Photo courtesy of the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel
From quaint seaside inns to upscale campsites, Delaware’s coastal accommodations have everything you need for a beach winter getaway.
If you’re looking to add an extra dimension of fun to your fall Delaware beach getaway, choose from one-of-a-kind accommodations ranging from posh historical lodging to tropical-themed stays.
Romance in Rehoboth
The plush Victorian Boardwalk Plaza Hotel is a beauty and the perfect place to rekindle the spark. oceanfront deluxe and ocean view deluxe rooms have whirlpool baths for two and oceanfront balconies for taking in the expansive views. Rooms are furnished with authentic period antiques and reproductions. Indulge yourself with a sumptuous dinner or Sunday brunch at Victoria’s restaurant. The entire menu is also available for room service. Room rates are $234–$564 early autumn; $189–$424 mid-autumn; $124-$369 late autumn.
2 Olive Ave. & the Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach; 227-7169
You love being outdoors but don’t want to give up all the creature comforts. We get it, and so does Safari Tent Camping at Massey’s Landing in Millsboro. For the ultimate in glamping, you can rent a tent furnished with two queen beds and a full futon equipped with a fan, deck furniture, fire ring, picnic table and electricity. Linens and a golf cart are also included. Take a morning or evening amble on the property’s private Rehoboth Bay beach or rent a bike for farther excursions. A cool little Tiki Bar and Café offers refreshment. There is a DART bus transportation stop right in front of the resort if you want to take a quick trip to Rehoboth Beach.
20628 Long Beach Drive, Millsboro; 947-2600
Barrels of Fun
From the folks who made beer culture more fun comes Dogfish Inn, accommodations that can be as laid-back or sporty as your heart desires. Situated in downtown Lewes on the Lewes–Rehoboth Canal, this casual inn with a coastal vibe offers 15 rooms, a Cottage “Sweet” that sleeps four and a “Super Sweet” that sleeps six. Some rooms are dog friendly. Sporting equipment and games are available to borrow, including beach cruiser bicycles, hiking poles, binoculars, cornhole bags and boards and even hammocks. It’s only a short walk to the Lewes beach for kite-flying or Frisbee-tossing. The Sweets require minimum two- or three-night stays. Rates are $149–$500 double occupancy.
105 Savannah Road, Lewes; 644-8292
Comforts of Home
Located less than 2 miles from Fenwick Island State Park and less than a mile from Discover Sea Shipwreck Museum and the Fenwick Boardwalk, Fenwick Shores, Tapestry Collection by Hilton offers contemporary suites with full-size kitchens equipped with microwave, full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, china and silverware. Breakfast is included with your stay. Take in the view from your outdoor balcony with seating. To complete the feeling of a home away from home, you’ll have a seating area with sofa sleeper and wet bar. Comfortable regular queen rooms are also available. For local seafood, dine at the on-site restaurant Mooncussers. Room rates range from $119–$499.
1501 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island; 539-8200
If you’re seeking a truly private getaway, choose one of The Cottages at Indian River Marina inside Delaware Seashore State Park. Each sleep six and include two bedrooms, one queen and one twin, as well as a loft with a queen-size bed. Kitchens are fully equipped with dishes, flatware, cooking utensils, glassware, cooktop, dishwasher, full-size refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster oven and countertop convection oven. Starting in October, you can cuddle in front of a gas fireplace. Also included are washer/dryer and a furnished screen porch. Weekend rate is $570, weekday $135. A two-night minimum is required.
39415 Inlet Road, Rehoboth Beach; 877-987-2757
Strike a Pose
Take a deep breath and focus on relaxation on a spiritual retreat at Savannah Inn. Center yourself with a group or private guided yoga session followed by a body-and-soul-soothing massage. Built in 1914 in the stately style of the late Edwardian era, these accommodations offer six thoughtfully furnished guestrooms. As you drift off to sleep, you can gaze at the glittering night sky through one of the skylights in the Captain’s Quarters. A complimentary light breakfast is included. The inn is in downtown Lewes, close to historic sites, recreation, dining and shopping.
330 Savannah Road, Lewes; 645-0330
Leave your worries behind and take a trip to the tropics. Blue Water House, a beachy bed-and-breakfast, is a charming getaway with its brightly painted façade and whimsically decorated guest and common rooms. One room has a monkey mural, another a pattern of colorful parrots. Each room is different and they’re all fun. The Key Largo Room even has a balcony with porch swing. Loaner bikes are available and you’re only a pleasant walk from downtown Lewes. Rates are $120–$175 double occupancy.
407 E. Market St., Lewes; 645-7832