THINGS TO DO IN BERLIN, MD: When You Aren’t Shopping
When you are in Berlin, the odds are pretty good that you there will be some event or another going on to entertain you. You also can keep yourself very busy shopping and eating. But wait, there’s more! There are plenty of other things to do in Berlin as well. Here is just a sampling of the things I can think of off the top of my head.
Make your own blown glass ornament
Yes, you really can do this at Jeffrey Auxer Designs on Jefferson Street. It’s a lot of fun and they are beautiful. I love my ornaments! Get more details at www.jefferyauxer.com or call (443) 513-4210.
Knit a blanket
Learn to knit or join a knitting club at A Little Bit Sheepish at the corner of Main and Jefferson Streets. Even if you don’t know how to knit at all Brenda Trice will give you a couple of private lessons so you can get the basics down.
Then you can join a class – creativity and comraderie.
Of course if you just want to pick up some yarn and supplies you can do that too! I am a poor knitter. I think I need to get a couple of those one on one lessons under my belt!
Find more info at www.alittlebitsheepish.com or call (410)641-1080.
Make your own beer or wine
Head over to Brews Up at 9028 Worcester Highway. I know this one is not exactly in historic downtown, but it is in Berlin and oh so close. Tony will teach you and your friends to make wine and beer. Grab a couple of friends and join one of the painting events. You can pick up all the supplies you need at his shop. Brad brews his own beer and this is one of his favorite supply locations. Plus Tony always offers up some good tips! Tony is also getting an internet store up and running, in case you need more supplies after you get home and you don’t live close by. Get more details at www.brewsup.net or call Tony at (443)513-4744
Visit a museum
Step back in time, exploring the rooms in the Calvin B. Taylor Museum. Built in 1832, this building was once the home to Calvin Taylor, lawyer, teacher and founder of the Calvin Taylor Bank. Now it houses displays and period decorated rooms. Open between Memorial Day and the end of October on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm-4pm. This year they have some extra weekend hours during December. Get the details here. Get museum admission information at www. taylorhousemuseum.org.
Live music can be found at many locations: The Globe, Maryland Wine Bar and Burley Oak Brewing Company, where you can also tour the brewery. Click here for more information on all of these locations.
Murder Mystery Dinners
Try some yoga
Berlin is home to Zenna Wellness Studio on South Main Street. Zenna offers yoga for all levels, including aerial yoga and kids yoga classes. You can drop in for a class, buy a punch card for multiple visits, or purchase a membership if you are totally committed. Owner, Chrissy, offers friendly instruction in a gentle and relaxing atmosphere. Chrissy also provided yoga instruction for Assateague Coastal Trust’s summer program, Yoga on the Beach. A program I love. She is an amazing instructor! Get more info at www.zennawellnessyoga.com or by calling (443)373-7069.
Face it. The ocean and the bays are one of the many reasons that many of us are in Berlin, so while the water is not in town, it is right in our backyard. You can take eco tours, rent kayaks and SUPs close by. If you want to engage in water sports in Assateague National Park (a place I love!!!) contact Super Fun Eco Tours at www.superfunecotours.com or (410)656-9453. If you would like to have fun in Ayers Creek, try Ayers Creek Adventures. They also offer canoes. More info at www.ayerscreekadventures.com and (888)602-6268.
Ride a bike
The flat terrain around Berlin makes for fun biking. Bring your own bike or take a ride around Assateague by renting a bike from Super Fun Eco Tours. (See Water Sports for contact info).
Walk with Ghosts
Learn about the ghosts of Berlin on a mile and a half walk with Chesapeake Ghost Tours. Tours are usually offered on Thursday nights and leave from in front of the Atlantic Hotel. Get info on admission and tour times at www.chesapeakeghostwalks.com. You’ll get a good lesson in Berlin, Maryland’s history as well.
Play in a Park
Stephen Decatur Park
It’s not huge, but it packs in a lot of activities. Our park offers a wetland nature path, playground equipment for many age groups, and a recycled walking path, which is unbelievably comfortable to walk on.
There are also a few tennis courts, that need a little love but are fine for a fun volley. Be sure to check out the new mural too.
After you have worn yourself out, have a picnic in the pavilion or at one of they many picnic tables.
Dr. William Henry Park
Located on Flower Street, Henry Park has picnic tables, playground equipment and basketball courts and is home to Berlin’s Annual Memorial Day Celebration.
Again, while not in Berlin, it is our backyard. You can visit either the state park or the national park or both! Swimming, fishing, camping, water sports,trails and wild ponies. But Assateague is multiple posts all on its own. More on that to come.
Take a Carriage Ride
Many Saturdays if you stop at the corner of Main and Pitts Streets you can take a ride around town in a horse drawn carriage. The rides are offered by R and B Carriage Rides. During Berlin’s Victorian Christmas Celebration you can take a free ride on Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 3pm, leaving from the Berlin Visitor Center on S. Main Street. The horses have bells too! Oh what fun it is to ride…..
Relax with a Massage
Stop in to Atlantic Retreat on Broad Street, for a relaxing massage or facial. A great way to pamper yourself. For pricing and appointments go to www.atlantictreatwellness.com or call (410)430-6581.
In Other Parts of Berlin
If you step out of downtown Berlin, there are many golf courses. I am not a golfer, so I’ll have to wait for some feedback from some golfers to give you the lowdown on them. You can also head to Ocean Downs Casino, which offers slots, live harness racing and dining.
I’m tired just typing about all the things to do and more than a little psyched to get out there and do something! Of course, with all the work on the house the place I am most likely to go is Adkins Hardware!