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!

 

 

 

 

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.

Now Open: Love Obsessed in Ocean City

You may have heard some talk a few months ago that Love Obsessed would be opening its doors at 411 East 8th Street. Well, good news! The boutique is now open for business and offering extraordinary finds for the Ocean City community to discover.

Love Obsessed opened its doors a few weeks ago and has since been wowing the shopping crowds with sensational women’s clothing and accessory items. From trendy tanks to eye-catching jewelry, Love Obsessed has a finger on the pulse of the latest and greatest in women’s clothing and accessories.

Love Obsessed Clothing Photo credit Love Obsessed

Whether you favor an ensemble ideal for a day at the beach or are seeking out a summer dress to wear out for a night on the town, Love Obsessed provides the items you have been searching for all along. Here are a few of the must-have items you’re going to want to buy at Love Obsessed this summer:

  • Pastel tanks and sleeveless tops
  • Coin purses with catchy phrases
  • Jean shorts and skirts
  • Summer dresses, including those of both the casual and dressy variety
  • Beautiful bralettes
  • Sparkling jewelry items
  • Stylish sunglasses
  • Beachy sandals
  • And, so much more!

Love Obsessed Clothing Options Photo credit Love Obsessed

Now is the perfect time to explore the offerings at this new downtown Ocean City shop! Love Obsessed is open from 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. And, be sure to follow the shop on Facebook and Instagram for all of the finer details!

Photos credit: Love Obsessed 

 

Must-Have Necessities for a Day at the Beach in Ocean City and Where to Find Them

As the weekend of high heat and humidity wraps up, we can now look forward to some more comfortable temperatures. This means it’s the perfect time to lounge on the beach and enjoy cool ocean breezes and welcoming warm sun. Some beachgoers have it down to a science when they make the trek from their house or hotel room to the beach. Others might find that they are unsure where to find all of their beach necessities. For the latter group, OCNJ Happenings has some helpful tips on where to go for all of your must-have beach products.

Beach Cart

For those individuals who are bringing their family to the beach and plan to spend the entire day lounging seaside, a beach cart is an excellent item to have. Whether you are walking a short block to the beach or have a few blocks worth of trekking to do, beach carts are a great way to make the journey an easy one. Island Beach Gear stocks up on beach carts and you can find the right size and style which suits your gear-toting needs.

Beach Towels, Chairs, and Toys

If you need to stock up on beach towels for drying off after a refreshing swim or want to find the perfect beach chair in which to lounge, Hoy’s 5 & 10 is a great place to visit. With two locations in Ocean City, one at 732 Asbury Avenue and the other location at 34th Street and West Avenue, you’ll find plenty of options at this beach shop. Hoy’s 5 & 10 offers towels and chairs in a variety of styles, perfect for all members of the family. For the kids of the family, Hoy’s is also your go-to spot for beach toys and all of your sandcastle-building tools.

Swimsuits and Sandals

If you are due for a new swimsuit or forgot to pack one in your suitcase, there are plenty of options for swimsuit and sandal shopping in Ocean City. Some of the spots where you’ll find a wide selection of beach attire include SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear, Marty’s, and B & B.

Beach Lunch

Some beachgoers like to pack their own lunch while others who sit close to the boardwalk find their lunch options at one of the many boardwalk eateries. If you’re interested in having lunch from Blitz’s but didn’t grab your hoagie before hitting the beach, don’t worry, as Beach Bucket Lunch will deliver your lunch to you. Delivered in the perfect beach-themed bucket, you’ll choose a sandwich, hoagie, or salad and have your choice accompanied by a drink, chips, and Tastykake treat. Best of all, you don’t even have to leave the beach to grab lunch!

Once you have all of these beach necessities checked off the list, you are ready to get started with your day of sun and fun in Ocean City!

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.

Asbury Avenue Culinary Bites and Unique Products You Need to Purchase ASAP

As you stroll along Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, you’ll find intriguing stores and restaurants of a wide array. These individual shops offer exceptional culinary treats and products throughout the year, but there are definitely certain items which you simply must purchase ASAP!

Here are some spots to visit on Asbury Avenue and some must-have items to purchase at each place:

  • Soma Cafe: The beet salad, with its fresh ingredients of pickled red beets, dried apricots, spiced sunflower seeds, and homemade honey lemon whipped goat cheese is a refreshing culinary bite to enjoy any day of the week.
  • Colette: Summer slip dresses and other light and airy numbers pack the Colette inventory. These lovely dresses are perfect for date night or a night out on the town with friends.
  • Rauhauser’s: Pop into Rauhauser’s for their limited-time-only chocolate-covered blueberries. These are available for just a few short weeks so now is the time to stock up on these farm-fresh sweets.
  • She’z the BossIn addition to offering eye-catching clothing and accessory items, She’z the Boss stocks an eclectic array of artisan culinary products, such as Cape May Peanut Butter Co. products, Divino olive oil and balsamic vinegar, Gourmet Village barbecue sauce, and Phillips marinated mushrooms, to name a few options.
  • Wards PastryTwo words: butter cake. This perfectly sweet treat will have you coming back to Wards Pastry on a continual basis to stock up on this delicious anytime dessert.

Wards Pastry Butter Cake

  • Drip N’ Scoop: Two sweet treat items that go perfectly together are waffles and ice cream. Head to Drip N’ Scoop on Asbury Avenue to cure your craving for this delectable dessert!
  • Jay’s Crab Shack: Nothing says “summer” quite like a freshly-prepared crab cake sandwich from Jay’s Crab Shack. Enjoy a jumbo lump grilled crab cake sandwich accompanied by Old Bay fries and delicious coleslaw.
  • SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear: You’re sure to enjoy rave reviews regarding your summer outfit when you wear customized sandals from SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear. You can design your sandals according to your individual taste and style!

These are just a few of the shops and restaurants to visit on Asbury Avenue. Take your time exploring all that this wonderful shopping and dining area has to offer in Ocean City!

Beet salad photo credit: Soma Cafe 

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

Wards Pastry Butter Cake

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.