November 14, 2015
The story of The Atlantic Hotel began with a disastrous fire that devastated the entire downtown of Berlin in 1895. It was then that the Mayor and Council decreed that from that time on, all new structures in the downtown area would be built of brick. Hence, the present Atlantic Hotel was constructed in the center of this small Eastern Shore community of 3,000 people. All of the present downtown brick buildings that were constructed between 1895 and 1905 are on the National Historic Register.
September 14, 2015
So what can a visitor to Berlin expect to find, in addition to a friendly welcome? Depending on your age and interests, there’s plenty of cool things to do. After a short stop (or, better still, an overnight at the glorious Atlantic Hotel or gourmet cook and master storyteller Mark Kauffman’s lovely Waystead Inn) head to the Berlin Visitors’ Center in the Chamber of Commerce Building in a section of Main Street that has undergone some major changes recently.
January 29, 2015
Boarded up windows. Vacant storefronts. Empty sidewalks.
Berlin in the 1970s could have been any struggling small town in America. Business was slow. Many buildings were run-down. And at the center of it all was the Atlantic Hotel. The 19th Century landmark appeared, like the rest of the town, to be headed for obscurity.
In the ensuing decade, the foresight of 10 local families changed all that. The group of like-minded citizens decided to pool their resources and purchase the aging hotel. The revitalization that came next triggered a complete renaissance in Berlin.
January 26, 2015
2015 marks the 120th Anniversary of The Atlantic Hotel, and as we sat with current owner John Fager last week, reminiscing on the history of the town’s centerpiece, we found ourselves trying to imagine a Berlin without the beloved hotel. It seems silly to place so much importance on a single architectural structure, but when you consider the historical significance of a business that has remained in operation for 120 years, or the roll that the hotel has played in the evolution of the town, or the dedication put forth by local community members to keep the hotel operating when it seemed on the brink of destruction, well, it doesn’t seem so silly after all. “I call it the heartbeat of Berlin,” says Fager of the hotel, and we couldn’t agree more.
November 17, 2014
THE ATLANTIC HOTEL – in Berlin, MD has been anchoring the downtown since it was built in 1895 and it has its share of ghosts. Beautiful as it is with its porch rockers and veranda, there’s more to the Atlantic Hotel than meets the eye, and the most interesting spirit – and there are plenty – is the spirit of a little girl.
September 3, 2014
The hotel was built in 1895 and has been lovingly restored. If you love old buildings, you are guaranteed to love this hotel. The renovation of this hotel inspired others and marked the beginning of the revitalization of historic downtown Berlin. Did you ever see Runaway Bride? Many of the scenes were filmed here, so you too can sit on the same porch as Richard Gere and have a drink and often listen to some live music. You can eat here at The Drummer’s Cafe, dining inside or out or on the screened in porch if you can’t decide.
August 7, 2014
The day was beautiful and this couple was fantastic to work with. We enjoyed being with the bridal party, getting ready in the historic Atlantic Hotel, the classic car that drove them to the Yacht Club, and the rousing reception with That DJ guy at the helm. We normally post only a few sneak peeks for our weddings but felt this one deserved a little more of a feature. Enjoy the photographs and getting a glimpse into this couples wonderful wedding day.
July 19, 2014
The Atlantic Hotel is a restored 1895 hotel in Berlin’s historic Arts and Entertainment District. The hotel features the Drummer’s Café and Bar, which has a fireplace and a screened porch. The hotel also has porches with rocking chairs. Each of the 18 rooms is individually named, decorated with antiques and features Wi-Fi access and a flat-screen television. Rooms with fully equipped kitchens or laundry rooms are also available. Children are not allowed.
July 16, 2014
The Atlantic Hotel (circa 1895), one of Berlin’s historic treasures, is located in the center of the town’s Historic and Entertainment Districts. The hotel has been recently restored to its original Victorian era décor with 15 gracious and deluxe guest rooms, a large full service suite and a Gardner’s Cottage.
July 9, 2014
Maryland is home to what is considered the “coolest small town” in the country. The town of Berlin, which is about 16 miles from Ocean City via Route 50, was recently given that honor by Budget Travel magazine.
April 24, 2014
This week, I had the honor of creating a few centerpieces for a luncheon at The Atlantic Hotel in historic Berlin, MD. Each centerpiece was placed in a white ceramic crock and consisted of purple, white and yellow flowers. A textured array of hydrangea, solidago, peruvian lilies, eucalyptus, stock, ferns and roses looked gorgeous together… especially in the stunning ballroom of the Atlantic Hotel.
