Benefits of the Off-Season in Ocean City, MD

Everyone knows how great Ocean City is during the summer months, but not many realize how fun it can also be during the off-season. The weather may be a bit chilly, but there is still plenty to do, such as weekly events, shopping, and tourist attractions. It’s a little bit like having the beach to yourself, with less traffic, fewer crowds, and an all-around slower pace.  Head down to the Boardwalk for a morning bike ride and stop in at your favorite breakfast shop for a cup of coffee.  Most Boardwalk shops and restaurants are open daily, and especially on weekends.  There are no restrictions for bike riding on the Boardwalk from the Tuesday after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day (excluding Springfest and Sunfest weekends).  Parking is also free April 1st through October 31st.  Feel free to bring your pets along, as leashed dogs are welcome on the beach and Boardwalk from October 1st through April 30th.  (Browse our Pet-Friendly Rentals page to view homes that permit pets.)

Fantastic Dining, Shopping and Activities

Snow and sand do not mix, but there is just something about seeing Ocean City in all seasons of the year that is so peaceful and wonderful to experience. Beachcombers love the off-season since it’s the perfect time to search for seashells as they wash up onto the shore (especially after storms in the spring or fall).  It is also not unusual to see rare marine life make an appearance every now and then, such as migrating seals that stop to rest on the beach.  If retail therapy is what you seek, Ocean City offers a variety of great shopping options – from small shops like Ish Boutique and South Moon Under to The Tanger Outlets in West Ocean City, which features discount shopping at big name stores like American Eagle, Under Armour, and more.  Ready for a bite to eat?  There are many town favorite restaurants that offer daily lunch and dinner specials, such as OC Wasabi, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, and Harborside.  Be sure to check out Fishtales next to Bahia Marina on 18th St., which is open on weekends and features a beautiful bayfront beach with a playground for the kids.  Off-season fishing trips are also available there on the weekends. Reel in winner rock fish and enjoy your own freshly caught meal.

Budget-Friendly Vacation Rental Rates

Last, but not least, the best part about the off-season is low rental rates! Our best properties are waiting to offer you luxurious accommodations for a fraction of what it would cost in the summertime.  Here are some recommendations for awesome off-season getaways.

Acropolis 1 – 3-BR/3.5-BA/Sleeps 8 – Stay oceanfront on 63rd Street in one of Ocean City’s finest buildings.  Previously featured in Coastal Style Magazine as a “Prestigious Property,” this 3,000-square foot condo offers opulent décor, access to a rooftop hot tub, and beautiful views of the ocean and beach.

Sunset Island 6 Hidden Cove Way 2E – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – Escape to this quaint bayfront island off of 67th Street.  Located along the water, this upscale condo features peaceful bay views and access to first-class amenities including indoor/outdoor pools, a community clubhouse, private bayfront beaches, and more.

Belmont Towers 710 – 3-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 9 – Relax on your balcony while enjoying cool breezes and fantastic views of the ocean, inlet, and Assateague Island in the distance.  This spacious condo is situated on the south side of the popular Belmont Towers building located downtown on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Beach Getaway – 4-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – Bring your canine kids along to this spacious pet-friendly home located on the bayside of Coastal Highway on 86th Street.  Guests will enjoy all of the upscale finishes at this property, as well as a backyard deck, fire pit, grill, and private fenced-in yard.

Don’t wait – plan your off-season Ocean City escape today.  Browse VantageOceanCity.com or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot.

Cruisin' Ocean City

Cruisin’ Ocean City Rolls in May 18th-21st

The 27th Annual Cruisin’ Ocean City

Calling all car enthusiasts! One of Ocean City’s most popular spring events is just around the corner, and you don’t want to miss it. The Cruisin’ Ocean City car show event will be held May 18th-21st, with an exciting lineup of attractions, vendors, awards, and entertainment taking place at the Ocean City Inlet and Roland E. Powell Convention Center. Various local businesses in and around Ocean City will join in with their own car shows and events, as well, creating a high-octane atmosphere of fun.

Boardwalk Parades Thursday-Saturday

The highlight of the weekend, of course, is the cars! Over 3,500 hot rods, customs, street machines and classic cars will descend upon the area with chrome polished and engines revving. Be sure to check out the car parades on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings on the Boardwalk. Staging begins at 7:00 AM on 27th Street, with parades starting at 8:00 AM and running south to the Inlet. You’ll think you’ve traveled back in time as cars and trucks of all styles and time periods cruise on by.

Special Guests and Live Entertainment

This year’s special guests include Erik Estrada of classic TV show “CHiPs” and Ryan Evans of the hit TV show “Counting Cars,” who will both be signing autographs and greeting fans throughout the weekend. For guests visiting on Thursday night, there will also be a live performance at the Convention Center by musical guests “Under the Streetlamp.” Comprised of former members of the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys, this group will dazzle the crowd with a night of sweet harmonies as they perform everyone’s favorite Doo Wop, Motown, and old time Rock ‘n’ Roll hits.

