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I'm planning a small wedding of about 15 people -- far below the normal amount of 50 required for most recommended venues. If we do a wedding on the beach, are there any places with handicap access? Are there any restaurants that you recommend will take a reservation for a wedding party of this size? Thanks! 
Submitted by Wendy B, Saint Louis Missouri on September 27, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 27, 2017

Many of these questions depend on when you are planning to do your wedding, but the answer to everything is that yes, these things are available.

For handicap beach access I'd recommend doing the ceremony in the area near the pier at the south end of town. There are walkways that extend about half way out on the beach that would accommodate wheelchairs. As another alternative, you could get access to a beach wheelchair. See this thread for more info on them.

Several restaurants can also help you. Many have small rooms or private areas. Here are a few I suggest contacting: Longboard Cafe (67th Street), Harrison's Harbor Watch (at the inlet), and Harpoon Hanna's (Route 54). All handle larger parties or have private areas that could accommodate you.

In regards to the Wine Festival, how many wineries will be in attendance, and what are the limitations on amount of tastings. Any additional information is greatly appreciated! 
Submitted by Maryann W, Camp hill Pennsylvania on September 27, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 27, 2017

I went to Winefest for many years, but have not been able to make it for the last few years. My experience was that there were about 40 wineries from all over the country (see a partial list here) and that you really got an unlimited number of tastings. While you get 5 or 10 tasting tickets on entry, I can never remember being asked to turn one in. Most tastings are free (included in the price of the admission ticket), but some wineries have a small fee for tasting some of their higher-end products.

Find out more about Winefest here.

Will the boardwalk tram be operating during the wine festival? 
Submitted by Carolyn B, Elizabethville Pennsylvania on September 27, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 27, 2017

No, the tram will not be running during Winefest. The tram is now done running for the season.

Are there any karaoke bars in Ocean City? 
Submitted by Debbie G, Wheaton Maryland on September 27, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 27, 2017

The Sandbar on 33rd Street has Karaoke several nights a week. You can call them at 410.289.1558 to get an exact schedule.

Why don't the trams run the whole month of September instead of just the weekend?
Submitted by Lori M, Wernersville Pennsylvania on September 27, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 27, 2017

When the trams run is based on demand. The boardwalk trams do not run the whole month of September and are now done running until next spring because there are not enough riders to make it cost-effective to run the trams. I note that in the past few years OC has expanded the number of days when the tram runs in May and September.

Are umbrella rentals available during the last few days of September? 
Submitted by Mary L, Elkton Maryland on September 27, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 27, 2017

You can still rent equipment from PMI Rentals at 126th Street. However, will need to take it to and from the beach yourself and do your own setup.

Most of the rental stands on the beach closed Sunday 24 September, the last day the guards were on duty. The boxes close and are removed in the days after the guards go off duty, so generally you cannot reliably rent beach equipment from the beach boxes the last week in September. However, if there is still a box in area where you are located, if you call the  number on the side, they may send someone out to rent equipment to you. 

What is the cost of the trolley/bus to the Inlet?
Submitted by Deb O, Lancaster Pennsylvania on September 22, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 25, 2017

The Beach Bus runs the length of Ocean City with stops every few blocks along Coastal Highway. It costs $3/day per person to ride all day (days start and end at 6am). Buses run about every 15 minutes until the winter schedule starts in early November, when they will run about every 40 minutes. Find out more, and access a map of bus stops here.

If you are asking about the Boardwalk Tram, it is done for the season. However, when it is running, it costs $3 for a one way ride down the boardwalk. Find out more about the boardwalk tram here.

Is the beach still open to the public? 
Submitted by Tamika F, WASHINGTON District of Columbia on September 22, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: September 23, 2017

Yes, the beach is open year round, but we don't advise going into the water when there are no lifeguards on duty.  The last day for lifeguards is Sept. 24th, so after that, please stay out of the ocean. There won't be anyone to help you if you get into trouble.  Until then,  have fun!  

Are there homeowners that will rent to seniors during senior week?
Submitted by jan s, baltimore Maryland on September 21, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: September 21, 2017

There are condos, town homes and single family homes that rent to Seniors.  I suggest working with a local realtor.  A list of realtors can be found here: https://www.zillow.com/ocean-city-md/real-estate-agent-reviews/

You can also try frbo.com and vrbo.com

Please make sure you tell whomever you rent from that is a Senior week rental.

We are staying in OC near the Inlet during the Wine on the Beach event. Is there a place we can park a second vehicle nearby for three days?
Submitted by Gina K, La Belle Pennsylvania on September 21, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

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Answered: September 21, 2017

If your hotel doesn't give you a slip for a second car, there is plenty of free street parking on the bay side of town and it's only a couple of blocks to walk.  Just be sure to read and obey any street signs that have times when parking is prohibited.