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Relaxing Time
Posted by Joan Clougherty
from Doylestown, PA

Spending time with you, Peggy Ann and Frank, and most of your family sure brightened my days.  Being on the Porch and watching the interplay of personalities was a thumb sketch of how the Osbornes love and care for one another and for their guests.

Thank you for opening your hearts and cheerful home to me.  I see that making people feel welcome is second nature to you and all your family.  

More Memories!
Posted by Connie Blood
from Moorestown, New Jersey

Thank you for your wonderful hospitality.  It was a lucky day for our family when we found our seashore "home away from home" with the Osbornes.  We were all very comfortable and I especially enjoyed evening chats with my brother on the top floor deck-"under the stars".

Your children and grandchildren are dear and are carrying on your tradition of  WELCOME!

We will hope to see you again next summer. 

Connie and Crew

 

Our Buried Treasure
Posted by Ed & Joanne Davis
from Medford, New Jersey

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We found our buried treasure by chance.  We climbed the steps to the wicker furniture dotted porch and entered the receiving room.  Feeling comfort and quaintness and seeing wooden floors and rails from long past, I knew this was where I wanted to stay.

Our room was lovely, beachy and bright with a deck viewing the ocean.  Most importantly was the feeling of family love and memories.  This is what Peggy Ann and Frank value most and they so warmly share it with their guests.  That's why when we return to Ocean City Osborne Inn will always be our first choice.

Better than being at work
Posted by Tom D'Attilio
from Springfield, Pa

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It's true what they say, 'a bad day at the beach is better than a good day at the office'. Frank reminded me of that saying. July 6, 2017, I had just checked in at Frank and Peggy's charming Osborne's Inn, dropped off my luggage and headed straight for the beach. Returned a few hours later and was met by Frank who asked 'how was the beach?' to which I answered 'cold and windy'. The next day it rained, so I grabbed a David Baldacci novel from their bookcase, layed claim to a corner rocking chair on the porch and spent most of the day lost in the novel and listening to the rain. Enjoyed it so much that I did it again the next several days, even though the weather had cleared. I did manage to spend two very nice days on the beach but will always remember 'my spot' on the porch fondly.  

Summer vacations on OC
Posted by Connie and Bob Neborak
from Waconia, MN

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Wonderful memories in OC vacationing.  When first visiting, we stayed in motels.  Then came a time we stayed at Uncle Paul and Aunt Lillian's home on West which eventually was sold.  We rented from Mario (1 BR sleeps 10) then settled on 3 bedroom entire floor rentals.  Surrey, bikes or seashells in the morning.  Our kids and their cousins playing in the sand building sandcastles and jumping in the waves.  Mack and Manco's Pizza and Rita's Water Ice, Dippin' Dots or Kohr Bros for lunch on the Boardwalk.  Back to the beach for more sun and as dinnertime approached, staggering our return to shower for dinner.  After dinner, up to the boardwalk again for miniature golf, amusement park rides and, of course, dessert - or to Castle Park to race around the playground with a stop at Laura's Fudge for dessert. Now our kids are grown and we have discovered The Osborne Inn - close to the beach and boardwalk - comfortable beds,  reasonably priced, nice hosts and a wonderful front porch.  Bought a wooden sign for my screened porch in MN while on the boardwalk this year 'currently pretending I am at the beach' which I have prominently displayed.  Thanks for all our great vacation memories, OC!

We Love Ocean City!
Posted by Dan and Shirley Montory
from Columbus NJ

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We have been visiting Ocean City for many years and absolutely love the family atmosphere and the cleanliness!  We have traveled all over the world with the military and none have compared to the hospitality and friendship the Osborne family brings!  They greet you with open arms and always remember your names.  Always a comfortable stay and is home away from home! The best price on the island and one block from the beach!  It doesn't get any better than this!  Thank you Peggy Ann and Frank for your endless hospitality!

A Big Family
Posted by Dennis Ritz/John Sohier
from Fort Myers Beach, FL

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Imagine finding this big, impressive house as you walk down the street with a big front porch, the kind of house you used to find at the shore.  Then imagine how comfortable the porch is.  Then imagine finding the family at the house - parents, children and grandchildren.  This is Osborne's Inn!  Yes, the house is big, yes, the porch is big and comfortable and the perfect place to spend some down time and yes, you'll run into Frank, Peggy and some of their children and grandchildren.  It's almost like stepping back in time when houses were big and comfortable and family was first, family was friendly and the family welcomed you!  You're not however stepping back in time - it's actually the 21st century and you've disovered Osborne's Inn.  We happened upon this place and instantly like the warm, caring hosts and their family.  Everyone was welcomed and invited to join in all the fun.  We could come and go as we please, we could sit on the porch for hours and watch the world go by or we could walk the boards.  At the end of the day however, we knew we'd be going back to a really neat place where people cared about us - genuinely.  It was such a treat in a crazy world to find a place like this and be invited in to stay with Frank and Peggy!  

Love the shore!
Posted by Peggy Ann Osborne
from Maple Glen, PA

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We can't think of a better place for us to spend the summer than at the corner of 15th & Wesley.  Osborne's Inn and its many guests really makes us smile.

Come join us.

Peggy Ann and Frank

Family Vacation
Posted by Walb Family
from OCNJ Osborne's Inn 2016

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This was our first stay with the Osbornes. Our family really enjoyed our stay. We stayed in apt. T and it was so beautiful and so spacious. I loved sitting outside on the porch for breakfast, and late at night sipping my tea. The Osbornes are very friendly and inviting, family atmosphere. We love OC. :)

A trip down memory lane.
Posted by Bernadette Russell (Madden)
from STUART,FL

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Thank you Peggy for letting me reminisce.  I've passed by your house many times and am so happy to see what you and your husband have done with your family and with the many guests that come to the shore.  I appreciate your welcoming me so warmly.  May God continue to bless you as you go forward.

 

(N.B. - Bernadette is the woman from whom we purchased this property back in 1974.  She and her husband (Pat Madden) bought it from the Valiant family, owned it for one year as their plan was to open a racquet ball/tennis facility in Somers Point.  What a pleasure to see her after some 44 years.!!!!)

Fun Fun Fun!!
Posted by CeCe Brower
from Reading, PA

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I like to go on rides.  I love the beach.  I wish I could stay all the time.  I have such a great time with Miss Peggy.  I love you and I love Ocean City.

A Day at the Beach
Posted by Tom Gould
from Warminster

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A DAY AT THE BEACH

 

The sun shines bright in a crystal blue sky

The sand burns my feet so across the beach I fly

Colorful umbrellas line the beach everywhere

Like a garden of mushrooms sprouting up there

Casting circles of shade, a refuge from the sun

For those not wanting sunburn ruining their fun

Children build sand sculptures down by the sea

How very creative their imaginations can be!

Here’s Tommy letting Cindy bury him in the sand

Oh – what a life – perfectly grand!

There are bathers being tossed about by the waves

Some riding boogie boards a good ride they crave!

Mike has found a crab washed up by his feet

 Crowds gather - they all think it’s pretty neat.

 The sun goes down and the day’s stay is done

Families pack up all their things and say,

 

“This day was fun!”

My Poetic Memory
Posted by Peggy Ann Osborne
from Ambler

THE OSBORNE’S FAIRVIEW  INN

 

When it’s summertime you need to have some fun

So you go to Ocean City to relax and get some sun.

You need accommodations before you’re on your way

But you just don’t want the same old place to stay.

 

The Osborne’s INN is the place you want to be

It’s only one block from the boardwalk and the sea.

And you couldn’t ask for nicer folks to come and see

For Frank and Peggy Ann will treat you like family.

 

Whether you just need a place to lay your weary head

Or a cottage with a living room and kitchen instead.

They’re always neat and clean and at a fair price

The beds are comfy, too, which is really nice.

 

It’s an easy walk to where ever you want to go

For a nice place to eat or to take in a show.

They even have chairs on their porch that rock

If you’d just like to sit in a comfy chair and talk.

 

And you’ll have no worries while you are there

That’s because Frank and Peggy Ann really do care.

If you need something to drink while you are there

They will gladly offer you soda, wine or a beer.

 

And when your vacation has reached its last day

They’ll take a picture to remind you of your stay.

And ask you if you’re all had a good time

They’ll even send you a card at Christmas time!!!

Another generation continues the tradition and more memories are made!
Posted by Karen Bamberger
from Lititz, PA

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Our family has been coming here ever since my children were small. Susanne is now 33 and Steven is 36.  The tradition continues as they now have their own children. This trip is special because it is the very first time Susanne's 5 month old baby, Grant, was introduced to the ocean and of course Osborne's Inn. It is a treat to stay with the Osborne's because they always treat us like family and take an interest in our lives. That's not something you find very often. I personally look forward to the chats Peggy Ann and I have. It is one of my many pleasant memories.

Our beach 'traditions' includes riding the waves, building sand castles, staying at the beach all day until the lifeguards leave and the shadows grow long, eating crabcakes and potato spirals at Ikes, going to The Crab Trap and other favorite restaurants, having Kohl's ice cream with chocolate sprinkles, walking the boardwalk, playing miniature golf,  shopping at the beach stores, going on the rides, and most importantly, spending quality time together as a family talking and laughing together. There are stories we retell over and over and never seem to tire of them. The memories bring us smiles, laughter, and strengthen our family bond.

Thank you Peggy Ann and Frank and all of your family for making us feel so welcome and providing a place for us to make treasured memories!!

It's Been a Long time!
Posted by Mother Osborne
from Ocean City

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Pictures speak louder than words.  Hard to believe how far we have come!

It is September 5, 2015 - I think that I FINALLY have the time that I've always longed for to BREATHE, THINK and REFLECT on more than forty two years of being an integral part of what was once known as THE FAIRVIEW and what is now known as OSBORNE'S INN.  Wow - what a run!!!!!

The attached picture is probably one of the first that I took after we bought the property in April, 1974. There were four childen when we bought the Inn.  They were:  Kelley, age four; Kevin, age 3; Colleen, age 19 months and Frank X,  age two months old.  Life, indeed was a whirl and it's been a whirl ever since that time.  What a run it has been!  A run with a lot of FUN!

The picture was taken in Brigantine - one of our first fun trips was to the Brigantine Castle.  We had gone to a local restaurant on the water for lunch.  Megan, our fifth child, who was not even thought about at the time that we bought 'the shore', is the one dressed for winter.  Note her clothing!

What a joy for me to FINALLY appreciate all that has gone from April 1, 1974 to the present.  Frank and I have had a great run AND we are so happy that you are 'there' to share our moments.

Please, if you will, take a moment to share one of your memories of Ocean City and Osborne Inn. It is because of special you, our treasured guests, that we all - Frank, Peggy Ann, Kelley, Kevin, Colleen, Frank X, Megan, Leslie, Brad, Brian, Kerry, Christie, Annie, Maggie, Colin, Grace, Cameron, Molly, Gavin, Ellie, Delaney, James Patrick (JP), Katie, Erin and Ryan are able to enjoy this wonderful place which we call our Ocean City home.  

Thanks for the memories and keep them coming!

With love and smiles to all!

Peggy Ann

 

family
Posted by red white blue family
from maple glen

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The Osborne Family honoring our country with the RED, WHITE AND BLUE!  That makes us proud!

 

2014 - Employee
Posted by Employee from Russia
from Ocean City

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We are very fortunate to have good helpers making this "labor of love" so pleasant for Frank and me.

Employee
Posted by Girl from Russia - 2012
from Ocean City

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Our workers become like part of the family.  We are blessed by their goodness and hard work ethic.

Family keeps on growing!
Posted by Porch Steps - 2008
from Ocean City

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Our family grows by leaps and bounds over the course of every summer.  We LOVE the activity.  Come join us on the Porch.

Family
Posted by Family on the steps - 2008
from Ocean City

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Here we are in 2008.  Little faces make me smile.

Helper
Posted by New Zealand with our kids - 2004
from Ocean City

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This young lady stayed with us for two months when Kelley was down on bedrest awaiting her second set of twins (2004).  Her home is New Zealand.  She was working at Shriver's and then we were fortunate enough to have her staying with us through the winter tending to Kerry and Christie who were three years old.

Workers at the shore.
Posted by Shriver's staff
from Porch in Ocean City

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2004 - Shriver's staff joining us as we await the birth of Anna Grace and Margaret Mary.  All joined in for prayerful support.

Early guests
Posted by melodie friends - I forget their names.
from Ocean City

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Our guests from way back when in 1974 or thereabouts.....

Helper
Posted by Worker
from Ocean City

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One of our good workers back in 2002 or 2003 that has helped to keep me sane through the years.!!!!

Last port in the storm
Posted by Megan shower
from Ocean City

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When the help doesn't show up some days, we have to put some of our kids to work.  It sure has helped them to "grow" into responsible young adults.  Thanks, Megan, for "hanging in there".  Shower looks a lot cleaner...........

party
Posted by Colin's summer birthday
from Ocean City

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Colin's birth day is January 1, 2001.  He said he always wanted to have a party in Ocean City, soooooooo.  Here we are!  Colin and his buddies certainly did enjoy themselves at the beach.

Beach picture
Posted by Life Boat - 2012
from Ocean City

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Another annual memory with all of the Family.

A Favored Employee
Posted by Jordan
from Ocean City

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Jordan, a good friend and wonderful helper working with us in Ocean City for the last three years, is beloved by the children.  You can see how easily he relates to all of them and they to Jordan.  We are blessed by his goodness.

Little people with their "buddy"
Posted by Helper - 2006
from Ocean City

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We've been blessed with having some very good helpers who worked lovingly with our children and kept me "cool".

Worker
Posted by Helper
from Ocean City

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This gentleman was another source of keeping this place in good shape - working around 2004 - 2005.  We have been blessed with wonderful young people.....

Creator/Artist - GAR
Posted by Gary Gibbons
from Ocean City, New Jersey

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When you see our lovely home, we have Gary Gibbons that has been with us through so many projects. What a joy he has always been for the Osborne Family.  

All the art work on the porch and throughout each and every room of our home is due to this wonderful man who taught me so much about Art, Living and Life.

I'm sure he is resting in God's eternal presence.  

 

dancing
Posted by
from maple glen

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We are blessed by our dancers.

Houseboy and Friend!
Posted by Miro Georgiev
from Bulgaria - hometown

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Miro worked for us for two years.  Great worker.  He, however, stayed longer than he should have with his Visa.  Spent a cold winter putting in windows in Chicago.  Learned a lot.  Unfortunately he is not able to return to the USA.  We all have to follow the rules.  What a joy he was to have!

One of our very first employees at the Osborne Inn - 1976
Posted by Joanne Martin
from Abington

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One of our first employees.  We had four little children and no helper.  I hired three girls - Joanne was one of them.  When I asked the girls do you want to clean rooms and bathrooms or take the four children to the beach.  What was their answer just about all the time. -  Clean - it was never easy to raise four children under five years of age then and also now.  I've learned sooo much over the years.  

Joanne recently came to visit.  She is a nurse now and when she and I chatted she told me how much she learned from that summer's experience.  What a joy for me to hear!  What a blessing to be able to 'STOP' and 'REFLECT' on the many wonderful years we have spent here.  They were BUSY - but, oh so very fruitful, so many people we have met 'along the way'.

Great to find competent employees!
Posted by Wonderful helpers
from Romania

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Love these two girls who did a great job working at the Inn. Absolutely love the work ethic that these young folks from 'across the sea' have.  We have been blessed by their presence helping Frank and me, as well as our five children, grow and appeciate the goodness and hard work they have blessed us with.

Two hard workers sharing their lives with us one summer!
Posted by Romanian couple
from Romania

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They worked for us during the day time and then went off to second jobs at 5:o'clock.  They lived, laughed and made a profound impression on me.  They helped us through some very busy summers.

What a blessing to us!
Posted by Jordan Jordanov
from Bulgaria

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Jordan worked for us for three years.  What a respectful and competent employee he was.  There are some fun pictures I have got to locate and post here.  There were boat rides, the boardwalk, amusement rides and many fun times he spent with our family.  

Three Wonderful Summers We Have Shared!
Posted by Vasil
from Bulgaria

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When we hired Vasil it was the first time that a young male employee was an integral part of the Osborne Inn.  What a bonus he was!  Vasil worked for us for three years and was able to do so many of the jobs that our young female workers were not able to do - lifting heavy luggage being one.  Since Vasil, all of our employees have been young men. (He could even hang clothes on the line.)

SOOOO Many Wonderful Memories!
Posted by Barbara Jackson
from Camillus, New York

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I have 50+ years of memories in Ocean City! My mother started going to OC as a young child. I have pictures of her on the beach in the 1930's and always heard te story of how her brother (my uncle Ed) played on the beach with Grace Kelly's brother way back when. They had an aunt who had a house on the island but they also stayed at the Fleetwood, on the corner of 6th and Wesley, which is now called the Club Carousel.

My first time in Ocean City was in 1964 when I was 5. My then 3 year old sister took one look at the ocean waves hitting the shore and said 'Soap suds!' We stayed in an apartment next to the Post office at 823 Ocean Ave. My mother, two sisters and I stayed in the ground floor back apartment and my grandmother and cousin would stay in the front apartment. We rented from the Heaney's from Drexel Hill, Pa. We had no phone or TV. Time was spent going to the beach, walking the boardwalk at night with the waves splashing up between the boards, playing Canasta and just being together. Dinner was always at Watson's - take out - and I always had the deviled clams, no exception. Taffy was always from Shriver's...the ONLY taffy. On special mornings, my sister, Mary (soap suds girl) and I would be allowed to walk, by ourselves, the two blocks up to Simm's to pick up sticky buns for breakfast. We'd bring them back to the apartment and load them up with butter...nothing better.

 Some more random memories from the 60s and 70s:

  • Drift in and Sea
  • Copper Kettle Fudge
  • GLENN toys
  • Litterer's OJ
  • Mr. Peanut
  • Bert's beach shack – those inflatable rafts!
  • The invisible dog craze
  • Mirror maze/fun house
  • Theaters where we saw movies on rainy days - the Surf, the Strand and the Moorlyn. We saw Romeo and Juliet, The Odd Couple, With Six You Get Eggroll, The Shaggy Dog, Midway…

Although we stayed between 8th and 9th Streets, we would pack up every day and head to the beach at 22nd street. I think this is where my mother used to go as a child so she was familiar with it and it was much less crowded. The ice cream truck would come around and we couldn't wait to get that refreshing lemon water ice on a hot day. The best thing about our Ocean City vacations was that every year was pretty much the same. We loved that. Knowing what to expect was so fun to look forward to during the cold winters in New York State. As I got older, I loved watching the hippies on the boardwalk at night and was fascinated by the Birdcage store. We continued to come to the shore every year until I was out of high school. My mother died when I was 20 so the yearly treks sadly ended. I then started my own family and brought my children 4 or 5 times as they were growing up. We first stayed at The Manor on Atlantic Ave. and then found a great apartment at the Inn of All Seasons on Ocean Ave. between 11th and 12th Streets. My children instantly loved Ocean City as much as I do and I tried to carry on as many traditions as were left. Watson's had become condominiums so no more take out and we didn't schlep all the way to 22nd St. to the beach, opting for the closer beaches in town. Dinner at Booker's was always on the list.

The children are grown now and my husband and I have our time at the shore alone (smile). In 2009 we found the best place EVER to stay, Osborne’s Fairview Inn. Peggy Ann and Frank have become synonymous with the comfort of Ocean City. We've extended our vacations from one week to two due to the hospitality, excellent accommodations, graciousness and friendship we have experienced from the Osborne family. As opposed to the changing face of Ocean City with its new construction and astronomical prices for a week at the beach, Frank and Peggy Ann have preserved a piece of history and offer the vacation I remember as a child. We now head to the beach at 15th street, have easy access to the beach and boardwalk and, most importantly, have great people we consider friends to host us at our home away from home. They work hard to ensure their guests are relaxed and comfortable and we appreciate their sacrifices so we can focus on making new memories every year!!

Thank you Frank and Peggy Ann! We love you!!

 

Barb & Lee Jackson

 

 

Maybe My Best Year Yet!
Posted by Kelly Rickert
from West Chester, PA

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7-25-15 Kelly Rickert

I have been coming here as long as I can remember.  I love that each year I can come back to a familiar place.  I always look forward to coming to OCNJ and spending time with my family!  I think the best vacations are those that bring families together.  One of my favorite parts, every year, is putting together delicious family dinners with my Opa.  Even though I am usually tired after a long day in the sun, I find the energy to spend quality time with my Opa while creatively using the minimal kitchen to prepare dinner.  The accommodations are just what we need to have a lovely time together as a family.  This year may have been my favorite year yet!  I love my family, the care, kindness, love, and hospitatlity shown to us all, Peggy Ann.  Thank you!

Thoughtful Counsel
Posted by Russell Rickert, Jr.
from West Chester, PA

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I have enjoyed our nearly twenty years of vacationing at Osborne’s Fairview Inn, Ocean City.  I especially appreciate Peggy Ann’s listening ear and wise, thoughtful counsel.  You stopped what you were doing in your busy day to listen to my struggles raising four children and were vulnerable enough to share from your own experience raising a large, complicated family.  At least one summer, your encouraging advice came just at the right time. May God continue to bless you and your family.

Russ Rickert, Jr.

Memories Through the Years!
Posted by Dr. Russell Rickert
from West Chester, PA

The Russell and Irene Rickert Family

Irene and I have greatly enjoyed each of our annual visits.  The accommodations have well met our needs, mostly because you have made it possible for our son’s family to be with us, but also to have some separation from them.

We have returned each year for more than two decades.  That signifies that we have been comfortable here, but we return for reasons in addition to the quality of our rooms.  Much of the motivation is related to your family and our interest in family.  For me, Russell, human relationships are much more important than bodily comfort.  When your Ellie entered your family and you shared your problems with us, I felt honored to be invited to include her in my prayers.  I don’t know how much longer my health will permit me to come.  Thank you, Peggy Ann, for your goodness through the years!

 

It's Been A Long Time!
Posted by Rick & Amy Troy
from Shickshinny, PA

Osborne's Inn holds many special memories for us and this "long weekend" was no different.  Peggy Ann and Frank, you are so hospitable and generosous.  We started coming many years ago with our Church group and loved it.  It's great to rekindle special times.  Your place is amazing- having grown by "leaps and bounds" since our first time here some twenty some years ago.  Sure wished we lived here.

Been at Osborne's Inn Before I Was Even Born!
Posted by Anthony Esposito
from Seattle, Washington

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Thanks for not changing over the many years since I've been coming to the beach.  It's nice to know there will always be YOU and YOURS as we sit on the Porch.  The years go by but the people remain the same. That's comforting to know as I travel Coast to Coast.

27 years of wonderful memories at The Osborne Inn
Posted by Colleen and John Henik
from Phila. Pa. 19111

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We love The Osborne Inn and we treasure our more than 27 years of memories that we've been blessed to share.   Wonderful family! The perfect place to stay, so close to the beach and Boardwalk!!  They really have it ALL!

What a Place to Gather - Memories of a Lifetime!
Posted by Denise Belcher Crenshaw and Gail Miller
from Detroit, Michigan - Fairless Hills, PA

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It was 'GRAND' to return to my roots (1824 Wesley Avenue) and be here with my dearest friend. Thank you for your hospitality and kindnesses.  I am so grateful for these precious days. - written by Denise Belcher of Michigan.

This was a heavenly setting for a reunion with my dear friend. Denise and I met on the beach so many years ago, became the best of friends and still rekindle those happy days. Thanks for providing the 'perfect' place to savor these magical moments. - written by Gail Miller of Fairless Hills, PA.

 

Great Opportunity to Enjoy!
Posted by Paula & Gary Warnalis
from Hatboro, PA

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Our stay at the Osborne Inn was fabulous.  Apartment A was a little bit of home, very spacious and comfy.  We loved being so close to the beach and Boardwalk.  Gary tried some surf fishing but no nibbles.  The beaches were clean and very relaxing.  Great vacation!!!  

First Wedding Anniversary Celebration
Posted by Eric & Stephanie Fischer
from Litchfield Park, AZ

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We felt so fortunate to stumble upon the Osborne Inn on our way to the beach and even luckier to have an available room for most of our stay.  We felt right at home with the wonderful hospitality and the room we stayed in was so cozy, it felt like we were staying at a relative's house. We came to Ocean City to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and we had a blast hanging out on the beach, walking the boardwalk, flying our kite and eating pounds of taffy. We will definitely come back to celebrate many more wonderful years together!

First Time
Posted by Ali VanSchaack
from Middletown, New Jersey

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 'Considering this was my first trip to OC, our first stop at the Osborne’s Inn really set the mood for the rest of the trip; they had come highly-recommended, but I wasn’t prepared for the “long lost family returning home” reception we received—I was instantly put at ease with PeggyAnn & Frank’s overwhelming friendliness and the homey feel and décor of the Inn. The next day we even sat on the porch with them, admiring the view of the town while sipping cold refreshing drinks in the heat. The accommodations of the room made me feel like I was in a souped-up version of my own bedroom, rather than an overly-sterile, uninviting hotel where you never feel quite like you belong. I can’t wait to return to my now-extended family for another visit to this awesome town!'

Hey, June was super!!!
Posted by Lil Remmey
from Mechanicsville, PA

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Beginning  Summer with a getaway after the long cold winter couldn't be nicer or warmer or sunnier than at Peggy Ann & Frank's 'Osborne Inn'.  The welcome back feeling greets you.  Best of all Lili's parents met in OC in 1928 on the boardwalk.   Their initials still carved in the 20th Street pavilion as well as a bench in their memory to sit and enjoy the oceanview on.  Thanks for the Memory.  Memories keep on bringing us back to a happy place.  

Girl's Weekend
Posted by The Daloisio's
from Reading, PA

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This was our second Summer doing a girl's weekend and staying at Osborne's Inn!  We always have a great time and cannot wait to do it again next year!!

Mother/Daughter Memories
Posted by Anna and Kelly Hunsberger
from Pottstown, PA

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This is our third mother/daughter trip to Osborne's Inn but it won't be our last! We had a wonderful time!  So much fun and so many memories that we continue to make.

Place to Relax
Posted by Mr. & Mrs. Jack & Lois Heist
from Douglasville, PA

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 Thank you Frank and Peggy Ann for always being so wonderful to us when we come to Ocean City.

We come down for some rest, relaxation and quiet time.  Down here in Ocean City we get it. We like sitting on the porch and playing cards.  We always look forward to our return trip.  We love the friendly atmosphere in Ocean City.  There is no stress and we have nothing to worry about.  Ocean City is just a great town to visit and the Osborne Family certainly enjoy having us stay with them.

Great 50th Birthday Weekend Getaway!
Posted by Jeff and Lynne Moyer
from Lancaster, PA

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My husband surprised me with a weekend getaway to celebrate my birthday. I had wanted to go back to Ocean City as I hadn't been there for 20 years! I forgot how much I loved it there. Peggy Ann and Frank were very gracious. The room was nice and comfortable and the short walk to the beach made it even better. I can't wait to go back :)

Making a new Ocean City Memory
Posted by Tom and Jane Groff
from Lancaster Pa.

We have been vacationing in Ocean City for many years and love it!!! We needed to find a new place to stay and found the Osborne Inn on line. What luck!! Peggy Ann and Frank greeted us so graciously on arrival and we fell in love with their spacious PORCH! We felt right at home and loved meeting the extended family and chatting with the grandchildren. Everything was perfect about our stay and their home is warm and very clean. We will be back in the near future. Thank you Peggy Ann and Frank.🐚

A Slice of OC Heaven
Posted by Bud & Joanne Henkels
from Ambler, PA

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We spent the weekend at the lovely Osborne's Inn (May 29-31, 2015) and had the most relaxing mini vacation! The Inn is immaculate and while having the charm of an older seashore home, the amenities are first rate. The decor is seashore themed and very quaint!

Staying at the Osborne's brought back many fond memorias as I spent my summers in OC as a child. Then when I met my husband in 1980, we continued vacationing in OC as a couple and then with our children. The Inn's atmosphere was reminscent of the grand old seashore homes from my past.

Peggy Ann and Frank are warm and inviting and make you feel like you are at your home away from home. Although we created many new memories this weekend at the Osborne's, the one that stands out the most was on Saturday night when returning 'home' after dinner. Peggy Ann and Frank greeted us as we entered their living room. They asked us about our night as if we were part of their family! They are genuine people and truly care about their guests. We are already planning our next visit this summer.

Not only are the Osborne's gracious hosts, but they are also very generous. Our weekend was a Fine Things Raffle prize to benefit the Alternative Spring Break for Gwynedd Mercy University! Peggy Ann is a GMercyU alum as am I (Joanne), so we also share our passion for our GMercyU!

Thank you again Peggy Ann and Frank for a memorable weekend in OC!

Mother Daughter Weekend
Posted by Davis Girls
from Ocean City, New Jersey

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We had a mother-daughter weekend at the Osborne Inn!!! We will never forget our sister breaking out in a dance move in front of the Kongo Falls Golf Course!! The couple in front of us almost joined the dance party themselves!! We can't wait for our next stay at the Osborne Inn!!!  We LOVE it here!!!

So long ago - but it only seems like yesterday!!
Posted by Mary Foch Malazita and Family
from Valley Forge, PA

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It was wonderful seeing you after all these years.  Thank you for opening up your home and sharing it with me and my family.  It was a beautiful weekend and we loved spending it with you.  It's funny that after all this time, it seemed like no time has passed at all.  My husband and my children loved your home and enjoyed spending Memorial Day there with you and your family.

Thank you for all your hospitality.  When the opportunity presents itself, we would love to stay again.  

Love,

Mary from The Chatterbox many years ago and Ray and Ally (18), Chris (15) and Tori (13)

Our favorite home away from home
Posted by Sonja, Steve, Laura, and Julia Maloney
from Loudenville, NY

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I have been coming to Ocean City since I was eight years old. It truly is a “home away from home”. Now I come with my husband and our two daughters. We love staying at the Osborne’s, going to the beach, and walking on the boardwalk. We hate to leave, but look forward to many more vacations at the Osborne’s Inn!

Wonderful family traditions!
Posted by Sam and Dolores Miller
from Trumbauersville, PA

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We had a wonderful time and such nice weather. I always enjoy coming here to Osborne’s. I’ve come here for years with my daughter and grandchildren. Now since I got married 4 years ago, my husband and I come here and enjoy the place. It’s very convenient, so close to the beach and boardwalk. Thank you so much for your kindness

Sisters getaway!
Posted by Beatrice (Bede) Bishop
from Bainbridge, NY

It had been years since I was back in Ocean City after having spent fifteen summers here. It was like being home again. I brought my sister, Eleanor. She so much enjoyed our stay here, and we both plan to come back again. We enjoyed the view from room #2 and would want to stay in it again. The ocean early morning is so peaceful. You make people who stay here feel like family. We’ll see you again!

So many happy memories in Ocean City!
Posted by John and Pegg Philapavage
at 2015-09-02 15:07:38

This is our 22nd year in Ocean City, but our first year at the Osborne’s! We have memories on every corner in this town! Since when is Watson’s a condo??!! Thank goodness Shafto’s still serves up good food! Remember the years during the beach reclamation project? You had to step over huge pipes to get on the beach. During those years, we found great clams in calf-deep water right on the beach. Mass at Saint Augustine’s is always special for us – the choir is wonderful! My husband and son enjoyed the baseball card shows at the Music Pier during the 80s. The MOST enjoyable part of Ocean City is the hospitable citizenry. We look forward to many more years in Ocean City – and many more memories!

Ocean City – treats within treats!
Posted by Mary, Frank, and Alex Arguelles (and Katy and Justin)
from Reading, PA

I remember a place in Ocean City where a sourball awaited you at the end of your ice cream cone. It was always so delightful to have that little extra treat to remember the ice cream cone by. Somehow that ice cream cone is symbolic of Ocean City for me – treats within treats, and memories to take home with you. One particular memory I have of Osborne’s is from the first year we stayed there, in Room #2 in 1999. It was our 25th wedding anniversary. My aunt and uncle had given us a silver pitcher when we went to visit with them at their place, two blocks up at 17th and Wesley. A few days later, as we headed for home, we realized we had left the pitcher in our room. When we got home, we called Peggy Ann, and she recovered it for us and gave it to my aunt and uncle, who then gave it to us again via the US Mail. It was so nice that Peggy Ann and my aunt got to meet and talk about Ocean City, as so many people who’ve ever stayed here love to do!