Best Places to Stay When Cruisin’

If you’re looking to be right where the action is for Cruisin’ Ocean City, Vantage Resort Realty offers a variety of vacation rentals within walking distance of the Inlet and Convention Center. Guests who are bringing their own classic cars to the event will be glad to know that we also have a number of homes with private garages to keep your “baby” safe during the weekend.

  • Belmont Towers 607 – 3-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 10 – Watch car parades right from your private balcony. This luxurious condo offers beautiful north-facing views of the beach and boardwalk, and is just 2 blocks from the Inlet (Dorchester St.).
  • Nowalk to the Inlet A – 4-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 10 – Stay in the heart of Downtown Ocean City just 2.5 blocks from the Boardwalk and Inlet area.  This lovely condo was recently updated with flat-screen TVs and newly-remodeled kitchen.  Park your car once when you arrive and then walk everywhere you need to go! (Dorchester St.).
  • Bradley on the Bay 132G – 1-BR/1-BA/Sleeps 6 – Conveniently located just a block from the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, this bayfront condo is well-equipped and features a bayfront dock area (38th St.).
  • Makai 106 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Enjoy a relaxing getaway in this lovely bayfront condo with beautiful bay views, indoor pool solarium, and easy access to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, located just one block away (41st St.).
  • Sunset Island 8 Beach Walk Lane – 4-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 10 – Just a short drive from the Convention Center and Downtown area, this spacious four-story townhome features a private garage and is located in a gated bayside community with an indoor pool (67th St.).
  • Sunset Island 15 Fountain Dr. W. – 5-BR/4.5-BA/Sleeps 12 – Located within a gated bayside community with indoor pool, this exquisite four-story townhome has a private garage and beautiful views of the pond and fountains from the upper deck (67th St.).

Vantage properties are filling up quickly for Cruisin’ Ocean City, so now is the best time to book! Browse VantageOceanCity.com or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot. Visit the Cruisin’ Ocean City website for more details about this popular event weekend.

Vantage’s Top 10 Ocean City Attractions

We want you to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary by having the best summer yet! Ocean City, MD offers the best and most exciting attractions around, and we are giving you the Top 10 that are a must in our book.

