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Try 8 of the Best Ocean City Boardwalk Restaurants

So many seafood choices,
including fresh oysters!

It’s a bright, sunny day in Ocean City, MD. You’re walking along the boardwalk, basking in the salty air. Some make their way to the beach to work on their tans. Others enjoy shopping in eclectic stores or trying out the thrilling boardwalk rides and games. As you look around to choose your next move on this wonderful day, your stomach begins to growl. Now, you start to smell the aroma of sweet treats wafting in the breeze while people walk by holding hot funnel cakes. You know what to do — it’s time to try out some of the best Ocean City Boardwalk restaurants!

However, you can’t begin your restaurant-sampling adventure if you don’t have a place to stay nearby. With Vantage Vacation Rentals, you can enjoy accommodations directly on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland. You’ll love being so close to everything our beautiful destination has to offer.

Ocean City Boardwalk Restaurants for All Your Dining Needs

If you’re wondering when to visit Ocean City, MD, for the best dining experience, you’ll be happy to know that the boardwalk stays open year round! Browse through this collection of restaurants to begin planning your perfect vacation!

Quick Snacks

Love’s Lemonade & Funnel Cake

If you’re looking for classic boardwalk fare, you’ve come to the right place. Love’s Lemonade & Funnel Cake is a small stand that serves a wide range of items. Find freshly squeezed lemonade, corn dogs, chicken tenders, shaved ice, hot dogs, and so much more! Of course, you can’t leave the stand without trying their famous funnel cakes that come in a variety of crazy flavors.

Thrasher’s French Fries


Best french fries on the O.C. boardwalk!

In a time filled with change and innovation, Thrasher’s French Fries sticks to their original way of creating the savory, golden snack. Since 1929, the establishment provides fresh, hand-cut fries to Ocean City, Maryland. They let the deliciousness of the potatoes speak for themselves by only offering salt and vinegar as a topping and by frying them in peanut oil. For any spud lovers out there, you have to try this simple yet perfectly calculated recipe for the best french fries on the entire boardwalk!

Piezano’s Pizza

Sometimes, pizza is the perfect fix to satisfy your hunger. We suggest checking out Piezano’s Pizza when you’re craving a cheesy slice of heaven! This food stand was first established in 1962 and has served the boardwalk in Ocean City ever since! Grab a slice of fresh pie made from scratch every day for a truly doughy delight.

Beers and Bar Bites

9th Street Taphouse

Classic American bar bites

Unwind from the bustling boardwalk with a stop at the 9th Street Taphouse. Here, you’ll love the selection of over 35 craft beers on tap. Pair your choice with classic American bar bites like burgers and wings. This is a popular venue for live music, perfect for kicking back and enjoying the tunes over a hearty, delicious meal.

Shenanigan’s Irish Pub

Stop by Shenanigan’s Irish Pub for an interesting fusion of Irish cuisine with Ocean City, MD flair. Enjoy sampling Irish classics while sitting on the outdoor patio overlooking the stunning water. And, it wouldn’t be a true pub without a fantastic selection of draft beers to quench your thirst.

Fresh Seafood

Fresh Chesapeake & Delaware Bay oysters

Bull on the Beach

No trip to the boardwalk in Ocean City is complete without sampling local seafood. Bull on the Beachoffers a raw bar that’s sure to cure your craving for freshly caught delicacies like oysters and clams. They also offer steamed shrimp, steamed mussels with garlic butter, crab cakes, fresh flounder, and more!

Harrison’s Harbor Watch

For a fine dining option filled with exquisitely crafted seafood dishes, you have to visit Harrison’s Harbor Watch. Try a Maryland classic, rockfish, for some authentic local flavors. Or, opt for delicious seafood pasta filled with shrimp, lump crab, and mussels, or indulge in shrimp ravioli topped with lobster cream sauce. They also have a raw bar featuring Chesapeake & Delaware Bay oysters, as well as freshly shucked clams. To top it off, this is the best place to enjoy gorgeous views of the inlet with your dining experience!

Find Your Happy Place in Ocean City, MD

Steps away from Ocean City Boardwalk restaurants.

Vantage Vacation Rentals offers over 500 lovely properties, and many of them are steps away from these Ocean City Boardwalk restaurants. They offer much more than convenient locations, though. Our properties also feature spectacular amenities and exclusive guest benefitsjust for choosing Vantage. Browse our accommodationsto take the first step toward your vacation in Ocean City, Maryland. You’re just a couple of clicks away from your paradise!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Aerial View of Downtown Ocean City Festival and Inlet

Ocean City Springfest and Running Events

Springfest 2019 (May 2 – 5) and Running Events in Ocean City, Maryland

Flowers blooming, birds singing, bands rocking, sneakers pounding—that’s how we usher in springtime in Ocean City, Maryland. To celebrate the warmer temps and longer days, Ocean City hosts special events for revelers and runners of all ages. Here’s a look at what’s happening this spring—and why you should plan on making the trip.

