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Luck of the Irish

St Patricks Day in Ocean City Maryland

Are *YOU* Feeling Lucky!?

Ocean City, Maryland is host to one of the greatest St. Patrick’s Day Parades around!  If you have never been, you are truly missing out on one of the best weekends OC has to offer. Our parade includes marching units, floats, and local celebrities. The parade begins at noon on Saturday March 16th, 2013 and travels along Coastal Highway from 59th Street to 45th Street in the Southbound lane. The fun continues at the 45th Street shopping area with a fun festival, food and beverages!

The Contest

The Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites is looking for your *BEST* St. Patrick’s Day Costume!  We will be giving away a free 2 night stay on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at The Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites on 17th Street in OCMD along with other assorted gift cards and prizes!!


OC, MD Fishing Pier to be Rebuilt

In retrospect, Ocean City, MD and the Delmarva coast was spared from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. Especially when compared to the destruction and hardships it caused to New Jersey and New York. The ‘Frankenstorm’ that was Hurricane Sandy did destroy much of the iconic Ocean City fishing pier. However the pier will be rebuilt back to its former self in preparation of the 2013 summer.

An icon doesn’t just become one overnight. There has been a fishing pier, in Ocean City on that exact site for over 100 years. The first one being built in 1907. Over the years the pier has been home to a skating rink, bowling alley, theater, dancing pavilion, pool room and ballroom. Now it is home to some of the best Mid-Atlantic fishing along with spectacular views of Ocean City and Assateague Island. It is great news to hear that the OC Fishing Pier will be rebuilt for the summer 2013 season!


Striper Fishing Tactics & Tips

Striper fish

The arrival of fall means more than just sweatshirts, bonfires, and pumpkin flavored everything; for anglers along the east coast, it means striper season has arrived once again. The Striped Bass (or striper) will begin their fall run from the New England area back down to the warmer waters of North Carolina until spring.

If you’re looking to get involved with striper fishing, be aware there’s a lot more to it than throwing a line with some bait out into the water. Here are some tactics and tips to help you tighten your lines & catch the State Fish of Maryland, the striper:


Dew Tour Kicks Off

skate bowl

Ahh, the Dew Tour is finally here, and this year its bigger and better than ever! With the Skate and BMX Vert, Skate Bowl, BMX Park, Surf and the new Mega 2.0 competition there is going to be so much to do over the next 4 days.

Day 1 was all about soaking in the free dew tour experience with an endless array of booths, demos, prizes, autographs etc. etc. Inside the stride gum booth you can try out slacklining which is a flexible nylon rope highly tensioned between 2 points, basically a long narrow trampoline.  The pros made it look easy doing 360’s and flips.

The highlights of the opening competitions were seen at the skate bowl led by skaters Bucky Lasek, Andy Macdonald, and many others.


Ocean City Family Photo Contest!

Wanted, Famous Families of the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites

WANTED: Famous Families of The Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites

REWARD: A complimentary stay, $50 Voucher to Hemmingways Restaurant, Coral Reef T-Shirt and 2 free drink vouchers

The Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites is looking for your BEST family photo. Kudos if you find a photo that is actually taken in Ocean City, Maryland at our hotel or the nearby Ocean City Boardwalk, but not mandatory. This contest is for our loyal guests, we want to give back to you for all the great things you give to us each year.


Shopping Around in Ocean City

Under Armour outlet at Ocean City outlet mall

With so many beach days spent in Ocean City, it's easy to find yourself needing an afternoon out of the sun and into the stores!

Ranging from high end fashions at South Moon Under in Ocean City on 81st street to the best of beach and surf essentials for the whole family at Quiet Storm on North Division street on the boardwalk, shopping in Ocean City is easy breezy.

The Tanger brand of outlet stores has relaunched itself at the West Ocean City outlet mall. They are sure to bring new outlet stores to the area, offering up deals every day. Being a few moments from Ocean City, comfort and convenience makes outlet shopping a must.

If you are feeling adventurous and find yourself in the historical town of Berlin you are in for a real treat! Right in the heart of town there is John's Premium Cigars, several antique malls and unique boutiques that offer jewelry, clothing and home decor.

Last but not least, take advantage of the Ocean City Md boardwalk stores which offer a wide selection of shopping - plus an air-conditioned break from the summer sun! Malibu's Surf Shop on 8th Street has a unique selection of locally designed clothing - also sunglasses, watches, swim trunks and souvenirs. Speaking of souvenirs, no Ocean City vacation is complete without a trip to the Kite Loft on 5th Street and the boards where you'll not only find great kites but also lots of great stuff for the kids or your home.

Take the time for yourself on your next visit and enjoy the abundant shopping that the area has to offer. And share some of your favorite places to shop in Ocean City on our Facebook page!


Black Diamond Jet Team

Black Diamond Jet Team soaring over the Ocean City crowd.

I know we've posted a lot about the Airshow but these photos are too nice not to share!

See more pics by Chris Willey on Facebook from the 2012 OC Air Show last weekend.


OC Air Show 2012