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Fall Fun and Nearby Rentals in Ocean City, Maryland

After summer passes, Ocean City, MD has a fresh new feel. There’s an easygoing vibe and eclectic activities, so it’s easy to see why locals love living here. We recently previewed some of the biggest events coming to town for the fall. Now, we’re giving you the inside scoop on the best places to stay so you don’t miss a minute of the family fun.

Check your calendar and make plans for an autumn getaway. Book one of our recommended rentals below, or see the entire selection.

A Short Walk to Sunfest (September 19-22)

Celebrate the end of the summer season at Sunfest Weekend, Sept. 24-27 in Ocean City, MD.

Celebrate the end of the summer season at Sunfest, September 19th – 22nd in Ocean City, MD.

Sunfest is always one of the most popular fall events in Ocean City. This year will be no exception. The Inlet transforms into a vibrant celebration where the whole family can enjoy a lively mix of arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, kite displays and outstanding live music all day and night.

Make one of these rentals your Sunfest home base so you can walk there and back easily.

  • 509 Philadelphia Ave.—Bring family, friends, family of friends and your pets because this enormous single-family home sleeps 18! Enjoy six bedrooms, two bathrooms, a nice backyard, a white picket fence—the works! Located Downtown on 5th Street, you’re an easy walk from the Ocean City Boardwalk and Inlet area. Or feel free to hop on the bikes that come with the house. There’s always a great view of the main strip from your lovely front porch.
  • Bahia Vista I 104—The numbers add up for this beautiful bay front condo: Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, sleeps 10, four blocks from the Boardwalk. When you’re not out and about at Sunfest or strolling the shore, soak in the upscale décor or relax on your balcony along the marina. You have vast, beautiful views of the bay, which is mere steps away from your chair.
  • Bahia Vista I 408—You’ll feel right at home, yet still on vacation, in this luxurious four-bedroom, three-bathroom bay front condo. The interior is professionally decorated and exquisitely furnished, with high-end finishes in each room. The biggest draw for this property is the private, wrap-around balcony with picturesque views of the bay, which glows gorgeous reds, purples and pinks at sunset.

Keep the Cars Parked for Wine on the Beach (September27-28)

Wine lovers can enjoy themselves responsibly at the 25th Annual Wine on the Beach Festival.

Bottle of red? Bottle of white? Perhaps a little of both? Wine lovers can enjoy themselves responsibly at the 25th Annual Wine on the Beach Festival, or Wine Fest. Sample, savor and purchase concoctions from more than a dozen Maryland wineries and craft beers from local breweries at the Ocean City Inlet. Dance the day away to a variety of live music provided by some of the region’s favorite artists and bands. Book one of these rentals within walking distance of Wine Fest and you can put a cork in the idea of driving.

Enjoy extra windows, more natural lighting and a private gazebo balcony with ideal views of the beach and Boardwalk.
  • Belmont Towers 601—You can’t get much closer than this: a three-bedroom, three-bathroom oceanfront condo right on the Boardwalk in Downtown Ocean City. It’s a corner unit, which means extra windows, more natural lighting and a private gazebo balcony with ideal views of the beach and Boardwalk. (Yes, the people watching is still strong in September). There’s even a gym on-site if you want to get in a good workout before you get festive.
  • Belmont Towers 808—Keep your eye on Wine Fest throughout your stay in this spacious, two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo. Recently renovated, it’s a side unit with a south-facing balcony, promising ocean-to-bay views as well as a clear shot of the Inlet festival tents and Assateague Island in the distance.
  • Royal Palm Court 2—Ideal for small groups, this adorable one-bedroom, one-bathroom bayside condo is loaded with recent updates, including an upgraded kitchen and new TVs, furniture and flooring. Get to the Inlet easily with a short walk or a tram ride.

Don’t Miss a Moment of Endless Summer Cruisin’ (October10-13)

Cruisin' Ocean City Boardwalk
Cruisin’ Ocean City Boardwalk

If you haven’t been to Ocean City for this spectacular showcase of classic and custom cars, make this the year you bring your crew. It’s a gearhead utopia, with 2,000-plus vehicles on display in multiple parades and exhibitions at the Inlet and Ocean City Convention Center. Set your course for one of these downtown rentals near the Inlet and join fellow car enthusiasts for something new each day.


This Oceanfront condo that overlooks the Beach, Boardwalk, amusement rides & more! 
  • Belmont Towers 604—For parade time, the best seat in the house is literally in your house. Or your balcony, to be more specific. Stay at this three-bedroom, three-bathroom oceanfront unit on the Boardwalk and enjoy perfect views of the car parades from your balcony each morning. Want to get a closer look?You’re only a short walk to the Inlet.
  • Time-N-Tide 7—At the quiet end of the Boardwalk off 26th Street, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo puts you right in the heart of the parade route. Just slide open the balcony door and you’re overlooking Philadelphia Avenue and all the classic cars rolling their way through town.
  • South Beach 703—Consider this the Cadillac of condos—a luxurious three-bedroom, three-bathroom home in an oceanfront building on 7th Street in Downtown Ocean City, MD. This beauty comes fully loaded with free linens, an indoor pool and gym, and views of the ocean, bay and Boardwalk.Staying here lets you get to the Inlet in no time flat.

