While there is plenty of shoreline in Virginia to enjoy, sometimes it's nice to get away to explore new beaches. And, since we were meeting family from Pennsylvania, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware was our destination of choice last week. Unfortunately, we "lost" two days of our trip to bad weather and chilly temperatures. But you probably know that when family and cousins come together, no weather is going to hold us back on having fun.
We stayed at The Bellmoor Inn and Spa. The decor was absolutely beautiful and the service was fantastic. We arrived just as the front of the derecho was hitting Rehoboth and we sat in the hotel's study and watched the clouds roll over us. Yes, we can make an event out of changes in the weather forecast. For some reason, weather REALLY excites my family. (I can vividly remember sitting in my grandparents' living room in Lamar, Pennsylvania listening to the weather band radio as a child -- This could have very easily been the highlight of my Gram's trip.)
We checked in with 4 kids in tow -- and knowing that we couldn't leave the hotel, a nice man working the front desk, Drew, offered to provide us entertainment in the conference room. He set up a projector showing Madagascar and brought us a poker set and Scattegories. It was brilliant on his part -- it kept my jovial family out of the study and well-occupied for the rest of the night.
A hot breakfast buffet is served each morning until 10:30 with menu items for both kids and adults to enjoy. On Saturday and Sunday morning, there was an omelet station with two chefs working their magic. Coffee was available around the clock, and fresh baked cookies and tea were served from 3-4 daily. Also, The Bellmoor offers two pools: one adult only and one family pool. One gripe I had was that some adults were not very happy with the kids jumping and splashing and playing in the pool because it interrupted their reading. Two ladies (who were not traveling with kids) even got snotty with B and his cousin. REALLY? Isn't that what the adult pool is for? UGH.
The beach was beautiful and the boardwalk was CLEAN and full of families. Sometimes, when staying at Virginia Beach... I just don't get a great vibe on a Saturday night on the boardwalk. I felt completely comfortable walking around alone with B until we met up with my uncle and his kids later in the night. I had no qualms with Rehoboth and we stayed out and played in the arcade until almost 11pm.
The foodie highlight of the Delaware trip was my stop at the Henlopen City Oyster House which was less than a block from our hotel. OH EM GEE. This place was a gem! They had a sign out front that boasted a happy hour from 3-5 so my uncle and I decided to check it out. This place was not a tourist trap at all -- and I'm pretty sure that there were even locals hanging out and enjoying the salty goodness of the raw bar. If you go, you must treat yourself to a mason jar of the house punch (or two, or three or four). Go here. You will love it.
With the input from local experts, here's a pocket style dining guide if you decide to venture out to Rehoboth:
For family-oriented foodies:
Fractured Prune is a fun, funky donut shop worth checking out.
Grotto Pizza is a Delaware tradition, and the best place to get it is on the boardwalk.
Dolle’s for salt-water taffy – right on the boardwalk at the end of the main drag (Rehoboth Ave.)
Nicola Pizza is famous among families for their “Nic-o-bolis,” sort of a folded up pizza.Gourmet Dining Options:
- Henlopen City Oyster House
- Salt Air
While out and about, be sure to check out Penny Lane, a quaint little shopping street just off Rehoboth Avenue. We found some really artsy and one of a kind boutiques there. For more travel information, you can check out downtownrehoboth.com.
If you have a favorite spot that I missed above, feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section. We had a great time and will definitely be back :)
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.