AND SO IT BEGINS: Discovering Berlin, MD
Exploring Berlin? Have questions? Wondering where to start? Read on!
In 2014, Berlin was voted Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Town in America. This should be no surprise to those who live here or have already discovered the town. But if you are a newcomer, you might need some important information to make the most of your visit.
Exactly where is Berlin?
Snuggled between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore, Berlin sits just south of the Delaware-Maryland border and about 10 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean. Location alone is one of the sweet treats of Berlin. Just a short drive and you can be at the beach, but you feel like a world away. Though located so close to Ocean City, MD, Berlin is much quieter and there are generally more pedestrians on Main Street than cars.
At the heart of town full of historic architecture, is a classic Main Street. A walk down Main Street, feels like a step back in time. There is plenty of shopping, whether you are looking for a gift, clothing, antiques, art, yarn, candy, an ice cream cone or organic produce. The shops spill over onto the many side streets that converge at or near the center of town. These streets are not on a grid! A bird’s eye view of the roads, look more like the spokes on a wheel, which can be a little confusing at first, but the town is small enough that it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it!
How’s that for some artwork? That was fun. Just like elementary school all over again!
There is more to downtown than shopping, of course you can eat and drink too! There are more options than you can imagine in just a few blocks. You can find anything from a soda fountain at Rayne’s Reef to fine dining at The Atlantic Hotel. You will also find: Locally sourced menu items in a vibrant, upscale setting at Blacksmith, Casual pub food at The Burley Inn and The Globe, Italian food at Si’Culi. country cooking and Mexican at Tex-Mex and Country Cooking. Want a sandwich to go? Head to the Main Street Deli. Grab a glass or a bottle of a Maryland wine or beer at The Wine Bar. Many evenings, you can find live music at some of these places.
Still More Things to Do
But wait, there’s more!
- Create your own glass ornament or just watch a glass blowing demonstration at Jeffrey Auxer’s Glass Studio.
- Check out the Calvin Taylor Museum and their free outdoor concerts.
- Stop in for a yoga class at Zenna Wellness
- Tour, taste and relax at the Burley Oak Tavern, Berlin’s own microbrewery. Fun to be had and great people to meet here!
- Knit something up while lounging on the sofa at A Little Bit Sheepish.
- Taste the official Berlin Peach Dumpling at Baked Desserts.
- Take a walk in the park and play on the playground.
- Get a massage.
- Or even publish your book.
And I am sure there is plenty more that I haven’t yet discovered!
One of my favorite things about Berlin are the many events. Here are just a few:
- Second Friday Art Strolls
- Bathtub Races – yep, I’m not kidding. This is one of my personal favorites!
- The Peach Festival, complete with a Miss and Mister Peach
- Jazz and Blues Festival
- The Fiddle Fest – another of my personal favorites
- Shakespeare in the street
- Victorian Christmas – yes, you can shop while Christmas music plays on the streets. Happy, Happy!
- New Year’s Eve Ball Drop – you really witness the town’s enthusiasm here. Or you can catch the keg drop at Burley Oak.
See the town event calendar for more events and for dates by clicking here.
Let me know what your favorite places and events are. Or just ask if you have questions about a particular place. I will be glad to share what I know or learn what I don’t know.