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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.

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.


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.



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.

Ocean City Holiday - Winterfest of Lights

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!






Fall in Love with the Beach

Fall in Love with Ocean City

Temperatures May Drop, but Fall Events Heat Up

Dusting off school books, raking up leaves, and enjoying football on TV – who says vacations are just for the summer? Fall is the best time of year and even better in Ocean City! Forget the traffic, skip the lines, and enjoy life at a slower pace. Ocean City offers fall vacation deals for every budget.  With off-season temperatures in the 60s-70s, the local events never stop. From food festivals to car shows to Halloween traditions, visitors will fall in love with the shore.

September

  • 9/11 Parade of Brothers Motorcycle Ride  – Join riders from across the country in a memorial boardwalk parade.
  • 9/14-17 OC Bikefest – From the Boardwalk to the Convention Center to the Inlet, Bikefest promises great times with bands, stunt bikes, vendors, food & beverages.
  • 9/21-24 43rd Annual Sunfest & Sunfest Kite Festival – Celebrate fall in style! Enjoy the four-day event full of delicious food, arts and crafts, live music, rides, activities for the kids & more.
  • 9/22-23 13th Annual Sand Castle Home Tour – Spend the day touring ten of Ocean City’s most beautiful homes for a great cause, the Art League of OC!
  • 9/29-30 22nd Annual Wine on the Beach – Treat your taste buds! Start off your stress free weekend wining on the beach.

October

  • 10/5-8 20th Annual Endless Summer Crusin’– Car enthusiasts will love this event with over 2,000 Hot Rods, Wild Customs, and Trick Trucks at the Convention Center.
  • 10/21 O.C.toberfest Howl-o-ween Pet Parade Show – Ocean City goes to dogs, cats & any other family pet! Break out your best costume and join over 140 pet and owners alike for the Howl-o-ween Pet Parade.
  • 10/21-22 & 28-29 O.C.toberfest Halloween Beach Maze – Test your navigation skills in Ocean City’s largest beach maze!
  • 10/28 Great Pumpkin Race – Take the whole family to the Great Pumpkin Race: OC Edition! Creating your finest pumpkin race car and take part in this wacky down-hill race.

November

  • 11/16 – 12/31 Winterfest of LightsHop aboard the Winterfest Express for the best tour of the one million Christmas light display. Enjoy festive music, hot chocolate, gift shops & pictures with Santa!

Plan your fall getaway to Ocean City at VantageOceanCity.com.  Or give our Vacation Coordinators a call at (410) 723-2002 – we would be happy to help you find the rental that’s just right for you!






Winter at the Beach | Chill Out in OCMD

Often times, people don`t pair the winter season with feeling the sand between their toes; however, the winter season can be a great time to travel to the beach. There are plenty of advantages of traveling to Ocean City, Maryland during the colder season. Come discover why we love winter at the beach!

Less Crowds

Not a fan of large summer crowds? You won`t have to deal with the chaos of crowds on the Boardwalk if you visit Ocean City during the winter months. During these months, you will find less people on the beach, driving on Coastal Highway, or just around town, making it a much more peaceful and relaxing vacation experience. If you choose to drive to Ocean City, you will also have the luxury of not experiencing the usual beach traffic that is almost inevitable during the summer months.

Save Money

There are a variety of deals that occur during winter in Ocean City from restaurant deals to activity savings. You can also take advantage of our lower prices on Vantage vacation rentals during the winter season. Interested in a stay during the holidays? Check out our current special here where you can have a pre-lit tree in your vacation rental without the hassle of setting it up or taking it down (we will take care of that) for just $49. This deal also comes with a festive starter amenities bag and a special surprise!

Experience Holiday Events

Get a change of scenery for the holiday season and head to the beach for one of the iconic events that the town has to offer. Ocean City hosts their signature Winterfest of Lights event at Northeast Park from now until January 3, 2016 which features over one million holiday lights. Climb aboard the Winterfest Express and explore the many exhibits along with seeing the iconic 50-foot Christmas tree. Interested in ringing in the New Year at the beach? Stay over New Year`s Eve weekend and attend the free fireworks show along with live entertainment.

Get Active

From October 1st to April 30th, Ocean City allows travelers to walk their dogs on the beach and Boardwalk. Keep in mind that dogs must be leashed at all times and that owners are required to remove any waste. In addition, if you choose to bring your pet, you must stay in a pet-friendly Vantage rental or keep your dog in a kennel. During the winter, you can also bike, roller blade or skateboard on the Boardwalk at your leisure.

Give us a call or browse our website to find your perfect rental to enjoy winter at the beach!






Spend Thanksgiving at the beach this year, and get a FREE dinner on us!

Thanksgiving on Us | Free Dinner!

The FOOD. The FAMILY. The FOOTBALL.

What could possibly make Thanksgiving better than that? The BEACH!

Vantage invites you to spend Thanksgiving in beautiful Ocean City, MD! And to make your stay even more relaxing, we`ve decided that your feast is on us! Guests visiting for Thanksgiving will receive a FREE dinner* for up to 10 guests ($49.99 value), prepared fresh by Harris Teeter Food Market. All you do is heat & enjoy!

Wouldn`t you like to focus more on relaxing than fussing over Thanksgiving details? Come enjoy gorgeous fall color & laid-back coastal atmosphere at one of our beautiful vacation rentals. Vantage vacation homes are located in some of Ocean City`s best-loved communities, and can accommodate families of every size & budget.  And while you`re here, check out these fun activities:

Black Friday Deals at Tanger Outlets in W. OCMD or Rehoboth Beach, DE – open 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving
Holiday Shopper’s Fair at Roland E. Powell Convention Center – open 10:00 a.m. daily Nov. 28-30
Winterfest of Lights, pictures with Santa & hot cocoa at Northside Park – open 5:30 p.m. daily Nov. 20-Jan. 4

* Use Promo Code GOBBLEOC. Free Harris Teeter gift card valid only with rentals of $199/night & up. 3-night minimum stay required. Must check-in between 11/25/14 & 11/29/14. Not valid on bookings made prior to 9/22/14. Cannot be combined with other offers.