Same destination, new spots: Ocean City, MD

Posted by: on Aug 22, 2014 | One Comment

Every year I go to the beach town of Ocean City, Maryland and hit up the same spots. I always have a blast, but this year I decided to mix things up a bit and try something new. Especially now that I have a travel blog, it’s not like you guys want to re-read the same exact post from last year!

Boardwalk in Ocean City, MD

So what new spots did I find in the same old place? I was surprised to stumble upon an awesome surf/skate-inspired beer bar serving local brews made right inside – quite impressive, since the place is tiny. The beers were good but the ambiance was my favorite part of Backshore Brewing Co. First of all, the decor and props are adorable, complete with beer flights served on mini skateboards.


The staff was also super friendly, and the bartender let us try all the different types of beer before we ordered them. Beers are served in mason jars, and I almost forgot I wasn’t in Brooklyn until I looked up and saw the beach. This is a good spot to go to for a chill night when you’re looking for something laid back to do on the boardwalk.

Backshore Brewing in Ocean City, MD

Backshore Brewing in Ocean City, MD

The next day the first thing on the agenda was finding a new breakfast spot. Usually Ocean City is a weekend of pure fat: french fries, ice cream, candy, and frozen drinks that have too many calories to count. So I figured I could at least try to get a healthy start at breakfast. I found it at Malia’s, a super cute Hawaiian-inspired cafe one block from the boardwalk.

Malia's Cafe in Ocean City, MD

Malia's Cafe in Ocean City, MD

This restaurant bills itself as “healthy,” and while I’m not sure a nutritionist would give it the thumbs up, it definitely beats my normal pancake stack at the Dough Roller. I had an omelet with avocado (any restaurant that lets you add avocado gets an extra star in my book) and I loved that all the dishes came with a little slice of watermelon. Malia’s is only open for breakfast and lunch, so make sure you stop by early in the day.


My final new discovery in Ocean City was Assateague Island. I’m not sure if anyone else is with me, but I was obsessed with a book called Misty of Chincoteague when I as little and dreamed of one day owning my own horse (unfortunately my parents didn’t share the dream). Anyways, the book is about horses and the main horse character was born on this Assateague Island, which is also a National Seashore and state park. I’m not really sure how I’ve been coming to Ocean City for over ten years without realizing that the island was about 20 minutes away, but when I saw it in a brochure I almost screamed.

I knew I had to seek out wild ponies before I left town, so on Sunday afternoon we drove over. There’s a public beach on Assateague Island, and in complete contrast to Ocean City it’s very untouched and un-crowded. There were some people camping nearby, but nowhere near the hordes of tanning fiends on the OC beach.

Assateague Island Beach in Maryland

Assateague Island Beach in Maryland

At first we couldn’t find any of the famous wild ponies, but after driving around for about 45 minutes we stumbled upon a group of six. While we couldn’t get very close to get good pictures, and I had only brought my iPhone with me as a camera, it was still a really cool experience.

Assateague Island Maryland

Assateague Island in Maryland

I definitely want to go back next year when I have more time and take the three hour kayak wildlife tour around the island. If you’re planning to visit Assateague Island, bring some cash: it costs $15 per car to get in.

The rest of my trip was pretty standard – lie in the sun, ride on a boogie board, have drinks at sunset. Of course I went to Seacrets, an Ocean City classic that’s both totally trashy and completely amazing at the same time.

I can’t believe summer is almost over! Fortunately I’m extending it a bit… I just booked a trip to Orange County, California for early September and I’m looking forward to enjoying some more sand and sunshine before fall takes over.

Sunset at de Lazy Lizard in Ocean City, MD

Beach in Ocean City, MD

Kohr Bros Custard Ocean City, MD

1 Comment

  1. Paul Flynn
    August 22, 2014

    Great trip Anna, I want to come along with you some day on one of these!!


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