Jun 132014
 

Professional tennis returns to Bethany Beach for the fourth annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony, to be held June 15-22, 2014, on the clay courts at the Sea Colony Tennis Center, located south of Bethany Beach on West Way Drive, just west of Kent Avenue.

Again sponsored by ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, ResortQuest Real Estate® and the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the singles and doubles tournament will draw nationally and internationally ranked women tennis players seeking to improve their world rankings and claim their share of the $10,000 in prize money. Qualifying matches will be held June 15-16, with the main draw – for singles and doubles – beginning on Tuesday, June 17.

Admission to the tournament is free.

In addition to singles and doubles play, the tournament events include:
•    Thursday, June 19: Junior Play Day, 4 p.m.;
•    Saturday, June 21: USTA Member Appreciation Day.

A 2012 USTA Outstanding Facility of the Year, Sea Colony is ranked among Tennis magazine’s “Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the U.S.” – including No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic. Tennis Resorts Online ranked Sea Colony as the No. 12 tennis camp in the world. With 34 tennis courts, including six indoor and 14 Har-Tru, Sea Colony offers a wide variety of camps, clinics, and private lessons throughout the year for players of all ages and skill levels.

Please follow the tournament on Twitter at #ProSC.

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.

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.

Mar 112014
 

It’s that time of year again - where your beach retreat is on the horizon, be it a spring break getaway or a summer family vacation! Wyndham Vacation Rentals has a few deals that may appeal to your plans for a trip to the Quiet Resorts of the Delaware Beaches. Visit the links at the bottom for details on these vacation rental deals.

 

Stay for 4, Pay for 3!Promo code: BEACH4 – Book a 4 night stay and get your 4th night of rent costs for FREE! Valid on stays through April 15, 2014. Must be booked by April 12, 2014. For more info visit http://www.wyndhamvacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/delaware/delaware-beaches/deals/stay-for-4-pay-for-3

Save on a Week Vacation!No promo code (must call to book) – Save 10% on any 7 night stay made between March 16, 2014 and April 28, 2014. Must be book by April 20, 2014. For more info, visit http://www.wyndhamvacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/delaware/delaware-beaches/deals/save-on-a-week-vacation

Save on May and June Stays! - Promo code: BEACH15 – Save 15% on any stay of 3 nights or more made between May 23, 2014 (start of Memorial Day Weekend!) through June 21, 2014. Must be booked by April 19, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.wyndhamvacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/delaware/delaware-beaches/deals/save-on-may-june-stays

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour Special (For Bike Tour Participants only) – Promo code BEACH10 – Save 10% on any stay made the weekend of the Beach to Bike Tour Event (April 24-28, 2014). Must be booked by Aril 22, 2014. For more info, visit http://www.wyndhamvacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/delaware/delaware-beaches/deals/ocean-to-bay-bike-tour

 

Mar 032014
 

Pre-registration is now open for Bethany Beach for the annual Bunny Palooza 5K/10K to benefit the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation. The race will take place on Saturday, April 19  at 8:30 a.m. in downtown Bethany Beach. To register visit: www.bunnypaloozarun.com. To view course maps, click here.

RACE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Overall, Runner-Up, Masters and Age Group Awards
  • Fun, Festive Course
  • Tech Shirt to all pre-registered Runners (guaranteed to all 5k/10k participants who pre-register by a certain date)
  • Music Pre and Post race brought to you by DJ Padraig!
  • Post-race Party
  • Live music throughout the race course, Palooza Plaza with Face Painters, music, magicians, artist, games and more!
  • A perfect way to start the Spring Season
  • Finish Oceanfront on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk
  • Finishing medals (10K participants only)

LOCATION:

  • START: GARFIELD PKWY & ATLANTIC AVE, DOWNTOWN BETHANY BEACH, DELAWARE

    FINISH: BETHANY BEACH BOARDWALK AT THE BANDSTAND

 Posted by at 3:44 pm
Feb 132014
 

What happens when you combine the talented chefs of SoDel Concepts and give them Girl Scout Cookies? You get a culinary masterpiece and a delicious event to remember!

Visit NorthEast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View, De for the 2nd Annual Girl Scout Cookies Dessert Throwdown.

Where. NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, 29 Atlantic Ave, Ocean View

When. 6-7 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 19

Cost. Free tastings

Contact. 302.537.1785 or ronnie@sodelconcepts.com

Cocktail Hour is from 4:45- 6 p.m. and the throwdown will feature one dessert from each SoDel Restaurant. Bonus! Desserts will be featured on each restaurant’s menu starting 2.17.14. Special guest judges.

