Beaches in the Off Season
I had to go to Ocean City, Md., for a couple of days on business this week. (Check out their webcam). It was bitterly cold, windy, hardly anything was open ... and I loved it. What is it about a beach town in the off season that's so appealing?
Well, no lines anywhere, for starters. My friend and I were able to waltz into several restaurants and bars where, on an average day in summer, the lines are generally out the door and then some. Service was impeccable: At the Galaxy Grill and Liquid Assets restaurants on the Coastal Highway, the waiters had all the time in the world to walk us through the menus. Even the usually raucous Seacrets nightclub had a sweet, sleepy vibe (and all those dead palm trees didn't detract too much).
But aside from better service, there's just something wonderfully evocative about walking down lonely, deserted streets that are usually bursting with humanity, and stumbling onto a clean, well-lighted place, and being greeted with an actual smile. And on those cold, cold mornings, the flocks of snow geese overhead and the sun glinting off the bay are just as beautiful. I'll be back in summer... but it won't be quite as special.
So what are your nominations for Best Beach Town in the Off Season? I may just make a habit of this, so share some of your own favorite places.
By K.C. Summers |
February 1, 2007; 9:48 AM ET
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