A Natty, New look

Delaware resort spruces up and gets ready to welcome new farmers' market and hotel

Rehoboth Beach

May 16, 2007|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,Sun reporter

After four years of construction along its main drag, Rehoboth Beach is especially ready for its annual seasonal close-up. There's a refurbished bandstand at the boardwalk for evening concerts, a new high-end hotel scheduled to open by the end of the summer and a new farmers' market setting up in the park behind the visitors' center.

It's yet another new chapter for a destination that's had as many incarnations as Madonna -- Rehoboth Beach started as a Methodist prayer camp, has been known as a gay mecca, and now sees its share of families.


Rehoboth has lots of choices in accommodations, from beachfront hotel rooms to off-the-beaten-path cottages. Extensive listings can be found at rehobothtoday.com, beach-fun.com and beach-net.com. A few places worth mentioning:

Hotel Rehoboth, 247 Rehoboth Ave., 302-227-4300; hotelrehoboth .com. The hotel is scheduled to open in August with 53 suites.

Brighton Suites Hotel, 34 Wilmington Ave., 800-227-5788; brightonsuites.com. This is an affordable, close-to-the-beach option for families. It has a small indoor pool (key for those rainy days). The upside: 66 suites that offer separate but adjoining space for adults and kids. The downside: paper-thin walls. Rates: $139-$299.

The Lighthouse Inn, 20 Delaware Ave., 302-226-0407; light houseinn.net. A cozy bed-and-breakfast half a block from the boardwalk. There are four rooms in the main house; a private cottage sleeps four and rents for a minimum of three nights, breakfast not included. Wine and cheese are served Saturdays in season. Rates: $135-$225.


Dining in Rehoboth runs the gamut from guilty-pleasure beach eats to Mediterranean tapas to Asian fare. Here's a short list of what's on the menu this season:

The Pig & Fish, 236 Rehoboth Ave., 302-227-7770. A sleek new restaurant decorated with - you guessed it - pigs and fish. Entrees range from $15.95-$23.95.

The Cultured Pearl, 301 Rehoboth Ave., 302-227-8493. This popular, pretty Japanese-American restaurant with fine sushi is due to move this month from its former Wilmington Avenue spot to space in a new retail complex. With entrees priced $21-$38, there will be rooftop dining, along with a waterfall and the koi pond its regular diners will remember.

Fisher's Popcorn, 48 Rehoboth Ave., 302-227-2691. The maker of the famous Ocean City caramel corn is opening a downtown Rehoboth store.


Rehoboth and nearby Dewey Beach have lots to do when the sun goes down. For up-to-the-minute schedules, go to Web sites such as deweybeachlife.com and beach-fun.com.

Vine, 203 Rehoboth Ave., 302-226-VINE. A new name and concept for the sushi restaurant Abstractions, which will add wine-focused menu items, more wines by the glass, wine tastings and wine dinners.

Oby Lee Coffee Roastery, 722 Rehoboth Ave., 302-227-6278. A funky place to stop for java, huge cinnamon rolls or sandals from Maui. There's a fireplace, which comes in handy if the weather is dreary. Concert series. A free summer concert series is offered Thursdays through Sundays at the Rehoboth Beach bandstand from the middle of June through Labor Day. Check the lineup at rehobothband stand.com.

Dogfish Head Brewing Co., 320 Rehoboth Ave., 302-226-2739; dog fish.com. This spot offers a steady calendar of live music.

The Bottle and Cork, 1807 Highway One, Dewey Beach, 302-227-7272. Features more than 100 national, regional and local acts from May to October. Buddy Guy and the Pat McGee Band are scheduled to appear this summer.

The Rusty Rudder, 113 Dickinson Street and the Bay, Dewey Beach, 302-227-3888. Offers live calypso music with the Island Boyz daily from 4 p.m. to at least 9 p.m., May to September.


Here are some of the newer places open and some about to open in downtown Rehoboth. Offerings include funky items for the beach house, athletic equipment and unique outfits for nights on the town.

Amandeline Gallery, 403 Rehoboth Ave., 302-226-0330. Whimsical pieces of art and home accessories in a pretty house gallery.

Blooming Boutique, 70 Rehoboth Ave., First Street Station, 302-226-1216. A new branch of a Lewes, Del., store, the boutique will feature unique handbags, many of them festooned with flowers.

Saltwater Mama, 42 Rehoboth Ave, Penny Lane Mall, 302-227-6818. Offers stylish maternity beach wear, along with strollers and other infant gear.

Rehoboth Beach Running Co., 251 Rehoboth Ave., 302-227-4848. A new shop devoted to all things running, including running shoes and energy bars. It will be a home base for information about running events.

Blair Elizabeth, 110D Rehoboth Ave., 302-227-3363. Offers home accessories and gifts, with serving pieces by Beatriz Ball; lamps by Stray Dog Designs; hand-painted glassware and handmade jewelry.

Farmers' market. Look for the new Rehoboth Farmers' Market to bring local produce and other goods on Tuesday afternoons to Grove Park, Columbia Avenue and Grove Street.


Pirates of Lewes Expeditions, Anglers Marina, 400 Angler Road, Lewes, 302-249-3538; piratesoflewes expeditions.com. Here's your chance (and your kid's) to make like a pirate in Lewes, which Captain Kidd once visited. The fee of $20 per passenger includes a 70-minute cruise with mock battle, face painting and the priceless opportunity to dress up like a pirate. Reservations are a must; trips require at least 16 passengers and at least one responsible parent.

Distillery tour, 6 Cannery Village Center, 302-684-1000. When you're not listening to live music at Dogfish Head, you can tour its Rehoboth distillery or its brewery in nearby Milton. Check dogfish.com for times.

Kids Cottage, 35448 Wolfeneck Road, 888-556-5437, kidscot tage.com. Need baby-sitting for the young ones while you shop or eat at a grown-up restaurant? Kids Cottage offers drop-in baby-sitting with a colorful indoor play area.


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