49th Annual White Marlin Open is coming up in OCMD!

Did you know that Ocean City, Maryland is the White Marlin Capital of the WORLD? Seems fitting that we are the hosts to the historic White Marlin Open, held in early August each year – this year it’s held from August 8-12. This 48 year old deep-sea fishing tournament is held annually in our beautiful Beach Town – and hands down one of the most thrilling events to experience!

The White Marlin Open Tournament

The tournament awards monetary prizes for catches of White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Tuna, Dolphin, Swordfish, and Wahoo. The first tournament, which was held in 1974, had 57 boats, 150 Anglers, and paid $20k in prize money, with the highest award of $5k. In 2021, the WMO drew 444 boats, more than 3,500 participants, and had a payout of over $9.2 million – yowza! It’s no surprise that this event has long been known as the “World’s Largest Billfishing Tournament”, and actually holds the world record for prize money payouts for any and all fishing tournaments!

Dave Cash – 2021 Fisherman

Calling all Fishermen

So, what does this mean to you? If you’re a fisherman, I don’t even need to answer this question. But how about if you’re just planning to be in OCMD this week? If you’re looking for an exciting and different kind of Vacation Experience, y’all – this is the most exciting week in OC all year long. Actually, in our household, it’s a bit of an annual holiday!

Fill The Fan Cheering Section

Bring your chairs to the Ocean City Inlet bright and early – actually, it’s still dark out – and watch the long line of Boats head out. You’ll see everything from average Joe in his 24 foot Grady to Michael Jordan on his 80 foot Viking – yep, he was really there last year! Enjoy your day at the Beach, Amusements – whatever your pleasure, and plan to be back there around 5PM, as the long line of boats rumbles in – one by one – it’s quite a show! Who has their flags flying?! Who got the first White Marlin?! Absolutely so much fun…..


We love to be in the heart of the event at the Weigh-in, held each evening at Harbor Island – grab an Orange Crush at The Reel Inn, and wait to see who’s coming to the Scales! You never know who or what you will see, but we promise you’ll have a blast! There’s a buzz in the air that is hard to describe – the music playing, the crowd eagerly awaiting to see if someone they know could be this year’s big winner.

Sound like something you’d love to experience? It’s not too late! We are onboarding wonderful New Vacation Rentals everyday, and still have some availability! You can learn more about this awesomely cool event at https://whitemarlinopen.com/, and if you’d like some recommendations from feet on the ground, our Local Team is waiting for your call! Hope to see you at the Scales!

5 Reasons to visit the Eastern Shore this Spring….

Puppy on a Boat

Vacation at Chincoteague Island and Ocean City This Spring

Ahhh, Spring is in the air – the Daffodils are in full bloom, the Flounder are biting, and the air is fresh and inviting. And y’all, it has been a loooong Winter – am I right?! It’s time to put those snow boots away and get outdoors! But what to do? Where to go?

Two words – the Beach! Did you know that both Chincoteague Island and Ocean City, Maryland are less than 5 hours away from 30% of our Nation’s population?! It’s easier than ever to grab the kids, hop in the car, and just escape for a few days! But why here, and why now, you ask?

1. The Peaceful Season – 

Spring is a time to relax & rejuvenate – Live Island Life like a Local and enjoy sharing our little slice of heaven with fewer people. No waiting to be seated for dinner at your favorite seafood restaurant, and no lines for mini golf. Just time to reconnect with those who matter most! Hike to the Lighthouse, take in Sunsets together, tell stories around the fire pit – make memories.

Cross at sunset on Chincoteague Island

2. Treasures are everywhere – 

Nor’easters are fabulous for Shellcombers, and Winter certainly gives us our share of them! Cooler temps and fewer crowds on the Beach make long sunrise beach walks so relaxing, and you’re sure to come home with some shells for your collection. Whelk Shells, in particular, wash up frequently during the off-season.

