Maximizing Your Labor Day Weekend in Ocean City

Let’s be honest. Labor Day weekend is tough. It’s the end of the unofficial summer and a time when many kids are getting ready to head back to school. Basically, it’s a bummer! But, don’t be sad, because with Labor Day weekend comes end-of-season sales and the opportunity to grab your last bite of seasonal shore food. Plus, in addition to year-round residents looking forward to “locals summer,” it’s also a time for visitors and seasonal homeowners to enjoy the bevy of activities which occur throughout Ocean City during the fall season.

So, what can you look forward to this weekend? Plenty!

Sales and Specials Galore

As the summer season is nearing its end, many stores are putting their inventory on sale and clearance. Some of the not-to-be-missed sale spots and offerings include the following:

  • Hoy’s 5 & 10: 30-40% off marked price items throughout the store
  • Salty Seahorse20% off beach totes, hats and Ayala Bar products
  • Henry’s: Free gift with $100 purchase of Dune Jewelry
  • Harbor Outfitters: Bote Board blowout sale! $200-$500 off, depending on board style.
  • Seagrass Boutique: At the Linwood and Ocean City shops, Seagrass Boutique will be hosting its Labor Day sale with 20% off throughout the entire store.

Seasonal Last Bites

Wards Pastry Butter Cake

Okay, so whether you live in Ocean City year-round, own a summer home, or are visiting temporarily, chances are you love the smell of caramel corn in the air and cold bites of soft serve. Well, unfortunately, some of these seasonal bites will be paused until next summer. So, what does that mean? You better stock up on your favorites while you can! Here’s a list of must-visit spots and menu items in which to indulge to hold you over until next summer (or your next visit to OC):

Whatever you choose to do this holiday weekend, may it be filled with family, friends, and fun!

 

 

 

 

Spots to Grab Healthy and Delicious Culinary Bites in Ocean City

Food can be delicious and healthy at the same time. In Ocean City, you’ll find plenty of restaurants that offer nutritious dining options where taste is in no way sacrificed. From tempting fruit bowls to vegetarian dishes, you’ll find your share of healthy dining spots with enticing menu items throughout the city.

Here are some of the locations where you can grab healthy and delicious culinary bites in Ocean City as well as some not-to-be-missed items at each spot:

Healthy Sandwiches and Entrees

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The Farm Stand at 14th: The Farm Stand at 14th, located below Bob’s Grill at 14th Street and the Boardwalk, offers a healthy menu filled with veggie-laden dishes and items for the meat lovers of the group. Some of the menu items to try at the Farm Stand include the vegan crab cake, grass-fed beef burger, and the sweet potato taco. And, be sure to check with the restaurant as to their special menu item of the day.

Heart Beet Kitchen: Another must-visit spot for nutritious and tasty meals in Ocean City is Heart Beet Kitchen. The unique menu items you’ll find at Heart Beet Kitchen, located at 801 8th Street, include buffalo cauliflower, watermelon feta salad, eggplant meatballs, and coconut BLT, to name a few.

Soma Cafe: At Soma Cafe, located at 825 Asbury Avenue, you can grab all of your favorite healthy breakfast and lunch offerings from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., seven days a week. Some menu items you should definitely try at Soma include the almond butter avocado toast, strawberry kale salad, and Brussels sprout grilled cheese. As an added bonus, Soma Cafe opens on Thursday nights for dinner and offers a three-course prix fixe meal for $25 per person.

Bashful Banana Bakery and Cafe: When you’re on the boardwalk and find yourself craving healthy eats, pop into the Bashful Banana Bakery and Cafe, located at 946 Boardwalk on Colony Walk. With delicious and nutritious menu options such as the balsamic chicken wrap, shrimp salad sandwich, vegan Thai tofu scramble rice bowl, peanut noodles, and vegetarian paella filling the menu, you are certain to find quite a few items to savor at the Bashful Banana. Also, be sure to check out the daily specials offered for some tempting limited-time-only items.

Tempting Pitaya/Acai/Fruit Bowls and Frozen Yogurt

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Spoon & Sip: As the “home of 100% all-natural acai,” Spoon & Sip at 838 Asbury Avenue offers a menu filled with healthy and delicious light bites of a wide array. The items you’ll find at Spoon & Sip include nutrient-filled and flavor-rich pitaya bowls and acai bowls, refreshing frozen yogurt offerings and so much more. Stop in and enjoy some delectable Spoon & Sip options today!

