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19th Annual Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon supports area kids

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, September 15, 2015
19th Annual Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon supports area kids

Whether you are a competitive or novice tri-athlete, you’re invited to participate in the 19th Annual Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon being held this Saturday, September 19 at the Delaware Seashore State Park, starting on Tower Road. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. and consists of a half-mile ocean swim, a 16-mile bike ride, and a 3.45-mile run. This is a safe, fun race with a fast and scenic course. If you are up to the challenge, then there is still time to register. But hey, if swimming, biking, and running in one race isn’t your thing, then consider being a volunteer or sponsor, or just show your support by being a cheering spectator. 

Since its inception in 1996, the Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon has been a popular charity event that supports the Sussex Family YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign. The campaign awards scholarships that allow children to participate in YMCA programs such as summer camp, pre-school, after school care, swim lessons, and Water Safety Week. Last year the race donated $12,660 to the campaign. 

Prizes are given to top finishers in each age group and awards go to the top three male and female finishers. First time finishers also receive prizes, so no matter if you are a novice or a master, you will walk away with a well-earned token for this impressive accomplishment. And don’t forget the after party. Food and beverages will be available upon completion of the race, along with raffle prizes and massages. What a great way to indulge after all that hard physical work. 

Registration for the race takes place on Friday, September 18 from 3:00-9:00 p.m. at the Sussex Family YMCA located at 20080 Church Street in Rehoboth Beach. There is no registration on the day of the event. Free parking for the event will be available in Dewey Beach. 

Click here for complete event information or to register to be a volunteer or sponsor.

Rehoboth Beach Farmers' Market: real food, real farmers, real community

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Rehoboth Beach Farmers' Market: real food, real farmers, real community

While Labor Day may be the unofficial end of summer, it doesn’t mean the end of finding fresh food offerings from local farmers and vendors. The Rehoboth Beach Farmers' Market, located in Grove Park, is open Tuesdays from noon to 4pm, rain or shine, through October.

Late summer crops are still available and include tomatoes, peppers, peaches, cantaloupe and watermelons. Enjoy them now before their season ends. Vendors are currently offering the best of their fall crops. Look for a wide array of beans such as yellow, green and lima, as well as abundant varietals of apples, and tasty potatoes that include Yukon gold, ruby reds, fingerlings, and more.

Hey, it’s a known fact that farm-grown produce has so much more flavor and better texture than store bought. So not only will you treat your palate to fresh, delicious fare, you support local farmers at the same time. In addition to splendid produce, vendors sell meats, cheeses, seafood, flowers, coffee, ice cream, and prepared foods.

But the Farmers' Market isn’t just about selling food. Weekly features include guest vendors, live music, and special events such as cooking demos or flower arranging presentations. Get on-the-spot education and resources for preserving the environment “Under the Green Tent.” And as a bonus, receive a free veggie container to use during your market shopping experience.

Free parking is available during market hours within a two-block radius from the market on Henlopen Avenue, Columbia Avenue, Sussex Street, and Felton Street. DO NOT park on Grove Street.

Visit the website to see a complete list of vendors, handy veggie chart, weekly newsletter, and delicious recipes.

Labor Day Weekend rings in the endless summer

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Labor Day Weekend rings in the endless summer

With Labor Day fast approaching, another sunny, fun-filled summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the best resort on the planet is throwing in the ol’ beach towel. While some people have bittersweet feelings towards September, others embrace it with all the love and affection it so deserves. The crowds are smaller, the weather is comfy, and the parking is free.

Water babies and die-hard beach-goers can still swim, skim, float, and play safely as the beaches remain guarded through mid-month. Restaurants and shops are open for business. The Jolly Trolley continues to run on the weekends. Parks, trails, and water sports are accessible for outdoor enthusiasts, and most amusement facilities remain open on weekends. So don’t get weepy as the summer season transitions into marvelous September and the start of autumn. It’s always an endless summer here in Rehoboth Beach.