Ocean City Springfest 2019

Springfest
Springfest

It’s a springtime tradition like no other—a four-day festival in the Ocean City Inlet Lot, free and fun for all. Springfest 2019, held May 2–5, features music, over 30 food vendors, unique arts and crafts and family-friendly activities under four huge big top tents.

You’ll find two stages featuring a continuous variety of musical performances throughout the day. And Springfest has an evening entertainment lineup that will rock you. It all starts with Almost Queen on Thursday—giving fans the next best thing to the full Freddie Mercury experience. On Friday, Grammy award-winning artist LeAnn Rimes brings a career full of hits to the stage. Saturday is a journey back in time with Night Ranger and their special guests, The Reagan Years. Tickets for each performance are available at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office or online at Ticketmaster. Getting around for Springfest 2019 couldn’t be easier. The Springfest Express offers visitors direct service to the Inlet Lot from the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. This non-stop express ride costs only $3 with all-day boarding, and parking is free at the south lot of the Convention Center. You can also ride the Boardwalk tram to the Springfest grounds for only $3 per person one-way. Want to learn more about Springfest 2019? Just call the friendly folks at the Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department at 410-250-0125, or toll-free 1-800-626-2326.

Put some spring in your step  

Spring is running season, and Ocean City, MD, welcomes hardcore and casual athletes for its popular 2019 running events.

Running season in Ocean City, MD

The famous OCMD Island to Island Half Marathon/5K 2019 takes place on Saturday, April 27—one week before Springfest. The 13.1-mile course starts in the natural splendor of Assateague Island, takes you along scenic route 611 and finishes in the historic downtown Ocean City Inlet. Military members pay a reduced half marathon registration rate. The after party includes food and refreshments, plus live music and the award ceremony. Proceeds from the race benefit Worcester Youth and Family Counseling.

On Saturday, May 11, lace up for a good cause with the 4th Annual Lyme Disease Awareness 5K Run/Walk on the Boardwalk. The race starts and finishes next to the Inlet parking lot. Join your fellow runners and walkers at the Cork Bar after for a celebration. All proceeds from the event benefit the nonprofit group Fight the Bite, which educates people about tick-borne illnesses.

Plan your spring escape today


Enjoy the relaxing view

Whether you’re running, dancing, eating or just taking it all in, Ocean City, Maryland, has an event for you this spring. To plan your stay near all the action, contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist today at 410-723-2002 Or browse and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

St. Patrick's Day dogs

Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Activities

Break out the bagpipes and make your plans for a fun and memorable St. Patrick’s Day weekend. As one of the most festive holidays in the area, the full Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day weekend calendar of events includes everything from sports tournaments and races to parades and restaurant openings. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate the luck of the Irish with your friends and family, Ocean City has something everyone will love.

In fact, there are so many OC St. Patty’s Day events, you simply won’t be able to do them all. So we’re making it easier to plan with a map to the pot o’ gold – that is, some of the most popular events in town.

40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival | Saturday, March 16

Ocean City St. Patricks Day Parade
Photo credit: OceanCity.com

Show your Irish pride (no matter where you’re from) and get your fix of green floats, shamrocks and outfits at the 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. Even the dogs who attend wear green! Be one of the thousands of people who line up along Coastal Highway to watch 100 entries from three states strut their stuff.

This is the place to be to enjoy traditional Irish marching bands and music, cheer for the most spirited floats and catch a glimpse of local Ocean City, MD, celebrities. See who the judges loved after the parade, where awards will be given out for Best Marching Band, Best Motorized Unit, Best Commercial Float and other categories.

The parade is just the beginning. The festival continues throughout the day with live music, dancing, Irish-inspired food and drinks. Treat your family to face painting and games; treat yourself to a raffle and a pint of Guinness.

St. Patrick’s Day Boardwalk 5K | Saturday, March 16 – 9:00 a.m.

St. Patrick's Day mascot

An Ocean City, MD, tradition returns with the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Boardwalk 5K. Runners of all skill levels will start on the boardwalk, take a scenic route toward the inlet and down around the pier. Since it wouldn’t quite be a St. Patrick’s Day race without an Irish pub to mark the finish line, racers wind up at Shenanigan’s Irish Pub & Grille with a free Guinness drink ticket – and possibly an awards ribbon – in hand.

Prefer to relax instead of run? The post-race shindig at Shenanigans is part of their weekend fondly known as Paddy Bash. Savor all the corned beef and cabbage you could want, along with festive drink specials and music by James Gallagher & Off the Boat, plus featured guest bands.

Pubs and grub

There are plenty of Irish pubs, bars and restaurants in Ocean City getting in on the St. Patrick’s Day action.

HarBAR crawl begins after Saturday’s parade at 2:00 p.m. and has a shuttle running between locations for maximum party efficiency. You’ll hit Ocean City hotspots like Mad Fish Bar & Grill, Micky Fins Bar & Grill, Crab Alley and Harborside Bar & Grill, all featuring DJs, live music games and more. Planning on visiting all four locations? There’s a special prize just for you! When you’re finally ready to head home, you can get a $5 Uber voucher.

