When I drove through Berlin, Maryland on my way home from Chincoteague, Virginia, last year, I knew I needed to come back for a visit. I finally found time for a overnight stay in this sweet little town and enjoyed every second of my stay.
The fun began in the venerable and stately Atlantic Hotel, where, for some wonderful reason, my room was upgraded to the Richard Gere room. My travel partner was on the third floor in a smaller room without the movie tie in.
We chose to dine at The Globe, which was close enough to the hotel that we could simply walk up the street. (In fact, if you don’t plan to leave town during your stay, you probably won’t need to get in your car again til it is time to leave.) Our meal was outstanding and we had the added bonus of an impromptu art gallery experience.
Breakfast the next day was at Rayne’s Reef. Unlike typical diner meals, it was a fairly healthy tasting experience. Still flavorful and enjoyable, but without the greasy spoon, calorie laden flavor of most meals I’ve had at diners.
The shops were filled with great finds. We especially loved A Little Bit Sheepish, which had some glorious yarns, Victorian Charm, which was the perfect spot to do some Mother’s Day shopping, Runaway Tide, where I bought some locally canned Pumpkin Butter and Jeffrey Auxer Designs, which is the home of Instagram’s #wallofplates.
We finished up our stay at Island Creamery, a Chincoteague favorite that has opened a second store in Berlin. We went with the root beer floats, made with the famous Island Creamery ice cream and locally brewed and bottled root beer from Burley Oak Brewing Company. They were exceptionally good.
If you go:
- Check to see if there are any special events happening during your stay. Since we came during a Jazz festival, we had the added bonus of live music and a little street fair.
- Ask about the walking tour of the Runaway Bride movie. Not a Julia Roberts/Richard Gere fan? Ask where key parts of Tuck Everlasting were filmed instead.
- Plan a drive to the beach. Assateague and Ocean City are both very close by.
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