Find Your Home for Fall Events in Ocean City, Maryland

You can book a beach rental near these and other fall events at a great low rate!

Make plans to visit Ocean City, MD during its second season. You can book a beach rental near these and other fall events at a great low rate! Vantage reservation specialists are standing by to help. You can also browse all options and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com. Remember to book direct through Vantage so you get the lowest possible rates and the best possible selection.

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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.

What Are the Best Things to Do in Ocean City, MD, in November?

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that the only time to enjoy our coastal destination is in the summer! There are so many fantastic festivals and activities to enjoy year-round, especially when you visit Ocean City, MD, in November. If you’re curious to find out what makes it a great time to vacation, then you’re in the right place. Check out a few of our favorite fall activities, and take advantage of our incredible selection of Ocean City properties for a remarkable trip from start to finish.

The Top Activities in Ocean City, MD, in November

Tour Trimper’s Haunted House

One of the many benefits of visiting in the off-season is that you get to check out Trimper’s Haunted House! It’s one of the most iconic attractions on the Ocean City Boardwalk. And, although it’s primarily popular around Halloween, the haunted house typically stays open through late November. Step inside and ride in a coffin through several rooms of spooky scares — if you dare!

Get Shell Shocked

The weather cools down in November, but the celebrations don’t! Feel free to attend some of the fall’s hottest events, including Shell Shocked. Make sure you bring a hearty appetite for seafood and craft beer because there’s plenty of both during this must-see event at Fager’s Island. Help yourself to all-you-can-eat oysters on the half-shell and don’t be afraid to show off your best dance moves with the live music performances!

Witness the Winterfest of Lights

Another can’t-miss festival in November is the Winterfest of Lights. In fact, some people might say it’s their favorite reason to visit Ocean City! This spectacular display of twinkling lights and holiday festivities kicks off at the end of November and runs through December 31. Feel free to grab a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy a charming train ride through it all at Northside Park this year!

Local tip: If you prefer to stay in the boardwalk area of Ocean City, you’re welcome to get in the holiday spirit during the Light Up Downtown Winter Festival at the end of November.

The List Goes On!

These are only three of the many reasons to visit Ocean City, Maryland, in November. Of course, the list wouldn’t be complete without us adding the fact that there are fewer crowds on the beach, and temperatures can still reach the upper 60s. That means you can spend a quiet, relaxing day unwinding in your favorite spot by the shoreline and watch the waves roll in. Or, dress in layers and go for a romantic stroll with your special someone. Did we mention that parking in Ocean City is free beginning on November 1?

Enjoy Great Deals on Ocean City Vacation Rentals!

You can also score some sweet savings on your rental property in November.

Not only are there several fun things to do in Ocean City in November, but you can also score some sweet savings on your rental property. We have several excellent options for you to choose from, from the bay to the beach and even all the way up to Delaware’s family-friendly beach communities. Browse our entire list of properties and make sure you take advantage of our reduced prices as well as two-night rental options in the off-season. We hope to see you this November in Ocean City!

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.

How to Have the Best Thanksgiving in Ocean City, MD

What is your favorite part about Thanksgiving? There’s so much to love about this special holiday, from the delicious food to the time you get to enjoy with beloved family members and friends. And, you can add one more item to the list of things to love about it when you spend Thanksgiving in Ocean City, MD! You’re all invited to visit our coastal paradise this fall to make the most of it. 

Are you ready to accept the invitation? Find out why you should, and check out our recommendations below to enjoy the holiday to the fullest this year. Just don’t forget to peruse our selection of over 500 vacation rentals throughout Ocean City and reserve the ideal property for your whole group!

Enjoy Thanksgiving in Ocean City, MD

Dine and Unwind

What’s a Thanksgiving celebration without tasty food? It doesn’t matter if your group likes to stick to the classic, turkey and stuffing selection or cook up something different like vegan and vegetarian options. You can craft a full spread of enticing dishes with our many properties that feature fully equipped kitchens! We have options all throughout Ocean City and beyond so that you can stay near the bay, beach, or boardwalk, depending on your preferences.

Of course, they all come with comfortable accommodations for social gatherings before and after your meal (and maybe a cozy nap). Or, you can all take a stroll through town or along the beach and enjoy the cool, coastal breezes while you digest your food.

Tip: Would you rather take it easy and not worry about cooking a Thanksgiving feast this year? Consider making reservations at one of our favorite restaurants here!

Explore the Area

It might be the off-season in Ocean City, Maryland, but there are still plenty of fun activities to enjoy in the fall! Many businesses remain open even after Labor Day, and you won’t have to deal with as many crowds at local attractions compared to peak season in the summer. Feel free to choose your favorite spot on the beach and soak up the serenity, go for a bike ride along the Ocean City Boardwalk, and even get a head start on your holiday shopping. No matter what you choose to do, you’re sure to have a spectacular time together. Did we mention that parking is free in the off-season as well?

Entertain the Kids

If you’re planning a family vacation for a destination celebration, you’ll need some ideas to entertain the younger members of your family. Luckily, the Ocean City area offers a wide variety of kid-friendly activities that they’re sure to love! The Jolly Roger Amusement Parks® may be closed, but don’t worry. Old Pro Golf provides fun for the whole family with their miniature golf courses, including two indoor courses that are open year-round!