Top 10 Ocean City Attractions

  1. The Beach – With all the fun things there are to do in Ocean City, MD, the real star of the show is the beach! Spend you days under the sun on ten miles of clean, warm, sandy beaches that stretch from the Delaware state line to the Ocean City Inlet. Enjoy a day of relaxation while boats and jet skis dance around in the ocean and dolphins play in the waves. Our beach are free to use, and umbrella and beach chair rentals are available for rent every day during the summer season.
  2. Ocean City Boardwalk – Day or night, the Ocean City Boardwalk provides two and a half miles of pure fun and delicious food. A public tram runs from the north end on 27th St. to the south end at the Ocean City Inlet area from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, as well as various events weekends. Browse hundreds of shops and boutiques for apparel, jewelry, beach gear, and the perfect souvenir to take home. While you’re here, be sure to explore the Inlet area which boasts games, arcades, and amusement rides for the young and young-at-heart.
  3. Seacrets, Jamaica U.S.A. – Take a trip to the Caribbean without leaving the state of Maryland. Seacrets is one of Ocean City’s most popular waterfront dining spots, offering delicious food, drinks, entertainment, and nightlife. Located along the bay on 49th St., Seacrets is known for its laid-back island atmosphere – complete with palm trees, a sandy beach, and a waterfront bar. Be sure to wear your bathing suit on a warm day, so you can relax in a floating tube while sipping on a cool drink
  4. Assateague Island National Park – Become one with nature for the day at Assateague Island National Park, which is located across the Inlet from Ocean City and just a 20-minute drive away from the downtown area. Assateague is home to an abundance of wildlife, including wild ponies that roam the island freely. Enjoy bike and dune trails, camp sites, grilling areas, fishing, and  kayaking. Assateague is also a popular spot for surfers, as its coastline frequently has some of the best breaks in the area. Be sure to stop by the Assateague Island Visitors Center on the mainland just before arriving or leaving Assateague to check out the touch tank, artifact displays, gift shop, and small movie theatre for viewing short films about the island.
  5. Jolly Roger Amusement Park – With two locations, one at 32nd St. and Coastal Hwy. and the other in the Inlet area, Jolly Roger Amusement Park features classic amusement rides for kids of all ages. Guests who feel the need for speed can also check out Jolly Roger’s Speed World, which recently introduced a five-story race cart coaster call the Cyclone. If you’re looking to beat the heat, bring your bathing suit for a day of fun at Splash Mountain Water Park, which features 17 watersides, a lazy river, and multiple pools for the whole family. Vantage guests can save up to 30% on Splash Mountain tickets. Click HERE for more info!
  6. Parasailing – Parasail your way around the island and experience the best views in town. Guests can choose from several height and speed levels depending on their thrill level, and you may even have the option to go up in the air with a friend at the same time! Parasailing is offered in the bay area as well as in the ocean.
  7. Golfing – Whether you are an experienced or amateur golfer, the Ocean City area offers many popular courses for all skill levels. Spend a day out on the links in various golf courses located along the bay and marshlands opposite the island of Ocean City, such as Lighthouse Sound, Eagle’s Landing and Glen Riddle. If putt-putt is the variety of golf that’s more your speed, bring the whole gang for a round of miniature golf at one of Ocean City’s many courses throughout town. Old Pro Golf’s 68th St. and 136th St. locations also offer indoor courses – a great place to spend any rainy or hot days that may come up during your visit.
  8. Tanger Outlets – Never fear a rainy day when you can shop until you drop. The Tanger Outlets are located in West Ocean City and are just a short drive over the Route 50 Bridge from Downtown Ocean City. This beautiful center has been recently renovated with a new facade and landscaping, making for a pleasant shopping experience. Popular stores at the Tanger Outlets include Under Armour, Coach, Gymboree, Famous Footwear, American Eagle, Bass Factory Outlet, and more.
  9. Fishing – Known as the White Marlin Capital of the World, Ocean City has much to offer when it comes to fishing trips and charters. Spend a few hours out on the bay catching flounder, sea bass, and
    crabs, or wake up early to catch the tide just right for surf fishing. If you’re looking for a fun day trip, charter a sport fishing boat at Bahia Marina or Ocean City Fishing Center and venture out into the ocean. You will come back with the freshest dinner for everyone and tales of your day at sea.
  10. Watersports – While there are many things do on land while in Ocean City, many guests don’t realize how much is also available to them on the water. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, sports enthusiast, or just enjoy being outdoors, there are many watersports rentals and services throughout town to keep the fun going on vacation. Hop on a jet ski and cruise around the bay, where you’ll find dozens of little islands and various dockside bars & restaurants to stop along the way. If you’d rather take it slow, try kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding – a great way to get some exercise while exploring the many canals and the waterways in Ocean City. In addition, there are various boating options available such as sailing, windsurfing, pontoon boats, banana boats, and more.

All the fun, excitements, and relaxation of summer is just around the corner!  If you haven’t booked your Ocean City vacation, now is the time to do it.  Browse our website to find your perfect vacation rental, or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 today.

 

Mini-Weeks & FlexStay

Fun & Flexible Mini Vacations in OCMD

Vantage’s Mini-Week & FlexStay Rentals

Just because you can’t get away for the traditional week-long stay doesn’t mean you can’t plan relaxing mini vacations in Ocean City, MD. Vantage’s unique “Mini-Week” and “FlexStay” rentals allow more flexibility for guests, giving them the freedom to customize their stay to fit both their timeframe and budget. This is a great option for families that have busy schedules due to work, school, activities, and the hectic pace of life. It can also be a great option for guests just looking for a weekend getaway, or guests who prefer to avoid peak traffic periods. Choose from the following convenient rental options at select units in our Mini-Week and FlexStay inventory:

  • 4-Night Mini-Weeks (Mon-Fri/Sun-Thu) – Helps avoid peak traffic and rates
  • 3-Night Mini-Weeks (Fri-Mon/Thu-Sun) – Great for weekend getaways
  • Flex Stay (Check-In Any Day/3-Night Min) – Ideal for busy schedules

Check Out These Mini-Week & FlexStay Rentals

  • 36 Seaside Dr. (Mon-Fri/Fri-Mon) 6-BR, 4.5-BA, Sleeps 12 – Enjoy this spacious and comfortable house on a quaint tree-lined street in Sunset Island (67th St.). The property features upscale décor, a gourmet kitchen, and all the first-class amenities of this bayfront community, such as pools, a fitness center, and a private bay beach.
  • Belmont Towers 509 (Sun-Thu/Thu-Sun)
    3-BR, 2.5-BA, Sleeps 9 – Relax in this north-facing side unit condo along the Ocean City Boardwalk. Amenities include a rooftop pool, sun deck, sauna, fitness center, and views of both the beach and bay. Park your car once when you arrive and walk everywhere you need to go!
  • Flying Cloud 803 (Sun-Thu/Thu-Sun)

