Now that we’ve entered into what Rehoboth Beach locals call the “second season,” the pace is a tad more relaxed, particularly during the week. Chillier weather means less beach time and more hours spent exploring the area. Here are a few can’t-miss activities and destinations.
1. Forage for fall veggies at the Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market
If you don’t know where to look, you might miss it! The market stands are tucked among the trees in Grove Park, which is next to the Rehoboth Beach Museum and the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce. There’s a small lot here, and parking is free. (Or, find a spot on Columbia Avenue or Henlopen Avenue.) The market runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in September and October, and several vendors sell lunch items. There’s typically live entertainment, and a list of featured and seasonal produce for the week is on the website.
2. See the Rehoboth Museum’s “Angry Water” Exhibit
Given the devastating hurricane season this year, this exhibit is particularly timely. “Angry Water” features photographs, documents and lectures that demonstrate the dangers that severe weather has brought to Rehoboth Beach. Learn about the lighthouses and life-saving stations.
3. Sample wines from Lupo Italian Kitchen’s all-Italian list
This Rehoboth Avenue restaurant recently received Wine Spectator’s 2017 Award of Excellence. The list of all-Italian wines was curated by a certified sommelier, Mike Zygmonski, the wine director for SoDel Concepts, which owns Lupo and nine other restaurants along the coast.
4. Unwind with a glass of wine
Speaking of wine and a certified sommelier, Bin 66 has both, as well as a Labrador mascot that’s often on hand to greet guests. Located on Route 1 along the Forgotten Mile, the store in September still offers wine-tasting events. Now that we’re heading into autumn, it also steps up its wine dinners in area restaurants. There is a Trione Vineyards wine dinner at Eden on Sept. 15 and a Duckhorn Vineyards wine dinner at the Back Porch Café on Sept. 22. Both are in downtown Rehoboth.
5. Visit the Rehoboth Beach Art League
This campus, nestled in a wooded lot in Henlopen Acres, is a destination for history buffs, along with art lovers. The property’s history dates back to 1675, when it was a 300-acre plantation. Peter Marsh built a home—now called The Homestead—in 1743. In 1938, Col. Wilbur and Louise Corkran purchased the property. An art fan, Corkran is a founder of the art league. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
6. Dine in the new Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
OK—this one will probably still be pretty crowded in September, as Dogfish Head is a destination all year long. But if you haven’t seen the new digs yet, it’s worth checking out. Try to get a seat in one of the enclosed booths with a curved ceiling and round window that looks onto the avenue. The pizzas, made in the wood-fired oven, are popular. I love the chicken wings. Get them with a dry rub or with a charred barbecue sauce—both cooked on a wood-fired grill—or fried with Buffalo sauce. (Note that the restaurant is closed a few times this month for special events. Call or check the website first to confirm it’s open.)