Need a break? The perfect escape is Southern Delaware, filled with seaside
towns, historic villages and year-round festivals and events. I headed to
Rehoboth Beach and checked in at the gorgeous, upscale Bellmoor Inn. Located just
two blocks from the beach and boardwalk, this quaint Inn and Spa is a true
find. The first-class service, spacious rooms and complimentary gourmet
breakfast and afternoon tea all add up to a wonderful experience. Dine outside by the
gorgeous gardens for a tranquil start to your day. The Bellmoor Inn offers
the privacy of a small hotel, yet is very close to boutiques, award winning
restaurants, antique shops and of course, the beach and boardwalk.
Located within a few miles of Rehoboth, is the picturesque town of Lewes. I
visited Lewes and strolled around the town filled with museums, adorable shops,
historic inns, eateries and art galleries. The Peninsula Gallery,
(www.peninsula-gallery.com), represents some of the finest local and regional artists in
all mediums. The exhibitions change monthly and the owners were very
friendly and eager to offer information on their lovely town. I loved perusing the
shops and chatting with the friendly shop owners offering a wide variety of
unusual and rare finds.
Enjoyed a an iced latte at The Zwaanendael Inn's Swan
Nest Cafe. This Inn, in the heart of Lewes shopping district, was established in
Lunch was at the divine Buttery Restaurant. (www.butteryrestaurant.com) A
dining landmark, in the gallery and shopping district, it is filled with
elegance, charm and exquisite cuisine. Lunch items include appetizers, salads,
sandwiches and Buttery specialties. I sampled their slightly spicy, thai, coconut
jasmine rice and chicken soup. I then enjoyed the salad sampler and had my
choice of three different salads, including a shrimp salad, a tomato and
mozzarella salad and a chicken salad. The dinner menu features a more formal
atmosphere and menu selection, including Lobster, Sea Bass and Beef Tenderloin.
After lunch, I headed across street to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
featuring more than 300 varieties of chocolate confections. I was delighted
when I was offered a spoonful of milk chocolate being prepared to coat their
famous chocolate pretzels; yum!
I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Nassau Valley Vineyards, Delaware's only Winery. Located in Lewes, Proprietor, Peg Raley, offered delicious
wine sampling and I decided on a bottle of her Delaware White Wine. There are
concerts and special events held their frequently, call (302) 645-9463 for
more information. If beer is your choice of beverage, then head to the Dogfish
Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth. The first brewpub and distillery in the
first state! Call for brewery tour schedule 1-888-8DOGFISH. Also offered at
Dogfish is delicious wood grilled Salmon, Rockfish, Pizzas and other savory
In the evening, I headed to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal for a sail on
the Tall Ship the Kalmar Nyckel. This is a gorgeous replica of the tall ship
that brought the first Swedish settlers to the Delaware River Valley in 1638.
The ship sails on a three-hour tour out of the Lewes Ferry terminal and is a
fun learning experience for the entire family. Enjoyed watching the sunset and
dolphins swim by on our voyage, a very memorable evening. Visit their website
for departure times at www.KalNyc.org . Why not try the Ferry Boat, as
well? The Cape May-Lewes Ferry operates between Cape May, NJ and Lewes, Delaware
daily and you may bring your automobile on board or walk-on for the 80 minute
one-way journey. Check www.capemaylewesferry.com for schedule.
While in Southern Delaware, some other fine restaurants to check out include
The Lighthouse, which is known for its "fresh from the boat" seafood and "a
view to dine for." (302- 645-6271).Striper Bites, a bistro, is another
excellent choice. (www.striper bites.com)
Located on Bethany Beach, Mango's, was one of my favorites. With a beautiful
view of the Atlantic Ocean, a signature frozen drink and the island style..
is a perfect way to end the day. The Coconut Shrimp were scrumptious and the
Grilled Tuna Teriyaki was heavenly! Check the full menu out at www.MangoMikes.com . After dinner, walk the boardwalk of Bethany or peruse the charming shops
that line the main street.
Be sure to leave time to visit Discover-Sea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick
Island. Admission is free to view the many artifacts recovered from the Delmarva
coastal area. Collections include coins, weapons, jewelry, pottery, porcelain
and more all recovered from sunken ships and all on display. The Ship Wreck
Museum is located above Sea Shell City in Fenwick Island. (www.discoversea.com)
So much to do, yet so close to home. Discover Southern Delaware on next
getaway. For more information check out www.visitsoutherndelaware.com .