Also, who says you can’t mix education and entertainment? Not us! There are so many great museums in the Ocean City area to open their minds to new worlds of fascination. Consider bringing the kids along to the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum up in Fenwick Island to see salvaged artifacts, explore a unique history at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, or satisfy their curiosity with the odd exhibits at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Or, you can all explore the artwork and take a class in creativity at the Art League of Ocean City.

Celebrate

Don’t forget to check out the variety of fall events in Ocean City, MD, too! There are so many upcoming celebrations that you won’t want to miss, with festivities for all ages and interests. Here are a few events that are sure to convince you to extend your stay and celebrate with us along the coastline:

Watch in awe as Northside Park comes to life with twinkling lights and fun activities from the end of November through December 31st. It all leads up to a remarkable finale on New Year’s Eve with fireworks and music!

Would you rather stay in Downtown Ocean City instead of heading up to Northside Park? Don’t worry — you can still celebrate and get in the spirit of the holidays with the Light Up Downtown Winter Festival! There are shopping vendors, music, games, and even an enchanting tree-lighting ceremony.

This might not be exactly what you think of when you picture a “turkey trot.” The Turkey Trot Open in Ocean City, MD, is actually a golf tournament! Feel free to sign up for this four-person scramble tournament at Eagle’s Landing Golf Course and see if you can win cash prizes. Even if you don’t score a hole-in-one, you’re still welcome to enjoy a spread of delicious food following the competition.

It’s never a good time when you have to rush and do all of your holiday shopping at the last minute. Take the stress out of the process this year — get a head start at the Holiday Shoppers Fair that kicks off the day after Thanksgiving! There are over 150 vendors with unique wares to choose from as well as fun activities for the kids, including face painting. Treat yourself to something special, too!

Enjoy a Hearty Helping of Luxury for Thanksgiving

We make it easy to find your favorite happy place for Thanksgiving!

Where you spend your Thanksgiving can be just as important as what you eat or what you do during your celebration! We know that at Vantage Ocean City Rentals, which is why we’d like to host you all in one of our many beautiful properties throughout the area. 

Whether you’re planning an extravagant, large group gathering or you plan on enjoying the holiday with only a few family members, we have the perfect option for you. In fact, we have over 500 options! Don’t get overwhelmed, though, because we make it easy to sort through and find your favorite. Plus, you get the added benefits of our incredible customer service and special deals and promotions that you can’t find anywhere else!
Look through our collection of Ocean City properties today, and find your happy place for Thanksgiving!

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.

What You Need to Know About Horseback Riding in Ocean City, MD

Have you ever wanted to try horseback riding? Well, now is your chance, and we’re here to help make it a reality. Not only do you get to enjoy a peaceful adventure with these majestic creatures, but you also get to pair the experience with stunning scenery along the way. Whether you’re looking to plan a romantic journey through wooded trails or even ride along the shoreline, you’re sure to love horseback riding in Ocean City, MD, and the surrounding area. See our recommendations and local tips below, and don’t forget to browse our available properties to secure a beautiful retreat nearby!

Saddle up for Some Horseback Riding in Ocean City, MD

The Beach

Did you know that you can actually go horseback riding on the beach in Ocean City, Maryland, in the off-season? Feel free to bring your horse and strut the shoreline as you listen to the waves wash ashore and the seagulls sing overhead. There are just a few details you should keep in mind if you plan on riding along the beach:

  • You must get a permit from the City Clerk’s Office or online
  • Single-day permits cost $20, and seasonal passes are $50.
  • Horseback riding on the beach is only allowed from November 1 to March 30.

Holly Ridge Farm

Alternatively, you can take a short drive over to Holly Ridge Farm in Willards, MD. It’s one of our favorite attractions in the Ocean City area, featuring friendly instructors and beautiful, wooded trails that are open year-round for tours. Here, people ages 12 and above can hop on a horse and explore nature’s magnificence on a 1.5-hour ride through a wildlife sanctuary. If you have younger children, don’t worry. They can join the fun, too, with Family Fun Rides!

Assateague Island

If you’ve ever taken a boat tour to Assateague Island, you’ve likely caught a glimpse of the ponies that roam this peaceful coastline. While you can’t simply ride one of these wild animals, you can still enjoy some delightful horseback riding on Assateague Island in the Over Sand Vehicle Zone. Just make sure you check out the National Park Service’s website to ensure you abide by all rules and regulations and stay up-to-date with occasional closures. 

Make the Most of Your Visit With Vantage Ocean City Rentals

Take the next step on your path to paradise with our knowledgable team at Vantage Ocean City Rentals!

Are you planning a trip to our little stretch of paradise on the East Coast? If so, you’re already on your way to enjoying remarkable experiences that you’ll remember for years to come. Take the next step on your path to paradise with our knowledgable team at Vantage Ocean City Rentals! We have an extensive collection of over 500 properties throughout the area, so you can pick the perfect option near your favorite attractions and things to do in Ocean City, MD. Plus, we offer a long list of promotions and special deals that you can’t find anywhere else!

Browse our Ocean City rentals today and get one step closer to the ultimate vacation!

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.

What Are the Best Museums in Ocean City, Maryland?

