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What hotels on the boardwalk still allow smoking on the balcony? I'm going with a non-smoker and just need a space to go outside the room and smoke.
Submitted by Kathy G, Baltimore Maryland on April 29, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 29, 2016

There are very few motels and hotels that allow smoking on their property. On the boardwalk the only one I know of that has balconies is the Quality Inn Boardwalk Hotel (410.289.4401) on 16th Street. I believe the Plim Plaza (800.837.3587) on 2nd Street also still has some smoking rooms, but their rooms do not have balconies. Here are a few other hotels off the boardwalk that may still allow smoking in some of their rooms:

Quality Inn & Suites - (410.289.1234) Oceanfront at 33rd Street

Fenwick Inn - (410.250.1100)Bayblock at 138th Street

Sea Bay Hotel - (800.888.2229) Bayblock at 61st Street. Smoking is not allowed in rooms, but all rooms have balconies where smoking is allowed

Have fun in OC!

When does the OC boardwalk open for the 2016 season? If after May 19, can you give an approximate percent of how many boardwalk business are open?
Submitted by Sherry G, Washington DC District of Columbia on April 29, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 29, 2016

The boardwalk is open all year. I will be in OC on May 19, and was there last weekend. I am often in OC for Cruise Weekend in mid-May. Based on these experiences, over 80% of boardwalk businesses (and all the major ones) will be open 7 days a week by May 19.

Are the outdoor pools open at hotels before Memorial Day? In particular by the May 19 week?
Submitted by Sherry G, Washington District of Columbia on April 29, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 29, 2016

No. Most pools open in mid May, but some hotels and condos do not open their pools until Memorial Day Weekend (there may even be a few that open them up even later). I suggest calling and asking any property you are considering and checking when they open their pool.

Is there is a boardwalk webcam with a chat feature or something like that? It would be cool to watch people on the boardwalk and talk with others.
Submitted by Tracey T, North East Maryland on April 28, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 28, 2016

There are at least 20 different cameras around OC, but as far as I know, none of them have that option. 

My fiancé and I are from the Pittsburgh area and he got called for a job interview in OCMD. We’ve been trying for months to land an interview down there since it’s our dream to move there. The problem is we are having difficulty finding an apartment in the area (looking as far as up to 30i minutes away) for an affordable price as he would be our only means of income for the time being. Do you know of any studios or rooms available at around $500 per month? The cheaper the better! Thanks!
Submitted by Kimberly D, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on April 28, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 28, 2016

My best advice is to check Salisbury, Fenwick, or even Delaware areas. Check Craigs List, or even contact the Chamber of Commerce in Ocean City.  Finding one in your price range will be extremely difficult.  I'm from Johnstown and know that it's possible to find an apartment in that range in western PA, but with all of the foreign students and summer help plus vacationers in OC in the summer, you will have your work cut out for you.  You can also check the classifieds in Ocean City Today, the Delmarva Times, and the Maryland Coast Dispatch newspapers.  

I wish you all the luck in the world. 

I will be staying in OC this weekend (April 29 to May 1) with my bridesmaids. My sister will be with us and is 17. Are there any places that will allow her to stay with us all night?
Submitted by Jennifer C, Chester Maryland on April 27, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: April 27, 2016

Seacrets and other places that serve alcohol at night will not allow a 17 year old inside at night, and some not even in the daytime unless accompanied by a parent.   

I can use the beach in May? Or is too cold?
Submitted by carlos S, york Pennsylvania on April 27, 2016
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: April 27, 2016

Carlos the beach is never closed. If the weather is great for your stay take advantage of it. Pack a lunch and enjoy watching the waves.

Can I go to the beach during the May 14 weekend before Memorial Day?
Submitted by Luisa M, Baltimore Maryland on April 27, 2016
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: April 27, 2016

Sure can Luisa and you'll find others on the beach to as long as the weather cooperates.

You can even pack a lunch to take along.

Have Fun.

Is the little consignment shop still under the Atlantic Hotel?
Submitted by Rae K, Red Lion Pennsylvania on April 25, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 25, 2016

Yes, I saw it there this last weekend.

When does The Cave open?
Submitted by Randy B, Winchester Virginia on April 25, 2016
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: April 25, 2016

I assume you mean The Cave in the Inlet Village. Many Inlet Village shops were open this weekend, but I did not notice if The Cave was or not. They are usually open no later than Springfest weekend (in 2 weeks).