Maryland Beach Hotels

by Meg Jernigan

Maryland shares the Delmarva Peninsula with Delaware and Virginia. The non-commercial Assateague Island National Seashore takes up much of Maryland’s ocean frontage, so hotels are concentrated around Ocean City to the north of the protected area. Beaches are far less common on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay shoreline, but hotels provide access to the water in other ways.

Ocean City

The majority of hotels on the Maryland shore are in Ocean City, a summer destination for Washingtonians and travelers from Baltimore. The Barefoot Mailman is a budget-friendly hotel with standard rooms and efficiency units 400 feet from the beach. Each room has a balcony, and efficiencies have kitchens. Castle in the Sands is a kid-friendly hotel that provides children with pirate-themed entertainment. For the adults, Coconuts hosts local performers and serves casual food. All of the rooms at Quality Inn Beachfront have balconies and kitchenettes. Many have two-person hot tubs or one and a half baths.

North of Ocean City

While technically still part of Ocean City, hotels along the coast north to the Delaware line tend to be a little less focused on the tourist scene. The Fenwick Inn is a block from the beach and an easy drive to the Boardwalk. A rooftop restaurant and bar specialize in local seafood and steaks. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant hosts live entertainment most evenings during the summer season. Golf packages at Fenwick Inn include deluxe accommodations, golf carts and greens fees.

Chesapeake Bay

Hotels on the Chesapeake Bay side of Maryland’s eastern shore usually don’t have beaches, but they do provide access to the water with docks, marinas and boat rentals. Many are bed-and-breakfast properties or private vacation home rentals. Wades Point Inn on the Bay, located in a huge home on a spit of land jutting into the water, has been a summer resort since the 1890s. Rooms in the main house, the country house and the guest house are decorated with period antiques and feature views of the water. The inn closes during the winter months.

Waterfront Resort

The 400-room Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina offers standard rooms and suites, a 150-slip marina, an 18,000-square-foot spa, and an activity beach with volleyball courts and boat rentals. The Ken Foster-designed River Marsh Golf Club provides private clinics and golf school for men and women. Treatments at Stillwater Spa include caviar facials, salt body scrubs and couples massage. Seven dining venues offer options from upscale cuisine to snacks on the beach. Cambridge, site of the Hyatt, is one of the oldest towns in Maryland and has a number of attractions including a maritime museum and a traditional skipjack for cruising on the bay.

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