Cana Island Lighthouse, courtesy Door County Visitors Bureau
Ocean City, Maryland
In Ocean City, bank directors can cut their groups loose in the morning and meet up with them again at night for a crab cake dinner to share the day’s events.
“With the beach, boardwalk, golf, fishing, outlet shopping and more, you’re not locked into any schedule. You can have a relaxed day or pack the activities in,” said Donna Abbott, communications manager of the Ocean City Department of Tourism.
The town’s famous three-mile-long boardwalk allows fitness buffs to walk and ride bikes early in the morning, avid shoppers to indulge for hours in the afternoon and beach-bum aficionados to enjoy the 10-mile-long beach or simply sit on a bench and people-watch.
“In the evening, you have to see our 1902 carousel and take a ride on the Ferris wheel that provides a spectacular view of the whole area. And our upscale dining opportunities abound,” said Abbott.
Bank groups enjoying this beach paradise also appreciate the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, which highlights the days when shipwrecks were rescued off the Atlantic coast.
“Not only are there shipwreck artifacts, but early bathing suits, aquariums and collections of sands from around the world,” said Abbott.
Door County, Wisconsin
Nine lighthouses are on a tour of Door County, a 75-mile-long Wisconsin peninsula surrounded by Lake Michigan and Green Bay.
Two of those lighthouses are must-sees, according to Mary Denis, director of marketing and sales for the Door County Visitors Bureau. “The Cana Island Lighthouse, a favorite icon for artists, is for active travelers, as one must walk across a causeway. The Eagle Bluff in Peninsula State Park has been restored into a living museum,” she said.
However, Denis said groups should make their first stop the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay to understand the area’s maritime history. “The museum showcases our shipbuilding, World War II and lighthouse history,” she said.
The visitors bureau offers a variety of itineraries, including culinary venues, maritime attractions and ethnic history.
“A must in Door County is to enjoy a local fish boil, our Scandinavian tradition of cooking the whitefish,” said Denis. “This festive meal, combined with one of our outdoor performances, makes for the best evening.”
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