Other locals’ favorites with big St. Patrick’s Day weekend party plans, live entertainment and specials include Seacrets, Pickles Pub, Harpoon Hanna’s, Cowboy Coast, Skye Bar and Dry Dock.

Here’s one to add to your itinerary: There’s a brand-new Irish establishment opening its doors for the first time on Friday, March 15. It’s Wicomico Street’s newest party bar, The Lucky Anchor. Be there for the official grand opening party on Saturday after the St. Patrick’s Day with the legendary DJ Batman.

Book your St. Patty’s day vacay now

Ocean City St. Patrick's Day

These are just a few of the exciting St. Patrick’s Day events in Ocean City, MD. If you’re ready to start planning your celebration in OC, you don’t need luck. Just contact a Vantage reservation specialist at (410) 723-2002 to book the right accommodations for your family and friends. Or browse and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage ensures you get the lowest possible rates.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Best time to visit ocean city MD

When Is the Best Time to Visit Ocean City, MD?

Deciding on the best time to visit Ocean City, MD, all depends on what you’re hoping to get out of your vacation. Are you looking to soak up some sun and enjoy thrilling watersports? Summertime might be for you. Do you dream of peaceful beaches without many crowds? Consider visiting in the spring or fall. We break down each season to help you choose what’s right for you. Take a look and get one step closer to an unforgettable Ocean City vacation!

Learn About the Best Times to Visit Ocean City, MD


Summer

Summer Ocean City MD
Experience a classic summer vacation in Ocean City

It may not come as a surprise that summertime is easily one of the top times to visit Ocean City, Maryland. Daily temperatures reach into the 80s, the beaches seem ever-so-inviting, and the boardwalk is always bustling with activity. You’ll find plenty of free events throughout the area, including fireworks, laser light shows, and live music. It’s truly Ocean City at its best. Since the summer is such a popular time for people to visit, make sure you book early and book direct for the best deal on your vacation rental!

Summer Events

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can always find something fun going on here. Here are some of the many events you won’t want to miss this summer!


Spring

Spring getaway in Ocean City, MD
Spring getaways mean warm days & less crowds

For many people, spring is their favorite time of year in Ocean City, MD. There are still plenty of warm days for afternoons at the beach, and with fewer crowds than summertime. It’s a great opportunity to pick your favorite spot, lay out in the sun, and enjoy the cool breezes. Most restaurants and businesses are still open, and you might be able to enjoy some discounts on the best things to do in Ocean City, Maryland.

Spring Events

Even though the weather cools down, the celebrations don’t! Check out some of the hottest springtime events!


Fall

Endless Summer Cruisin in Ocean City, MD
Classic car-lovers enjoy Endless Summer Cruisin’

When summer ends, Ocean City’s popular “second season” begins. Similar to the spring, fall in Ocean City comes with mild weather, peaceful beaches, and must-see events like the Endless Summer Cruisin’ car shows. Some of the amusement park and watersport companies may be closed, but you can still explore the boardwalk and enjoy the beauty of Northside Park. If you’re road tripping from more inland areas, you get the added benefit of seeing fall foliage along the way!

Fall Events

Here are some annual events you’ll absolutely fall in love with. We sure have!


Winter

Winterfest of Lights
Ride through Winterfest of Lights at Northside Park

Save money and see how Ocean City celebrates the holidays when you visit in the wintertime! Several restaurants remain open, so you can always indulge in our local cuisine, and there are even some indoor mini-golf courses and an ice skating rink! You’ll find great deals throughout the winter, including on our long-term Ocean City, Maryland, rentals!

Winter Events

Watch our 10-mile strip of paradise come alive with holiday cheer at these Ocean City winter events!


Enjoy Year-Round Getaways With Vantage Vacation Rentals

Belmont Towers on the Ocean City Boardwalk
Find your happy place year-round in Ocean City, MD

Whenever you decide to visit Ocean City, Maryland, you can count on having a comfortable place to stay. Vantage is the area’s premier vacation rental provider with properties by the boardwalk, beaches, bay, and beyond! So, wherever — and whenever — you want to relax, we’ll help you get there. Find your happy place and start making memories in Ocean City, MD!

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Beach Wedding Ocean City

Plan a Magical Beach Wedding in Ocean City, MD

Beach Wedding Couple Ocean City
Ocean City, MD, is a romantic place to tie the knot

The sound of the waves, the sun on the horizon, the smell of the salt and feeling of the sand—there are few locales more romantic and appropriate for a wedding than the beach. And Ocean City, MD, makes for a perfect destination wedding for you, your family and your closest friends.

Here are the top tips to plan a beach wedding to remember in Ocean City, Maryland.

Plan well in advance

Every ceremony requires plenty of prep, and that’s especially true for a destination wedding in a popular location like Ocean City, MD. Couples from all over the East Coast flock to Ocean City to tie the knot.

The first thing you’ll need to consider when planning your Ocean City wedding is the timing: Are there any special events, which could draw big crowds and interfere with your plans?