Yoasis Beach Bowls: Another nutritious eatery in Ocean City is Yoasis Beach Bowls at 1242 Boardwalk. Visit Yoasis Beach Bowls and scoop up all of your favorite healthy bowls, including pitaya bowls and acai bowls, and frozen yogurt options.

Bungalow Bowls: Bungalow Bowls, with two locations including 816 Boardwalk and 1054 Asbury Avenue, is another excellent spot for healthy fare in the way of acai bowls, pitaya bowls, smoothies, and more. Whether you crave a fruit-laden bowl to take along with you to the beach or want to sip a smoothie while strolling along Asbury Avenue, Bungalow Bowls has you covered.

Playa Bowls: Playa Bowls, located at 744 Boardwalk, is your go-to spot for healthy offerings such as poke bowls, green base bowls, chia pudding bowls, and so much more. These refreshing and healthy snacks are filling and delicious, all at the same time.

Visit one or more of these spots today in Ocean City and discover that eating healthy doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor!

Happening Tonight: 51st Annual Miss Ocean City Pageant at the Ocean City Music Pier

The 51st Annual Miss Ocean City Pageant is set to unfold tonight, Saturday, August 10, at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Contestants, ages 16–22, will compete to be named the new Miss Ocean City and do so by taking part in a number of onstage activities, including talent, interview, swimsuit, evening gown, and a Q&A. Those involved in this competition are year-round residents of Ocean City, attend or have graduated from Ocean City High School, or are the daughters of Ocean City property owners.

Megan Keenan, Miss Ocean City 2019, will be on hand to crown her successor in this exciting pageant tonight, where the theme of the evening is “Going Country.”

The winner of this year’s Miss Ocean City Pageant will be an ambassador at a wide array of annual Ocean City events, such as Night in Venice, the Baby Parade, the Christmas Parade, and more.

Interested in attending the pageant to see who brings home the crown? Well, you can! Tickets are still available for tonight’s event and can be purchased online or at the Music Pier box office.

Good luck to all of the contestants!

 

 

 

Support Operation First Response While Enjoying the Day at Playland’s Castaway Cove (August 13)

Operation First Response has been hosting its annual Walk for the Wounded event in Ocean City since 2009. Every September, Operation First Response brings supporters together for the annual walk which raises money to support our wounded soldiers and their family members. Another event which helps to support this nonprofit organization is the Operation First Response Wristband Day at Playland’s Castaway Cove.

On Tuesday, August 13, from 1–4 p.m., Playland’s Castaway Cove will be selling $15 wristbands which provide for unlimited rides (excluding Gale Force) during this special event. All proceeds raised as a result of the wristband sales will go directly to Operation First Response in support of its mission to offer financial and emotional support to wounded military members and their families.

Don’t miss the opportunity to support Operation First Response on August 13 and be sure to reserve the date of Saturday, September 28, for the Annual Walk for the Wounded event.

What You Need to Know About the Seagull Abatement Program in Ocean City

From delicious Roma Pizza slices stolen right out of your hand to having to hide your fresh, hot Chickie’s and Pete’s fries as you quickly eat them on the boardwalk, the problem associated with Ocean City seagulls is readily apparent. These birds won’t ask permission to enjoy a bite of your tasty boardwalk food. The audacity of these ocean gulls has become so extreme that Mayor Jay Gillian has taken steps to combat the issue. The mayor has enlisted the help of East Coast Falcons to aid the city in keeping these aggressive seagull sightings and events to a minimum.

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The East Coast Falcons will deploy its trained falcons, hawks, and owls in Ocean City from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. daily throughout the month of August. The presence of these birds will keep the seagulls away as they will feel unsafe with these other birds flying throughout the area.

It’s important to note that this program is one of a humane nature. The seagulls won’t be harmed as a result of this program and it’s one which is approved by the Humane Society of Ocean City.

It will be interesting to see how well this program works to lessen the presence of seagulls on the boardwalk, and especially seagulls of an aggressive nature. While we wait to view the results, we can have high hopes of leisurely eating our Kohr Bros. ice cream cones on the boardwalk without fear of seagull sneak attacks while doing so.

