While sadly I won't be heading to OBX this summer, it turns out I am managing to sneak in a weekend at the beach afterall! Jason's friend's family has invited us to their house in Bethany Beach, DE for the July 4th holiday.
Until this week, I knew nothing about Delaware except that it was featured in an epic scene from the 1992 pop-film Wayne's World (a fave of mine and many besties growing up). But, after a little research, I've found that Delaware, or at least the town of Bethany Beach, is pretty darn cute!
Known as The Quiet Resorts (along with South Bethany), it's situated on the Atlantic Ocean just south of Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach, and north of Fenwick Island and Ocean City, MD. According to the cenus, the town's population is only around 1,000 - however, during the summer months, it's home to more than 15,000 visitors.
A few facts about the area... Despite it's small size, it does still have a boardwalk (albeit short) and a "bandstand" for entertainment. The town's landmark is named "Chief Little Owl," a 24-foot totem pole located at the downtown entrance. Some beneficial state laws include no sales tax and a ban on smoking in most of the beach regions. Foodies should look out for Maryland blue crabs, the bbq at Bethany Blues, local craft beers by Evolution, and, of course, Five Guys (one in Dewey and one in Lewes)!
About a 3.5 hour drive from NoVa, Bethany sounds like the perfect beach-weekend getaway!