Planning a Beach Wedding
Start by contacting the Town of Ocean City

Then you’ll want to apply for a local marriage license. Contact Worchester County Clerk of Court Office at 410-632-5500 to make sure you know what documents you’ll need to bring. You should discuss your plans with the Ocean City Mayor’s Office (410-289-8931).

Be sure you also have an officiant ready to go: Ocean City, MD, has no Justice of the Peace to oversee your ceremony. Once you have all of your plans set, you must also notify the city.

You may also want to attend the annual Ocean City Bridal Show (held at Seacrets!) to meet with local vendors and professionals who can help you navigate the process of planning a beach wedding. This year’s event will be April 7, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Decide on a location—public, private or resort-style

Beach Wedding Venue Ocean City
Beach Wedding Venue Ocean City

Once you have the red tape out of the way, your first big question is where are you going to hold your ceremony and reception? A public beach might be the most affordable option, but that means anyone can crash your wedding photos. You might be able to reserve sections for yourself, however, so check with the Ocean City Mayor’s Office.

A private beach offers a perfect amount of seclusion, and a restaurant or hotel right near or even on the beach can provide views of the ocean plus a reception venue—but at a higher cost than if you say, “I do” on a public beach.

Enjoy the sunrise (or sunset)

During peak season, it’s going to be hot in the afternoon, so consider a morning or sunset ceremony for a cooler alternative. Your guests—especially the older and younger ones—will be thankful. Your photos will likely come out better, too, as everyone will be glistening less.

Besides, nothing’s more romantic than the sun rising or setting as you enjoy your first kiss as a newlywed couple.

Choose appropriate attire

You want to be comfortable when you’re strolling down the sandy aisle, so opt for lightweight fabric and leave behind the cumbersome (and hot) ball gown. Likewise, the groom and members of the wedding party should don lighter than usual colors and material—linen and cotton make for good options. Groomsmen could even opt out of sport jackets for a more casual look that matches the locale—so no black tuxes.

It could also get windy, so consider leaving behind the lengthy veil. And avoid heels so you don’t sink into the sand: Instead, wear flat sandals or wedges—or go barefoot to feel the sand between your toes for the full beach wedding experience.

Make waves with a sound system

You’re going to spend hours perfecting your vows and the rest of the ceremony, so make sure all of your guests can hear them. The waves of Ocean City, MD, will be loud, and you don’t want them to drown out your proclamations of love. Look into renting a sound system to amplify your pronouncements—especially if you’re filming the proceedings.

Mind your meals

From the hors d’oeuvres to mains and dessert, you’re going to want to put some thought into what you serve at your reception. Outdoor dining on the water demands lighter foods, and you’ll want to keep all cheeses and cream-based items out of the sun. Make sure you serve plenty of water in addition to the champagne so your guests stay hydrated, and choose bubbly wines that will feel refreshing.

Finally, the cake—no wedding is complete without it. Consult with your baker about what fillings and other ingredients will work best under the sun—often, fondant is a better choice than buttercream, and red velvet will do well.

Make sure your flowers can handle the heat

Not all blooms are meant for the high heat and humidity of Ocean City, Maryland, during the summer. When you’re planning your dream beach wedding, you’ll want to keep in mind what’s in the bridal bouquet and what varieties the flower girl will be traipsing down the aisle with. Select ones that do well in tropical weather: orchids, chrysanthemums, plumeria, calla lilies and king protea are all good choices.

Start planning today

Now that you’re ready to plan your beach wedding in Ocean City, Maryland, contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist today at (410) 723-2002 to book accommodations for you and all of your guests. Or browse and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com.

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Getaways in Ocean City, MD

With all due respect to flowers and candy, 80% of people in a 2018 Groupon survey said they’d prefer to receive a Valentine’s Day gift in the form of an experience—something they could share with their partner. Few experiences equal a romantic getaway at the beach!

Spending Valentine’s Day weekend in Ocean City, Maryland, gives you the best of all worlds: a carefree couples’ escape with long walks on a quiet beach, fresh ocean air and unique restaurants and activities you won’t find at home.

To make planning your experience easy, the Vantage team has put together some Ocean City property and activity recommendations perfect for couples.

Acropolis 4

Acropolis 4 View
View from the Balcony of Acropolis 4

Spacious, luxurious and made for romance, the Acropolis 4 is a stunning penthouse paradise overlooking the ocean. Featured as a “Prestigious Property” in Coastal Style magazine, this home feels more like an upscale residence than a beach rental.

The owners have spared no expense to ensure your comfort. Exquisite finishes and opulent details abound, from the Old World-style stonework and custom lighting to the gourmet chef’s kitchen with Viking Professional Services appliances.

Best of all, guests of the Acropolis 4 have exclusive access to a rooftop patio under the stars, complete with a five-person hot tub offering gorgeous views of the ocean and the bay.

Additional amenities include:

  • Free linen service
  • Gas fireplace
  • HDTVs throughout
  • Private elevator and entrance

Belmont Towers 701

Living Room of Belmont Towers 701
Living Room of Belmont Towers 701

Wake to the sun rising over the ocean. Drift off to a serenade of waves on the shore. Spend the hours in between having the time of your life.

