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10 Reasons Why Dunes Manor Hotel Is Perfect For Families
Recently, Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City invited my daughter and I to come and stay for the weekend. Of course we jumped at the chance to stay at this lovely oceanfront hotel. But I have to say that we were both super impressed with how amazing this hotel was not just for its beachfront location, but also for so many other offerings it had for families!
I would highly recommend Dunes Manor Hotel for any family who is visiting Ocean City.
(we were mostly hosted for this visit but all opinions are my own)
One of the best reasons Ocean City rocks is that you get a front row seat to sunrise every morning. That is why Dunes Manor Hotel is amazing too.. because all of the rooms have balconies that face the ocean. Trust me, you will want to wake up to view this spectacular view!
View from your balcony!
2. The Beach!
Of course, being located on the beach has other benefits too. There is beach access leading from the steps of the hotel on a very short dune path. When you emerge on the actual beach, there is an umbrella attendant right there. Honestly, a day at the beach couldn’t be easier.
Surf and sand!
3. The Boardwalk
The beach is not the only thing the hotel is super close to. Situated between 28th and 29th Street, Dunes Manor is literally only 1 block from the end of the boardwalk. That means you really don’t need to drive and park… just take the tram!
Honestly, this really is the perfect location. You get beachfront access and boardwalk access. But since you aren’t actually on the boardwalk, the beach area isn’t nearly as crowded as it is further south.
4. Live Music
Dunes Manor has a robust line up of activities that will appeal to both adults and kids! Take the live entertainment for example.
Check the schedule for evening piano sing-alongs in the lobby. But don’t stop there! When we visited, there was a happy hour with a Steel Drum Band. Honestly, the music combined with the ocean breeze was so relaxing and chill. Super fun!
5. Signature Afternoon Tea
One of the most unique and most cool activities that Dunes Manor is know for is their Signature Afternoon Tea. This super sweet tradition was started by the founder, Thelma Conner, who believed welcoming guests to the hotel should always feel like welcoming them into your home.
Visitors come from all over, including lifeguards, to take part in this afternoon tradition. The tea is delicious, as are the scones!
6. Dining at Dunes Manor
Ocean City has loads of fun and delicious dining options, but you don’t have to leave the hotel to enjoy great dining either!
Breakfast is fantastic! One morning we opted for the breakfast buffet and one morning we ordered off the menu. Both options were delicious!
In the afternoon we had a late lunch on the veranda. My daughter had a delicious Mac ‘n Cheese. I indulged in these boil and peel shrimp. Yummy!
7. Kid’s Crafts
There are so many fun kid’s activities on a daily and weekly basis too! When we visited, it was fun to make some easy crafts for kids. Sometimes the afternoon activity is an Art Bar or even Bingo!
One of the unique activities at Dunes Manor Hotel (when the weather is not too cold) is mermaids! Yep, there are mermaids that visit Dunes Manor and swim and play with guests. I asked, and Dunes Manor is the only hotel in Ocean City that does this… and my daughter absolutely loved it!
Another unique and super fun activity is the Pirate Scavenger Hunt! Yep! Kids meet a real pirate, who gives them a treasure map with clues to follow. The scavenger hunt isn’t difficult and it’s really fun to learn more about this historic hotel.
10. Rocking Chairs
My daughter dug the rocking chairs on the veranda.. but I adored them! Seriously, make some time to have down time and rock away your stress!
Know Before You Go
- Dunes Manor Hotel is located at 2800 Baltimore Avenue Ocean City, Maryland 21842.
- To make a reservation or find out more about the hotel, here is the hotel’s website.
- The rooms are very comfortable and the lobby is gorgeous. Check out these photos!
The breakfast veranda.