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Shouldn’t vacation be relaxing?
We have an original 1950s beach cottage located on the beach block of Lewes Beach. It has hardwood floors, softwood walls, exposed beam ceilings and a great big front porch. Best of all, you walk out the door and you’re just a few steps from a beautiful beach where you’ll find shallow, warm and calm water. Perfect for swimming, beach combing, socializing, sailing, reading. You can use our beach chairs and umbrellas.
When it’s time to do something about dinner you can ride one of our bikes to the grocery store. Get the corn and chicken and don’t forget to get a six pack of Dog Fish Head Ale. You are in Delaware and we have standards. You get back to the cottage, put food on the table in the porch and start to talk to your kids. They’ve put down their iPods and you discover, your daughter has a boy friend! His name is Matt!
After dinner a red glow spreads across the street. It’s sunset time. Let’s walk to the inlet (5 blocks) and watch the sun drop over the marsh. No one says a word. It's like your at Quaker Meeting. You walk by the car on the way back and wonder when you will drive it next.
After sunset, it’s time to wind down. The kids watch the TV in the living room while you take an outdoor shower. The stars are so close you think you could touch them. In the morning you again get on your bike and ride to town. Coffee time.! Go to the Lewes Bake Shoppe and have a pastry. Why is everyone smiling? Too crowded? Try Nectar.
Second full day at the beach. Your husband has downed four bottles of Angry Orchard cider and is passing enough gas to impact global warming. A downwind 'cone of death' has claimed 100 black flies and one ghost crab. You've been reading the same 4 pages of Cosmo all day and your dog is now firing his synapses faster than you are. Your daughter walks up. 'What's for dinner' she asks. It's 6:30 and she's only eaten two pop tarts and a shiner (on a dare from the boy down the beach) the whole day.
You drag your beach chair above the high tide line and head to Lloyds. You get the chicken and select the corn that is still warm from the sun. The aisles are cramped and the displays are lousy but you know in your heart… the Food Lion is for wimps!
After three sunny beach days, the kids have collected 58 conch shells, 17 pieces of pottery and 4 new friends. You’ve discovered the seine nets in the shed and the kids are now feeding shiners to the seagulls. Thank god heaven is run by birds and not fish! You need a break! Good news, rain is in the forecast. You finally need that car, but only to drive to town. You’re in Lewes mode and there’s no way you are driving on route 1. You park by the church and catch the bus to Rehoboth. Only $2 round trip! You do some shopping, go to the outlets, but the crowds are too much. It’s back to Lewes for dinner. Let’s eat out. There are lots of options… Irish Eyes with great tables by the canal, Agave with margaritas that cannot be beat, Half Full with pizza and wine, Striper Bites with fish and more.
Now the sun is back. How about a trip to the ocean? Cape Henlopen State Park is just 3 miles away. You can ride your bikes or drive over. If you drive, there are free bikes available for use in the park (at the nature center). At Henlopen you will find ocean beaches and a great tidal area near the point. There is also a nature center where your kids can touch the exhibits. Want to fish? There’s a fishing pier there as well.
The day is done. The kids want Ice cream. You ride to Kings in town. You start to wonder if you’re losing your edge. You haven’t shaved since you arrived, you haven’t cracked the Economist and you’re starting to drop your trailing g’s. You are starting to look like an interviewee at a West Virginia mine disaster.
You've taken an interest in NASCAR.
Just then, that scruffy looking guy that collects pottery pieces on the beach while chewing a cigar sits next to you. He’s reading a transcript from the last World Economic Forum in Davos. You are not alone.
You leave Sunday morning and the traffic is light. It's a quick trip home to D.C. and the kids are now checking facebook. Your husband opens a bottle of cider and tells you he loves you. The warmth of his smile and cracked window serve to remind you of just how lucky you are!
Keywords: Cottage, simple, family, children, water, porch, beach, fishing, outdoor shower, dog friendly
We live outside of Philadelphia. My wife is from Detroit and I am from Wilmington. We have young children and older parents, so Lewes is perfect for us. We like to fish, play tennis, bike and sail. Most of all, we are relaxed and enjoy the fact that Lewes offers a slower pace and a more personal experience than you find in the larger towns. People smile and hold the door open. That's important!
The Owner purchased this cottage in 2007
We wanted a place that did not requre a lot of work. The bigger the place the more cleaning and maintenance. We were also looking for something close to the water that was simple. We found it.
I think the porch makes a big difference. The house is not big enough to ignore the porch. It has to be part of the experience. The air is fresh and it's very quiet, especially at night. Having an outdoor shower is also great.
I found this place after a reservation I'd made at a nearby beach fell through on a Thursday morning for a Friday arrival. I contacted this owner on Thursday afternoon and he called me back within 30 minutes to let me know the place was available. The owner was so easy to work with and the place was just perfect for our trip (a couple and one dog). We loved the breeze on the front porch greeting us on our arrival Friday afternoon, the short walk to Lewes Beach, wading through the tidal pools on the beach, and finding shells and live conch along the way. We fished at the inlet and took short trips to other nearby beaches and fishing spots. The interior is truly reminiscent of old beach cottages I visited on the coast of North Carolina and the town of Lewes is just as charming as described. I would highly recommend this property to anyone for both the idyllic setting and the ease of working with the owner.
Everything worked out as we hoped- Owners were flexible and very nice to work with.
Place was neat and clean- No unpleasant surprises.
great vacation, Place was everything I expected and more. Most relaxing vacation ever. Beach was superb and close. If you want rustic quiet and the beach this is for you
We had a great week at the beach. It was the perfect location for our family (including our toddler) to unwind and enjoy sand, sun and water. Speaking of water, it is very calm and perfect for small people. Next time we will bring an inner tube (or a kayak!) We have loved Lewes for a few years, but now we won't stay anywhere else in DE. The cottage itself is spare but in a relaxed way. Where else can you easily leave your doors and windows open all the time? Where else can you leave your bike unlocked? It's carefree living at it's best. Wireless and DVD player worked best. Great little radio and comfy bed. The AC in the baby's room worked fine when we really needed it, but mostly windows and doors opened was cool enough (with help from a lot of ceiling fans). Make sure to get to the farmers market if you are in town on a Saturday. We also recommend hitting the library for the kids if you encounter a rainy day (or two) We liked the playground downtown (and also one in rehoboth) and discovered a great cup of coffee at Cafe Azafran, when our usual (Lewes Bake Shoppe) was closed.
Thanks 12 California Street! We had a great time!
We stay in your cottage last year for the week of fourth of July. It was very comfortable except for the temperatues were extremely hot and the window air conditioners could not cool the house off which made it pretty untolerable for our dog. The kitchen was equipped with everything we needed and we even made use of the grill. I would suggest upgrading the air conditioners for your summer time visitors or visiting in the cooler months. The beach access was great...we loved the sand bars and that it was never over crowded. Also nice that your shed is equipped with the bikes and fishing rods, ect and that is one less thing to worry about bringing. We would definitely come back in a cooler time frame!
Lewes beach offers great bicycling to those who would like to ride to the state park or to Rehoboth. There is a town close to the cottage that is an easy biking destination.