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Ocean City, Maryland and Fager’s Island: A great family-friendly waterfront destination!

Fager’s Lighthouse Club at night with the rest Ocean City, Maryland in the distance.
Photo by Gregory Coin
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Rows of resorts and condominiums, all-you-care-to-eat family restaurants, a lively boardwalk, and miles of world-class beach  – that’s what comes to mind for most people when you mention Ocean City, Maryland. But few know that Ocean City hosts a marvelous waterfront retreat, Fager’s Island.

We learned of Fager’s Island thanks to a tip from the publisher of Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine (a useful travel resource!).  Now this will be our first choice for where to stay whenever we are in Ocean City. Fager’s really is an island, albeit a small one, overlooking Wight Bay between 56th and 60th streets just south of the Highway 90 bridge from the Maryland mainland. It includes the "Lighthouse Club" and the "Edge" hotel facilities as well as "Fager’s Island Restaurant and Bar," all linked by bridges and walkways.


The "Lighthouse Club," houses twenty-three, one-bedroom suites that all have beautiful views of the bay or wetlands. You actually feel like you’re in one of those wide Maryland style lighthouses that look something like huge crabs. In fact many of the rooms actually reach out over the bay. The suites include marble bathrooms, whirlpool Jacuzzis, custom furniture, large decks and many even have fireplaces. And just in case you don’t enjoy convening with nature from the privacy of your sitting area, there’s a wonderful lounge on the main level to meet and greet fellow guests.


The "Edge," offers twelve distinctively designed suites and they are spectacular – each with an entire wall of windows overlooking the bay, a jacuzzi and a patio. There’s also a shower the size of a small bedroom, a large flat-screen television and a wonderful Empire-inspired lounging sofa. You simply can’t go wrong no matter which venue you choose at Fager’s Island. Be sure to check out the attached slide show to get a better sense of the accommodations and picturesque waterfront setting.


You’re in for a real treat when you dine at the Fager’s Island Restaurant and Bar. The lower level is informal with traditional seafood fare. But you also have the option of dinning on the upscale second level where "food" becomes "cuisine" and the views are awesome. You can even order from upscale menu if you’re on the first floor. Be sure to spend some time with Emilio, the bartender. A 13-year venteran, he loves Fager’s and is happy to answer any questions you may have.


But the best part is yet to come – even if you’re not a classical music lover like me. Each evening just before sunset, every speaker in the house begins to rumble with the opening bars of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, timed exactly so that the canons and the monumental finale end precisely as the last rays from the sun sink into the horizon. It literally brings chills to me just writing about it! Of course, they also have bands and DJs later in the evening to please the younger set.


There are lots of things to do and see in Ocean City, including a great boardwalk with typical seaside amusements at the south end of peninsula, not to mention miles of beaches, several world-class miniature golf attractions and a host of restaurants that cater to all sorts of crowds, including families on a limited budget. Ocean City is on the south end of an ocean front peninsula that also includes Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island in Delaware.


Gregory Coin is the worldwide "Waterfront Destinations" writer for an international online news and events magazine, Examiner.com.

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