Whether you’re a history buff, art lover, or you’re simply looking for something to do inside while you wait out the rain, we have some excellent suggestions. Each of these Ocean City, Maryland, Museums will provide you with an endless supply of wonder and fascination. Plus, they’re fantastic attractions for the whole family to enjoy together! Explore the possibilities and add them to your itinerary today. Just make sure you explore our list of Ocean City rentals, too, so that you can make the most of your next vacation. Many of them are within walking distance of these museums!

4 Must-See Museums in Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum

Have you ever heard of the United States Life-Saving Service? Well, you can learn all about them and browse a variety of other displays at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum! This incredible attraction is located at the southern end of the Ocean City Boardwalk by the inlet. Feel free to explore the permanent collection, with options such as “Sands From Around the World” and “The Boardwalk of Yesterday.” Just don’t forget to keep an eye out for their special rotating exhibits and list of free programs in the summertime, too! 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

If you’re fascinated by unique displays, unusual artifacts, and interesting stories, then Ripley’s Believe It or Not needs to be on your Ocean City vacation itinerary. This popular boardwalk attraction is home to a variety of exhibits to pique your interest, like shrunken heads and a statue of the world’s tallest man. Feel free to snap a photo with him! After you tour the museum, you’re welcome to enjoy some bonus attractions like Ripley’s Impossible Laser Race and Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze.

DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum

Although it’s technically in Fenwick Island, the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is well worth the short drive to the north. It’s full of actual artifacts that have been recovered from ships lost at sea. And, since they’re always finding more objects, there are consistently new and exciting things to see at the museum. (There are at least 10,000 artifacts inside!)

Tip: Don’t forget to check out the Fenwick Island Lighthouse while you’re in the area as well! 

Art League of Ocean City

The list of fascinating museums and great indoor activities in Ocean City doesn’t end there. If you’d like to get in touch with your creative side and paint a picture-perfect getaway, save time to visit the Art League of Ocean City. This gallery is open year-round with stunning paintings and crafts from talented artists and artisans. Plus, they offer classes for a wide range of ages and ability levels to help you get in the spirit of it all.

Explore Berlin, Maryland, for More History

In addition to all of these Ocean City, MD, museums, we recommend taking a short trip over to Berlin to immerse yourself in another atmosphere that’s full of history and charm. There are over 40 structures on the National Historic Register, and the Main Street is packed with art galleries, shops, and restaurants. Simply put, it’s a great place to spend an afternoon with such a wide variety of activities and historical attractions.

Rest Your Legs and Relax With a Vacation Rental Nearby


You can even choose a rental near your favorite museums and things to do in Ocean City.

After a full day of fascination, treat yourself to some relaxation! Plan ahead and make the most of your Ocean City, MD, vacation with Vantage Ocean City Rentals. We have over 500 wonderful properties for you to choose from, and they all come with great customer service and plenty of guest benefits. Whether you’d like to stay near the beach, bay, or boardwalk, there’s a property for you. You can even choose a rental near your favorite museums and things to do in Ocean City to save time and energy — you’ll be able to walk to them all!

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.



Fall in 2019 Events in Ocean City

As back to school season begins and post-summer withdrawal symptoms begin to set in, you’re probably wishing you could go back to the beach.

Good news: you can!

September marks the beginning of Ocean City, Maryland’s “second season.” The beaches are less crowded and there are still plenty of things to do with your family and friends. To help you ring in the fall, we’ve rounded up a few popular festivals and activities happening in Ocean City.

After long days packed with fun, you’re going to want to retreat to a comfortable rental where you can unwind and enjoy crisp fall breezes. Check out all of Vantage’s current options to find your place near the action.

Sunfest

Celebrate the end of the summer season at Sunfest Weekend, Sept. 24-27 in Ocean City, MD.

Celebrate the end of the summer season at Sunfest.

For the 45th year, Sunfest is lighting up Ocean City, MD. This free, family-friendly, four-day festival features wall-to-wall entertainment. From September 19 to 22, Ocean City’s Inlet Parking Lot becomes a sprawling sea of tents full of arts and crafts, delicious food and live music.

Artisans are the heart of Sunfest. Hand-blown glass, wood carvings, jewelry, tchotchkes and trinkets abound at the 180 vendor stands. Be sure to check out another Sunfest highlight—the Kite Festival on the beach, where you’ll see spectacular displays by master kite flyers, kite-making workshops and intense aerial duels.

On top of all that, you can get down all day long to live music. In addition to the free daytime performances, Sunfest offers ticketed headlining events. This year’s headliners are tribute band Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience, Texas-born country singer Granger Smith with his alter ego “Earl Dibbles, Jr.” and New Orleans jazz band legend Trombone Shorty with Orleans Avenue.

Wine on the Beach

September 27 and 28 during the 25th annual Maryland Wine on the Beach Festival, aka Wine Fest.

Fun in the Ocean City Inlet continues September 27 and 28 during the 25th annual Maryland Wine on the Beach Festival, aka Wine Fest. Featuring over a dozen Maryland vineyards as well as local breweries, this libation celebration gives you and your friends an opportunity to learn about Maryland wines, sample new beverages and bring home some bottles for your collection. You can sip these new additions from your commemorative wine glass, included with admission!

