Now it's on to the next big idea for this winsome small town. The mayor says Berlin is "enthusiastically embracing" the modern era. "While we honor our past," he said, "we don't live in it."
If you go
Berlin is 166 miles from Baltimore and 8 miles west of Ocean City. It's accessible by two major highways (U.S. 50 and 113). The drive takes 2 1/2 to three hours. Other options include the BayRunner Shuttle, which departs from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport or the Greyhound station in Baltimore, with a drop-off in West Ocean City, about 10 minutes from Berlin. Reservations required. bayrunnershuttle.com.
Where to stay
The Atlantic Hotel. 2 N. Main St. 410-641-3589. atlantichotel.com.
This grande dame, which dates to 1895, has been beautifully restored with chandeliers, hardwood floors, antiques and elegant decor. It has 16 rooms (standard double rooms to deluxe queen and king), one suite and a Gardener's Cottage a short walk away. Relax in the parlor, enjoy lunch in the Drummer's Cafe or watch passersby from the sun porch. Rates are $95 to $315 in spring and $115 to $335 in summer.