 Posted by at 9:49 am
Feb 132014
 

Writing by the Sea

Is it time for your inner writer to find its voice?

In a peaceful setting on the shores of the Atlantic, you can explore new writing in a relaxed and supportive environment.  Together, even new writers will find their own stories to tell and watch their voices develop clarity.

Come write with us March 24-27, 10:00-1:00, at The Addy Sea Bed and Breakfast in beautiful Bethany Beach, Delaware.

Retreat fee:  $295.  Please register before February 28. Special Addy Sea rate for retreat attendees: $99/night (limited spaces available)

Questions:  Contact Margaret Foster at mfoster110@gmail.com or call 410-404-6538

For more information on this great event, visit, http://writingworkshopregister.wordpress.com/.

 

 Posted by at 9:38 am
Jan 072014
 

Oceanova Spa offers quiet retreat

OCEAN VIEW — The faces have changed at Oceanova Spa on Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View, but the relaxing atmosphere remains the same.

Rosanne Shoemaker and her late husband, Glenn, purchased the established business in April from former owner Carolyn Rix, who moved on to being a full-time mother of two small children.

The decision to purchase the spa was an easy one for the Shoemakers, although it wasn’t something they had planned. Rosanne Shoemaker had worked at the spa for two years as a manager.

“It just kind of worked out. (Owning a spa) wasn’t on my radar at all,” she said. “I just loved working here, and I loved all the people.”

Shoemaker said the spa’s focus is on customer service and providing a peaceful and relaxing experience.

“We like to keep everything low-key here, very personalized,” she said. “When people come in, they’re surprised how quiet it is. It’s like a retreat.”

Oceanova offers therapeutic massage, body treatments, facials, nail care, waxing and spa packages, as well as several lines of products. The large facility has 10 rooms used for services.

“We have some very well-skilled massage therapists and aestheticians and cosmetologists,” Shoemaker said. “We can accommodate a lot of people at one time, yet it’s very personal. You might not even know there are other people here.”

Spa services for groups are a large part of their business, Shoemaker said, including girls’ weekends, bridal parties and families.

To read the entire article please visit The Wave Newspaper.

 Posted by at 5:10 pm
Jan 062014
 

Many housing pundits are calling for home sales to do slightly better in 2014 than they did in 2013. To the contrary, we strongly believe that home sales will skyrocket with increases of 10-15% in 2014. Here are the three categories of buyers we believe will create this strong demand.

The First Time Buyer

The Urban Land Institute recently released a report, Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2014, projecting that 4.48 million new households will be formed over the next three years. Millennials will make up a large portion of these new households. With the economy improving, we believe they will finally be moving out of their parents’ homes and, when they compare renting versus buying, many will choose homeownership.

The Move-Up Buyer

Over the last several years many homeowners were trapped in their home by negative equity. This prevented them from moving up to the home of their dreams. Zillow has just revealed that home equity increased by $1.9 trillion dollars in 2013 an increase of 7.9% in the last twelve months. With home values rising, this pent-up demand will finally be released and move-up properties will be in high demand.

The Immigrant Buyer

No one knows what will happen with immigration reform. However, we do know what such reform would have on housing demand. A recent study released by the Immigration Task Force of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) found that immigration reform, if passed, would dramatically increase demand for housing units; increasing residential construction spending by an average of $68 billion per year over the next 20 years. We realize that our projections are based on three situations that are still uncertain. However, we believe that these issues will come to fruition and thereby dramatically increase demand for homeownership.

Article Source: Keeping Current Matters

 Posted by at 1:37 pm
Dec 132013
 

shutterstock_2073278

Call us crazy, but here at the beach there are several annual events that involve diving into the frigid ocean during the less than ideal beach weather. For those who haven’t experienced it before, it is an item that should make the bucket list. Take a look at the plunges offered in the area, many have also expanded to include a 5K run and walk.

Eskimos

18th Annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos & HOD 5k/10k Run Proceeds benefit Quiet Resort Charitable Foundation

  • Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014- Bethany Beach
  • Event includes a plunge, 5K & 10K

Penguins

20th Annual Penguin Swim

  • Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014- Ocean City
  • Event includes a plunge

Polar Bears

Lewes Polar Bear Plunge and Run to the Plunge Benefits the Special Olympics Delaware

  • February 2, 2014- Rehoboth Beach
  • Event includes a plunge, 5k Race and Pooch Plunge

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 3:41 pm