Puppy on a boat in Chincoteague Island

3. Spring Events – 

Some of our favorites happen this time of year – and after missing several years thanks to covid, we are READY! Ocean City hosts Springfest the first week of May – you don’t want to miss this free 4 day Festival featuring vendors from all over the country, Live Music, and fabulous food. And down here in Chincoteague, we couldn’t be more stoked for our 52 Annual Seafood Festival! The theme this year, aptly named, is “Long Time No Sea” ~ join us for Live Music, and everything you love about our famous Chincoteague Oysters, Clams, Shrimp, and more. We’re thrilled to be the Premiere Sponsor of the Chincoteague Island Tradition!

Chincoteague Sea Festival

4. Ponies, Ponies, everywhere – 

The flowers aren’t the only things in full bloom in the Spring. Our famous Chincoteague Pony sightings are more frequent this time of year, as they also love fewer crowds! And there’s nothing like seeing the first new Foals of the season! If you’ve never been here for the Spring Round Up, add it to your list! The Eastern Shore’s Wild Ponies can be seen on both the VA side of Assateague, and the MD side! Different herds, and a different pony experience in both locations – or, even better, you can visit BOTH while you’re here! Chincoteague Island & Ocean City are only an hour apart, so why not visit both while in town!?

Wild Pony Foal on Chincoteague Island

5. Deals, Deals, and more Deals – 

Love a bargain? Then Spring is the time for you! Off Season specials are still to be had in our Vacation Rentals, as a matter of fact, we’ll give you 10% Off any 3+ night stay until May 19th by using Code Spring22! And, some of our favorite Restaurants have amazing off-season specials – Steamer’s Half Priced Apps on Wednesdays makes Hump Day that much sweeter.

Spring has sprung, and we can’t wait to see y’all! Need help planning your next adventure? Tap into our Local Knowledge – that’s what we’re here for! Give us a call @ 757.336.7070 or start exploring our rentals online, and get ready to have some fun! “Remember, Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” ~ Robin Williams

St. Patrick’s Day on the Eastern Shore

St. Patrick's Day on the Eastern Shore

Looking for something different to do this St. Patty’s Day? Make it a beachy St. Patrick’s Day with a getaway to Chincoteague Island or Ocean City, Maryland! There’s something about a little Spring in the air, a little Green in your cup, and hey, aren’t we all Irish for just a few days each March?!

Search for the Shamrocks

If you’re on the Hunt for some Shamrock Fun, each year the Chincoteague Historic Main Street Merchants’ hosts ‘Search for the Shamrocks’ on March 18 and 19th! This 2 day event is the perfect way to get out and enjoy some fresh air while searching for clues to our riddle! Main Street will be filled with Leprechauns and other amusing St. Patty’s characters, so grab your playing card and visit participating merchants to pick up your clues. Businesses give out candy and other goodies as you search for your Pot of Gold ~ here at Seaside Vacations, we’re known for our Irish Punch or Irish Coffee – yum! Once complete, cross the finish line to be entered into prize drawings that include getaways, gift cards, artwork and so much more!! Costumes are optional but definitely add to the fun!! It’s a fabulous way to get to know our Little Island by the Sea, and all it has to offer!

Search for the Shamrocks Event - Chincoteague Island, VA

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Are you a sucker for a good Parade? Then you’ll definitely want to head to OCMD for our awesome Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on March 12th! People come from near and far for this super fun Parade with over 100 entries from 3 states. The Irish Festival follows the Parade at the 45th Shopping Center. Grab your green everything and join us for music, dance, food, and drinks! Stay in one of our Oceanfront Condos, and walk to all of the shenanigans!

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Ocean City, MD

Nature Sightseeing on the Eastern Shore

While you’re here, you’ll want to visit Assateague National Seashore and search for our famous Wild Ponies. You can visit Assateague from the Virginia side OR the Maryland side, so it’s a must regardless of which town you’re visiting! Not only do our Ponies seem to be out and about more this time of year, you’ll discover other Off-season beauty like Snow Geese, the Snowy Owl, and maybe even a Seal if you’re lucky! Learn about our history at the Visitor Center, or climb to the top of Assateague Lighthouse on the Virginia side for a View you won’t soon forget.

