Local Expert Shares What She Loves about Ocean City
By Arielle Patterson
There are so many reasons to love Ocean City. From the bustling boardwalk overlooking the ocean and the bayside attractions to the charming towns nearby, Maryland’s coastal city has so much to offer both first-time and long-time vacationers. I asked a local expert what they love about Ocean City. Here’s what she had to say.
What do you love most about Ocean City?
Susan Jones, Executive Director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association: “Our community is unlike any other. Whenever there is a need, it seems as though, through connections, there will be a way to fulfill the need. Whether it is to lend a listening ear, extend a helping hand or to raise funds, needs are always met. Having grown up here, I have seen our city grow from humble beginnings to thriving corporations employing many locals. Even though there are big hospitality businesses, the intimate feeling of knowing your neighbor still exists.”
How would you describe life in Ocean City?
Susan Jones: “We are truly a unique destination. There are so many diverse businesses, so we are able to offer a variety of accommodations, dining and attractions to fit budgets of all sizes. Hospitality is our heritage, so we roll out the welcome mat all year long. While summer is always the best time to visit, as everything is up and running, the shoulder seasons offer a slower pace. Winter in OC is peaceful and quiet; there’s nothing better than bundling up and walking on an empty boardwalk.”
What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
Susan Jones: “Being on the water is our happy place. We are fortunate to be boat owners and love to cruise around the back bays. Whether we are just riding and listening to music, crabbing or fishing, just being on the water makes everyone relax. I love to pack a picnic basket and just anchor up and take in all the sights and sounds.”
What is your favorite “hidden gem” in Ocean City?
Susan Jones: “This is a tough question as there are many! The OC Lifesaving Station is a great way to learn about OC and there are so many unique artifacts and sands from all over the world. I first visited when I took a group of hospitality students to learn some of the history. I also love the Assateague Visitors Center; their touch tanks and movie on the wild ponies really showcases all that charms of Assateague.”
What’s your favorite beach or outdoor attraction to go to and why?
Susan Jones: “Honestly, I love to hop on the giant Ferris wheel on the pier! Being on the top provides an amazing view of Ocean City and Assateague. It’s a great place to take pics! Again, anything on the water is my happy spot, so jumping in a kayak and paddling around is quite peaceful. Ayres Creek Adventures offers eco-tours in calm waters with limited boating and they have an amazing moon paddle.”