Take some time to browse through the wonderful small towns of Delaware
While there, note the octagonal shape of the Town Hall roof, which mirrors that of the nearby Church, which was established by the Town’s founding citizens. Town Hall houses our Town Museum and Children’s Theatre and provides a venue for our Town Council to work out amicable solutions to our public policy issues. Be sure to take time to observe the beautiful flowers brightening the median and surrounding locations.
Bethany’s boardwalk is only 3/8 of a mile long but, as the Town’s annual Events Calendar stresses, “it provides us and our many visitors miles and miles of fun and exercise.” The Boardwalk presents opportunities both for walkers and for those who want to join in the seasonal morning exercise classes, as well as the chance to buy a variety of beach food treats and Bethany-themed T-shirts.
At the Boardwalk’s center is the renowned Bandstand, the site during the summer of weekend and other evening performances by a variety of performers — some famous, some not; some alive, some not- all of whom provide free entertainment all summer long! A sadder event is the famous Labor Day late afternoon New Orleans style Jazz Funeral, lamenting the “death of summer.”
Getting around is made easier by the two quaint trolley cars that run throughout our small town all summer (and charge only 25 cents a ride!) and the available handicap-friendly big-wheeled beach-access chairs. Things you may want to see near the beach are the summer Sunday morning Farmers’ Market and the two Arts/Craft Festivals. Slightly further away is the historical marker and peaceful park at the Loop Canal, where a hundred years ago a steamboat, after dropping off those who had arrived by train in Rehoboth, made its circular turn to head back north (it couldn’t back up).
Because the beaches are large and uncrowded, everyone gets a “front row” seat to set up their chairs and umbrellas. Plenty of room to play ball, including volleyball! (But please get Lifeguard’s permission first.) South Bethany is the only beach that permits alcoholic beverages. (But please – no glass containers, they’re prohibited.) Vendors for many services on the beach include: chairs & umbrella rentals, Italian ice, hot dogs, snacks, etc. The Beach Patrol lifeguards are experienced and fully certified with CPR, First Aid, and other certifications.
The canals lead to the Little Assawoman Bay for boating, crabbing, fishing, waterskiing, and windsurfing. The canals also lead to the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge and to the Assawoman Canal – great places for paddling or just quietly drifting along and watching deer, foxes, osprey, eagles, and lots of other wildlife. Kayaks and canoes and other small craft can easily be launched from the dock at your rental house – or they and bigger boats and jet skis can be launched at ramps nearby.
You can find Lewes situated where the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet (Cape Henlopen). This location provides both bay and ocean beaches for swimming as well as all types of sportfishing and pleasure boating opportunities.
In the over 4,013 acres of preserved lands in Cape Henlopen State Park, you find beautiful beaches, miles of nature trails, bird sanctuaries and an education center.
It is considered part of the Eastern Shore and the Mason–Dixon Line is just 34 miles west of Lewes. This central location has made Lewes an attractive tourist destination, weekend get-away, and a home base for those commuting to their jobs in larger cities.
Lewes is a walking town. Within an area approximately a half-mile square, you will find the Historical Society’s complex and the historic district, containing many of the older preserved homes, museums, over 40 full-service shops that provide a wide selection of unique goods, ranging from antiques to modern gallery art, many fine restaurants where you can take time out and have a relaxing meal and several inns, B&Bs and motels where you can enjoy a comfortable night’s rest after a day on the town.
Lewes is a year-round community. Fun-filled days, relaxing nights, history and natural beauty everywhere you look…that’s Lewes!
Chartered by the Delaware Legislature in 1953, the Town of Fenwick Island sought to set itself apart from Ocean City by establishing family-friendly and “quiet” standards. The Fenwick Island Lighthouse has warned mariners of dangerous offshore shoals since 1859. It is a conical 87 foot tower featuring a Fresnel lens and is situated just feet from the Transpeninsular Marker which divides Delaware from Maryland. The light is still operational but it was decommissioned in 1978 by the U.S. Coast Guard. A volunteer citizens group maintains it and welcomes visitors.
The island was a remote and seldom-visited outpost until the 1920’s. From that time until the 1940’s, modest cottages with no heat or indoor plumbing began to show up on the unmarked state land. The Department of Transportation ushered in a new era with the establishment of Coastal Highway and the requirement that Fenwick Island be properly surveyed and lots sold to tax-paying settlers of the “town”.
Vestiges of those first modest cottages remain. In many instances, though, homes have been remodeled with all of the modern conveniences and enough room for an extended family to enjoy a luxurious vacation week in this quiet resort. Detailed web-based listings of homes for rent throughout the year, as well as four motels for short term visits, are easy to find from the comfort of your home or office – wherever you may be.
Watch the sunrise over wide beaches with soft sands and gentle surf. Stroll through the many shops and dine at more than a dozen restaurants along the one-mile stretch of Ocean Highway between Fenwick Island State Park and Ocean City, Maryland. Then enjoy a sunset over the bay.
Enjoy exploring 30 miles of unspoiled Delaware coastline, and many passive park areas. Nature based activities include State Parks, kayaking, nature cruises, ferry rides, walking trails, surfing, skimboarding, paddleboarding, sailing or exploring the water’s edge. Adding historical venues and live performing arts will make your stay in the “Nation’s Summer Capital” a perfect one.
