Aug 282013

If we have to say goodbye to summer, at least there’s a fun way to do it with the annual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral. This year the event takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2 on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk.

BETHANY BEACH — New Orleans tradition informs us that when one passes away, a jazz funeral is often times held. Complete with upbeat brass music and costumes, the event, while it is one of mourning, is one of joy and celebration, remembering the good times and milestones of the deceased.

In Bethany Beach, a jazz funeral has been held on Labor Day to send off the summer for more than 25 years.

It was founded by Moss Wagner, a former Bethany Beach councilman and business owner, in 1985, as a way to hold an end of summer event for his employees, friends and local residents.

Wagner hasn’t organized the Jazz Funeral in several years, but today, it’s an event that brings the community together one last time before the season comes to a close.

Three dixieland bands, the Dixie Cats, the Downtown Dixieland Band and the Jazz Funeral Irregulars will provide entertainment over the course of the event.

They’ll proceed from the north end of the Bethany Beach Boardwalk to the Bandstand playing tunes such as “Amazing Grace,” “Bason Street Blues,” and “Closer Walk with Thee.”

To read the entire story written by The WAVE newspaper click here.

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Feb 212013

We have been asked frequently – by both prospective summer renters and interested potential real estate buyers – about the effects of Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy on the Delaware Beaches. The answer is, fortunately, that the southern Delaware Coast was spared any significant, long-term damage from that storm. Our vacation rentals in Sea Colony, Bethany Beach, Bear Trap Dunes, Ocean View, Bayside, Fenwick Island and the surrounding coastal communities are available for rent this summer – or right now, if you are interested in an off-season getaway.

Our vacation rental inventory is available at and you can see everything available for sale at the beach at

If you have any specific questions, please comment here and we will answer them as best we can.

Dec 272012


Coastal Delaware and Maryland are set for some of the area’s most prominent events at the top of the calendar, as the annual ocean plunge events in Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach, Delaware, and Ocean City, Maryland set the stage for 2013.

Exercise Like the Eskimos in Downtown Bethany Beach coincides with the Leo Brady Hair of the Dog 5K/10K race. On New Year’s Day, runners will take their marks at 9:30 a.m. and run through beautiful Bethany Beach before ending their journey oceanfront at the Bethany Beach Bandstand. There, they can cool off by taking part in the Eskimo Swim at noon. Proceeds from the event benefit various local nonprofits and provide grants and scholarships to local students. More information on these events can be found at

The Atlantic General Hospital Penguin Swim is Ocean City’s 19th annual foray into the winter sea. This New Year’s Day event supports the resort-area not-for-profit hospital and takes place on 91st Street at 1 p.m. Following the swim there will be an awards ceremony at the Princess Royale Atrium. Get more information on this event at

In Rehoboth Beach, it’s the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge taking place Saturday, February 3. Raising funds for Special Olympics Delaware, this event has become one of Delaware’s most anticipated and attended fundraising events.

This year’s Plunge Festival will feature two new events. The Pooch Plunge, where dogs can take a plunge themselves, will take place at 11 a.m. The Polar Ice Cream Throwdown will run from noon to 5 p.m. and will be a taste test and vote for the best “polar-inspired” ice cream created by attendees. The winner will have their creation featured at King’s Ice Cream in Lewes all summer. Learn more about this event at

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 or call 302-539-4511.

Oct 302012


The effects of Hurricane Sandy were felt last night, with the storm’s high winds, heavy rains and major storm surges affecting the Coastal Delaware area through this morning.

Coastal areas, from Ocean City, Md up through Lewes, Delaware are still experiencing residual flooding and Coastal Delaware has been under a state of emergency and a mandatory evacuation order has been in effect since Sunday.

Areas of Route 1, including the Indian River Inlet Bridge, and the road between Rt 54 and Rt 26 are closed as of Tuesday morning.

Stay up to date on the storm situation by visiting NOAA and The Weather Channel. Also, you can visit sites like Delaware Online and The Coastal Point for local info on the effects throughout Coastal Del.

ALSO: Make sure you check in with the Town of Bethany Beach for Bethany specific news on road closings, storm damage, etc.

The damage in areas like Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island is still being sorted out, and roadways to those areas are still limited so hopefully more information will be available as the day wears on.

We hope everyone throughout the East Coast U.S. is safe and sound.

Aug 092012


Published by The Cape Gazette:

Classes on a wide array of topics for people 50 and over will be offered in Bethany Beach starting this September as part of the fall semester at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Lewes.

“The University of Delaware has a proud history as one of the earliest and largest lifelong learning programs in the country,” said James Broomall, associate provost for professional and continuing studies at the University of Delaware. “We are looking forward to further expanding our program in Bethany Beach this fall.”