For those in town for the holiday weekend, activities taking place include Sundance: The Super Magic Rainbow Glitter Ball benefitting CAMP Rehoboth. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Free concerts will be held every night at The Rehoboth Bandstand. Runners can participate in the 3rd Annual Summer’s End 5K in Dewey Beach on Sunday. This weekend marks the final days to set sail on the Kalmar Nyckel, Delaware’s Tall Ship, which offers tours out of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal through Monday.

Treat your taste buds with a walking food tour of Rehoboth Beach

Alissa Rosenstein - Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Treat your taste buds with a walking food tour of Rehoboth Beach

A ‘foodie’ is defined as someone who has an ardent or refined interest in food. A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger.

Do you consider yourself a foodie? Do you also love to stroll the streets of Rehoboth Beach? Well, if this combination sounds like you, then you are guaranteed to be a fan of the Walking Food Tour of Rehoboth offered by Eating Rehoboth.

We all know that Rehoboth Beach is a hot spot for top-notch culinary delights with a seemingly endless array of restaurants. With all the various food options, sometimes it’s difficult to decide where to go. Getting a sampling of the area’s cuisine is a great way to amble through the choices to find the one that is right for your next dining experience.

Embark on a 3-hour gastronomic adventure through Rehoboth Beach’s charming streets, where you will enjoy exclusive food and beverage tastings at five of the town’s best eateries. You will also visit specialty food shops and outdoor venues, and get some local history and restaurant lore along the way from a ‘seasoned’ guide (no pun intended). The tour also includes opportunities to interact with chefs, owners, and restaurant staff.

Slip on your sensible shoes and meet at either Hotel Rehoboth or The Bellmore Inn & Spa. Be prepared for about 1.5 miles of leisurely-paced walking. Tastings vary from soup or apps to restaurant specialties, and may be paired with a specialty cocktail, beer or wine. No matter what the sampling, be assured that you will excite your palate. You may find a new favorite food along the way or an interesting twist on an old fave. You can sum it up perfectly by quoting Eating Rehoboth’s tagline – you will “eat, sip, walk, discover.”

Participating restaurants vary, so you could take the tour more than once and sample something different each time. What a magnificent way to get a comprehensive taste of the town!

Tours are held Friday and Sunday from 1-4pm, through November, rain or shine. The cost is $49 per person. Participants must be 21 or older. Visit the Eating Rehoboth website for more information.

​Coastal Delaware Running Festival: A two-day running extravaganza

Alissa Rosenstein - Wednesday, April 08, 2015
​Coastal Delaware Running Festival: A two-day running extravaganza

Dubbed "Delaware's Coolest Marathon" the Coastal Delaware Running Festival is a two-day multi-race extravaganza. The event, which benefits the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation and Delaware Seashore State Parks, takes place May 2-3 and includes a marathon, half marathon, and 9K, as well as pre- and post-race activities.

This brand new running festival is expected to have over 3,000 participants and an estimated 5,000 attendees from all over the globe. According to race directors, the marathon alone can accommodate up to 2,000 runners. Running enthusiasts won't want to miss what is guaranteed to be a legendary event. Be a part of history. If you haven't registered yet, there are still spots available. If you're not a runner, be a part of the experience as a race volunteer or cheering spectator.

Packet pick-up, race registration, and pre-race activities will be held on Saturday, May 2 from 3:00–9:00 p.m. at the BayCenter-Lighthouse Cove in Dewey Beach. Pre-race activities include an Expo from 3:00–9:00 p.m. and an Italian buffet dinner at the Lighthouse Cove Restaurant from 5:00–9:00 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are available online.

The Expo will offer an extensive selection of merchandise including equipment, apparel, footwear, and accessories, as well as official Coastal Delaware Running Festival gear. Event sponsors and charitable beneficiaries will also be there. The Expo is free and open to everyone so come in and load up on your race swag before the big day.

All races will be held on Sunday, May 3 and will begin at Tower Road in Dewey Beach and finish at the Hyatt-Lighthouse Cove in Dewey Beach. All courses are scenic, flat and fast – perfect for hitting your personal best while taking in beautiful, coastal scenery. Multiple hydration stations will be located throughout each course. Parking opens at 5:30 a.m. and the first race starts at 7:00 a.m.

