|Explore the Shore
Whether you pronounce it BERlin or BerLIN, this tiny, charm-filled town is situated just a short, ten-minute drive westward from the boards and beach of Ocean City, Maryland. Once known as the jumping-off spot before crossing the inland bay for Atlantic Ocean seaside visitors, (before the erection of the Rt. 50 Bridge) Berlin (population 3,500) has continued to grow into so much more - and is worth exploring during any stay here on the Shore. Today you may enjoy visiting this town with a past, which is firmly planted in the present, and enthusiastically embraces the future through innovative citizen services.
Entering the town limits via Rt. 818; northern entrance off Ocean Gateway, one glides past many stately, late-Victorian style homes before entering Berlin's Downtown Historic District. Just before the shopping district you'll note a large, fully-restored residence which now houses The Taylor House Museum which is open weekends throughout the summer. The Museum provides a view of Eastern Shore life 100 years ago including special displays showing Berlin's earliest industry - the famed Harrison Orchards - developer of the Hale peach.
Once arrived downtown, one finds tiny shops dotting the street side landscape; each filled with unique items, including fine handcrafts and antiques. Fun and fine eateries vie for your appetite - from the super-thick shakes and thick burgers at Raynes Reef to the more refined, though contemporary, menu offered by the well-known Atlantic Hotel c.1896. Art galleries too, are plentiful. Berlin proudly wears the label bestowed by Maryland State as an official Arts & Entertainment District,one of the benefits being special tax advantages to those who create art within the area.
No one can visit this town without noticing there are two bakeries...Baked Dessert Cafe - daily creating All Natural sweet and savory items to go or eat-in and Berlin's newest shop, Cupcakes in Bloom, a 2nd place winner from the popular TV show - Cupcake Wars - a Food Network competition reality show! Both are definitely worth a visit!
Recently too, Berlin became the home to the Burley Oak Brewing Company - brewing many interesting beers right here in town. Open daily, plan your visit to drop by and hoist one!
With all the mention of food one may wonder how the locals stay slim...Berlin is a walk able town. The terrain is flat. Comfortable sidewalks shaded by mature trees abound throughout most of the town. Though one tax district - many small neighborhoods with a diversity of housing make up the community.
Another "don't miss" are the several lovely homes located on the south end of Main Street - Burley Cottage and Burley Manor.
In case we've omitted anything of note...you may stop by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce office on South Main Street where you'll find the visitor vestibule open 24/7. Beginning May 2012, there will be a QR code - smart phone accessible, virtual tour featuring even more about Berlin MD. (one of those earlier mentioned, innovative services offered by the Town)!
Note to visitors: Berlin MD is known up and down Delmarva for their nearly endless calendar of free to the public events - beginning in April with Spring Celebration through the "Ball Drop" on New Year's Eve; including too, the Annual Berlin Fiddlers' Convention, Octoberfest and the month long Victorian Christmas celebration.
Specific dates for 2012 may be found here: http://berlinchamber.org/berlin-maryland-events