Wine Fest isn’t just about wine. Over 30 vendors are slated to offer everything from wood carvings crafted from Chesapeake Bay driftwood to gourmet pretzels and custom laser engravings. It all pairs perfectly with the daily live music from local bands like Maryland Entertainment Hall of Famer Pat O’Brennan, regional band Three Penny Opera and Eastern Shore honky-tonkers Bird Dog and The Road Kings.

Powerboat Grand Prix

Each year, spectators flock to Ocean City’s beaches to witness dozens of boats roaring from shoreline to finish line. The Powerboat Grand Prix, presented by the Offshore Powerboat Association, makes wakes this year with races on Sunday, September 29 between 1st and 18th Streets.

Miles of beach will be reserved for you to check out the 4,000-horsepower boats as they zoom by at lightning-fast speeds. It’s estimated that about 20 boats will take part in each race. The action starts at noon and is free to the public.

Stop by the Race Village the day before and enjoy food and music while the boats are inspected and tested on the water.

Family Bonfire on the Beach

You can make s’mores, drink hot chocolate and listen to stories and music around a toasty bonfire in the sand.

Want a perfect combination of fall activities and a summer environment? Bring your beach chairs and cozy blankets to the 130th Street Beach on the evening of October 4. You can make s’mores, drink hot chocolate and listen to stories and music around a toasty bonfire in the sand.

Island Wine Fall Fest

Enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres and oysters on the half shell.

Island Wine Fall Fest on Fager’s Island is back by popular demand for its second year.  On October 5 from noon to 4:00 p.m., come sample everything from Fager’s Island wine to craft beers and ciders. Enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres and oysters on the half shell. And take home your very own souvenir tasting glass to commemorate the event.

Endless Summer Cruisin

Endless Summer Cruisin in Ocean City, MD
Endless Summer Cruisin in Ocean City, MD

From October 10 to 13, the Inlet lot and Ocean City Convention Center will transform into a showcase for over 2,000 cars participating in Endless Summer Cruisin. This is no ordinary automotive show. You’ll find every kind of tricked out vehicle you can imagine. Dance to the sounds of the Doo Wop Project and watch the cars roll by during several different parades.

Spooktacular Surf Stomp

There are plenty of tricks and treats at this amateur surfing competition hosted by the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA). Surfers of all skill levels are invited to drop in to Assateague Island on October 12 and compete. It’s a terrific scene for spectators as well. This will be ESA’s sixth and final surfing contest of the year, so don’t miss out.

Historic House Tour

You can learn a lot about Ocean City’s rich history by visiting some of its oldest establishments. The Second Annual Historic House Tour lets you do just that on October 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Journey on a trip back in time courtesy of the Ocean City Museum Society with insights into the architecture and stories behind the longstanding houses and churches.

Ocean City Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week runs two weeks,
from October 13 through 27.

Experience the many savory and sweet flavors of Ocean City, Maryland, during Restaurant Week. Because you can’t have too much of a great thing, this year’s event actually runs two weeks, from October 13 through 27. Participating eateries will have fixed menus prepared special in addition to their standard offerings. It’s the perfect time to visit a favorite restaurant or try something new. Reservations are highly recommended.

Harbor Day at the Docks 

On Saturday, October 19, the free Harbor Day maritime heritage festival celebrates Ocean City’s storied history and traditions on the West Ocean City Commercial Harbor. Bring the whole family to watch chefs cook your favorite seafood dishes, compete in crab picking contests, explore special educational exhibits and more.

O.C.toberfest Beach Maze

You never know what’s lurking inside the labyrinth!

Ghouls and goblins of all ages are invited to this free, fun, Halloween-themed maze on the beach. You never know what’s lurking inside the labyrinth, so enter at your own risk! The maze will be open on the weekends of October 19 and 20 and 26 and 27 at North Division St. and the Boardwalk.

Seaside 10 Mile/5K Halloween Run

Throw on your most outrageous costume and dash over to the Inlet lot on October 26 for OC Tri-Running Sports’ 10 Miler or the 5K. These festive, family-friendly runs will certainly make your heart race. The 10 Miler begins at 9:00 a.m. and the 5K starts shortly after at 9:15 a.m.

Shore Craft Beer Fest

Unlimited tastings of more than 40 beers from 16 breweries.

Offering unlimited tastings of more than 40 beers from 16 breweries, Shore Craft Beer Fest is sure to brighten your day at Sunset Park. Come see what all the buzz is about October 26 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. This is a kid- and pet-friendly festival, with food trucks, vendors and lots of great live music.

Shell Shocked

This event combines two Ocean City favorites: eating oysters on the half shell while drinking tasty craft beer. Come to Fager’s Island on November 2 and 9 with your friends and family (over 21, of course) for an amazing time. The menu also includes barbecue ribs, chicken and other dishes, and different live musicians perform each day.

Winterfest of Lights

Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City, MD

Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City, MD

Starting November 21 and lasting through the end of the year, Northside Park will be adorned with over 1,000,000 dazzling lights. Animated displays, a heated pavilion and a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree help make Winterfest of Lights the ultimate holiday exhibition. Take a trip on the Winterfest Express—a mile-long journey through 58 acres of light displays with a fairytale theme.

