A Quiet Beach Vacation — At Your Own Pace

Summer is almost here, and the bay beaches are calling! Delaware’s coast is lined with fantastic bay beaches, ideal for a relaxing summer vacation — but staying too close can mean fighting the crowds. Luckily, a stay in Delaware’s Quaint Villages is the perfect way to get the best of both worlds: restful days by the waves and just a short drive to quiet, charming accommodations, dining, historical sites, and enjoyable experiences for you to explore at your own pace.

Begin your days with a hearty breakfast at one of the many breakfast spots nearby. In Dover, Festival Buffet at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will keep you full for hours, or try the Governor’s Café for a cozy, classic sit-down breakfast with family. On a more romantic trip for two? The Towers Bed and Breakfast in Milford offers luxe suites (and of course, breakfast) that will have you rested and ready for a relaxing day ahead. Discover more places to stay in Kent County that will keep you near the beach without the loud crowds.

After breakfast, head to the relaxing, calm bay beaches of Delaware’s Quaint Villages! Search for seashells along the shore at the Pickering and Woodland beaches. May through June, make sure to view the annual horseshoe crab spawning at Bowers Beach for a rare sight unique to the Delaware Bay! View abundant wildlife at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, and dive into a good book at Kitts Hummock beach.

After a long day of sun and the shore, find the perfect dinner spot around the villages! With dinner options to suit any fancy, you can try a new cuisine each evening of your vacation. Enjoy fresh seafood at J.P.’s Wharf Restaurant & Bar, a true Delaware destination in Frederica, or indulge with a meal at Fraizer’s on the Water Restaurant & Bar in downtown Dover. Enjoy a drink or two at the many local brewers in Kent County like Blue Earl Brewing in Smyrna and Mispillion River Brewing in Milford. If you’re looking for a place to spend the night under the stars, book a campsite at the G & R Recreation Area and Campground and finish up the day by laughing around the campfire or roasting the perfect s’more. 

If you’re wave-weary after a few days at the beach, don’t worry — Delaware’s Quaint Villages are full of fun activities and sites to explore! Plan a day to visit these local attractions to round out your vacation. Kayak on the Mispillion River with Delaware River Adventures or at Killens Pond State Park. Do a little tax-free shopping at the unique boutiques in downtown Dover, or pick up some fresh produce at the Capital City Farmers Market, opening for the season on June 16 and running every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Milford Riverwalk Farmers Market also offers fresh produce on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and opens for the season on May 4.  Stop by a few of our museums, from the Air Mobility Command Museum to the Bowers Beach Maritime Museum for a few hours of knowledge and history. More of an art lover? Take in the artistry at the Biggs Museum of American Art or in the many galleries in downtown Milford on their Art Stroll.

We love a good beach day, but in Kent County, we value the slower pace of life — and the uncrowded, charming atmosphere of our villages. Plan your next Delaware beach vacation with a stay in Delaware’s Quaint Villages.

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