Ocean City Breakfast Spots Which Will Make Your Morning Even Better

Dining options in Ocean City are plentiful, whether searching for breakfast, lunch or dinner spots. When seeking out a place to dine in the morning and start your day off right, you’ll have quite a few options available. Here are some spots to visit for breakfast in Ocean City to make your morning even better than it already is:

Ocean City Cafe

Ocean City Cafe now has two locations on the island and you can choose the one which is most convenient for you. Visit the flagship location at 846 Central Avenue or the new location at The Seahorse Grill in the Pavilion Motor Lodge. Indulge in savory omelets, pancakes, waffles, and more. And, don’t miss the $3.99 breakfast specials, available until 10 a.m. at the Central Avenue location.

Chatterbox

The Chatterbox, located at 500 East 9th Street, provides breakfast offerings of a wide array. Some of the menu items you’ll find at this Ocean City restaurant include beignets with Nutella dipping sauce; the Fisherman’s Breakfast, which includes three eggs, fingerling potatoes, choice of bread, and choice of applewood bacon or sausage; eggs Benedict; biscuits and gravy skillet; and, many more culinary items.

 Kessel’s Korner

Kessel’s Korner is known for its stellar ice cream offerings and expansive lunch menu, but did you know that this popular Ocean City eatery also offers breakfast? When you dine at Kessel’s Korner for breakfast you can indulge in many delicious morning culinary items including the following: fried egg, pork roll, and cheese sandwich with home fries; fluffy pancakes with your choice of meat; scrambled eggs wrap with home fries; and, so much more!

Uncle Bill’s Pancake House

With two locations in Ocean City, one at 21st Street and one at 40th Street, you are bound to be located close to an Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. This famous breakfast spot, with several locations on the South Jersey shoreline, is one which draws a large crowd. Some of the highly recommended items include the chocolate chip pancakes, peanut butter pancakes, blueberry buttermilk pancakes, the Jersey Shore omelet with Taylor pork roll and cheese, and Uncle Bill’s Special, a breakfast meal featuring a 6-ounce strip steak with 2 eggs and 3 pancakes.

 OC Surf Cafe

The OC Surf Cafe is a great spot to grab breakfast and enjoy an authentic surf vibe at the same time. With menu items such as a western omelet, meat-laden omelet, chocolate chip pancakes, banana nut French toast, and steak and egg tacos gracing the menu, you better believe that OC Surf Cafe is a popular breakfast spot in Ocean City.

Sunrise Cafe

The Sunrise Cafe offers plentiful breakfast dining options with a large outdoor seating area along Asbury Avenue. With delectable breakfast culinary dishes such as sausage and gravy, huevos rancheros, crab avocado toast, Nutella peanut butter French toast, and Spanish omelet gracing the menu, Sunrise Cafe is a breakfast eatery which draws the crowd in.

Ready’s Coffee Shop

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Ready’s Coffee Shop is a restaurant filled with nostalgia and delicious eats. Having recently undergone renovations, the Ready’s of today offers an impressive interior while still retaining its original charm. Stop into Ready’s Coffee Shop for robust hot coffee, sensational breakfast items, and a welcoming vibe.

Cafe Beach Club

For boardwalk area dining, the Cafe Beach Club offers indoor and outdoor dining options. Sit on the porch and enjoy alfresco dining as you watch the boardwalk crowds pass by and take in the lovely ocean views. The breakfast menu at the Cafe Beach Club features many tempting culinary items including egg breakfast platters, omelets, buttermilk pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, French toast, and more.

Yianni’s

Yianni’s on Asbury Avenue offers breakfast every day until 2 p.m., which is perfect for those early morning breakfast seekers and late morning diners alike. Start your day off at Yianni’s with delectable menu items such as their freshly-made smoothies of a wide array, egg-laden breakfast platters, and sweet breakfast items, such as the Bella Nutella, a concoction of strawberries, banana and Nutella over your choice of waffles, French toast or pancakes.

Varsity Inn

Varsity Inn has been an Ocean City dining staple since 1969. Enjoy a fresh, delicious breakfast at Varsity Inn with menu items ranging from the Jersey omelet to the French bread French toast to the perfectly-prepared hotcakes. Top it off with a juice or hot coffee and you have the ideal morning meal.