Light Up Downtown Winter Festival

See the Boardwalk at the Inlet become a true winter wonderland on Saturday, November 23. This free, spectacular light show gives you the opportunity to buy presents for the upcoming holiday season while your kids play fun games and win prizes. Don’t forget about a photo op with Santa!

Comic Con

Assemble your squad on December 14 and join other fans of comics, cosplay, anime, video games and art at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center for Ocean City’s Comic Con! The Delaware Anime Society will sponsor anime screenings throughout the day. Compete in the cosplay contest, sit in on riveting panels and meet the artists behind your favorite works.

More reasons to fall in love with Ocean City


Let the Vantage team help you plan a memorable fall getaway to Ocean City, Maryland.   

Autumn in Ocean City is far less crowded but no less fun. Adding to the allure: You can book a fantastic rental property at off-season rates. Let the Vantage team help you plan a memorable fall getaway to Ocean City, Maryland.   

It’s easy to browse and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com. You can also contact our friendly reservation specialists at 410-723-2002 for help. Remember to book direct through Vantage—that’s how you get the lowest possible rates and the best possible selection.

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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.


The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide to Ocean City, MD, in October

Temperatures drop, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had when you visit Ocean City, MD, in October. In fact, it might just turn into your favorite time to unwind in our coastal paradise! October offers an opportunity to take advantage of the peaceful beaches, fewer crowds, free parking, and so much more. We could go on and on listing the benefits! Learn everything you need to know about Ocean City in October and look to Vantage Ocean City Rentals to find the ideal property for your upcoming trip.

Know Before You Go: Ocean City, MD, in October

Weather

On average, temperatures in Ocean City hover between 65 to 75 degrees during the day and 40 to 50 degrees in the evenings. So, you can still enjoy several warm days in the sun as you stroll along the beach and Ocean City Boardwalk! Just remember to dress in layers or bring a light sweater if you plan on staying outside to enjoy the sunset views or outdoor dining spots. 

Activities

It might be the off-season and a few seasonal attractions like the Jolly Roger Amusement Parks® close, but don’t worry. There are still so many fun activities to enjoy and businesses to check out in October. Here are some ideas that you can experience without all the crowds of peak season:

Events

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is in Ocean City, MD. There are always reasons to celebrate, and you’re welcome to join all of the excitement with us! Whether you’re into car shows or beer fests, there’s an event for you in October. Of course, there are several Halloween festivities, too! This is just a tiny taste of what to expect:

Additional Tips and Info

  • Pets are welcome on the Ocean City Boardwalk and beach beginning on October 1 as long as you keep them on a leash.
  • You’re also free to enjoy a bike ride along the boardwalk at any time starting on October 1.
  • There are no lifeguards on duty in October, so be careful when swimming.
  • Please visit the websites or call ahead before visiting a specific attraction since some of them close in October.

Make the Most of Your Visit


Enjoy exclusive deals and special two-night rentals that aren’t available in the summertime.

Are you ready to experience Ocean City, MD, in October this year? Take the first step with us at Vantage Ocean City Rentals! We have over 500 excellent properties, and you can enjoy exclusive deals and special two-night rentals that aren’t available in the summertime. Plus, with such a wide variety of rentals in locations throughout the area, you’re sure to find the perfect option for you. Whether you’re planning a romantic anniversary or a large family reunion, finding your happy place is simple!

Browse our vacation rentals and reserve your favorite today!

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.


What Makes the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum so Fascinating?

If you take a journey to the southern end of the Ocean City Boardwalk, you can begin another journey back in time at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. It overlooks the inlet, making it perfect for either a starting or ending point for your boardwalk adventures. Best of all, it’s an incredible attraction, in itself, that only costs $5 for adults and $3 for children from 12 to 18 years old (children under 11 enjoy free admission!) Take a look inside the next time you’re in the downtown area and discover a whole world of artifacts and information you never knew existed. 

The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum makes for a great afternoon, and booking your property with Vantage Ocean City Rentals makes for a remarkable vacation. Browse our collection of properties today!

What You’ll See at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum

1. The Permanent Collection

The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum is open every day May through October from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the off-season. No matter when you visit, you can count on seeing some spectacular exhibits. You can enjoy a piece of international beaches with the “Sands From Around the World” exhibit, step into a time machine and enjoy attractions from years ago on the boardwalk of the past, see how surfing evolved in Ocean City, and so much more. 

2. Special Exhibits

Of course, sometimes, you get to enjoy special exhibits as bonus treats. These include rotating artifacts and displays on topics such as the commercial fishing industry and the history of Native Americans on Lower Delmarva. You never know what you’ll find the next time you visit! You can also learn about the United States Life-Saving Service, other Life-Saving Stations, and take a deep dive into the timeline and genealogical records of our historically rich destination.

3. Free Summer Programs

Once the warm weather arrives, so do free events and programs throughout Ocean City, Maryland! The Ocean City Life-Saving Station has plenty of free programs during peak season, and they’re perfect for family vacations. Some of the examples include nautical knot-tying lessons from US Coast Guard Auxiliary, aquarium feedings, and even educational programs about the wildlife that soars overhead and swims throughout our local waters.

Plan Your Ocean City Vacation Today!

We have over 500 beautiful properties to choose from.