All of us loved our vacation!
Posted by Patty, Glenn, Karen, Gary, and Brian Burger
at 2015-09-02 15:08:54

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Thank you so much, we had a great time, and we appreciate how welcome you made us feel. Hope to see next summer, maybe this summer again if we are lucky.
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I remember coming to Ocean City as a little girl and having SO much fun. Now, 7-10 (I forget) years later, I’m back and having a wonderful time again. But I don’t remember where we stayed like I usually do. I know I’ll never forget the Osborne’s Fairview Inn because of the hospitality and great time here! Thank you! I hope my family and I stay here again!
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We had a great time! Thank you so much for allowing us the chance to recreate our childhood memories with our children! Ocean City is everything I remembered and MORE thanks to you! We love Shafto’s and Smitty’s, and we played more mini golf than ever… Brian loves it the most! The beach was wonderful and Gary learned to skim board so well. Karen loved the shops on the boardwalk and Campbell’s take out. Thanks again, and we hope to see you again soon!

Finally back in Ocean City
Posted by AJ, Michelle, Shelby, and Jarred Kellner
at 2015-09-02 15:06:29

Here we are again, finally, after 3 years! Missed coming down, and hope not to be gone that long again. We all had a great weekend and the 3 year old had a fun time. It was the first time Jarred was at the beach. Of course Shelby loved it; always does. Thanks for your hospitality and hope to see you next year! Have a good rest of your summer!

We’re always happy to return to Osborne’s Inn!
Posted by Dave and Dottie Garton
from East Greenville, PA

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We enjoy staying at the Osborne’s Inn. My brother picked up a brochure and said it looked like a nice place to stay. He was right! Peggy Ann and Frank make you feel “at home”. We learned we had something in common; my husband attended John Wister Elementary School where Peggy Ann once taught. The Osborne’s Inn is a great vacation. It is near to the beach and the boardwalk. We look forward to our stay here each year.

Our vacation was delightful
Posted by Carol and George Aprilia
from Reading, PA

We absolutely loved our stay with you! We went to Cape May. I got my fix for the year. We also went to Atlantic City – and for a change, didn’t leave a deposit! The stay at your Inn was delightful. We hope to return again next year. You and your hubby are a pleasure and you have a wonderful family. Enjoy them and treasure every moment with your grandchildren! The babies are just gorgeous! God Bless and Happy Holidays!

Home is where the ♥ is
Posted by Brenda and Mike Evanko
from Elizabethtown, PA

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“Home is where the heart is” and that phrase is certainly true for the Osborne’s Fairview Inn. Knowing God directs our paths, we were looking for a place to stay for a few days in Ocean City when we “happened upon” the home and hospitality of Peggy Ann and Frank. That was five years ago, and our September tradition continues. Your home and your hearts are open to your guests in a way that says, “We care about you!” Thank you for your friendship and the many memories we have of Ocean City. We look forward to many more visits.

The perfect place to unwind
Posted by Kathy Cupo
from Toms River, NJ

This was just what I needed to recharge myself! I decided last minute to try and find a place where I could unwind. Task complete!! My family and I had a great time. Looking forward to coming back next year. Thank you!

Weekend Get Away
Posted by Liz and John Fragasso
from Edison, NJ

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My husband and I were looking for a weekend getaway. I googled guest houses and Osborne's Inn was one of the choices.  After seeing the favorable reviews on their website, we decided to book a room at the Inn.  We were warmly welcomed with a hug by Peggy Ann.  She and Frank made us feel like part of the family.  The Inn is immaculate.   It is one block from the boardwalk.  Our room was lovely, and we enjoyed reading other people's memories of the Inn and Ocean City in the scrapbook located in our room.

Despite the drizzly and damp day, my husband and I went to the Block Party and had lunch at the Seaford Fesitival which was at the Music Pier.  Later that evening, we had a delicious dinner at the Hula Grill.  The following day the weather was beautiful.  We walked the boardwalk and enjoyed day. 

We are looking forward to returning to the Inn in the summer and making more wonderful memories staying at Osborne's Inn and enjoying the beautiful town of Ocean City.

Thank you Peggy Ann and Frank for welcoming us to your home. 

Fall 2014
Posted by Shain & Diane
from Pa

We love visiting!  Staying at the Osborne Inn is like being at a home away from home. The Osborne's are wonderful people.

Back 'Home' Together
Posted by Brian Remmey & Janelle Downey
from Lancaster, PA

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OCNJ has been in our families for decades (back to the 1920s). We came to OCNJ together after we first met in college. My grandfather, a long-time member of the Fishing Club, took us out angling and Janelle caught her first fish – a fair sized flounder. We always seemed to spend our beach time between 14-16th streets. I used to work at Horsey’s Restaurant and recently we have been attending family and friends reunions. Over the years our families continued to rent in the vicinity.

When we came back together again, it was a gift of my parents that we come to Osborne’s Inn, Peggy Ann and Frank had been so good to them and my brothers over the years.  It was too easy not to be welcomed and be comfortable with such wonderful hosts. We always look forward to our next time back “home.”

Special Time In Ocean City
Posted by Joe DeLuca & Dorothy Hankins
from Bridgeton, New Jersey

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We started coming to Osborne's in the late 1980s.  We have seen Frank and Peggy Ann's children grow up and have families of their own.  Many years and many happy memories of times in Ocean City were made at 15th and Wesley.  We both are retired now and return each September.  Our own grandsons enjoy time with us in Ocean City.  This family and house holds a special place in our lives as we consider it a home away from home at the shore.  Our time each year is special because of the family atmosphere and the outstanding hospitality of Frank and Peggy Ann.  They make each guest feel like one of their family members.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
Posted by Dave and Ronnie Sensinger
from Lansdale, PA

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Frank and Peggy Ann, it's always a pleasure to visit you and Ocean City!  September on the beach is so quiet and relaxing and our apartment makes even staying 'home' a delight.  We look forward to our visit every year!

Our happy place
Posted by Carl and DebbiSue Hoover
from Lancaster, PA

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I, DebbiSue, have spent part of every summer of my life in Ocean City...and after getting engaged in OC, marrying Carl, and having 3 wonderful kids that have grown up with that same tradition... as a family, we get to Ocean City whenever we can!

We have always called 15th Street 'our beach' and walked past Frank & PeggyAnne's place and felt like we knew them...In the last few years we have stayed at their INN several times, as have members of our extended family.  The Osbornes are like dear friends to us now!

Our most recent stays in May & September 2014 were wonderful!!  The views from the porch, the clean, comfortable rooms and the proximity to 'our beach' will definitely have us coming back again!

God bless you Frank and PeggyAnne!  You are a blessing to so many people!

 

Heaven in Ocean City
Posted by Karin Manning
from Rochester, NY

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After coming to Ocean City for years with my family, and one year even with cousins visiting from Germany, I have found 'Heaven in Ocean City' at Osborne's Inn.

O     Outstanding hospitality with Peggy and Frank; they are very caring and go out of their way to make you feel welcome 

S     Shopping on Asbury is close by

B     Boardwalk and Beach are even closer..........stone's throw away 

O     Ocean is great, and with a wonderful sandy beach to bury my toes in  

R     Rooms are clean, comfortable, and beautifully decorated; great Restaurants within walking distance

N     Nice porch at the Inn for enjoying the ocean view and breezes, and making new friends

E'     Extraordinary location, and Excellent hosts

S     Special memories...............as I drove away, I already couldn't until my next visit!!  

Ocean City is a special resort and once my car is parked, it does not move until I leave.  I can walk everywhere.  And now I have found my special accomodations!  

Thank you, Peggy and Frank!

See you again soon!

Karin     

 

Sadness and Gladness
Posted by Donna Panew
from Womelsdorf

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Dear PeggyAnn and Frank,

 We, too, come to Ocean City as a result of sadness and gladness.  Our Mother died young, and this year it is 20 years that our father is gone.  Come February it is 20 years that my husband died at age 42.  Too much too soon. 

But we always came to OC as children.  My parents saved all year so we could have a week away.  Now that we are living in different locations, and not getting younger, we decided to get together more often for some fun vacation time.  Thanks for having us. And thanks for the photos.  I am having them printed for the sisters.

Donna (of the Myers group)

 

Memories from St. Joseph School - 1990's
Posted by Peggy Ann Osborne
from Ocean City, NJ

1988 – Sunday July 17th – Kelley’s 19th birthday.

7/25/1988 – Frankie’s Graduation Party was held here on Tuesday, June 21, 1988.  In attendance were:  Clement Cho, Nuno (Mike) Ferreira, Jamie Lesher, Gordon O’Brien, Frankie Osborne, Jimmy Connelly, Nicole Davis, Donna DuVaughn, Dawn Jackson, Donna Pallas, Amy Quigley, Monica Robinson, Stephanie Shupak, Cathi Savage, Kathy Whelan.  We had car pools since Father DeMayo felt uncomfortable about renting a van as Father Skelly did.

Some of the adults in attendance were: Linda Lesher, Loretta Savage, Doris O’Brien, Bernadette Quigley, Barbara Robinson, Kathy Whelan, Father Skelly, Rich Mitchell, Carolyn Bryant, Anne Cunningham came at dinner time. (I had borrowed her Real Estate notes to study for my real estate test, which I took on June 25th and passed.  Ann brought with her her sons, Michael, Andrew and her daughter, Clare.

Some of the younger members of the party were: Becky O’Brien, Brenna, Aidan and Aileen Robinson, Kathy Whelan brought her nephew and Denise Bryant joined the group.  Some of the former faculty members who attended were Maureen McHale, Sister Joan Mickey, Judy O’Neill with her two children – Billy and Jessica (or Jennifer).  Mrs. Gaubus, the children’s 8th grade teacher, also joined us.  She and Linda Lesher were the only two from the present faculty who attended.

Nice notes in response to the invitation came from Sister Mary Thomas, and Sister Cordelia.  Father Kevin Gallagher was sad since he was unable  to attend because of a retreat commitment.  Chris Amons (Music Teacher) and Mary Ann Crawford (Phys Ed Teacher) were supposed to come but were unable to make it.

One hundred pieces of chicken – eight quarts of French fries – cole slaw – broccoli and corn were for dinner.  For lunch we had the usual – hot dogs, sloppy Joes and soda.  Frank was able to attend for the fourth straight graduation party.  All the Osborne kids were in attendance except for Kelley – who had to work at Frank’s office.  The party went well.  Everyone got home safely.  The end of an era – no more St. Joe graduation parties in Ocean City for us.

7/25/1988 – Sister Donna and Sister Cordelia both of whom lived and taught at St. Joe’s School, came down and rented Room 2 for three days – they came in a day after graduation party.

I got two nuns staying here with me – Room F.  One is Sister Gerald Francis – the other is Sister Grace. Sister Gerald works at Norwood Academy.  Sister Grace is a Music Teacher at St. Ambrose School – Sister Gerald Francis talks all the time.  I pray she doesn’t wear me down.  They, indeed, are good women who help so many others.  We are privileged to be able to show them hospitality every so often.

7/27/1988 – Ann Marie Schmieg and Martin stopped by with Emily.  Martin rode his bike from Independence Mall to Smithville to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  Stopped here to take a shower and say hi.

Oceans of Fun!
Posted by Jonathan and Tina Storms
from Fleming, PA

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Can't help but love the Jersey Shore from swimming in the awesome Atlantic (Jonathan is a kid at heart in the ocean) to the thrill of seeing most all of OCNJ atop the Wonderland Pier Ferris Wheel at dusk--thanks for suggesting this Jonathan--it was very romantic, honey!  Our second visit with the Osborne's at their charming Inn was made extra special this year by the hospitality of Peggy Ann, Frank and family.  I don't know all the names of the Osborne's children and grandchildren but they all have a smile and friendly hello each year we have visited. We love the third floor room with the deck and the coastal breeze coming through the sliding screen door--so peaceful! And it's great having Bob's Grill right down the boardwalk to start the day with an amazing breakfast after Peggy Ann's complimentary, full bodied coffee, of course!  Thank you, OCNJ and all the Osborne's for a memorable mini vacation!  The Storms--Jonathan and Tina

Friends from Cardinal Dougherty
Posted by Barry & Marge Rogan
from Ocean City

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Frank and I go way back to West Oak Lane and Cardinal Dougherty - basketball and lots of fun!

Memories
Posted by MomMom Osborne
from Ocean City, NJ

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This is one of the reasons that Frank and I work sooo hard!

Ted and Daughter
Posted by Peggy Ann
from Ocean City

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We like it here.

Tom & Barbara Radomile
Posted by Peggy Ann
from Ocean City

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Always enjoy these people who find the BEST places to dine be it Ocean City or Margate or Atlantic City.  They are delightful.

 

Catching up with our God-Daughter
Posted by Peggy Ann Osborne
from Ocean City, NJ

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We are so privileged to be here at our home in Ocean City and catching up with so many wonderful people in our lives that we love.  Thanks for the porch.  It gives us a great opportunity to say hello, give hugs and share memories with our beautiful God-daughter, Joanna Palla, and her friend Shawn.

Loved Apartment A
Posted by Bridgette & Anthony Petrino & Family
from Harleysville, PA

Hi Peggy Ann,

Just wanted to send a note saying thanks again for accommodating us this summer. I hope to be back again sometime! We had a nice time and appreciate the reasonable rates :)

Our daughters loved our beach vacation too!

~Bridgette Petrino

So many memories!
Posted by Connie Blood
from Moorestown, New Jersey

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Dear Peggy Ann,

Thank you for taking and sending the photo.  It's great!  I just wish we'd thought to take one with you in it, too.  Next year, I hope.

What a nice memento of a wonderful week.  We loved our chats with you on the porch, Peggy Ann.

You are a terrific hostess and we all had such a pleasant, comfortable visit.  Sure do love Ocean City and the memories it holds for all of us.  Look forward to being with you again next year.  We love our family reunions reminding us of the many years we spent together as children.  (I'm glad Anne finally made it this year.)



OUR OSBORNE GETAWAY
Posted by Madge Gallagher Wilt
from Jamison, PA

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Last month I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Ocean City, NJ, at Osborne's Inn.  I've been there many times before, usually in the Fall with my high school sorority month I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Ocean City, NJ at Osborne's Inn.  I've been there many times before, usually in the Fall with my high school sorority (Cardinal Dougherty - class of 1960) and have always had a really good time.  

This visit was no exception.  It was different though and very special because I was with my son, Tony, and my Graddaughter, Sophie, and it was the summer.  Our trip was kind of spur of the moment.  Even so, Peg was able to sqeeze us in and a good time was had by all.  

Peggy Ann and Frank Osborne are without a doubt two of the kindest and nicest people I've ever known and I'm proud to call them friends. After spending a few days in their company, Tony and Sophie now understand why I think so highly of the Osbornes.

 A High School Friend from Years Ago!

A typical family dinner!
Posted by Peggy Ann Osborne
from Ocean City, NJ

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Join us in Spirit as we celebrate Year #41.  We've just entertained all of our grandchildren (15) and many of their parents for a week in August. Fortunately we have enough seats for all.

1st time visit !!
Posted by Laura Partridge
from Bethlehem, Pa.

I just spent my very 1st weekend at the Osborne Inn-wow, was i missng out!! immediately i realized  Peggy Anne and Frank are warm and wonderful people-the Inn is beautiful and charming, my room #4 was perfect for me-altho next time i may book a balcony room-wow, what a great view! location was awesome as i love to walk and bike the boardwalk and the huge front porch is so relaxing!! thank you both for a great stay!! happy rest of summer

Laura Partridge

Finding a Treasure in Ocean City
Posted by Jim and Dee McPartland
from Upper Darby, PA

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Three years  ago (2011) we were searching on the net for a place to stay in O.C. in mid-August for just a couple of nights. Treasures require patient searching. Having spent hours viewing and reviewing photos and comments by customers who had stayed at various rental facilities we came across Osborne's Fairview Inn. We spoke to one of the owners, Peggy Ann, who told us there was a cancellation and that we could stay in one of the apartments. What was so inviting was not just the location of Osborne's Inn, which is very close to the boardwalk and beach, but more important was the hospitality and warmth of the owners,  Peggy Ann and Frank Osborne. Truly these people make everyone feel at home and because of them this vacation spot has become a home away from home. We just returned from a two 2 week vacation at the Osborne Inn. We met more people on their large front porch in two weeks than we have met in two years.  Osborne's Fairview Inn is a Treasure Box of friendliness with a short walk to the beach, a few bike pedals to the boards, and a very enthusiastic owner who welcomes each customer as if they were a member of their own family.  

Wonderful Memories to Recall of Ocean City, NJ
Posted by Karen Lewandowski & Debbie Bishop
from Ewing, New Jersey & Auburn, Maine

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My sister and I have been returning to Ocean City year after year, reminding us of the fun family times we spent at OC as children.  The Merry Go Round ride hoping for the Gold Ring at Gillian's, eating Mack and Manco pizza at lunchtime on the beach or hot dogs.  Skee ball, mini golf, rashers of bacon at Watson's, jumping the waves with our Dad, learning to body surf, watching them make salt water taffy at Shriver's and fudge at Copper Kettle are just some of our memories.  How very luck we were to be able to spend one week each and every summer!

OC will always be our favorite place.

Thank you Peggy Ann for the wonderful hospitality.  You are such a warm and gracious person. We love Ocean City so much and are so happy to have found a place that we can come back to year after year to continue building our Memories.  We only regret that we have just found your lovely home three years ago and not sooner.  

Have a great rest of your season and hope it is enjoyable, warm and sunny.  Looking forward to seeing you in the Summer of 2015.

Fondly,

Karen Lewandowski and Debbie Bishop

Memories Are Made Like This!
Posted by Bethany Reiff, Becki Day, Greta Short, Stacy Nofzigh
from Ocean City, New Jersey

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Our first year, in 2013, we had unusually cold July weather.  We spent our three days in blankets, drinking hot chocolate.  But Peggy Ann and Frank's warm hospitality made our time delightful!  This year, 2014, the weather was perfect and the hospitality still delightful.  It seems the Osborne's has become our new tradition.  Thanks for a wonderful time!

 

Smiles!

The Girls

Moments...Memories
Posted by Danielle Baker
from Central Florida

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A huge part of my heart will always belong in Ocean City.  That space got a little more crowded last year when I stayed with the Osborne's.  It took a few days for me to realize that until I stopped clutching my memories so tightly, I couldn't make new ones....and what memories they are..boat rides, long walks on the shore, but most of all I cherish evening on their magical porch..What?  You don't believe in in the magical properties of a porch?  You just haven't been to the Osborne Inn.  It feels like going home.  

The first sound of the seagulls and the smell of the ocean!!!
Posted by Lori Horosky
at 2013-07-16 11:25:58

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September, 2010

That first sound of the seagulls and the smell of the ocean,

Colorful array of beach umbrellas lining the shore,

The feeling of the sand between your toes,

Watching the rhythm of the ocean waves moving in and out,

Renting the bike from 13th Street every morning to welcome the start of a new day,

Breaakfast at Brown's and fresh homemade doughnuts,

Long walks on the beach, enjoying the ocean air,

The feeling that the day goes on forever,

Those yearly treats the boardwalk brings...

Shriver's mints, Johnson's popcorn, Polish water ice, 

Mack and Mancos Pizza and Kohr's frozen custard.

The never ending smiles on children's faces,

The chats on the big porch before retiring for the night,

The bells on the trolley rounding 15th and Wesley,

Hating to say goodbye for the summer, but already looking forward to next year's visit to one of my

most favorite places which is 'Osborne's Inn'!

Good times in Ocean City
Posted by Terri Flaherty
at 2014-01-10 13:18:38

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I remember hurricanes during which floats and surfboards were ridden in the street all the way up to the Fairview. My Dad and I watched Shrivers make taffy.  At age 8 I sat in the hall on the music pier enjoying the Ocean City Pops Orchestra but secretly watching the ferris wheel on Gillian's Fun Deck and wishing I were there instead.

Places that live in the memory are restaurants like Simms at 8th and the boardwalk.  Watson's with its daily long lines waiting.  Hills Seafood and Clam Bar when the tide came up almost to the windows as we ate, College Grill; the Emily Dining Room and the Hen House around the Moorlyn Terrace; worship services in the movie houses on Sundays and bronzed waitresses at Bob's Grill (thankfully still present).

We could see much of the Sandia shipwreck in former years and what a treat it was to seek out a shady spot under the Boardwalk, lay out towels and blankets and take a snooze.

Once our fourteen year old son was credited with saving a visiting teacher's life when the raging surf threatened to dash her against the jetty.

Our favorite memories are of good people and relaxing times shared on Osborne's Fairview Inn's front porch. Every summer it feels as though no time at all has elapsed since we talked and shared events of the year gone by.  Still we miss the faces  and voices of Peggy Ann's Mother, Father and Brother who are with the Lord.

Just yesterday our own dear Aunt Louella, who is 94 years old, reminisced about the time she sat enjoying morning coffee and ocean breeze and friendly people.

On one occasion, back in Baltimore, a student at Loyola College, where our daughter works said: 'I've seen you somewhere before' followed by a puzzled look.  Then, 'I know! Osborne's front porch, Ocean City, New Jersey!'

Another time a facualty priest saw a picture over my daughter's desk:  ' I know that house! It's 15th and Wesley in Ocean City, New Jersey!'

Whether its thoughts of beckoning sea and sand, bike rides on the Boardwalk and thru the town alleys.  Litterer's Orange Juice or big cups of lemonade, spotting the Flanders and the Port-O-Call, fisherman near Somers Point or visiting town shops, the Flaherty Family is still in love with Ocean City.

      

Thank you OC For a Lifetime of memories
Posted by The Hoover Family
at 2014-01-09 14:53:21

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Our Memories of Ocean City are 2-fold.   The first centers on people.  Staying at Osborne's is a 'people experience.'  There are always friendly, caring people there.  From the front porch to the living room, there is always someone greeting you with a smile (usually that Osborne smile is the first one you see),  You are made to feel like family (they must be family if you let the ever present kids move your car!)  Peggy had mastered the art of making you feel welcome while allowing you enough privacy to relax and enjoy your vacation.

Our memories also center on peace and solitude.  We always try to choose a room or apartment that affords us an 'ocean view.'  It is so peaceful to wake up and look at the ocean.  There's usually a solitary sail boat looking very small in a very large ocean at that time.

After reading this to our son, he asked to add his memories - Amstel on the porch and the 'Bathroom Digest' in the bathroom.

We are so pleased to be able to share our vacation with the Osbornes.  We hope to continue to do so for many, many years to come.

 

gone fishing
Posted by Bill Fischer
from Marmora, NJ

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Catching a BIG ONE!!!!

Fun Family
Posted by McCabe Family
from Ocean City

We really enjoyed our time "downtheshore".  Thanks for you....

Petra's friend
Posted by Nada Jordan
from Pennsylvania

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We love the Osbornes and we LOVE Ocean City.

MS Bike-A-Thon
Posted by Samantha Lion
from Reading, PA

Thanks so much for your friendliness and hospitality!  The room and bathroom are lovely and WOW the balcony....!!!  Thank you and be well dear people.  It was the PERFECT place to be still and relax between two challenging bike rides.

Love September!
Posted by Pat and Pat Holland
from Reading, Pennsylvania

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We have been coming to Osborne's Inn for at least 13 years. We always visit in September - the beach is just beautiful at this time of year. Our favorite memories are of the warm welcome that we always receive, the cozy rooms that we have stayed in, reading on the porch and sharing news about each other's families and grandchildren. We feel blessed to have found Osborne's Inn.

 

Love the Shore!
Posted by Fr. Sam Verruni
from Delaware County, PA

Always enjoy getting away to Ocean City and spending time with the Osbornes.

Home away from Home
Posted by Victoria and Emsley Armfield
from West Palm Beach, Fl

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Mornings and afternoons filled with fresh salt air, collecting shells, digging for sand crabs, building sandcastles and who could leave out the outdoor showers. Watching the sunset through the dunes as the cool air begins to blow in preparing you for an exciting night on the boardwalk full of deliciously sinful food, games and rides. All these cherished moments together are what make my son and my vacation each year one that creates summers we never forget. This past summer's visit was made even more special by the warm, genous, kind, souls who opened their HOME to us, Peggy Ann and Frank Osborne. We felt like part of the family immediately and my son and I actually missed them as we drove away at the end of our trip! They even sent us home with some of their own personal leftover pizza for the ride back to North Jersey! My son shared his salt water taffy with his 'new friends'.  I HIGHLY recommend the Osborne Inn. Beautiful home, incredibly good people, great location and memories to last a lifetime!! We love you Peggy Ann and Frank!!! 

'Great place to call 'home''
Posted by John Genoa and Steven Meyer
from Catonsville, Maryland

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427 - September 8 - 15, 2013 - Thanks for a great place to call 'home' for a week.  It is a very nice facility and very well kept.  We enjoyed everything very muhc.  Hope to return in the future.

Last minute getaway!
Posted by Pam, Todd and Jillian Pressman
from Medford, New Jersey

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We were so happy to find your wonderful home for our last minute get away from Medford.  Your home is so comfortable and welcoming.  I can't remember a better sleep in the recent past.  I hope we can visit again. Thanks so much!

 

Fun visit!
Posted by Michael, Beth, Julia and Victoria Fischer
from Langhorne, PA

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427 - September 5, 2013 - Thank you Aunt Peggy and Uncle Frank for letting us stay at your nice condo.  We had a lot of fun.  Hope you have a good year.  Love you!

Batteries are recharged!
Posted by Kathy Cupo and Family
from Toms River, New Jersey

427 - August 26, 2013 - This was just what I needed to recharge myself!  I decided last minute to try and find a place where I could unwind.  Task completed!!  My family and I had a great time.  We are all looking forward to coming back in 2014.  Thank you.

 

Grandmom, Parents and Grandchildren
Posted by Chepy Family
from Huntingdon Valley, PA

427 Central Avenue - August 6, 2013 - Our family enjoyed staying at Osborne's 427 condo.  All the conveniences of home and more.  Grandmom, Grandchildren, Mom and Dad all had a wonderful time.  Glad we were one of the first to utilize your great accommodations here on the North end of Ocean City.

Just Charming!
Posted by Helen and Mike Witmyer
from Douglassville, PA

June 16, 2002:  Today we just got here and we walked into the Osborne house.  The greeting was so nice.  We are so excited to arrive.  Our first night was great.  We had a super foom, Room 1.  We love it - it has an ocean view and you can really see the ocean.  Everything is just charming.  It's been a romantic experience.   Talking walks on the beach hand in hand or going to different restaurants, experiencing new people, that is what we like to do on vacation.  Ocean City, NJ, is a grea place, everything at your finger tips.  We love it and know that we have a place to come back to year after year.

September, 1928 started it all!
Posted by Frank & Lili Remmey and Family
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August 23, 2013:  In September, 1928, Mr. & Mrs. Kaighn of Philadelphia met on the Ocean City boardwalk.  They carved their initials in the 20th Street Pavilion, married in 1932 and continued to vacation here until the 1990's.  Their daughter, Lili, met her husband Frank Remmey here in 1960 and soon married thereafter, having four sons who enjoy the family atmosphere of Ocean City.  Two of their sons, Brian and Paul, worked at Horsey's Restaurant.  Lili's husband, Frank, worked on the boardwalk at a french fry stand for ten years.  All of the Remmey family (nine grandchildren) love to spend summertime at the shore, especially with fond memories of Ocean City.  There is acommemorative bench on the 20th Street boardwalk to honor this memory.  God bless the Osborne Family for their forty years of family residence at the Osborne's Inn.

Congratulations on THIRTY years of service!
Posted by Clarence and Pat Kinsey
from Lansdale, PA

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September 22, 2003:  We started coming here eight or nine years ago for weekends and graduated to a week plus weekends.  One year Clarence spent most of his time on the  front porch studying for a test and talking to everyone.  Since coming here, I have even got him to spend a little time with me on the beach.  He is not a beach person.  I am.  We were lucky enough to be here when Colleen got married and see all the 'goings on'.  We will never forget where we were on September 11, 2001.  We were here, as stunned as everyone.  This year we had Isabelle, a hurricane.  Fortunately she did not do much damage to Ocean City as she did to other areas.  We always have a good time when we are here and love hearing about the children and grandchildren. Your hospitality has always been 'above and beyond'.  Congratulations on your 30th year of service.

 

 

Walking the Quiet Streets of Ocean City!
Posted by Wendy & Harry Paul
from Lykens, PA

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July 11, 2004:  I have been coming to Ocean City since I was thirteen years old, except for about four years in that time frame.  I am now in my late thirties.  In 1992 I introduced my now husband of seven wonderful years to my favorite town of Ocean City.  We have often thought of trying other beach towns but why would we do that?  Ocean City has become our beach resort - 'home away from home'.  Even though we only get here once or twice a year, we just cannot imagine a year withour our oasis.  A couple of years ago as we were walking the quiet streets of Ocean City, we came across a wonderful family run apartment house, the Osborne's Inn.  Harry and I have stayed here with the Osbornes for at least four years and we love them dearly.  We could not ask for better people to open their home for a period of time so that we can enjoy our 'home' here in Ocean City. Hopefully we will have many more years of happy memories and the Osborne family.  God bless.

 

Love Ocean City!
Posted by Joan and Enzo Carnaroli
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July 2, 2004:  I started coming to Ocean City in 1970 and we always had to turn down the alley at the side of the Fairview Inn.  I always noticed each year what additions had been made to your lovely Inn and always said that I wanted to stay there.  Each year it was as if seeing your Inn meant we finally made it to O.C.

In 1993, with a divorce behind me, Enzo and I had the pleasure of staying where I wanted to stay for such a long time - Osborne's Fairview Inn.  Every chance we could get away we went straight to your home.  Always, such a warm and friendly welcome.  Enzo loved Peggy Ann's coffee, as much as she loved his hair. 

We probably stayed in every room and just fell in love with the Cottage the week we were down with Jennifer and Jessica.  In 2000 we purchased our own little place but it had to be close to Peggy Ann and Frank.  So we are only one block away.  We found a bottle of Osborne's Wine which we had to purchase.  When I think of Peggy Ann and Frank, I think of Family and how we are part of their wonderful extended family.  We remember no grandchildren and now there are eight under the age of four.  

May you have thirty more years at your wonderful Inn.  We love and pray for you all and am so thankful that we have such wonderful friends in our lives.  God bless!

Joan, Enzo, Jennifer and Jessica 

Love Apartment A
Posted by Diane and Bruce Barrett & Family
from Stratford, New Jersey

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July 2, 2008:  What a blessing when Bruce 'happened upon' the Osborne's Fairview Inn in search for a new place to stay.  the other place we used to go to was being torn down.  We met Peggy Ann and her beautiful front porch and instantly knew we wanted to 'give it a try'.  It has been seven or eight years now, and we have enjoyed every stay we have had.  Several times we rented Apartment A and really felt as if we were 'moving up' to stay in such a wonderful vacation place. 

As it is, Bruce and I both love Ocean City as we were raised coming here as children with our families.  Many nice memories have been made here.  We now share that joy with our two beautiful little girls.  Sharing our lives in Ocean City with Peggy Ann and her family is a wonderful part of our lives.  Remember when you told me that you were going to rent Apartment A to your family (I don't mean'rent'... - I mean 'have available').  I asked you, 'Why can't we be your family?'  We both had a good laugh.  You are great, Peggy Ann.  Thank you so much for your hospitality and graciousness.  Happy 35 years and counting.  We love you guys.  May God bless you and all your family.

Look forward to the beach!
Posted by Judy and Taylor Sipe
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Taylor and I have been coming to Osborne's Inn since he was ol enough to walk.  He loves the beach, as do I.  This is the first year that Steve could get away from work long enough to join us.  I think he will come back, even though he got REALLY burnt on the beach the first day he was here.  Thanks for having a great place that we can stay and call home for a wonderful week.

 

Several years later!

