Apr 292014
 

The coastline of Southern Delaware is a destination for vacationers of all sorts. Each location brings a unique experience for beachgoers, but ultimately, they have one thing in common – the perfect beach experience for locals and vacationers alike. Going down the coastline of the Delaware Beaches, here are just a few of the things to look for during your trip, starting with the area’s oldest beach town…

Lewes

The ultimate sea town, Lewes is rich with maritime history and culture. When visiting, be sure to check in with the Lewes Historical Society to see what events the town has planned, including August’s annual Antique Show, and its guest speaker series throughout the year.  When you’re done on the beach, check out the downtown district, a diverse area with a unique mix of shops and restaurants (disclosure: each town has a plethora of great seafood spots) all within a mile radius. Depending on the time of year, look into the various town tours for the best experience of “The First Town in the First State”.

Theres more than just surf and sand when you visit Delaware's famed beaches

Theres more than just surf and sand when you visit Delaware’s famed beaches

Rehoboth Beach

The biggest “tourist” town of the bunch, Rehoboth Beach is the area’s most diverse beach town. With a boardwalk that has gained national acclaim and a bar/restaurant scene adored by those who keep coming back (Dogfish Head BrewPub, Fin’s Raw Bar and Big Fish are just a few) Oh, and did we mention the shopping? Rehoboth’s outlets are a full day of activity by itself, especially for out-of-towners looking to take advantage of Delaware’s tax-free shopping. Rehoboth is also becoming a hub for great festivals, with the Rehoboth Film Festival, the Rehoboth Jazz Festival and Sea Witch all taking place during the autumn.

Dewey Beach

The little town with a big reputation, Dewey Beach is tiny town situated between the ocean and bay with an energetic and fun-loving character. Known for its night life and live music scene, Dewey Beach gives you bay front relaxation at spots like northbeach and Que Pasa, live music hubs Bottle & Cork (two words: Jam Session) and Rusty Rudder and of course the “Heart of Dewey Beach”, The Starboard. Naturally, there’s also the beach and a few shops… and more bars, so if you plan to come to Dewey, plan on bringing all the energy you have. You’re probably in for some late nights.

Bonus:

Delaware Seashore State Park Beaches

Delaware Seashore State Park, which features drive-on, unguarded beaches, is the perfect spot for those looking to avoid the summer crowds of the aforementioned beaches. Tower Road, Key Box Road and New Road are a few of the spots you’ll be looking for if this sounds like your type of setting. Thank us later.

Bethany Beach

For those who want to avoid the rush of Rehoboth, there’s the patriarch of “The Quiet Resorts”, Bethany Beach. A traditional beach experience on a smaller scale than its northern cousin, Bethany Beach’s tranquil demeanor lends itself to the family looking for occasional isolation. That’s not to say there isn’t activity in Bethany Beach. Downtown Bethany has plenty of restaurants and shops to keep you and the kids occupied.  It also features its own boardwalk and the Bethany Beach Bandstand, which is home to a variety of seasonal entertainment.

The boadwalk of Bethany Beach is smaller than it's counterparts' but has a charm all its own

The boadwalk of Bethany Beach is smaller than it’s counterparts’ but has a charm all its own

Bethany is also home to Sea Colony resort, an award-winning beach and tennis resort that features a half-mile of private, guarded beaches and remains one of the areas more popular resort destinations. Looking for something a little more tranquil then even Bethany? Try its little brother, South Bethany, which features nothing but surf, sand and sun.

Fenwick Island

The southernmost beach in Delaware, Fenwick Island has all of the fixings of your traditional beach town with the caveat that its bayside scene may be as popular as its Oceanside activity. It’s (almost) all about the food in this town, which features such favorites as Harpoon Hanna’s, Catch 54, Fenwick Crab House and Nantuckets. Fenwick is also home to Fenwick Island State Park, a three-mile stretch of beach that features a rare designated surfing area and is also a popular area for surf fishing.

Just outside of Fenwick, down the Route 54 corridor is an area known as “West Fenwick”, which features Bayside, a golf resort community that hosts the Freeman Stage and its exciting yearly schedule of live entertainment.

Bonus:

Ocean City, Maryland

You can’t talk about the coastline without mentioning Ocean City, One of the most popular beach destinations of the entire east coast. While it sits just outside of the Delaware border, it’s treated almost as an adopted cousin to those in the First State. What can you say about OCMD? A magnificent boardwalk with all the traditional beach snacks (get you some Thrasher’s Fries asap), rides and some of the coolest events you’ll find anywhere. Take in the OC Air Show, Car and Truck Show, or the national action sports tour event, Dew Tour, in June; live music extravaganzas Springfest and Sunfest, which bookend the summer season; and various holiday celebrations throughout the year. Ocean City truly has something for everyone.

