It used to be that the Ocean City, MD season did not start until Memorial Day. However, with the advent of the annual Spring Fest – usually held the first weekend in May, things get started a little earlier.
May in Maryland can be a little iffy, though. One can never be very sure what the weather will be from one glorious May day to the next. Rain and clouds with chilly temperatures dampened my desire to attend Spring Fest but the promise of 80 degrees and sunny skies prompted me to pack my bags and end east and what a fantastic weekend it was!
On our way down, we stopped at the outlet shops in Delaware to take advantage of no sales tax. We worked up an appetite from all that shopping so we stopped at Big Fish Grill for a small lunch of tilapia fingers and fried calamari. The fish fingers were ample and cooked perfectly – served with house made tartar sauce, they were a meal by themselves. The calamari was served with a mustard sauce (yum) and marinara. We shared our small plates which were enough to hold us until dinner.
I booked a suite at the Princess Royal for Saturday night. When we arrived, we asked for a room “near the glass” (the wall of windows looking out toward the ocean) and were given an upgrade. The young man and woman at the front desk were very friendly. The room was spacious and clean, with a balcony overlooking the indoor pool.
Without wasting any more sunshine, we quickly changed into our swimsuits, followed the call of the surf and headed for the glistening sand. The weather had been predicted to be variably cloudy with a chance of showers – I am glad the prediction was wrong. The sky was clear and the sun was hot in the sky.
After a long walk down the beach, we splurged on rental chairs – the weather was so nice we wanted to spend more time on the beach. Beach chairs now rent for $7 each while umbrellas go for $15 each per day. I noted that both chairs and umbrellas were in very good condition – they may actually be new this year.
Unfortunately, the water was too frigid for my taste so we kept our toes warm in the sand but a number of brave souls ventured into the surf for a romp with the waves. It was fun to watch the children dip their toes in the icy water and run screeching up the shoreline.
No trip to Ocean City would be complete without dinner at Lunas Cactus Cafe my favorite for many years now. Ladies and gents, if you do not mind a short drive, Luna’s is the place for freshly prepared, unique Mexican seafood. I had the sea bass with corn and onion salsa, and roasted red pepper sauce. My husband had the grouper with shrimp and scallops covered in a crab sauce. Neither of us had room for desert!
Following dinner, we drove to the inlet for an evening walk on the boards. During peak season, the drive would turn most people off simply because of the traffic. However, the crowds are light in May and so is the number of joy riders, so our trip took only a few minutes.
Trimpers Rides and Amusements was open with a few courageous young people on board. The pier rides were also open but without much business. I noted, however, that the tram was not in operation.
Thrasher’s Fries was sizzling, though and despite having just eaten a very satisfying dinner, I started salivating! They smelled so good. No matter how full one is the aroma of freshly burnished potatoes cooked crisp in peanut oil will make one hungry.