This gorgeous oceanfront end-unit condo puts you in one of the most sought-after locations in Ocean City—the world-famous Boardwalk. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Boardwalk and the beach from your private gazebo balcony at Belmont Towers 701.

The gourmet kitchen features everything you need to prepare a romantic dinner for two. The fireplace and large HDTV give you a great excuse to spend a cozy night in.

Additional amenities include:

  • Soaking tub
  • Gated, covered parking garage
  • Fitness center and sauna

High Point North 3E

Dining Area/Kitchen of High Point North 3E

This newly updated one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo in North Ocean City makes for a quiet Valentine’s hideaway. Though it may be February, it always feels like summer inside High Point North 3E thanks to the beach-themed décor and furnishings with a tropical flair. Huge glass doors off the living room offer a perpetually alluring view of the ocean below.

One quick elevator ride takes you down to the beach for a sandy stroll. You’re also within walking distance of Ocean City, Maryland’s favorite shops and restaurants, including the original Greene Turtle and Candy Kitchen—where you’ll find endless sweets for your sweet.

Additional amenities include:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Two HDTVs and DVD players
  • Washer/dryer

Maresol 309

View from Balcony of Maresol 309

Breathtaking. That’s the only way to describe the sunsets awaiting you at this updated bayfront condo in peaceful midtown Ocean City, Maryland. From your balcony at Maresol 309, you can enjoy morning coffee with your partner while watching the herons and egrets that visit the marsh.

Staying in this popular part of Ocean City means you’re close to some of the best restaurants and favorite nightspots. Make sure you book a sunset dinner for two at nearby Fager’s Island. They celebrate the setting sun each day by synching it to the War of 1812 Overture. Share a toast as the final cymbals clash once the light disappears below the horizon.

Additional amenities include:

  • Four HDTVs
  • Soaking tub
  • Fully equipped kitchen

Rivendell 607

Living Room of Rivendell 607

Prepare to fall in love—with the ocean views from one of Ocean City, MD’s newer buildings. Rivendell 607 is a three-bedroom condo that’s ideal for spending quality time together away from it all. The plush furnishings invite you to share a blanket and a movie. Cook a special candlelight dinner in the fully equipped gourmet kitchen. In the mood for some Valentine’s Day cocktails? Make full use of the wine cooler, ice maker and wet bar.

You’re also welcome to use the community’s resort-style indoor pool as well as the state-of-the-art fitness center.

Additional amenities include:

  • Secured lobby and lounge area
  • Controlled access covered parking
  • Four HDTVs

Makai 201

Makai Indoor Pool Solarium

In Hawaiian, makai means “toward the sea.” It’s a name that suits this 42nd Street bayside community to a tee. In Makai 201, you’ll find a condo with extraordinary charm made for beach lovers. Your private furnished balcony provides panoramic views of the Ocean City, Maryland, skyline.

Best of all, your stay entitles you to Makai’s many community amenities. Go for a swim in the beautiful indoor pool solarium, where floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to look out onto the bay. Get your heart pounding in the fitness center and enjoy some friendly competition in the billiards room. When it’s time to venture out, you’re a short walk or drive from many popular shops and restaurants, including Seacrets and the Dough Roller.

Additional amenities include:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Bayfront deck
  • Elevator

Valentine’s Day in Ocean City

Ocean City, MD, is a popular destination for lovers all year long. Valentine’s Day is extra special. Here are a few ideas Cupid himself would approve of:

  • Take your sweetheart to the southernmost point of Ocean City, where you can gaze across the inlet to Assateague Island in the distance. Bring some coins for the binoculars that bring the wonderful island into clearer view.
Ocean City Carriage Ride
Ocean City Carriage Ride
  • Why not surprise your partner with a horse and carriage ride on the Boardwalk? Valentine’s packages are available February 15–17, weather permitting. This excursion includes a rose, a small box of candy and a glass of bubbly to enjoy on the ride. For reservations and pricing, contact Randy at (410) 783-1409.
  • Sample craft beer and wine from one or all of Ocean City’s own breweries.
  • Many area restaurants offer dinner specials just for Valentine’s Day. You can contact a Vantage reservationist to help you find restaurant options near your rental home.

Book your Valentine’s Getaway Today

Vantage has hundreds of vacation rental properties to satisfy whatever your heart desires. Let us help you plan an Ocean City, Maryland, getaway you’ll both love. Reach out to one of our friendly Vantage reservation specialists today at (410) 723-2002, or browse and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Ocean City Beach Soccer

Ocean City Sports & Dance Competitions for 2019

Stay & Play in Ocean City in the New Year

Do you love the thrill of competition plus fun in the sun? Then you’ll find plenty of Ocean City, Maryland, events for you in 2019. From baseball, lacrosse and fishing tournaments to all-star dance competitions, the action along the coast starts in the spring and lasts all summer long.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the hottest events for participants and spectators alike coming to Ocean City in 2019.