Augie’s

Augie’s is your go-to spot for breakfast delicacies of a wide array. Open every day from 7 a.m.–2 p.m., this year-round eatery offers exceptional breakfast items such as specialty omelets, egg platters, unique waffle offerings, breakfast sandwiches, and more. Senior citizens can even grab a discount deal at Augie’s with five different, specially-priced menu options to choose from if you are 62 years of age and older.

Dockside Kitchen

For bayside dining, stop by Dockside Kitchen for some sensational breakfast favorites and unique morning culinary offerings. Some of the menu items on the Dockside Kitchen roster include classic Benedict, daily quiche special, crab cake Benedict, lobster toast, short rib toast, Nutella French toast, and other unforgettable culinary dishes.

Airport Diner

Head over to the Ocean City Airport and have breakfast at the Airport Diner. This popular breakfast spot is open year-round and offers breakfast all day long. So, no matter what time it is, if you’re craving some made-to-order pancakes, you can have your wishes granted at Airport Diner. Other menu items include omelets, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast wraps, French toast, fruit bowls, and more.

Arlene’s on Asbury

Arlene’s on Asbury has your morning meal of the day covered with spectacular breakfast options. Start your morning off right with a glass of fresh orange juice and coffee along with the eggs Benedict Florentine, Western omelet or other tempting breakfast menu items.

These are just a few of the many spots to explore when searching for breakfast dining options in Ocean City!

Omelet photo credit: Ocean City Cafe

Art and Cars Fill This Weekend’s Ocean City Happenings List

The first weekend in August in Ocean City promises plentiful events to enjoy. From shopping the artwork selection at the Boardwalk Art Show to viewing unique and eye-catching cars at the Ocean City Cars and Coffee event, your weekend will be chock full of exciting offerings.

57th Boardwalk Art Show (Aug. 2–4)

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Walk along the Ocean City boardwalk and peruse the fine art offerings from a wide array of East Coast artists. Whether simply admiring the options or looking for some artwork to add to your home decor, this weekend event is a wonderful one to attend. The 57th Boardwalk Art Show takes place Friday, August 2, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; and, Sunday, August 4, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

19th Annual Art of Surfing (Aug. 2–3)

For surfing aficionados who adore artwork on the same topic, the 19th Annual Art of Surfing event is one not to miss. The Art of Surfing event unfolds Friday, August 2, and Saturday, August 3, from noon–10 p.m. both days at the Ocean City Music Pier. View surfing artwork, meet the artists and listen to live music at this free event.

Ocean City Cars and Coffee (Aug. 3)

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If you’re a car lover, you won’t want to miss the Ocean City Cars and Coffee event on Saturday, August 3, at the Ocean City Tabernacle, located at 5th Street and Asbury Avenue. The event takes place from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and features over 100 cars of all makes and models on display. Sip coffee, check out the cars and enjoy the camaraderie with others who share a similar interest.

How to Beat the Heat in Ocean City

With the temperatures rising heading into the weekend, you may be looking for some fun activities where you can keep cool at the same time. If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat in Ocean City, in addition to spending much of the day swimming in the Atlantic, the following ideas can help you get started as you make your list.

Ocean City Free Public Library Two-Day Book Sale (July 19 and 20)

Hosted by the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library, the two-day book sale at the library on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, offers an excellent opportunity to keep cool and purchase a wide array of books at a discounted price. The sale will be held in the Atrium of the library and feature various genres for all book aficionados to enjoy. The hours for the sale are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on July 19 and 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on July 20.

Ocean City Waterpark

If you want to stay cool in the water and find that lounging poolside is what you crave, a day at the Ocean City Waterpark is sure to keep you cool and entertained. From thrilling waterslides to a lazy river, you’ll find both excitement and relaxation at the Ocean City Waterpark, no matter what type of water activity you’re hoping to find.

Indoor Miniature Golf Courses with Air Conditioning

Haunted Golf and Congo Falls Adventure Golf are two golf courses on the boardwalk which offer indoor golfing with the luxury of air conditioning included. Practice your mini-golfing skills in an invigorating and refreshing air-conditioned setting.

