Ocean City Journals

Casual Living at the Ocean

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A July 2008 trip to Ocean City by weeblewobble46

The Amusement pier  Photo, Ocean City, Maryland More Photos
Quote: A weekend at "the Ocean" is the best stress-buster.

Casual Living at the Ocean

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Overview

The Amusement pier  Photo, Ocean City, Maryland
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Ocean City, MD, is the best place to release all the stress that weighs you down. The gentle surf, soft sand, brilliant sun and excellent boardwalk is a family fun paradise.There is an amusement pier around the southern end of the boardwalk. An old carousel is in the shelter of the Trimpey playland. A mirror maze will keep you occupied while you try to find your way through the mirrors and plate glass panels. A haunted house is scary enough for the average child but may be a little mild for a teen or adult. This is the area for children's rides.There is also an amusement park (old style - not modern) farther up the main drag and several shopping areas (including an outlet mall...Read More

Hooper's

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Restaurant | "Hooper's by the Rt. 50 Bridge"

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If you want to have "all you can eat" crabs, but there is a member of your party that is not fond of seafood, get yourself to Hooper's. We joined some friends for dinner. Three of us wanted steamed crabs - one didn't. We decided to go to Hooper's since it was close by and we knew that they served more than just seafood.Needless to say, the crabs were great. Seasoned and steamed to perfection. We picked and talked while our non-seafood friend ate one of the biggest chicken breast dinners that I have seen in a long time. He said that it was tender and well seasoned and would definitely order it again.Hooper's has been an OC fixture for many years. This incarnat...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 24, 2008

Java Cafe

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Restaurant | "Java Cafe Breakfast"

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We stopped at the Java Cafe because they had crab omelet posted on the menu on the boardwalk. I love crabs and will eat them in anything from breakfast to dinner (haven't quite gotten to crab ice cream yet). This little boardwalk cafe is "open air" seating at bistro-type tables and was close to the spot where we rented our bikes, so we decided to try it for breakfast after a morning ride up and down the boardwalk. I should have known what to expect when my first request was denied. They didn't have any crab for the omelet listed on the menu. Couldn't they have covered up that area of the menu and saved me the frustration?!! The second "sign" was that the men's restroom was out of or...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 24, 2008

BJs on the Water

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Restaurant | "Tasty Sandwiches - Great View"

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We went to BJ's on the Water for an early dinner on our last night in Ocean City. Our friends had eaten there before and were quite pleased with the outcome, so off we went.I ordered a "Black Russian", a beef, turkey and swiss sandwich topped with lettuce, tomato and thousand island dressing. It was more than I could finish in one seating. The pumpernickle was hot and the meat was tender. Boy, was I a happy camper! Hubby had a burger and thought that it was tender and delicious. He is not one to say the word "delicious" easily, so I'm sure that he really meant it. One friend ordered the "Black Russian" also and the other ordered the "Seafood Skins" from the appetizer menu and a sala...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 24, 2008

BJs on the Water
75th Street and the Bay
Ocean City, Maryland
(410) 524-7575

"Old" Ocean City

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Those of us who grew up "down de Ocean" in the 50's and 60's remember some of the older family owned hotels in the center of town. They ranged from the larger ones to the small cottage type. Many of them are still around and have not changed much except for the paint colors. Some, especially the ones on the boardwalk, have redone their facades. Some, unfortunately, (or fortunately if you are not a fan) have given way to the condos that are creeping into the "Old Town" section. We try to stay in the older buildings because of the atmosphere and they are usually quite a bit cheaper. That leaves us more "Crab Money". If you choose to stay in an older building, be prepared for lumpy pla...Read More