Ocean City Fishing Tournaments


Mako sharks, tuna and the coast’s famous white marlins are just a few of the catches you might reel in during the many marquee Ocean City, Maryland, fishing tournaments throughout summer 2019. People come from all over the country to the White Marlin Capital of the World to compete for cash prizes and to cheer on their favorite fishermen.

Test your mettle during one of these competitions:

Dance Competitions in Ocean City


When the weather heats up, so do the Maryland dance competitions. Dance competitions in Ocean City, MD, are nearly unrivaled, as the town hosts some of the most popular contests, including the Reach the Beach dance competition and the Turn It Up Dance Challenge. Whether you’re dancing your heart out or cheering on the squad, these performances bring the excitement:

Ocean City Lacrosse Tournaments

No one knows lacrosse like the East Coast, and Ocean City is the center of it all come summer 2019. Hundreds of top area lax teams of all ages will hit the beach to do battle for bragging rights and championships. Check out all the action during:

Ocean City Soccer Tournaments

There’s nothing like scoring a goal in a beachfront tournament—especially the largest Ocean City, Maryland, sand soccer event: the Sand Duels Beach Soccer Challenge. In the cooler months, young athletes and adults alike continue the 30-year tradition of competing indoors:

Ocean City Baseball Tournaments

The calming sound of waves crashing, seagulls overhead, the distinctive “ping” of a baseball against aluminum—it must be game time at the beach. When it’s time to play ball, teams from across the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast congregate at these Ocean City, Maryland, events. These Ocean City baseball tournaments tend to be a big hit, drawing 85 to 100+ teams:

  • 6th Annual OC Spring Opener | April 6–7
  • 6th Annual Shore Slam | May 11–12
  • 6th Annual Surfrider Slug Fest | June 1–2
  • Youth Baseball Nationals | June 21–27
  • 7th Annual Summer OC Beach Blast | July 12–14

Where to Stay When You Play

Everyone wins when you choose the right place to stay in Ocean City. Let the team at Vantage Vacation Rentals make your trip easy and enjoyable. Want to be right where the action is? Vantage has a variety of properties that are perfectly situated for sports, dance, and fishing groups.

Our Belmont Towers condos are conveniently located on the Boardwalk next to the beach lacrosse and soccer tournaments. We also have a large number of homes in North Ocean City near Northside Park where baseball tournaments are held, as well as dance competitions at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Mid-Town Ocean City – such as our Makai and Summer Beach condos.  Or if you’re coming into town for a fishing tournament, we have a great selection of properties in Downtown and West Ocean City that are close to the marinas and fishing event venues. 

Contact one of our MVP reservationists today at 410-723-2002 or book direct at www.VantageOC.com.

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Vacation Rental Forecast for 2019: Ocean City, Maryland

Vacation Rental Outlook 2019: 6 Predictions from Experts

The New Year is almost here, and with it comes our vacation rental forecast for 2019. What are guests looking for in a vacation home? What’s hot in condo rentals and beach rentals? What tactics should property owners try for the greatest return on their investment? Here are six top trends and predictions for owners to watch in the Ocean City, Maryland, 2019 vacation rental market.

1. Bigger (and bigger-feeling) homes


More and more, people booking a vacation rental want room to move—to gather for holiday or milestone celebrations, to give adults and children their own separate space and more. This is playing out for the in a trend toward larger rental homes, especially as multigenerational travel becomes more popular.

For extended family groups, a larger vacation rental property makes sense, according to Forbes writer Christopher Elliott, who extolled the virtues of a California wine country estate that sleeps 10. Such a property might feature outdoor living areas for drinks and conversation, outdoor kitchen areas for group cooking, a pool, onsite spa and more.

Fortunately, you don’t have to own a palace to give guests room to spread out and feel comfortable. With beach rentals, condo rentals and beyond, you can create multiple sitting areas in the space you have. For Ocean City, Maryland, vacation homes, consider marketing such areas as:

  • A game room for those rainy days when the kids can’t go to the beach
  • A crafts station for making art and jewelry out of collected shells
  • A quiet space for napping children (and adults!)
  • A patio for enjoying a crab feast
  • A porch for ice cream socials and wine tastings

If you’re considering making renovations to your property, think about opening up kitchens and dining rooms for more expansive gathering areas.

2. The Millennial traveler


In addition to large, multifamily gatherings, be on the lookout for young singles and couples seeking accommodations for events, sightseeing or just getting away from it all.

Millennials (think later 20s, early 30s) are proving to be avid travelers. Many have stayed at condos and beach houses with their families growing up. They’re comfortable both branching out from hotels for vacation lodging and finding and booking these stays online. So they’re familiar with vacation homes and ready to create some new experiences on their own.

