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Hi!! Looking for list of vendors for Springfest 2018! Thanks for your help.
Submitted by Jan M, Upper marlboro Maryland on April 16, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 16, 2018

You can request from Ocean City Parks and Rec after the event - request a SpringFest Guide.  You can call them at 410-250-0125.

I am looking for a two bedroom hotel. Could you send any recommendations you may have? Thank you!
Submitted by Kelly V, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on April 16, 2018
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: April 16, 2018

The Hilton and the Clarion Resort offer 2 bedroom rooms that I'm aware of. Another option is a condo unit which can be multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Try Coldwell Banker if that is an option.

How can I get info/literature sent to my address about setting up a vacation get away for my family? Thanks and have a great day! 
Submitted by Craig V, Annapolis Maryland on April 16, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 16, 2018

We cannot send you a guide directly, but I can point you to where you can get some guides.

You can find the OCOcean Vacation Guide here. You can request a copy be mailed to you by going here.

There are a few other really good sources of OC info out there that you can request or view online. They include:

Sunny Day Guide - Request Hard copy (fee) or View the latest Guide online (free)

Visitors Guide to View Online

If you are in town , you can also get all kinds of information from the Visitor Center at the south end of Convention Center at 40th Street.

Of course, OCOcean.com is a great resource with tons of great info about OC.

Can you recommend accommodations for new graduates?
Submitted by Melissa A, Flintstone Maryland on April 13, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 13, 2018

I assume you are looking for Senior Week, not seasonal housing. For seasonal housing, look here.

The OC Chamber of Commerce has a nice list of Senior Week apartment, condo, hotel, and motel rentals. You can access it here.

There are owners who will rent to seniors, but most of them work through rental agencies. If you want a house or apartment, checkout these two sites. I have no experience with any of these places so I can't tell you anything about them:

Various Condos: http://www.century21newhorizon.com/ocean-city-senior-week.htm

Peaceful bay Apts (on St Louis Street): http://peacefulbay.tripod.com/junegrads.html

If you want a hotel/hotel, here are some motels will rent to people under 21:

Sahara, 19th Street on the boardwalk with ocean block buildings too. Outdoor pool. A basic motel that will be clean, but will not have lots of amenities. http://www.saharamotel.com/

Beachmark, 73rd Street, outdoor pool, ocean block. A basic motel that will be clean, but will not have lots of amenities. http://www.beachmarkmotel.com/

These are all good, basic places that I routinely recommend.

You need to ask about check-in and check-out times, property-specific regulations, security deposit requirements, who can sign the rental agreement (do you need someone over 18, 21, 25 to sign the lease). You also need to be aware that many properties have strictly enforced eviction notices in their agreements for violations of noise, alcohol, and other ordinances.

Also, be sure to checkout "Play Is Safe Ocean City" for Sr. week tips, activities, and discounts including reduced fare bus rides.

Hi! How do I pay for parking at the inlet if I don't have a smartphone? I would appreciate any insight. Thanks!
Submitted by IJoseph DeBalski D, Snow Hill Maryland on April 12, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 12, 2018

There are pay stations (pictured above) that allow you to enter your license plate to pay by the plate. You can find out more about the new pay by the plate system being used for parking at the inlet parking lot and elsewhere in OC by looking here.

Hello! Will the Inlet Parking lot be Available for parking this Saturday, April 14? Thanks!
Submitted by Cathy S, Burke Virginia on April 12, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 12, 2018

It will be, but it is now on summer schedule so it's not free to park now.  And there is a new payment method you need to be aware of too. They have switched from a "pay and display" to a " pay by plate"  method which means when you park you no longer get a ticket to display or keep with you.  Now you go to the kiosk and enter your license plate number and payment method and the system recognizes your "paid time" based on your vehicle. It is camera enforced. Cost is $3 per hour with the first 30 minutes free. Parking meters around town are also using this method now.  

For more info, check here http://ococean.com/explore-oc/parking-information/

Hi! Could you tell me what all will be open the week of May 5-12, and what the weather is usually like? Thanks!
Submitted by Taylor R, Athens Ohio on April 12, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 12, 2018

Hi. That's Springfest and nearly everything will be open with the exception of the rides and pier games, but the games MIGHT be open on the boardwalk.  The big amusement park won't be open yet, and there won't be any lifeguards on duty so please stay out of the ocean.  Also, the jet ski rental places likely won't be open yet, nor will the Sea Rocket. But the stores and bike rental places are all open for business then.  

Hi. My husband and I would like to renew our vows, and we were thinking on the beach of Assateague would be amazing. How do we go about this and since we are renewing our vows we don't have to get a license--correct? If you could give me some contact names that would be helpful! Thank you! Michele
Submitted by Michele T, Hedgesville West Virginia on April 11, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 11, 2018

You are correct. Renewing your vows is purely ceremonial, so no license is required. I don't know if there are any restrictions on using the Assateague beach for such events, but you can call the State Park at 800.830.3974 and the National Seashore at 410.641.1441 to check.

If you want to use the beach in OC, you need to coordinate a time and location with the Mayor's Office. You can call them at 410.289.8931 to do this. There is no fee. In the off season you should be able to use the beach pretty much anytime all day, but in season you may need to your event before 10am or after 5:30pm. In addition to the beach, OC's Parks, particularly Northside Park (on their pier) and  Sunset Park are also great locations fo renewing your vows. If you want to use a park, call the Recreation and Parks Department at 410.250.0125 to coordinate your event and find out more.

Checkout this page for a good overview holding a wedding in OC, it may also have useful info for your renewal.

Hello ,i am a student from Europe and i am coming with 2 friends to work this summer and to enjoy your culture! I need to find housing for us - do you have any recommendations? Thank you Greetings from Kosovo!
Submitted by KRISTJAN S, Ocean city Maryland on April 11, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 11, 2018

It is always best to start by checking with your employer to see if they offer housing or leads to help you find housing. If you can't get housing through an employer, here are some other options:

(1) Checkout E-Point Student Center - They help lots of international students find jobs and housing in OC, and could perhaps help you too. You can reach them at 410.289.9844.

(2) Checkout this seasonal housing information from the OC Chamber of Commerce.

(3) Watch the classified sections of  Maryland Coast Dispatch and Ocean City Today. Both of these newspapers have jobs and seasonal housing listings.

(4) Watch the Eastern Shore Craigslist housing section - lots of people connect to OC seasonal housing through this site.

No matter where you go, be sure you confirm you are dealing with a reputable source. A couple of years ago, several lifeguards got scammed by listings for places that demanded up-front rent payment for places that did not actually exist!

Good luck in your search!

Is there anywhere in or near to Ocean City where I could rent a good quality road bicycle? I am due on vacation in August from England and was hoping to not need to bring mine with me. Thank you.
Submitted by Stuart F, London Washington on April 10, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 11, 2018

Welcome Stuart!  I would try the Fenwick Island Bike Shop- you can message them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fenwickbikes/.  They may be your best bet for a true road bike.  I do not think the other shops rent road bikes - only cruisers.