Over the last several years, the Oldfather Group has become rather synonymous with coastal Delaware. We live here, we work here, we have offices throughout the region and the majority of our agents and staff also make their homes in the First State's coastal region.

But, it's not all we do! For the last couple of years, we've also placed a renewed interest in coastal Maryland, specifically the Free State's favorite summertime resort of Ocean City.

And that's what we want to feature right now. So take a journey of sorts with us today, as we explore some of the greatest features and attractions in spectacular Ocean City, Maryland.

We begin with a special video tribute of what, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, is Maryland's second largest city.

Here's Dustin Oldfather to tell you a little more about this resort city located in our own backyard.

For generations, Ocean City has served as one of the top summertime destinations on the east coast of the United States. The city's appeal is obvious, with family entertainment as well as plenty of options for the younger and college crowds.

We're going to have some fun and tell you about a number of those places today, but first we thought we'd allow our colleagues who specialize in coastal Maryland to pick their favorite spots in the thriving resort.

Let's take a look...

                    Sherry Thens
                      The Hobbit
                 Cynthia Nagel
                      Fish Tales
            John McAdams
          "Boardwalk Food"

The Hobbit (81st Street and the Bay). The top choice of Oldfather Group Realtor Sherry Thens, this popular restaurant has been around for nearly a half-century and is located at the Rivendell Condominium building on 81st Street and the Bay. The Hobbit specializes in American cuisine and seafood dishes, while boasting one of the best views in the resort.

Popular entrees include Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Roasted Rack of Lamb, Maryland Crab Cakes and Veal Pistachio.

Learn more about The Hobbit on their website or call 410-524-8100.

Fish Tales (Bahia Marina). Located on Herring Way, in the Bahia Marina between 21st and 22nd Streets Bayside, Cynthia Nagel's favorite Ocean City spot has been a family favorite since 1983.

There are plenty of ways to get to Fish Tales, including by car, by bicycle and by boat.

As you can probably guess by the name, Fish Tales is known for its fresh seafood menu options, with crowd favorites that include fish tacos, fish-n-chips, steamed shrimp and seafood burritos.

Cynthia stopped in recently to talk to the owner of her favorite Ocean City spot. Click here for that interview...

Learn more about Fish Tales by calling 410-289-0990, or by visiting them online at www.ocfishtales.com.

"Boardwalk Food" (Ocean City Boardwalk). The ones mentioned by Oldfather Group Realtor John McAdams include possibly the two most famous Ocean City Boardwalk treats - Thrasher's French Fries and Fisher's Popcorn - but there are certainly plenty of options to choose from in this category.

So whether it's the legendary taste of Thrasher's, the many flavors of Fisher's, the unique taste of the pizza at the Dough Roller, the yummy ice cream at Dumser's Dairyland, or any of the other treats found on Ocean City's famous boardwalk, enjoy!

You can always restart that diet when you get home, right?

Okay, so that's the favorite picks of our Oldfather Group agents who specialize year-round in all things Ocean City. 

We do want to mention, however, that our own Dustin Oldfather and Grace Nelson also hold real estate licenses in Maryland and augment the team in that area of the peninsula.

And we also have a preferred lender in Ocean City, so we wanted to hear what she had to say about Maryland's favorite coastal resort.

Click here for what First Home Mortgage's Amanda Garcia had to say about her favorite spot - Malibu Surf Shop on the Boardwalk.

The places we've already mentioned are some great spots, for sure, but there is so much more to see, do and experience in this barrier island that's become synonymous with summertime fun in the mid-Atlantic.

Let's explore a few more of our favorites, shall we?

Trimper's Rides. Since 1893, Trimper's Rides has been a favorite on the south end of the Ocean City Boardwalk, featuring rides, games and fun for the entire family. If you come to Ocean City with kids in tow, your trip won't be complete without a ride to Trimper's. Favorite rides include the "Rock n Roll," the "Freakout," the "Tidal Wave" and the "Tilt-a-Whirl."

Jolly Roger Amusement Park. Actually two parks in one, Jolly Roger has been a presence in Ocean City since 1964 on 30th Street and Coastal Highway, and on the Ocean City Pier since 1974. Between the two sites, there are multiple rides and attractions, two mini-golf courses, a full-service waterpark and 10 go-kart tracks. Sounds like a great time to us!

Phillip's Crab House. An Ocean City tradition since 1956, Phillip's Crab House is located at 2004 North Philadelphia Avenue and offers some of the greatest seafood you'll find in the coastal region. They specialize, as you might guess, in seafood, but also have a fantastic variety of hand-cut steaks. And might we recommend the seafood festival buffet in the evenings during the summer - you won't be disappointed!

Seacrets. While there are certainly many bars and nightclubs to choose from in Ocean City, Seacrets gets the nod as our favorite. Located at 49th Street, this place is always hopping and is a great place to let your hair down and have some fun on a hot summer night. Seacrets features not only a lively night club, but also three separate stages with live entertainment - the "Beach Stage," the "Tiki Stage" and the "Pier Stage at 'Da Bay." Stop in and have some fun one night this summer!

The Roland E. Powell Convention Center. More commonly referred to as the Ocean City Convention Center, this facility plays host to many great events throughout the year. On any given weekend, there might be a large concert, a WWE wrestling event or even craft shows and other annual gatherings at this resort hub. The convention center features 214,000-square-feet of floor space and is located on the shores of the Assawoman Bay at 4001 Coastal Highway.

The Ocean City Pier. The famous Ocean City pier is really broken up into two separate elements - the carnival style rides and games run by Jolly Roger, and the part that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and is used primarily by area fishermen. So ride some rides and have some fun, or if you feel like doing a little fishing without going out on an actual boat, this is probably the best place you're going to find. And if you are a fisherman, it's important to note that you don't need a Maryland Saltwater License to fish from the Ocean City pier.

Northside Park. Probably most widely known as the host side for the ultra-popular "Festival of Lights" during the Christmas season, this community park is a great place to sit and relax with the family, while enjoying a picnic lunch or just a little down time while in the resort. Northside Park features 58 acres, which includes baseball fields, a lighted soccer field, a fishing lagoon, two playgrounds, two piers and much more. It's run by the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department and is located on 125th Street in North Ocean City.

As you can see, there's certainly no shortage of fun things to see and do in the fabulous seaside resort of Ocean City, Maryland. And we haven't even mentioned the actual beach yet, or the annual festivals like Springfest, Sunfest and the White Marlin Open.

With several miles of inviting sand, one of the nation's longest boardwalks and so many great attractions, Ocean City is certainly a great choice for having fun in the Delaware/Maryland coastal region, particularly during the warm weather months.

So get out there and have a great time while visiting Ocean City! And if you feel like staying in the area full-time, give us a ring.

There are some great properties currently on the market at and near Maryland's favorite summertime resort, and we'd love to show you around.

And if you'd like to check out some of the places we've mentioned above, but aren't exactly sure how to get there, check out the handy map below. Locations appear in the order they were mentioned in the main copy above.