Southern Delaware’s Sussex County has long been a vacation destination for a multitude of reasons. There’s something for everyone, every family member, every age and every interest. Four basic reasons are the offerings to shop, eat, play and sleep!
Southern Delaware has twenty-six five-star Atlantic Ocean beaches (often voted the cleanest on the east coast), plus some absolutely beautiful state parks — our favorites being Trap Pond, Holts Landing Explore, Cape Henlopen. All seven of them are along the seashore. Discover inland bays and bay islands, tidal marshes, rivers, surf fishing venues, beaches and ecosystems.
Participate actively while enjoying a pontoon boat eco tour, attending a lantern tour of the historic Indian River Life Saving Station, viewing a reenactment at Fort Miles and visiting the WWII fort transformed into an indoor-outdoor museum and artillery park at Cape Henlopen State Park. Discover the many great small town offerings, such as walking tours of historic downtown Lewes. Bike or hike fabulous trails, play a round of golf or paddle out to an uninhabited bay island.
Southern Delaware is the “Culinary Coast” of the Mid-Atlantic thanks to its incredible concentration of top-notch, James Beard-nominated and award-winning chefs and restaurants.
It’s a dream come true for foodies. You may think that Sussex County’s No. 1 industry is sunshine and surf, but actually agriculture is their biggest economic driver, as so many of their restaurants are farm-to-table fresh and serve up delicious dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Additionally, local wineries, craft breweries (including Dogfish Head Craft Brewery), distilleries and even a meadery offer local flavors of the liquid variety. Enjoy wine tastings, winery, brewery and distillery tours, and cooking classes offered by award-winning chefs from several popular dining establishments and immerse yourself in these walking food tours! Go to Rehoboth Beach and experience eating Rehoboth and take the tour for an inside view of the hottest local eateries.
Southern Delaware’s tax-free shopping excursions make for fun family, mother-daughter or girls’ weekend trips. While the outlets are a big draw, each of the area’s small towns offer shopping experiences in the many unique boutique-style shops that line their streets. Antique, vintage and consignment shops are sprinkled liberally throughout Sussex County. The area is also home to talented artists, artisans and crafters whose one-of-a-kind works are exhibited and sold to many small shops, galleries and studios. And, of course, the 130-plus outlet stores lining Route 1 between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach offer a variety of clothing, housewares, jewelry and more.
Southern Delaware’s constellation of picturesque downtowns are all charming, yet each retains its own distinct personality. From quaint bed-and-breakfasts to luxury hotels, guests will find welcoming accommodations in walkable historic fishing and shipbuilding villages rivaling those of New England, with charming beach and riverside towns, and peaceful rural retreats.
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Tina Coleman contributed to this report.