How can property owners adapt to this trend in the vacation rentals market? Offer short term rentals that accommodate entry-level budgets and fewer vacation days. To accommodate large groups of friends on vacation, consider offering multiple properties in the same complex. And treat these younger travelers to the amenities they crave. Beyond the must-have of lightning-fast Wi-Fi, with ample bandwidth for YouTube and streaming content, consider:

  • Spaces ideal for socializing
  • Online/mobile services for booking, billing and beyond
  • Access to bike, scooter and car sharing stations and services

Be sure to mention local venues in your descriptions. If a Millennial traveler remembers a specific boardwalk, beach or crab shack from a childhood vacation in Ocean City, Maryland, you’re likely to jog a fond memory—and possibly inspire a booking.

3. Local outdoor and dining attractions


Along with Argentina, Italy and Egypt’s Nile Valley, Lonely Planet listed two nature sites in the Eastern United States—Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains and the Catskills— among its top destinations for 2019.

This trend is good news for the Ocean City, MD, vacation rental market as well. Travelers looking for adventure will find themselves just a short drive away from:

  • The famous ponies of Assateague Island and National Seashore
  • The boating and camping of Pocomoke River State Park
  • Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, recently named “One of the 10 Best Amazing Places for Wildlife” by USA Today

After a busy day of exploring, vacationers will be looking for culinary adventures as well. Increasingly, travelers of all ages have become discerning foodies, and fortunately Ocean City’s food and beverage scene has grown to accommodate their palates and Instagram feeds

New venues to consider promoting include:

For committed foodies, the OC Foodie Tour provides a 3.5 hour walk through Ocean City dining past and present, with samplings at five locally owned restaurants. The July Greek festival treats travelers to local dolmathes, keftedes, spanakopita and more. And Fall Restaurant Week offers fixed-price menus for the range of budgets and palates.

4. Reliability and consistency


In a world full of apps, texts and tech gadgets, customer service matters more than ever—especially in the vacation rental industry.

“Booking a vacation rental is more of a ‘considered purchase’ than booking a hotel room,” in the words of a report recapping this year’s VRMA Conference.

So don’t forget the basics, like giving customers what they expect in terms of quality, amenities and service as they book a vacation home year after year.

This can mean:

  • Dependable upkeep with prompt, effective repairs
  • Consistent (and well-functioning) conveniences such as key-based entry and digital thermostats
  • Perks guests can look forward to stay after stay, such as free gym passes, mid-week cleanings and grocery delivery services

Guests book a vacation rental to decrease—not add to—the stress in their lives. They want to know what to expect as they book a reservation, settle in, enjoy the amenities and wrap up their trips.

It’s important that you never forget the human element: the people making your guests feel at home. Make sure you choose a property management partner that consistently wows vacationing guests with great customer service, which hospitality consultant Debby Hudspith defines as: “Knowing why the customer is there in the first place, making them feel important, building a relationship, responding to requests out of the ordinary and ensuring someone is always available for them, no matter which department.”

5. Value for the vacation dollar


As more and more travelers vacation in large groups, they’re discovering that splitting the cost of a vacation home is a great way to get extra space at an affordable price. Remember that California wine estate mentioned earlier? The rental cost, averaged out across 10 people, comes down to $68 per person per night—far less expensive than most hotels in the area could offer.

In our opinion, typical renters aren’t always on a quest for luxury at the very highest end. They’re on a quest for value. And owners of all sizes and types of properties—from condo rentals to beach home rentals—can fulfill this quest by giving their guests a little extra bang for their buck. For property owners in Ocean City, Maryland, this includes not only space to relax but upgraded amenities and complimentary treats.

Need inspiration? Successful Meetings highlighted:

  • Record players, with music guests can “check out” from a vinyl library
  • A live goldfish as the official property pet
  • Cocktail packages delivered by a personal bartender

Special skincare products, linens and robes have been a rising trend in the hospitality industry overall—especially when they come with a unique story or local hook. But you don’t have to break the bank to make your guests feel special.

Consider providing them with practical perks like blenders and coffeemakers, water bowls and treat baskets for pet owners, or bottled water and energy bars for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Or try homey treats like fruit baskets, plates of cookies, or homemade soups and breads.

6. A shift to direct bookings


At the VRMA International Conference, which explored the rental market for 2019, several managers of large properties reported a decreased, even eliminated, reliance on online travel agencies (OTAs). Customer service and ability to communicate with guests throughout the booking process were big reasons. And if vacation rental property managers are feeling this difference, you can bet that guests, are, too.

So as the new year begins, remember that you as a local owner of a vacation home can offer many advantages that a global OTA or customer service rep in a faraway call center cannot. This includes things like:

  • Who to contact for a spur-of-the-moment crab fest—or a last-minute registration for the holiday fun run
  • What parks and beaches are most kid-friendly—and what nightclubs have lined up the hottest new DJs
  • What local shops have the best deals on beachwear—or the best under-the-radar happy hours on the boardwalk
  • When to see the wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore—or to take to the seas for the best white marlin
  • How to catch crabs in the bay—or spot the most elusive gulls and loons during a bird watching hike

And as more travel and hospitality trends emerge for Ocean City, Maryland, vacation homes in 2019, you can be sure that Vantage will be there on the forefront, ready to help you delight your guests and position your properties for success.

