The sands of Bethany

May 14, 2008|By Stephanie Shapiro | Stephanie Shapiro,Special to The Sun

After Bethany Beach's recent beach-replenishment project, there's no more need to head for land when the tide comes in. It's a new landscape with plenty of packed sand for all-day lounging and boardwalk crossovers that lead to the tops of majestic, re-created dunes. For information, go to bethany-fenwick .org.

Hotels

On a smaller scale, Bethany offers the same range of accommodations as its northern neighbors.

Sea Colony, Coastal Route 1, Bethany Beach, 800-500-4254; resortquestdelaware.com. Condo rentals with a residential feel, tennis courts and shuttle services. Rates vary.

Cedar Breeze Bed & Breakfast, 30680 Cedar Neck Road, Ocean View, 302-537-7015; cedarbreeze.com. A quiet getaway in a charming Dutch colonial, one mile from the beach. Rates: $200-$300.

Restaurants

There's nothing like gathering around a homemade meal in a beach cottage. But even die-hard chefs deserve a night off.

Catch 54 Fish House, Highway 54, Fenwick Island, 302-436-8600; catch54.com. Take a boat to dinner and feast on seafood. Entrees: $15.95-$26.95.

Bethany Blues BBQ Pit, 6 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach, 302-537-1500. Wood-fired barbecue, local corn and kids' meals served on a Bethany Blues Frisbee. Entrees: $10.95-$24.95.

Penguin Diner, 105 Garfield Parkway, 302-541-8017; penguin diner.com. A recent addition offering breakfast, lunch and dinner -- plus smoothies. Burgers start at $7.95.

The Artful Bean, 20 Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach, 302-541-8160; theartfulbean.com. Java plus art exhibits.

Nightlife

There's not really a lot of nightlife. But here are two places with live music:

Cottage Cafe, Route 1, Bethany Beach, 302-539-8710. Live music Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Chalkboard Tavern and Grille, Marketplace at Sea Colony, 302-539-7482; chalkboard grille.com. Live entertainment Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Fun

Bethany lends itself to slow afternoons of reading. But it is also known for its marshes, biking and wildlife.

Aquatic Marine, 302-537-3839, boat tours to Assateague Island, Assawoman Bay and the lighthouses of Lewes, as well as SEAdventures Kids Camp, a day camp that teaches water skills and safety.

Shopping

Bethany and Fenwick are coming into their own as shopping havens.

Farmers' Market, 8 a.m.-noon Sundays at Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue. Another market opens for the first time at the north end of Fenwick Island from 8 a.m. until noon Fridays. Both offer organic eggs, artisan bread, lavender soaps and other artful necessities.

Cattails, Marketplace at Sea Colony, Bethany Beach, 302-537-1142. Newly open source for home accessories, stationery, toys, and bath and body products.

Bayside Rug Company, Fenwick Island, 302-537-1377; bay siderugco.com. In the Village of Fenwick, this shop features hand-hooked Claire Murray rugs with whimsical nautical themes.

Gems by the Shore, 26D Pennsylvania Ave., 302-539-6151. Custom-designed jewelry, watch repair and an upstairs boutique with fun and inexpensive clothing.

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