Thank you for sharing your home with us, year after year.  We look forward to the beach each summer - and start counting down the weeks and days as soon as we get our reservations booked.  Taylor and I (and maybe Steve also) can't wait to get to the beach.  We jump in the waves and relax.  Thanks for everything.

Fairview Village in Illinois!
Posted by Joan Eagle
from Fairview Village, Illinois

July 7, 2011

When I was four or five years old, seventy five years ago, I was in Ocean City with my family.  My grandfather taught me how to whistle one day.  We were staying at the Colonial Hotel (I think) and I remember lying in my small cot in the apartment practicing my new talent.  My parents and grandparents, needless to say, kept telling me to stop, so that we could all get some sleep.  That was the trip when I was first introduced to the boardwalk and Shriver's Salt Water Taffy.  Another memory is of The Music Pier, where I actually performed with our high school group and I sang a solo.  Very impressive!  I recall many day trips from Haddonfield, NJ, to hit the ocean and the boardwalk.  I still connect the beautiful hydrangeas whenever I see them.  They are my favorite.  I am always impressed by the unique relaxed Spirit of family and friendship here, and even after 45 years of living in Illinois, I love to come back here when we can.  Our stay here at Osborne's Inn has been so great - everything we could ned (by the way, I now live at Fairview Village Retirement Village in Downer's Grove, Illinois).  We came from a distance to be here, so it must be special.  God bless you all!  My daughters from Minnesota and from Illinois have accompanied on this memorable journey!

Warm and Comfortable!
Posted by Anne Martorana
from Coatesville, PA

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I love Ocean City, New Jersey.  Many of my favorite memories are from this wonderful place.  I found Osborne's Inn approximately ten years ago.  Coming here is like staying with friends.  Thank you both for your warm and welcoming kindness.  I am ver comfortable here and would not dream of staying anywhere else.  

Congratulations on thirty five years of service?  My memories continue to be made as I return year after year. Thank you Osborne Family.

August 30, 2009

'The Ocean City Air!!'
Posted by Diana, Chris and C.J. Alcott
from My heart is in Ocean City!

I've been coming to Ocean City with my parents and sister since I was a toddler.  I always remember the feeling in my stomach coming over the 9th Street bridge and smelling that 'Ocean Air'.  I loved the look of the town and boardwalk all lit up at night and passing hotels with the pool lights on.  Now I have a family of my own and I want my son to experience the same summer memories here that I did.  We stayed here upon recommendation from my parents and we absolutely 'love it'!

August 30, 2009

There's change but it remains the same!
Posted by Lori Day
from Butler, New Jersey

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Thanks for the wonderful stay in your delightful home.  I have been coming to Ocean City since I was a child and coming to your Inn is always enjoyable.  You make me feel at home.  I can't wait to do it again next year!!!  So much has changed here over the years, yet it feels the same as when I came here with my parents many years ago.  This is like my 'home away from home'!!  Thanks for everything.  Congrats on the 35th anniversary of Osborne's Inn.  You and your family are 'the best'!

2008

The Shore is 'in my blood'!
Posted by Peggy and Larry Geary
from Ocean City at heart

I love Ocean City so much.  As a kid, my family and I would take a week's vacation in Atlantic City in June.  I was born in 1955 in Philadelphia so the shore has been in my bloood all my life.  I remember going to Kent's pancake house in Atlantic City.  We gradually down the coast over the years to Margate in the 1970's.  During my college days I spent a summer working as a chambermaid at the Golden Inn in Avalon.  All of those shore points were fun but nothing compared to ocean City.  We started coming here in the 80's when my son was born.  The peace and quiet of Ocean City is wonderful.

Osborne's Inn is such a great place to be.  We are so glad to have found this place and to have met you. Congratulations on 35 years of outstanding service!

October 8, 2008

The Ocean, Shimmering in the Light!
Posted by Barbara Grinder
from Bloomington, Ilinois

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My Ocean City memories go back to the early 1950's when my family would come from Pittsburgh for a week every summer.  My father's family had been coming since he was a boy.  From the start, I loved Ocean City.  I loved the beach - digging in the sand or bobbing in the water on a raft my father would rent.  I remember long lines at Watson's, music at the Pier, the ferris wheel, Llitterers, Simms, the Christmas shop, Copper Kettle Fudge and riding a bike with the breeze coming off the ocean.  Such good memories!

In college, I was thrilled to meet students who worked at the Flanders, and for three wonderful summers, I worked there, too, in the pool and tennis area.  Day after day, I'd look out at the ocean, shimmering in the light, and I wold marvel at being able to spend all summer there.

As an adult, I moved to the midwest, passing many years without coming to the shore.  One late summer day, I found myslef planning a two day trip to Lake Michigan when I suddenly thought, 'No, I want to see Ocean City again.  No substitutes!'  I got on the web to find lodgings, skipping over the motels and condos.  Looking for the Ocean City I had always loved, hoping it was still here.  And there it was - an ad for Osborne's Inn.  I could see from the picture it was just what I wanted, and the description was perfect.  Would there be a vacancy?  I called, got Peggy Ann, and was thrilled to be 'on my way'.  Staying here is 'real' Ocean City - your warmth and hospitality make this a true 'home away from home'. 

I start thinking about the shore in the winter, call Peggy Ann, get my reservation and I come and thoroughly enjoy myself.  Ocean City, New Jersey - a place that I love.

God bless you both, Peggy Ann and Frank, for keeping alive a way of life that means so much to so many of us.  Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share.

October 2, 2008

 

MS 150 City to Shore Bike Event
Posted by Ron and Vicki Dilks
from Pennsauken, NJ

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September 29, 2008

Wow - 35 years!  Congratulations!  That's really something special, but then so are you and the Osborne's Fairview Inn.  We were so lucky to have found you back in 2001.  It was late in the season when we tried to find a place tos tay for our upcoiming bike ride in the MS 150 City to Shore Bike event.  Our search wasn't going very well, and, after trying several places, we were about to give up.  But, as fate would have it, we drove a little longer and came across your Inn.  We remember thinking 'no chance they would have an opening', but we thought it couldn't hurt to ask.  We are so glad we did.  Not only did we find a great place to rest after a very l long bike ride, but we also found two warm, friendly, caring people who made us feel right at home.  We've been coming back every year since and look forward to many more years to come.  It certainly makes it a lot easier to pedal your bike eight to 100 miles when you know you have such a great place and warm weelcome waiting for you at the finish line!

Thank you Peggy Ann and Frank for welcoming us in your home and being a part of the memories that we are making here in Ocean City.   With all the changes life has brought us the last few years, it's comforting to know that you are there ready to welcome us year after year.  Thanks again for everything.  Love you!

My Favorite Place in the whole world - Ocean City!
Posted by Tiffany Barnes
from New York City, NY

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No matter how many years pass or how far away I go, Ocean City is still my favorite palce on earth.  I was fortunate to spend my first twenty years at my grandparents home on 16th Street and working at Fralinger's through summers in high school.  Since then I've visited from a day or even a few nights, but now that I've found Osborne's I'll be bgack for vacations again and again.

I really enjoyed my two visits with you this summer.  Such a warm and welcoming place you have!  Only a few blocks from my old home, I am so happy and comfortable to be on these streets, walking these blocks, sistting on these beaches.  A real treat for me is being here.  May you and your family continue to be blessed.

September 22, 2008

First Timer, I Am!
Posted by Sharon Johnson
from West Grove, PA

I have been coming down to Ocean City, NJ, from the Philadelphia area since I was two years old, which was the summer of 1956.  I grew up coming with my family and extended family until I went to college.  Then I came down with my girlfriends (and boyfriends) until I was married at age thirty two.  My husband and I and eventually my son have been coming down now for twenty four years.  We have rented houses, stayed in motels, inn, and for the last few years tried our hand at camping.  For this visit, July, 2011, I am here on my own visitng friends that are down.

This is my first time staying at the Osborne Fairview Inn.  I came down without a room reservation.  I stopped at the Welcome Center where the Ocean City Chamber graciously helped me find a room and for the right price. Thankfully they led me here to Osborne's, a place I had walked past many times and wondered about staying at.  What a great place this is!  The rooms are beautiful, neat and clean.  The porch is delightful to sit on - always a breeze.  The location is great - close to everything.  The Osborne's are a wonderful family, they make you feel as if you belong from the moment you walk in.

I will definitely be back and recommend it to my friends.  Thanks for the chance to relax for a much needed vacation.

 

Ohio is nice, BUT
Posted by Julie and Gary Gregory
from Dayton, Ohio

Ohio is nice but Ocean City is nicer.  As longtime residents of Dayton, we eagerly anticipate our summer visits to the Jersey shore, which began in 1987 at my hometown of Asbury Park.  In 1988 we diverted to the South Jersey shore for a motel stay in OceanCity.  Over the years we have stayed at various spots, including the houses of friends in Ocean City and Somes Point.  Most of those summer visits were especially nice and full of fun because we brought our two sons to the shore up to the year of 2000.

Julie and I 'discovered' the Osbornes in 2008 while we were staying at a nearby motel.  We met Frank, picked up the  brochure and left for Ohio.  Without questions, we knew the 'motel' days were behind us.  As soon as possile we resered a week's stay in the Fall, and are we glad we did.

The Osborne's hospitality - what a fantastic couple of Frank and Peggy Ann - has been the icing on the cake for a wonderful week.  The walks on the boardwalk, the ocean surf, the seafood and the driving tour of South Jersey to Avalon, Stone Harbor, Wildwood and Cape May was a terrific way to see the sights.

 

Thanks to Frank and Peggy Ann for making this summer visit our 'Home away from Home.'  All our best as you continue going forward with your wonderful Inn.

 

 

happy times
Posted by Colleen and John Henik
from Phila. Pa.

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Love is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the Osborne's!  so many happy memories!  I remember when Peg and Frank welcomed their first grandchildren.  Twins!  So much joy!  I don't remember her ever being quite that happy!  She always was happy, but this was different!  The Osborne Inn  was such a happy place for us!  The beach was John's very favorite place to be!  I loved walking with Peg.  I remember one time when we were walking and she saw a young girl with her Mother.  Peg greeted her with wide open arms and a big smile!  I realized she was a special needs child, And , I said to myself, That is who Peg Osborne is!  Wonderfull

Our Once a Year Visit!
Posted by Joe and Erin Adamow
from Countryside of Pennsylvania

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We sure do enjoy stopping in on the porch for our family visit.  It's here in the summer and Christmas tree time in the Winter.  We are blessed.

Talk of the Town
Posted by Cathy Finnegan
from Ocean City, NJ

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Here I am the subject of a picture instead of taking a picture.  Sure do love my job!  It's a wonderful way to fill my heart and life with the people who make Ocean City the great town that it is!

 

Words from an Educator!
Posted by Jan Clevenstine
from Telford, PA

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'Do the best you can rather than the least you can get away with' is what I tell my students and sons repeatedly.  Peggy Ann and Frank always do everything to insure that their guests are comfortable and happy.  Other places have signs on the doors with lists of rules and requirements.  Osbornes have the internet connection and an invitation to ask for forgotten items rather than running out to shop.  Guests are encouraged to stay the day of check out.  The Inn is welcoming in every way.  Owners, family, and guests are friendly and kind.  Everything is clean and well equipped.  Time spent at Osbornes is the best time of the summer.

Thanks for my Anniversary T Shirt.  I'm enjoying it.

 

 

A Great Place to Hang Out!
Posted by Matt Gazzarro
from Philadelphia, PA

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Last minute phone call.  I wound up on the Osborne's porch with my 'sweetie', Sylvia, and had a great time visiting with the Osborne Family. Frank was my Mother's employer 'way back when'. Fun to see the family growing.  Fun to realize that we never grow old when we stay at the Beach.

We love Apartment T!
Posted by Mike and Mary Kate Marchesani Family
from Cherry Hill, NJ

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We've been coming to the Osbornes for so many years.  We started in Apartment A and moved around to the different rooms.  This year, 2013, we are in Apartment T.  Sure do love it here.  Sure do enjoy making so many happy memories.  Hard to believe we came here before our "Angel Ali" was born, now she is trying out for the hockey team.  It's back and forth each day to Cherry Hill, but it sure is worth it - that's the beach and hockey!  We are in a "win win" time in our lives.

We Just Keep Coming Back!
Posted by Linda and Jim McDonald
from State College, PA

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Linda and I have grown to love Osborne City.  All our family comes here as a group.  When it is just Linda and me we always 'grab a place' at Osborne's and fit right into.  We love it here.  Good people and good friends1

THE SUN is coming
Posted by J.T. Williams
from Ocean City, NJ

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Helping "The Sun" news magazine to grow is one of the love's of my life.  Being in Ocean City full time in another great "love of my life".  Coming from Cheltenham, PA and knowing the Osbornes "forever" makes this job just one giant chuckle after another.  So many blessings!

Fun at the Beach
Posted by Eileen and Brian Mulhearn
from Lansdale, PA

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Always a place to come to when I need refreshment.  Refreshment this year (2013) is right before school is getting ready to start.  Here's hoping the Beach and the Porch and the Salt Air have become so a part of me that this academic year will just fly by.  Love everything about the Osbornes and about Ocean City.

Summer Memories To Fill A Lifetime
Posted by Marylynn and Tom Skahan
from Medford Lakes, NJ

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Tom and I started coming to OCity,NJ 46 yrs ago as newlyweds!  Our first home away from home was on 4th and Corinthian-rooms for rent-homey/clean etc and nice owners-place  was sold and  is long gone-rebuilt to modern living. We enjoyed the beaches for hours,lots of great eating and fun times in Somers Point with many great live bands we still think fondly of after all these years!   As we began our little family we stayed at many different places to accomodate our needs.  The most memorable for us as a family was Ocean Rest on 31st and Central-owned by the Christian Brothers!  Tom's uncle, Brother A-loysius Lumley was  part of this wonderful community and Director there for many summers.  Our daughters, Shannon and Megan( now grown and both married) loved it there as much as the Brothers enjoyed having us-the girls entertained them as they did us too! The girls also loved OCity Boardwalk rides,Mack n Manco and when old enuf were thrilled to take the trolley to the boards themselves!  We often stayed at 23rd and Wesley-that too has been torn down and is modernized.the girls loved having friends thru high school and part of college come and share their memories of OCity!  Tom and i would often come to Ocity in the Fall and even wintertime when we'd walk the boards in our BOOTS! On one of these memorable walks several years ago we stopped and saw a flyer at the Osbornes Fairview Inn-little did we know it was on the same block where we often stayed.  The next summer we called and were lucky to spend a long few days -we were hooked  and one of the family by the end of this stay!!!  After all these years we are so happy to have found such wonderful new and forever friends,  Peggy Ann and Frank Osborne.  So happy to have found this summer haven.  this truly has become another 'FAVORITE' we have to add to our list of wonderful Ocean City Memories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Came from Wheaton, Illinois
Posted by peggy ann osborne
from Ocean City

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First time in Ocean City and we like it very much.  Ken is here for a Family Reunion.  The group is at the 49th Street area beach.  We've enjoyed our time here.

Not just sitting on the porch
Posted by Peggy Ann Osborne
from Ocean City, NJ

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The washing machine and I have been good friends for many years.  Thank God for the 21st century - no more going to the river.

Great to be away!
Posted by Tina and Chris
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What a great week here at the Osborne's.  Hope to be back real soon.

One of the Family!
Posted by Vasil
at 2013-07-26 14:12:27

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Vasil, our first young man who worked here in the early 2000's.  What a joy he was.  Bulgaria has gifted us with some very fine people.

How the years fly by!
Posted by Tracy and Joe Walsh
at 2013-07-26 14:09:30

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Many happy memories of sitting on the porch with little children and Amstel.  Oh, how the years have gone by!  We still love coming here as we grow older and wiser.

Working away!
Posted by Frank J. Osborne
at 2013-07-26 14:07:57

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Everybody thinks that I sit back and just move cars.  Obviously I do more, but I love doing it.

Like to pet Amstel!
Posted by Barbara and Megan Snyder, Norristown, PA
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We have enjoyed staying at the Osborne Inn for about four years now.  It truly feels like home away from home. We feel so comfortable here.  We are certainly looking forward to staying here many more times.  Megan says, 'I always like to pet Amstel.'

My First Job!
Posted by Joanne Martin
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WOW - what an experience to come back thirty nine years later and see the Osborne family.  I was their first 'employee' back in 1975 - watching four little kids running around.  Now look.  My picture if of my time 'way back when'.  So many memories.  I recently visited with my daughter. It was great to be back on the porch.  My job as a babysitter/chambermaid, all around helper prepared me for the 'BIGGER WORLD' that is out there.  I'm grown tremenously in the past thirty nine years.  It was fun to rekindle such great memories.

Can't forget Ocean City!
Posted by Michael DiRenzo
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My memories started here so many years ago.

Just a few of our Best Memories!
Posted by Gary and Joanne Gordon
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December 12, 1997

Our favorite memories of Ocean City directly revolve around our stay at Osborne's Fairview Inn.  Over the years, I've been privileged enough to enjoy your hospitality and concern that wwe always enjoyed our stay and time away from the normal rigorsof work and home life.  I recall one beautiful morning, sitting on the stone jetty, watching a most amazing sunrise.  It was so peaceful and caused me to be very thankful for all of my many blessings.

In September of 1995, Joanne and I enjoyed a long weekend with your folks.  We'll always fondly remember the relaxing pace, friendsly folks, and the much needed solitude you afforded us.  We also attending the Ocean City Pops Concert, something we rarely get to do at home.   What a wonderul experience this was, as we appreciated the hard work and dedication of your local musicians and how well suported the event was by the local citizenry.  The beautiful ocean waves, the relaxing roaar of the surf, the barefoot walks on the beach, a fresh hot cup of coffee waiting for us in the morning, a smiling host family, the excitement of a bustling boardwalk, and the yearning in our hearts right now to return for another batch of memories - these are just a few our our best memories.  Thanks for making them possib.e

'To everything there is a season and a time to .....'
Posted by Heather and Michael Clarke
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June 19, 2003

I thank God for a new season of life that has begun its course at the Osborne's Fairview Inn.  As a baby, and through my early childhood years, my family would visit Ocean City each summer. My mother would lay me down in a port-a-crib on the beach and the waves would lull me to sleep.  In later years I would make 'drip castles' from the wet sand.  After a tiring swim I would dry my weary body on the sand. I was hooked on Ocean City from the earliest years.  The sea and sand are in my blood.  As I grew into young adulthood I visited summer after summer on day trips and with friends.  I spent one summer living in Ocean City teaching Vacation Bible School in most of the churches in town every day, and waitressing at the Sindia by night.  I was in my glory then.

And now, a young married woman, I'v returned again to my beloved Ocean City.  This time Baby Number 1 is in the womb.  Once aagain I lay my body on the beach to lull this baby to sleep with the waves crashing on the beach.  How I pray that he loves this place as much as my husband and I do.

In this new season of life I am thankful to have met the Osborne's and am looking forward to the 'Osborne Inn' becoming a destination for my new family.  Thank you Osbornes for welcoming us and encouraging us to 'keep peddling'!

In the pouring rain on a Saturday night!
Posted by The Early Jeff and Nancy Magee Family
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July 2, 2002

We came upon Osborne's Fairview Inn in pouring rain without any reservation in 1984.  We have celebrated our anniversary here, our daughters' birthdays here - complete with party hats, noise makers, and all thanks to Peggy Ann.  This is our home in Ocean City, New Jersey.  We are so blessed to come here and stay every summer.  Let's see...   We have stayed in every room in the house at least once. We've eaten take out in Peg and Frank's own kitchen.  I bathed our babies in Peg's kitchen sink!  That's the kind of 'family' the Osbornes's have been to us.  Rachel took her first steps in Apartment D in summer, 1992. There is no other shore spot so near and dear to us as here.  Peg named me her 'Berks County, PA. Chief Sales Representative' as we have sent friends and family to the Osborne's every year.  We look forward to the many future trips to Ocean City, NJ.  Our children will have the same warm memories we have thanks to the Osbornes at 15th and Wesley.

Fun and Reflection!
Posted by David, Janet, Kyle and Sean E'nama
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Ocean City to us means a place of fun and reflection all in one.  Our family loves the ocean and the boardwallk.  It is definitely a place to put aside our everyday chores and problems. It is a great place to enjoy life and all that life has to offer!

Despite the rain!
Posted by Virginia Dodge and Ann
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Thank you again for a wonderful stay, despite the rain!  We always enjoy staying at your Inn and so appreciate your warm hospitality.  There's no place like the Osborne Inn.

Carey's Water Fountain
Posted by Shirley Dawson
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My best memory of the shore is my youngest daughter, Lynn, taking a drink from the same water fountain as I did.  She was age two when she did it.  Carey's Corner and its water fountain are an integral part of my memory of the shore.  It's great to see the cycle coming around!  

Happy Memories are important!
Posted by GinnyTagliavia (The Regener Family)
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Thank you so very much for opening your Inn to me and my family for many years now.  I have been staying here since I was a little girl and my sister and I were allowed to bring a friend along on vacation!  I have such great memories of the apartment downstairs!  My parents and grandparents often remind me of something funny or memorable that happened on one of our trips to Ocean City.

Now I am married and my husband Jason joins me in our visit.  We love Ocean City and plan on many more vacations here, especially once we start a family.  I want my children to have the happy memories of the shore that I presently have.  Thanks for your hospitality over these many years.

Some of our 'favorite things'!
Posted by Dave and Heid Moyer and Family
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Dave:  Having a nice place to stay when we get back to the apartment.  Being able to be in a nice, quiet vacation town.  Staying with the Osborne's - one of the nicest families I have ever met.

D.J.:  Eating chips, drinking soda, drinking juice, going on the rides, playing in the sand, buying toys and toy frogs. I like the ocean.  I like Peggy's Hermit crabs.  I like to play with Amstel and I like Megan.

Adam:  I like to go to Linda's.  I like Megan.  I like the beach, the arcades, the food and Gillians.  I like playing with Amstel and the hermit crabs too.  Walking on the boardwalk I like too - when my feet arent' tired. I like playing on the beach and jumping waves.

Heidi:  Shopping, shopping, shopping and Osborne's - the best place to drop after you shop. We've never even considered staying anywhere else.  I really don't care what we do while we are there, as long as we are on the go and happy.  And I like sitting outside after the kids go to bed.

Ryan James:  'Goo Goo'.

My first twenty years of life - Ocean City, NJ
Posted by Tiffany Barnes, NYC
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September 22, 2008

No matter how many years pass or how far away I go, Ocean City is still my favorite place on earth.  I was fortunate to spend my first twenty years at my Grandparents' home on 16th Street and worked at Fralinger's through summers in high school.  Since then I have visited for a day or even a few nights...but now that I have found Osborne's I wiil be back for vacations again and again!

I really enjoyed my two visits with you this summer.  Such a warm and welcoming place you have!  Only a few houses from my old home - I am so happy and comfortable to be on these familiar streets, walking their blocks, sitting on their beaches, a real treat for me.  It's almost like 'coming home'!

May you and your family continue to be blessed.

We have become 'Best Friends'!
Posted by Jane Bice and my sister Beth Beatty
from Grove City, Pennsylvania

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We just finished a good conversation with Peg on the porch.  Life is what you make it.  Enjoy and 'Welcome to Osborne's Inn'! Ahh, Vacation is Osborne`s Inn.  Whether in the Cottage or at the house, it is great.  On the big porch to read or chat...  At the nearby beach for sand, ocean, sunning or walking.  Or the boardwalk for shopping, walking, Manco n Manco pizza, to Route 9 for antique shopping or Cape May.  

Dealing with the Osborne's - comfortable thoughtful and kind people, BUT the GREATEST of all is spending quality time with my sister Beth.  We have become such good friends.

 

                                       LIFE IS GOOD!

My Main Mission
Posted by Jim and Karen Russell
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My main mission as an advisor is to get business sense instilled into everyone. The first lesson should be the 'Osborne's Inn' with its perfect mix of personal and business service.  Our mission as Jim and Karen Russell from Yardley, PA, is to achieve Total Relaxation and we always make our goal at 15th and Wesley. Thank you Peggy Ann and Frank.

One of my favorite places
Posted by The Herman Family
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Here I sit on Osborne's porch with 'LOVE' in the middle - Elizabeth Caroline Mook (aka Ellie) is always a very welcoming face to come to.  She makes us smile as she loves and smiles and claps her hands.  We thank God for giving us so many gifts when we come to Ocean City and the Osbornes.

Relaxation at its best!
Posted by Lynn and Mike deLacy
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We always enjoy coming to Ocean City and really relaxing.  It's a great change from our normal pace.  Sure do love the shore and the memories that it is giving to us.

Dad's and Son's
Posted by Lou Gaal
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Together my son Louie and I continue to make happy memories here in Ocean City.  We always have fun.

My 12 and 1/2 birthday party
Posted by Colin Osborne
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My friends and I had a lot of fun.  Here's a picture of us at the kitchen table.  We did so many things.

Where everybody knows your name
Posted by joanne fischer
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The Osborne Inn has truly a home away from home atmosphere. A place where you are at ease from the moment you step onto the shaded porch where one is greeted by Peggy Ann or Frank, usually with a warm hug. The inside gets even more cozy, like being in one's own living room. This is social networking in the purest form, leave the smart phones, video games at home because you don't want to miss the conversations and sweet sounds that take over your now relaxed being.

Ocean City, NJ Revisited
Posted by John and Elaine Lynch
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My last vacation week in OC,, NJ, was in July of 1977. We (Janet, now deceased and I) stayed at 28th and Asbury.  Through the years, we (Janet, and in 2003 my wife Elaine) have vacationed in Virginia Beach, Va, North Carolina, Outer Banks, Flordia and Wildwood.  

Elaine and I attended the Cardinal Dougherty HS general reunion July 20, 2013 in North Wildwood. The big treat was our four day stay at The Osborne's Inn in OC. We were greeted by our hosts Frank and Peggy Ann and enjoyed their warm hospitality on their spacious front porch. Our third floor room has a new deck overlooking the ocean. It was pleasant to rise early to the aroma of freshly brewed complementary coffee. Only one short block to the beach and boardwalk. We were able to take our bikes to a close by market, and St. Augustine Church for Sunday Mass. We were blessed to have had a Dominican Order visiting Bishop from the Solomon Islands say the Mass and receive his personal blessing. The four night 'forty year bonus special', was a treat instead of a treatment! Looking forward to a return stay.

John and Elaine Lynch, Cheltenham, PA 

Thank God for the Memories!
Posted by Wayne Passe
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It was great to be back sitting on the Osborne's porch.  We started coming here way back in the 1970's.   We love the shore so much that we bought our very own home in Cape May.  I was driving through O.C. on business and felt compelled to stop.  Love the Osbornes!

Need my Ocean City fix!
Posted by Carolyn VanSchaack
at 2013-07-16 13:00:02

I live by the beach in North Jersey but there is something about Ocean City that draws me close each year.  I need my Ocean City fix and this is where I come.

Ocean City Calls!
Posted by Justin Smith
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From Oklahoma I come every year to enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer.  It takes me back to my roots. I always stay at the same place each year.  I try hard to get a room with an ocean view.  Hard to find an ocean view in Oklahoma.  

My Project that I did at school follows:
Posted by Petra Obley & Larkin Brown
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Ocean City, New Jersey - presented by Larkin Brown for my Class Project:

WHAT:  Ocean City, New Jersey is an island.  I have gone to the Osborne's Inn since I was four years old.

WHY:  I love it here because Peggy Ann is really nice and I like the seashore.  (I love Brown's donuts!)

Who:  My Mom started going to Osborne's twenty years ago.  This year my sister Ali and I are going together.

Where:  Osborne's Inn is one block from the Atlantic Ocean.  It is on the map below at D-15.

When:  It takes seven hours to get there.  Every day we ride bikes on the boardwalk and go to the beach.

 

A Brief History of Ocean City, New Jersey

Known first as Peck's Beach, a seven mile stretch of sand dunes, meadows, and cedar swamps was probably named for John Peck, a whaler who used the island as a staging spot for his whaling operation. The island had served as a summer fishing camp for local Indians, a grazing land for cattle driven out from the mainland, and an occasional hunting or picnic spot for mainland residents who would come out by boat.  Original ownership of the land was by the Somers family.   

In 1879 four Methodist ministers, Ezra B. Lake, James Lake, S. Wesley Lake and William Burrell chose the island as a suitable spot to establish a Christian retreat and camp meeting, on othe order of Ocean Grove.  They met under a tall cedar tree which stands today at 6th Street and Asbury Avenue.  Having chosen the name 'Ocean City', the founders incorporated the 'Ocean City Association', laid out streets and sold lots for cottages, hotels and businesses.  The Tabernacle was built between Wesley and Asbury Avenues and between 5th and 6th Streets. Camp Meetings were held by the following summer.

From these beginnings Ocean City has grown into the town we know today.  The first bridge was built in the island in 1883.  The railroad soon followed. The first school began in 1881. The boardwalk grew and was relocated several times.  The ship, the Sindia, joined other shipwrecks on our beach.  A large fire in 1927 changed the town significantly.

The home that my Mother and family stay in each year was originally a single family home built for the Munger Family.  In 1974 the home that we stay in each year was bought by the Frank and Peggy Ann Osborne Family.  We love Ocean City and we love the Osbornes. 

This was a fun project for me to do.   I hope you like what I've learned about Ocean City, New Jersey.

Best place to sit and relax!
Posted by Jeanine, Brad and Carlie Parzyck
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August, 2009

Thanks so much for making our stay at the Osborne's Inn in Ocean City one that we will always remember.  We were treated like we were Family and you made us feel right at home.  Carlie made a friend with your grandson, JP, and enjoyed playing with him and the other children.  You have a charming and a lovely place.  Thank you for sharing it with us.

We really needed to get away from it all, even for a short while.  That's why Ocean City was the best place for us to just sit and relax.  We love the shore and the boardwalk.  It's the best place to forget any troubles. Your place is in the best location because it is so close to the beach and to the boardwalk. Thanks again for your hospitality.

The beach, the boardwalk, the rides, mini-golf, biking, .......
Posted by Julie and Addison Clouser
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July, 2008

As usual another wonderful vacation here in Ocean City.  Addison and I always enjoy staying with you.  We love everything about the beach, the boardwalkk, the rides, mini-golf, biking, etc.  It is always great to come 'home' for a vacation away from home.

'Since then I was hooked'
Posted by Ray and Sue Kiscaden
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My first memories of the Osborne house was when about eight children lined up on the porch and said to us as we walked up the steps, 'Welcome to the Osborne's Inn'.  Since then, I was hooked.  Being Irish myself and meeting Peggy Ann, Frank and so many of their children and grandchildren, the graciousness just flowed and immediately I felt at home.

we have been living in Florida for the past twenty years, but return every year to Ocean City for one big family reunion.  We look forward to this experience all year with anticipation and excitement that cannot be explained. My husband Ray put it best, 'I wish time coul just stand still when we are here'.  We discovered the osbornes Inn in 2007.  The Osbornes make us always feel as if we are an extended part of their Family.  

Yesterday when I awakened the player piano was playing and I felt like dancing (I think I did!)

What else can I say - I wish time could stand still...but until then, God willing, we will be back next year!  God bless the Osbornes.  May they continue to be available so that folks can continue to make happy memories here in our beloved Ocean City, New Jersey.

Family getting together
Posted by Al and Pat Lee
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'Ocean City' is the best place for so many things.  The ocean has such a calming effect and the people here are so nice.  The Osbornes make our stay a treat.  Here we are with many of our Family members.  It's great to make memories that can last a lifetime.

Memories from Danville, PA
Posted by Lori Jenkins
from Danville, PA

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Thanks to the Osborne Family for some great vacations!  I have been coming to Ocean City since the 1980's and have never stayed at such a great place as the Osborne Inn.  Thanks for so many great years and so many memories.

