Posted June 23, 2009 by Jamie Moore
No place captures the scent of summer like a classic boardwalk. Take an early morning bike ride or a stroll at dusk as the aroma of French fries, saltwater taffy, and funnel cakes swirls in the sea air. Here you can roll up your sleeves and feast on fresh Maryland crabs, then feel some serious Gs on a roller coaster (maybe not in that order) before overnighting at a picturesque inn on the boardwalk.
The Boardwalk: Travel Channel and USA Today both rank Ocean City's boardwalk among the best in America. On almost every night in summer there is something free going on. Feel like a kid again and delight in amusements and thrills of all kinds. Don't miss the antique carousel and the view from atop the Ferris wheel.
Phillips Seafood Restaurant: An Ocean City legend just a block off the boardwalk, this restaurant is best known for its all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. On the menu, try the steamed hard shell crabs by the dozen or the traditional crab cakes made with the restaurant's original 1956 recipe. Crab imperial, baked in a cream sauce and topped with cheddar cheese, is a house specialty. Looking for a deal? Order some appetizers for take-out—a fun alternative to standard beach picnic fare.
Inn on the Ocean: This enchanting oceanfront B&B right on the boardwalk is a quaint place to fall asleep to the roll of ocean surf. Relax in an elegantly appointed room or on the wrap-around veranda that overlooks the beach. Rates start at $275 per room in late summer ($135 in winter), a great value considering they include a huge gourmet breakfast, afternoon snacks, bicycles, beach umbrellas, and beach chairs.
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(Photo: Town of Ocean City Tourism Office)