About the Innkeepers
Brandie and Steve Cesari became Innkeepers of the Scarborough Inn Bed & Breakfast on April 1, 2014. Thereafter, they relocated their family to Ocean City, NJ from Pottsville (famous for Yuengling beer), PA. Steve is a native of the Coal Region and graduated from North Schuylkill High School, where he and his two brothers won a total of six PIAA state wrestling titles, while wrestling for their Dad, a member of The National Wrestling Hall Of Fame. Their wrestling program was featured here in Sports Illustrated in 1989. The three brothers continued their wrestling and academic careers at North Carolina State University, where they earned their degrees with honors, captured ACC titles, and qualified for the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Prior to moving to Ocean City, Steve was the owner of a Subway franchise in Frackville, PA.
Brandie spent many years as a television news reporter, most recently in the Harrisburg, PA market. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Hartford (CT) and her Master’s Degree from Wilkes University (PA). She is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated reporter who has spent time in the Middle East covering our troops in Iraq and Kuwait. While Ocean City is a new home for the Cesari Family, Brandie did spend some time here as a child and attended the O.C. Primary School. Her parents, sister, and grandparents all live in Ocean City.
Steve and Brandie have welcomed thousands of guests since taking over in 2014. They enjoy inviting guests to leave the stress of everyday life behind and look forward to welcoming new and returning guests to the Scarborough Inn Bed & Breakfast for many years to come.
Since 1895 the Scarborough has been inviting travelers to enjoy a good night’s sleep. Originally the Hotel Scarborough, as it was known, had 65 bedrooms, shared bathrooms, and modest accommodations. The furnishings were simple but adequate: an oak dresser, a bowl and pitcher, and iron bedsteads. Rumor has it that there once was a full-service restaurant, and meals were included with the nightly fee.
While the footprint of the building remains pretty much the same, it has gone through several interior and external renovations. This included reducing the number of bedrooms by knocking down walls to enlarge rooms and to add space for private bathrooms. It also included adding a dining room and a commercial kitchen. Each bedroom has undergone several facelifts in the 100+ years of visiting guests, but one thing remains the same in each room: the oak dresser. Travelers today can use the same dressers that travelers used at the Hotel Scarborough back in 1895.
We’re told that since opening day, the Scarborough has always been owned and operated by families. While little is known about the first half of the Scarborough’s years, an owner’s journal of family ownership begins with the Workmans in the 1950s. One daughter of the Workman Family, Dolores Prom, writes novels and often uses the shore as the setting for her stories.
Tom and Doris Perkins were the next owners of the Hotel Scarborough. Tom was a popular soloist with the Ocean City POPS and owned a store on the Boardwalk called The Old Salt. Doris taught art in the local school system and was an accomplished painter. During their tenure, pink was a very popular color for decorating. The old dressers were painted pink, pink vinyl headboards were installed throughout, and pink and white awnings accented the front porch. Historic Photo of Scarborough Inn in Ocean City, NJ
The next owners – the Jernee Family – included two brothers (Andy and Jack) and their respective families. This family has close ties to Ocean City history. The family patriarch, Jack Jernee, was instrumental in starting the Ocean City Lifeguard Association. Andy and Nancy lived at the inn for many summers with their children Gary, Mark, Lisa and Amy. They eventually bought the inn from his brother.
The entire building was painted white during this time, yet it retained much of the original architectural details like the fish scale shingles, dentil molding, and Colonial columns lining the wraparound front porch. There were 48 rooms, but the dining room had been removed at some point to make room for additional guest quarters and living space for the family.
Gus and Carol Bruno and sons, Peter and Jason, purchased the inn in 1988 and moved in just one week before opening on Memorial Day weekend. In the mid-1990’s they turned the Hotel Scarborough into the Scarborough Inn Bed & Breakfast and operated the inn until April 1, 2014 when they turned the innkeeper keys over to Brandie and Steve Cesari.