Seaside goodies are not just a staple of the boardwalk experience— they’re also a gustatory tradition for vacationing families. Along OC’s more than two miles of boardwalk, there’s Mack & Manco’s paper-thin pizza slices, caramel-covered popcorn courtesy of Johnson’s Popcorn and Shriver’s Salt Water Taffyand Fudge’s rough-cut slabs of homemade marble fudge. Over on the Wildwood boards, grab-and-go treats from Curley’s Fries and Aw Shucks Roasted Corn are just as popular as funnel cakes.
Stay the Night
Ocean City’s Atlantis Inn (601 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, 609-399- 9871) is everything a beach-town bed and breakfast should be and more, featuring Euro-country décor, a rooftop deck with ocean views and a full menu of spa treatments. Visitors to Wildwood will love the kitschy-cool StarLux (305 E. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood, 609-522-7412), a newish boutique hotel that boasts updated amenities but still retains the motorlodge charm that’s all part of the Wildwood experience.
It’s in the Bag
Shore wardrobes aren’t just board shorts and fl ipfl ops anymore. The Islander (920 Boardwalk, Ocean City, 609-393-3069) has been an OC standby for women’s clothing since Op ruled the racks. More recently, Colette (900 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, 609-525-0911) has gained a following for its flirty Tracy Reese dresses and splashy Betsey Johnson swimwear.
Sign of the Times
Margate might have Lucy the Elephant, but Ocean City has Mr. Peanut, a familiar “face” at Ocean City’s Boardwalk Peanut Shoppe (986 Boardwalk, Ocean City, 609-391- 2002). And while Wildwood might not have a mascot of its own, it does have a towering beachfront WILDWOODS sign that lets visitors wave to family members back home via a live Internet video feed.