Take a Break from the Beach and Do Some Shopping

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Ocean City is filled with so many wonderful shops on the boardwalk and throughout the town. Clothing boutiques, food vendors, home decor shops, and so much more offer plentiful shopping options. Spend the day shopping in a delightful air-conditioned setting. And, if you’re looking to shop the offerings of a wide array of vendors in one set location, visit Stainton’s where you’ll find products from more than 70 unique shops.

No matter what you choose to do for fun during these high-heat days, make sure to stay hydrated and seek out cool locations whenever possible.

Now Open: Drip N’ Scoop’s New Location at The Flanders Hotel

If you love all that Drip N’ Scoop on Asbury Avenue has to offer, with its sensational donuts, refreshing ice cream offerings, and cold brew coffee options, you’re going to love this news: Drip N’ Scoop has opened an additional location in Ocean City!

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The new spot, situated within the historic Flanders Hotel at 719 East 11th Street, is ideal for hotel guests craving a sweet treat or refreshing coffee beverage throughout the day or for boardwalk-goers to pop in for some decadent donuts and ice cream treats. Whether you are eager to start your day off right with a freshly-made donut and robust coffee beverage or need an ice cream-filled pick-me-up mid-afternoon, the Drip N’ Scoop location at The Flanders is the place to find all of this and more.

The second Ocean City location offers the donut, coffee, and ice cream options which you’ll find at the Asbury Avenue location, just on a slightly smaller scale. But, don’t worry, there are more than enough options to tempt your palate at the newest eatery to grace the Flanders property.

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Drip N’ Scoop is open every day, 7 a.m.–10 p.m., so be sure to stop by today to indulge in your favorite sweet treats and coffee beverages.

Photos credit: Drip N’ Scoop

Where to Find Your Fourth of July Necessities in Ocean City

Whether you’re planning a quiet Fourth of July celebration with the family or an all-out bash in Ocean City on July 4, OCNJ Happenings has you covered with where to find your favorite holiday food, beverages, and festive decorations!

Feeding the Fourth of July Crowd

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Let’s face it, food is an extremely important part of any holiday gathering. So, if you’re seeking out some options regarding your upcoming Fourth of July picnic, barbecue, or party in Ocean City, here are a few spots to find your favorite culinary bites and decor items:

  • Morning light bites and dessert: It’s never too early to start the celebration on the Fourth of July and you’re also going to need some sweet and delicious treats for your holiday party! Visit Drip N’ Scoop, Ward’s Pastry, Bob’s Grill, and Mallon’s for all of your morning culinary delicacies, such as donuts, butter cake, and sticky buns, as well as desserts for the party, including cupcakes, cookies, and other tempting treats.
  • Sandwich platters: Sandwich platters are a great way to feed the hungry Fourth of July crowd. Two spots where you can order large, delicious sandwich platters include Blitz’s Market and Boyar’s Market. You’ll also find all of your favorite chips and side dishes at these shops.
  • Bread offerings and ready-to-serve entrees: Take care of two culinary necessities at one shop when you purchase all of your freshly-baked bread and ready-to-serve Italian delicacies at Bennie’s Bread.
  • Candy treats: If you find yourself on Asbury Avenue and have a craving for sweet candy treats, then Rauhauser’s is the spot to visit. For boardwalk shopping, your options are wide and varied. Some of the spots where you can buy your favorite candies, fudge, salt water taffy, and more include Shriver’s, JiLLy’s Candy Factory, George’s Candies, and other boardwalk-based candy shops.
  • Grilling meats: Boyar’s Market is a great spot to buy a wide array of poultry and meats for your Fourth of July cookout. All you need is a grill and you’re all set!

Beverage Options Galore

Doylestown Beer Authority Beer (674x800)With all of the food options listed above, you’re going to need some beverages to accompany your upcoming feast. For the adult beverage crowd, you’ll have to head over the bridge, but don’t worry, as you can make the trek over 9th Street bridge to Circle Liquor Store or 34th Street bridge to Boulevard Super Liquors to grab all of your beer, wine, cider, and liquor items.

Decorate Your Home and Yard in Patriotic Decor

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When you’re throwing a holiday party, you want to make it look like as festive as can be. Head over to Hoy’s 5 & 10 at 732 Asbury Avenue or 34th Street and West Avenue for a wide array of Fourth of July decor items and party supplies, including cups, plates, utensils, napkins, and other must-have items.