You don’t have to worry about the stress of finding the perfect vacation rental for your next trip because we make the process simple! We have over 500 beautiful properties to choose from, and a whole team of vacation experts ready to speak with you and turn your dream into a reality. Plus, many of our properties are located right along the Ocean City Boardwalk, so you can walk to your favorite attractions, like the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum!

Don’t wait for your happy place to come to you. Explore our list of properties and find it today!

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.


Summer on Sale Deals in Ocean City

It may be late summer, but vacation season is still in full swing. Whether you crave outdoor fun in the sun or long lazy days relaxing by the pool, there’s still plenty of time to make memories with family and friends. Don’t let summer 2019 pass you by—book a last-minute Ocean City, Maryland, getaway today.

Ocean City is always ready to show you a great time. Spend your days strolling on the wide sandy beaches, unwind on a private balcony or enjoy the amenities at a beautiful resort. When you’re ready to leave your home away from home, head into town for beach fireworks, fishing, outdoor movies, sundaes in the park or the weekly OC beach dance party. The Ocean City, MD, events calendar is packed with year-round fun.

Booking a fantastic Ocean City vacation rental is easy with Vantage. We have openings at some of our most popular properties. Many of these rentals are available at discounted rates for the last few weeks of the season. Book direct with us now[to squeeze more out of summer!

Sunset Island 6 HCW 2E

Take advantage of the 37-acre gated private island’s amazing amenities.

Gorgeous views of the bay await you at this bright Sunset Island condo. You’ll love sipping your morning coffee on your private balcony while gazing out at the water. Inside, kick back in front of three flat-screen TVs, snooze in the luxurious master bedroom or work your culinary skills in the updated open kitchen.

When you step outside, take advantage of the 37-acre gated private island’s amazing amenities. With the feel of a resort, the architecture is reminiscent of a classic beach town. The community boasts three private beaches, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, boat slips, a crabbing pier and an island café and pool bar. Better still, the waterfront condo is close to all the amenities: The resort is only two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and minutes to nearby restaurants.

Beach Place North 21

This inviting home provides a perfect mix of indoor/outdoor living.

Time to perfect your freestyle—you can practically swim to Beach Place North. Full of rustic charm and located fewer than 70 yards from the ocean, the spacious three-story property sleeps ten guests and is perfect for entertaining. Even with a large group of friends or extended family, you can easily get away from it all.

Head to the oversized second-floor deck to enjoy summer’s end or take in even more dramatic views from the third-floor balcony. This inviting home provides a perfect mix of indoor/outdoor living. Your feet will practically be in the sand when you step out the front door, but to make things a little more luxurious, the Beach Place North community has its own boardwalk walkway leading right to the sand. A true getaway, the house is in peaceful Midtown Ocean City, MD, the least crowded slice of town.

Avalon 603

Relax in this updated condo less than one block from the beach.

Leave your worries at the door and relax in this updated condo less than one block from the beach. With open-concept living spaces and two luxurious master suites, it’s the perfect choice for families vacationing together.

When you want to take in the ocean air without leaving home, step out to the furnished balcony or find ultimate relaxation in the condo’s deep soaking tub. In the kitchen, the long breakfast bar is perfect for some family time before everyone races to the beach.

Heading out to the resort, Avalon’s indoor pool is perfect for taking a dip year-round.  There’s also a sauna and rooftop deck to enjoy. When the great outdoors beckon, empty the fully-stocked beach locker, grab folding chairs and bring a boogie board to the waves. Ready to hit the town? At Avalon, you’re only a short walk from some of Ocean City, Maryland’s best shops and restaurants. Popular 58-acre Northside Park is within strolling distance too.

Lost Colony 371

You can leave the car behind and enjoy the sand and surf every day of your vacation.

Walking to the beach is a breeze from this charming end-unit condo in peaceful North Ocean City. You can leave the car behind and enjoy the sand and surf every day of your vacation. Or make the most of your time with family and friends in the well-appointed property. Boasting inviting open-concept living spaces, there’s also a large balcony where you can wind down and breathe in the end of summer. An outdoor pool is just a short walk from the condo.

When you’re ready to venture out and enjoy everything Ocean City, MD, has to offer, you’ll discover that the surrounding area is a perfect balance of peaceful and bustling. Near the condo are popular restaurants as well as mini golf, the Fenwick Island Lighthouse, a movie theater and a beautiful bayfront park complete with fishing pier. If you’re looking for even more energy, Ocean City’s downtown boardwalk is just a short drive away.

Swann Keys

Enjoy a fully renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

Traveling with a large group? This beautiful single-family home sleeps 13 and is big not only on size, but on wow factor. With tasteful modern interiors—a fully renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and multiple elegantly furnished outdoor spaces are just some of the highlights—this Swann Keys community home is luxury central.

There’s hardwood flooring throughout the house, upscale furnishings in every room and both an expansive porch and upper deck to take in the panoramic canal views. Kids and kids at heart alike will love the bonus room outfitted with a TV and full-sized pool table.

If the waterways are more your style than the highways, you can reach the property by boat. There’s a docking area behind the home and a boat ramp located nearby. This is a hard house to leave, but if you manage, you’re minutes from downtown Fenwick Island, Ocean City, Bethany Beach and the popular Freeman Stage—home to live entertainment through September.

Tamarindo 5606-4

You’ll enjoy easy living inside this updated townhouse where the emphasis is on “new.”