Assateague Island Lighthouse

Springtime at the Beach

St. Patrick’s Day is Spring’s way of announcing that Summer is on the way! Take a stroll on the Beach to take in that salty, sweet sea breeze – and bonus, the shelling is awesome this time of year thanks to a few Winter storms. Shops are still running their off-season sales, and you won’t believe the specials many Local Restaurants run this time of year. Want to do your own cooking with an Ocean View? Staying in a Chincoteague or Ocean City Vacation Rental truly lets you “Live Like a Local” – sooo much better than a hotel.

As always, our Guest Experience Specialists are here to help you plan the perfect getaway – we know all the ins and outs – we’ve got you covered! AND, all Seaside Vacations’ Guests enjoy Free Early Check-in and Late Check-out this fun-filled weekend! Make your own Luck o’the Irish this March – get lucky with a Green Beach Getaway! 

Discover Wanderlust

Collect Memories, not Things

“Traveling – It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a Storyteller” ~ Ibn Battuta

Did you know the average length of stay in a Vacation Rental is 5.6 nights? It’s not always easy to force your calendar to work with the typical 7 night minimum, that rents Saturday to Saturday, or Sunday to Sunday, is it?! Or maybe you just don’t want to fight weekend beach traffic.  Real Life simply doesn’t always fit into these perfect little boxes, unfortunately. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek adventure whenever possible – whether it be for 3 days or 12!

That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce you to our Flex-Stay Homes on Chincoteague Island, Virginia and in Ocean City, Maryland. A fine group of Vacation Homes – large and small – here to make your Vacation Dreams come true – and get this….on YOUR terms, imagine that! Avoid the weekend traffic by staying Monday – Thursday, or make it a long weekend by coming Wednesday – Monday! How many times have you wished that 7 night stay could actually be for 10 or 11 nights? Well, now it can be – the world is your Arster (Chincoteague-speak for Oyster) when you stay with us at Seaside Vacations!

There are so many things to do on Chincoteague Island, and in Ocean City, Maryland, it should be a “must-visit” on your annual list of Adventures. And being able to do a few days here….a few days there, makes it easier than ever to have MORE adventures with those who matter most! Relax on the beach at Assateague National Seashore and count the Pelicans – no Boardwalk, no noise – nothing but peace and serenity. And please the action-lovers in your family with a few days in family-friendly OCMD with some rides and games on the Boardwalk. 

So, when only here for 3 or 4 days, what ARE the “do not miss” items that should be on your list? Be sure to check out our list of favorite eats and activities and get ready to have some fun! Begin your day with a hike on the Beach or searching for our famous Wild Ponies, and just so you know, it IS okay to have Island Creamery for lunch – ice cream is okay any time of the day while you’re on Vacation!

Remember, the tans may fade, but those Memories will last forever! 

3 Festive Things to Do During the Holiday’s in Ocean City, Maryland

4 Festive Things to Do During the Holiday’s in Ocean City, Maryland

Have you and your family ever vacation during the holidays in Ocean City, Maryland? If you haven’t, then let us tell you about several things happening this December. Staying in one of our Ocean City vacation rentals during the holiday season will keep you close to the fun. Let’s look below at how you and your family can enjoy the 3 festive things to do during the holidays in Ocean City, Maryland.

Winterfest

4 Festive Things to Do During the Holiday’s in Ocean City, Maryland

Winterfest is being held at Northside Park over on 125th Street this year. It takes place every year from now until January 2, 2021 on Wednesday – Sunday from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. What a fun thing that your family can do and enjoy is explore what the Winterplace Village. Here you will be able to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or cider, shop for those last-minute gifts and have your photo taken with Santa Claus. Admission to Winterfest is $5 per person over the age of 11 and children 11 & under are free but they are requiring that you purchase your tickets online in advance. Don’t miss this fun festival  with the family as you vacation with us this holiday season.

Shop

Even during the off-season, shopping at the beach for some hidden gems is what many look forward to. Whether they are in search of something or are excited to be shopping in general at the beach. You may be able to find several stores who will have crafts from a few of the local artists or find that gift for the hard to shop for person in your family. We all have them and sometimes vacationing to the beach during the holidays you will be able to find something just for them. No matter what you are on the hunt for, you may find it here in Ocean City.

