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Hello, Ocean City

A Seated Breakfast and Much More

Selecting accommodations for a four-day trip to Ocean City, Maryland meant meeting basic requirements – a comfortable room with a good bed, easy access to the beach, parking and worthy food offerings within walking distance. I think it is fair to say that Chris and I are not food snobs, but we do like our meals to be well prepared. We eat that way at home – it makes no sense to take a step down on vacation.

It took a very short time to find the right place in a Google search, the Inn on the Ocean, Ocean City’s only B and B on the boardwalk. I wasn’t looking for this type of upscale lodging, but after a few minutes on the inn’s website I was hooked. The truth be known, despite the numerous advantages of this lovely five guestroom property, two words rang my bell loud and clear: seated breakfast.

I was not to be disappointed. Each morning, co-owner and chef Vicki Barrett presented a carefully cooked and served meal with fresh fruit, coffee cake or tea bread and an entree, including the best pancakes I have ever tasted. I would have asked for the recipe – I only know two of the possible secret ingredients, corn and lemon juice – but that seemed an imposition, as did taking photos during the meal. The other couples joining us on the inn’s gracious seaside veranda were there for relaxation, not a Food Sharing Network photo shoot. Imagine that! Seriously, the paparazzi we’re not, and we thought we should not even ask.

We appreciated the availability of refreshments throughout the day, included freshly brewed coffee and snacks such as cookies and ice cream. We found some very pleasing eating places nearby, including Captain’s Table (best bar and food) and two good lunches on the road at Sneaky Pete’s on Route 50 behind Hoopers and The Globe in Berlin, where the Assateague Island National Seashore is located.

And, yes, we never got tired of crabs, with Chris and I each declaring our personal favorites, the crab cakes and soft-shell crabs, respectively, both at Captain’s Table. Walking there via the boardwalk beside the sparkling Atlantic Ocean certainly added to the moment.

Many thanks to Vicki and husband Charlie. You provided an excellent base for an awesome time.

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