Let’s start a great new year together! To make the most of your Ocean City vacation property in 2019, visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page — then contact Vantage Vacation Rentals at 410.723.1780 x 5 or ListingInfo@VantageOC.com.






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Ocean City Holiday Events through New Year’s

Ocean City Holiday Events through New Year’s

Are you thinking of spending your holidays at the beach? With activities galore and no shortage of relaxation, Ocean City, Maryland presents the ideal getaway. Live music, winter lights, discounted shopping, parades, 5Ks—treat your family to a slate of Christmas and New Year’s events for an Ocean City holiday that they’ll remember.

Here’s what’s going on during Christmas and New Year’s in Ocean City.

Ocean City Christmas Events

  • Winterfest of Lights | November 15–December 31
    Ride the Boardwalk tram cars through this dazzling light display in Northside Park. Warm up with hot chocolate, get a snapshot with Santa, and explore the magical gift shop.
  • Light Up Downtown Winter Festival | November 17
    This is one Christmas event in Maryland you don’t want to miss. There’s tons to do for kids and adults alike, from crafts, carnival games, and prizes to live entertainment, vendors, and a tree lighting—and it’s all free!
  • Holiday Shoppers Fair | November 23–25
    Receive a door prize upon entry and find handmade gifts for your loved ones inside, including candles, jewelry, ceramics, and photography. This holiday event in Maryland includes face painting, too!
  • Black Friday Shopping at Tanger Outlets | November 23
    Extended hours at Tanger Outlets means more time to save big on deals in over 30 stores. Plus, Shopper Services is offering a free Tanger gift card with qualified purchases in the morning hours.
  • Ocean City Christmas Parade | December 1
    This Christmas event in Maryland is the highlight of the holiday season. Get a prime view of more than 50 school bands, horses, antique cars, and holiday floats parading down Coastal Highway.
  • Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk | December 2
    Walk or run through more than a million lights at Northside Park in the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K. After the race, snag your shirt, snack on cookies and hot chocolate, and ride through the sparkling lights on the Winterfest Express.

Ocean City New Year’s Eve Parties

  • New Year’s Eve Celebration | December 31
    One of the best Ocean City New Year’s Eve parties around, this celebration includes live entertainment, hot chocolate, and a fireworks show among the Winterfest of Lights. Watch the ball drop with your loved ones.
  • 25th Annual Penguin Swim | January 1
    Jump in the ocean to benefit the area’s Atlantic General Hospital. This New Year’s event in Maryland features a costume contest, carnival games, activities, prizes, and more.

Enjoy all these holiday events in Maryland and find a great home away from home this Christmas and New Year’s through Vantage Vacation Rentals. Book your vacation today!






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10 Ways Vacation Rental Owners Can Upgrade for Instant Value

Small Upgrades that Create Big Value for Vacation Rental Owners

While many vacation rental owners may not have the funds or resources for major structural changes to their rental properties, there are several types of easy upgrades that can instantly add value. Below are our top recommendations for inexpensive improvements that will help maintain your vacation rental, impress your guests, and pave the way for repeat business in the future.

  • A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into any vacation home – nothing improves your home’s appearance more than this. Painting is easy and inexpensive and sets the tone throughout the property. Consider adding an accent wall for a splash of color and an interesting design element.
  • Replacing older light fixtures not only improves lighting quality, but also gives your home an updated look and aesthetic appeal.
  • New cabinet doors, knobs and contact paper for shelves and drawers freshen up kitchens and make guests feel at home during their stay.
  • Upgrading to hardwood or tile flooring makes your property easier to maintain and gives it an updated look in online photos.  You will score big points with guests, as well!
  • Contemporary showerheads, toilet paper holders, towel racks or faucets may seem like small details, but they can give bathrooms a clean, personalized touch like that of an upscale hotel.
  • Flat-screen TVs add a modern, streamlined look to your home and greatly improve the viewing experience for guests while they relax on vacation.  With the cost of flat-screen TVs having come down dramatically in price, this is a great opportunity to swap out any older, boxy TVs that may be making your vacation rental look dated.
  • Programmable thermostats can add money-saving and functional elements to the home. Most are inexpensive and easy to install.
  • While it may not be possible to add square footage to your property – especially if it’s located in a condo building – storage within the home can be maximized by installing vertical shelving in workrooms, pantries, closets and garages.
  • Little touches, like updating light switches and doorknobs, can add a fresh feel to any room. Routinely upgrade the bedrooms with hotel-quality bedding, pillows, and mattresses or mattress toppers – all things that guests have come to expect when they travel. New door handles and locks can improve security, as well.
  • Save on energy costs by switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, routinely cleaning your refrigerator coils, and replacing older air conditioning or furnace filters.

Helping vacation rental owners succeed in Ocean City, MD and at the Delaware beaches is our passion. For more tips or to get a free proposal on your next project, contact Vantage Vacation Rentals at 877-319-5808 or email deb@vantageresortrealty.biz. Visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page to learn more about how Vantage can help you maximize your vacation home.