Delaware’s sights may not detain you long, but beyond it, the amiable resort town of Lewes marks the northern stretches of unspoiled Atlantic coastal bliss. The city in Sussex County was Delaware’s earliest settlement. Because the state was consequently the first colony to ratify the constitution, Lewes is widely regarded as the ‘First Town in the First State’. Lewes is one of the little-known jewels of Delaware’s thirty-mile-long coast. The historic fishing community is a popular stopover, but what sets it apart from the rest of the state are its isolated, almost teasingly long stretches of sand.
Exploring the City
The resort town of Lewes has long attracted seafarers. In 1631, a Dutch whaling company set up its first colonial settlement after falling in love with its natural harbor. At present, the town invites more than just European colonists. Its accessibility via Highway 1 allows residents and neighbors to visit the resort town with ease. The tourist can be found along Savannah Road, which is housed within a 1730 farmhouse. Walking tour maps are offered in the establishment. The city is surrounded by eighteenth century homes, which makes walking a fun alternative for commute. You can walk in a majority of places in town, or rent one of the bicycles from Lewes Cycle Sports.
Best Hotel Accommodations
Its proximity to the Rehoboth Beach has rendered its prices steep during the summer. There are still a number of cheap motels during the peak season along Savannah Road. Among the choices, go for Hotel Blue, located along Anglers Road. The hotel’s suites and rooms come with internet access, fireplaces, boutique décor, and flat-panel televisions. Another hotel of the azure theme is the Blue Water House, a bed and breakfast that offers warm and comfortable suites, all equipped with internet access and access to Watersports rentals. Book your Lewes Hotels with Reservations.com.
Restaurants and Dining
Whether you enjoy feasting on seafood or crave for Italian fare, Lewes has a list of restaurants that are all a class of their own. For dining in the area, all tourists should try Savannah Road’s Stripper Bites, which offers affordable burgers, sandwiches, and seafood platters. Be sure to try their dishes during lunchtime, as prices easily double during supper. The Buttery along Savannah Road is a fine dining French bistro that offers mid-priced seafood sandwiches, burgers, and crab cakes for lunch, and expensive rack of lamb or steak for dinner. Café Azafran along Market Street offers a wide assortment of seafood items and tapas for a reasonable range of prices.
Things to Do
Lewes has a popular yet extensive beach at its foot. Tourists will find several surfing, boating, and fishing rentals in the area. The bay meets the open ocean at the four-mile-long Cape Henlopen State park, which offers guests a change to camp beside Cape Hatteras’ biggest and wildest sand dunes for just $30 a night. Ferry rides are available from Cape May to Delaware Bay several times daily. Tourists can also hike worthwhile trails, including a pavement leading to an observation tower from World War II.