This is 'THE PLACE'!
Posted by Debbie Canuso - In Memoriam
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July 21, 2002

I started coming to Ocean City in the early 1990's.  We started off down on 8th and Atlantic with a small room/bath with a mini fridge.  The first thing we noticed was how beautifully quiet it was.  What a nice change from Wildwood and even the Margate/Longport area.  In fact people were so 'laid back' kist crpssomg the busy streets at 8th Street, we started saying, 'Look there's the Stepford Wives'.  Then a fire chief I used to work with recommended the Osborne House at 15th and Wesley Avenue.  What a great recommendation!  I've been bringing my family to Peggy Ann's for seven nows now.  This is 'The Place' for family relaxation, fun, beautiful beaches, good food, and great times.  Peg has always made it more special with her open arms and a real sense of extended family love.  Peggy Ann, Frank and all her family have a special place in my heart that will always be there.  With much love to you all from Debbie, Michael and Michelle

Remembering Chris's Speed Boat, Hogate's, etc.
Posted by Dave and Pam Cressman
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September, 2002

We always have a wonderful time when we come to Ocean City, NJ, somewhere my husband has been vacationing since 1943, when he and his parents and brother would come on the train from Perkasie, PA.  We also vacationed here with our children as they were growing up and would come each summer for two or three nights.  We remember Hogate's Restaurant, Chris's Speed Boat,the Flanders Hotel and other motels that have been bought, remodeled and renamed.  We always enjoy our stay at Osborne's.  the rooms are pleasant and bright and are decorated so appropriately for the shore location.  It is also great to be so close to the boardwalk and the beach.  We love it.

Love coming with my family!
Posted by Becky Crisci
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July 20, 2002

I always have a nice vacation and a good time while I am at Ocean City, NJ.  When I come to the shore I enjoy staying with my sister and all my family.  Peggy Ann, you and your family are always very nice and good to us and always go the extra mile.  You make sure all your guests are comfortable and having a good vacation.  We have been visiting Ocean City, NJ, for seven years.  Congratulations on your success and happy 30th anniversary.  Take good care.  You are very good friends to all the Crisci Family.

Watching the seagulls soar!
Posted by Amy Cruzan Flannery
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Since I was a little girl I have always loved going to the beach, dipping my toes in the water and playing in the sand.  As we drive through Somers Point and over the bridge, I always roll down the windows and breathe in the salty air while watching the seagulls soar!  It was several years ago that my violin student's family (the Magee's) recommended that we stay at the Osborne's Inn.  We have loved it and your family so much that we come back every summer.  Your place feels like 'home' in delightful Ocean City.  Thanks for all you do to make this place so special.  Congratulations on thirty years.  we hope to come here for thirty more.  

Thought of everything!
Posted by Connie Blood
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Just wanted to thank you again for accommodating susan and me during our visit to Ocean City.  Your place is lovely.  It is welcoming, clean and attractive.  You have thought of everything to make your guests comfortable.  

Best wishes as you continue to serve.  Know that you are appreciated.

Wedding Anniversary Memories!
Posted by Ann Marie and Chuck Lare
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1998

Thank you to the Osborne family for many wonderful years.  Twenty some years ago my parents started coming here.  The year was 1978.  My Mom loved the shore and the Osborne's - it was probably her favorite place to come.  My paarents were the reason we came to the Osborne Fairview Inn, a great thing!!!  My own family has had so much fun here it has been about twenty years for us.  This is the closest place to home away from home for us.  Thank you again to a dear and wonderful family.

Love,

The Lare Family - Chuck, Anna Marie, Chuckie, Jimmy & Kelly
Also love from Jim Reguera and Family

 

August 31, 2009

We had a great weekend in Ocean City sharing some time with you.  We love staying at Osborne's Fairview Inn.  

Our memories go way back to when my Mom and Dad stayed at the Cottage when my brothers and sisters and I were really 'little kids'.  The memories continue.  We so enjoyed our children coming with us through the years.  Now it's Chuck and me as we continue to make more and happy memories together here with you in Ocean City.

Thanks.

Fourth Generation Visitors!
Posted by The George R. Hansell, Jr. Family
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From my earliest recollections as a child, summer and Ocean City were always synonymous.  From the time of my birth in 1955 to the summer of 1970, our family never missed a summer where we did not spend at least one week in Ocean City.  As a child, I remember that we usually stayed around the 29th Street and Asbury Avenue area because the beaches were much wider at that end of Ocean City.  One summer I got to spend a week in the Gardens section of Ocean City as it was called back then.  My uncle, who was a Catholic priest, served during the summers at St. Francis Cabrini, and I got to spend a week or so at the rectory of the church.  My uncle would then drive me down to 29th Street where I would meet a very good friend and I’d spend the day at the beach.  At night, EVERY NIGHT, it was the Boardwalk!

There are several things about the boardwalk that are special to me.  Mack and Manco’s Pizza, Copper Kettle Fudge, the Fairytale and Polynesian Golf courses were all frequently visited by me as a child.  What a thrill it was for me when the Wonderland Pier was built.  The summer that it opened in 1969 I think I rode every ride!

From 1971 to 1988 I was not able to make it back to Ocean City.  However, in 1989, after wearing my family out talking about Ocean City, NJ, we decided to go.  What a surprise to discover that you had to buy beach tags to be able to goon the beach!  What a surprise to discover that there was a beach around the boardwalk!  What a disappointment to find a '7-11' on the Boardwalk (sacrilege)!  But what a joy to have my own children ride the very rides I enjoyed at Wonderland Pier in its 20th anniversary year. That was very special indeed!

From 1989 to the present, we have been to Ocean City five times.  Of those five times, twice we have enjoyed the hospitality of the Osborne Inn and hope to continue to do so in those years that our vacation plans include Ocean City.  It is with pride that I say that my children are now the fourth generation of the Hansell Family that love Ocean City!

Learned how to 'boogie board'!
Posted by Jamie, Kevin, Kyle and Audry Hiedacavage
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July 27, 2002

We have been coming to Ocean City for many years now.  This is by far the best place we’ve ever stayed.  We appreciate all the extra effort that goes into our stay.  Our six year old daughter, Audrey, wanted to say that the best thing this year was that she learned how to “boogie board”.  Every year the memories just keep getting better and better.  Thanks for everything.

Jamie, Kevin, Kyle and Audry Hiedacavage

The Mount Celebrauction
Posted by Rosemarie Lorenz, SSJ and Catherine Robinson, SSJ
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July 6, 2002

We still remember the day at the Mount Celebrauction when you invited us to share your vacation home for a week that summer – thirteen summers ago!  Since then we have experienced many days of peace and relaxation by the ocean.  You are the most gracious hosts – we cannot thank you enough.  Congratulations on thirty years and best wishes for  many more.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Any Room Will Work! - July 9, 2002
Posted by The Patton Family
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The first year we vacationed here at the Osborne’s, we knew we would come to this place every year after that. Many times we were a little late in getting a reservation, but my father would simply ask for any room just as long as it was here! There are so many great memories!  Our family always feels so welcome and comfortable here. Thank you for your great hospitality and for helping us out endlessly! Happy 30th! This is defiantly our “home away from home”!  See You Soon!

Three Favorite Memories
Posted by Joanne Naylor
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We have three favorite memories among many from last summer;

Lauren says his favorite is:   Bring Home Real Hermit Crabs.

Tony’s not able to tell us but I know his are the seagulls. He’s still imitating them.

Last is my favorite memory; it’s being on the beach with mom and the boys and going into the water with them and along comes a wave and knocks Mom and Lauren over and every time Mom tried to get up another wave hit her rear end and knocked her over again.  We laughed until we cried.  We cannot wait to come down for vacation.  We have made sooo many happy memories here.  Thanks for helping us to make this happen!

Ocean City, New Jersey - NOT Ocean City, Maryland
Posted by Pam Pichola and Family
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First of all “congratulations” on 30 wonderful years in Ocean City. My family has been coming here for over forty years! We have stayed in many places from 14th street to 17th street.  Several places have been torn down and new homes and condos have been built. My favorite part of OC has to be the boardwalk! It has always been fun to ride bikes or walk in the mornings and then later to walk at night. I am so glad that our family had the chance to meet Megan at Angelo’s so that we could stay at the “ Osborne's Fairview Inn”. We always feel “at home” here and welcome. It’s nice to share our family memories with each other! Now that we are living in Maryland, I always feel proud saying that we go to the O.C. in NJ rather than in MD.   Ocean City, NJ, still has that “family” atmosphere, We feel safe here! Thanks again for making our stay warm and inviting.

Pam Pichola and Lesley, Chris and Daniel

'Keep on loving each other as Brothers'......
Posted by Mark, Stacy and Dalton Rothenberger
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Hebrews 13: 1-2

“Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers for by doing so some people can have entertainment angels without knowing it.”

What a great time we had while staying at your home. We are so impressed with your kindness, friendliness, and hospitality. Not too many people we know (including ourselves) could so graciously open up their home to so many different people.  Your willingness to do this is so beautifully displayed in your children’s lives. All or your children are so sweet and friendly.   It made us rethink how we treat people who come to our business.  You did not treat us like “customers”,  but rather like friends. Thank you, we will try to display that same philosophy and hospitality.  It is encouraging to see a family like yours that can work together, play together, and truly enjoy each other’s company. That is something we are striving for. Thank you for providing an affordable, enjoyable place for us to spend here in Ocean City.

'He Got the Job'
Posted by Heather Swiatek and Brian Gildner
at 2013-07-13 11:29:31

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July 6, 2002

I have been coming to Ocean City for about thirteen years and would never think about another location for my beach vacation.   My family has been coming to Ocean City long before I was ever born.  They recently stopped coming here but I will carry on the family tradition with my soon-to-be-husband Brian and hopefully many of our children.  We began our “family adventure” three years ago at the Osborne’s Fairview Inn. That year we found out just how wonderful it is to stay here. I still laugh at the memory that keeps us rolling back here. My fiancé Brian had a job interview back in Buffalo on a Wednesday and if he didn’t show, he would not be eligible for the job. So like young adults, we moped around trying to come up with a solution.  Peggy Ann confronted us and asked why we had such long faces when we were on a beach vacation. So, to make a long story short, we told her our dilemna and she helped us look into “trains, planes, and automobiles” to get Brian to Buffalo for his interview. We finally decided to make the long seven and one half hour journey there and back in one day. Lucky for him HE GOT THE JOB and still has it to this day.  Peggy Ann made us feel like family and she saw us off in the morning and was there to greet us when we arrived “home”.  I could think of no other person to run such an establishment as a home, where everyone is considered family.  I can only hope they will be up and running when my children are grown.  I wish nothing but love and warm wishes to Peggy Ann and Frank (children, grandchildren, and Amstel Light) on celebrating their joyous thirty years in Ocean City. I know I will never stay anywhere else when I am visiting and will spread the word.

                               Good luck and God bless to the Osborne clan

The Fun House Story from Olivia
Posted by The Wallace Family
at 2013-07-13 11:08:22

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Summer 2002

Ocean City has been our vacation spot for eight years. Five years ago our wonderful friends, the Zerbe’s, brought us to the Osborne’s. We were lucky enough to be able to vacation here with them. We love it here. Coming with friends makes it even more fun to do all the traditions we love (eating lunch on the beach, outside shower ( the kids especially love that ) surrey rides, parking the car for almost a whole week, no telephone, Smith’s clam bar, laughing on the boardwalk with friends, watching Peggy Ann and Frank’s grandkids along with ours. Thanks for all the memories.  We will never forget this place. Maybe our children’s children will come here someday! Here are some words from Olivia:  “One thing I remember about O.C. is the rides. We went into the Fun House and Elle came out crying because there are air holes that blow up air and it happened to be that Elle was looking down and the air hole blew up into her face.” (8 year old Olivia Wallace)

Memories from 1944
Posted by Tom Zerbe
from 1944

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June 14, 2003 

I first came to Ocean City in 1944. My father had joined the Navy,in which he was an air intelligence officer. We had joined him in Florida when he was unexpectedly sent overseas. We could not go home to Harrisburg, PA because our house was rented and housing was scarce, but my mother had a friend in Ocean City who found us a garage apartment.  That was during the time the German U-boats were operating in wolf packs off the coast, and we would occasionally see oil washed up on the beach, meaning something had sunk. Navy blimps were on anti-submarine patrol, and they came in low over the beach with sailors waving. They were waving to the girls of course, but being 12 years old, I didn’t know that, and I waved back.  Because of food being rationed, I fished for flounder. 

I didn’t come to O.C. again for many years, mainly because I didn’t go on vacations (apart from 2 weeks a year with the Marine reserves), but when Mary and I were married in 1962 we had our honeymoon in O.C. We tried some other shore resorts but always came back to O.C. 

For many years we stayed at Kate’s Ocean Breeze, and Jack and Anne became old friends, but when they sold and the house was subsequently demolished, we had difficulty finding a place where we felt at home. 

We have only been to the Osborne’s Fairview Inn five times, but we have never found a place so cheerful and pleasant, both in the Inn itself and its owners.  

Our children are no longer at home, but our son Mark and his family have become equally fond of the Inn, as is our younger daughter Tara, who is presently, however, vacationing in Ireland with her husband Frank. You are likely to see the McLaughlin’s in the near future.

Memories from Kim Byers of Phoenixville, PA
Posted by Kim Byers
from Phoenixville, PA

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August 9, 2002

I have been vacationing here at Osborne's Fairview Inn for about seventeen years.  Thanks to Peggy Ann and Frank and their family I have so many memories.  No matter what time of yeear or for how long I come to 'get away from it all' Peg always has something to say to take the tension away.  There has never been a time when I didn't feel like part of her 'Ocean City Family'.  I plan on coming here for as long as there is an 'Osborne's Inn'. Thanks to the Osborne's for making my vacation place an easy decision. 

Memories from the Hartman Family from West Lawn, PA
Posted by Ken and laRue Hartman
from West Lawn, PA

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Each year that we come to your wonderful place, we get to know you and the city better.  We enjoy your home and hospitality.  Osborne's Inn is our home away from home.  Thank you again for being so great.  Looking forward to many more visits.  God bless you always!

 

Memories from the Seyler Family
Posted by Bryan and Pauline Seyler & Jim Neidermyer
from the Seyler Family

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Thanks so much for the warm hospitality we have received coming here over the past five or six years.  We look forward to our visit every year with anticipation because we always know we are warmly welcomed.  God bless you with many more years of good health and success.

We love Ocean City
Posted by The Mary Mullany's
at 2013-07-09 16:30:45

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We have felt ourselves blessed in this place - not only by the Ocean City's sun, sand and water, but very especially bythe lovely friends we have met in this corner of 15th and Wesley.  Kathryn and Peggy Ann (capable, generous AND FUN) and the Franks2 (that's squared, but definitely not square)!  Love this town.

Memories from Alan and Judy Carey
Posted by Alan and Judy Carey
at 2013-07-09 16:25:19

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We have been vacationing at the Osborne's Fairview Inn for fifteen years now.  We have joined the tradition of the Carey clan of spending our summers in OCNJ.  We truly feel we've made wonderful memories for our children, having the chance to vacation with their cousins.  Thank you for making us all feel so welcome and at home.

Memories from Kevin and Esther Carey, Phoenixille, PA
Posted by Esther Carey
from Kevin and Esther Carey, Phoenixille, PA

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We have been spending our summer vacation with the Osborne's for the last seventeen years.  We started when Ryan, our oldest was one.  Since then we've added another son, Kyle.  This year we brought my niece and nephew, Shanna and Shawn.  This is Shawn's first visit to the Jersey Shore.  We always enjoy a restful vacation with our extended family.

Fond memories from the Hause Family
Posted by Lou Anne Hause and Family
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7/22/02

I have many wonderful memories of Ocean City, dating back to my teenage years when I first started to come down with one of my dearest friends. What a warm and friendly atmosphere was felt in this charming community! The peaceful sounds of the ocean waves, the wonderful salt air, beautiful moonlit skies reflect upon the ocean, fun evenings being on the boardwalk, sharing laughter, fun in the amusement parks, tanning on the beach, beautiful sunsets, dining out in the terrific restaurants.

It was about seven years ago that as a family, we were introduced to Osborne’s “Fairview” Inn through the recommendation of the Decembrino’s. They highly recommended it and shared their wonderful memories with us. We were so pleased to find such a charming, cozy Inn with a homey atmosphere and all the special extra nice touches that made us feel comfortable. From the first time we came and met you we felt the genuine warmth in your smiles and hugs. We have felt blessed to feel a closeness to your wonderful family and have enjoyed every summer we have spent here with you. We love coming here and look forward to seeing you every year. Thanks for all that you have done to make our vacations truly special times that have and continue to make such wonderful, treasured memories.

Lovingly,

Lou Ann, Barry, and Ashley Hause

Friends from Norway
Posted by Tim Phallin
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July 2009

Peggy Ann and Frank:

Thanks for all of your hospitality to my Norwegian friends. Between their first going to Ocean City, Maryland, their parking ticket,  their broken rental agreement, etc., the week could have started out and continued to be very rocky, BUT…  Frank thanks for all your assistance with their car rental. Sissel and Dag not only have fond memories of Ocean city because of you and your family but also a great impression on American Spirit and hospitality. As they say in Norway, tusen takk or a thousand thanks.

As we all know building bridges is pretty much what life is all about. I marvel at how your little house on the corner of 15th and Wesley had the pleasure this past week with our friends from Norway meeting folks from Spain, France, Georgia (Russia) and Moscow, all conversing with the ocean, friendship and smiles as their common bond.

Sissel and Dag had originally intended to spend their last week in Lancaster and Philadelphia, but changed their minds due to their obvious delight in Ocean City. Thanks for helping them to find another place. Again, tusen takk or a thousand thanks.

Tim Phallin

Wonderful memories
Posted by Greg & Martha Schworm
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6/20/02

Our summer wouldn’t be complete without a week in Ocean City. Early morning runs on the boardwalk; Johnson’s caramel corn, Mack & Manco pizza, walks on the beach, Sunday services at the Ocean City Tabernacle; the beauty of the ocean and sky in late afternoon and evening; and simply sitting and relaxing on the front porch of Osborne’s Fairview Inn. What a joy to be part of Frank and Peggy Ann’s extended family; congratulations & happy “30th” anniversary to the Inn.

Warm and loving regards,

Gregory & Martha Schworm

Memories from many years ago
Posted by Tina Petrella
from many years ago

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Because of the increasing turmoil at home a few years back, I found it necessary to disappear for a few days alone. I landed on Osborne’s doorstep and spent the next few days in a total vegetative state. The “folks” sat and chatted and even invited me to a great rigatoni and salad supper with their son, Frankie. The rest of the weekend was spent walking miles on the beach every morning and miles on the boardwalk every evening. I read 2 books in 2 days and slept like the dead each night. I particularly enjoyed the night cap on the porch with Peggy Ann and Frank. Stress and tension melted away after this peaceful visit.

7/5/02

I just finished watching Megan’s wedding video with the family. Thanks for sharing- this will be our 10th summer knowing the Osborne’s- Happy 30th- Also celebrating my little Colorado evacuee- Dana Richard’s 15th birthday- her first trip to the Jersey shore- She’s totally amazed. Now I’ll never get rid of her- she also thinks you all are sweet. Thank you for making every vacation the best!

Thanks Osbornes! XOXO

Tina Petrella

In Memoriam - Kay Chelius
Posted by Kay Chelius
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September 3, 2002

Thank you for everything! Congratulations!

I have many fond memories of vacations in Ocean City, NJ. and have been fortunate enough to visit here since I was a teenager (I am now 48).  At that time we first started our yearly summer get-away here after realizing how peaceful, calm and family oriented Ocean City was compared to Wildwood, where we had always gone before that time.  Originally, my parents and sister and I stayed at the Oceanic Hotel with their great “American Plan”.  Daily breakfast and dinner were included in the weekly rates and the food was delicious. I especially remember the huge fish bowl goblets in which they served humongous ice cream sundaes.  We stayed at that hotel for a couple of years before it went out of business.  They probably couldn't afford to give away those delicious full couse meals anymore! We then stayed at the Impala motel for the next summer vacation. That was the first establishment we ever stayed at that had a swimming pool, which was no big deal because when you have direct access to the big, beautiful aquamarine Atlantic Ocean, who needs a swimming pool?  After my senior year in high school I found Osborne’s “Fairview” Inn advertised in the annual Ocean City Vacation Guide. I wanted to stay there as I really liked the location which was very close to the boardwalk, but past the noise and hoopla of the restaurants and shops. My friend and I made reservations for a week and I was hooked! I have been coming here every summer since and have seen so many major and minor improvements of this lovely Inn! My favorite room is on the top floor- Room 2! The room just feels like home to me after all these years! Well, my friend turned into my husband and we have a terrific son who will be 20 this year.  My son, Guy, and I especially love Room 2 and feel it is our 'home away from home''.  The wonderful Osborne family has been a joy to know. The entire family is so kind and makes us feel at home whenever we are here. I have also introduced this great vacation guest home and apartments to my parents and sister’s family and many friends. Born a Pisces, I truly love the ocean and feel it beckoning to me each summer.  I will come here to visit again and again and never tire of my summertime home.  I've seen many changes in both Osborne's Inn and Ocean City at large. I have so many fond, happy and sentimental memories deep in my heart that I will cherish forever. 

Love,

Kay Chelius

Love it here!
Posted by Rose LaBerge
at 2013-06-29 10:28:50

Have stayed two years in a row at Osborne's Fairview Inn.  I am from the Philly area originally and live in the mountains of North Carolina currently.  All of my siblings remain in the Philadelphia area and many of them congregate in Ocean City the third week in June.  It has been a pleasure to stay at Osborne's and have my own space and bath yet be within steps of various family members who rent locations in the 15th street area.  Welcoming, clean, comfortable...and I hope to have more stays in the future.  Just returned from the most recent and I am having memories made at Osborne's!

Memories from Pennsylvania
Posted by Tom and Leeann Strencosky
from Pennsylvania

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We fell in love with Ocean City since our first stay, July 2008.  One day I contacted Osborne's Inn and spoke with Peggy Ann, and the rest is history.  From the first time we arrived you made us feel like family.  Tom and I look forward to seeing you and your family several times this season and spending relaxing evenings on the porch.  Your hospitality is unsurpassed. Osborne's Inn is truly a 'home away from home.'   Thank you.  

Memories of Ocean City
Posted by GAR
at 2013-06-17 11:47:30

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Osborne's Fairview Inn to me is a Gateway to Heaven.  It us run by Peggy Ann Osborne who is one of the most loving, giving, and caring persons that I have ever met in my lifetime.  Along with her husband Frank, a great man of honor that stands out among men, they have made their home our home here in Ocean City, a place to come and enjoy in the fun and sun.  They, along with their family and hand-picked helpers, make your stay a wonderful experience something one so special that you cannot wait to return.

As an artist Peg has inspired me and has given me a chance to express myself throughout the Inn. For this I thank Peg and Frank with all my heart.  May God continue to bless us all as we go about doing the things that we are called to do.

Memories from the Bowman's
Posted by Jim and Juanita Bowman
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It is always a joy to come and stay at your Inn.  We had not been to the shore for about 16 years when friends invited us to spend a weekend at a bed and breakfast.  We fell in love with Ocean City again.  We forgot how much we loved the shore.  That was probably 12 years ago.  We started coming back down the shore staying at B and B's.  Then one day we walked past your Inn, got a brochure, came back down, stayed at your Inn and are thrilled once again to have Ocean City an integral part of our vacation experience.

We have loved getting to know you and your Family over the years and always look forward to seeing you.  May the Lord bless you and your Family.

Memories from the Fitzhenry's
Posted by Peg and Lou Fitzhenry
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Lots of fun with you, Peggy Ann and Frank and all your guests.  The comings and goings and all the interesting stories that everyone seems to be able to share.  Lou and I had fun with lots of good people, good food and lots of relaxing.  Special Blessings to you both and your family.

Memories from Pennsylvania
Posted by Diana, Carrie and Hannah Lindsay
from Pennsylvania

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Since 2004 I have rented your cottage by the sea.  It is a girls' weekend away   I spend it with my two daughters, Carrie and Hannah.  We leave the three brothers and daddy at home.  We enjoy our haven and especially have been honored to have the pleasure of knowing the Osborne family.  We are thankful to be able to spend time in Ocean City in our little cottage.  Thank you.

Memories from the McMahon's
Posted by Tom and Kathleen McMahon
at 2013-06-17 11:28:02

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We had a wonderful time staying at your Inn.  We came to Ocean City for a reunion.  We really enjoyed ourselves.  

Apartment D was just right for the two of us and when my granddaughter stayed for two nights, we still had plenty of room.  The location was great.  We loved being able to walk to church and to Boyar's Market.  We certainly hope to come visit Ocean City soon again.  Thanks for your hospitality.

Memories from the Smaczylo's
Posted by Mary Lou, Marianne and Chrissy Smaczylo
at 2013-06-17 11:20:22

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Thanks again for a wonderful stay.  Last night at the 'Night in Venice' boat parade, one boat was decorated for Christmas with the theme to the movie, 'It's a wonderful Life...in Ocean City.'  Thanks for making it possible for us to share in that 'wonderful life' again.

Our first year at Osborne's Fairview Inn was an over-nighter due to Providence - that we found parking on a   Saturday night across from  the house.  Since then we moved along to Apartment 'T' with a wonderful balcony.  Last year I could hardly believe we were staying at such a beautiful place with ocean breezes and the sound of the sea at our window and deck.  This year we came back and saw it was still there - still the same - I thought - WOW- it wasn't a dream - it really is here and so are we!  Congratulations!

OCNJ Nostalgia from Hunt Valley, MD.
Posted by Frederick A. Bianco
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June 7, 2013:  My parents were married in OCNJ at St. Augustine's Catholic Church.  Thus, I lived in Ocean City for two years as a child and have been coming back ever since.  Now living in the Baltimore suburbs, my dream is to return some day soon to my roots on a more permanent basis.  My wonderful and beautiful girlfriend, Sherri, is a recent convert and loves the South Jersey shore as much as I do!

Best of Memories from Midland Park, NJ
Posted by Joe Belsito
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The year was 1974 and I was all of twenty years of age when I drove into Ocean City for the very first time.  I knew nothing of the town; I just wanted to be at the beach and it looked like a good place to try.  I made my way into town coming in via 34th street and drove along what was referred to as the coastal route (which was any street that ran along the beach).  I remember the red and white signs with the seagull on them that read “Follow the Gull!”.  And so I did eventually stopping on the corner of 15th and Wesley hoping to find a place to stay.  What caught my eye was this place called Osborne’s Inn.  It had a nice look to it; like a real beach place; a throwback to how places must have been in years gone by.  I parked my car and made my way over to the front steps of Osborne’s where a woman was sweeping the stairs.  Four little children were sitting on the top step all chattering away.  As I approached the woman stopped her sweeping and I asked if she had a room for me as I was looking to stay about a week.  She apologized, saying she was filled up, but she pointed out another guesthouse just a half a block away I might try.  I found a room there and during my stay, fell in love with Ocean City. That first visit began a series of visits to Ocean City that have continued for the last forty years.  What I didn’t know about that day was that I had actually met Peggy Ann Osborne (the woman sweeping the steps) and she was beginning her forty years of hosting Osborne’s Inn.  As time went by every time I would drive or walk by Osborne’s Inn on the way to the boardwalk, I kept telling myself, “I really have to try that place”.  I said it to myself, I said it to my wife when I was married and eventually I would say it to my family when my two daughters came along.  The years rolled quickly by as Peggy Ann’s family and my family grew and finally in 2010, my daughter and I made reservations for an early summer weekend and stayed at Osborne’s Inn.  The rest for us, as they say, is history.  Every Memorial Day weekend my family and I now return to Osborne’s Inn to build on our Ocean City memories and to be welcomed by Peggy Ann and Frank.  It is one of the most pleasurable places to stay.  It is like returning home; it is vibrant and alive with feeling and for me, my wife and daughters, it gives us a chance to feel what the beach was like long ago.  We are treated like returning family members; always welcome; always cared for.  I am very happy that on that warm July day back in 1974, I came upon Peggy Ann and Osborne’s Inn.  It has become a special place for us and so long as it’s in my power to do so, my family and I will continue to “return home” to Osborne’s Inn.  Thank you Peggy Ann!!

Memories from Reading, PA
Posted by Mr. & Mrs. Ernie Speros
from Reading, PA

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Our memories of Ocean City go back many years.  We start with the bright happy days during my childhood.  Even now, that ride across the bay - filled with the wonderful ocean breeze and sunlight on water, never fails to fill me wih excitement and anticipation.  That feeling is indescribeable but familiar.  We've had so many happy times here, BUT we have now found our true 'home away from home,' Osborne's Fairview Inn.  What delight, what happiness here at Osborne's.  I have brought my dear Shelley, my daughter, here since she was two years old, practically a babe in arms.  Now she is 22 years old, here with us (and her fiance, Matt) and about to marry and start her own family.  How wonderful to continue the tradition!  How wonderful to see the Osborne kids grow up, marry and produce children of their own.  How wonderful to see our family continue this tradition also! Here in Ocean City! I cannot go on without mentioning my dearest one - Ernie.  He is such a happy part of being here at Osborne's.  I have so much to share.  It would be so easy to fill pages and pages with 20 years worth of happy days spent here at the Osborne's.  All I can say now is, thank you Peggy Ann and Frank for EVERYTHING.

Memories from Philadelphia, PA
Posted by The Zinar Family
from Philadelphia, PA

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We've been going to Ocean City, NJ since 1982, before we were married.  We stayed at the 'Osborne's Fairview Inn' and have been there ever since.

Here is our picture back in '87', two years before we had our daughter, Danielle.  We had the best times together as husband and wife on our vacation.  We then became a family, and we often have spent the last week in August down here with the Osborne's.  My birthday is on the 30th and Fran always took me down the shore for my birthday.  We would love to keep that tradition going.

Memories from Norristown, PA
Posted by Faith Wyher
from Norristown, PA

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We all feel fortunate to have 'connected' to such a wonderful loving family.  The Osbornes are gifted in making their guests feel comfy, happy, relaxed and blessed.  Nick says it brings back many happy memories for him of coming to Ocean City and having a great time.  We all always have a wonderful time.  Thank you so much.

My daughter Erin and her husband Tom are continuing the Ocean City tradition, for that I am grateful.

Memories from Boyertown, PA
Posted by The Wisser Family
from Boyertown, PA

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My family has been coming to Ocean City for my whole lifetime - my earliest memory of OC is coming to OC with my Mom and Grandmom.  I must have been 4 or 5.  The first thing we had to do upon arrival was buy a hat so that we wouldn't get too sunburned.  Most of our trips at that time were day trips.  Sometimes we would take a ride here after my Dad got home from work (in Glenside, PA), and 'do the boardwalk' (AKA walk the boards) for a few hours before heading home.

When my sister, Linda, and I were in Junior High, my Mom began coming down and staying at the Sindia Apts (Dad isn't a beach person).  Mom was brokenhearted when the Sindia was torn down.  During that phase of our relationship with Ocean City, a 'successful' trip to the shore consisted of 1) beach, 2) boardwalk (including morning bike rides and lots of walking!), 3) shopping on Asbury Ave. and 4) visiting our favorite eating establishments: The Chatterbox, Luigi's and Somers Point Diner.

I introduced my Berks-County born husband, Dave, to Ocean City in the mid 1980's.  We have been coming 'down the shore' several times a year since then.  These days we are bringing our boys, David (6) and Michael (3).  They love 'Peggy's House' and Amstel, and we rediscovering OC through their eyes.  Each year they are able to participate a little more.  This year David threw himself into the waves with reckless abandon.

In addition to our old favorites, we've added a few new activities this year - We visited the water park, rode the trolley and discovered the Blue Planet Diner.  We look forward to many more years here.  Thanks Peggy Ann and Frank and all the Osborne's for opening your wonderful home to us!  You do a fantastic job.

Memories from the past:  Watson's Restaurant, Gillian's Fun Deck and catching the Brass Ring on the Carousel, the 'sundial' in front of Ocean Pharmacy, Grilled Cheese on the rickety side of porch of Bob's, Simm's on the Boardwalk, the Sindia Apts., donuts at Brown's, Copper Kettle Fudge, Young's on the Boardwalk, the list goes on.....

