Delaware is one of the most underrated states in the nation, and all it takes is one Delaware getaway to make anyone fall in love with the First State. When you’re planning your spring and summer vacations, you don’t need to take a lot of time off to enjoy a fantastic stay! Take just one day off and enjoy a long weekend in Delaware in any of these charming towns.
1. Fenwick Island
Fenwick might have the best beach in the state, so if you're looking for a quiet and relaxing getaway, this is the place to go! Enjoy the warm water and pristine sand as you relax by the ocean. You'll only be a few minutes from the OCMD boardwalk, or you can head north to enjoy the family-friendly activities and festivals in Bethany Beach. Plus, the restaurants around Fenwick Island serve up some of the best seafood in the state.
2. Rehoboth Beach
Rehoboth is the obvious choice for a great long weekend at the beach. Stay at any of the charming beach hotels, like the Boardwalk Hotel, and dine with a water view pretty much wherever you go. At night, stroll the boardwalk and pick up your favorite junk food summer treats.
3. Newark, Delaware
Newark may not be the first thought to pop into your head when you're thinking of a getaway, but as one of Delaware's larger towns, it's got plenty to offer. The gorgeous White Clay Creek State Park and the Newark Reservoir are great for nature lovers who want to go for a stroll. There are so many amazing restaurants along Main Street that you can find something to suit your tastes no matter what you crave. Try a tasty Italian meal at Taverna, pig out on enormous burgers from Klondike Kate's, or eat healthy, locally sourced food at Home Grown Cafe. There are plenty of hotels where you can stay where you'll just be a short drive from the center of town and the scenic parks.
4. Bethany Beach
Bethany Beach is a more laid back beach town that's perfect for families with young children. The Nature Center is one of the best in the state, and there are always plenty of family-friendly things to do. It's also a great location for a girls' weekend, because there are several hotel and spa combinations, lots of beach to lay on out, and some of the best restaurants around.
5. Dewey Beach
Dewey Beach is the place to go for large groups, younger couples, or anyone looking to have a bit of a party weekend. Catch a band at the Bottle & Cork, enjoy happy hour at the Starboard, share a Wipeout Bucket at Nalu, and don't forget to try the best crabcakes in the world at Woody's. There's so much to do here, you won't want to leave!
Lewes, Delaware is one of the state's best towns for a getaway. You'll want to stay at the Dogfish Inn, which is one of the most unique hotels in the country!
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. While you're in Lewes, you'll want to explore Cape Henlopen State Park, stroll the historic downtown and canalfront, and even take the time to enjoy a ferry ride across the bay to Cape May for a day of shopping and dining.
7. Bowers Beach
Bowers Beach is a quiet bayside community that's one of the most timeless towns in Delaware. Enjoy a meal at the Bayview Tavern, stop by the Bowers Beach Maritime Museum to see the shipwreck and pirate history of the Delaware coast, and enjoy some top quality, fresh-from-the-bay seafood at JP's on the Wharf.
Dover is so much more than Delaware's Capital! Discover the history of the state (and the country!) in First State National Historical Park, dine at 33 West Ale House, and relax on the Green after strolling Loockerman Street. The Victrola Museum is one of the most interesting places you'll visit while you're in town.
Georgetown is one of the most charming places in Delaware! Life in this historic town is based around the Circle, where the historic Town Hall and Court are located. You'll want to stay at the Brick Hotel, where you can also dine right in the heart of town. Explore the town for a day, and then head out to see what's nearby! You'll find the best deli in Delaware at Wilson's General Store, which is on the outskirts of town, and hike nearby Redden State Forest.
10. Historic New Castle
Stay for a long weekend in historic New Castle, where many of Delaware's historic events have taken place. The Courthouse is the center of the "12 Mile Circle" that helped shape Delaware's northern border, and the historic church on the Green is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the state. While you're in town, take the short ferry ride to Pea Patch Island and tour Fort Delaware.
11. Montchanin Village
All of these long weekend getaways are full of things to do and places to go, but if you want a quiet place to truly get away, you can't beat the Inn at Montchanin Village. Enjoy your own personal retreat where you can enjoy a spa and restaurant right on the premises.
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Where’s your go-to Delaware escape? I love Lewes, and truly think it’s a piece of heaven right here on earth.