Rehoboth Beach, a charming resort destination, is the nearest ocean resort to Washington, DC, with an abundance of outdoor activities. It has a mile-long boardwalk that offers everything from arcades to thrilling rides to pizza. An interesting fact about Rehoboth, the largest summer resort in Delaware, is that it began as a spot for camp meetings amid sweet smelling pine groves. Like those in Martha’s Vineyard and Atlantic City, Rehoboth Beach event venues evoke the nostalgia of the seasonal beach destination.
There are several municipal airports close to Rehoboth Beach, but Maryland’s Salisbury–Ocean City–Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY) is the largest and is about 45 minutes away. Drive time from New York and New Jersey can be shortened by taking the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, which operates seasonally. Farther south, neighboring Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and Lewes are also situated along the Atlantic shore, joined by Coastal Highway 1.
There are no stand-alone convention venues in Rehoboth Beach. Event venues in hotels include the 181-room Atlantic Sands Hotel, which has 10,000 square feet of meeting space and is the largest conference venue in South Delaware. Its 3,300-square-foot Swan ballroom features pre-function space and ocean views. Six meeting rooms directly above and below the ballroom offer from 630 to 1,260 square feet in several configurations. Outdoor meeting space is available in poolside or rooftop settings for up to 200. Elsewhere, the 66-room Brighton Suites Hotel features 2,000 square feet of space.
Dining venues in Rehoboth Beach begin with Nage, which characterizes itself as a "special occasion" restaurant on an everyday budget. Bistro fare mixes with elegant appetizers like spinach and duck confit or baked oyster asiago, followed by entrees like Eastern Shore crabcake or wild mushroom ragout. Another Rehoboth Beach anchor is Dogfish Head Brewery, which opened in 1995 as the state’s first brewpub. The restaurant welcomes groups for events, offering an upstairs dining room that can cater up to 40 persons in 5 seating styles with full audio-visual; and an outdoor patio. Dogfish Head Brewery also invites groups to tour the original experimental brewhouse at the restaurant, as well as its 100,000-square-foot brewery plant in nearby Milton. (Tours there are limited to 35 persons, all of whom must wear closed-toe shoes.)
Delaware's beach cities boast the usual vibrant nightlife, but with a few interesting twists. Rehoboth Beach has a bandstand where free entertainment is provided each weekend from June through August, as well as a diversity of nightspots that feature live music and dancing. Nearby Dewey Beach has several popular nightspots, including the Starboard, Bottle & Cork and Rusty Rudder. Running between these two cities is the Jolly Trolley Shuttle Service, which makes it easy to sample the nightlife of both.