Tram ride?
Submitted by Sally S, Pikesville Maryland on November 26, 2013
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Naperville, IL

Insider since: 2011

Answered: December 1, 2013

11 minutes is the normal tram ride.  And it is a great 11 minutes! It usually leaves every 3-5 minutes so there is not usually not a long wait.