Lewes Named “Top 5 Near DC” By Orbitz

by Dave on March 3, 2009

Lewes has been named to the “Top 5 close-to-home family vacation ideas near DC” by Orbitz.com. Here’s what they had to say.

3. Lewes, Delaware
Why It’s Great: Historic Lewes is just a few miles north of the twin towns of Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach, both popular summer havens for the inside-the-Beltway crowd. But before weekend traffic out to D.C.’s closest beaches gets too jammed, head to Lewes for a fun family vacation that combines both history and nature. First settled by the Dutch in 1631, the small and walkable historic core features a number of buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, not to mention some decent shops, galleries, and eateries. Of course, it’s not all about boring history, with family-sized fun in the form of bike rides through nearby Cape Henlopen State Park, offshore sportfishing excursions, and a kite-flying festival on the beach each April (bring your kite regardless, as conditions here are ideal). Mom and Dad might also appreciate a quick tour of the Dogfish Head brewery in nearby Milton, too!
Road Miles: 122 miles
Good for ages: 6-12, 13-17
An Alternative to: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Where to Stay: If you’ve got older kids (ten and up), try the Lazy L at Willow Creek, a rustic B&B that offers a good mix of amenities as well as a communal kitchen area where you can prepare your own meals (http://lazyl.net/index.html). Try the Sleep Inn & Suites in nearby Rehoboth, which will be opening two-room family suites and an outdoor splash pool in spring 2009 following extensive renovations.

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