Planning on spending some time at Rehoboth Beach during Memorial Day weekend—or anytime this summer? I polled people to find out the happenings around town and see what they like to do. Here is the scoop from several beach ladies, visitors, and weekenders, as well as full-timers.
Barbara says that her perfect day at the beach starts with a stroll down trendy Baltimore Avenue, where she can shop at cool boutiques and check out the latest gallery displays. From there, she heads to the Boardwalk, to sit at an outdoor café, where she can people-watch and see the dolphins offshore. Later, she heads to one of Rehoboth’s fine and fun restaurants, like Mixx, Mariachi’s, or the Cultured Pearl.
Kathy loves the easy access from Washington, D.C., so that she can bounce from her downtown office in time to meet friends for drinks at several women’s happy hours. Her favorite restaurants include the Henlopen City Oyster House, for the lobster mac-n-cheese, and LaTolteca, for gold margaritas and affordable Mexican food.
Fay and Bonnie love Rehoboth in the summer for the Memorial Day dances, weekly art openings, and cocktails and dinner at MIXX or Confucius. They especially enjoy the new destination on the second floor of First Street Station. It’s called the Café, and the girls who brought you happy hours at Cloud 9 have taken it over and made it “grrrl” fun and friendly!
Jen and Claire love swimming at Gordon’s Pond beach (aka Where the Girls Are), playing volleyball, or flying a kite, followed by happy hour at FINS or Aqua. They love to dance and carry on at the Rehoboth Ale House, The Pond (formerly Frogg Pond), and Blue Moon. They also enjoy Big Sissies, where they dance to the oldies on Friday night. Other must-do activities include renting a boat on the Rehoboth Bay; taking the water taxi from Lewes to Dewey, to listen to music on the deck of the Rusty Rudder; fishing on the pier at Cape Henlopen State Park; and taking the ferry to Cape May.
Donna loves that the offerings in Rehoboth are endless and can satisfy a need for peace, quiet, and solitude just as readily as the need to mix, mingle, and party! Her favorites include kayaking on the bay, listening to live music at The Pond, and enjoying happy hour at Saketumi.
Deb and Di enjoy Que Pasa in Dewey, where you can wiggle your toes in the sand and watch the sun set over the Bay, while sipping a margarita and enjoying a fish taco. They also love to sit on the huge outdoor deck at Irish Eyes in Lewes and watch boats go up and down the canal. Their other favorites include walking their dogs on the beach, biking the Breakwater Junction Trail from Rehoboth to Lewes, building sandcastles, and sitting under an umbrella and watching the waves.
Sally and Maria love driving onto the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park (permit required). They bring their portable grill and feast with friends at the ocean’s edge.
With so many choices, there is plenty to explore this summer in Rehoboth. What you choose to do is up to you. Enjoy the fun and get some sun!
Deb Griffin is a former Washingtonian who now lives and works full time selling real estate at the Delaware beaches. She also publishes The Local Buzz—a newsletter about the latest restaurants, events, and more—on her website, www.thedelawarebeaches.com.