Mini Getaway and Sign Inspiration

Popping out for a vacation has been rare the past couple years. I am very grateful that I recently got the chance to travel up to Ocean City, MD with my dad to visit my Aunt Sharon's condo (just a block from the beach!). The last time I visited in Ocean City I was five years old on a family vacation and can only recall little snippets. 

Anywhere and anything has the potential for inspiration, whether it's stepping out on your porch or 250 miles away. Ocean City inspired the crap out of me! Oh what a place! The signs! The signs! The signs! The type! The kitschy-ness! It all must be shared!

 

First sign I got the chance to take a picture of, I drooled. 

First sign I got the chance to take a picture of, I drooled. 

Happiest alcohol bottles I've seen! 

Happiest alcohol bottles I've seen! 

My aunt's condo just near this guy. 

My aunt's condo just near this guy. 

This is just the beginning. 

So, my dad recently retired and conveniently one of his old co-workers has a condo two blocks away from my aunt's. Within 15 minutes of our arrival and no time to change into lighter beachware (I'm in tights because I'm insane) we ventured over to say hi, and scored this majestic owl painting chilling out against a fence. 

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Spied this pristene gem along the way. I love the lines, the blue on white, the monotony.

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My dad's coworker Bill and his wife joined us on our boardwalk adventure, as we would be indulging and catching up we took the beach bus. Now the beach bus is fricken awesome, only 3 bucks for an all day pass. We have got to get an express bus like this in Richmond. The only horrifying thing is the bus lane is also the bike lane, and the drivers there are pretty aggressive, multiple cut offs, veering into the other lanes to avoid cyclists. Ah! Stress! Other than that..3 bucks?! I accept.

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Our first vital decision at the boardwalk was FOOD, Tony's pizza has an amazing rooftop deck, which of course, was closed until dinner. Dang. 

 

Fantastic

Fantastic

Above Ripley's Believe it or not. Glorious! Love sharks! 

Above Ripley's Believe it or not. Glorious! Love sharks! 

This was my granddaddy Kelly's spot! 

This was my granddaddy Kelly's spot! 

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The gorgeous toile wall paper in the Atlantic Hotel, the smell of teek wafts at you as soon as you open the doors. My aunt shared stories of when they stayed there as kids and a couple ghost stories YES.  

The gorgeous toile wall paper in the Atlantic Hotel, the smell of teek wafts at you as soon as you open the doors. My aunt shared stories of when they stayed there as kids and a couple ghost stories YES.  

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We went here for breakfast the next morning at a location closer to the condo. Pizza and Pancakes are their specialty. Prepare for feeling food comatose in a great way. 

We went here for breakfast the next morning at a location closer to the condo. Pizza and Pancakes are their specialty. Prepare for feeling food comatose in a great way. 

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My aunt Sharon and I

My aunt Sharon and I

View from the Frog Bar, I absolutely love this place, fantastic jerk wings. 

View from the Frog Bar, I absolutely love this place, fantastic jerk wings. 

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Cheese-in

Cheese-in

My aunt insisted we take pictures with the pirate, he made fun of my short arms and the three of us scuffled 180 degrees to not have the sun in our eyes. He was kind of creepy, but it was hilarious. 

My aunt insisted we take pictures with the pirate, he made fun of my short arms and the three of us scuffled 180 degrees to not have the sun in our eyes. He was kind of creepy, but it was hilarious. 

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Next day more signs! 

Next day more signs! 

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Outside of Seacrets. I can't even explain how insane that place is. Recommended by many and went in with no clue what to expect. I won't spoil it for you. 

Outside of Seacrets. I can't even explain how insane that place is. Recommended by many and went in with no clue what to expect. I won't spoil it for you. 

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Off the pier

Off the pier

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Last sign, last stop for breakfast before heading back to Richmond. 

Last sign, last stop for breakfast before heading back to Richmond. 

Refreshed. And back to work.