Mar 132013


Saturday, March 30, 2013 marks the return of the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundations’s  Bunny Palooza 5k/10k race, again taking place in Bethany Beach, beginning at 8am.

Hundreds of runners are expected to take part in this exciting Start-of-Spring event, which starts at Garfield Parkway and Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Bethany Beach and ends at the Bethany Beach Boardwalk at the Bandstand.

The event will feature a post-race party beginning roughly 8:45 a.m. at Mango’s Oceanfront, with complimentary beer from 3rd Wave Brewing Co. and full breakfast, as well as a chilli cookoff between some of your favorite local restaurants!

Live music will be played all throughout the race course and Palooza Plaza also returns with face painters, magicians, artist, games and more!

As for the race itself, runners of the 10K will receive finishing medals and runners of both races will be able to compete for awards, which will be given in the following categories:

  • 1st, 2nd place overall male
  • 1st, 2nd place overall female
  • 1st Master male & female
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place age group male
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place age group female

Dogs are welcome to participate in the 5K only.

Hope to see everyone there again!

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 272012


This Saturday December 1, don’t miss out on the annual Caribbean Christmas, held at Mango’s on the Boardwalk in Bethany Beach! The festivities begin at 7 pm and last until 11pm. Proceeds from the event to towards the Quiet Resort Charitable Foundation.

Come join in the fun with the Awesome Auction, raffles, local art, local restaurant samples and live music from Electric Velvet.

Admission is $60, which is a donation to the QRCF and can be purchased at Bethany Beach Books, Cottage Cafe, DiFebos, DiFebos Bistro at Bear Trap Dunes, Mango’s and Sedona.


Nov 052012


This Saturday, Nov. 10, Tidepool Toys & Games, on the boardwalk in Bethany Beach, will join more than 500 stores across the country to celebrate the third annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day.

Tidepool will offer a full day of events, including a free magic show by Dickens Parlour Theatre at 11 a.m, PlasmaCar races at noon, and a Fastrak game tournament at 1 p.m. There will also be craft demonstrations and prize drawings throughout the day.

The event will also act as the beginning of the store’s Toys for Tots drive. For every $10 spent, customers will be given $2 back to purchase a toy to donate to Toys For Tots.

Also, Tidepool will help build donations to the Get Well Gabby Foundation, which was founded in the memory of a young cancer victim, Gabby Vogel, to fight for a cure for Childhood Brain Cancer. To help build proceeds for this cause, Tidepool will have a free fingernail painting booth by nail polish company, Piggy Paint.

More information on Neighborhood Toy Store day can be found here.

Sep 052012


The 34th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is set to take place Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., One of the area’s most anticipated events of the year, this fine arts festival features more than 100 fine artists showcasing a variety of arts and crafts including  jewelry, glass, pottery, watercolor and oil painting, basketry and more.

Artists from the local area and around the country will display their art along the bandstand and boardwalk areas as well as the downtown street festival areas on Parkwood Street and Garfield Parkway.

The event will also include a silent auction, held on the bandstand until 4 p.m. Proceeds from the silent auction go to local arts programs at the four elementary schools in the Indian River School District.

For a list of artists and more information on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, visit the

May 022012


This summer, Bethany Beach will begin to offer free wi-fi access on its beach, boardwalk and bandstand as reported by

The connection on the boardwalk and bandstand areas will be available year-round, while access to it on the beach will be in-season only.

Residents and vacationers alike should find this to be a great addition to the popular resort area. With the growing popularity of smartphones, tablets and e-readers, people are spending more of their down time using their mobile devices. This addition gives them the opportunity to utilize them while enjoying the sun and sand.

Just another reason to come visit one of the best places to be – Bethany Beach!

Apr 252012


American Profile Magazine, the magazine known for “celebrating the American spirit”, announced its picks for the 10 Best Beaches in American, selected by picking a beach in the country that is tops in a given category.

For the category of Best Boardwalk, the two beach experts picked both Rehoboth and Bethany Beaches, saying “Delaware beaches have the best boardwalks, both of our experts agree.”

This accolade comes just a month after Bethany Beach was named one of the 15 “Best Secret Beaches on Earth” by Travel and Leisure Magazine and one of the Best Baby Beaches by

Bethany’s boardwalk has also been recognized as one of the county’s best by Forbes Magazine.

You can read the full American Profile article here.

Apr 052012


This Saturday, April 7, 2012, The inaugural Bunny Palooza 5k/10k race will take place in Bethany Beach, beginning at 8am.

Hundreds of runners are expected to take part in this exciting Spring event, which starts at Garfield Parkway and Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Bethany Beach and ends at the Bethany Beach Boardwalk at the Bandstand.

