Sunday, January 31, 2016

February in and around Ocean City, NJ!

So, it's February and you have cabin fever. You want to get away for a few days but where to go is the question. The answer - Serendipity Bed and Breakfast in Ocean City, NJ! So now you are thinking - it's too cold to sit on the beach. Anything else to do? There sure is! The weekend of February 13th and 14th the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company is presenting Let Broadway be your Valentine. The show is a cabaret of  Broadway love songs.If you have never been to an OCTC show, you have been missing out! Michael Hartman, the Artistic Director, does an amazing job. I have never been disappointed at one of their shows. You can see how much the performers enjoy themselves This show is really reasonably priced. Tickets are only $18.

 The stores along Asbury Avenue are open and would love to show you their merchandise! A great place to browse or shop is Stainton's Gallery of Stores. There are about 70 different stores inside the one building and they sell everything you can think of! Ocean City memorabilia, jewelry, clothing, soaps, candles. You name it, there is probably a store carrying that. The great thing about Stainton's is that it is indoors so you can shop there regardless of the weather. Don't forget the stores along the Boardwalk. Did you know there are a number of stores and arcades open year round?

South Jersey has a number of wineries - many just a half hour away, a few even closer! I guess the sandy soil must be conducive to growing grapes. The second weekend in February Garden State Wine Growers, http://www.newjerseywines.com/ , is having a Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail! Can you imagine anything better than wine and chocolate????? You can get all the details by going to their website. Some of the south Jersey wineries participating are Natali Vineyard in Cape May Courthouse, Plagidos Winery in Hammonton, Hawk Haven Vineyard in Rio Grande, Tomasello Winery in Hammonton. There are other events planned for February such as a barrel tasting, and a Winter Gala.

Atlantic City is only 8 miles away. There are always shows - and of course the casinos! If you want to shop, I love The Walk Outlet stores!

Go 30 minutes south of Ocean City to Cape May and take a stroll through the Washington Street Mall. Most weekends there is the Ghosts of Cape May trolley tour. You can check out their calendar at http://www.capemay.com/eventcalendar/

As you can see, there is a lot to do in and around Ocean City in February! And if all you want to do is watch a movie or read a book, come to Serendipity and you can do just that! Remember, at Serendipity Bed and Breakfast it's "All about you!"

Karen
Serendipity Bed and Breakfast
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

It's snowing in Ocean City!

 I may be one of those crazy people - I love snow! I love to be inside a nice warm house, drinking a hot cup of tea with the fireplace on and watch the snow fall. I don't even mind shoveling - well, not as much as many people do   I used to live in northern New Jersey where we got more snow than I see now in Ocean City. That does make a big difference. In Ocean City we do not get a lot of snow. The picture above is from one of our bigger snow storms last March. Doesn't it look beautiful to see the snow on the beach and dunes?  Here's a picture I love where you can see the ocean and the snow. BTW - these pictures were both taken by Sun Rise Cafe in Ocean City sunrisecafeoc.com, a great place to eat!

It is so unusual to see the ocean and snow right next to each other. Whenever I have guests during a snow storm, I tell them they have to go up to the boardwalk and look at the beach. You can see exactly how far the ocean came up on the beach. Let's face it - it's not what you think of when you think about Ocean City!
The other nice thing about snow in Ocean City is that it does not last for a long time. It snows, you go out, take pictures, do some shoveling and then sit inside and enjoy it. A couple of days later it is usually gone - before it starts to get all dirty and ugly. It seems as though you have it just long enough to enjoy it, but not too long where you get to the point of being tired of it. So I hope I have not jinxed myself. There is a possibility of a huge snowstorm in the Ocean City area starting Friday night. Let's see - hot tea? check, bread? check,milk? check, toilet paper? check. OK, let the snow begin!

Karen
Serendipity Bed and Breakfast
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