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“Quiet stay in November after Thanksgiving”

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An Inn on the Ocean
Ranked #3 of 18 Ocean City B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 25, 2012

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.

Room Tip: The Oceana room in the front upstairs has a private balcony
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

What a georgeous place right on the boardwalk & ocean. The house is a bungalow with several rooms. Inside decor is very tasteful but definitely not stuffy. Makes one want to sit in all the seats available for reading, visiting or sipping wine or cider. Vickie, our hostess, was super. Makes guests feel as if we're old friends of hers. Eating our delicious breakfast on the back porch overlooking the ocean was such a treat, especially since the hurricane Sandy was headed their way. We do pray everything went well for them. Our king room upstairs was very roomy, the decor lovely and awesome deck overlooking the ocean. Would go back in a heartbeat!!!

Room Tip: Oceana room with the deck on 2nd floor is the place to be.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

The Inn on the Ocean is located at 10th street on Ocean City's busy boardwalk. It's no more than 15 steps to be in the middle of the gray, but if you crave peace and quiet, you can relax on the spacious front porch sipping coffee or tea. Each of the six rooms is beautiful and has its own character. Each breakfast is a culinary treat with a mix of healthy fruits and wonderful sweets. Innkeepers Vicki and Charlie are a delight and a wealth of information about the area. We are hoping to try all 4 seasons. Wonderful place to get away.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

We recently celebrated our 10th anniversary at the inn. Vicki was warm and wonderful. She pulled off my husbands surprise flower delivery and dinner reservations beautifully. As a food allergy sufferer Vicki and Charlie were gracious and accomidating. The inn was quiet and beautiful. The Oceania Suite and it's view made it hard to leave our room. By far it is the best location on the boardwalk. There are plenty of bikes, bodyboards, towels, chairs and umbrellas for all guests. The only negative aspect of our stay is that we had to leave! We look forward to our next visit and would highly recommend as THE only place to stay in OC.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

My husband and I stayed here to celebrate our one year anniversary on August 3-5th and were very pleased.
We arrived at 11am on Friday and stopped by to say hello and to see if we could park there till our check in at 1:00pm and Vicki was so welcoming and checked us in on the spot since our room (the Victorian Room) happened to be ready. We dropped our bags and took a quick tour and immediately took advantage of the beach towels, beach chairs and umbrellas there for our use as well as the ice machine to fill our cooler and headed to the beach. (Don't worry, there are PLENTY of chairs, towels and umbrellas to go around). The beach is a quick walk from the front porch and not super packed with people so the perfect location. The boardwalk is so close to the beach that you can leave for an hour and go grab lunch or dinner and head back down to the beach.
The shady front porch is my favorite part about staying here because you can sit for hours and people-watch while in the comfort of a wicker rocking chair and a beverage of your choice. My husband and I sat out there every night and on Saturday were having such a great time with the other guests that we never made it out on the town.
On Sunday (our anniversary) Vicki came out during our breakfast with a candle and all the guests and staff sang to us. It was so nice to be so welcomed. Every morning we got up early and also took advantage of the bikes (I would recommend 7-8 am before breakfast since the boardwalk is not busy with walkers then) then relaxed till breakfast with a cup of coffee on the lovely porch. We really like the fact that there are snacks out all day/night if you get the munchies and there are healthy choices (nutrigrain bars and apples) and naughty choices (homemade brownies and homemade warm chocolate chip cookies).
If you want to combine the fun of Ocean City and the romance and comfort of a B&B this is definitely the place to stay!! Worth the cost and then some!!

Room Tip: I would recommened the Oceana room (you have a private balcony) or the Veranda room (you have a priv...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

After visiting about fifty B&B's over the last thirty plus years, we like to check out new ones, particularly if they are expensive, before we stay "in season." Since we had enjoyed our February $100 special (for four of the Inn's rooms), we decided to splurge for four days in the second-best Veranda room. It was so idyllic that we extended a day and still lamented that we had to leave!

Charlie and Vickie bought Annabelle's about thirteen years ago, and they have it up for sale, but Vickie admits, "We're not trying very hard." Well, what they are trying very hard at is making your stay a completely pampered pleasure. The beds are indeed comfortable, and the room is well equipped with whirlpool tubs, TV's, a good sturdy chair for leisure reading or TV watching, plenty of light, a huge closet which we made great use of, and access to our own private area on the veranda porch, complete with more sturdy wicker chairs and table stand as well as a little round table and two chairs at which we had breakfast each morning.

Breakfast was a gourmet's delight. I'm less complicated in the morning, but I couldn't resist the alternate sweet days. Our last breakfast, for example, started with cold filtered water, choice of juices, and a dish of at least three fruits cut up into to bite-sized morsels (we already had our coffee!). On a separate plate were slices of pumpkin-and-creamed-cheese bread, warmed slightly and accompanied by a dish of butter. Finally, the entree arrived: two slices of French bread dipped in cereal (which made it delightfully crispy!) and egg, and sandwiched with strawberry jelly and more cream cheese. A side of crisp bacon lay to one side. With a breakfast like this, you don't need to eat until sunset, unless it's a fruit snack or some cheese and crackers! The savory days are similarly complex, and they are nothing like you could buy in any other eatery in the entire city!

But the best part is the veranda porch. Deep enough to shelter from wind, sun, and rain, it is further protected by an awning. Removed from the boardwalk and elevated over the full basement of the cottage, it affords a panoramic view of walkers, runners, strollers and bikers, as well as the expanse of beach extending out to the surf pounding on the not-so-distant shore. We spent hours reading on that porch and looking up at the diverse sea of humanity spread out before us. Never boring, always interesting, and decidedly quirky. We loved it!!

Did we mention that bikes are provided, as well as beach chairs, towels, umbrellas and boogie boards? An ice machine and refrigerator are also provided in the basement for your use! Oh! and don't forget to sneak out of your room occasionally for the delicacies spread out in the common dining room!

Room Tip: We will always choose the first floor Veranda Room, although the Oceana room on the second floor is...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 21, 2012

we will be going to the Inn this year for our 12th visit. We go there twice a year. Seems like it is never enough. Vickie and Charlie have become our dearest friends and will always be so. We were at the inn during the awlful fire of 2004. Vickie had everyone placed within minutes. She cared more about us then herself. Charlie was a rock. The following year she invited me to come and pick out the wallpaper for our favorite room. It made us feel so special and the Verranda room will always be in our minds our room. On our 25th anniversay, we wanted to renew our vows on the porch of the inn. When we could not secure the minister, Vickie got our her mother's ceremony and Charlie gladly became the unofficial minister and performed the renewal. Debbie and Chris become my bridesmaids and Vickie stepped in to be my maid of honor. She provided cake, champaign and a wonderful hand piece of white roses. SHe did this in one hour. How can you top that? We came for 4th ofJuly last year and had a ball on the from pouch. They played music to the fireworks and now we make sure we come down for the 4th from now on. We will always considered them our dearest friends. Debbie and Chris you are also the best.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1001 Atlantic Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842-4177
Location: United States > Maryland > Ocean City
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Ranked #3 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Ocean City
Price Range: $193 - $276 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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