The event will feature a post-race Party at Mango’s Oceanfront with complimentary 16 Mile beer and food from over 14 local restaurants. Live music will be prevalent throughout the race course and look out for Palooza Plaza with face painters, music, magicians, artist, games and more!

As for the race itself, runners will be able to compete for awards, which will be given in the following categories:

  • 1st, 2nd place overall male
  • 1st, 2nd place overall female
  • 1st Master male & female
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place age group male
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place age group female

Hope to see everyone there!


Dec 162011


Bethany Beach Blog is on a mission to give you a taste of the Greater Bethany Beach area (including surrounding towns like Ocean View, Millville and Fenwick Island) from A to Z each week by presenting those places, landmarks, events, etc. which make this area so special.

We would love to have as many entries as possible for each letter, so feel free to add to our list by leaving a reply under the post.

is for the Boardwalk!

The Boardwalk is a popular part of the experience in both Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. While not as populated as nearby boardwalk experiences like Rehoboth Beach or Ocean City, Maryland, these boardwalks feature enough food stops and specialty shops to keep you occupied while you take in the ocean breeze.

Not just for the consumer, the boardwalk is also a popular place to get in a nice run, jog, or walk, for those looking to burn off a few calories.

All of your boardwalk favorites, funnel cakes, french friend, pizza, ice cream, souvenir hats and shirts, and of course, the ocean scenery make the Boardwalk a must-stop location on your visit to the Bethany Beach area!

Submitted by readers:

Bayville Shopping Center – Located in Selbyville/West Fenwick Island, Delaware, the Bayville Shopping Center has tons to offer, including the Country Side Cafe, the Bayville Bakers, Smitty McGee’s, Family Cut and Curl and more!

Bluecoast Seafood Grill – As their Web site puts it, “Bluecoast Seafood Grill serves fresh, delicious, simple seafood.  The restaurant sits in an incomparable natural setting and boasts the colors, flavors and warmth  of East Coast cuisine, complemented by big-city quality, service and value.”

Bethany Blues – Looking for high-quality BBQ at the beach? Look no further than this local favorite, which also sets up shop in Lewes. Bethany Blues offers wood-smoked BBQ, great happy hour specials and catering services for all types of events!

Others: Bird-watching, boating

Sep 092011


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BETHANY BEACH — As the summer comes to a close, towns and businesses are preparing for the shoulder season.

Carrie Subity, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, said she has been working closely with the Bethany Beach Business Council, which formed last September, to promote events and generate traffic downtown during the offseason.

Among the events being planned are the 33rd annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival on Sept. 10, an exhibition that attracts approximately 100 artists, and the Great Pumpkin Festival in Millville on Oct. 1. Both events attract thousands of visitors, she said.

According to Subity, visitation in the Quiet Resorts during the shoulder season, particularly in the fall, has increased in the past six years. She said retirees and families with young children tend to vacation in September and October, when the summer crowd has dispersed.

“People are seeing how beautiful the fall season is down here,” she said. “There is beautiful weather in September and October.”

While many restaurants and businesses close or reduce their hours after Labor Day, Leroy Gravatte, owner of the Addy Sea, said he will be relying on word-of-mouth advertising to let people know that his bed and breakfast will remain open.

“Our breakfasts are better than ever (in the offseason),” he said. “And customers won’t have to stand in line.”

Gravatte said the beach is best in the fall due to less congestion, warm ocean temperatures and free parking after Sept. 15.

“The parking situation (during the summer season) can be unfriendly (to visitors),” he said. “There are a lot of smiles after the parking machines go down.”

While the bottom line is important, maintaining morale and retaining key employees is essential for Gravatte during the shoulder season. He said he tries to provide year-round employment for his staff, especially during these tough economic times.

“We have some wonderful people who have served us, and we want to retain them,” he said.

Carol Everhart, president and CEO of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, said with the addition of more shoulder season events, marketing beach towns is easier than it was 20 years ago.

“What we found is that we’re not (running) 52 (full) weeks a year, but we’re as close as we can to 52 weekends, unless there is bad weather in the area,” she said. “The more that’s offered to (visitors), the more likely they’ll come back.”

Everhart said the Chamber is now planning the 35th annual Fall Sidewalk Sale, Oct. 7-9; the Autumn Jazz Festival, Oct. 12-16; and the 22nd annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival, Oct. 28-30, which attracts more than 150,000 guests. The Chamber also does regional and mass marketing to promote the area and keep a competitive edge.

“Our job is to get the visitors here so that the businesses can do business,” Everhart said.

Subity said she hopes events will be held in conjunction with the Bethany Beach Business Council every other weekend in the fall, and more often in the spring.

“It’s kind of a what comes first, the chicken or the egg,” she said. “If businesses see more people in town (during the shoulder season), they’ll tend to stay open longer during the year.”