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Hotel faced the beach, offering the patrons a grand view of the beach and surf. A reporter from Salisbury noted that the hotel “is a marvel in architectural beauty and excellence rivaling the finest hotels on the Atlantic coast.” The Atlantic Hotel was longer than it was wide and stretched one block back from the ocean. Further additions, made before 1880, resulted in a structure that was four stories high with a Mansard roof and enough accommodations for 800 guests. The large kitchen and dining room were supposedly capable of serving 400 guests per hour. Across the street from the Atlantic Hotel, on Baltimore Avenue, was the Massey Hotel, later renamed the Seaside. This inn was noted for its first class bar and livery stable. Rehoboth Beach hotels were not to be outdone by those in Ocean City. The Bright House was not

An article in Harper’s Monthly during that same period described the area as such ~ “the sand, which is like velvet to the feet, has a graded slope: there is no perceptive undertow or side current, and the lazy force of the big waves, which subside rather than break violently, allow the bather to rock and swing upon them with a new sense of luxury.” The man-made attractions of the Delmarva beaches were the rambling hotels with their wide verandas that sprang up along the waterfront in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Be ach, a nd Oc e a n C it y. These commodious structures not only provided shelter for the vacationers, but were central to resort social life. The first hotel in Ocean City was established in 1875. Located on Atlantic Avenue, the Atlantic

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