Race details are as follows: (Race maps are available on the website.)

  • The 26.2-mile marathon is a Boston Marathon Qualifying Run. Travel through Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Gordons Pond Wild Life Area, Cape Henlopen State Park, the Junction & Breakwater Trail, and residential sections of Lewes, Rehoboth and Dewey.
  • The 13.1-mile half marathon takes you through Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Gordons Pond Wild Life Area, and residential areas of Rehoboth and Dewey.
  • The 9K meanders through Dewey Beach, along Silver Lake, and through residential areas of Rehoboth and Dewey.

Cross the finish line and celebrate! The Finish Line Grand Celebration beach party will be held at the Hyatt-Lighthouse Cove from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Your race bib is your entry ticket to enjoy music, food and beer. Wristbands will be provided for drinkers age 21+. Guests are welcome for $20 (limited number of tickets available). Kids under 12 and volunteers are free.

Race volunteers are needed to help with water stops and packet pick-up. All volunteers receive a Coastal Delaware Running Festival shirt and are invited to a Volunteer & VIP Welcome Reception on Friday, May 1, and the post-race beach party on Sunday, May 3.

To learn more about the festival, sponsoring a booth at the Expo, volunteer opportunities, or to register, visit the website at www.codelrun.com.

What off-season? BIG events happen year-round

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

If you've ever said, "Summer is over, now what?" then you don't know Rehoboth Beach. Sure, we're known as the Nation's Summer Capital, but as the locals - and really anyone with a pulse - knows, this town is jumping year-round. It's been a long time since the only time to find action was in June, July and August.

Rehoboth Beach is no longer restricted by the Memorial Day and Labor Day bookends. In fact most locals will tell you that the best time of the year are the nine months between September and May. We have so many big annual events going year-round you'll forget its a sleepy little beach town. Take a gander. We dare you to scoff...

Sea Witch Festival: Sea Witch is more than just a festival, it's a three-day Halloween extravaganza that has more action than a haunted house has ghosts. There are so many facets to this wickedly fun family event we can't list them all. Highlights include broom tossing, parades, costumes, trick-or-treating, fiddlers, shows, games, food, and pony rides. The festival just turned 25 and will only get better with age.

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival: Another major area event that just celebrated its silver anniversary is the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival. For four days in October the smooth sounds of jazz fill the air as visitors take a "musical pilgrimage" to see some of the best local, national and international jazz acts out there. Venues range from large concerts at the Convention Center to more intimate settings at restaurants and pubs.

The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival: Want to be a part of the Mid-Atlantic's premiere cultural event and see some captivating new films? The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival is held every November and includes features, documentaries, and shorts. You may even rub shoulders with a celebrity guest. It's kinda like Sundance without the snow boots.

Holidays: Rehoboth Beach and its surrounding areas don't skimp on holiday traditions. Tree-lightings, sing-a-longs, holiday parades, art and craft shows, boutiques, book fairs, shows, tours - you get the picture. It's magical, like being in Whoville.

The Polar Bear Plunge: Where else can you voluntarily launch yourself into frigid ocean water for the sake of charity? The Polar Bear Plunge, a Rehoboth Beach tradition, is held every February and A LOT of people do it. They even created a multi-day festival leading up to the big event. Yeah, you may experience a little bit of shrinkage, but, hey, at least its for a good cause.

Sidewalk Sales: Twice a year, in the spring and fall, downtown Rehoboth Beach holds its Sidewalk Sales. The stores clear inventory for the next season, and reduce prices to ridiculous levels. If you love a good bah-gain, you'd be a little meshugenah not to check 'em out.

Music Festivals and Conferences: In the spring and fall neighboring Dewey Beach holds several free music festivals that showcase the northeast region's hottest bands. The annual Dewey Beach Music Conference is a unique experience for musicians and concertgoers alike. Lovers of live music will get a happy earful from talented artists ranging in music styles and musicians will benefit from interacting with panelists, speakers, exhibitors, and industry professionals.

