We recently stayed there for our 5th anniversary. We were looking for a quiet getaway where we could vegetate and not think of work. The Inn was quiet when we arrived, we walked in the front without anyone noticing but soon met up with Charlie. Perhaps a little gruff and didn't say a thing to us, but his wife Vicki was welcoming and showed us the 'B&B ropes', provided keys and gave us pointers on certain aspects of our room They have a binder of restaurant menus which is quite helpful if you're not familiar with the area. We were 1 of 2 couples in the inn both nights, although we didn't know till the next morning as the others were on the first floor.
The Oceana room was in the upper front with a good view of the boardwalk directly in front and beach beyond. Very quiet in late November, although I can imagine how noisey it would be in peak season starting early in the morning. Unfortunately some boardwalk lighting is directly across from us and despite the shades at night made the room fairly illuminated. Difficult to get back to sleep in the middle of the night and we were awakened by the light early.
Coffee was set to go at 7am in the common area living room which was good to come down to. Breakfast was at 9am, a little late for us normally although ok since we were on vacation. We were asked if there was anything we didn't care for/ couldn't have before Vicki got started on breakfast. Breakfast the 1st day was lovely although rather a lot (hard to complain about too much good food!). Fresh cut fruit followed by juice, scrambled eggs, croissants and some freshly made cranberry nut loaf which was very good. Day 2 was not my favourite - apple crisp followed by sticky bun french toast and sausage patties. Not bad persay but not healthy at all. The other older couple who were also staying both days commented on how much was served and the 2nd day the wife politely declined anything but the apple crisp in favour of more coffee.
The old house is charming - I could imagine sitting on the front porch/deck in the summer months watching the world go by for sure. Christmas decorating had commenced and looked beautiful when we were there. Freshly baked chocolate chip cookie the first evening were a nice touch when we came back from our restaurant dinner.
We didn't take advantage of the full 'B&B experience' choosing instead to relax in our room in the evening and not hanging out in the common area living room or dining room although we chatted in the mornings with the other couple.
Up side: Location on 10th St is very convenient to almost everything, charming old house, beautiful décor. Lovely view of the beach which is close at hand. Very friendly service. decent wifi, decent cable channels
Down side: A little pricey we thought ($243/night) considering is was definitely off season. No additional charges though. Location would be very busy during summer season. If you're techy at all and have devices that need charging bring an extension cord as this is an old house and most of the plugs seemed to be hidden behind furniture. Seemed a little run down in spots - wallpaper peeling, paint chipped, noticeable hole in the sheets on the bed but nothing that was the end of the world, just expected a little more for the price.
We'd recommend it to someone else as a lovely place to stay, although we probably won't go again since we feel we've been and seen what there is to see there.
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- Ocean City's (and Maryland's) only ocean front Bed and Breakfast. Wrap around veranda offers spectacular views of beach ocean and boardwalk. ... more less
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