Memories from Atco, NJ
Posted by Anna Mae Walker
from Atco, NJ

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I found the Osborne's Inn, I won't say by accident but, I think by prayer.  I came last year the first time.  I am a widow and I came alone for a week, but Peggy Ann had called me and sent a letter with her happy face she draws and I knew I would not be alone even before I met them.  I knew I was an adopted member of the family.  Peggy Ann would stop in when I came home and ask how and what I did like loving members of a family do when you come home.  This year I called for an overnight and it was the weekend her family came for the older set of twins' First Holy Communion but she said come, I will fit you in.  When I came home from Church, she even invited me to join them, which I didn't but later wished I had.  I love their places.  I have stayed in three different ones.  I have attempted to take a picture of each of Gar's art creations.  I think they are beautiful and wonderful and I enjoy them very very much the whole time I am here.  When I go home I try to share the pictures and explain how great they are.  I think as long as I am able, I will return each year and in between enjoy my happy memories of each year.

Memories from Annville, PA
Posted by Lucy and Leah Vallen
from Annville, PA

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This is my fourth year at your 'home.' Thank you for your hospitaility.  You made me feel so welcome on every visit.  You have a gift for making every guest feel like a V.I.P.  My favorite memory is of my birthday a couple of years ago.  You took me out  to breakfast after Mass and had a 'party' on the porch later that night.  Then, of course, the next day was Ashley's birthday and her family came.  There was another party.  Nothing can replace the human touch in business, education or in any endeavor in life.

Memories from Volant, PA
Posted by Mrs. Gerald Taylor
from Volant, PA

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I believe it would be the year 1980 that was one of my favorite vacations at Ocean City.  We had rented the rooms just off the street next to the little cottage at Osborne's Fairview Inn.

Our friends (Gary & Rhonda McCracken & Family) had rented the cottage.  Our families enjoyed the Ocean - Boardwalk, and hurried back to ride the two seated bike and play with the Osborne children at the 'Fairview' Inn.

We even rode the bus to Atlantic City anxious to spend the day and enjoy the lights and Boardwalk.  In the middle of the afternoon, we looked at each other and agreed 'What a disappointment.'  So we got an early bus back to Ocean City to enjoy another evening at the Osborne's porch - bike - and later boardwalk.

It, also, was our first year to enjoy the Night in Venice.  We really enjoyed the beautiful lights and decorated boats at the Bay.  I have never been one to leave my home, but could say 'It Was Our Home Away From Home.'

The Ocean City Vacation Fairy
Posted by Jackie Robinson and Robbie Robinson
at 2013-05-21 15:47:23

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Memories from Mrs. Jackie Robinson

My memories of Ocean City go back many years.  My parents brought my sister and me to Ocean City every summer as young children - I loved the ocean then and I still do!  While at nursing school at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital I came here to Ocean City with my two roommates (1946-1949).

After marriage and four children, our family traveled here from western PA.  My father returned here to live after mother died in 1958.  He had an apartment at 18th and Asbury.

We can't remember the exact year we came to the Fairview Inn, but it was early in the 1980's.  We do remember the circumstances though!

Robbie and I were alone and hadn't been able to find a suitable place to stay the week after Labor Day.  When we arrived on your porch, Frank greeted us with a smile and said we could have our choice of rooms.  He showed us Apartment T and gave us a good price.  Peggy Ann had gone back to teaching school so we didn't meet her until the next year.

We've been back almost every year since and have many fond memories of the Osborne Family.  We even enticed them to visit us in Cape Elizabeth, Maine a few years ago.

Robbie and I treasure our time here as well as our warm friendship with Peggy Ann and Frank.  We have learned that memories truly are the fabric of life and we have so many good ones.

 

 

Memories from Dr. Edward Robinson:

My introduction to Ocean City occurred when Jackie and I brought our kids to stay with her father who lived at the Coral Arms apartments at 18th and Asbury.  When Pop Tingle was no longer with us we tried a couple of places in the north end of OC and the Port-O-Call.  

Twenty two years ago we stopped at the tourist info center to ask where to stay.  Unknown to us an agent of the Ocean City Vacation Fairy entered our car.  She remained in our car while we walked into a basement apartment off a dark alley and immediately walked back out.  She also waited for us to check out a place on Ocean Street.  I now realize that, as we turned from Ocean to 15th street, she applied the brakes, opened the car door, led us up the steps at the Fairview Inn and introduced us to Frank.  Apparently she and Frank created an ambience that was immediately irresistible, even if Frank had not given us such a sweet deal on the apartment.

Ever since, with a few exceptions, it has been a vital need to spend part of September in Ocean City, headquartered at Fairview Inn, now known as Osborne's Inn.

Four years ago our son Mike and his wife Winter picked up on what the OC fairy had done to and for us and since then we have come together.

The beach, the surf, and biking on the boardwalk are all very important.  Being able to see the beach and waves from so many places at Osborne's is priceless.

All that said, we have learned that what really provides the constant attraction is the energy created by Amstel and the rest of the Osborne Family.

I add my thanks, appreciation and congratulations, Robbie (as in Edward H. Robinson him not 'Edward G' but him married to Jackie)

 

Memories from Bar Mills, Maine
Posted by Winter Robinson
from Bar Mills, Maine

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If there is a 'Hidden Order' to our life universe, I think it unfolds in ways and meanings our conscious mind will never understand.  And like a musical quartet, each person, each place, each experience in our life is needed for us to fully wake up - they are the notes of the song.  The pause between the notes is the Osborne Inn - not simply the space, but the deep conversations Peggy Ann and I have shared.  I remember our talks, and I remember September 11, 2001, because we were here.  I don't know where the future will take us, but I do know that I am another step forward on my path because of the time spent with you and the Spirit at the Osborne Inn.

Memories from York, PA
Posted by Fair and John Quinn
from York, PA

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Congratulations Peg and Frank! Meeting you fifteen years ago was great.  You are always so accommodating when John and I and Jackie would pop down with little notice.  For years, coming to Ocean City meant coming to Osborne's.  Aside from accommodations, we've enjoyed seeing your family grow up.  We were lucky enough to see a wedding.  Thanks for your hospitality!

Peg and Frank, thanks fo some of the best memories I have ever had - staying here at Osborne Inn in Ocean City, NJ.  Here's to your upcoming 30 and 30 more ahead of that.  You are the best!!

Memories from the Mitchell Family, Streetsboro, OH
Posted by George, Tammy, Georgie & Carrie
from Streetsboro, OH

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We like everything about Ocean City.  I'll start by saying that the people at 'Osborne Inn' make our stay very nice, so nice we just keep coming back year after year.  We very much like Apartment A as it has plenty of room for the four of us.  You get your very own porch too!  We enjoy riding bikes to the end of the boardwalk.  We enjoy all of those fabulous donuts and a great cup of coffee.  After we eat our donuts we then stop at all the gift shops and the Dollar Store as we make our way back to The Osbornes.   Our family really likes the sunshine; you can always count on the sun shining when you are in NJ. 

Cape May is always a fun place to visit when you want to go somewhere for the day.  It's great to visit the lighthouse and quaint town.  We enjoy bringing our kites and flying them on the Ocean City beach.  It is so fun trying different restaurants.  We like going to Sea Isle and eating a seafood dinner right by the harbor.  You can eat and watch the boats come in.  Ocean City is the best place you can just relax and find seashells or seek out new places that you have not seen before and visit them.  Our family enjoys the boardwalk.  Osbornes is so close that you can walk to it each night.   Another thing that I love is if you forget something at the beach you don't have far to go back and get it! But hold on tight to those doughnuts the seagulls enjoy them alot! You have to eat your doughnuts quick because you never know when a seagull will want one.  Memories - such great ones!

Time goes by quickly when we're on vacation so make sure you come and have a good time at the Osbornes Inn they'll welcome you and tell you to ENJOY!

Memories from Reading, PA
Posted by Susan Miller Speros
from Reading, PA

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For any of you who have grown up in the Delaware Valley, encompassing far-flung towns from Philadelphia to Reading to Pottsville, chances are you have many fond memories of your own 'special place' at the Jersey shore.

From early childhood Ocean City was like a second home to me.  My parents, my brother and I journeyed every summer to a venerable white Victorian guest house on the 600 block of Wesley.  Mrs. Strauss was always there to welcome us to our 'permanent' rooms up under the eaves.  Our room was blue; I can remember the sunlight streaming in through the windows each morning as we scurried through the hall to the bathroom.  Who can forget after beach showers around back in a damp wooden lean-to, deep awninged porches with comfy green wicker rockers, endless boardwalks and beaches, and the meals and boat rides at Chris' Restaurant and Hogates?

The endless delight, this sparkling beach town that never changes is part of the legacy my parents bequeathed to me.  In turn, this legacy is passed on to my own daughter Shelley.  Since her days as a toddler, I have brought her here every summer.  She shares with me that feeling of exhilaration as we ride over the bay into town.  We have our own special place, Osborne's Fairview Inn, on Wesley, of course, and our own special rooms, tucked under the eaves, of course.

Osborne's Fairview Inn is a big pile of building.  Typical late Victorian summer guest house, it rambles all over the place.  The Osborne's are a huge easy-going clan, and the Inn reverberates with the laughter and excitement of kids, adults, guests, dogs, and whomever or whatever else wanders in.  The ambiance is warm, carefree, and fun!

This is the kind of place where you can kick up your feet on the porch rail, enjoy a glass of wine, and chat endlessly with Peggy Ann Osborne or anyone else who is there.  The passing scene on the street is always interesting, and the boardwalk shops and sea beckon.

As the years go by, we all seem to grow up and older together, but the charm, the boardwalk, the venerable houses, and the WELCOME always remain the same.

Memories from Nokomis, FL
Posted by Bob and Carolyn Miller
from Nokomis, FL

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About 25 years ago, the Millers came to Osborne's Fairview Inn in search of a room for the night.  Peggy Ann was 'full' and kindly recommended another guest house.  But that one short visit put us on the Christmas card list for the following year.  As a result, sight unseen, we decided to rent 'T' for a week that summer and did so for the next 13 years.  Our two children, Jody and Doug, loved to play with the five Osborne children during the day and go to the boardwalk with them each evening.

Two weeks at the Osborne's !!! One summer we stayed for an extra week.  As we saw others packing to go home on Saturday, how lucky we felt to be able to have seven more nights with the Osborne's!  As we rode off on our bikes, we saw 'them' heading towards the 9th Street Bridge.  Talk about luxury - two weeks at the shore in Apt. T.

'T' was not always the apartment you see today.  The improvements in our 'home away from home' continue.  How much pleasure we see as we come to visit each year as friends, as we now own our own home in Avalon Heights.  The growth that we have experienced in more ways than one is a source of continued joy to us.  We've shopped for Peggy Ann and Frank, going to the Wicker Store to buy the amenities that make it one unique establishment.

Teaching the A B C's of cleaning.  One morning after the guests had checked out, I showed one of the young cleaning girls how to clean.  We cleaned the five rental rooms together -  under the beds, behind the furniture, all parts of the floor and the windown sills.  I was proud of my teaching and what we had accomplished.  I thought we were having fun!!  She quit the very next day!!!  I guess she didn't think my teaching was tooo much fun!

Washing the kitchen floor! Cooking the dinner!  That's what we were doing one night in your kitchen.  You came to the kitchen door to introduce us to some people and remarked to them, 'And to think they pay to do this!'

What wonderful friends we have become! We love Peggy Ann, Frank, all their children and their grandchildren.  This was all made possible because we headed up to their porch one Summer day!  'Thanks for the memories' and your friendship!!

Memories from Birdsboro, PA
Posted by Shelley Miller Brower
from Birdsboro, PA

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My family and I have been staying at Osborne's Fairview Inn for as long as I can remember - ever since I was a little kid building sand castles on the beach and begging for cotton candy on the boardwalk!  I certainly have a lot of fond memories of this place, and what I find remarkable is how each year there are new things to discover and enjoy.  I love how welcome we feel at the Inn and how the Osborne family has almost seemed to be part of our family over the years.  There is always a friendly face to greet us when we arrive, and always plenty of lively conversation during the week.  It's very evident that they enjoy having us here, and we in turn eagerly anticipate our stay each year.

One thing that always comes to mind when I think of the Inn is all of the signs hanging on the walls.  They have become so  familiar to me that I can just glance around and know which ones say what.  Ones that I especially like and that bring a smile to my face, whether I'm here or just remembering them at home are 'There are no strangers here, only friends we have not met' and 'If you're lucky enough to be at the beach, you're lucky enough.'  The friendly messages covering the walls add a lovely touch to the Inn's warm atmosphere.

On a more humorous note, there are some things about the Inn in the 'olden' days that I know I'll never forget.  I remember when there was one of the bathrooms on the top floor which had very interesting wallpaper with a bathroom theme.  I always enjoyed reading that wallpaper while I was in there!  I also remember taking showers with my Mom in the wooden outdoor shower stalls. That was always an adventure!

I will always cherish the memories I have of our stays in Ocean City.  It's a wonderful family place, and the Fairview Inn puts the final, essential touch on the family atmosphere.  I look forward to continuing to come here in the future, and find it amazing that there will be a new generation of our family coming here not too far into that future!   As I start to form a family of my own, I know there is no other place I'd like to come each year!

Memories from New York City, NY
Posted by Tom Miller
from New York City, NY

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My earliest memory of O.C. is in the late 50's.  Sitting on a blanket on the beach at 20th street listening to a transistor radio play over and over again 'Itsy bitsy teensy weensy yellow polka dot bikini', painting clam shells with water color sets from the hobby shops, reading Hardy Boy books, and playing miniature golf.  I think I remember parallel boardwalks for a number of years as the sand on the part of the beach shifted.  As we got a little older, the coolest thing was to get a hamburger and a milkshake at the College Grill, which was decorated with school pennants and oars signed by the beach patrol.  Never got to work there, but did spend a summer (1969) when everybody else headed for Woodstock, working at the Corinthian Apartments at Corinthian and Park Place. On Saturdays I helped people move in and out of the apartments.  And every day I worked in the kitchen, which served meals to the different apartments by dumb waiter, one of the last such establishments in O.C., or anywhere for that matter.  The cook was Mrs. Audrie Crawford from Florence, South Carolina, a devout Methodist who came up to O.C. every year to work the season.  I spent the mornings serving breakfast and prepping for dinner, and washing all the dishes by hand.  After a couple of hours at the beach I would come back to help Mrs. 'C' cook, serve and when everyone else had been fed, she and I would sit at a small white metal table, say our grace and eat our dinner together.  I would then wash up as quickly as I could so I could walk down the island, often getting back after dark.  Those long walks on the beach were a great time for dreaming about the future and giving great thanks that I had the chance to spend a whole summer in O.C.  Since then I have rarely missed a yearly visit to Ocean City, although I've never again spent an entire season here, but I'm working on it.  The great frame houses, like here at Osborne's Inn for instance, the ample porches and colorful awnings, the boardwalk and beach, the fishing pier and the Music Pier, all still draw me to this part of the shore.  And I can still hear the paperboys cycling slowly through the streets or trudging over the sand incanting the names of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News in a range reaching the highs and the lows of the scale.  Whatever the highs and lows of life have been, a visit to the Trinitarian harmony of sand, sea and sky has been a tonic for body, mind and soul.  Ocean City is one of those blessed places where the space between Heaven and Earth is very thin indeed.  May God continue to make His face shine upon this place and grant His peace.

Memories from North Wales, PA
Posted by The Meszaros Family
from North Wales, PA

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We've been coming to Ocean City for 25+ years (25 for Frank and me starting out-then adding Michele and Jeanine).  Our memories of the Osborne's go back about 12 years when we began looking for a new place to stay.  While walking to go visit friends we passed by 15th and Wesley -  and noticed this beautifully kept house on the corner.  On the way back from our friends' home - we decided to stop by and ask for information about this Inn. Not only did we get information - but Peggy Ann gave us a grand tour!  Her warmth and hospitality drew us in -  the following year we had reservations at the Osborne's Fairview Inn!  In our 11 years of coming here, we've gathered many wonderful memories.  Seeing 'the dungeon' (Apt. A) transformed into a gorgeous apartment was one - swapping stories of your kids and ours..., sharing prayers for the kids as they've matured.  Watching the Osborne kids marry and begin their own families, seeing your beautiful grandchildren are all beautiful memories.  The sights and smell of Ocean City bring a sense of comfort..., the ocean and beach are wonderful - but it's the friendship we've made with this very special family that keeps us coming back.  It wouldn't be summer without a trip to Ocean City.  And it wouldn't be a trip to Ocean City without stopping to see how you all are doing.  We appreciate your kindness, your generous spirit and just you being you. Thanks for all your years of service -  we hope you have many, many more!!

Memories from Mineral, VA
Posted by Bill and Sandy McGrath
from Mineral, VA

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Ocean City holds a special place in my heart.  I got introduced to the shore by my parents in the mid 1940's.  Every summer we would come down.  By the time I married in 1962 and had children they were introduced to the wonderful seashore I had grown to love.

I ended up moving away and not returning to the east coast till 1990.  I introduced my husband to Ocean City.  He fell in love with what the shore had to offer.  In 1991 my husband Bill accepted a transfer to Washington, D.C.  We moved to Virginia and have been coming to Ocean City every year since.

In 1992 my daughter Debbie introduced her daughter Erika to Ocean City.  The only summer they have missed has been when they lived in Okinawa, Japan.

In 1997 we met Peggy Ann and Frank Osborne and have been staying at their wonderful establishment every year since 1997.

Both Bill and myself wish you both another 30 years of giving to the people as you have done in the past.

Memories from Modena, PA
Posted by Chris and Judy Lohr
from Modena, PA

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My childhood time was spent further up the beach.  We usually stayed around 4th Street I remember when the high rise condo first went up, and how we all thought it would steal our sun.  I remember my brother and I going to the 'corner store' of the 'boards' and getting penny candy (sometimes 2 for 1c)!  Also playing endless games of mini-golf, where I could usually hold my own against the 3 year-old, Jeff.  Once, we buried toy soldiers in the sand and then later tried to find them.  It is somehow comforting to know they still stand silently on guard, hidden but enternally in the sand.

Another memory I have is of the ferris wheel.  My father and I rode it together.  Our car was stopped for some time at the top. I was extremely agitated but my Dad spoke calmly to me, telling me to look out at the sun.  This helped a lot.  It was only years later that I discovered just how strong his own fear of heights was.  This is one of my fondest memories of him.  I hope he knows how much that meant to me.  As far as 'Osborne's' , Judy and I are new to it.  We were driving by, and something about this place told us it was a nice place run by nice people.  We just had a 'feeling' and it turning out to be correct.  We're so happy to be here.  Best of luck to the Peggy Ann clan!

Memories from Leola, PA
Posted by The Hoover Family
from Leola, PA

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Rob and I have been coming to Ocean City together for the last 14 years and we always seem to keep coming back to our beach home at the Osborne's.  We have created many memories for our son here.  He has actually become a beach bum like his parents.  We have our favorities here in Ocean City.  Mac and Manco's for lunch almost daily.  You just can't beat sitting at the counter eating a slice with the ocean breeze blowing.  Sitting on the beach with family and friends and then hitting the boardwalk in the evening.  On a rainy day there is a great porch where you can watch it rain and read a good book.  Thanks to all of the Osborne's for making us feel at home and part of their extended family.

July 26, 2008 follows:  Your Inn has been a blessing and a refuge to us for the last twenty years.  We are always looking forward to coming and start counting down the months, weeks and days as soon as we get our dates.  we always feel comfortable at home with you,  Wishing you many more years of fun at the beach.

 

September 25, 2011 follows:  We are still enjoying our "home away from home".  My how the timme flies by.  We just finished our second MS City to Shore Ride.  Your hospitality for these tired riders is amazing.

Blessings! - The Hoovers - Michelle, Rob and Jimmy

Memories from Mertztown, PA
Posted by Dave and Kathy Hoffman
from Mertztown, PA

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I am writing this on my husbands's 43rd birthday.  Another year gone by, another Multiple Sclerosis 150 Bike-a-thon, another few days spent here at the Osborne's.  I can't begin to describe all the wonderful things experienced here.  The accomplishment that I feel while riding into O.C. on a bike, our last rest stop before coming into O.C. for the bottle of wine (to be shared later in the evening), that first glimpse of the ocean, the water and sand between my toes.  The next day is sort of depressing pedaling back to Cherry Hill, but still an accomplishment.  Because I know we return for a couple of days of  R & R, walking the boards, beach and to Cape May to bird watch.  Absolute Heaven!

Memories from Philadelphia, PA
Posted by Betty Henik and Family
from Philadelphia, PA

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I am glad my son and his wife recommended your home to us.  Ever since then my husband and I have been vacationing at the Osborne's at least 3 or 4 times a year for the last 5 years.  We love our 'home away from home' and always look forward to our next visit.  You always make us feel so welcome and I hope to continue to see you every summer.  Thanks for the memories.  I hold them dear to my heart.

Memories from Annville, PA
Posted by The Groff Family - 2000
from Annville, PA

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Our family has been coming to Ocean City for the last 20 years.  Our first Ocean City 'home' was with Kathryn and Frank Lehr across the street,  Now our Ocean City 'home' is with the Osborne's.  We love your home.  You always make everyone feel so welcome we love it here!  Enjoy the next 30 years -  you will probably see members of our family as they have their families.  See you next summer.

Memories from Germantown, MD
Posted by The Gregory Family
from Germantown, MD

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Memories of Ocean City span my lifetime of 68 years, and include in my youngest day, trips from Philadelphia (where I lived until 1957) with my grandparents.  There were days at the beach and boardwalk followed by turkey dinner at Hanscom's Hotel, or at Watson's Restaurant.  In my teen-age years, my parents rented a five bedroom apartment for a month for two years.  Two other years I worked at Ocean City fr the summer - always with two jobs at a time.  One year it was a candy store on the boardwalk by day, and being a 'soda jerk' in the evenings.  Another year I worked as a dishwasher at Simm's Restaurant and at a bath house.

There were a number of years I missed coming to Ocean City, NJ but then with my young family we came for a week each summer and stayed at various motels.  Each trip to Ocean City, NJ rekindled the happy memories I had here in the many years of my youth - with my parents and grandparents - and my memorable time at the 'dance pavilion' at 6th and the boardwalk.

Following my divorce in 1974, I discovered this wonderful place called 'The Fairview,' - now known as Osborne's Fairview Inn.  I brought my teen-age daughter Laurette, my parents and later my sister, Mary and her son -  and enjoyed a week (or was it two?) in the cottage.  My parents enjoyed the cottage and recalled their own memories in Ocean City, dating back to the 20's at Flanders, and the 40's with us as a family at various locations.  They appreciated the warm hospitality provided by the Osborne's and the 'staff' and felt right at home here.  Of course, we did all the fun things we could cram into our vacation - walking, biking and beaching from 3:30 to 5:30 (No SPF then, you know, and we all burn too easily).

In following years I brought my daughter, Laurette and my wife Donna and her younger brother, Joey, too.  We were lucky enough to get Apt. T and we were really sold on the Fairview.  One year later I brought my oldest daughter, Theresa and her husband John, with us to share Apt. T.  All that was before Bonnie was born.

In Bonnie's younger years we missed coming to O.C. - but then we rented a condo for convenience of elevators, etc.  They lacked the warmth and friendliness that is such a beautiful trademark of the Fairview.  We were looking for the 'right place' - and rediscovered our friends at 601 E. 15th - the Osborne's.  Peggy Ann made us right at home again and we've been coming back ever since. 

Bonnie, now 19, can give you her perspectives on the wonderful times she's spent here at Osborne's Fairview Inn and other memories of Ocean City, NJ.

We thank you, Peggy Ann, Frank and all your children for making our stays here so enjoyable and memorable throughout the many years.

Memories from Texas
Posted by Bonnie Gregory Sullivan
from Texas

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Ocean City has been our summer vacation spot for as long as I can remember.  I don't think we've ever really 'beached' anywhere else!  I've especially loved staying at the Fairview because we're so close to the beach and  Apartment T is so breezy and open.  I'm so glad I've gotten to enjoy things at Ocean City like the ocean, the rides, the boardwalk, water ice, yummy italian food, and so much more.  I ve actually written a few poems about different aspects of Ocean City, and I'll try to send them to share.

To the Osborne's....thank you for welcoming us at your Inn and for helping us to have a pleasant, relaxing time each year.  I hope that Fairview stays around for many more!

Memories from Pottstown, PA
Posted by The Gray Family
from Pottstown, PA

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....Another wonderful week in one of our favorite places made most special by Osborne's hospitality and family warmth!  This was our 3rd time making Osborne's our week long home away from home, sharing our time with our friends Tracy and Larry Dise (Apt. D).  My (Chris') history in Ocean City goes back 38 years when my family and Tracy's family vacationed the 2nd week of August at 14th and Wesley.  We shared this tradition for over 20 years!  How special for us to be reunited as adults creating more Ocean City memories.  Thanks Peggy Ann, Frank and family.  We love it here and think you're great!  Happy 30 years!!

Memories from Warminster, PA
Posted by The Gould Family
from Warminster, PA

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Being in Ocean City and staying with the Osborne's is a real treat.  They have always made you feel so welcome.  They make you feel like you are family.  Ocean City is a wonderful place to bring your family for vacation.  While here, every day when we get up and lift the blinds, I always joked with my kids and asked the same question - 'Did the waves stop yet?'  Ocean City is a very family - oriented town.  I always felt safe letting my kids do the boardwalk by themselves.  The memories are great -  from the popcorn to the surreys to just about everything.  Thanks for it all.

Memories from Philadelphia, PA
Posted by Anne Glanville
from Philadelphia, PA

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As a child, my parents and I always went to Wildwood.  Many years later, in fact it was 1997, a colleague of mine rented all the apartments and rooms at Peggy Ann's and Frank's.  It was he who touted Osborne's Fairview Inn.  It was the following summer that my friend and I started to come to Osborne's.  I often say to my friend that Peggy Ann is the perfect one to run an 'Inn.'  She is the first person you meet on arrival and immediately you feel like 'family.'  The porch is awesome; the perfect place to relax after a day at the beach.

Here's to you Peggy Ann and Frank.  May you have 30 more years at the helm.

Memories from Albany, NY
Posted by Nancy and Otto Gerstenberger
from Albany, NY

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We began our annual week's vacation in Ocean City in 1974, but only discovered Osborne's in 1997!  We especially enjoy Peggy Ann's hospitality.  Our children and now, grandchildren look forward each year to the stay at the Osborne's.  We feel fortunate that our son and daughters and grandchildren find special pleasures in being together each year at the Jersey shore.

Memories from Havertown, PA
Posted by The Free Family
from Havertown, PA

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What can we say!! The Osborne's are such lovely people.  They totally treat everyone like Family and make the extra effort to make certain that everything is perfect.  Peggy Ann and Frank are the 'Salt of the Earth.'  We look forward to returning time after time.  We have no reason to stay anywhere else while visiting Ocean City because the Osborne's embrace us and all who stay here -  just like their own Family!  We feel fortunate to have stumbled upon such a 'Jewel' of a place and can't wait to return.

We would like to thank you - Frank, Peggy Ann and children and super grandchildren for contributing to our holiday fun and want you all to stay here forever.

Memories from Baltimore, MD
Posted by Terri and Bob Flaherty
from Baltimore, MD

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It certainly goes without saying that our fondest memories of Ocean City, NJ, are the thirty years we have stayed at Osborne's Inn.  Peggy Ann and Frank have raised a beautiful family right before our eyes. When we come here each summer it seems as if we saw them just yesterday.  We feel like true friends. The Osborne's Inn has been lovingly re-created over the years.  It is their home.  The nationally known, fabled 'front porch' is a place of peace and camaraderie. Joy echoes in the house as their four grandchildren continue the tradition. What a joy it is for us since we like to consider ourselves as their extended family!  I have been vacationing in Ocean City, NJ, for 52 years of my sixty on Earth.  There is no place I like better.  My husband Bob has loved it here for forty years, as have daughter Lisa and son Philip.  

My memories are varied:  I remember that during the 1940's men wore suits and ties and ladies dressed up, wearing high heels which needed little rubber tips to slip over the heels so they wouldn't slip through the boards.  In many places under the boardwalk  it was high enough to walk on the sand under the boardwalk with lowered head.  Children loved to play in the cool, moist sand. It was a comfortable place to take a snooze for adults as well as babies in port-a-cribs.

Before the beach was built up, the tide came in and the ocean splashed up from the depth of the water right through the boardwalk.  Standing near the railings you felt like you were on the deck of a ship at sea!  Once, during a Nor'easter we watched from the Inn as children rode surf boards right down to beyond Wesley Avenue!

Gillian's Fun Deck was not elaborate.  There was no Wonderland or rides for big kids.  In the late 1960's ride tickets were $5.00 for 44 tickets and we made them last a wek for our two children.  My husband always bought two extra tickets and put them in his wallet to take home (they never expired) as a pledge that we would come back next year!

The Flanders Hotel still had cabanas on the sand.  It also had three salt-water pools with chlorine in them.  The water stung your eyes.  Birch Beer (whatever happened to that bracing drink?) flowed like water at every eatery.  Litterer's sold orange juice and grapefruit juices in glasses, no paper cups for 25 cents.  Our first apartment at the 'Fairview Inn' cost $100. per week.  It was located where the Osborne's family now dwells.  ear the farthest window to the right of the house is a window out of which we climbed to sit on the porch.  It was partitioned off so we couldn't see or converse with others.

The boardwalk was spotless and never crowded.  it was mandatory that a person must wear a cover-up over his/her bathing suit on the boardwalk.  Because of strictly enforced Blue laws all stores and movie theatres closed on Sunday.  Most products of a Sunday store, for instance, would be closed off, allowing only health related products to be sold.  Some Church services were held in movie houses.  Simm's Seafood on the boardwalk and Watson's in town were themost popular restaurants if the long, long lines were any indication.My favorite memory of O.C. is this, I went in the then Osborne's Fairview Inn and was ready to ask about apartment rates.  There, sitting in the middle of the floor were Peggy Ann, holding a large towel, and three naked toddlers playing 'catch-me-if-you-can' with her.  Each year since then I marveled as she loved and disciplined five children, kept her husband Frank busy when he came on weekends, ran the whole house, washed linens, organized paper work, and maintained the cheerful, pleasant atmosphere.  They all showed that they respected us and cared very much about everyone who crossed that threshold.  And now the legacy goes on for them with grandchildren Colin, Kerry, Christine and Molly, the very newest people in their family.  So Peggy Ann and Frank, Kelley and Dave, Kevin and Leslie, Colleen and Brad, Megan and Brian, and Francis X we thank you and pray that you always receive the fruits of your generous spirit with which you have blessed all of us these last 30 years.

Memories from Grove City, PA
Posted by Melodie Esposito
from Grove City, PA

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1975 -  twenty eight years of Ocean City have brought so many wonderful memories and traditions.  I started coming here as a single girl with her friends.  We never traveled more than an hour away from home - but fourteen hours later (Philly was very confusing), now I can do it in seven.  Ocean City left such a draw on me.  It starts with rolling down the windows crossing 9th Street Bridge until I see the Osborne's front porch (my son now did the same thing last year when he drove down himself).  The Osborne kids would all come out and give a big welcome and help get you settled for the week.  I look foward to the time spent on Peggy Ann's front porch.  I told my friend this year that you always leave extra time for the porch, because you have to chat with everyone on the porch.  I've learned a lot on that porch!!  Coming to Osborne's means a total meltdown for me - they have always made me feel that I'm that 'special' one that gets to come here.  I look forward to the time spent here, now I try to arrange two vacations instead of spending two weeks at once.

I have met some wonderful people at the Fairview Inn and look forward as to who will be here the same time.  It's hard to believe that this has been going on for nearly '30 years' - and that I have been part of this amazing family.  I hope that you will take into consideration making the cottage into the 'Bunk Bed Room' so we all can squeeze in there when we can't make the steps.

I love you all and hope I get a star *beside my name!!!!!

Memories from Gwynedd, PA
Posted by Mary and Jerry Distel
from Gwynedd, PA

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What a milestone-30 years in a wonderful family run busines

We came to Ocean City as an engaged couple with Jerry's family, I loved it! Thus, each year since 1967 we have enjoyed our vacation here while watching ou family grow and Ocean City change.  It has changed to accommodate families in more 'style and cool comfort' but the traditional values of family and God are still very evident.

