Rehoboth Beach, DE
Distance from DC: 120 miles, 3 hour drive
In a nutshell: Quaint beach town with a fun nightlife and exceptional dining scene.
What to do: Stay at the quirky Bewitched and BEDazzled B&B, an old Hollywood-themed and dog-friendly spot that’s a 10-minute walk from the boardwalk. Check out sites including Funland for rides and games, Dolle’s for salt water taffy, or take a slight detour to enjoy the (tax-free!) shopping at Rehoboth Mews boutiques. Just north of Rehoboth, you’ll find the 5,000-acre Cape Henlopen State Park, where you can swim, hike, bike, and camp. Inside the park, visit the Seaside Nature Center for marine aquariums, natural history exhibits, and touch pools with horseshoe crabs.
The dining options are probably the best reason to go to Rehoboth. For a healthy stop, visit the Green Man Juice Bar for vegetarian-friendly drinks and wraps. Be sure your happy hour is filled with plenty of craft beers at the original Dogfish Head pub, and you can dine at Dogfish Head’s new locally sourced seafood restaurant Chesapeake & Maine. Try the house-made "seacuterie," with crab cake Scotch egg, lobster sausage, and smoked whitefish pate. End your night checking out a performance at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand (maybe blues or jazz one night, a Beach Boys tribute band the next). Get fancy with dessert and a nightcap at The Fork & Flask or keep it classic with a custard cone from Kohr Bros.