The Book of Faces
Dear Beloved Friends of Scarborough Inn,
To quote Austin Powers: “Allow myself to introduce... myself.”
My name is Sne. That rhymes with day. I’m a South Jersey beach kid. I grew up in Ventnor, a distant one island up the coast from Ocean City.
For the past 20 years, I’ve been practicing architecture in Manhattan. But I’ve never stopped being a Sixers fan (sorry Knicks; sorry Nets), and I’ve never stopped being a beach kid. When I can’t surf down here, I skateboard the streets up there pretending I’m surfing down here.
In June 2020, I became the most recent of a 125-year-old line of innkeepers of Scarborough Inn.
Q: Why would an architect become an innkeeper?
A: Because we’re control freaks.
Architects are known to design everything from furniture to menus to silverware so they could influence your experience.
But nothing affects how you remember a place more than the people you meet. I’ve been in beautiful places where I was made to feel unwelcome. I’ve been other places where my host’s warmth overshadowed the modest accommodations.
My goal at Scarborough Inn is to make physical changes—small and large—to make your stay more comfortable while keeping you connected to this Victorian Building’s storied past. More importantly, I aim to make Scarborough Inn your home by the sea.
I’ve gotten to know some of you. I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of you.
Have a safe and healthy summer. And when you’re ready to feel sand between your toes again, you know where to find me.
Sne Avichal | Innkeeper
Bringing Scarborough roaring into the 1900s. When you hear Glenn Miller blaring from the porch, sometimes it’s from my Gilded Age Bluetooth gramophone. Sometimes it’s from my futuristic pre-war Bakelite radio.
Fun fact: this Bluetooth gramophone dates back to 1887, making it 8 years older than the inn. It’s true!
I've compiled a Spotify® playlist of over twelve hours and growing of musical escapism. If you feel like the 21st century can sometimes be drag, just sit back and reminisce about a happier time, like the Great Depression.
I've named the playlist Scarborough Porch. I saved my energy for the curating, not the naming.
What a wonderful mini vacation! If you love old Victorians by the beach, this is the perfect spot.
Everything from the minute we arrived was great. Sne was a fantastic host and made us feel right at home. He clearly takes pride in his work and wants everyone to have an enjoyable experience.
Decided to extend our vacation and found this gem in the middle of Ocean City. Close to the beach, boardwalk and amusements. Sne, the Innkeeper is a great host and very attentive.
My sister and I have just returned from a delightful four day stay at Scarborough Inn.
Admittedly, we were nervous to stay in a hotel during COVID, but once we checked in all of our worries went away. We could tell that Sne took extra care to make sure things were clean.
The innkeeper Sne was hands down the most personable and polite person I’ve met in hospitality and had great recommendations for us, from some of the best seafood to fun things to do on the nearby boardwalk.
Dear Beloved Guests
© Sne Avichal
film: Oct28 Productions
This summer was so much better than 2020. But the fun is just getting started.
For the first time in our 126-year history, Scarborough Inn will be open year round. Because porch culture shouldn't be confined to our three hottest months.
So think Victorian Christmas, apple cider, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and of course, Halloween.
There are still spots available for our Not Afraid to Masquerade Ball. Here's what you need to know:
1. It's on Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 6 pm until we all turn into pumpkins.
2. You don't need a costume. Just dress to impress... suit, gown, or anything tastefully festive. However, if you want to wear a costume, bring it on!
3. I'll provide Venetian Carnevale masks.
4. There will be hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, dancing, and long-winded innkeeper stories.
5. It's free to all guests. Yes, seriously. Just book for the night of October 30.
And click on this video below to see what I look like when I trade in my Panama hat for a steam punk top hat. There's also an eyeball floating in a glass.
But it's not all fun and games. We all have bills to pay. Buy you might as well work from my porch instead of from that glorified closet you call a home office. I'll keep the coffee hot, the music mellow, and the free wifi running. Click the video to see Scott taking advantage of my porch office.
I'll see you all this autumn. Stay safe. Stay sandy.
Sne Avichal | Innkeeper