Ocean City Today

Shoulder season highlights net OC Expedia accolade

By Katie Tabeling | Nov 02, 2017

(Nov. 3, 2017) Ocean City has another trophy from the digital world to add to the mantle, as Expedia Travel’s “viewfinder” blog named the resort one of 14 cities that give you “fomo,” or the fear of missing out on fun experiences.

Expedia travel writer Chloe Mulliner said Ocean City was an obvious choice for the list because of tourism officials’ efforts to promote the autumn shoulder season.

“I grew up going to Ocean City every year for my summer vacation, so I personally know how tempting this coastal city can be,” she said. “Because there are always fun things going on in OC — no matter the season — it wasn’t easy to narrow down a specific month or two to discuss.

“While Winterfest and Springfest are great events, we focused on autumn since there are so many festivals still going strong, even as summer begins to fade away,” Mulliner added.

Ocean City was selected from a pool of cities across the nation. Other factors included most celebrated events and popular attractions, as well as the times of the year when their event calendars are most packed.

“To earn a spot on this list, your city had to have several events and attractions that would compete for your attention,” Mulliner said.

Ocean City has no shortage of competing attractions in the summer, when restaurants, businesses and amusement parks are open and, of course, there’s the beach itself.

Although families leave after Labor Day and school begins, the resort starts gearing its events to a more adult crowd in September and October. Mulliner wrote in her article that Sunfest, Bike Week, Wine on the Beach and Endless Summer Cruisin’ are highlights during this time.

City Communications Manager Jessica Waters said the Expedia article captures the resort’s essence: a year-round destination.

“What I love about Ocean City is that there are many different ‘vacation experiences’ you can have,” she said. “Whether you want to be in the action or want a quiet beach vacation, you can find it all in Ocean City.”

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