The aromas of sea and saltwater taffy fill your senses when you arrive at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. This charming seaside town makes a perfect getaway, promising to get the kinks out of your bones as well as your psyche. How's all that possible in a weekend? Almost everything you need lies within walking distance of the mile-long Boardwalk--flanked by beach and Atlantic Ocean on one side and restaurants and shops on the other.
Do your best to stay on the beach. (No, it's not cheap, but no bargains await here in the summertime.) The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel is a beauty and close to the annual Sandcastle Contest. It has a good restaurant (Victoria's) as well as an indoor pool and Internet access ( Olive Avenue and Boardwalk;  227-7169 or www.boardwalkplaza.com). Rates start at $244.
The Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center makes another great option with a vintage feel ( 101 North Boardwalk;  227-2511 or www.atlanticsandshotel.com). Don't miss the oceanfront swimming pool and Oasis Spa. Rates start at $245.
left: Reserve an oceanfront room with a balcony at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel.