About this listing
This private bedroom includes a queen bed and daybed in our private two-story home that's tucked away on 9 acres of forest. Guests are within driving distance of Berlin and beaches in Delaware, Ocean City, Assateague Island National Seashore, Pocomoke State Park, and Chincoteague Island.
Whenever I come home, I feel like I'm on a vacation. Our location is a perfect getaway from attractive nearby amenities (including Ocean City, Delaware and Virginia beaches), yet convenient enough to enjoy them. After a day of sightseeing, swimming and playing at the beach, I love coming home to a peaceful, quiet, and private retreat. Our home offers relaxation, privacy, and tranquility.
We love the outdoors and spend as much time as possible outside. Guests are welcome to enjoy our outdoor living space, cook meals on the gas/charcoal grill and smoker, eat outdoors on the picnic table or lounge in the private sitting area.
Guests are also welcome to enjoy our great room to watch videos on Netflix, rentals on our blue ray player, or satellite tv. We also offer a full kitchen where guests are welcome to use our pots, pans, plates, utensils, refrigerator, microwave, etc. to store food and cook meals.
When we're not at home, we may be at the beach. We have plenty of beach chairs, umbrellas and towels (and buckets and shovels for kids). If these beach items are available, our guests are more than welcome to use them (as long as they get back to us at the end of your stay).
Guests will have a bathroom of their own and will stay in a bedroom overlooking the outdoor living area. The bedroom has one queen bed and a daybed. Additional bedding accommodations can be provided upon request.
Interaction with guests
We live on the property year-round and welcome guests to enjoy the property as much as we do. In most cases, we will be available during your stay.
We live in an area where lots are 8 to 15 acres in size. Our property is adjacent to similar residential lots on the east and south sides, bounded by route 90 to the north, and shares a forest conservation easement with the Wor-Wic Community College golf course to the west.
What makes our location unique is that we are located within 10 - 15 minutes of Ocean City, West Ocean City, Berlin, and 20 minutes from Assateague Island. Within a 40 minute drive, guests can also visit beaches in Rehoboth, Bethany, and Dewey Beach in Delaware or Chincoteague Island and the Pocomoke River State Forest to the south.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy the nearby amenities from spring through the fall season. As expected, the number of tourists drop drastically in the winter; however, as a local I would have to say that winter is a great time of year to experience the amenities too. We know which restaurants are offering discounted meal prices, there's never a waiting line, and zero traffic. And, for the past few years, we've really enjoyed spending our evenings in front of our wood burning fireplace. I've even cooked dinner using the fireplace.
Our location does offer a quick escape from the thousands of people and cars during the peak season. But if that's all you know about the area, then you haven't really experienced our natural amenities. We get to experience a winter wonderland here at Sea Breeze at Woodland Paradise, collect seashells on the north end of Assateague after a Nor' Easter, and appreciate the life that emerges in the early spring after a cold winter. Our little bit of paradise is just as beautiful, if not more so, during the winter. Trust me and my husband, we live here.
We have plenty of parking and can fit up to 2-3 additional cars depending on their size. Nearby public transportation is available but it is not within walking distance. The best way to get around is by car. We enjoy riding our bikes, and during certain times of the day (when there is less traffic on the road) the area is quite pleasant by bike.
Other things to note
We share our home with four indoor cats: Baby Blue, Callie, Sneaky, and Checkers. We also share our home with insects, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Please respect the indoor and outdoor space so that every living creature can live here peacefully.
While we do have wireless internet, we can only hook up via DSL so it can be slow. In addition, given our rural location we can't have access to cable tv but rather satellite tv.
Please be courteous, and treat others as you would like to be treated. Use your common sense. Please clean up after yourself, and leave rooms the way they were presented to you. We have four cats and they are not allowed outside unless they are supervised. Please shut the front door or back door to prevent cats from exploring the outdoors unsupervised.
You should also know that my husband loves to play any type of throwing game, so feel free to play a round or two of Kan Jam with him, perhaps Frisbee on the beach or if you're staying during the Ultimate Frisbee season, he'll definitely rope you into playing a couple games of Ultimate! He loves fishing, tennis, cycling, kayaking, and birding too.
My husband and I share an interest in protecting the environment. Given our love of nature, purchasing this property became our dream come true. This home has given us opportunities to practice the life-style that comes so natural to us.
I love gardening and have created a few thematic gardens around the house including converting the "front yard" into an edible landscape, planting several beds of native plants to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and I'm in the process of nurturing two vegetable garden beds into sustainable gardens. My favorite areas, however, are the native pink lady slippers which were a wonderful sight to see when we originally purchased the property. My husband is a naturalist and loves to search for amphibians and reptiles and is an avid birder.
I also enjoy building, i.e. working with my hands. I've built our shed, entertainment tv stand and coffee tables (with blue stone top), fireplace mantel, and sliding barn doors featured in the guest room. I'm also in the process of designing a kitchen seating area and table, armoire as well as a bay window seat. My husband built a pond and compost bin just off the back deck.
Currently, I work as a Lecturer in the Salisbury University Geography and Geosciences Department and teach map interpretation and analysis and computer mapping applications. I'm a geographer at heart having majored in Geography and Environmental Studies at Ohio Wesleyan University and really enjoy meeting people from all over the world. During graduate school at the University of Cincinnati, I spent 4 months traveling northern Europe where I spent 3 of those months studying Urban Governance in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. I also visited Scotland, England, Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Denmark and Poland.
In March of 2014, I became a certified scuba diver in Bonaire and two months later I received my advanced scuba diver certification in Curacao. Since then I've been diving in Roatan, Honduras and while vacationing with my husband in Caye Caulker, Belize I was able to dive the Great Blue Hole. My husband is quite the traveler as well. He's visited places throughout Central and South America, Australia, and Europe for birding, and is fluent in Spanish. He has degrees from Penn State (BS) and Boston College (MA).
Recently, I advanced to PhD Candidacy in the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences graduate program and intend to earn a doctoral degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science no later than May of 2017. My husband recently became co-owner of Conservation Community Consulting. Prior to branching out into the consulting world, he was the Executive Director of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, a National Estuary Program based in Ocean City.
We've lived in Berlin, Maryland since 2010 with our four cats, Baby Blue, Callie, Sneaky, and Checkers.