Eight reasons to love Rehoboth Beach post-summer

Alissa Rosenstein - Friday, January 30, 2015

Don't get us wrong, we love summer and our wonderful visitors that come from near and far, but let's face it, the transition into fall brings on some welcome changes here in town. Here are just a few reasons to embrace the post-summer season: 

  • #elbowroom. First let's start with the obvious - smaller crowds, nay, NO crowds. Yep, like magic, the crowds disappear after Labor Day. Just.like.that. It's nice to stroll the boardwalk, free of brushing up against every tourist from this side (and that side) of the Bay Bridge.
  • #freeparking. Parking permits expire on Labor Day and meters get beheaded by mid-month. No more driving in circles with road rage looking for a space. Oh, and you can make those left-hand turns on Rehoboth Avenue again. It's amazing how such a little thing can give you such a great amount of pleasure.
  • #discountrooms. Vacancies abound and prices drop at area lodging in the off-season. If you couldn't afford that oceanfront room in July then you probably can in December. The beach still has an allure no matter what month it is, and who doesn't get a bit awestruck while watching the sun rise over the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Treat yo' self.
  • #cheapeats. Food and drink specials make a comeback in the off-season. Same great grub, just fewer dents in your wallet. A buck saved is a buck spent somewhere else, right?
  • #partytime. Most bars stay open in the off-season so take the money you saved at dinner and PAR-TAY! You can still dance, drink, and make a complete @$$ of yourself - just like you did in the summer. There might even be a "walk of shame" the next day, but less folks will see you doing it.
  • #climatecontrol. Weather is typically cooperative in the fall and water temps are still comfy for swimming. Beaches are guarded 'til mid-September, so swim without fear. And you can still do all those rad water sports like kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, skim boarding, and surfing without freezing your heiney off.
  • #natureiscool. Nature doesn't take time off, and frankly, cooler temperatures mean less sweating while your out trailblazing. State parks and trails are accessible year-round and there's plenty going on out there people. Leaf peep, stare down a deer, watch freaky birds balance on one foot. Nature is cool and it knows it.
  • #whattraffic? Anyone who has traveled here on a summer weekend can relay at least one horror story of being stuck on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge for hours (probably fighting off a bridge-induced panic attack) or sitting in the parking lot known as Rt. 1 near Dover on a Nascar race weekend. Off-season traffic is null and void, so don't sweat it - jump in the car and enjoy the ride.

Welcome to our new website

Alissa Rosenstein - Saturday, January 17, 2015

You say you want a revolution! The Beatles were on to something back in the 60s. Change, folks, that's what the people want – then, now and forevermore. But what exactly is a digital revolution, you ask?

Webster defines revolution as "a sudden, complete or marked change in something" and digital as "available in electronic form; readable and manipulable by computer." Okay, so it may not be as dramatic as the social revolution The Fab Four were singing about, but here at Sprout Digital Media we believe that change of any kind is good, right?

Basically, we're taking the bull by the horns and bringing change to Rehoboth Beach – well, at least as far as the web is concerned. We are launching RehobothBeach.city, a new website that is not only aesthetic, helpful and easy to use but showcases Rehoboth Beach's ‘multiple personalities' (and we say that in a good way) from family-friendly vacation spot to classy resort town.

Think of it as a virtual front row seat to the Rehoboth Beach Show or a virtual Rehoboth Beach one-stop shopping superstore. You'll find dining, lodging, activities, services, real estate, jobs, community info and more! The entire world will get an up close and personal glimpse of our little "it" town that won the distinction of being 2014's Most Popular Beach in the U.S. (We really can't get enough of tooting that horn!)

But listen, we're not just a smart cookie, we're also a pretty face. Our world-class web designers have created a stunning visual interface that rivals larger cities' tourism sites. While existing Rehoboth Beach websites offer unlimited scrolling to read content, a plethora of winky-blinky animated gifs from the early 90s, and multiple ‘404 File Not Found' notifications, RehobothBeach.city will be the bell of the ball – sleek, stylish, modern and current. Beauty AND brains – what more could you ask for?

So stay tuned for more information. The Rehoboth Beach Digital Revolution is coming to a computer near you in 2015!


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