The third floor, $90 per week, walk-ups are over for us but the good memories of bike riding, beach, Watson's and playgrounds with children and grandchildren will always remain.

Thank you for your hospitality and many more years of good health and being the best landlords in Ocean City.

Memories from Pottstown, PA
Posted by The Dise Family
from Pottstown, PA

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I have been coming to Ocean City since I was a little girl and Larry and I have been staying with you for several years now.  You have gone through many of our trialsl and tribulations with us over the years, the major one - our adoption of Abby.  We have so enjoyed spending time with you over the years in Apartment D.  We are so excited to be introducing Abby to Ocean City and Osborne's!  She loves both as much as I do.

Thanks for the best Mother's Day I have had since becoming Abby's mom. We had a great weekend!  We look forward to staying with you for many years to come.  Happy 35th!!!

Memories from Bridgeton, NJ
Posted by The DeLuca Family
from Bridgeton, NJ

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Childhood memories of Ocean City had always brought me back, but I never stayed here until quite by accident I walked by the 'Fairview Inn,' early in the summer of 1989.  I spoke to Peggy Ann and she was so friendly and the house was so inviting that I made my reservation and have come back every year since (13 years).  A lot has happened in 13 years. My daughter, who was in fourth grade that first year, is now married.  I married the love of my life, Dorothy, in 2000.    We have seen your children grow into adults and marry.  There are so many great memories of O.C. that you, Peggy Ann and your staff have helped to create.  O.C. has always been a great place to vacation.  Your warm 'family' atmosphere makes the 'Fairview' Inn a true home away from home.  Thank you for everything!

Memories from Glen Mills, PA
Posted by Jenne Marie Curtis and Aimee
from Glen Mills, PA

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Having stayed in Ocean City many years as a teenager, it was a delight to bring my own daughter, Aimee, back to Ocean City.  Since she was a baby, we had stayed at different B & B's, friends  and families places and then several years ago, we had walked past your Inn and something about it said, 'Peace and Happiness.'  And that is what we have found here, every year, every time.  It is like 'coming home.'  We are so happy to feel as if we are an extended part of the Family.

Congratulations on bringing peace and happiness to many people for 35 years!

Memories from New Wilmington, PA
Posted by The Coulter Family
from New Wilmington, PA

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We met the Osborne's in 1993.  Our favorite babysitter (Kim) was working summers at the beach and we decided to visit her.  At the suggestion of a friend, Melodie Esposito, we made reservations at the Osbornes.  Now ten years later we continue to visit Peggy Ann and her clan each summer we can.

My favorite part of a vacation in Ocean City is that it is relaxed and comfortable - like home.  Our family has their favorite pizza, book store and Chinese take-out.

We enjoy watching our videos of our beach vacations and look forward to many more.  It will be fun to share Ocean City with even our children's families someday.

Memories from Elkins Park, PA
Posted by Stuart & Alexis Cogan Family
from Elkins Park, PA

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Stuart Cogan says:

I guess this place has been a good luck charm for me.  Way back in 1995, I was soon to be unemployed.  We had already paid for our vacation, so off we went.  We came, we had fun and we got a phone call: call back for job interview.  I did the interview over the phone and by the time I got back to Philadelphia I had a job.  Good timing and good luck.  Osborne's has always been 'good luck' to me.  Glad you are here.

Samara Cogan says: 

The thing I will always remember are the seagulls.  A couple of years ago I was holding a donut and showing it to my mom.  A seagull saw this opportunity and dove right over my head and grabbed the donut right out of my hand  My sister and I always used to chase the seagulls away while we were on the beach.  Whenever I think about Ocean City I will always remember the sound of the seagulls, the sound of the surf, sounds that I love. Sure do love the shore.

Alexis Cogan says: 

One of my fondest memories was the summer of 2000. My only brother Ben spent the same week in O.C.  We spent as much time as possible together enjoying the beach, and going out to dinner.  One night, not having made plans to meet, we all ended up at the same restaurant (Dockside Cafe), when my brother shelled out.  It was Ben's last summer; he passed away at 39 in February 2001.  It gave me such a wonderful memory to keep of him and O.C.

Memories from Colmar, PA
Posted by Jean and Paul Clayton
from Colmar, PA

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Been coming about ten years.  We are so glad Alice gave us the name Osborne's Inn, so glad to meet Peggy Ann, she is a lovely person who makes you feel at home,.  The place is very nice and cozy and she makes you feel welcome.

We enjoy coming to Osborne's.  The place is so clean and modern.  Love the Osborne family, close to the beach and boardwalk, friendly people stay here.  We love this place!

Memories from Columbia, MD
Posted by Don Carroll and Francine Sheppard
from Columbia, MD

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When I'm in Ocean City again, I'm a teenager from Upper Darby looking for kids in my high school. The phone doesn't ring.  I have no errands to do, and I can read my novels and eat ice cream.  The Osborne's are friendly and welcoming and it's 'just like home in good-old Room 4' for several years now. I'm hoping for many more years here to continue making happy memories.

                                            Traveling the world is really great...
                                            but there are two places I appreciate...
                                            One is home sweet home...
                                            The other is near the ocean's foam...
                                            My wonderful world away from home....
                                            At the Osborne's Fairview Inn...
                                            If I was any luckier... it would be a sin.

Memories from Phoenixville, PA
Posted by Joan and Carey
from Phoenixville, PA

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The Osborne's Fairview Inn is like a home away from home for us.  We have been vacationing here for twenty years.  As our children married and had families of their own they also came to Ocean City every year.  We have fond memories of Ocean City all of them made possible because of the Osborne's caring.  We hope to enjoy many more years at the Fairview Inn as guests and friends of Peggy Ann and Frank.

This year (2002) and last year we have increased our vacation list to include some in-laws, friends, and the niece and nephew of one of our sons and our daughter-in-law.  They too share the warmth and friendship we call 'The Osbornes.'

Memories from Lewes, DE
Posted by Cathi and Larry Bost
from Lewes, DE

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My memories of Ocean City began in the 1950's when my family came to OC for vacation.  it was love at first sight and that love continues today- 47 years later.  In 1974 I introduced my then - boyfriend (now, husband) to Ocean City.  Since then, we have spent some time every summer here.

Our first memory of the 'Fairview Inn' was 1978, we stayed in the 'Crow's Nest' at the Old Salt, which was located on 14th Street. When that property was sold, the new owner decided not to rent out the Crow's Nest.  So, the new owner suggested we call the Fairview Inn.  We called and booked room 'P' over the phone -  for a week!  At that time, apparently most people only rented for a day or so, when we said we wanted a room for a week -  Peggy Ann stressed the fact that there were no cooking facilities in the room and maybe Apartment T would be better.  When I insisted that I didn't care because I wasn't going to cook on vacation, Peggy Ann relented and rented me the room.  That conversation was in February of 1978 -  the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

As much as we love coming to Ocean City for the Boardwalk and the Beach, what really makes it special is coming home to the Osborne's Inn and visiting with the entire family!!

Thank you for 25 wonderful years of memories all your many kindnesses making us feel part of the family and your love.

Memories from Wilkes Barre, PA
Posted by Joan Blaine
from Wilkes Barre, PA

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Your home 'The Fairview' is as warm as the sunshine and as fresh as the ocean breeze we've come to expect and enjoy on our summer vacation.  I wrote the following poem in one such jovial vist.

                                                                       An Ocean Notion

                                                I looked out through the mist of blue
                                                Dotted sails tossed here and to,
                                                Raging tides frothy and white
                                               Attacking intruders on their site.
                                               Sand, hot sand, greets my feet
                                               A welcome cushion to my seat.
                                               Sun umbrellas offer shade
                                               To sit and watch the bathers' parade.
                                               Shouts of glee and memories made
                                               Children in the water wade
                                               Girls in bikinis set a trend,
                                               Boys with carefree looks to lend
                                               Can all the beauty be for real?
                                               Yes, if we have time to steal.
                                               God in this exquisite plan
                                               Provided for frivolity of man.

Memories from New Lenox, IL
Posted by Donna Bilson
from New Lenox, IL

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My fondest memory of vacationing at the Osborne's will always be the week of August 9, 1992.  That was the week my Mom came down with Jacqueline, Sean and me.  She had to leave mid-week to prepare for a family reunion.

It was on Wednesday she hugged me, kissed me good-bye and said 'I Love You Donna.'  I didn't know then it would be the last time I would hear her speak my name or feel that wonderful hug that always made me feel so secure and loved!  As you know she took ill after that, but by the grace of God she is still with us in her warm and loving Spirit.

Every year I pull into your driveway I can see her standing there, hear her voice, and feel that hug!

I look forward to seeing you and you family as I do every summer and hearing my sweet mother's voice.

Memories
Posted by Marilyn and Rich Barnes
at 2013-05-15 14:40:36

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We have been coming to Ocean City for thirty five years.  There is one place all our three sons and now four grandchildren can't wait to visit again.  Many memories of our children at Playland, golf, Wonderland, the beach and all the walks on the boardwalk.  It has been great fun watching the Osborne's family grow - you have made so many wonderful improvements to your home- you make us so welcome and we always enjoy staying here.  Best wishes and hope to see you every summer.  Your family and your Inn make us smile.  Thanks for the memories.

Memories
Posted by Steve and Carmela Andrien
at 2013-05-15 14:35:07

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I began coming to Ocean City in the 'Sixties'.  Apartments were optional then, a sleeping bag and a few hours of undisturbed sleep were pretty much all that a guy needed, and that was available under the boardwalk.  Fast forward to 1986 and me with a lovely bride and a vacation to take.  Ocean City seemed the only place to be, and having been away for so long, the 'Port-O-Call' was kind of an obvious choice.  Carmela and I decided to go for a walk, and there in front of us was, you guessed it! Mr. and Mrs. Osborne's home.  This lady was standing on the front porch with this smile! Since then our apartment ('A') has been taken over with God's gifts, and we've been fortunate enough to have gotten to know this wonderful lady and her wonderful family.  It is true that Osborne's Inn is really a home away from home, you can leave for a year or so and come back, and it's like you really never left.   God Bless you all and thanks so much for the warmth, hospitality and most of all for having us in your home.

Historical Footnote:  In September 1966, my buddies and I made an agreement with the Ocean City officals never to place our sleeping bags under the boardwalk again.

Memories from Pittsburgh, PA
Posted by The Amantea Family
from Pittsburgh, PA

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The Amantea Family has been coming to Ocean City for many years.  We first stayed at Peg's parent's place and then met Peg and Frank.  We love it here and feel like it is just like coming home every summer.  We love the large front porch.  We remember the first time at the Osborne's Inn -  we rode the bicycle built for two.  It was a lot of fun.  Memories and a beautiful tan are the best things we take home.  Not to mention the leftover sand between our toes.  Your hospitality and warm smiles last in our hearts all year.  Thank you for a wonderful week again at the shore.

Memories from Maple Glen, PA
Posted by Peggy Ann Osborne - The Mourning Dove - A Story
from Maple Glen, PA

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This summer we had some unexpected guests who came to visit in Apartment T.  It seems that a Mother Mourning Dove discovered the flower box on the deck and made her home.  She nurtured two eggs over a period of four to five weeks.  Our Guests who stayed in Apartment T were very solicitous of Mother and babies.  It was interesting how some noted that a 'relief' would come in to take over for the Mother to sit on the eggs, but that only happened if no person was in sight.  The Mother and the Father were very protective of their little ones.  After about five weeks of seeing this nurturing take place, two little Mourning Doves were born.  The nurturing continued in the nest upstairs.  Can't really tell you the honest end of the story, but a big black crow was overlooking the nest sitting high atop a wire in the driveway area.  There came a day when all three birds left the nest.  We found one of the babies on the ground below.  We attempted to nurture the little one as best we could.  Unfortunately that baby dove died and Mother and the other baby were nowhere to be found.  It was a real learning experience teaching me a lot about the true 'maternal' instinct.  How Mothers are always 'there' to nurture their children, sometimes not always successfully. Having the time at the shore to think about nature and the gift that it is helps me to appreciate what we Osbornes have here in ocean City.  It's important to nurture and nourish ourselves and others at this special place that God has provided called Ocean City.  Thanks to one and all of our guests for being 'there' for us to learn, love and continue to grow together. 

Memories from West Chester, PA
Posted by An old friend
from West Chester, PA

Favorite memories of Ocean City??  That is a tough one; not for lack of material, but because there is so much.  During nt formative years, in the 1970s, my father would take two weeks of vacation time during each summer.  One week would inevitably be a camping trip for the family.  Pine woods..a leaky tent...there was little not to like!  The second week would forever entail seven glorious days in Ocean City, New Jersey.

My strongest memories are from this time...let's say between 1970 and 1980... and they center around the boardwalk at night.  There was a unique juvenile culture that changed every year, while - in a fundamental way - it did not change at all.  I'm talking about the fads.

Every year it was something.  In pronouncing that last word, make is some-thing, for I am talking about tangible items that could be purchased. Must be purchased.  Each year a different item was de rigueur for strolling the boards at night.  This item would mark the owner as an individual; a free thinker.  And it would be available for sale in sufficient quantity that each and every teenager on the boards could have one.  Would have one.  If they were cool.

I'll recount a few of the major fads, roughly in the order they appeared, starting with my earliest memory.  Bear in mind that each of these essential items became the calling card of a particular summer.

Click-clacks. A pair of little glass balls connected by a length of cord.  With a flick of the wrist, the owner could send the balls into a snapping dance as they ricochet off one another. Some kid got too exuberant and the glass broke, sending flying shards hither and yon.  Thereafter, click-clacks were made with Lucite (plastic) balls.  But the really cool kids would hunt down a pair of original glass ones.  They were dangerous.  Our parents told us so.

The next year's craze was nothing at all.  Invisible dogs.  The device consisted of a fabric dog leash and harness, held firmly outstretched by virtue of a stiff wire inside.  Hoards of beach-goers delighted in 'walking' their invisible pooches down the boards.  Occasionally, a walker would pause by a guard rail while thei phantom pet relieved itself of a phanton burden.  If you were cool, you bought one of those devices.  If you failed to purchase one, you might as well be invisible yourself.

By contrast, next summer's craze was very visible.  Some chemist had discovered that two simple chemicals, mixed together in a plastic tube, would create a luminous rod that could part parents from their money.  The glow-stick was born.  For one summer, the night was alive with green fire.  It twirled, danced and raced down the boards.

As the 70s drew to a close, some-up and coming late-night comedians name John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Gilda Radner were beginning to make their mark.  Our next fad swept the boardwalk like dandelions on an abandoned golf course.  Any one who was any one had to have a T-shirt with the words 'Oh No......Mr. Bill!' emblazoned on the front. An animated clay figure created for a skit on Saturday Night Live had his summer in the sun.  People clamored for these shirts, paying ridiculous prices. The next summer they would hang unwanted on discount racks.

In the 1990s, I still try to get to Ocean City at least once each summer.  I suppose the fads continue, though I am less aware of them now that I am an older person.  I vaguely noticed a flood of Batman shirts in the late 80s.  And there was some sort of cloth Frisbee, that you could fold up in your pocket, which was in vogue one year.  More recently it was huge, striped Cat-In-The-Hat headgear.  I looked at them sadly, knowing I was too old and such a hat would never fit me anyway.

Then I happened upon a vendor with adult sizes.  And realized you're never too old to have fun.  Which is probably why I keep returning to Ocean City.

Memories from Baltimore, MD
Posted by Terri Flaherty - Written in 1998 - our 25 year anniversary
from Baltimore, MD

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Over 25 years ago, when we first stayed at the Fairview (as it was called then) the living room which Peggy Ann and Frank Osborne and their five children have brought to life was a quiet, sedate place.

The original owner had inherited the old house from her grandmother and together with her husband and his parents occupied the middle floor and rented out apartments.

Our first apartment there consisted of half the main floor (now the living room, office and kitchen). It was lovely and rented for $100 a week in the 1960's.

Smiling, I recall our introduction to the Osbornes.  The house had changed hands a couple of times and we had taken apartments elsewhere.  When we decided to go back to inquire about an apartment there, three buck-naked tots were in the living room circling Peggy Ann while she grabbed at each of them with a bath towel.

The following summer when we arrived, Kelley, Kevin and Colleen were keeping their parents hopping while Frankie X slept peacefully on the front porch.

Each summer thereafter we marveled at these two folks with an active family who became dearer to us as they succeeded in making our vacations thoroughly enjoyable.

Peggy Ann and Frank, over 25 years, annually improved the house with creativity and determination.  When their youngest child, Megan, came along she became a permanent fixture on her mother's hip as Peggy Ann with five kids, ran the Inn, single handedly, with Frank's help on the weekends.

Each Osborne greeted us warmly and individually every summer carrying luggage and paraphenalia, offering cold drinks and hospitality.

At Christmas time we continue to look forward to the letter about the family and the coming summer vacation.  Forty-eight years ago my parents chose Ocean City, New Jersey over the town of the same name in our home state of Maryland.

Our own children, now in their 30's and our three-year-old Grandson look forward to lounging with Amstel.  Our grandson's favorite video is that of himself on the beach and on the rides.

I remember hurricanes during which floats and surfboards were ridden in the street all the way up to Osborne's Fairview Inn.  My Dad and I watched Schriver's make taffey.  At age 8, I sat in the hall of the music pier enjoying the Ocean City Pops Orchestra but secretly watching the ferris wheel on Gillian's Fun Deck and wishing I were there instead.

Places that live in the memory are restaurants like Simms at 8th and the Boardwalk, Watson's with its daily long lines waiting, Hill's Seafood and Clam Bar when the tide came up almost to he windows as we ate, College Grill, the Emily Dining Room and the Hen House around Moorlyn Terrace; worship services in the movie houses on Sundays and bronzed waitresses at Bob's Grill (thankfully still present).

We could see much of the Sindia shipwreck in former years and what a treat it was to seek out a shady spot under the Boardwalk, lay out towels and blankets and take a snooze.

Once our fourteen year old son was credited with saving a visiting teacher's life when the raging surf threatened to dash her against the jetty.

Our favorite memories are of good people and relaxing times shared on Osborne's Fairview Inn's front porch.  Every summer it feels as though no time at all has elapsed since we talked and shared events of the year gone by.  Still we miss the faces and voices of Peggy Ann's Mother, Father and Brother who are with the Lord.

Just yesterday our own dear Aunt Louella, who is 94 years old, reminisced about the time she sat enjoying morning coffee and ocean breezes and friendly people.

On one occasion, back in Baltimore, a student at Loyola College, where our daughter works said:' I've seen you somewhere before' followed by a puzzled look.  Then, 'I know! Osborne's front porch, Ocean City, New Jersey!'

Another time a faculty priest saw a picture over my daughter's desk: 'I know that house! It's at 15th and Wesley in Ocean City, New Jersey!'

Whether its thoughts of beckoning sea and sand, bike rides on the boardwalk and thru the town alleys, Litterer's Orange juice or big cups of lemonade, spotting the Flanders and the Port-O-Call, fishermen near Somers Point or visiting town shops, the Flaherty Family is still in love with Ocean City.

Happy Anniversary to the Osborne Family.  Here's to the next 25 years!

Memories from Bel Air, MD
Posted by The Walker Family
from Bel Air, MD

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There is something very special about a place that makes you feel like 'home', and a host and hostess who make you feel like 'family.'  We have enjoyed some wonderful times here and look forward to many, many more.  Thank you for welcoming us into your home and making us feel so special!

Peggy Ann utilizes the talents of everyone who comes in.  Better watch what you know.  You have some knowledge, (for me - computers), she is sure to tap your brain.  Believe me, I know.  Talk about the Phillies!!!! I could go on and on.

Memories from Elkton, MD
Posted by Karl and Barbara Weaver
from Elkton, MD

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We LOVE coming to Ocean City and the Osborne's.  It's our 'get away' from worries and a wonderful reminder of Family.  We miss the squeals and laughter of children as our youngest has now graduated from college and gone out on his own. At Osborne's we delight in all the young people! We are thankful for the introduction to Voltaco's as well.

Memories from Moorestown, NJ
Posted by The Evers Family
from Moorestown, NJ

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Denny and I have been coming to Ocean City long before we were married and had kids.  We stopped coming for awhile, but decided to come back after our children came along.  We feel so fortunate to have found Osborne's Inn and have many memories and pictures to go along with our vacations in Ocean City.  Congratulations on your 40th Anniversary. We are looking forward to many, many more.

Memories from Washington Township, NJ
Posted by Lillian and George Boss
from Washington Township, NJ

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Some of the nicest times at the shore have been spent at the Osborne's Fairview Inn.  From Peggy Ann's first warm welcome to us, to our most recent stay, we have many fond memories Ocean City. We always look forward to renting our bikes and riding on the boardwalk and through the streets, looking at the beautiful homes and enjoying the ocean scenery.  Whether walking along the shore or just shopping in town, it is always so relaxing coming to the beach and then relax on the porch at the Osborne's.

Memories from Baltimore, MD
Posted by Lisa M. Flaherty
from Baltimore, MD

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I have been staying in Ocean City, NJ ever since I was 9 months old and am now in my fifties.  My favorite ride was Bulgy the Whale and buying a special horse at Glenn toys.  Carey's Real Estate had a water fountain for 'small fries' and Bob's Grill sold pretzels for a nickel.  My dream is to retire in Ocean City so my 'home away from home' feeling can continue.  I remember getting French onion soup and sparkling cider at a cafe on the boardwalk, riding the Tilt-A-Whirl and shopping at the linen store and Heritage House.  The Osborne's have been my 'family' since I was 10 years old and are full of love and hospitality.  One time I brought my 90 year old great-aunt here for a visit and she talked for years about the wonderful coffee, front porch, and how the lad Osborne child hugged her and made her feel loved.  I hope to bring my friends back here so they can experience the joy of Ocean City, NJ.

Memories from Seven Valleys, PA
Posted by The Flaherty Family
from Seven Valleys, PA

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The first year we vacationed here at the Osborne's Philip and I were just dating. I knew we would come again.  Peggy Ann and family are so nice, they make you feel like family.  Thank you for the great hospitality and making us so comfortable!  Nicholas is 20 and he always asks every year if we can go to 'our' beach.  He loves the beach just like his mother!  Thanks for being there for us.

Memories from Medford, NJ
Posted by The Moll/Egan Family
from Medford, NJ

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We came upon your home accidentally ten years ago.  And a happy accident it was.  We look forward to coming and through each cold winter dream of the beach.  We cannot say enough about how lovely and accommodating you and your family are.  You make it so easy to enjoy our week at the beach.  We look forward to many more years!

Memories from Denver, PA
Posted by Jim and Jeanne Neidermyer
from Denver, PA

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For the past few years we have started the season with Peggy Ann and Frank and we end the season with them in September.  The day you walk through the door you become part of the family and always feel welcome.  It has been a real joy meeting their children and grandchildren.  We feel blessed to be one of the 'regulars.'

May you be blessed with many more years of good health and great summers.

Memories from Philadelphia, PA
Posted by Colleen and John Henik
from Philadelphia, PA

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Voltaco's to place our order five minutes before closing: an hour wait at the bar before dinner at the Crab Trap; moving cars; enjoying walks on the beach and boardwalk; John sitting in his beach-chair with his head phones; Room F; Peg and Frank greeting us every Friday.  These are some of our fondest memories of our beloved Ocean City.

Memories from Lansdowne-Aldan High School
Posted by The Girls from the 1962 Graduating Class
from Lansdowne-Aldan High School

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The 'girls' from the 1962 class of Lansdowne-Aldan High School had a grand reunion here.  Headed by Sandy McGrath of Virginia and Ginnie Russell of Texas, a rip rollicking time was had by all.  There were laughs, songs, prayers, maybe a few tears, jitterbugging and all the memory scratching that could be done by nine dynamic women. The last time we were all together was over forty years ago.  Let's hope it won't be another forty years before the 'girls' get together again for some more fun and games.

Memories from Boonsboro, MD
Posted by Bob and Debbie Maricle
from Boonsboro, MD

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We 'rediscovered' Ocean City, NJ in August of 1997 after a 25 year absence!  How fun to see our old haunt again-this time with grown-up eyes!!!  It was like running into an old friend on the street....instant recognition, a flood of good memories, immediate feelings of at-home comfort.

On our way out of town that August Sunday morning we chose to drive once more through the charming residential blocks, this time with paper and pencil ready to jot down names of Guest Homes that looked warm and inviting.  We determined that on our next return (and we promised ourselves that it wouldn't be 25 years) we would try that venue of accommodation.

In the Spring of 1999, we dug out our scribbled list-thank heavens we had saved it-and began calling to arrange for a week long summer stay.  Our search ended when we spoke to Peggy Ann.

The rest is history.  We've returned each season, sometimes for multiple visits.  The Osborne's Inn is our home away from home, and we eagerly anticipate each return.  We have some choice snapshots displayed at home and at work so that on the dreariest of cold winter days we can conjure up the feeling of sunlight on our skin, drink in the ocean air, and savor the seagulls soaring as the waves break upon the sand...see you next year.

Memories from Stewartsville, NJ
Posted by Eileen and Will Woerner
from Stewartsville, NJ

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Some of my memories of Ocean City:  the most vivid images come to mind quickly.... the wonderful beaches, the rides and the excitement.  Then, my thoughts go to the peaceful, relaxing and happy moments I have spent with my husband while staying at the Osborne's.

What I enjoy most is the way you make us feel like part of the family and keep us up to date on all the delightful activities of the Osborne Family, the weddings, the new additions and your amusing words of wisdom.

We look forward to seeing you on our next visit.

Memories from Philadelphia, PA
Posted by The Wakelee Family
from Philadelphia, PA

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Ocean City brings fond memories of Wakelee family fun! On arrival, the hermit crabs and their cages were top priority.  The children ran to the boardwalk in search of them.  Oh, what joy they experienced in comparing them and taking care of them.  A special part of Ocean City.

Sarah had finally convinced her parents to buy her a 'boogie board' on the boardwalk. She was very excited and could hardly wait to get in the ocean with it.  With great anticipation, off to the beach she went, only to be turned away by the lifeguard - surf is too rough, come back tomorrow.

When we arrived at Osborne's Inn, the children were very excited when the little ones discovered the bunk bed and ladder in our apartment.  Up and down the ladder they went, finally one fell down and was hurt.  Drew removed the ladder and put it in the closet.  About 2:00 AM, Emily, the five year old, started screaming, 'Daddy get me down, I have to go potty!'

One evening the family was having an exciting time at Playland when all of a sudden, without warning, thunder and lightening and torrential rain started.  They enjoyed the fun and laughter of getting soaked and running down the boardwalk to the comfort and warmth of our 'home away from home!'

Sarah Wakelee
Memories from Bucks County, PA

My family has visited OCNJ every summer for as long as I can remember.  My grandparents, my Uncle Jack, my Aunt Eleanor, my parents, cousins, siblings, and friends made lasting memories staying at Osborne's.  We stopped coming to OCNJ a few years ago because of school, work, summer camps, and the like, but we'll always remember our time.   Now that I have grown into adulthood I always make it a priority to stay for at least a day and enjoy all that the shore has to offer.  My boyfriend and I stayed for a wedding last September, and I chose Osborne's because of all the wonderful feelings that it envoked.  Sure it was a hike from the Inn to the wedding, but we wanted to stay!  Why?  Because in all my years of visiting, I have never once had a bad experience.  NEVER.  Everyone is so friendly and caring.  It shows!  The secret to a great legacy is passion and I'll always have Osborne's on my mind whenever anyone mentions OCNJ.  Here's to continued success for the future!

Memories from Pottstown, PA
Posted by Millie and Paul Casner
from Pottstown, PA

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We have been going to the Osborne's Fairview Inn since 1998.  Peggy Ann and Frank are such wonderful and caring hosts. We both love Ocean City and the Osbornes.  We enjoy the beach, the boardwalk, the Porch, the Pops, the Tabernacle, etc.  I guess I should say 'We enjoy just about everything that has to do with Ocean City.'

Memories from Hunlock Creek, PA
Posted by The Crisci Family
from Hunlock Creek, PA

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There are no words to describe what our vacations at Peggy Ann's and Frank's mean to us.  We feel this is our second home.  When our everyday life gets crazy we think of our vacation to come at Ocean City.  The entire family always makes us feel so welcome.  Our favorite spots include, The Hula Grill, the water park, the amusement parks, the beach and 'Breezin ' Up'.  Thank you for all the 'extras' you always provide - always a kind word or words of wisdom on life.  The Osborne's are by far one of the best treasures in Ocean City!

Memories from Allentown, PA
Posted by The D'Annunzio Family
from Allentown, PA

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Memories - one of the joys of Life -  I hold on to them like precious gems.  Truly one that shines so brightly in my life are the fond memories of my extended Family - The Osbornes!!!  They came into my heart way back in 1979.  It was a beautiful summer day - where should we stay??  We were on 15th Street - tired - sandy - my attention was drawn to a group of busy little kids - Peg sitting on the steps - calmly extending to us a warm 'Hello' - a Vacancy Sign - no harm in asking - little did I realize this would begin our 'memories'.  The haven we would choose year after year -  a place that would grow to feel like 'coming home'.  Do you remember that very first weekend - I think it was Colleen -  you knocked on the door -  she had a splinter in her foot - would I mind trying to remove it - she wouldn't let you remove it.  How brave she was and we were successful!!  That was when we got to know each other, in spite of all the screaming kids - one sweeter than the other.  How inpressed I was at this 'BRAVE LADY'. - I knew I had to come back.

Through the years that followed I came back with my girls - family - parents - friends and thinking back I have stayed in every room and apartment except T.

I have watched these humble surroundings grow into the most beautiful Inn in Ocean City.  I have had the joy to watch the 'kids' grow, laugh, play, get married - EXCEL.  I have experienced hospitalilty from Peggy Ann and Frank - hugs - sincere caring - nothing is ever too much trouble.  How impressed I am with their parking maneuvers.  You name it - they do it.

I have so many many wonderful memories.  This is my 'home away from home' - where I come to relax and share.

God Bless each and every one of you and Amstel too!!!

Memories from Waldorf, MD
Posted by The Davis Family
from Waldorf, MD

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My family first came to Ocean City on vacation from Albany, New York when I was 15 years old.  I discovered the Osborne Inn as an adult and have literally 'raised' my children here.  My husband, son, daughter and I drive from our home in Maryland every summer for our week's stay with Peggy Ann and her Family.  Our kids wouldn't 'allow' us to go anywhere else!  We meet my parents and siblings here also!

We love the beach, boardwalk, sticky buns from Mallon's, bike rides, Kohr's ice cream, trading books at the Discount paperback shop etc. etc. etc....!!!

Memories from Coatesville, PA
Posted by John and Lynne DiBerardinis & Girls
from Coatesville, PA

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The Osborne's Fairview Inn has been our vacation home for the last seventeen years.  We started vacationing here before we were married, continued through twenty six years of marriage and two beautiful daughters.  We have so many fond memories here with all the Carey's and the gracious hospitality of the Osborne's.  Our stay is always so very comfortable, truly our 'home away from home.'  The only decision we need to make is whether to take Apt. T, or Apartment A or the cottage, everything else just falls into place.  We love coming here and look forward to seeing you evey year. 

Memories from Wappinger Falls, NY
Posted by Horatio and Marie Wildman
from Wappinger Falls, NY

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Each year we look forward to our Ocean City Vacation and staying at Osborne's makes it more special.  Morning coffee on the deck, being able to walk to the beach and boardwalk and a home like atmosphere.  Three generationsof us are here now and we all love it!

Memories from Abingdon, MD
Posted by Jim and Julie Chaplin
from Abingdon, MD

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When I was a kid I would come to Ocean City for a week every year with my family.  As I got older I would come down with my buddies and that's when I met the Osborne's.  We moved sofabeds for Peggy Ann, picked up furniture since I had a truck, and being a graphic designer, I got to design the official Osborne Fairview Inn brochure.  I always felt like part of the extended Osborne family.  When it was time for me to propose, I wanted to come to Ocean City so my wife could begin to experience great memories here as well and of course we'd be staying at the Osborne's.  We've been coming back every year.  So I'd like to thank the entire Osborne clan for being such nice friends and of course for all the memories.  Incidentally, now we have beautiful twin daughters to join us. 

