We certainly think that coastal Delaware is a wonderful place to live and work, with 26 miles of Atlantic coastline, an abundance of inland bays and waterways, some of the best locally owned restaurants on the east coast and plenty of fun and excitement for all age groups.
But we have a confession to make – living here year-round like we do, we never considered our area to be a so-called “bucket list destination” until we read a story recently on the travel website www.visitsouth.com.
But there it was, a fantastic story about our area entitled “Top 12 Reasons to Make Southern Delaware a Bucket List Destination.” And it got us thinking about the title and the assumptions made by the writer.
And we came to the conclusion that he’s right – southern Delaware is, in fact, a destination that you simply must experience before you kick the proverbial bucket.
So, let’s discuss the “12 Reasons” the writer talked about and add our own Oldfather Group flair to each one.
Here we go:
- Beaches and Watersports. Anybody who knows anything about coastal Delaware knows that this is a given. In fact, if you take a trip to our beautiful area of the world and DON’T go to the beach or jump in the water, it is a rare occurrence indeed. From swimming and surfing, to skimboarding, parasailing, paddleboarding and much more, there is no shortage of water-related activities during coastal Delaware’s warm weather months.
- Lighthouse Exploration. By taking advantage of the Southern Delaware Lighthouse Trail, you can visit, view and/or learn about 10 lighthouses that are currently featured at the Delaware beaches, or have been in the past. Learn about the lights on the Delaware Breakwater and in Fenwick Island, as well as the historic Cape Henlopen Lighthouse that fell into the sea decades ago, and much more.
- Communing with Nature. An abundance of nature awaits you in coastal Delaware on several trails and paths. Some of the favorites in the area include the new Gordon’s Pond Trail and the popular Junction & Breakwater Trail.
- Cycling Adventures. Delaware wasn’t ranked the 3rd Most Bike Friendly State in the United States by the League of American Bicyclists for no reason. With a flat landscape, lots of open space and plenty of untouched landscape, coastal Delaware is simply a great place to get out and enjoy a nice bike ride with the family. Biking events like the annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour in Bethany Beach are also worth checking out if you enjoy the biking scene.
- Experience Over 40 Annual Festivals. If you follow the “Weekender Blog” here on our website, you know that this is one of our favorite topics and something we talk about each and every week. Some of our favorites include the Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival, Punkin’ Chunkin’ (soon to make a return), the Apple Scrapple Festival, the Nanticoke Indian Powwow and, the granddaddy of them all, the biennial Return Day Festival in Georgetown.
- Savor the Culinary Coast. Another of our favorite topics is the area’s eclectic selection of fantastic locally owned restaurants. From Lewes to Fenwick Island, there are so many and they are all very different. Our local chefs in coastal Delaware are almost like area celebrities, as they continue to create culinary masterpieces for all of us.
- Revel in History. With a history that dates back to 1631, there’s certainly no shortage of historical sites to go out and visit in southern Delaware. So do your research, decide where to start, and enjoy!
- Explore Museums. As the historical sites in southern Delaware are aplenty, so are the museums. From the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, to the Rehoboth Beach Museum on Rehoboth Avenue, the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island and the Nanticoke Indian Museum in Oak Orchard, there is plenty to discover in the area. And these are just the tip of the iceberg – there are so many more great museums here in Delaware’s southernmost county.
- Discover the Arts. With great theater groups such as Clear Space Theater and Possum Point Players, as well as the Rehoboth and Millsboro Art Leagues and much more, there is plenty in the area for art lovers.
- Tax-Free Shopping. Yes, this is always a big draw for people in surrounding states, especially around the holidays. You pay no sales tax in the First State, which can really save on your shopping costs. The Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth Beach is a favorite destination.
- Stay Like a Local. There are plenty of Bed & Breakfasts, small hotels and campgrounds in coastal Delaware to stay relatively inexpensively and some will even accept your pets. Check out our blog post from 2015 on area hotels that will allow your four-legged friends to stay with you.
- Make Unforgettable Memories with Family. This is all up to you and what you feel like doing, but with the literal cornucopia of things there are to do in coastal Delaware, there’s certainly no shortage of ways you can make lasting memories with your loved ones. So pick your passion and enjoy!
So what do you think of Visit South’s list and our own personal opinions on each topic? You can also read the original story on Visit South’s website, if you like.
Enjoy the rest of your summer here in beautiful coastal Delaware. We hope you have a great time here in what the local’s like to call “God’s Country.”