Neighboring Dewey Beach is just a short walk from Rehoboth Beach and sits between the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay. Dewey offers beach sports and activities as well as great restaurants, majestic sunsets, live music, dancing, and nightlife that is world famous. During the summer, Dewey offers family activities including movies and bonfires on the beach. The Resort’s Gateway (Highway One), offers a “mile of style” at the famous Tanger Outlet Center as well as additional restaurants, bars, shops, rides, and attractions.
The area hosts many events for fun-seekers of all ages…all year round! Spring and fall sidewalk sales are held in May and October and the Annual Sandcastle Contest is held the first Saturday of August. If you like fun, costumes & parades, the annual Sea Witch Festival held in October will appeal to you. More fun events include 5K Races, Elvis Festival, Pet Events, Jazz Festival, Film Festival and holiday tree lightings and happenings.
As the First State’s youngest town, Dewey Beach is continually growing, offering more and finer accommodations to residents. But while progress makes its mark, Dewey retains her charm with the older cottages and houses, giving the town a character all its own. Along with its beaches, Dewey offers some of the finest dining and entertainment with its variety of restaurants and nightspots. An added attraction which enhances the atmosphere of Dewey Beach is the assortment of quality shops and stores offering everything from unique handcrafted collectibles to casual beachwear.
For those who love the water, Dewey Beach offers everything. As a unique stretch of real estate, Dewey is only two blocks wide and surrounded by water. One block to the east of Route One is the wide sandy beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, while to the west lies the quiet shore of the Rehoboth Bay. From fishing to sailboarding and water skiing, outdoor enthusiasts can quench their active appetites either on the Rehoboth Bay or in the Atlantic.
Flanked by the popular resort of Rehoboth Beach to the north and the scenic Delaware Seashore State Park to the south, Dewey Beach provides the visitor with the best of both worlds. Located only 125 miles from the nation’s capital, Dewey Beach is easily accessible. In addition, Delaware’s Atlantic Coast is within a few hours’ drive from Baltimore, Philadelphia and Wilmington. So if the thought of ocean sunrises, pastel sunsets, cool bay breezes and just plain relaxing appeals to you, Dewey Beach just might be the place.
For centuries, the citizens of Ocean View made their living as farmers or as seamen who worked the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay. The Town is best remembered as the site where the chicken broiler-fryer industry began. In 1923, Ms. Cecile Long Steele raised the first flock of commercial broiler-fryer chickens.
Newcomers to Ocean View often ask how the Town got its name. Legend tells that during the nineteenth century residents could see the ocean from to the second floor of their homes.
Since the 1970s, Ocean View has undergone a transformation from a farming community to a retirement community. Ocean View has 1882 year round residents. During the summer season, the population doubles with tourists and part-time residents. In the last decade, Ocean View was one of the fastest growing municipalities in Delaware.
While Ocean View’s population has grown in the last decade, it continues to offer a small town atmosphere, and attracts people from many areas of the nation.
Among Ocean View’s hidden gems is John West Park. Located between West Avenue and Central Avenue, the park offers recreational opportunities for all ages. During the summer, the park is a Mecca for children and families to play, picnic and just relax.
The Town sponsors three major events in the park. The first event is the summertime Concerts in the Park. The second event is the annual Christmas time Carols in the Park. The third event is the Ocean View Homecoming. With the assistance of the Homecoming Events Committee, Homecoming is held each year on the second Saturday in May. The homecoming event recreates the annual activities that existed during the former part of the twentieth century when former residents returned to see friends and family.
Ocean View has three active churches, an elementary school, a first class golf course, several restaurants and commercial establishments. Adjacent to Ocean View is the Town of Millville where Ocean View residents have access to two grocery store chains and several restaurants.
Neighboring Bethany Beach offers its board walk and Ocean for recreation.
A Council type government with a Mayor and four Council Members who are elected to two-year terms every March govern Millville. Nestled between Ocean View and Dagsboro on Route 26, Millville is home to six banks, two large grocery stores and numerous other retail locations. Millville also has several communities with new homes and town homes being built daily within town limits like Bishop’s Landing, Coventry, Millville By the Sea, and Windhurst.
Today Selbyville has a different look, but still offers some of the same pluses and many more services to the local and beach areas. Being just a short eight mile ride from the beaches of Fenwick Island on the north side of Route 54 and Ocean City Md. on the south side of Rt. 54,
Selbyville is now a place where many newcomers choose to live and work as well as recreate. Selbyville has had a spurt of new homes and presently is in the process of building 200 homes in four separate developments in town, with another to start soon with another 120 homes of quality to be built. Selbyville also has Title I award winning schools boasting an elementary, middle and a School of the Arts for the most talented of local area children.
A quiet, warm place to live with an exceptional town philosophy for future growth allowing the relaxed style of country living to continue in a market place where many towns are looking for massive growth in lieu of smart growth. Come visit Selbyville and experience the difference. The Town of Selbyville, your gateway to the beach.
Need to just relax? Visit Cupola Park where you can fish, crab or just relax while the kids run off energy on the playground. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy while you are there.
There are also several restaurants and shopping centers on Rt. 113. They offer grocery stores, box stores, medical centers, hair and nail salons and much more. Whether you’re interest is in business, employment, housing, education, family recreation, or retirement, the possibilities are here.