Ocean City is usually synonymous with the beach and the Boardwalk in people’s minds, but a specific destination restaurant, bar or amusement may have a more powerful association for some visitors. Almost all of the most iconic images and locations, in the collective consciousness, are located south of the Route 90 bridge. Ocean City seems to be more focused toward the inlet, but for savvy travelers who make a left when they come over the bridge and head north, there are experiences exclusive to the area. Some of these experiences are obvious, like less crowded beaches and more neighborhoods and condos. Others are less-so. I put together my 5 secret reasons to love North Ocean City below, feel free to share yours in the comments.
5. Enjoy the view from the Fenwick Inn
I’ll admit to having a certain weakness for a rooftop bar and rooftop dining generally. Because it is such a seasonal experience, there aren’t as many places to do it as one might like. The outdoor deck atop the Fenwick Inn is one of those great rooftop hangout experiences. I’ve been there day and night and even though the vibes are different, lounging in the sun versus enjoying the evening breeze, the upshot is the same: it is relaxing. Catch the sunset over the bay or the sunrise over the ocean, all from the same seat. Pretty cool.
4. Step out to the oceanfront deck at Horizons
Horizons is already known for its award winning buffet, but as a nightlife destination it is worth remembering the views. In the winter it provides all of the ocean views with none of the seasonal bitterness. In the summer, though, theres nothing like getting stepping away from the bar for a little night sea air. Even better, start your night on the deck as the sun fades behind the hotel and you’re left with the darkening ocean as an additional evening companion. The deck bar has its own benefits, not the least of which is being steps away from the sand.
3. Buy a piece of the Original Greene Turtle
The Original Greene Turtle always is in the running for Best Sports Bar in Ocean City for good reason. They take sports seriously, particularly Maryland Sports. But the ‘Turtle also is known for its world famous Mug Club. The bar, which since has become a regional phenomenon, still has the feel of an old-timey downtown bar. It is dim enough that during the day it provides respite from the sun as well as plenty of recuperative beverages. In the evening, it remains both a dining and a drinking hotspot with plenty of entertainment and enough televisions to make sure you don’t miss a moment of any of the games.
2. Watch mixologists work at the Longboard Cafe
As we have mentioned before, there is a ton to like at the Longboard Cafe. They have great food and service, for example, and it is off the street and secluded but not too secluded. The best thing, though, is how seriously they take the beverage portion of the meal. Their bartenders aren’t tap monkeys and watching them work is a pleasure. Not only that, but they are skilled recommenders. That is, if for some reason you can’t decide from the cocktails, beers and wines on the menus, the staff can talk you through your dispositions and then help you figure out something new to try.
1. Be responsible for deciding the Best of Ocean City
OK, you don’t have to be in North Ocean City to do this, but you have to have been to North Ocean City to do this. With all the focus on the boardwalk and the inlet these and other North Ocean City icons sometimes get forgotten. If you’re a “North ‘O'” enthusiast, make sure you give your favorite places their due.