Memories from Philadelphia, PA
Posted by Dottie Greenhalgh
from Philadelphia, PA

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Osborne Fairview Inn is such a wonderful, warm, and homey place.  What a great find! Peggy Ann and Frank and their children make it that way.  You never have had a problem that you could not talk to them about.  They listen to you.

I look forward to coming down in the summer, hoping they will start renting in the winter.  Thanks again Peggy Ann and Frank and children for giving our family many happy memories.

Memories from Cortland, NY
Posted by The Barnes Family
from Cortland, NY

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The first memory that comes to mind is the third generation Barnes' visit to the 15th Street beach.  The introduction of the ocean water and sand was an amazing treat.  To see the excitement in all our faces was all we needed to know and understand how important it is to take time together in such a wonderful place.

The second memory would be walking on the boardwalk for the first time with our son Brian.  This was hopefully the first of many vacations for our Family in Ocean City.  Being so young it was great to see how Brian was amazed by the sounds, lights, and all the people.  It had us thinking all the time about what exactly was going on in his little mind.  Now years later we are joined by our daughter, Katie.  We anticipate making this an annual vacation for our family.

Memories from Pennsylvania
Posted by Peggy Fink and Jackie Shaw
from Pennsylvania

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Henry and I started coming here in 1980 (I think).  We came in September with a church youth group.  We were counselors.  It was the first time I had ever been to a beach or ocean.  We had a great time.  I think that weekend our church group had the whole house.  Ever since then we've tried to come back to Osborne's either with the church group or family.  We absolutely love Ocean City and we love the Osborne Family.

 

I've been staying at Osborne's ever since my sister Peggy introduced me to them about twelve years ago.  It's great to stay at a place where the people make you feel welcome and at home.  Ocean City and the Osborne's go together and it is truly a 'vacation home.'  I enjoy coming to Ocean City just to sit on the beach all day and read books.  Going out for evening meals is a real treat.  Luigi's spaghetti is one meal I always have when here in O.C.  My sister Peggy and I have enjoyed a week every summer at Osborne's and we hope to continue the tradition.  

Memories from Newtown, PA
Posted by Robin, Brooke and Shelby - the Forman/Cohen Girls
from Newtown, PA

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We have been coming down to the Osborne's since 1996.  My family has grown every year at Ocean City.  Every year, my Mom, my sister and I stayed in Room 2, until this year when Peggy was able to put us in Apartment A since her children had gone home.  We are always the last person to sign in and have traditions we still follow to this day.  Some of those traditions are walking to Wawa on our razars, coming down even if it's raining, getting sweatshirts on the boardwalk, getting black and white photos made, meeting Irish people in the rain, and getting presents from Peggy for helping her and for just being who we are.  Thanks for all the memories and making us feel like a part of your Family. 

Memories from Lansdale, PA
Posted by John & Jackie Geddes and Family
from Lansdale, PA

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Memories of Ocean City definitely center around 'Osborne's' our Ocean City home and adopted family!! We feel truly blessed to have met this wonderful crew.  Our first visit was somewhere around the summer of '94.  We've lost track of the years but never the fact tht this is part of our summer.  We all stayed in what is now Frank and Peggy Ann's room.  Even though they were booked they made it work for us.  We've found that to always be true.  It just seems to always work at the Osborne's whether in an apt. or room.  We love the honesty and flexibility of the family.  Apt. A gave us a much needed retreat from the chaos of the world after Sept. 11th.   We will forever count our blessings to be a part of 'Osborne's.'  You are truly wonderful people with an extraordinary place and ability to make beautiful memories for all who are lucky enough to come in contact with you.

Memories from Hollywood, PA
Posted by Janet Haney
from Hollywood, PA

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Not a day goes by that someone doesn't say ' I can't wait to go down the shore.'  Each of the kids discusses the first walk to the beach and supplies they need to bury each other in the sand.  Most of our conversations are at the dinner table recalling funny times we've shared over the past years.  The most hilarious being the time we all bought the best French fries on the boardwalk, only to have the sea gulls attack and most of the fries hit the deck.

Thank you Peggy Ann for giving me the excitement of something to look forward to.

Memories from White Plains, NY
Posted by Lillian, Hal and Lori Herzog
from White Plains, NY

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My memories of Ocean City began in 1972 when our family came to Ocean City for a week's vacation.  Our daughter, Lori, was twelve and our son Greg was eleven and our youngest son, Tim was six.  We have many fond memories of our children at Wonderland, playing minature golf, biking on the boardwalk early in the morning, and swimming and sunbathing at the beach.  We always took walks at night on the boardwalk and enjoyed all the activities...the tradition.  Greg now has a son and he is continuing the tradition of Ocean City.  Logan is two and a half years old and has already been to Ocean City eight times.  We actually heard about the Inn from Greg a few years ago and he highly recommended it.  Peggy Ann and her family are very warm and friendly.  It is always a pleasure to spend time here with its relaxing and pleasant atmosphere and we look forward to it each year. 

Memories from Phoenixville Pa
Posted by Debby Hallman
from Phoenixville Pa

My husband and I found the Osborne's Inn a few years back and it has been our summer home away from home. We had such a relaxing time sitting on the front porch. Meeting new friends and enjoying the wonderful family of Peggy Ann and Frank. I just lost my husband to Cancer, but the memories I have of us on that front porch will forever be in my heart.

Memories from Philadelphia, PA
Posted by Margaret and Tom Hoban
from Philadelphia, PA

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Osborne's Inn - you make a lasting impression.  When you are dealing with guests, when you are greeting people, yours is the voice people hear when they arrive.  People forget their problems when they are here.  Yours is the intelligence and caring family that people find when they spend time here. You are wonderful and so is your Inn and all the people that are in the Inn, both family and other guests.  We are very glad to be here for our vacation.  It is our home away from home in the summer.  We just want to thank all the Osborne's for being great.

Memories from Philadelphia, PA
Posted by The Frank, Lauer and Vassallo Families
from Philadelphia, PA

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COUSIN'S Restaurant - YAHOO!!!

SINDIA - Sweet!

REDDY'S - OK, YES!

June, Donna, Ken and Sue were here the last weekend of September at 427 Central Avenue - dead end to the Tabernacle!!!

Back in 2001 we stopped at the Chamber of Commerce house in the old bridge and learned that the Osbornes might have room to accommodate us if we rolled up to their door.  Happy Chance! We got to spend a sweet weekend in the upstairs apartment and start a friendship with Peggy Ann and Frank that has rejoiced us each September ever since.  How gracefilled of them to combine hospitality, business and friendship so beautifully!  

We love the roomy comfort of 427 Central Avenue.  Save us a place for next year.  

Fond wishes from June, Sue, Ken and the Crew!

 

 

It's strange to think of September, 2001, as a season of happiness, but that's when my husband, Ken, friend June and I discovered the Osborne Inn.  We had already established the happy habit of visiting Ocean City after Labor Day.  We'd pick a handy bed and breakfast or motel with a vacancy, never forming an attachment to any one place.  But this was the year we met Peggy Ann and found our Osborne Home.  The policeman who usually stayed in 'T', the lovely apartment with the ocean view balcony, wasn't in residence because he was involved in the terrible aftermath of 911, so we spent our first stay there, enjoying the Inn's unique welcome. 

In 2002, our friends Carol and Paul joined us.  We have returned each season except for 2003, when a hurricane blew our plans away.

But here it is 2006. I am sitting in a wicker chair soaking up sunshine on the Osborne Porch.  My companions are packing the car for our departure.  We've spent the last two days renewing our delight in the boardwalk, the beach, Asbury Avenue, the alleys of Ocean City, moon and stars over the water, and good food at favorite restaurants and new restaurants that we are discovering.

Last night Peggy Ann invited us to take our champagne cocktails in 'T', our first room here, just because it was  available and she knew we'd love it.  As we entered the house, the Osborne Chorus, four granddaughters, sang to us: 'Welcome to Osborne's Inn.'  We're always reluctant to leave, and we so look forward to returning.  See you next year! 

 

Memories from Lancaster County, PA
Posted by The Lerman Family
from Lancaster County, PA

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JOE - kicking back and relaxing on the beach, flying kites, the roaring sounds of the surf and the crazy antics of the gulls, breakfast at Bob's, dazzling lights on the boardwalk at night and the smell of cooking food in the air.

DIANE - time for contemplation and to get away, staying at the cozy 'home away from home' - the Osborne's Inn - enjoying Frank and Peggy Ann's hospitality, the warm beach, looking for seashells, early morning bike rides, the mist of the ocean on my face.

AUSTIN - the ocean is fun, going to antique stores and the movies, eating at different restaurants, Jake's water ice and trivia night, all the good laughs and fun, the comfy couch in Peggy Ann's apartment.

We've been going to Peggy Ann's place in Ocean City, for over 25 years now, and truly look forward to and enjoy, every minute there.  Thank you for helping to make such wonderful memories for us and for your friendship.

Memories from Brooklawn, NJ
Posted by Ginny Levitt
from Brooklawn, NJ

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                                                  A Poem

                                There's no place on earth I've ever been
                                That I love more than the Osborne Inn.
                                There's no better folks in this great land
                                That I love more than the Osborne clan.
                                Memories galore over all these years
                                Many a laugh and a sprinkle of tears.
                                Children grown up while I've grown old
                                It's only part of the story that's told.
                                Babies are born at their God given call
                                As we continue to mourn those who started it all.
                                We came to sit on the porch awhile
                                To share a hug, a tale, a smile.
                                We step away from the city's strife
                                To salute summer and celebrate life.

Memories from Sussex, NJ
Posted by The Lincoln Family
from Sussex, NJ

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We love to come to Ocean City every year because of the ocean and all the shops and places to eat!  If we don't have our week here the year just isn't right.  The extended family and friendship are extended blessings at the Osborne's Inn.  You make us smile!!!. 

Memories from Coatesville, PA
Posted by Anna Martorana
from Coatesville, PA

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How I enjoy my visits to the Osborne's Inn! Thank you for the gracious hospitality! I have always felt that I am spending the week with friends.  I absolutely LOVE staying at my 'home away from home'.

Memories from Volant, PA
Posted by The McCracken Family
from Volant, PA

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Ocean City and the Fairview have been our family's favorite vacation get-away for over thirty years.  Some of our favorite things remain constant thru the years; the excitement of finally getting here (8hr. drives!) the smells and sounds of the beach, the quaint restaurants and shops and the evening walks on the boardwalk. Our children always swore that they definitely saw shark fins in the water as we crossed the bridge to Ocean City, that was thirty years ago.  Now our daughter brings her children and they too look for the shark fins while crossing the bridge! We remember the Osborne children piled on each other on the sofa watching cartoons or playing red light, green light with all the other children 'sharing' their house that week (what awesome summers they must have had growing up!) We even remember Megan (she must have been around 2) walking with an older sibling to get the morning paper.  She would always have an oversized t-shirt on that brushed the ground as she walked.  Now they too have grown, married and are having children of their own.  From one generation to the next the memories continue to grow and we are so grateful to be a part of it all.  Congratulations on 40 years of memory making!

Memories from Philadelphia, PA
Posted by Loretta Savage
from Philadelphia, PA

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My first time at Osborne's Inn was with my daughter Cathi's eighth grade class from St. Joseph School in Cheltenham.  All the kids were invited for a day to celebrate their graduation.  At that time in my life I believe I was working with Frank for a few years and every once in a while had a day where we went to Ocean City for some R & R.   I was able to come down for some relaxation for a weekend either with my husband or my friend Cass.  We always had a great time especially sitting on the front porch and meeting new people. I continue to come down for a weekend usually with my friend Cass and just enjoy relaxing, smelling the ocean breeze or walking on the boardwalk.  The Osborne's always make this sometime special for us.

Memories from West Chester, PA
Posted by The Two Russell Rickert Families
from West Chester, PA

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Spending a week in Ocean City is so nostalgic for me.  From the time I was very young - perhaps as young as two - my parents would vacation on the island, and my siblings and I have some wonderful memories.  Every year at low tide we would ride to the site where the ship 'The Sindia' had wrecked and wonder what treasures lay buried beneath the mast.  My mom would then tell us what the ship looked like when she was a girl on the beach.  Now, only a memorial sign remains as a tangible reminder - but it is enough to stir up those memories, and memories are what I want to share with my children.

The stability of coming to your Inn each year is something I hope my kids will see as a buried treasure, uncovered, and valued as I value my childhood at the shore.  The security and comfortableness we feel here is rare indeed.  And to be able to share this week with Russ' parents each year only adds to the treasure chest of memories together.  For my kids' sake I hope to have many more of these weeks together.  I hope my in-laws will be able to share them with us, and as long as your willing to keep your Inn running, we plan on sharing them with you as well.  Thanks so much for your hospitality, warmth, stability and flexibility.  It's exactly what we need!

Russ, Robin, Tom, Kelly, David and Betsy along with Dr. Russell and Mrs. Irene Rickert

Memories from Tiverton, Rhode Island
Posted by Jeanne and Marc Rapoza
from Tiverton, Rhode Island

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I've been coming to Ocean City for as long as I can remember.  I recall days spent on the beach using iodine and baby oil to get a 'quick tan' and using tape cut outs to create our own 'tattoos.'  Walking under the boardwalk to eat at Bob's and sitting under the boardwalk when the sun got too hot sipping Bob's lemonade. I found the Osborne's in 1985 or 86 when a friend and I drove to OC without a place to stay.  You just happened to have a vacancy-talk about luck! It was the middle of July!  Who could have predicted that chance meeting would have turned into a wonderful friendship and a place I adore coming to every year - high school, college and married life.  You have a way of making someone feel so relaxed and welcome - part of your extended family.  As you know, my husband doesn't like to travel, but with all your hospitality and the 'Magic' of Ocean City, he too has grown to love O.C. in only a few visits and looks forward to many more return trips.  Even though we only live 3 miles from the ocean in Rhode Island there is something unexplainable that draws a person back to Ocean City.  It's not only the ocean and the boardwalk.  It's the community, care and comfort that you can feel.  Ocean City is safe and in these trying times there aren't many places you can go to feel those things.  Just love Ocean City.  Just love the Osbornes!

Jeanne and Marc Rapoza

Memories from Churchville, PA
Posted by Pat and Chris Romano & Family
from Churchville, PA

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My favorite memories of our vacation are sitting on the porch with the breeze blowing off the ocean just relaxing and talking about the problems of the world.  At the time we almost solved the problems, my wife would say let's walk over for some ice cream and the whole gang would walk for an ice cream cone.  That's the way we solve our problems at the shore.  There are lots of great places to get ice cream!!!!

Best wishes to all of you!

Pat and Chris Romano and Family

Memories from Warminster, PA
Posted by Lee Rooney
from Warminster, PA

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My favorite memories:  The smell of the salt air.  Seagulls in flight.  Walking the city streets and checking out the houses and gardens.  Conversations with people I meet along the way.  The shops on Asbury Ave.  Relaxing on the beach with a book I never read.  Seeing Peggy Ann and family.  They always greet you with open arms.  Knowing there are caring and thoughtful people in my 'home away from home' is a blessing.

Memories from Allentown, PA
Posted by Debbie Salamon
from Allentown, PA

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My first trip to Ocean City, N.J. was spent at the Osborne's Fairview Inn.  Osborne's holds the best memories for me because I spent this time with my Mom and my best friends.  We all felt like college girls when we shared two rooms on the third floor.  All of us were huffing and puffing as we made our way up all those stairs.  Once we finally made it up all the stairs we were laughing so hard for so long we couldn't even breathe.

That first trip landed us girls our nickname.  Every evening we would find ourselves on the wonderful front porch in the corner closest to the ocean sipping wine coolers.  As college girls go Peggy helped to give us our nickname 'Uncappacoolers.' I also remember driving up to the house for the first time and Cam was trying to point our which house it would be and the only feature about the house she gave us was 'the one with the green awnings' well there were so many awnings out!!! We laugh about that all the time.

Best of all the fellowship and friendship found in this very warm and cozy beach side house is overwhelming and enjoyable. After our trips to O.C., N.J., I can almost here the waves in my mind calling me back to this most relaxing time of my hectic life.

Debbie Salomon

Memories from Pittsburgh, PA
Posted by Tom and Linda Scanlon
from Pittsburgh, PA

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Our first visit to Osborne's Fairview Inn was in the summer of 1995.  This place was recommended to us by good friends.  1995 was very memorable because the summer was very hot with record temperatures.  Unaccustomed to sunbathing on the beach -  we got extremely sunburned!  However in spite of that mishap we had a great time.  Everything about Ocean City from the accomodations; to shopping on the boardwalk; to gambling at the Atlantic City casinos; made for a very enjoyable and leisurely vacation.  We were eager to return the following year.  In fact over the years we have invited many family members to come and share our vacation.  The apartment is especially suited for providing a 'home away from home.'  One year our daughter Carol and her Aunt Gail (Linda's sister) joined us on vacation at the Fairview Inn.  Because they have very diverse ideas on how to spend the perfect vacation, they were hesitant about coming.  Gail is a gambler and Carol likes to spend time on the beach working on her tan.  Both women love to shop!!  Much to their surprise everyone was able to pursue their own interests and still share many activities.  Ocean City truly has something for everyone!  We hope to come back every year and one day soon our grandchildren to this wonderful family-oriented' getaway.

Tom and Linda Scanlon

Memories from Cranberry Township, PA
Posted by Mark, Melissa, Cameron, Justin, Bryce and Declan Sekera
from Cranberry Township, PA

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I started coming to Ocean City and the Osborne Inn when I was in first grade. Now my husband Mark and my four boys are following this tradition. So many years and so many memories.  I love that so little has changed, we have our favorite stores and places to eat.  Each year we each pick out an ornament at Mia's Christmas store and we put our initials and year on it. Every Christmas we love looking at all the ornaments and memories of spending their summer vacations at Ocean City and at the Osborne Inn.  Words cannot express how much my family loves coming here.  The only downside is that our week goes so fast.  But then, there is always next year!  My Mom and Dad, Rhonda and Gary McCracken, started this wonderful tradition.  Thanks folks.

Memories from Lansdale, PA
Posted by Ronnie and Dave Sensinger
from Lansdale, PA

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Although we have enjoyed vacations in Ocean City for almost 40 years, it wasn't until a few years ago that we happily discovered Osborne's.  What a stroke of luck!

It was so nice to spend a few days here in June after all the plans and preparation of our daughter's wedding and to end the season with you again in September with another week of gorgeous weather.

We have so enjoyed staying with you and look forward to making Osborne's our destination in Ocean City as long as you are here. 

God Bless,

Ronnie and Dave Sensinger

Memories from Avondale, PA
Posted by Stanley, Carol and all the Szymendera Family
from Avondale, PA

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Summer 2009 was an exciting one for us; three generations of our Family spent time at the Osborne's that year.  As our Family grows, so do our Ocean City memories.

Our Son Michael brought his wife Megan for some R & R and Osborne's was the place he wanted her to see.  His childhood memories of the shore include Osborne's and now their memories of summer as a married couple do as well.

Although our son, Scott and son Chris and his wife Caitlin couldn't join us, Grandmom and Grandpop were able to bring two year old Eliza with us for her first introduction to Ocean City and Osborne's.  Within a few minutes, Eliza felt right at home in the little cottage where she spent a great week learning about the ocean, sea gulls, sand and the boardwalk.  She felt at home, in fact, she declared the little cottage to be Grandmom and Grandpop's house! (Don't we wish?)

Thanks so much.

Stanley, Carol and all the Szymendera Family

Memories from Havre de Grace, MD
Posted by Wayne and Anna Taylor
from Havre de Grace, MD

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We found Osborne's 'Fairview' Inn by accident a few years ago - or was it an accident? Perhaps God was leading us to the Perfect Vacation Spot!!!  Osborne's Inn, Sun, Sea...that is enough for me.

Wayne and Anna Taylor

Memories from Annville, PA
Posted by Lucy Vallen
from Annville, PA

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This is my fifteenth year at your 'home'. Thank you for your hospitality. You have made me feel so welcome on every visit.  You have a gift for making every guest feel like a V.I.P.  My favorite memory is of my birthday a few years ago.  You took me out to breakfast after Mass and had a 'party' on the porch later that night.  Nothing can replace the human touch in business, education, or in any endeavor in life.

God Bless You,

Lucy Vallen

Memories from Langhorne, PA
Posted by Mike, Annie and Holly Klemczak
from Langhorne, PA

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We had the BEST time!  We don't want to leave.  Everything was just wonderful.  We can't thank you enough for your hospitality.  This was our first week at Osborne's and we plan to make a tradition of it.  Stay well and we will see you soon.

To follow up - we have been coming for five or six years now and cannont wait to arrive each year. We love to see your family grow over the years.  We wish you many more years of happiness in your little slice of heaven. 

Mike, Annie and Holly 

Lots of good memories
Posted by megan romano
at 2013-04-11 19:40:00

Through the years, what can I say!  Wonderful lifetime memories of a place most near and dear to my heart.

Love it here!
Posted by Maureen and Phil Sawlinski
from Tampa, Florida

I sure do love the Osborne Inn.  The moment I stepped onto the porch I knew I was 'home'.  My dear long lost grade and high school friend embraced my arrival after fifty plus years since we knew one another.

October 7, 2013

This is truly a place that is a 'home away from home'.  This is my third annual visit and it just gets better each time.  'The hostest with the mostest' is Peggy Ann.   Frank is just as wonderful.  They are quite the team. We are glad to repeat our vist year after year.  You are so welcoming and gracious and I LOVE Apartment T.

Best Wishes to you both!

Love it here!
Posted by Craig and Sue Benner
from Lancaster County, PA

We found this place more than ten years ago, and have been coming back ever since.  Feels like staying with family!  Love it here and we'll keep coming back.  Thanks Peggy Ann and Frank.

'2013 Closing the Season'
Posted by Kevin & Mandy Foxwell
from New Freedom, PA

Our family has looked forward to summertime in OC NJ for years and years so, we could think of no better place to celebrate our 35th and 40th birthdays than here at the Osborne! Our birthdays are in October so, we had the privilege of being the last couple here with Peg to close out the 2013 season. 

Peggy and Frank are always so wonderful and make staying here such a treat!  We can't wait to come again in 2014 and for many, many seasons to come! 

Katie Stole my Heart!
Posted by Elaine Neidert and Dawn Keene
at 2013-09-16 21:36:56

We had our best time ever in Ocean City this week with you and your family.  We have been coming down for several years.  We enjoyed the new balcony in the evening when the sunsets were at their best, but we enjoyed your big front porch with a book even more!!!  We love being able to just walk to everything and to go up to the boards anytime we chose.  

The little ones are all well behaved - Katie stole my heart.  I think the best part of staying with you, for us, was feeling like we are a part of the family.  We can't wait to come back next year!  Much love to you and your family!

Center of the Action - 427
Posted by The Faust Girls
from Maple Glen, PA

427 Central Avenue - August, 2013 - My family and I love staying at Osborne's '427' because we have a lot of room.  We make memories and we are in the enter of the action.  We love walking to the bakery in town and playing at Gazebo Park.  We enjoy discovering all the parks around here.  We enjoyed having pizza on the beach for dinner and we had fun eating hoagies while watching the lifeguard races.  My sister Christie learned to surf.  We are grateful to be here.  Thank you!

Hugs and Kisses!

The Faust Girls, Kelley, Kerry, Christie, Anna Grace and Margaret Mary

21 Years of Family
Posted by Nicole Quigley
at 2013-07-21 11:47:31

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My family and I started coming to the Osborne's when I was only 4 years old.  From the moment that we walked into the door, we felt like we were immediately accepted into their family.  Every year there was some new memory made. I don't remember exactly which years they were all made, but here are just some of the things that stick out in the minds of my Mother, my Father and me.

1.  I remember helping Mrs. Osborne go through all of the pens that she had, to see which ones worked and which ones did not work.  I sat on the floor, in the living room, with a big piece of paper scribbling lines for, at least two hours.  At the end of my time, I was rewarded with some pretty awesome Black Pens! When you are young, it was like you won the lottery. 

2.   One year, many many years ago, we were putting our things away in the room, the first day that we got there.  My Dad finally finished putting his things away, sat down on the bed, and boom it broke. That's a long ago memory.  My parents didn't want to admit to it, so they sent me to ease the blow.  Mr and Mrs. Obsorne laughed and said 'things happen'.  Put that one into your Memory Bank.

3. Another summer we were there was the same summer that Amstel, the dog, made her first appearance.  I remember coming back from the beach one day and there was a dog sitting with Kevin! I was so excited  No dog was there when I left but when I came back, boom, there was Amstel Light! She was one a favorite of mine and a favorite of most of the guests who visited here.  Every morning I would see Mrs. Osborne walking Amstel and after her walk, I was able to play with her.  It was a great reason for me to awaken early in the morning.   

No matter the memories, we know we have gained a new family down  by the shore.  We are forever grateful for that! 

Memories from Cheltenham, PA
Posted by Colleen Osborne Mook
from Cheltenham, PA

                      Colleen's Essay for entrance into Villanova University written 1990.

My room was a mess.  To appease my Mom, I started to clean through the rubble.  I did not want to hear her say for the seventy ninth time, 'Colleen, please straighten your room.'  Thus, I began my Saturday project.  I started under my bed.  Beneath an old Michael Jackson shirt, there was an album marked 'Ocean City.'  At that moment with term papers and tests being an integral part of my life, the seashore seemed a million miles away.  Anxiously, I opened to the first page which contained a picture of my family's summer home in Ocean City, New Jersey!

I turned the pages quickly, excited to captivate such pleasant memories.  I stopped, started, and smiled at one particular picture. It was one of my Dad, my older brother and myself, sunburned from a day of fishing.  There was a smile on my face from ear to ear.  This picture ws of my first deep sea fishing experience, when I won the pool for the largest fish on the party boat.

A glance at a few more photos and I actually began to laugh aloud.  There was a snapshot of me, as a ten year old, trying, and I stress trying, to hang a queen size sheet on the clothesline.  This must have been when I was a novice on chambermaiding skills.  Four of my summers revolved around folding laundry, cleaning rooms, and scrubbing floors at the Osborne's Inn for my mother, or should I say, my employer.  I knew I was destined for bigger and better things.  They came in the following pages of the album.  There was Colleen, the waitress on the boardwalk at age fifteen.  I grinned when I saw myself in the fancy red and white uniform of Jilly's Ice-Cream Parlor. I remember how ecstatic, yet nervous, it was the first time I wore my uniform.

The next page contains pictures of a room no one can forget - our 'bunk bedroom.'  This is my bedroom.  It is also my older brother's bedroom and my younger brother's bedroom.  It is also my older sister's bedroom and my younger sister's bedroom.  To create a scenario: there are two sets of bunk beds, one trundle bed, one single bed, along with five bureaus, one for each of the kids. To say that this room was cluttered, busy, chaotic, fun and exciting is an understatement.  So much has happened in here that it will forever be part of us.  We have spent hours in that room, sleeping, fighting, laughing and playing our favorite games, 'Who Would You Rather Marry' and 'Brady Bunch Trivia.'  Naturally, the room is almost never occupied by just the five of us.  There is always at least one friend over.  Whether we squeeze two to a bed or a few more bodies on the floor, we live by the cliche, 'The more the merrier.'  It is because we have adjusted to smaller living space in the summer that we are fortunate enough to have a shore home.  We may not retain our privacy, but the camaraderie and fun we have shared is unique, and one that many envy.

Memories are the fabric of life.  In a short time, I will be embarking upon my college career, a time to make more and different remembrances.

Memories from Hatboro, PA
Posted by Linda M. Roberts
from Hatboro, PA

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Ocean City has been at the heart of my summer vacation memories for as long as I can remember.

After settling into our 'home for the week' my parents and grandparents set out on a ritual mission: to find beach hats for us kids.  An old family photo shows my sister Barb and me (ages 4 and 5) in front of the Flanders snack bar wearing straw hats tied under our chins, looking very much like junior tourists.

Summer always held a few special surprises when we got a little older.  My mom would serve a quick dinner, and then my dad would wink and say, 'Everyone in the car!' An hour and a half later, we arrived at the boardwalk for a night on the rides.  We browsed the shops, ate ice cream cones, and returned home late those nights exhausted but happy.

My teenage memories recall hearing Eric Clapton's 'I Shot the Sheriff' played over and over again on the old outside deck at Bob's Grill, staying up late to go to the midnight sales on Blue Law Sundays - where the linoleum floors always felt gritty regardless of how often we swept.

Owning my first car in college opened all kinds of possibilities for summer travel.  The boardwalk bath house accommodated frequent day trips, while a $12/night room meant I was set for many weekends of good times.  Although my friends and I sampled the night life in surrounding towns, Ocean City was always home base.

Ocean City continues to be my home away from home, a safe, comfortable, and familiar place to relax,  My family spends a week together each summer, and I try to make a couple of day trips and an occasional weekend on my own. Each trip imprints new memories - like the unexpected tones of the bagpipe player out on 3rd street jetty tonight!

The best thing about time spent in Ocean City is that I never have to be busy doing something, I can just BE.  Isn't it what a vacation is all about?

School Project done on Ocean City
Posted by Carrie Mitchell
at 2014-01-09 14:26:08

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CHAPTER ONE

I awakened to a fresh breeze blowing across my face; I climbed out of bed and walked to the window where the view pointed to the welcoming boardwalk and beckoning ocean.  I smelled the hazy mist the high tide left behind and heard a fog horn in the distance.  This place is my haven – my summer get-away that I love so dearly.  This place is called Ocean City, New Jersey.  This vacation spot is a tradition for our family, but most recently, we took a trip there in June of 2001.

On the way to Ocean City, my family stops at a harbor side restaurant/fishery.  In the fishery, there is a variety of all kinds of fish, lobster, clams, oysters, etc.  After wandering through the main seafood area, we go outside to the back of the harbor to the docks where ships unload their catches for the day.  On the docks is a small dining area; each person chooses their seafood from the main area, then the cooks prepare and serve the food to those waiting for their meal.  We enjoy this as well as the authenticity of the harbor.  As a child, I always stayed clear of the docks’ edges, in fear of the deep water below; now, on our last trip to the harbor, I leaned confidently on the dock posts, looking beyond, watching the ships come in and the seagulls swarming around the lobster traps.

Another familiar sight to my family’s eyes was Cape May, a very beautiful, romantic spot for sightseers and beachcombers.  Cape May’s lighthouse stands tall and strong.  Although serene during the day, the lighthouse shines fiercely at night, warning ships away from the shore’s jetties.  We climbed the stairs and stood atop, looking out onto the waters and the people below.  Cape May is always quite breezy and chillier than the other beaches in New Jersey.

                                                                 CHAPTER TWO

After looking through the Cape’s small shop, we drive down to the shopping circle.  Walking around the shopping area, we split up and wander through the stores we each like to see.  Another lighthouse my family likes to see is Cape Barnegat, which also has a small ocean side shop, but the town it protects is an authentic fishing port.  We enjoy climbing the Cape May and Barnegat lighthouses and venturing around the beaches and harbors there where we see daily life on the ocean’s side.

When we vacationed in Ocean City, my mother’s parents and her nephew met us in Ocean City.  We all grew to love the beach so much more with everyone there.  My brother and I would run on the beach, flying kites and tossing baseballs with our cousin Brock.  I tried to sun-tan every day, but my patience only lasted for so long, and soon, I went back into the water, chilled by the Atlantic waters.  My mother built sandcastles with my grandmother and my grandfather liked to read about the history of the beach in the restaurant on the boardwalk that serves really tasty breakfast.  In the restaurant, there are old pictures of lifeguards, the lighthouses and newspaper articles as well.

Our friends from Dauphin County, Pennsylvania came to visit us where we stayed.  I had the opportunity to baby-sit their two children at the time while our parents caught up on the recent news.  It was nice to show the kids around the beach and see them build sandcastles.

On the boardwalk, we played miniature golf as a family.  The theme for the golf course was a pirate theme, and it was fun, being by the ocean side; when we reached the last course holes, we saw the ocean from where we stood.  Every morning, my brother and I walked to the stairs that led to the beach on the boardwalk and watched the morning surfers.