    3-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 10 – Breathe in the fresh sea air at this well-kept oceanfront condo with panoramic views looking north and south along the coast. This property is located on 94th St. in peaceful North Ocean City and within walking distance of popular restaurants.
  • Harbour Island 306K (Mon-Fri/Fri-Mon)

    2-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 6 – Located in downtown Ocean City on 14th St., this freshly remodeled bayfront condo has views of the bay and Assateague Island in the distance. Guests enjoy all new furnishings, pool, tennis, on-site restaurant (the Reel Inn) and short walk to the Boardwalk.
  • Makai 206 (FlexStay)
    2-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 6 – Enjoy beautiful views of boats going by during the day and breathtaking sunsets at night from this lovely bayfront condo on 42nd St. Go for a swim in the refreshing indoor pool solarium or take a short walk (1.5 blocks) to the beach or Roland E. Powell Convention Center.
  • Meridian 703W (Sun-Thu/Thu-Sun)

    3-BR, 3-BA, Sleeps 10 – Located on 60th St., this luxurious ocean block condo features high-end décor and partial views of the ocean and bay. The building features a heated rooftop pool and a fitness center, and is just a short walk from popular restaurants, such Fager’s Island, Dead Freddies, and Macky’s Bayside.
  • Seaside Village 2SBL (FlexStay)
    4-BR, 3.5-BA, Sleeps 12 – Big and bright, this three-story townhome is in a newly-built West Ocean City community near the foot of the Route 50 Bridge and is conveniently located just a few minutes from downtown Ocean City. Guests will enjoy new upscale décor, an outdoor pool, and expansive views of the bay and Ocean City skyline.
  • St. Kitts 101 (Mon-Fri/Fri-Mon)
    5-BR, 4.5-BA, Sleeps 12 – Make your vacation memories in this spacious and elegant condo that feels more like a house than a condo located in Mid-Town Ocean City. Only ½-block from the beach on 87th St., this property has professional decor, a gourmet kitchen, and a huge wrap-around balcony.

Ready to book your Ocean City vacation rental?  Browse our entire Mini-Week and FlexStay inventory and search for the dates and amenities that you need, or speak with one of our friendly Vacation Coordinators today at (410) 723-2002.

Real Senior Week

May is the “Real” Senior Week in OC!

Save Up to $50 – The “Real” Senior Week

High school and college seniors flock to the beach in June, but we like to think of May as the “Real” Senior Week!  Thanks to mild weather, low rates, and less crowds, May is the perfect time to visit Ocean City, MD.  Take advantage of our Real Senior Week promotion and save up to $50 on your May vacation when you book  by March 15th with the following promo codes (applies to travel 5/1/17-5/25/17 only; excludes Memorial Day weekend):

  • REAL25 – $25 off 3-night stays of $750 & up (before tax/fees)
  • REAL50 – $50 off 7-night stays of $1300 & up (before tax/fees)

Offers valid on May reservations from May 1, 2017 to May 25, 2017 (excludes Memorial Day weekend). Discount applies to rental before taxes and fees. Offer cannot be combined with other promotions or credits, or applied to reservations booked prior to February 28, 2017. Please note that our properties do not permit group rentals to guests under age 25. Hurry – offer ends at 11:59 PM EST on 3/15/17! Visit our Specials Page for more information.

Enjoy Exciting May Events

One of the best reasons to visit Ocean City in May is for the events! The excitement begins with Springfest (May 4th-7th) – the town’s unofficial kickoff to the summer season. This popular event features four days of food, live music, craft vendors, and family-friendly activities.  Headlining acts this year include American rock icon Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, country music star Josh Turner, and 50s & 60s oldies classics from The Fabulous Hubcaps.

Spend quality time with mom by celebrating Mother’s Day weekend (May 12th-14th) at the beach.  Numerous restaurants throughout town have Mother’s Day specials – a great way to show how much you care.  If you’re looking for a fun activity, consider participating in the Mother’s Day Memorial 3-Mile Fun Run/Walk taking place on May 14th at Northside Park.  This is a memorial event for those who have lost their mother, as well as to honor mothers everywhere.  Race packet pick-up/registration will be held at The Abbey Burger Bistro starting at 7:30 AM before the event, in addition to a post-race party with drinks and food to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Rev up your engines at Cruisin’ Ocean City (May 18th-21st) at the OC Inlet Parking Lot and Roland E. Powell Convention Center.  This popular car show is a must-see event for the car-lover in your family with over 3,400 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, and everything in between.  During this four-day event, visitors can enjoy live entertainment, celebrity appearances, attractions, and vendors.  One of the highlights that you won’t want to miss are the car parades that take place on the Boardwalk on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Ready to book your May getaway?  Search our website for the dates, location, and amenities you’re looking for.  For assistance, speak with one of our friendly Vacation Coordinators at (410) 723-2002 today.