Coastal Delaware ... the perfect place for a wINNter getaway!
Coastal Delaware is home to beautiful beaches, a bunch of awesome hiking trails and tons outdoor fun – making it the perfect summer vacation spot. But, what many folks don’t realize is that it’s also a pretty great place to visit during the winter months.
As the chillier weather creeps in, many of coastal Delaware’s tourists run for the hills ... when in fact, they should be getting ready to partake in all the wintertime goodness approaching! From tasty off-season specials at some of the area’s best and most critically-acclaimed restaurants to amazing opportunities for holiday shopping sprees, and winter-themed events and festivals, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
With so much awesomeness happening in such a short period of time, it’s hard to tackle it all in just one sitting, but we’ll do our best to cover the highlights!
Enjoy exquisite, five-star eats without breaking the bank. Chock full of award-winning chefs and restaurants, coastal Delaware is quickly becoming a foodie’s dream destination, and during the off-season, these fan-favorite eateries feature tons of lunch and dinner specials – not to mention you almost never have to wait to be seated!
Some of our favorite off-season specials are of course, Chesapeake & Maine’s Lobster Party Sundays (1.25lb. lobsters for just $10 each every Sunday from 12-9 p.m.) and our Rehoboth brewpub’s Wood-Fired Nights (new and creative wood-fired entrees available every Tuesday and Thursday), but if you’re looking for the area’s entire lineup of tasty off-season treats, the Rehoboth Foodie and Blonde Cravings have you covered!
Grab your coat and check out the area’s stunning scenery and sites, like Cape Henlopen State Park, one of the many beautiful beaches, the Junction & Breakwater Trail or the Rehoboth boardwalk. Most likely you’ll have the place to yourself, and since it’s the off-season, your pupper can come along too. That’s right folks, just keep your furry friend on a leash and he (or she) is more than welcome to walk along the beach and boardwalk!
Shop ‘til you drop! Whether you prefer chain-based retail stores, locally-owned shops or craft shows and eclectic art galleries, coastal Delaware’s got it all … and it’s tax free!
If you’re hoping to check all of the boxes on your holiday shopping list, we recommend exploring some of these patron paradises. First, Second Street in Lewes. Sprinkled with specialty shops and antique stores, it’s the perfect place to pick up some one-of-a-kind steals. Another prime shopping spot is the Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth. With more than 110 stores, selling everything from clothing to kitchen ware to jewelry to shoes and MORE, ‘the outlets’ are sure to please and there’s almost always a sale (or two) happening! Lastly, be on the lookout for craft shows and artisan events in the area, like the Rehoboth Art League's Annual Holiday Fine Fair Craft Show and the Annual Dewey Beach Sip and Shop … because nothing says ‘Happy Holidays,’ like a heart-felt, hand-made gift.
Check out one of the area’s many locally-loved events. Gaze at the lights at the Winter WonderFEST in Lewes, sip on some beers at our Analog-A-Go-Go celebration, swing by the Clear Space Theatre to watch a play or musical, catch a flick at the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, experience the Rehoboth Holiday Tree Lighting or marvel at the contestants' creations at the Annual Rehoboth Beach Gingerbread Contest. And if these events don’t strike your fancy, no worries … there’s SO. MANY. MORE! Just pick your weekend and check out Visit Delaware’s events calendar. They’ll keep you up-to-date on all the winter-weathered fun!
So while those sun-bathing, summer beach days have passed, there's still a lot of off-centered fun to be had here in coastal Delaware, and there's no better homebase from which to experience it all than our very own Dogfish Inn! Located in the heart of downtown Lewes, we're just a quick hike, bike or ride away from all goodness, and we'll have a toasty fire (complete with a rockin' s'mores bar) waiting for you to warm up by after your artic escapade!