With temperatures recently soaring to above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and what felt like 10,000% humidity, even the most hard-core Washingtonians are feeling the heat. Luckily, there’s respite in the form of a weekend beach escape to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
About a three-hour drive from downtown DC (assuming traffic isn’t hideous, which it can be), Rehoboth has something to offer nearly every traveler. It’s a diverse, welcoming place with an active gay community and great restaurants and boutiques. Families flock to Rehoboth for its decently priced house rentals, and the boardwalk is packed with more fun shops, ice-cream stands and arcades than you can shake a beach umbrella at.
Some places worth checking out if you’re planning a weekend in Rehoboth:
Crosswinds Motel – this well priced motel is located on the Beach’s main strip, Rehoboth Avenue. It’s about a mile up from the beach, and its spotlessly clean rooms are in the process of being refurnished (think IKEA simplicity). The staff couldn’t be nicer – they bend over backwards to make sure you enjoy your stay.
Avenue Inn – one of Rehoboth’s swankier accommodations, this B&B includes an indoor pool and a spa on the premises. You’ll need to reserve in advance – rooms fill up fast.
Eden Cafe – this lovely little eatery is surprisingly well-priced, with a gorgeous interior and a fantastic cocktail list.
Blue Moon – a Rehoboth landmark, this buzzy restaurant is located on the always-hopping Baltimore Avenue. It’s got a tasty, fish-heavy menu; save room for the amazing Moon Pie dessert.
Dos Locos Stonegrill – if you like homemade margaritas and fresh chips, still warm from the oven, you’ll like this fun Tex-Mex spot. Karaoke nights and happy hour specials abound.
Sammy’s Kitchen – a good old-fashioned diner, open daily and featuring all of your favorite breakfast and lunch staples as well as some tasty mediterranean options. Lots of families eat here.
South Moon Under – this boutique has an outpost in DC and sells cute, breezy tops and skirts, as well as bathing suits and casual gear for men. There’s almost always a good sale going on.
Candy Kitchen – the name says it all, and there are tons of these candy cornucopias throughout Rehoboth and the surrounding areas. Bring home some salt water taffy.