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The town of Berlin has a new mayor and several new members on the Town Council.  The Chamber of Commerce and merchants are trying to get feedback on the branding for the town as we move forward under new leadership.  If you have been to Berlin, love Berlin, live there or work there, please feel free to provide your feedback.  The more answers we get, the more informed our decisions moving forward.

Please complete the following survey.  Your answers will remain anonymous and will be presented in their totality to the Mayor and Council as well as made available online.

Thank you in advance for your help.


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Atlantic Hotel

Atlantic Hotel

2 North Main Street Berlin, MD

The historic Atlantic Hotel is located in the center of Berlin, Maryland, a charming town located only 7 miles from Ocean City, MD and Assateague Island National Park. The hotel was built in 1895 and has been restored in detail to its original Victorian era style, featuring guest rooms that are beautifully furnished with period antiques. The...

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Bars and Restaurants in Berlin, Maryland

Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it in Berlin. Some restaurants, like the Globe, recently purchased by Burley Oak Brewing and located in a 100-year-old building in historic Berlin, seem to have been around forever – and for good reason. At Rayne’s Reef Soda Fountain & Grill you can step back in time with a classic burger and milkshake. Other restaurants, like Fins Ale House and Raw Bar, have only recently added new flavor to Main Street’s lineup and are keeping the community on its toes.

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Island Creamery

J & M Meat Market

Gilbert's Provisions

Burn Wood Fire Pizza

Main Street Deli

Pitt Stop Beer & Wine

Arts and entertainment abound

For over 10 years, Berlin has been a state-recognized Arts and Entertainment District. The flourishing arts community celebrates the second Friday of every month with an Art Stroll that includes live music, art on display, plein air painting, gifts, photography exhibits, jewelry and more.

On any day of the week, you can view a piece of the new mural underway on the side of the town’s Visitor Center, and even participate in the public art project.

Berlin is a major supporter of the arts and is home to the Worcester County Arts Council, which works to nurture the artistic community of Berlin and all of Worcester County.

Art Sign
The Worcester County Arts Council even has its own tiny library, pictured above – pick a book and return after reading! 

Shopping in Berlin, Maryland: Unique antiques and other businesses

One of Berlin’s many charms is its vast array of locally-owned businesses. There’s clothing boutiques and candy shops and so many opportunities to take home a souvenir that you’d never find anywhere else. The stores in Berlin sell much more than postcards – in fact, with two expansive antique stores, you might end up with a tchotchke that’s over a century old.

Berlin, Maryland events: There’s always something going on

Like many other towns, Berlin hosts its share of movie nights, fireworks and concerts in the park – but then there are other events that are totally, uniquely, sometimes weirdly, Berlin. Take, for example, the Bathtub Races, where local businesses and competitors have been turning ordinary “tubs” into decked-out racing vehicles since 1992.

There’s also the annual Peach Festival, a staple of summer that includes pie-baking, pie-eating contests, various vendors and juicy peaches galore, and Shakespeare on Berlin, where the Brown Box Theatre Troupe takes drama to the streets.

The annual Berlin Peach Festival includes old-fashioned activities like making ice cream by shaking it in a baggie. (pre Covid-19)

Berlin history: History buffs, look no further

Home to 47 structures on the National Register of Historic Places, Berlin has a rich history that’s accentuated by well-preserved architecture, some of which dates back hundreds of years. Businesses like the Globe and the Atlantic Hotel have been restored over time to reflect their original glory. Anyone with a penchant for history can learn the complete story of these sites at a Berlin History Walking Tour — or, for the supernatural seeker, at a Berlin Ghost Walk. The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum is also great way to learn something new enjoy a slice of the town’s history.

Atlantic Hotel Berlin
So are all these old places, like the Atlantic Hotel, haunted? You decide.

Families welcome

The 21 acres of Berlin, known as Stephen Decatur Park, are designated to provide playground and picnic facilities for families, as well as tennis and racquetball courts for the athletically-inclined. Dogs are also right at home in Berlin, where bowls of water sit outside of practically every store.

mother and daughters on bench
Sarah, Norah and Scarlette take a break on a knit-covered bench that is part of the Berlin Public Art movement project.

Accommodations are easy

Since 2012, Berlin has offered free public wifi for the convenience of visitors. It’s also not difficult to find a place to stay when cozy bed and breakfasts seem to line every street. (Maybe that’s why the Smithsonian Magazine named Berlin one of the top 20 Small Towns in the Country?)

Berlin Main Street Sign
Just follow the signs. 

A beautiful landscape of trails and scenery

The nature trails throughout the town are the perfect way to enjoy the scenery, kept beautiful and clean thanks to the Grow Berlin Green campaign, which establishes Berlin as a model community for environmental protection and conservation.

And on every Earth Day for the past 10 years, the town has promoted Clean-Up Berlin Day, where community members volunteer their time to tidying up the area’s neighborhoods and parks. Following the spring cleaning is Take Pride in Berlin week, where locals celebrate the beauty of their small town.  

Berlin Wildlife
A tiny bird enjoys a beautiful day at Stephen Decatur Park.

It’s just the coolest

In 2014, Budget Travel famously named Berlin the Coolest Small Town in America, due in part to the charm of the farmers market and arts district, the prevalence of quirky functions like the annual Fiddlers Convention, and the town’s proximity to Ocean City and Assateague Island. Others seem to agree – Berlin has been the backdrop to movies like Runaway Bride and Tuck Everlasting, and visitors are drawn in year after year for the food, entertainment and scenery they can’t find anywhere else. Berlin may have been recognized for its charm three years ago, but today it’s still America’s coolest small town.  

Local Berlin Sign
It’s true: Berlin is as local as it gets.