Grab the towels and sunblock—this open and airy property in Midtown Ocean City is just a short walk from the beach. When you’re not taking in the best of the outdoors, you’ll enjoy easy living inside this updated townhouse where the emphasis is on “new.” With all the amenities that you need, the property also boasts four brand new flat-screen TVs, plus new living room furniture and bedding in all three bedrooms. There’s also a two-car garage and two furnished balconies with direct views of the outdoor pool.

At Tamarindo, you’re not only in walking distance to the beach, but also just a stroll away from Ocean City, Maryland, favorites like Fager’s Island, Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill and Maui Golf.

Book your last-minute vacation rental today!

Call one of our reservationists at 410-723-2002 to plan your trip.

Make the most of summer and escape to Ocean City, Maryland. Don’t wait, because these popular Vantage properties will go fast. Be sure to book direct online for the lowest possible rates. Or call one of our reservationists at 410-723-2002 to plan your trip. Find more properties at VantageOceanCity.com.

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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.

5 Benefits of Visiting Ocean City, Maryland, in the Off-Season

Have you ever dreamt about having the beach all to yourself? It’s not necessarily wishful thinking! Most travelers know that Ocean City is great during the summer months, but not many people realize how fantastic it can be during the rest of the year. The weather cools down, but the different seasons also add a variety of benefits to your stay. You can take scenic, serene strolls on the beach and pick up seashells, avoid road traffic, and escape the crowds that the summertime attracts. Plus, the all-around slower pace is perfect for relaxing retreats and extended getaways. No matter when you visit, you can count on Vantage Ocean City Rentals to help you make the most of it. Browse our properties today and find your happy place!

The Top 5 Reasons to Visit Ocean City, Maryland, in the Off-Season

1. Fewer Crowds

One of the top benefits of going to Ocean City in the off-season is that there are fewer people at the beach, boardwalk, and local attractions. That means you can take your time and enjoy your favorite things to do without dealing with crowds or feeling rushed. If you’re seeking retail therapy, you won’t have any trouble finding excellent spots for shopping in Ocean City, MD. There are options for everyone, from small shops like Ish Boutique and South Moon Under to the Outlets Ocean City, which offers big-name brand items at major discounts.

Are you ready for a bite to eat? There are several local restaurants that offer daily lunch and dinner specials, such as OC Wasabi, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, and Harborside Bar & Grill. Be sure to check out Fishtales next to Bahia Marina on 18th St. It’s 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 some impressive rockfish and enjoy your own freshly caught meal!

Tip: The off-season is the perfect time to search for seashells as they wash up onto the shore, especially after storms. Rare marine animals also make an appearance every now and then, like migrating seals that stop to rest on the beach.

2. Cooler Weather

Of course, if you’re a fan of milder temperatures, visiting Ocean City in the off-season is a clear choice. Fall and spring still offer decently warm, but not too hot, days with those cool, coastal breezes. It’s the ideal environment to spend a day outside enjoying your favorite outdoor activities without having to take all those breaks to duck inside for shade. You might need a warm jacket in the wintertime, but all of the festivities at Northside Park and holiday cheer throughout Ocean City is sure to warm your heart. Sipping on a cup of hot cocoa while you admire the display at the Winterfest of Lights helps, too!

3. Free Parking

Not only is it easier to find parking spots than in the summer, but parking is also completely free from November 1st through March 31st! Even though we’re happy to help you find the ideal Ocean City vacation rental within walking distance of your favorite activities and attractions, it doesn’t hurt being able to enjoy free parking if you’d like to mix it up and drive somewhere a little further away. It might seem like a minor benefit, but you’re sure to appreciate it at some of the more popular spots, especially in the downtown area of Ocean City, MD.

4. Boardwalk Bike Rides

While there are several regulations in place for riding a bike on the Ocean City Boardwalk in the summertime, the same rules aren’t enforced during the off-season. There are no restrictions for bike riding on the boardwalk from the Tuesday after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day. Head down to the boardwalk for a morning bike ride and stop in at your favorite cafe for a cup of coffee. Or, enjoy a romantic bike ride with your sweetheart in the evening!

Tip: Springfest and Sunfest are the only exceptions in the off-season — you’re only allowed to ride on the boardwalk from 2:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

5. Pet-Friendly Beaches

What’s a family vacation without Fido? Another wonderful benefit of visiting in the off-season is that you can bring your loyal, furry, four-legged pal along with you on the beach! Dogs are welcome to stroll the beach and boardwalk with you from October 1st through April 30th, as long as you keep them on a leash. They’ll love exploring the coastline with you! We even have a variety of pet-friendly vacation rentals that are perfect for your getaway with the whole family.

Bonus Benefit: Budget-Friendly Vacation Rentals


Enjoy a quick getaway with our two-night rentals in the off-season!

We’ll let you in on one more secret before you decide what your ideal time to visit Ocean City, MD, is. You can grab some great deals on your vacation rentals during the off-season! Vantage Ocean City Rentals has a long list of options, and you get to enjoy our top-notch properties at a fraction of what they cost in peak season. Plus, you’re welcome to enjoy a quick getaway with our two-night rentals in the off-season! Browse our current specials, budget-friendly properties, and book direct with us to make the most of your next vacation!

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.