1. West Ocean City
This side of Assawoman Bay boasts yachts, waterfront McMansions and an easy vibe that conjures up the tropics. "West Ocean City is not a part of the town of Ocean City; it's actually outside of the town limits and is an unincorporated part of Worcester County," says Donna Abbott, tourism spokeswoman. "There are many year-round residents who live in the West O.C. area, as well as seasonal residents." The area also covers territory to the north of U.S. 50 across the bay from Ocean City. It has a marina and commercial harbor, and some great restaurants (Harborside Bar and Grill is well-known for its freshly squeezed Orange Crushes, above, while Sunset Grille overlooks the water and has potted palm trees). And for shopping galore, check out name-brand shops at Tanger Outlets, which are being renovated. (Richard Gorelick, Baltimore Sun /June 4, 2011)
Ocean City's search for the perfect "Song of Summer" has ended right here in Baltimore, with local resident Chuck Conjar's jammin' tune, "Ocean City Days."
The song won after receiving the most votes from the public and beating out two other finalists. "Ocean City Days" now becomes the town's official anthem of Summer 2012.
More than 50 original songs were entered in the contest with organizers choosing the top three and letting the public vote for their favorite. Conjar's song received more than 3,000 out of the nearly 5,600 votes cast in the contest.
As the winner, Conjar will be able to have the song produced and recorded in O.C. and he also gets to perform it at Sunfest 2012
. Ocean City plans to offer a free download at the iTunes
store. But you can listen to it now at ococean.com/songofsummer