Nick Gruber and Alexis Shaak moved to the Delaware coast in 2014, when they were newly graduated from Marymount University. He is the cinematographer for TwinFin Media. Shaak is the company’s digital designer. They live near Midway Shopping Center.
The couple’s yellow Labradors, Fitz and Kevin, want to stretch their legs, so the foursome heads out. First, they stop at Surf Bagel’s new location in Midway Shopping Center. Shaak is from New Jersey, so she’s drawn to the Taylor pork roll, which they get with cheese on an everything bagel—”with a large coffee.”
Fully fueled, they take the dogs to the area just south of the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, where dogs are allowed until 9:30 a.m. (After Sept. 30, they are allowed on the boardwalk.) Another option is the Gordons Pond side of Cape Henlopen State Park.
On a Tuesday, they’ll visit the Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market in Grove Park. “We get most of our produce from the farmers markets,” Gruber says. They also pick up some baguettes by Old World Breads. A plus: You can listen to live music while you shop.
The farmers market is next to the Rehoboth Beach Museum, which makes it easy for the couple to stop and say hello to Nancy Alexander, the executive director. They also check out the museum’s “Angry Water” exhibit, which chronicles the impact of storms on the beach area and details famous shipwrecks.
Lunch is a slice or two of plain Nicola pizza, which they take to the boardwalk to eat while watching the water and the people. For dessert, they buy some caramel corn at Dolle’s Candyland.
After, Shaak ducks into Quiet Storm. “They have great bathing suits and sundresses,” she says. At this time of year, there are also hard-to-resist sales. Gruber, meanwhile, goes to Browseabout Books.
After meeting up, they drive over to Bonkey’s, on the highway near the Fractured Prune and Jungle Jim’s. The ice cream shop makes the products onsite. Shaak goes for cookie dough ice cream. Gruber gets a scoop each of vanilla and chocolate.
Then, Gruber and his friends skimboard in Dewey Beach while Shaak snaps photos. Afterward, they stop in Dewey Beach Surf Shop to check out the locally made surfboards and skateboards, and chat with the staff.
Dinner is at The Cultured Pearl Restaurant & Sushi Bar. If the weather is fair, they’ll dine on the rooftop deck. They order their favorite rolls: spicy tuna and O.C. (tempura shrimp, avocado, lettuce and spicy mayo).
For music, they walk over to Rehoboth Ale House, where their friend DJ Woody B spins the tunes. Shaak orders a Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale. Gruber has a rum and Coke. If there’s a full moon, they take advantage of Rehoboth Ale House’s location near the beach for a stroll before heading to the new Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats for a splash of live music.