Enjoy the Boardwalk

4 Festive Things to Do During the Holiday’s in Ocean City, Maryland

The boardwalk is one of the iconic places that many loves to go to year-round in Ocean City. For many, going to the boardwalk on each trip to the beach they go to. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the winter that they get to experience the boardwalk. Also going during the holidays is when you and the family can rent bikes, scooters and surrey bikes. You won’t have to worry about the crowds while you are enjoying your ride on the boardwalk. Just have a great time with your family as you experience the boardwalk together.

There are many other things that you can do during the holidays around Ocean City, Maryland, but we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay in one of our Ocean City vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you this holiday season as you enjoy your vacation with the family!

Things to Do this Fall in Ocean City, Maryland

Things to Do this Fall in Ocean City, Maryland

Do you and your family have a family vacation planned to Ocean City, Maryland this fall? If the answer is yes, then we need to tell you about everything that you can do in the area. Staying with us in one of our Ocean City vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the fun. Let’s look below at what you can do this fall here in Ocean City, Maryland.

Experience the Boardwalk

Things to Do this Fall in Ocean City, Maryland

One of the best things to do with your family while you’re on vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, is experiencing the boardwalk. The boardwalk is around 3 miles long, and we promise that there is something for everyone there. For many families they have memories of going to Trimpers Rides and arcade as children. Now it’s time to share those fun memories with their children and possibly grandkids. Another thing to make sure you experience the boardwalk is checking out Thrashers Fries. Like many people from Maryland, these are the best fries around, and don’t forget to add a little Old Bay Seasoning, Ketchup, and Malt Vinegar to them!

Fly a Kite on the Beach

Things to Do this Fall in Ocean City, Maryland

Another favorite among many is getting to experience flying a kite on the beach with their kids. For many, this was the entertainment while they were growing up, so heading over to the kite shop to buy a quality kite is what it’s all about. Making sure that you are ready to run on the beach and letting the kids hold onto the kite is making new memories together. No matter what kind of kite you have though, will do as all you want to do is remember that moment for years to come.

While there are many other fun things that you can do while you’re on vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, these are the few we wanted to share. If you haven’t booked your next holiday to stay with us here in Ocean City, Maryland, now is the time. We can’t wait to hear about your vacation to the beach this fall and what new memories you made!

3 Must Eat at Restaurants in Ocean City

3 Must Eat at Restaurants in Ocean City

Do you and your family have a vacation planned for Ocean City? If you do, then you are in for a treat as we wanted to share with you three must eat at restaurants in the area. Staying with us in one of our Ocean City vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the food. Let’s look below at what three restaurants you must eat at in Ocean City.

Longboard Café

3 Must Eat at Restaurants in Ocean City

Longboard Café is one of Ocean City’s surf-themed bistro’s that is located in the heart of Ocean City. This restaurant has been a favorite among both the locals and tourists for many years. You will find delicious food on the menu, such as Crab Cake Sandwiches, Gourmet Burgers, and Surf ‘n Turf Skewers. They also have a fantastic kid’s list that includes Cheese Quesadilla, Kid’s Burgers, and even Grilled Cheese & Fries. Don’t forget to stop on by while you are on vacation this year.

Layton’s Family Restaurant

If you’re looking for a locally owned business, then this is the perfect restaurant to eat at. Layton’s Family Restaurant has been in business since 1959 and a local’s favorite. Some of the items you will find on the menu are Donuts, Pastries, Waffles, Pancakes, and more. They serve Breakfast and Lunch, and the lunch menu is quite impressive as well. While they are only open Friday to Sunday, this is a restaurant that you have to eat at while in Ocean City!

On the Bay Seafood

3 Must Eat at Restaurants in Ocean City

Anytime you come to the beach, it’s not a vacation unless you have fresh local seafood. One of the best things about coming to On the Bay Seafood is that many come from all over to dine here with their family. You will be able to find steamed blue crabs and some of the best seafood around. Some of the foods you will find on the menu are Soft Shell Crabs, Steamed Spiced Shrimp, Steamed Crabs, and Chicken Tenders. After spending the day on the beach, stop on in and enjoy a nice meal with the family.

While there are many other restaurants in the area, these are the three we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your Ocean City vacation rental yet, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you enjoy the local cuisine here in Ocean City!

