Marianne making memories in Ocean City Md.

I'd like to introduce you to Marianne. She stakes her claim in life as a “wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt, cousin, teacher, friend, student, OC Insider, photographer, and artist.” Wait, did you catch that? Yep, you sure did! OC INSIDER, stuck right in the mix with wife, mother and friend. Every day I am amazed at the influence Ocean City Md has on a persons heart and soul!

I looked up the word tourist in the thesaurus, because I dislike the way that sounds when describing our visitors. Especially when I am attempting to describe a lady who has been visiting Ocean City with THREE generations of family! I mean, she might as well be dubbed a Local!

“I cannot pinpoint a specific time that I fell in love with OC. It's always been in my blood!”
- Marianne

Marianne our “vacationist” from Middle Earth, MD has shared with me a few of her favorite memories from her many vacations in Ocean City, MD. Her top childhood memories are filled with trips to the condos at Thunder Island with her grandparents and sneaking in to swim in their pool. While she was trying to blend in at the swimming pool, her family would be attending the V.F.W. Convention that was taking place in OCMD. All of the different V.F.W. Posts would fill the streets, hotels and condos of Ocean City in celebration! Her grandmother’s famous words while squishing her toes in the sand were always “It doesn’t get any better than this, hon!”

However as years have gone by, Marianne has learned it does get better. Now she’s creating her own traditions with her husband and two sons Travis and Vince. Travis and Marianne love to get out of their hotel room at The Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites first thing in the morning for an early morning stroll on the beach. Why do they need to get in that stroll on the beach so early, you may ask?  Well because they need an excuse to go get a box of Fractured Prune DONUTS of course! Not to mention the morning beach views and sunrises are fantastic!!!

Her typical afternoon could consist of a short drive to the Roland E Powell Convention Center to throw out a line, or two, or three in an attempt to pull in some flounder or even some Maryland Blue Crabs. If Marianne did not succeed at catching their dinner, she would drown her sorrows in a vanilla milkshake from Dumser’s Dairyland and call in reservations at The Shark in West Ocean City, MD. A word of advice from the wise, you are supposed to ask for the VooDoo Special and always order the lobster mashed potatoes on the side!!!

Before heading over the Route 50 bridge to eat dinner, she might make a quick pit stop for a ride on The OC Rocket. If things go as planned she might just catch some dolphins swimming in the sparkling Atlantic Ocean while she admires the coastline from the bright yellow speedboat. After dinner she might head up town to 68th street Old Pro Golf for a round of miniature golf on the Prehistoric Dinosaur course. Nothing beats enjoying the salty ocean air while playing a little putt putt and crossing your fingers for a hole in one.

If Marianne can manage to snag a weekend away from her duties as mother, teacher and wife, she might grab a few of her best girlfriends for a quick trip to Ocean City, of course! Can you imagine the look her friends gave her the day she drug them out on the beach to wash their faces with wash cloths soaked in salt water?? Marianne shared this beauty secret with me for a clear complexion, who would have thought!?  She told me that when she’s hanging with her girlfriends they “never know what is going to happen in OC, so we don’t plan too much. In fact, last trip we were serenaded by young men from Salisbury University!” It’s true, you NEVER know what you will find waiting for you around the corner in Ocean City, MD! Fun is always sure to find you.

Marianne has been an OC Insider since 2007. The message boards on The Town of Ocean City webpage used to keep track of member participation by assigning points for talking about your favorite places to eat or stay. Marianne says, “I started earning points for talking about my favorite place although I didn’t care about the points. I love OC, I want to see it stay a nice, family place and I love the people that I volunteer with and meet.” Her favorite questions to answer on the OC Insider forums are questions relating to parents with young children because she feels like she has “been there, done that.” Also, since her husband plans their Ocean City adventures around all the restaurants he wants to visit, she finds herself quite knowledgeable in that department as well!

Marianne left me with some advice, “for those new to OC - take it easy, take your time and relax; for those familiar with OC - try something new, you may be surprised!”

If you want to find more advice from Marianne you can ask her a question on Ask an Insider. And of course you can find Meaghan on the Holiday Inn Suites Facebook page.



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Come one come all to the best Ravens Tailgate of all!

You don't have to wait till September to show your pride for the Baltimore Ravens. From May 31 - June 3, Ocean City with be overflowing with purple for the first ever Ravens Beach Bash. In the past this has been primarily a Ravens Roost convention but this year will be open to the public and will include a ton of special events including a bonfire on the beach, beach games, parties all over town, a parade and more.

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Darlene at the inlet near the Oceanic Motel

When planning your trip to Ocean City, MD it seems that everyone and their brother has an opinion about which event is best to check out, what hotel you should rest your head in, or where you should grab your Happy Hour drink. However, one thing many of you may not have heard about is an amazing group of individuals who can say without a doubt that they are the experts on Ocean City, MD. Who is this group you may ask?! None other than our own OC Insiders!

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Springfest in Ocean City

Can you believe it?! SpringFest in Ocean City has been displaying crafty goodness, feeding people with some of the best festival food this side of the East Coast and rocking those music tents for TWENTY TWO YEARS!

If you have been living under a rock the past 22 years and don’t know what I’m talking about- then this is the year for you! May 3-6th the festival will kick off with the Fabulous Hubcaps. Their high-energy tribute music is one of the most popular bands in the Tri-State more

Dogtel Hotel

Attention dog and cat lovers! As you may already know, most Ocean City hotels do not allow pets. Rather than leaving your pet at home consider bringing them along and making accommodations for your furry friends at the Dogtel Hotel.

Located on route 50 just 2 miles west of Ocean City the Dogtel Hotel is an easy place to stop on your way to your Ocean City hotel. I recently met with Dan, the owner of the Dogtel Hotel, along with longtime employees/dog whispers Cindy and Judy. They more

Ocean City Golf Course

How does Ocean City Golf Club stand out from the others? For starters, not only is it a yacht club but it also has TWO golf courses. Secondly, other courses don’t have Buddy Sass. It is not every day you meet a man like Sass; he has been head of the pro shop for Ocean City Golf Club for nearly 14 years. His air of confidence on the sport convinced me he was capable of answering all of the amateur-ish questions I could muster up.

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Group of kayaks in the Sinepuxent Bay.

Enhance team spirit and build the capacity of your group with Beach Games! These are fun and active games that get everyone acquainted, working together and enjoying the outdoors together.

Challenge your meeting participants to explore their thoughts, feelings, attitudes and knowledge to achieve goals as a team while engaging in one of the most beautiful environments - the beach and Atlantic Ocean!

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Golfers riding down the cart path at Eagles Landing

Being an amateur to everything golf I am excited to embark on an adventure where I learn from the best about the sport. For ten weeks I will be sitting down with head professionals at golf courses surrounding the Ocean City area.

This week I had the opportunity of speaking with Bob Croll at Eagles Landing Golf Course. It was a great relief to have sat with a man who was so optimistic about sharing information about a course he’s so familiar with.

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Henrys Hotel in Ocean City Md

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It’s astounding to think there was a time when music legends like Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong came to Ocean City, performed in major hotel ballrooms yet were not permitted to sleep in the same hotels where they performed. Instead they stayed at Henry's Hotel.

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