Folks can enjoy walking the half-mile from the village to the Lewes city beach. Lifeguards patrol this family-friendly beach, and bathrooms make the trip convenient.
For a wilder experience, drive to Cape Henlopen State Park, a mile beyond the city beach. This mostly undeveloped site offers beach access directly to the Atlantic Ocean. A favored spot by surfers and birdwatchers, it boasts more wildlife than crowds. Be sure to bring everything you need--blanket, beach chairs, a cooler--for a blissfully peaceful day at the shore.
The First City in The First State
Named for an English town, Lewes (pronounced LOO-iss) got its start around 1631. Explore its history in the churchyard of St. Peter’s on Second Street, where graves date back centuries.
Five Ways To Relax:
- Indulge in a sleepy morning. Sip coffee or tea, and watch the boats dock on the canal from the rooftop fire pit at Hotel Blue.
- Stroll around town at dusk--or grab an ice cream from King’s.
- Take a blanket down to the shore--either the bayside or the ocean--and watch the tide roll in.
- Ride the ferry across the Delaware Bay to Cape May, New Jersey, and then ride it back again. If you feel ambitious, get off and appreciate the colorful Victorian village in the Garden State.
- Wander through the tasteful farmers market on Saturdays with your camera to take photos of colorful fruits and veggies. Grab a pastry from one of the bakery booths to nibble as you go.
"A Seashore Surprise" is from the June 2008 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.