Working hard and parenting hard, they both need a break. A well-planned and researched trip can reinvigorate physical and emotional health for everyone. It’s that time of year to think about planning a blended stay for a solid vacation or quick getaway in the spring.
Pick a date.
With the winter holidays out of the way, Valentine’s Day and Easter holidays will pop up on the calendar. There’s Spring Break to chase or to avoid, and then there are those weekends in between where there is little or no competitive traffic to worry about.
Pick a place.
Vacation Idea, the Dream Vacation Magazine, recommends Maryland for its historical sites, “sandy beaches, forested mountains, and thriving wetlands. It is a state popular with sailors and beachgoers, and nature lovers come here for the variety of outdoor settings. In addition, it has a thriving population of wildlife that includes wild horses on Assateague Island.”
The Atlantic Coast is flush with beach locations from New England to Key West, but for a short stay with multiple attractions, Ocean City, Maryland has a lot going for it, including its travel proximity to Baltimore, D.C., and Philadelphia.
Pick a hotel.
When looking for lodging, the marketing team at the Princess Royale recommend hotels. Ocean City, MD has many choices along its Atlantic Ocean waterfront boardwalk and along its Chesapeake Bay Coast.
Location, dining, and other amenities can enhance a stay cation. Accommodations with views, pools, and entertainment are everywhere.
Maybe there is a wedding coming up, and the bridal party is having a tough time coordinating selecting bridesmaid’s dresses. Pulling everyone together with a laptop gives you an opportunity to check out the designs by Azazie and make a selection between other fun activities.
Pick an adventure.
A place like Ocean City offers attractions that appeal to all ages and personalities. I don’t like to overdo the work or fun. I like things that stretch me and reduce stress even if they are active events.
The Wild Ponies of Assateague Island are a case in point. The ponies are feral descendants of domestic horses that reverted to a wild state after generations. Tourists are discouraged from approaching or feeding the horses.
Assateague’s wild horses are well known, even to many people who have never been to the island. The “wild” horses on Assateague are actually feral animals, meaning that they are descendants of domestic animals that have reverted to a wild state.
Tough and graceful, they wander the island under the eyes of visitors busing, cruising, or kayaking by. Visitors can make reservations to the park administered by the U.S. National Park system at http://reservations.dnr.state.md.us.
If fishing means a pleasant stress-free day, there is fishing from public piers, six miles of Ocean City beach, and rented or chartered boats that fish the Chesapeake Bay and the deep Atlantic. Or, the area’s renowned marlin fish can prove a lifetime experience.
Ocean City also offers extensive world-class golfing opportunities at public and private venues, 17 championship ranked course in all, including Eagle’s Landing with its certified Audubon Sanctuary.
Pick a restaurant.
Some people make the trip just for the seafood, especially the famed Maryland blue crab in all its many recipes.
Locals love nothing better than the all-you-can-eat Steamed Crab Feast at The Crab Bag on 130th. The award-winning Blu Crabhouse and Raw Bar boasts a Blue Crab Steamer Pot with crabs, shrimp, clams, mussels, sausage, red potatoes, and corn on the cob.
But, there’s the Ocean City, MD Boardwalk for children and teenagers to explore for pizzas, fries, and ice creams between rides on amusements and games in the arcades.
Ocean City, MD is not a place to exhaust in one trip. It’s a place for pacing and relaxation, for activities that do not wear thin and blending experiences for all.