3 Reasons Why You Need to Book a Vacation to Ocean City MD

3 Reasons Why You Need to Book a Vacation to Ocean City MD

Do you and your family have a family vacation planned to come to Ocean City MD soon? If the answer is no, then we must tell you our top 3 reasons on why you need to book a vacation to Ocean City MD today. Staying in one of our Ocean City MD Vacation Rentals will keep you and your family close to where the fun and memories are made. Let’s look below at a few of the reasons you need to book your vacation to the area.

Spending Time Outdoors

3 Reasons Why You Need to Book a Vacation to Ocean City MD

Anytime you vacation at the beach, it only means that you get to spend more time outdoors with the family. During the summer, the weather is warm, and you may get a shower or two in the afternoons. The spring and the fall are great times to come and enjoy the warm weather, but the water may be a little too chilly to jump into. And it’s a great place where your family can disconnect with electronics and spend more time as a family outside. Some of the other things that you can take advantage of outdoors at the beach are flying a kite, riding bikes, heading to the boardwalk or spending time on the sand building sandcastles.

Celebrate Holidays

Vacationing during the holidays are always fun for everyone in the family no matter what time of the year it is. A few major holiday’s that are coming up soon that you may want to sneak away for is Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Many of the local restaurants will have special menus for Thanksgiving Day dinners and Christmas Eve dinners. Celebrating these special moments with the family while on vacation can be a new tradition for years to come. Don’t miss these precious years pass you by as the kids grow up and eventually move away.

It Reduces Stress

3 Reasons Why You Need to Book a Vacation to Ocean City MD

Did you know that many adults who have full-time jobs will still work while they are on vacation? But disconnecting from work while you are away from your home can help you reduce stress for everyone in the family. Don’t bring your work with you while on vacation, it’s your time to relax and enjoy the time spent with your family. This can be helpful for everyone in the family and have the teens and kids turn in their electronics before you head into you Ocean City MD Vacation Rental too!

While there are many other reasons as of why you and your family need to book your vacation at the beach. If you still haven’t booked your family vacation to stay in one of our Ocean City MD Vacation Rentals, now is the time. We hope to see you and your family on your next vacation to the beach.

Don’t Miss These Fun Events Happening in October

Don't Miss These Fun Events Happening in October

Are you and your family taking your vacation to Ocean City in the month of October? If the answer is yes, then you don’t want to miss these fun events happening. Staying in one of our Bayside vacation rentals will keep your family close to where the fun is at. Ocean City is a great family beach to take your kids to during the fall months. Let’s look at what some of the fun events that are happening during the month of October below.

O.C.Toberfest

Don't Miss These Fun Events Happening in October

O.C.Toberfest is a fun event that the family will love attending. Returning for it’s 8th year on the Boardwalk on October 19th-20th and October 26-27th. Not only will you be able to experience a fun beach maze, your kids will have fun pirates in the sand and scary scarecrows. Plus, you will be on the Boardwalk where you will be able to grab some of the famous Thrashers Fries. Don’t miss this fun event as Ocean City celebrates Halloween!

Endless Summer Cruisin’

Do you have a child who loves all things cars? If so, then this is the event for you. Join Ocean City as they celebrate the 22nd Annual Endless Summer Cruisin’ on October 10th. There will be plenty of things that you can do and vehicles to look at. Admission to this event is $10 a day on Thursday’s and Sundays, $15 a day for Friday’s and Saturdays or you could get the Weekend Pass for $35 each. There will be parades on the Boardwalk, live entertainment and more. This is one event you don’t want to miss.

O.C. Pet Expo

Don't Miss These Fun Events Happening in October

Do you have a pet at home and want to enjoy a fun event? Then head on over to the Convention Center on October 26th & 27th to experience the Ocean City Pet Expo. Here you will be able to get some valuable information, pet products and even check out some pets that will need homes. This is a great event to go to and if it’s raining then it’s something you can do indoors.

While there are many other events happening in Ocean City during the month of October, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you still haven’t booked your Bayside vacation rental for your next vacation, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you next month as you celebrate that the weather is cooler!