I know what you’re thinking. It’s a suspicious headline coming from a website that wants you to venture to the beach. But have we ever lead you astray, reader? Has science? The notion that nature has a therapeutic effect is not a new one. In fact, back in the 18th century, Victorians were commonly prescribed trips to the shore to alleviate certain pains. What is it about the beach that’s so beneficial to our mental and emotional well-being, anyway?

When it comes to why, exactly, the beach gets you feeling all Zen, there are a few factors at play, says Richard Shuster, PsyD, clinical psychologist and host of The Daily Helping podcast. “The color blue has been found by an overwhelming amount of people to be associated with feelings of calm and peace,” says Shuster. “Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state.” A study published in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s journal even found that blue is associated with a boost of creativity.

Spending time near the water relaxes us and helps boost serotonin levels. That’s the happy chemical. It’s no coincidence many medical offices use pictures of oceans and beaches as decor. They invoke calming feelings even if you’re not physically there. Some airlines and even dental practices are using VR technology to reduce anxiety in flyers and patients by putting them on a virtual beach. Medical Daily also published a study revealing ocean water contains minerals that help the body fight infection, and breathing in salty sea air may help us sleep better at night.

Consider the instant benefits your brain receives from negative ions in the misty ocean air. In 1932, American research engineer Clarence Hansell noticed the mood of one of his colleagues fluctuated in response to the different types of ions, subsequently leading to later studies showing negatively ionized air can alleviate symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. “I’ll have what he’s having!”

Hey, maybe you didn’t need scientific proof that there’s nothing quite like listening to waves crash on a beach, but it’s certainly not a bad excuse to plan a trip. You know, for your health.


With Thanksgiving upon us it is safe to say that our Holiday season has begun. We hope this finds you in good company and in a happy, relaxed and festive spirit. The weeks ahead are sure to be packed with holiday going-ons, planning, visiting and shopping of all varieties. With the power punch that is the Christmas Season it’s good to set a few days aside for a relaxing getaway, especially with friends and family and loved ones, or even solo. So in the spirit of holiday relaxation ...read more

Summer is for beaches, Fall is for the leaves, and the Holiday season is for Hallmark movies. Those Hallmark movies always seem to take place in the most picturesque little holiday towns. Happy locals that know everyone, Christmas lights everywhere, carriage rides, cute restaurants with friendly staff and amazing food, adorable family-owned one-of-a-kind shops, and, of course, top it all off with a little romance. What if I told you that all of the above could be found in America’s ...read more

Take advantage of these Snowbird Airshow Specials at the conveniently located Harrison Hall and Plim Plaza boardwalk hotels on May 23rd for an event you don’t want to miss! Join us from 2:00 to 4:00pm on 3rd St. for an afternoon of outdoor aerial excitement.

You’ve felt the heart pulsing rush of the Air Force Thunderbirds and the US Navy Blue Angels, but now it’s time to celebrate our allied neighbors and their riveting feats as they fly over our resort area for the very first time. ...read more

With Summer 2018 just around the corner, and everyone counting down the days until their toes are buried deep into the warm sand, we bring you exciting news about our completely renovated hotel that will soon join the Ocean City skyline.

Introducing the DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront, the newest vacation destination in Ocean City, Maryland. Previously the Quality Inn & Suites Beachfront, the hotel has undergone a complete renovation, inside and out, top to bottom, to ...read more

Just like Snoop says, “It ain’t no fun if everyone can’t have none.”

That might not be a direct quote but what he means is that when we all come together and share, we’re a happier race, living in a happier place. There is a similar idea preached locally. United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore’s mission plainly states ‘To create and enhance opportunities for making a positive and lasting impact in Education, Financial Stability and Health for all.’ The Harrison Group is behind ...read more

Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville, Del., has taken its acts to Ocean City, Maryland. Summer nights at the Holiday Inn on 67th Street will feature ‘Dicken’s On The Road,’ a magic-comedy show for all ages. The shows are intimate, and not what one might expect, giving the audience plenty of chances to participate. “It’s truly a wow factor that you’re not expecting,” says Jason Gulshen, General Manager at the Holiday Inn, “It’s comedy, but it’s high-level magic.” ...read more

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Police Officers have one of the most hectic jobs, and an unfortunate side effect to that is they don’t always have an opportunity, or time, to speak with citizens about general questions or concerns they might have. Departments all over the country do their best to try and combat this disconnect between police and citizens, but it’s easier said than done. However, locally, right here in Ocean City, police are attempting to start a program that they feel will help fight this issue ...read more

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The planning phase of any vacation can be one of the most stressful parts. You’re looking for a unique and fun place to travel to, and once you’ve found that you’re on the prowl for a hotel that’s going to be your home during your getaway.

Naturally the first place you start your search is the internet. In today’s age TripAdvisor is the king of kings when it comes to reviews and travel opinions. Hearing first-hand from people who have traveled to, and stayed at, the locations that ...read more

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Well, hello again, travelers. It saddens me to say this is the last installment of the mini-series (check here for part 1 and part 2 of the mini-series). I’ve had a wonderful time talking about this subject with you folks and answering all your wonderful questions. This last section wraps things up with some smaller, but still critical points to why you should book directly with the hotel. I hope you’re already convinced, but if not, read on and don’t forget to ask me any ...read more

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