*note: we rent Sunday to Sunday in the summer.
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. sit in the shade across the street. Why is everyone smiling? Too crowded? Try Nectar or Olive and Oats.
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 just 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 Weis Market 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. They've learned that they can ride their on your own. You are not invited. 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 and thinking that bug zapper on the porch and a case of Miller might be all you need in life.
You've taken an interest in NASCAR.
You are sitting at the gazebo in town when 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!
The world will be there when you return, but it can live without you while you are away.
Keywords: Cottage, simple, family, children, water, porch, beach, fishing, outdoor shower, dog friendly