                                                            CHAPTER THREE

 Watching the surfers every morning placed a new, crazy desire in me to surf sometime possibly on the Atlantic waters…  Other than swimming in the ocean, we decided to spend some time at the water park on the boardwalk.  We enjoyed the huge water slide, which at first, I would stand at the very top of them and look down at the pool below, then at the ocean beyond.  At the very moment I was enjoying the splendor and beauty from the high heights, my brother pushed me from behind, and I unexpectedly went down the slide screaming.  When I finally felt tired from all the activity, I did sun-tan by the pool.

Most evenings, we spent time on the boardwalk or the beach, and then my brother and I would get on our bikes and ride around the area to “Johnny Be Good’s” ice cream shop or to just see what the town was doing.  Most of the people in the area live in beach houses with screened in porches, where people read their newspapers in the morning, and drink iced tea at night.  One evening, we visited the adjacent town, Sea Isle and ate at our favorite restaurant  on the harbor there.  While eating, we saw people climb onto their jet skis and ride off  into the sunset.  I always enjoy watching people spray the ocean’s water everywhere, bumping over the waves on those jet ski’s again, that’s another thing I hope to do someday next time in New Jersey.Sea Isle is a quieter town, with that side of the beach not as enjoyable to most people.  The wind whips across the sand and the waves toss wildly although, most beautiful seashells lie there.  We did most of our grocery shopping in Sea Isle at the convenience store there.  Also at Sea Isle is a nice pizza shop where there is an overhead view of the harbor on one side of the restaurant, and the shore on the other.Other than the lighthouses, the real enjoyment of sightseeing is just sitting on the beach in the early morning, watching the fishing boats in the distance.

                                                          CHAPTER FOUR

My dad and I like to sit on the beach, watching the dolphins jump out of the water.  We can best see the ocean front from the piers that loom far out to over the waters.  Some fishermen gather at the very edge of the pier, with “chum” at the end of their line to catch the sharks in the deeper waters.  On a windy afternoon, just before a storm, is my favorite time to go onto the piers and look out onto the ocean; the mist hits my face and it feels good.  When exploring the beaches in the morning, we look for starfish on the jetties as well as the tide pools left behind by the high tide.  In those tide pools, we find ocean creatures which are always fun to find.  Also, in the mornings, we walk the beach during low tide, where the seagulls swarm, hoping to catch some food left behind by the waves.  If we have breakfast with us, we are careful knowing the seagulls often will try to eat the food we have with us.One thing we absolutely love about Ocean City is the boardwalk.  On the boardwalk are some hotels and new beach houses.  My favorite shops are the surf shops with surf boards, wet suits and flip flops.  There are art shops, with pictures and portraits of the ocean.  Different shops sell only the Ocean City famous popcorn of different varieties and of course, the ice cream shops are nice too.  One store in particular, has seashells and shark teeth.  The Salty Dog store sells books about ghost stories from Cape May and Cape Barnegat. At the very end of the boardwalk is my family’s favorite breakfast restaurant called “Brown’s Donut Shop.”

                                                             CHAPTER FIVE

Every year that we stay in Ocean City, we stay at the same place called Osborne’s Fairview Inn.  This Inn is just yards away from the beach, and has become like a second home to us.  We usually rent the bottom apartment of the Inn as a family.  In the porch is where the sun shines in the morning, and where as a kid, I dried out the seashells I would take home to show my friends.  As I grew older, and most recently, when I woke up in the morning, that is where I ate my breakfast and listened to the calm waves.  I would sit and watch the neighborhood wake  up, getting their newspapers from their front porches.  At night, after eating ice cream, my brother and I would sit and watch TV in the small living room area of the apartment and watch the neighbors retreat from their lawn chairs and head for bed.  Osborne’s Inn holds great memories for me, as we grew to be friends with the Inn’s owners and their family.  I try to write Mrs. Osborne as often as I can and remind her of the great times we have there as a family.  Anytime we need milk, or butter, we just go upstairs to their apartment and they would be so kind as to give us some.  Some afternoons, we spend some time chatting with the Osborne’s sitting on their comfortable couches, playing with their dog(that just unfortunately passed away) and getting new beach tags (for free!).After swimming and a day on the beach, we go to the back of the Inn where there is a clothes line to hang beach towels and there are showers to wash the sand off our sandals and feet.  Also, there are stairs leading to a door upstairs in the Inn, where in the morning, coffee is offered and a book shelf provides books for rainy days.  One time, while in Ocean City, we stayed in an upstairs apartment, where there is a nice view of the ocean.

Most people run or bike on the boardwalk in the morning, including my brother and me on some days.  Vacationers rent bikes from shops to ride on the boardwalk, but we usually bring our own bikes. 

                                                           CHAPTER SIX

 We find Ocean City a very pleasing vacation spot and look forward to going back every year, this past trip in year 2001 was very memorable, though because as a family, we did and saw more than we usually do.

For the most part, the weather was absolutely incredible while we stayed in New Jersey.  However, one evening when we walked the boardwalk, the clouds darkened and the winds  started to howl.  We almost had walked the whole boardwalk when we knew the storm was coming.  It suddenly started raining in torrents, and we tried to duck into shops, but the rain just started coming into them.  So as we watched the lightning strike and the thunder shake, we decided to make a run for it.  We ran for the apartment, our sneakers and flip flops sloshing.  We ran through the alleys as a shortcut, people smiling as we ran by.  We learned our lesson about ocean storms, never try to predict the weather.  It might just catch up with you.  August 2001, was a time to enjoy the ocean like we always did a long time ago, when George and I were just kids.  The traditional trip to Ocean City holds the expected events, everything from cereal on the porch every morning, to the exhausting trips up the lighthouses.  We all have nothing but great memories from Ocean City, and I hope to return for vacation in the future.

As a kid, we enjoyed the amusement park on the boardwalk, with some of its water rides, but now, we just pass it on the boardwalk now, and spend more time on the beach.  George liked to rides his boogey board on the waves, and I did too, although I was tossed around sometimes and found myself eating sand.  We swim farther out into the ocean, knowing there aren’t as many sharks as there are in Florida; the water is colder in New Jersey.  When we want to know when the high and low tides are coming and how the weather fares, we go to the lifeguard’s pier.  Altogether, all this activity made for an awesome, Jersey shore vacation.

Neighbor
Posted by Peggy Ann & Frank Osborne
from Ocean City, NJ

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It's now 2017 and I think often of our wonderful neighbor, Tom, who lived across 15th Street from us for many years.  The Osborne family misses your smile and your big hello.  Say hello to Heaven for me.

Dorothy Hoffman
Posted by Peggy Ann Osborne
from Ocean City, NJ

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Favorite memories from Ocean City?? That is a tough one; not for lack of material, but because there is so much.

During my formative years, in the 1970s, my father would take two weeks of vacation time during each summer.  One week would inevitably be a camping trip for the family.  Pine woods...leaky tent...there was little not to like! The second week would forever entail seven glorious days in Ocean City, New Jersey.

My strongest memories are from this time...let's say between 1970 and 1980...and they center around the boardwalk at night.  There was a unique juvenile culture that changed every year, while - in a fundamental way - it did not change at all. I'm talking about the fads.

Every year it was something. In pronouncing that last word, make it some-thing, for I am talking about tangible items that could be purchased.  Must be purchased.  Each year a different item was de rigueur for strolling the boards at night.  This item would mark the owner as an individual; a free thinker.  And it would be available for sale in sufficient quantity that each and every teenager on the boards could have one.  Would have one.  If they were cool.

I'll recount a few of the major fads, roughly in the order they appeared, starting with my earliest memory.  Bear in mind that each of these essential items because the calling card of a particular summer.

Click-clacks. A pair of little glass balls connected by a length of cord.  With a flick of the wrist, the owner could send the balls into a snapping dance as they richochet off one another.  Some kid got too exuberant and the glass broke, sending flying shards hither and yon.  Thereafter, click-clacks were made of lucite (plastic) balls.  But the really cool kids would hunt down a pair of original glass ones.  They were dangerous.  Our parents told us so.

The next year's craze was nothing at all.  Invisible dogs.  The device consisted of a fabric dog leash and harness, held firmly outstretched by virtue of a stiff wire inside.  Hoards of beach-goers delighted in 'walking' their invisible pooches down the boards.  Occasionally, a walker would pause by a guard rail while their phantom dog relieved itself of a phantom burden.  If you were cool, you bought one of these devices.  If you failed to purchase one, one might as well be invisible yourself.

By contrast, next summer's craze was very visible.  Some chemist had discovered that two simple chemicals, mixed together in a plastic tube, would create a luminous rod that could part parents from their money.  The glow-stick was born.  For one summer, the night was alive with gree fire.  It twirled, danced and raced down the boards.

As the 70s grew to a close, some up and coming late-night comedians named John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Gilda Radnor  were beginning to make their mark.  Our next fad swept the boardwalk like dandelions on an abandoned golf course.  Anyone who was anyone had to have a T-shirt with the words “Oh No…Mr. Bill!” emblazoned on the front.  An animated clay figure created for a skit on Saturday Night Live had is summer in the sun.  People clamored for these shirts, paying ridiculous prices.  The next summer they would hang unwanted on discount racks.

In the 1990’s I still try to get to Ocean City at least once each summer. I suppose the fads continue, though I am less aware of them now that I am an older person.  I vaguely noticed a flood of Batman shirts in the late 80s.  And there was some sort of cloth Frisbee that you could fold up in your pocket, which was in vogue one year.  More recently it was huge, striped Cat-In-The-Hat headgear.  I looked at them sadly, knowing I was too old and such a hat would never fit me anyway.

Then I happened upon a vendor with adult sizes.  And realized you’re never too old to have fun.

Which is probably why I keep returning to Ocean City.

 

Sitting on 15th Street's Beach
Posted by Lois and Steve Schmucker
at 2013-07-24 11:07:39

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July 22, 2002

My life almost began in Ocean City as I came here for the very first time when I was just six weeks old. My grandfather would rent an apartment for half the season on Sixth Street and the beach.  Each summer we would walk the boards in my shiny Mary Jane shoes and little white gloves.  I remembered the ocean splashing up onto the boards and the waves came crashing ashore.  What fun it was to be sprayed by the water!

I loved Gillians old Merry-Go-Round and the beautiful white horses.  My father would ride with me and sometimes catch the gold ring for a free ride!  

Our family would always go to dinner at Watson's, Shafto's, Chris' and Hogates - always a line waiting for delicious food.  It was a time when you got dressed up to go out and eat - again the Mary Jane's and gloves, sitting on the bench outside Watson's, watching the cars and people go by.  We'd also go to 9th and Bay to Chris' and Hogates which were great casual seafood restaurants with outdoor dining on their decks overlooking many of Chris Mautegna's converted PT boats from World War Two.  They had names like the Pony, the Flying Cloud, the Saucer, and the beautiful sailboat the Sweetheart.  One could buy tickets and take rides on these boats during the day or evening.  People would get dressed up to go on the speedboats only to discover when they cut through the inlet they got soaked with the ocean spray as Chris would cut the engine.

My parent's best friends had a home at 21st Street and Wesley Avenue.  It was like our second home.

Of course, you had to have a lifeguard as a boyfriend.  My guy's name was Edie Yust and we walked to the Music Pier to enjoy the Lifeguard's Ball.  What wonderful memories!

Having married my husband and I brought our two sons as they now bring their sons.  We found Kathryn Lehr and her late husband Frank across from the Osborne's Inn.  I always wondered how Peggy Ann and Frank managed five children, a wonderful Inn, and jockeying all those cars.  When Kathryn sold her Ocean View Inn we migrated to Peggy Ann nad Frank's.  They greeted us with open arms and we visit every year for Night in Venice.

Our friend's home at 17th and the Bay has been a party place for many Nights in Venice, having won three or four years for best decorated house.  We've been clowns, German Tavern owners, Noah's animals, such fun - the Osborne's wondered each year what constumes we'd come up with.  Now we have our own home at 10th and Central which we bought Halloween, 2001.  While renting our home during the season we still come back to our second home away from home.  Steve and I agree that when we cross Route 9 our worries are left behind.  Our love of the sand and the sea is almost indescribable.  The roar of the surf, the never-ending waves, the peacefulness of watching the ebb and flow, the sun shine and the moon shine - what an idyllic island.!  Ocean City is all special people like Peggy Ann and Frank and their family who help to make Ocean City the wonderful place that it is.  Thanks for including us as part of your family, as part of your Memory Bank.

A restful getaway
Posted by Pam, Todd, and Jillian Pressman
from Medford, NJ

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We were so happy to find your wonderful home for our last minute getaway from Medford. Your home is so comfortable and welcoming! I can’t remember a better sleep in the recent past! I hope we can visit again!

The perfect place to unwind
Posted by Kathy Cupo
from Toms River, NJ

This was just what I needed to recharge myself! I decided last minute to try and find a place where I could unwind. Task complete!! My family and I had a great time. Looking forward to coming back next year. Thank you!

A restful getaway
Posted by Pam, Todd, and Jillian Pressman
from Medford, NJ

We were so happy to find your wonderful home for our last minute getaway from Medford. Your home is so comfortable and welcoming! I can’t remember a better sleep in the recent past! I hope we can visit again!

Memories Gleaned through the years
Posted by Peggy Ann Osborne
from Maple Glen, PA

1985

 

6/15 - 6/22/1985 - Connelly Family - Pat and Kids were down the shore for a week.  It was during Colleen's graduation party time.  Andrew played 'priest' a lot.  Some pictures were taken with Father Skelly wearing a sailor hat holding Ryan.  Celine Severino & her mom were also here.  Kyle concieved while parents in P & F.

6/29 - 7/6/1985 - Dud Havelin Family - Dud and Marie came down with their family pretty much as a family reunion type thing. Dud always enjoys himself - loves the shore.  Died June, 1987. He is missed.  One thing he so looked forward to having on his vacation was Cabbage Soup.  Peggy Ann, being helpful, dropped a gallon container and the glass broke all over the driveway.  Such for helping!!!

6/29 - 7/6/1985 - Mary Wendler and her children Andrew and Danny have been spending time here for a few days or a week ever since her husband, Jim, died.  Kids love it.

7/10/1985 - Cathy and Jimmy McCarthy visited on Sunday, July 7, 1985, and told us that the Warren Miller Family has had a 'Guest Book' in their Ocean City home since 1940.  They commented how much pleasure it has brought them.  Now the Osborne's are going to do the same thing.  Our guests will have the opportunity to say what it is they would like to say about their visit to Ocean City, New Jersey -the Fairview and the Osborne's. - I am pleased to announce that our first guest to comment is : Mrs. Helena Lloyd.

Dear Peggy Ann and all the Osborne's,

Thanks for your hospitality, your friendliness, your cheer.

It has been such fun, I hate to run.

I look forward to next year.

Helena Lloyd

7/11/1985 - I will always remember wearing Megan's hat to shade my head against the steaming sun.  Also, the hospitality of the Osborne's in opening their door to our Deaf youth.  The memories of the $1.00 to our youth for the soda.  St. Paul says, 'Open your door to strangers,' but yet strangers are only people you haven't met yet.  Peace & Smiles - Fr. Brian O'Neill.

7/11/1985 - Dear Peg and Family, I deeply appreciate your hospitality.  The warmth & friendliness shown throughout the day.  I thank you in the name of all our deaf youth.  Hope to see you all in Hawaii - Aloha & Peace, Bill Heran.

Joan Elasser came down with the Osborne's after qualifying for Los Angeles.  She won the 'long jump' at Franklin Field at the Jesse Owens games, 'Live Aid' (international effort for raising money for Africa) was on the TV all day.

7/12/1985 - Michael and Regina here along with little Mike (15 months old) and Joe (4 months old).  Kids lasted at the beach about ten minutes.  Little Mike didn't like it at all.

7/16/1985 - I came to Ocean City to visit family - Pop wanted me to go and buy him beer for the All Star Game tonight - Had a nice dinner with grandparents and later visited Aunt Peg and company  -  Everyone looks good and it was nice to see them again - I plan to head to Philadelphia tonight and visit some friends.  -  John J. Fischer, III

7/20/1985 - Jim, Kathy and family (Colleen, Chris and Philip) spent and wonderful weekend at the Fairview.  Colleen Lynch, Colleen O. arrived Friday with Frank after the Prep.  The boys enjoyed being on the 'pay-roll' and found a great companion in Meg.  Jim was a great valet and flag raiser!  A good time was had by all.  Our many, many thanks! -  The Lynch Family.

7/20 - 7/27/1985 - Howley Family - Julie Howley and her friend, Sherry Kenyon, spent the entire summer of 1986 in O.C. perfectly delightful kids.  Julie's parents are Phil and Anna.  Her brother, Phillip, is Colleen's age.  We kid them about being together. - Fun times we had with Matt Caffrey, Dave Santmann, etc.

8/10/1985 - I enjoyed playing miniature golf with Megan! Also, Megan is a very good, good friend.  I hope to see her again. - Love, Siobhan Forde

The view is fair,

The Osborne's care,

With friendliness beyond compare.

Our week was great;

We played and ate,

With lots of time to meditate! - Love and thanks from Joan Forde and Siobhan

8/10 - 8/17/1985 - Pallas Family - Paul, Mickey & the kids have been coming for the last few years.  Rent carriage bicycles. Megan is literally a seventh Pallas child - always enjoy their company.

Buckner Family - Jane, Charlie & Eddie have been coming for years. They enjoy themselves immensely - stay in Apt. T.  In the beginning I had trouble handling all the love and attention they gave to me.

8/17 - 8/24/1985 - McDonald Family - Karen, Gregg, Heather & Holly - 'people' Megan immediately befriended Karen just got her R.N.  Greg plays the bagpipes.  Good solid people.  Greg died shortly thereafter from cancer - very young man.

Memories gleaned through the years
Posted by Peggy Ann Osborne
from Maple Glen, PA

1982

6/18/1982 - Arrived Friday afternoon - met the farm crew -  Mel & Chris Bornstein, Sue & Roger Smith - Muggs & Bill Houldin  -In Apt.B - we had Ann & Tom Harding.  Good to see everyone.

 

6/19/1982 - On Saturday arrival was the Mauer family (friends of Calvin & Terry Koffel) - Margaret Kremtz, her daughter, Janet, husband John and John's brother - Jim

On Tuesday a family reunion took place.  Mrs. Kremtz's son, Steve and his new wife.  Teddy, came in from Colorado with their new baby, Steven.  Teddy's mom and dad - Clarence & Ethel Davis came in from Ohio.

During the course of the week - a Mother and daughter (in from Ohio) met up with Jim from above.  One big happy family.  My week was spent painting wicker chairs.

6/26/1982 - LaDuke Family - Bob, wife & son Robbie & grandson Leif (Life) born and reared in Germany.

Spahr Family - Barbara, Dick, Robbie & Emily.  Dick's daughter, Vicky, also came to visit.

Waldspurger - Mrs. Pepe's sister.  Husband was laid off a few months ago.  Tough times for them financially.

Anna Dulin Walther - C.D. - 1960 - Divorced mother of three children.

Dawn Glendenning & her friend, Lora, were stuck.  Stayed overnight in our bunk-bed room one night and up to Room 3 for the next night,  Deeply appreciative.

7/4/982 - Kelly & Megan - hit by car - 16 stitches in Kelly's head - 3 in Meg's leg.

Leslie Larson (Kim's sister) from New York - out of nursing into TV work and three other of her friends down for July 4th weekend.

Chris Caracino & Ruth Robinson down for first time.

Keith & Tina Dieterly down.

Jamie Salkind & friend, Eric, violin player.

Mr. Vincent down for his two week stay - delightful as ever.

7/10 - 7/17/1982 - Family reunion in A - C, Mr. and Mrs. Keebler from Delaware.  Their daughter, Carol, from Tennessee and daughter Virginia.  Good time for all.

Apt. T - Mary McKinley and son, Gregg, looking forward to some time away.

Rooms - Jan McGee & friend, Joyce Graham - one week - nice girls.

Karen Giannini & Gerry in.

Ed Beugleuss - wife - three girls.  They seem to come down each year - never with reservations.

Fann Crew - taking its three day stints.  Muggs already here - so was Chris Bornstein.

Jim & Pat Burns were our guests the weekend of July 9th - 10th.

Mary Jetta & Jim Wendler at Crab Trap. Paid us a visit with their little son, Andy. Later that week Mary gave birth t Daniel Patrick.

Hope & Mike Linder, along with Hope's sister, Gretchen & four girls took P & F - four nights - lovely people.

Couple in from Scotland was here on Sunday night with their severely handicapped child - age 13 - what special people they are!

7/11/1982 - Sunday night - city towed Dawn Glenndenning's care because of fuel pump leak.

Griffith's house next door robbed during the day.

Helena & Paul Lloyd - guests - 7/16

Sister Marie Celestine & Ed Hallinan - 7/17

Kelley's birthday - little party with Lori Hunter - Laurie Ziring - Chris - Mary Pat Corbett - (Chris-Mary Pat's friend).

7/18/1982 - Softball team here - took entire house.  They really are a fine group of young people, but when you get 26 of one kind of group together - you literally don't own your home.

7/20/1982 -  Week of 7/3 - 7/10 - we had another family reunion here with Apartments A - C - Room F being rented by four Italian sisters from New York - Vanasco - Cook - Shaberg - Vacia.  It as pleasant for all - except end fo the week - two sisters who were sharing apartment had too much tension.  Felt bad about that.

7/29/1982 - Hallman - A

Doyle - Jay Dushney - C&D - Dr. Doyle's daughter's family.

Barnes - T

Good week - Dr. Doyle uncooperative with parking situation.  Jay Dushney was fine.  Kevin O. & Kevin Dushney were good friends. 

Megan & Stephanie played a lot.  Little girl's name is Christen.  We treated Dushney kids really great.  Can't say it was reciprocated - everybody's different, I guess.

Hallman's niece -  too many if then for apartment though.

Barnes - Richard & Marilyn - son Richie, pleasant people - left the apt. very nice.  Older son, Ron & friend , Tom were down on occasion.  Barnes also have an older son, Tim, who is married and has a little baby. Very nice tenants.

Mel Bornstein - Longacre Farms - people own here for three day stints.

Brigate - Antoni - nice ladies P&F - always come together.

Rachel Surran - nice lady with her three grandsons and retarded nephew.

Smith and Glendenning families - Dawn & Chris - their parents.

Chris Caracino and Ruth Robinson - prefer Room 2.

Helminiak - Artley - P&F two nice couples.  Have a lot of fun together.

7/31/1982 - Apartments -

                   A - LaDuke

                   T - Barnes

                   D - Barbano - 1/22 birthday

LaDuke family always nice.  Robbie celebrated his 21st birthday on August 4.  Son - Dennis, in from Michigan. Susie here - plenty of people around.

Strausser - Cottage - two families - 7 people- no problem.

Barbano - D - nice man - 'gopher'

Carolyn & Bob Miller - down for two nights.  Went to Chi Chi's with us for dinner. T- one night  - Room 3 the next.

Butterfield - Don & Mary Kay & two children ( Joe Stec's sister)

Alig & Bruno - P&F nice people.  Bruno used to teach at C.D. now he is a Sergeant of Detectives in Philadelphia. Alig lives in VA. is with Navy Intelligence. - spent time in Michigan & Japan,  Two sisters are twins.  Sister of Luana Geist (friend of Ginny Levitt) - rear apt. 1441 West.

Leslie Larson - friend, Marie Harkin's Chrom's Disease - sick for two years.  Wyndmoor Area. Leslie & Joan down from New York.

8/7/1982 - A - Shank; C - Dome; T - Haherty; D-Coyle.

 Shank - three families - Bob & Nicole Shank; Randy & Lynn Shank & 2 kids; Mr. and Mrs. Shank, Sr. - nice people - not left too clean.

Dome - friends.  Bob Halliday & two children - rented Room #1 - nice people left apartment decent.  Old Mrs. Dome went home early - had stomache virus.

Zvick & Wife - (F +3)- left very unhappy. No partying.

Room 2 - Reiss, Gerry, Phyllis, Glen & daughter.  Nice people.

Bob & Carolyn Miller - Art Show.

Laura Jester - she's engaged now.

P & F - LeFlar - nice people - Conshohocken - girls sit outside to attract boys.

8/14 - 8/21/1982 - a - Dietz; B- Pepe; C - Buckner; D - Koffel.

Dietz - Sci-Fi people.  Kids are Lauren & Carl.  Carl fell-loosed all of his front teeth - apartment - FILTHY.

Pepe - loads of people, pleasant though.

Buckner - T - nice - plenty of goodies to us - lots of entertaining though.

Kofffel - bad year for them.  Daughter divorced, Peggy Mann's husband died (Terry's sister).  Peggy's don engaged - very young.

Room 1 - Hyczka - sister of Rachel Surran down with Hubby who looks real young, son - Joey.

Joe Steck - P & F - parents and sister.

Garvin - D - couple - two kids - nice.

Al Molinan - Rm 2 - single guy - nice.

Letale - Rm 4 - quiet couple. He reminds me of Jim Reid.

8/21 - 8/28/1982 - A-Behler; C-Hollenbach; T - Bornstein.

Behler - Libby, R.N. - Planned Parenthood - left place a mess.

Hollenbach - nice family - 7 people.

Al Molinari - Chemist - McNeil Labs - single

Joe Steck & Family

Joe DiMauro - Bev - 3 kids - pizza man from Pittston.

Carolyn Laumer - friend of Millers.

Mr. Kubicek - nice (John Paul II look-alike)

Dorothy Kenny

Uhi Family

8/28 - 9/4/1982 - A - Sidney Wilson -cat - apt left ?; B - Kutler - good shape - nice people; C- Wood

Marie Dewane - retreat friend - brought donuts everyday.

LABOR DAY - 1982 - C - Jennings - good; T - Wright - Ok

Rm 1 - Mike Devlin - - nice young family

Rm F - Betty Wilkerson - nice lady from Georgia.

Rm P - Hoffman - nice people.

Apt D - Bill Vincent.

AFTER LABOR DAY - 1982

C - Wahl - nice people

B - Harding -= her second marriage (Ann) widowed at age 39 with five children.  3 girls - 2 boys.  He (Tom) is divorced - 7 children- first wife in Upper New York State. Chose not to rent to them - problems with moving car - Ann - hard to please.

A - Ann Kremtz - 2 kids - John & Janet (daughter Sutlic). Son - Steve from Ohio.  Jim Sutlic - John's brother had married Connie - they got divorced - had a bad check from Jim.  They rented for about eight years - no more.

Betty Moyer - Arts and Crafts store - made photo album memory book - her husband Al (diabetes - kidney disease) stayed in D.

Judy Thomas married Rick Blaine (prison guard) first came down with Church group - Neil Martin - used to stay with group in June/September - have services in our living room.  Children - Roderick - Derrick.

Rick's sister - Richelle married Kevin Straka. 

 

 

 

 

Memories Gleaned through the years
Posted by Peggy Ann Osborne
from Maple Glen, PA

1987

5/25 – 5/28/1987 – Alpha Chi Omega – 30 delightful girls -  left the place clean.  Regina, Michael & Joey Osborne watched the house so that I could get the property at Cheltenham Ave. rented and help to move Uncle John and Aunt Mary to their new apartment in Lansdale.

6/13/ - 6/20/1987 – Cathy McCarthy & some of her children are here.  Michael (25), Shaun (19), Kris (9), Bryan (8), Ryan Mane (5) and Christopher (3) are here.  Cathy just got engaged to a nice guy – Ed Stotzenberg.  He was here for the weekend.

Cathy McCarthy, and her fiancé (Ed Stotzenberg) were down. Ed for the weekend – Cathy for the week.  Cathy had with her Christopher, Ryan, Bryan, Kristen, Shaun, Cathy, Michael, Danny -  I did not meet  Anthony, Shannon, Jimmy.  They really enjoyed themselves.

6/14 – 6/16/1987 – Bobbi Morgan (always pleasant), her friend, Bob, with a very bad back and her grandchild.  Gary Ann, always came down and stay in Room 2.

Aunt Mary Osborne and Allison stayed in Apt. T pleasant company.  Aunt Mary visited Aunt Nancy & Uncle Ray – also Sandy McMahon.  Allison’s birthday is today June 24th.  Uncle Jim is dead just 7 months now.  Aunt Mary is doing A OK.

9/6/1987 – This note is being written as I pack to go home on Sunday.  I am tired. My body is worn down.  Enjoyed the summer – as always. Loved meeting so many people.  The exposure is real good.

Why do I get so tired though? Is it the business?  Or the kids? Or just my body?  I’m looking forward to going home – enjoying a leisurely life.  I hope I’ll enjoy St. Joe’s Church.

Disappointed that Father Dante will be transferred this month.  Got to like him after a while. 

Good Summer!  Lots of nice people. About 100 friends to visit – Business okay – not as good as last year, though.  Enough for now!!!

Memories Gleaned through the years
Posted by Peggy Ann Osborne
from Maple Glen, PA

1988

7/17/1988 – Sunday July 17th – Kelley’s 19th birthday.

7/25/1988 – Frankie’s Graduation Party was held here on Tuesday, June 21, 1988.  In attendance were:  Clement Cho, Nuno (Mike) Ferreira, Jamie Lesher, Gordon O’Brien, Frankie Osborne, Jimmy Connelly, Nicole Davis, Donna DuVaughn, Dawn Jackson, Donna Pallas, Amy Quigley, Monica Robinson, Stephanie Shupak, Cathi Savage, Kathy Whelan.  We had car pools since Father DeMayo felt uncomfortable about renting a van as Father Skelly did.

Some of the adults in attendance were: Linda Lesher, Loretta Savage, Doris O’Brien, Bernadette Quigley, Barbara Robinson, Kathy Whelan, Father Skelly, Rich Mitchell, Carolyn Bryant, Anne Cunningham came at dinner time. (I had borrowed her Real Estate notes to study for my real estate test, which I took on June 25th and passed.  Ann brought with her her sons, Michael, Andrew and her daughter, Clare.

Some of the younger members of the party were: Becky O’Brien, Brenna, Aidan and Aileen Robinson, Kathy Whelan brought her nephew and Denise Bryant joined the group.  Some of the former faculty members who attended were Maureen McHale, Sister Joan Mickey, Judy O’Neill with her two children – Billy and Jessica (or Jennifer).  Mrs. Gaubus, the children’s 8th grade teacher, also joined us.  She and Linda Lesher were the only two from the present faculty who attended.

Nice notes in response to the invitation came from Sister Mary Thomas, and Sister Cordelia.  Father Kevin Gallagher was sad since he was unable  to attend because of a retreat commitment.  Chris Amons (Music Teacher) and Mary Ann Crawford (Phys Ed Teacher) were supposed to come but were unable to make it.

One hundred pieces of chicken – eight quarts of French fries – cole slaw – broccoli and corn were for dinner.  For lunch we had the usual – hot dogs, sloppy Joes and soda.  Frank was able to attend for the fourth straight graduation party.  All the Osborne kids were in attendance except for Kelley – who had to work at Frank’s office.  The party went well.  Everyone got home safely.  The end of an era – no more St. Joe graduation parties in Ocean City for us.

7/25/1988 – Sister Donna and Sister Cordelia both of whom lived and taught at St. Joe’s School, came down and rented Room 2 for three days – they came in a day after graduation party.

I got two nuns staying here with me – Room F.  One is Sister Gerald Francis – the other is Sister Grace. Sister Gerald works at Norwood Academy.  Sister Grace is a Music Teacher at St. Ambrose School – Sister Gerald Francis never shuts up.  She talks all the time.  I pray she doesn’t wear me down.

7/27/1988 – Ann Marie Schmieg and Martin stopped by with Emily.  Martin rode his bike from Independence Mall to Smithville to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  Stopped here to take a shower and say hi.

A great getaway
Posted by Mummas, Martzs, Prifes, and Bradleys
from Harrisburg, PA

Thanks so much for making our spur-of-the-moment visit such a nice experience. The accommodations were more than we could have hoped for. Enjoy your winter. Maybe we’ll see you next season. Thank you!

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

601 East 15th Street
(corner of 15th and Wesley)
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-398-4319

Peggy Ann & Frank Osborne
111 Durham Court
Maple Glen, PA 19002
215-806-2161

peggyannocnj@gmail.com



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