Nov 032012
 

The 10th annual Sea Colony Turkey Trot 5k Run & Walk is set for Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Sea Colony Fitness Center in Bethany Beach, Del. Proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics Delaware.

10th Sea Colony Turkey Trot 5k on November 25 benefits Special Olympics Delaware

10th Sea Colony Turkey Trot 5k on November 25 benefits Special Olympics Delaware

ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers privately owned vacation rentals in Bethany Beach—ranging from oceanfront condos to secluded single-family vacation homes. ResortQuest is the Sea Colony real estate and Sea Colony vacation rental leader.

Participants can pre-register at the fitness center for $20 by Nov. 14. Registration after that date is $25, including race day registration which begins at 7 a.m.

The 3.1-mile race will begin at 9 a.m., rain or shine, and the first 200 participants will receive an event t-shirt. Post-race refreshments and an award ceremony honoring overall finishers, masters, and the top three in age groups from 9-and-up through 70-and-over will follow the race.

For more information, visit http://www.seashorestriders.com or call 302-539-4511.

Jul 212012
 

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) this week selected Sea Colony beach & tennis resort, located just south of Bethany Beach, Delaware, to receive the 2012 Outstanding Facility of the Year award.

Sea Colony selected for United States Tennis Association 2012 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award“It is with enormous pride that I share the outstanding news that Sea Colony has been selected to receive the USTA Outstanding Facility of the Year award,” said Rich Kent, tennis committee chair for the Sea Colony Recreational Association, Inc. (SCRA). “This is a highly coveted award in the tennis circles and will certainly increase our current national profile as a world class tennis resort. Congratulations to all involved. There is no doubt that this award that recognizes our excellent facility will generate additional visibility and interest in Sea Colony as both a destination and for our world-class tennis programs.”

The USTA’s Outstanding Facility Award Program was established to stimulate high standards in tennis facilities and to recognize those facilities whose efforts make such a positive statement about the vitality of the game. Since 1981, the USTA has annually recognized top tennis facilities in four categories, including small public tennis centers, large public tennis centers, educational institutions and private facilities.

“I am so proud of how our tennis program has developed and evolved over the last two years,” said Thomas Johnston, Sea Colony’s director of tennis. “Our junior programs have grown so rapidly – both in participation and number of offerings – and our schedule of events for all ages and skill levels is so diverse.”

In addition to numerous adult and junior tournaments, Johnston highlighted recent new and upcoming events, including a professional women’s tournament, sport science weekend and a wheelchair tournament, as well as clinics and exhibitions featuring notable pros and teachers such as former world No. 1 Richie Reneberg, former French Open doubles champion Luke Jensen and junior guru John Eagleton.

“This accomplishment is due to outstanding leadership of the Sea Colony Tennis Committee, the support of the staff, and the management team at ResortQuest Delaware,” said Ron Wickwire, president of the SCRA board of directors. “Their vision and collaboration made this success possible.” 

The official award presentation will be made at the USTA semi-annual meeting in New York City on Sept. 2, 2012.

With 34 tennis courts including four indoor and 14 Har-Tru clay, Sea Colony Tennis – known as “The Premier Family Beach & Tennis Resort Community” – offers a wide range of camps, clinics and private instruction to tennis players of all ages and skill levels.

Supported by the Sea Colony homeowners and under the guidance of Johnston and his team of experienced, talented and highly-trained teaching professionals, the tennis program has produced state and national champions, elite juniors and top collegiate tennis players, while earning kudos from state and regional tennis organizations.

Earlier this year, TENNIS magazine honored Sea Colony among its 2012 Top 50 American Resorts, as well as ranking it the No. 3 resort in the Mid-Atlantic region.

In May, TennisResortsOnline.com (TRO), published by former TENNIS magazine editor Roger Cox, ranked the seaside resort the world’s No. 13 tennis camp, as well as No. 4 for best overall children’s programs and No. 5 for best junior programs. The southern Delaware beach and tennis community is also among TRO’s Top 50 Tennis Resorts.

In addition to its world-class tennis offerings, Sea Colony, professionally managed by ResortQuest, features a wide variety of amenities including a half mile of private beach, 12 pools (two indoor), fitness centers, a community shuttle, year-round security.

For more information about Sea Colony Tennis, stop by the tennis center at West Way Drive and Kent Avenue, call 302-539-4488, visit SeaColonyTennis.net or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/seacolonytennis.

Do you want a tennis getaway for a week, a weekend or a lifetime? ResortQuest Real Estate is the Sea Colony Real Estate specialist. Now part of the Wyndham Vacation Rentals family, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals (formerly ResortQuest Delaware) is the Sea Colony Vacation Rental leader.