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Staycation: Ocean City, Md.

September 16, 2011

I guess Ocean City doesn’t really count as a Washington, DC staycation since you have to drive 3 hours to get there, but it’s still an easy trip for a weekend or even just the day.

After all, it’s pretty smooth sailing across the Bay Bridge that connects DC and its suburbs to Maryland’s eastern shore. It was dark and stormy driving over the bridge…

but once across the bridge, it was bright and sunny on the beach.

I was just happy to escape the city and take long walks along the boardwalk — 2 miles from end-to-end, so a pleasant 4-mile round-trip walk. Plenty of good people-watching during off-season at the beach, let me tell you!

Even in the mornings, once the haze burned off there was nothing but blue skies.

When you’re at the beach, you have to eat seafood and when you’re in Ocean City, you have to eat at Phillips. Now it’s a local chain but it all started in 1956 in Ocean City. A mojito, Maryland crab soup (tomato-based, not cream) and a massive crabcake salad rounded out the perfect Maryland meal.

(sorry for the blurred photos —  bad late-night lighting!)

Now to the real reason I was in Ocean City: my cousin Maria married her boyfriend of 11 years, Ryan. They had a gorgeous bay-side ceremony at the Lighthouse Sound Golf Course in Bishopville, Md. The wedding took place on a golf course, with the actual ceremony under a gazebo overlooking Assawoman Bay.

It was overcast for most of the day but as Maria walked down the aisle, the sun broke through the clouds like a sign from God. Beautiful.

After a short-and-sweet ceremony — the bride-and-groom walked down the aisle to ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours’ — it was time to eat. As the bridal party took photos…

I cooled down with a cocktail…

and played photographer. I loved how Maria integrated beachy colors into her wedding scheme and brought bits of the outdoors indoors for the reception.

Also cool (literally): since the wedding was outside, the programs doubled as fans so guests could stay cool during the ceremony. Pretty neat!

One other detail I loved: since Maria and Ryan dated so long — since her sophomore year of high school — each table number was designated by a year of their relationship with photos of national/world events going on at that time. I was at 2002.

Of course, we need to mention the food. What’s a wedding without good eats (and lots of champagne)?!

When at the beach and in Maryland — yep, it’s all about crabs! Salmon stuffed with crabmeat, that is. Plus asparagus and roasted potatoes. Yum.

I almost-literally licked my plate. No portion control at a wedding. Just enjoy. But note: wear loose-fitting dresses to weddings. Tight dresses are a bad idea. Lesson learned. (Somehow I don’t have any photos of myself. Funny how that happens when you’re the only one with a camera…)

All in all, it was a beautiful weekend away for a beautiful wedding. Getting out of town is always rejuvenating — I unplugged from my email, from blogging, from news — and spending time with family was nice, too. Now I feel prepared for a few months without vacation but you know I’m always planning the next weekend away or day trip…

Just because summer’s over that doesn’t mean staycations have to end!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2011 8:52 am

    It looks like a beautiful wedding and a wonderful time at the beach. So glad you had so much fun 🙂

  2. Sarah permalink
    September 16, 2011 12:18 pm

    I moved to DC under a month ago and I wound up going to Ocean City my second weekend here (my first weekend was Irene weekend!). It was a perfect escape. We had dinner at Crab Alley one night and at Tony’s Pizza (on the boardwalk) the second night

  3. September 17, 2011 1:23 pm

    Looks like a really nice wedding. I went to Ocean City (or Rehoboth) every summer for a week as a kid. I haven’t been back in years.

  4. September 18, 2011 10:43 am

    Sounds like a wonderful time and the wedding looks beautiful!

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