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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.

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. 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.

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