A BERLIN, MD STAYCATION: A Week of Great Fun
This summer Brad and I decided to take a vacation on a budget so that we could have a little extra money for more projects…..like getting back to work on the Green Room and starting some renovations to our porches. So a Berlin, Md staycation it was. I am happy to report that we had a blast! Our week was both fun and relaxing. And while I would like to say that we stuck to our promise of doing no work, I must confess that we did do a little work on the stereo cabinet and we stripped some doors that I want to use in the house (more on that later). We’re just happier when we have something going in the workshop! Here’s how our week went down.
Kicking the Week Off
We started the week off with the Peach Festival. We got our fill of fresh peaches and I bought some crafts and just enjoyed the afternoon. I forgot the camera so no photo ops. But I was on vacation, I can’t be expected to remember everything, right?
We went to Assateague on Saturday morning and got in some Yoga on the Beach, which is sponsored by the Assateague Island Alliance. If you like yoga, you don’t want to miss this experience. If you’re a beginner and just want to check it out, no worries, there are all kinds of skill levels there.
We also got in some beach time with a little swimming and reading. Relaxing!
Oh, Beautiful Day!
We had some great weather that week which allowed us to be outside a lot. We got in a few bike rides and some kayaking at Assateague. In the summer I love biking and kayaking really early in the day. It’s not too hot yet and there is still the rest of the day to have all kinds of fun. And I love, love being on the water, so off we went to check out Tangier Island. We boarded the the Steven Thomas in Crisfeld, MD for the 14 mile trip out to the island.
Tangier Island is a tiny fishing community with a population of about 600 brave souls that live year round miles from the main land. Many of the residents have a unique accent that comes from the original English settlers.
The main mode of transportation on the island is golf carts, although I did spy a couple of cars and trucks. The roads are very narrow. No SUVs for this place.
The boat ride was beautiful in both directions and worth the trip in itself. On the island we grabbed something to eat and walked the entire length and width of the island, which was fun, but very hot! Of course all that hot meant a stop for an ice cream cone.
On our next visit, I might consider taking one of the golf cart tours, because I’d like to learn more of the history than I did just walking around. And I am sure we will go back. Maybe we can take our bikes next time, although you can rent them there as well. I also, later learned that you can catch a ride out to the island on the mail boat which takes mail and supplies out to the island daily. T
hat could be fun too! My only complaint is that we didn’t have as much time on the island to explore as I would have liked, unless we wanted to swim home. Maybe an island sleepover next time?
Take Me Out To The Ball Game
We have been talking about getting to a Delmarva Shorebirds game for a long time. Finally we made it! With perfect weather and seats right behind home plate, the only thing that could have been better was a win, but that was not in the cards. A great time anyway!
Fly Me To The Moon
There was a time when I was younger that I dreamed of being the first woman to walk on the moon. Luckily for me, we have Wallops Island.
We spent a little better than an hour at the visitor center, learning all about different types of rockets and the many ways that they are used. I got to check out (and touch) some retired rockets. There are also some computer terminals set up where you can choose your mission and then design the rocket for it. This apparently was not one of my skills.
After leaving the visitor center we headed into Chincoteague, which we have done before, but it’s a fun little town to walk around in and to grab a bite to eat. I really love driving up and down all the little streets and checking out the buildings. We haven’t made it to the light house yet. Saving that for another day.
When the Night Falls
Brad and I have a tradition of having one nice dinner out when we are on vacation. Nice enough that we feel like we should dress up a little. While dressing up certainly isn’t required for Blacksmith in Berlin, we at least stepped it up a notch from our shorts and t-shirts. I even put on some makeup. Dinner was delicious, service was great. My only wish is that the outdoor seating wasn’t already full.
Another evening we made our way into Ocean City to Bahia Marina and a sunset cruise. The boat was quite full, but once we got moving everyone settled in and we had plenty of space. The views were great and it was White Marlin Open week, so we saw tons of gorgeous boats. There was a lot of money floating on the water that week for sure!
One night we headed to Ocean Downs for some racing. I had never been to see horses race before and I found the harness racing very exciting. I learned how to place a bet and won on my first bet. Woohoo! This bet funded the rest of our night, as we had no more wins and I wasted a little on the slot machines, just to be able to say I did it. I may never play the slots again, but I will watch those horses again. Amazingly fun, but I think I had better learn how to read those racing papers full of stats , so that I can hopefully pick another winner someday.
In Every Life a Little Rain Must Fall
The inevitable did come to pass….rain. On the day that we were planning to go to a concert at the Freeman Stage….rain. I was disappointed, but that soon turned around. I jumped online and reserved seats at the Fox Sun and Surf Cinema in North Ocean City and snagged some great seats for the latest Mission Impossible movie.
We had time to kill so we headed up to Bayside and checked out the model homes. They are beautiful homes and were great fun to explore. I love seeing what other people are doing in their homes. Just can’t get enough of that stuff.
But, back to the movie….The movie was action packed. The recliners were huge. I feel like Brad and I could have shared a seat. It was a little chilly inside, but the seat was comfortable and the movie was fun. I highly recommend reserving your seats online because there were a lot of people in line, a line we didn’t have to wait in and we ha d’sthe best seats in the house without arriving super early.
Music, Music, Music
Life just isn’t complete without music, so we book ended our week with music. We went to a concert in Northside Park in Ocean City. We saw a Rolling Stones tribute band, Satisfaction. It was a lucky night, we had great seats, great weather, the band was very good and it was all topped off with fireworks. At the end of the week we hit the Berlin, Md’s Concert on the Lawn Series sponsored by Calvin Taylor Bank. We saw the very talented Bryan Russo and Bargain Scotch. If you have never heard Bryan Russo’s music, you need to! Thank you Calvin Taylor Bank!!
All Good Things Must End
This vacation was better than I ever imagined. The beautiful weather certainly helped and as much as we love Berlin, it was great fun to explore other parts of the Eastern Shore that we hadn’t had time to get to and there are still plenty of things that we didn’t get to do. More fun for another staycation. We ate out plenty, had plenty of good times, enjoyed the great outdoors, were entertained and spent less than $500 for the whole week. Can’t complain about any of that!