Visitors to Southern Delaware are in for some treats this year – they’ll find new activities, tours, events, restaurants and lots more. Of course, everything they've always loved about Southern Delaware awaits as well. Here, in no particular order, are a selection of brand new – and new-ish! - reasons to visit Southern Delaware in 2019:
Inland Bay Oysters: A Southern Delaware delicacy are available now at local restaurants and raw bars. Thanks to shellfish aquaculture, these oysters uniquely capture the flavor of Delaware’s Inland Bays and offer a superior shellfish product with an exceptionally attractive flavor, texture and size, all while improving the water quality and ecology of the bays. This is a huge win-win for both oyster lovers and our bays. Check them out!
Good Earth Market in Ocean View has added a large, full service bar which provides more seating space for the restaurant area and has allowed for expansion of the kitchen. These upgrades also bolster the coffee bar, espresso, and latte menu. “Folks love sitting at the bar area for brunch and dinner, it’s a unique experience to sit at a bar, eat great food, and watch shoppers come and go. Our guests love the market vibe,” said Chef Nino Mancari. Now that the bar is up and running, the staff will expand their beverage program. “We are so excited to offer garden inspired cocktails, a great wine list, as well as local and popular beer selections,” said, founder, Susan Ryan. The café at Good Earth Market is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Visit www.goodearthmarket.com to learn more.
Steamin' Blues, a new crabhouse from the owners of The Surfing Crab Restaurant & Bar on Coastal Highway, will open in the former Jakes Seafood Restaurant at First Street and Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach.
Much anticipated, The Pines recently opened on Baltimore Ave in Rehoboth Beach. The modern coastal tavern offers a winning combination of sensational interior design, a lively atmosphere, creative American cuisine, crafty cocktails and first-class customer service. The restaurant features a full farm-to-table menu in the dining room and a thoughtfully crafted lite fare menu upstairs in the lounge. Visit http://thepinesrb.com/
While many will be sad to hear that El Dorado, the popular and tasty eatery on Route 24 just off Route 1 has closed, the site will become home to a second Dos Locos, which is great news! Visit www.doslocos.com.
Rehoboth Beach’s Revelation Brewing Company will be taking over the property formerly occupied by 16 Mile Brewery on South Bedford Street in Georgetown, which they will open this spring. Their Rehoboth Beach location will remain open as well. The Georgetown location will offer a full menu, matching Revelation’s beers to their culinary equivalents and will be expanded to include an outdoor seating area and events space. Visit www.revbeer.com.
Lewes’s renowned Agave will open a second location in Rehoboth Beach in 2019, next to the Summer House Restaurant. Visit http://agavelewes.com.
Brick Works, now in Smyrna, will be expanding with the opening of its second brewpub in Taormina Square in Long Neck this year. www.brickworksde.com.
Starting Thursday, February 7th, Eating Rehoboth tours will add Coastal Highway restaurants to the lineup of great eateries where you can sip & bite over this 3-hour tour. Jolly Trolley teams up with www.EatingRehoboth.com to bring this new event to Rehoboth. Restaurants currently in the lineup include Saketumi, Fork & Flask, Miyagi Ramen Bar, Crust & Craft, Bluecoast Rehoboth, Touch of Italy, and Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli and there are more in the works. Check out the website for tour dates and prices.
Dogfish Head: Look forward in 2019 to everything from the return of World Wide Stout to the release of a super new offering by the name of SuperEIGHT. They’re even getting the band back together with American Beauty, releasing in 6-packs for the first time ever. To check out the full 2019 Beer Release Calendar, click here: www.dogfish.com/blog/2019-beer-release-calendar.
Savoring our Coastal Heritage: Delaware Seashore State Park and Indian River Life Saving Station will offer a new program called “Savoring Our Coastal Heritage” on Saturday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Tour the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station, one of the oldest oceanfront buildings along Delaware's coast, and learn about the daily lives of the surfmen that served at the station and the heroic rescues they performed. Then sit down to a locally-sourced dining experience, with a menu inspired by what the surfmen may have been eating around the turn-of-the-century. Menu may include anything from steamed clams and sea bean salad to muskrat stew or grilled venison. Top off the evening with a lantern-lit walk on the beach to hear local shipwreck tales, full of tragedy and mystery. Pre-registration is required. Not recommended for vegetarians. Market price. https://www.facebook.com/events/309602599778274/.
Delaware Botanic Gardens: Phase One of the Delaware Botanic Gardens will open in September of 2019, giving the public its first glimpse of this world-class, inspirational, educational, and sustainable public botanic garden in Southern Delaware. Located in Dagsboro, Delaware, and situated on thirty-seven acres along Pepper Creek which flows into Indian River Bay, the garden will maintain a year-round living habitat to demonstrate the vital impact of plants on the lives of our region’s citizens and their environment. The parcel has an ideal mix of plateau, woodlands, and more than 1,000 feet of tidal waterfront on Pepper Creek. The gardens will offer professional horticultural displays that create a sense of place for Southern Delaware while they educate and engage visitors and inspire conservation of the area’s unique ecological habitats. For those who can’t wait, take a virtual tour of this spectacular garden and read all about it at www.delawaregardens.org/.
Combine Experience Tours: For the ultimate farm experience (August – November), check out the Combine Experience Tours offered by Delmarva Discovery Tours. Visit a local farm and ride along in a Combine and/or Grain Cart during harvest. The tour is fun and informative, with farmers sharing a wealth of information about farming life in Southern Delaware. You’ll climb up into the cab of a huge combine, sit inside and ride along as the combine drives through the fields harvesting either corn or soybeans. Watch as the grain shoots out of the combine into the grain cart that rides shotgun. Fun for all ages. Must be able to climb a ladder. Visit www.delmarvadiscoverytours.com.
Sailing Nature Cruises offered by Coastal Kayak: Let the wind do the work – just sit back and enjoy the sun and the breeze as your skipper sails you through the beautiful back bays of the Delaware coast. You’ll cruise past a bird rookery and along the wooded shoreline of a state wildlife area while you learn about the many different species of shore birds and other wildlife that make their homes in this special eco-system. Visit https://coastalkayak.com/.
Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival is expanding this year to include 10 days of concerts and special events in celebration of the festival’s 30th anniversary year. The festival will be held October 11 – 20 and will feature live music the first weekend at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center and the Rusty Rudder. For info, visit www.rehobothjazz.com/coming-2019.html. Tickets go on sale April 1.
Seaford Historical Society’s Ross Station at the Governor Ross Plantation will open this winter, offering space for historical society educational activities and exhibits as well as a venue for society functions, business retreats, weddings, history conferences, expositions, and other community events. The property will include a welcome center with rest room facilities to accommodate bus tours and groups and will allow for increased tours of the Ross Mansion, grounds, slave quarters, and the historic setting the Plantation provides. Visit www.seafordhistoricalsociety.com/ross-station/.
Southern Delaware Tourism supports and encourages the identification, development and promotion of sustainable, year-round tourism in Southern Delaware that contributes to economic growth and improves the quality of life. For more information, call Southern Delaware Tourism at 302-856-1818 or visit their website, www.VisitSouthernDelaware.com.