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!

Last year a friendly face checked into my hotel, The Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, her name was Darlene (aka Momoo on TripAdvisor and Z06RL on the oceancity.com forums). I knew I recognized her name, but it was not until she told me she was an OC Insider that all the bells and whistles went off in my head. Oh MAN! I better mind my p's and q's and get this lady a chocolate strawberry tray immediately, this is exactly who we need to write about OUR hotel. Everyone will listen!

Darlene is probably laughing right now and wondering where in the World that strawberry tray disappeared to. In reality, she has become a sweet friend and I truly enjoy her following on the Holiday Inn Suite's Facebook page. She was my inspiration for writing about the OC Insiders, in the first place.

Let’s break down the OC Insiders.  All volunteers!  Yes, can you believe it, 100% of their time is on a volunteer basis.  They must REALLY love Ocean City, MD!  Darlene says, “We suggest hotels, restaurants, activities, realtors and just answer general questions that people ask at ococean.com/insiders.  We will offer advice on where to find deals and coupons and suggest places that many people don’t know about or aren’t familiar with.” 

 

The OC Insiders

The OC Insiders!

Some of the participants in OC Insiders are invited to join by the Town of Ocean City and others became participants via an open invitation.  They tend to answer about 30-50 questions a week directly related to Ocean City, MD, all depending on the season and the amount of traffic the forums are receiving.

One of the questions I asked Darlene was, what was the defining moment that made you fall in “love” with OCMD?  Darlene remembers back to 1992 when she had packed up her husband and 2 kids and began her first ever 7 hour trek to Ocean City.  She said,

“I think I fell in love the first time we drove across the bridge on Route 90 coming across the bay and I saw the OC skyline. It was just so beautiful.  Then when I walked across the sand for the first time and saw the ocean, I was hooked.”

- Darlene, OC Insider

 

Little did she know then, that she would be making the 7 hour drive 5-7 times a YEAR, for this new found love! 

Darlene always gets her engine revved by attending the Cruisin’ OC event in May, she’s made an appearance for the past 16 years!  She also truly loves the OC Air Show, the Corvette Weekend, all the numerous craft shows at the Convention Center and Winefest!  Speaking of refreshing beverages, she said stopping in at De Lazy Lizard is on her priority list for Happy Hour!  “De Lazy Lizard’s Watermelon Crush!!! Oh my, that’s hard to beat!,” Darlene exclaimed. 

Keeping with their giving spirit, the OC Insiders also enjoy giving BACK to our beautiful city!  They got together and purchased a brick for the Firefighter’s Memorial on the boardwalk, and next weekend (weather permitting) they are planning a trip to clean up any trash around the Northside Park marsh.  Always looking out for Ocean City!

I’ll end this blog post with a word of advice from Darlene on planning your next vacation.  “Relax! Ocean City is safe and friendly and not so big that you’ll get lost.  You’ll never see or experience everything in 2 days or even one trip.  Ask questions and send for the free visitor guides you can get from the visitors guide  and vacation guide.  These are so helpful in planning a vacation.  Finally of course, ask the Insiders for advice!”

You can find Darlene on OC Insiders and of course Meaghan can be found on Holiday Inn Suites Facebook Page.

 


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 ...read 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 ...read 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.

As I sat and spoke with Sass about the courses he ...read more

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!

We have hosted groups in Ocean City Md of all sizes and ages. We can help you ...read more

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.

Like many college graduates ...read more

Henrys Hotel in Ocean City Md

Tucked away next to the bus station on the corner of South Division and Baltimore Ave, Henry’s Hotel was built in 1895 in a time when Ocean City was deeply segregated.

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.

"I remember coming ...read more

The 29th Annual Boat Show

The 2012 Ocean City Seaside Boat Show included bass boats, pontoon boats, offshore fishing boats and accessories from 200 dealers and exhibitors from all over the east coast. All proceeds from the event benefited the Ocean City - Berlin Maryland Optimist Club Youth Foundation.

This show marks the beginning of the end of winter time in O.C. and we all look forward to an exciting Spring and Summer in Ocean City, Md!

Check out more 2012 OC Seaside Boat Show pics on flickr.

New Boardwalk in Ocean City

There's nothing like the smell of fresh salt air. But mix in the scents of some newly laid boards and it only gets better.

The Ocean City boardwalk project is a 2 year project but the south end is already looking great. The North end is getting there too, but they still have a few streets to go.

Check out some more Ocean City boardwalk construction pics on flickr.

Sunset Park

On the corner of S Division and Philadelphia Ave (a stone's throw from the Oceanic) there's a sweet little spot where you can enjoy the bay and take in an amazing Ocean City sunset.

Check out Sunset Park on any Thursday this July and August for some live music.

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