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Love is in the salty beach air: A guide to Valentine’s Day in Ocean City

There’s no place that says “romance” quite like a quiet winter beach. Loving long walks on the beach, and listing off that love on your dating profile, is a total cliche, but vacations are all about embracing the cliches.

Who doesn’t love long walks on the beach? Couple that with a bargain of a hotel room, or a candlelit dinner, or a horse and carriage ride complete with chocolate and champagne, or all of the above, and you’ve got the dream of a Valentine’s Day getaway. Maybe it’s all cliche, but who cares? Love is in the salty beach air, and in Ocean City, Valentine’s dreams come true.

Here are  Valentine’s Day hotel packages, restaurants, and things to do, all to be shared with the one you love.

Ocean City Hotel Packages for Valentine’s Day

You’re likely to find discounted rooms and suites at most of the Ocean City hotels that are open during the off-season, look for ad-ons like perks like meal credits, bottles of champagne, and chocolate.

Stay at this great Boardwalk hotel and enjoy two night’s with a $60.00 Dinner Voucher to a Great Local Restaurant: Sunset Grille, Longboard Café, EPIC Bar & Grill, Pit and Pub, Sello’s Italian Oven & Bar, Coastal Salt, or Ropewalk Ocean City. Hours of operations may vary by season. You will also get two souvenir Champagne glasses, and chocolates! Make your reservation here.


ClarionBook a romantic getaway in Ocean City this Valentine’s Day and stay at the Clarion, using Promo Code ROMANTIC. Their package includes 2 nights deluxe Oceanview accommodation, a choice of Champagne or sparkling water, a sweat treat, single rose and a $100 meal credit for any of their food and beverage outlets. Ocean City Restaurants for a Romantic Candlelit Dinner. You can make your reservation here.


Stay at either Howard Johnson hotel and enjoy your room, plus $80 in meal vouchers, flowers, box of chocolates, and a bottle of wine in your room upon arrival. Get more information and prices here.



Where to go for Valentine’s Day in Ocean City

Ocean City is not necessarily a town that’s known for its fine dining, but it really probably should be. The town is not all sports bars and surf-themed taquerias all the time (although if that’s what you and your sweetheart are into, don’t hesitate to reach for a burger and a beer on V-day weekend and pour ketchup on your fries in the shape of a heart). On our restaurants page you will find an exhaustive list of every restaurant in Ocean City, from casual dining to pizza, but for easier-access, here are some of the more romantic options that are open in February:

Sello’s Italian Oven & Bar in the heart of West Ocean City are taking reservations for your Valentine’s Day celebrations! Give them a call on 410-390-3543 and enjoy an evening of amazing food in a unique restaurant.

Longboard Cafe at the Town Center on 67th Street will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 12th. Choose any three courses for $59 per person. Includes a complimentary glass of champagne or house wine. Please. make a reservation either online or by calling 443-664-5639.

Find your perfect match in wine at the Residence Inn by Marriott Ocean City’s Valentine’s Wine tasting Event! Mimicking the familiar “speed dating” game, guests will rotate around various tables representing different types of wine with tasting notes and pairing cards, presented by a professional sommelier. After rating the wines, each person will receive individual pairing cards displaying their top picks & why. Groups will then be made, based upon the end results and participant’s tastes!
Tickets are $20 per person and include an introductory glass of wine, all samples, lite fare, and live entertainment. Contact the hotel for tickets at 410.723.2222 or click here. *Limited seats avail. Dinner specials will be available from the Bayview Bar & Grille 4pm to 10pm
Grab your best Galentine or favorite Valentine and watch Fifty Shades of Grey on the big screen at Flagship Cinemas in West Ocean City. this one night only showing will be absolutely FREE! There will be giveaways and prizes, and if you come early you can have a drinking their Pig and Whistle Bar serving wine, beer and seltzer.


Things to do on your romantic Valentine’s Day weekend

1. Take a romantic stroll along the beach, if weather allows.

As busy as the beach gets in February!

Most Boardwalk businesses will be closed unless the weather is really nice, but you can still walk up and down the beach and boards. It’s extra romantic to stroll along the shoreline collecting seashells when you don’t see a single other person in your line of sight; only seagulls. Take in the salty ocean air, and even bring your four-legged friends along. They’re allowed on the beach until April 30.

And in case weather doesn’t allow…



2. See a movie.


Flagship Cinema in West Ocean City

Head over to Flagship Cinemas in West Ocean City for their deluxe heated seats and enjoy the latest offerings from Hollywood. Their Pig and Whistle bar means you can enjoy an adult beverage before the movie starts. Catch the FREE showing of 50 Shades of Grey at the Flagship on February 9th at 630pm.




3. Play a round of indoor putt-putt.

Old Pro has two indoor courses open year-round, so even if you can’t soak up the sun at an outdoor mini golf course, you can still enjoy a few games at a fun, themed course.




4. Pamper yourself at the spa.

Princess Royale indoor pool and atrium

This idea is great, because it can apply if you’re in a relationship and opt for a couples massage, or it can be just as (if not more) enjoyable on your own. If you are staying at the Princess Royale Hotel – or even if you aren’t – The Creative Day Spa can pamper you or your loved one for Valentine’s Day. If you don’t like the idea of a massage, you can always sit yourself down by an indoor pool and just ….. relax!



5. Enjoy the local entertainment.

There’s no shortage of talented musicians in Ocean City. Check out the local bars and restaurants to find some live music to listen.

Share your love story with us

Ocean City love stories, just in time for Valentine’s Day

Last year we asked for your Ocean City love stories. This year, we will do the same. When did you fall in love with Ocean City? Or better yet, who did you fall in love with in Ocean City, and how? Post your story on our Facebook page, or email aneely@oceancity.com, and we’ll publish it just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Kristin is a writer and photographer in Ocean City, Maryland, and is the content manager for OceanCity.com and other State Ventures, LLC sites. She loves getting reader-submitted stories and photos, so send her an email anytime. She also works part-time at the Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Film Festival and lives just off the peninsula with her dog and fiancé. Her photos can be found on Instagram @oc_kristin.

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