Classes including history, art, poetry, humanities and lifestyle topics will be offered on Monday and Wednesday mornings for a 10-week semester starting Sept. 10, at the Bethany Beach Municipal Building and Community Center at 214 Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach.

“We are pleased with the tremendous response we have received from the community to our plans to grow in the south coastal area,” said Broomall. “The hospitality of the Town of Bethany and the support of local volunteers have helped make this new endeavor possible.”

View the rest of the article at The Cape Gazette

Jul 302012

Former All-American, touring pro and accomplished tennis coach John Eagleton brings decades of playing and teaching experience to Sea Colony Tennis Resort, just south of Bethany Beach, Delaware, for a series of workouts, clinics and more on Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5.

On Saturday, Eagleton will host a junior and adult workout from 3-5 p.m., immediately followed by an exhibition with Sea Colony’s group of pros. Cost for the workout is $50 and all ages are invited to attend. Sunday, the former ATP World Tour Pro will oversee the Adult Intermediate and Advanced clinics from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a free Q&A session where he will discuss the evolution of the modern game. Clinics are $20 with 24-hour advanced registration and $25 after. Space is limited. Registration is available online at or by calling the tennis center at 302-539-4488.

A four-time All-America player while at the University of Miami, Eagleton was once ranked the No. 3 junior in the world. After turning pro, Eagleton shot up to world rankings of 220 in singles and 107 in doubles in just five tournaments. The South African played on the ATP/WTA tours for eight years.

Along with former student and Grand Slam doubles champion Ellis Ferreira, Eagleton currently runs the Eagleton-Ferreira Tennis Academy in Sarasota, Florida. With more than 20 years of coaching experience, he now teaches the modern playing techniques of the current players on the ATP and WTA tours.

With 34 tennis courts, including four indoor and 14 Har-Tru clay, and 25 teaching professionals, Sea Colony Tennis, under Tennis Director Thomas Johnston, offers a wide range of camps, clinics and private instruction to tennis players of all ages and skill levels.

 Sea Colony was named a 2012 Outstanding Facility of the Year by the United States Tennis Association thanks to its world-class tennis offerings. The southern Delaware beach and tennis resort has earned national global honors, including being named a Top 50 resort and the No. 13 tennis camp in the world, as well as the No. 4 for the best overall children’s programs and No. 5 for best junior programs, by, an online publication whose rankings are determined by experienced tennis players. Sea Colony was ranked earlier this year by Tennis magazine, which listed the resort community among its Top 50 American Resorts, including No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic region.

For more information about Sea Colony Tennis, stop by the Tennis Center at West Way Drive and Kent Avenue; call 302-539-4488, visit or like them on Facebook (

About Sea Colony
In addition to its world-class tennis offerings, Sea Colony, which is professionally managed by ResortQuest Delaware, features a wide variety of amenities including a half-mile of private beach, 12  pool (including two indoor), fitness centers (with certified instructors and trainers), activities for all ages, community shuttle and year-round security.

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, (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 or like them on Facebook at

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.

Jun 262012


Local resident, and current Auburn University student Marisa Grimes, has been selected to be a torchbearer at this Summer’s Olympic Games in London.

As told to, The 19-year-old, who is the daughter of ResortQuest real estate agent Marc Grimes, was selected for her ongoing charitable work over the years and will carry the Olympic torch for .18 of a mile on July 9.

“It’s definitely an honor to represent America’s youth. Only 10 kids were chosen from America, so I’m really grateful to have a chance to go,” Grimes said in the article. “It’s so important to find your passion – whatever it may be – and always give back in any way you can. You never know whose life you’re going to change.”

Grimes, a high school graduate of nearby Worcester Preparatory School in Berlin, Md., began her charity efforts her senior year there and continued them throughout college, helping those in need due to a variety of circumstances.

Read more about Grimes’ story and her Olympic experience in the full article at Delawareonline.

May 222012


As reported from the Coastal Point, The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has announced that several traffic pattern switches this week to allow for all lanes of traffic on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge to become active prior to Memorial Day weekend and to also allow for work on the new road under the bridge on the south side of the inlet to begin.

A connector road beneath the bridge has now opened, meaning northbound traffic heading from Bethany Beach will not be able to exit right into Delaware Seashore State Park. Instead drivers will have to proceed northbound over the bridge, make a U-turn at Savage’s Ditch Road, travel southbound back over the bridge, and then exit right to access the new connector road leading to the parking area, beach and bathhouse. This is expected to be in place until sometime in July, officials told the Coastal Point. 
Also, northbound travel lanes over the new bridge have opened and the second southbound lane will follow shortly.  This work is expected to take one or two days and is weather dependent. This lane opening marks the completion of the bridge portion of the Indian River Inlet Bridge project.