January 12, 2014
The Atlantic Hotel and Drummer’s Cafe, Berlin, Maryland are touted for their Victorian charm, unique atmosphere, and delicious cuisine. Take a step back in time when visiting this truly beautiful, and recently renovated, hotel.
December 3, 2013
Berlin’s wedding popularity and notoriety stems from a film produced in Berlin, MD in the late 1990s; Runaway Bride. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere started in the film based upon a couple set to be married. Walking tours of the movie’s most-used location are still popular in the town. Visitors can even visit Richard Gere’s guest room at the Atlantic Hotel where many scenes were filmed.
August 17, 2013
This Victorian retreat is an absolute gem in the middle of downtown Berlin. Wander the charming, walkable streets and let the locals show you why Berlin was named “Coolest Small Town in America.” Make sure to hit the hotel restaurant with its modern takes on classic shore cooking (the rockfish is not to be missed).
June 11, 2013
And when you’re hungry, you can stop in the Atlantic Hotel‘s Drummer’s Cafe, or the Italian SiCuli or the surprising Globe. Make sure to taste a local vintage at the Maryland Wine Bar or get a cup of joe or an ice cream cone at Berlin Coffee House (around the corner from the Atlantic Hotel.) If you prefer, head to Rayne’s Reef for an egg-white omelet like Julia’s — I know: I’m taking the Runaway Bride theme too far.
May 26, 2013
It’s not every day I am able to photograph a small and intimate wedding. For me, they are some of the most memorable affairs. The Atlantic Hotel in Berlin was a perfect location for the wedding of Shannon, Keith and 25 of their closest family and friends. With rain clouds threatening, a decision was made last minute to move the beach ceremony indoors. Even though the rain never ended, we made some amazing portraits for this couple to enjoy. Here are a few of my favorites from the day. Congrats to you both!
March 25, 2013
September 23, 2012
The Atlantic Hotel is a perfect example. Since 1895 it has had a presence in Berlin. Right in the center of Historic Berlin. Lunch, dinner or enjoy a drink at the bar. I have had lunch there many times. This last time I was with my friend Debbie. We sat out on the porch which is great because you can see the comings and goings of this charming town.
March 2, 2012
The Atlantic Hotel dominates the streetscape in the center of town. This Victorian, 18-room full service hotel has been the anchor at this crossroad since 1895. Fully restored with updated amenities, this regal lady has open porches with rockers that offer a shaded, relaxing view of town activities. All 18 rooms have Victorian period décor, private baths and luxury bedding. The Drummers Café provides fine and casual dining daily, with outdoor seating in season.
November 5, 2011
The Atlantic Hotel was built in 1895 by Horace F. Harmonson and his wife, Virginia Lingo Harmonson. “Drummers” were traveling salesmen that crisscrossed the area during the turn of the century and they stayed at the hotel.
November 23, 2010
I had the opportunity to be a guest at the Victorian-era Atlantic Hotel in downtown Berlin, Maryland last weekend. I’ve been familiar with the hotel for years and lunched there several times. It’s the kind of building that causes you to slow down and look … to turn your head. Yes it was featured in the Runaway Bride and yes Julia Roberts had a memorable scene here. But I don’t care much about that drama. The magnificently restored building in the center of one of Maryland’s most picturesque historic towns has a drama all its own – unique unto itself. One could spend hours here – or days. The turn-of-the-century ambiance is palpable. And that’s enhanced by some turn-of-the-century spirits that may still linger here.
October 20, 2010
This year’s Victorian Christmas in Berlin will be beautiful! The historically charming and artistically alive town is located only 6 miles west of Ocean City. The town will be decked out for the holidays! Check out the holiday window displays while strolling down Main Street to take a carriage ride or meet Santa.
July 1, 2009
Angela Reynolds might as well be showing off her own home as she leads a tour of the newly reopened Victorian-era Atlantic Hotel in the historic town of Berlin, Md. She fluffs already fluffed pillows, straightens barely crooked drapes and refolds not-quite-perfectly- folded towels.
April 30, 2003
Berlin, Maryland, is a town where the video store sells painted gourds, the hardware center sells shiny, red Radio Flyer wagons and the bakery offers the “world’s biggest eclairs,” this proclaimed on an eight by eleven paper and taped in the front window. Quaint, charming and slow-paced, this picturesque town epitomizes Small Town America. Even the police department is cute, with a wrought iron bench and classic lampost outside.