Lewes or Rehoboth Delaware?

Old Oct 20th, 2004, 12:35 PM
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Lewes or Rehoboth Delaware?

Hi, I'm trying to arrange a fall weekend getaway (without kids, yeah!). I'm thinking about Lewes or Rehoboth Delaware. I have narrowed my choices down to several places to stay: The Bellmoor Inn or the Avenue II in Rehoboth or the Blue Water House B&B or The Inn at Canal Square in Lewes. We are not interested in shopping at the outlets. We want to relax, visit little shops or the boardwalk and enjoy some nice meals. It would be great if we could walk everywhere or had a view of the water, but these are not absolute requirements.

Has anyone stayed at any of these places, can you give me any info on them? Thanks.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 01:37 PM
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It's been a while since I've been to Lewes, but my memory of the Inn at Canal Square is that it's on the canal (duh), which means some of the rooms have a view of the water and the boats that go in an out.

The Inn is in the heart of the town of Lewes, which means you can walk to most of the shops and restaurants, but it's a long walk (or short bike ride) to the beach.

I think the Blue Water House is closer to the beach but farther from the town, so you'll have to decide which locale is your priority. I don't think it has a water view.

I know Rehobeth but have not stayed there. I can tell you that Rehobeth and Lewes are quite different. Rehobeth's busy, with a boardwalk, etc., while Lewes is kind of a little town.

Of course, if you're going this time of year, either place is likely to be quieter than in-season, but Lewes is really the quiet little place.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 02:21 PM
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Without kids? No question: Inn at Canal Sq and be sure you get the room on the top floor at the very end of the hallway with the view of the water area. It's a killer hotel. The only thing like it is The Boardwalk victorian hotel in Rehobeth. If you prefer tee shirt shops and neat little shops as well, stick with Rehobeth, but we LOVE Lewes. Don't miss the Second Street restaurant (or something like that, on the main stree) and the Buttery. Too die for food. Split meals, it's cheaper, or go early for some early bird menus if they're still doing them.

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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 02:41 PM
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Lewes. It's a no-brainer.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 03:58 PM
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We loved Rehoboth. We were on the way to Maryland and despite warnings of the -cheesey shore- wandered off to Rehoboth. We loved it so much that when we got to our quaint destination in Maryland we turned around and went right back to the Boardwalk Hotel in Rehoboth. The staff could not have been nicer and the room was right on the beach. We took the ferry back through Lewes and it looked cute but Rehoboth with the boardwalk and laid back feel was the winner for us. We plan to go back every year.
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Old Oct 20th, 2004, 08:50 PM
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Everyone, Thanks so much for the advice! I'll check these out and report back.
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Lewes, much less touristy and beautiful. Try the ice cream parlour and the rocky mountain chocolate even though it is part of the chain they make all their own types of chocolate and they are super nice.
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I think the best choice would depend on what you want. Rehoboth is on the ocean. More of a typical beach town. Lewes is on the Delaware Bay with quieter water. The town of Lewes is darling and has great restaurants. You can get to the ocean in minutes by biking or driving down to the state park.
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I'm not sure about the "no brainer" part...just to clarify, Lewes is not on the ocean, it is on the bay and biking or riding down to that water will not put you "on the ocean."

At this time of year both towns will be somewhat "dead" compared to the usual Memorial Day-Labor Day season at the shore..that part IS a no-brainer. The one good thing is that staying in one you can always visit the other.
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