Beach Bites

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The summer season just started, and there’s a good chance you’ll likely spend a day or two at the beach before it’s over.

But all of that swimming, sunbathing and salty Ocean City air will make you hungry, and the last thing you’ll want to do is pack up and set off in search of something to eat.

Luckily, you won’t have to.

Beach Bites, Ocean City’s first restaurant marketing company, operates through a free app, good for any mobile device or tablet.

Customers are able to go onto the Beach Bites app or website, check out various menus, pick a restaurant they would like to order from and pay with a credit or debit card in a matter of minutes. The order is placed with the restaurant and a driver is assigned to meet the customer on the beach. Food can even be delivered to customers’ homes or condos.

The app launched last Memorial Day weekend with, “smooth success,” said Kimberly Davis, who co-owns the company with her husband, Brandon. The couple was inspired to create the food delivery service after a long, lazy day at the beach last August.

“We just thought it would be fantastic if someone would bring us food — good food, like a burger or a pizza — without us having to leave our spot,” she said. “We kept talking about it and started researching, and just ran with the idea.”

Delivery is offered between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., typically slower times for restaurants, she said.

Longboard Cafe was the first restaurant to collaborate. Owner Rich Vach said it was an easy choice.

“I think their app has a really good chance of shaking some things up around here.” he said. “For very little extra work on our end, we are now able to reach a whole new market of customers. It’s genius.”

Other participating restaurants include the Ninth and 45th Street TaphouseBJ’s on the Water, Primo Hoagies, Grotto Pizza and Ocean City Fish Co.. Davis hopes the list will expand once people learn of the app.

Standard delivery fee is about $5 for orders placed online, and an extra $1.99 for orders placed through the Beach Bites call center. The delivery fee does not include gratuity for the driver. Average delivery time is about 50 minutes, she said, although times will vary based on traffic, the restaurant’s ability to prepare the food and weather conditions.

Davis recommends large orders be placed at least two hours in advance, and those desiring a specific delivery time should give 24 hours’ notice.

Beach Bites could revolutionize the town’s dining scene, according to Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association.

“Only time will tell,” she said. “But I think the concept is wonderful.”

Things to do on St Patrick’s Day

Break out the kilts and bagpipes. It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and Coastal Highway in Ocean City is going green.

Kick off the day with a 5K run on the boardwalk.  The race starts at 9 a.m. and the post-race celebration will be held at Shenanigan’s Irish Pub on 4th Street.  For more information, contact Chris Klebe at 443-497-4324, www.octrirunning.com, or info@octrirunning.com.

From marching bands to baton twirlers, the streets will fill with over 100 Irish-themed floats Saturday, March 11 for the 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

A much anticipated Ocean City event, the parade begins at noon and travels north on Coastal Highway from 58th Street to 44th Street.  Be sure to visit the 45th Street shopping center after for a festival with food, drink and live entertainment.  For more information, contact Buck Mann at 410-289-6156.

Be My Valentine

 

One of the hardest parts of Valentine’s Day is deciding how to make it “perfect” for that special someone. Well, what about something completely new this year?

Ocean City is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Be sure to click here to view our available rentals to make it a Valentine’s Day you’ll never forget. And while you are at the beach, enjoy a horse and carriage ride along the boardwalk.

For $40, couples will receive in a box of chocolates, a rose and glass of bubbly for the ride. To make reservations, call Randy Davis at 443-783-1409.

3 Ways to Make Your Vacation More Enjoyable

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Considering that we only have so much time off from work — and that family vacations aren’t exactly cheap, it’s imperative to make sure you enjoy that sacred time as much as possible.

Here are three strategies to relax, disengage and make the most of limited vacation time.

Manage your expectations

Studies have shown that the people of Denmark are among the happiest in the world — and that this satisfaction is partially attributed to their low expectations about what’s to come. Thus, they find themselves “pleasantly surprised” when life brings them joy.

Hope for a good trip, rather than anticipating you’re in for the best week of your entire life. This will help to curb disappointment if things don’t go perfectly, and may even inspire you to create a fun plan B in case you run into less-than-ideal vacation conditions.

Detox from your devices

If really need a computer while you’re away, then bring it. But if you can leave something behind, do. Your brain, and travel companions, will probably thank you for it.

Besides, without a device to distract you, you’ll have easier time letting go of your “real life” and tuning in to those can’t-miss-moments like a beautiful Ocean City sunset.

Pack like a pro

Don’t get worn out before you even leave. Use a basic packing list as you prepare for your trip. Joan Didion, for example, would keep a packing list taped inside her closet during her years of steady reporting and traveling. And you don’t even have to create it yourself:

Whether you’re journeying on a warm-weather weekend, a month-long holiday, or a four-day Inca trail hike on Machu Picchu, there’s a list here for you to reference.

Pet Friendly Attractions

A family-vacation does not have to mean leaving a pet behind. There are plenty of dog approved areas on Delmarva.

Also, be sure to click here to view our pet-friendly vacation rentals, or call 410-289-8531 to speak with one of our travel experts.

Ocean City Dog Playground, Ocean City

Northside Park, Ocean City

Dewey Beach

Assateague National Seashore, Assateague

Fenwick Island State Park, Fenwick Island

Bethany Beach

Delaware Seashore State Park, Rehoboth Beach

Junction and Breakwater Trail, Dewey Beach

Cinema by the Surf, Rehoboth Beach

Does your vacation affect your happiness?

Vacations are a chance to take a break from work, see the world and enjoy time with family. But do they make you happier?

The study, published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, showed that the largest boost in happiness comes from the simple act of planning a vacation. In the study, the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks.

After the vacation, happiness quickly dropped back to baseline levels for most people. How much stress or relaxation a traveler experienced on the trip appeared to influence post-vacation happiness. There was no post-trip happiness benefit for travelers who said the vacation was “neutral” or stressful.”

Surprisingly, even those travelers who described the trip as “relaxing” showed no additional jump in happiness after the trip. “They were no happier than people who had not been on holiday,” said the lead author, Jeroen Nawijn, tourism research lecturer at Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

The only vacationers who experienced an increase in happiness after the trip were those who reported feeling “very relaxed” on their vacation. Among those people, the vacation happiness effect lasted for just two weeks after the trip before returning to baseline levels.

Boost your happiness, start planning your summer get-away to Ocean City, MD now!

Strategy for a stress-less summer get-away

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By now, holiday shopping is over, and hopefully the high credit card balances are under control. so the accompanying financial stress should be behind you soon. Thinking about summer now will help you create a vacation budget and start saving up.

You’ll do less damage to your overall financial picture if you do create a vacation budget, and start putting the money toward that. You save gradually through the year to stay ahead of the curve. The last thing you want after an amazing summer experience is to get nagged by a credit-card balance that you can’t pay off in time.