Salt water taffy, salty air, the sound of seagulls competing with the sound of laughing children, lapping waves, refreshing breezes, and ocean plunges — it’s time for summer in Southern Delaware. Who wouldn’t want to be there right now? Here are some events to consider that will help you explore a bit beyond the beach during your spring getaway.
Town and Country Festival, May 21–24,
Governor Ross Plantation, Seaford
Featured events include the Historical Vintage Car Club of Delaware’s 32nd Annual First State Meet, crafters, exhibitors, food vendors, demonstrators, music, and tours of the Governor Ross Mansion. (seafordhistoricalsociety.com)
Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival,
May 23, Milton
Join 1,500 other participants at the Milton Memorial Park for a great day for the entire family. Enjoy food, music, arts and crafts, train rides for kids, boat rides on the Broadkill River, canoe trips on Prime Hook Creek, exhibits, and hikes, as the region celebrates the horseshoe crabs and migrating birds that are a unique part of the area’s nature. Explore historic Milton and take the shuttle bus to Prime Hook Wildlife refuge. (historicmilton.com)
Top Chef of the Culinary Coast, June 11,
Each year, more and more foodies are coming to Southern Delaware to enjoy the offerings of the Culinary Coast. The destination’s countless restaurants offer farm-to-table treats, creations from world-renowned chefs and James Beard award winners, and flavors for every fancy. There also are “Eating Rehoboth” food tours led by former Bad Company bass player Paul Cullen.
At the Top Chef event, foodies converge at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center to answer the question, “Which chef is best?” You can help decide by attending. For $50 in advance or $55 at the door, you get samples from 15 chefs from at least 20 restaurants, as well as two drink tickets to wash that delicious food down, all while enjoying the acoustic music of Cullen. (visitsoutherndelaware.com)
Broad Creek Bike and Brew Tour,
June 13, Laurel
This tour begins at Laurel’s historic train station, where you can also enjoy the visitor center and heritage museum. Take in historic sites such as the Cook House, Bethel Museum, Historic Bethel, and the old Christ Church, as well as natural treasures including the Nanticoke River Trail, the Chesapeake Watershed, and, of course, the Sussex County Historic and Scenic Byway.
You can’t beat the area for cycling, and you can’t beat cycling for working up a thirst for the local brews like those produced by Dogfish Head. (broadcreekbikeandbrew.com)
Lewes Garden Tour,
June 20, Lewes
It’s always a good time to visit this gem of a seaport and the garden tour is a must see. Whether it’s the self-guided tour of the many private gardens, seeing artists at work, taking in a lecture, perusing the vendor offerings, or chowing down at the food tent, this is a great way to spend the day.
Also in Lewes, just a week later, is the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival, June 27–28. The festival attracted 5,500 visitors to the Lewes Historic complex last year. The festival has all the entertainment, artisans, and vendors you could imagine, providing a weekend of fun and some great pieces to take home. (leweschamber.com)
For more information:
Southern Delaware Tourism: visitsoutherndelaware.com