Relax and prepare for your baby’s big arrival with a getaway in Delaware. Look forward to being immersed in scenic surroundings and beautiful beaches. Plan a cozy picnic in Newark’s White Clay Creek State Park; experience the quaint atmosphere of historic Millsboro; or tour a creamery and enjoy delicious fresh ice cream in Lewes. As for accommodations, there are plenty of incredible Delaware vacation rentals to choose from. Book a stay at a cottage nested in the tranquil town of Bethany Beach or Rehoboth Beach, or savor the serenity of Milton, where you can tour a lavender farm. Check out the six best babymoon destinations in Delaware that are filled with endless possibilities for fun, romance, and relaxation.
1. Rehoboth Beach
Clean beaches, plenty of restaurants, and a mile-long boardwalk make Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, an excellent place to relax before your new family member arrives. Delaware Seashore State Park gives you great views of the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Bay and plenty of room for sunbathing or a quiet day of fishing. Charter a fishing boat like the Judy V or the Capt. Bob II at the Indian River Marina on the park’s northern end for a half-day or full-day experience on the water. Shop for a new maternity outfit at Saltwater Mama in the Shops of Penny Lane, and wear it to a romantic seafood dinner at 208 Social or Bison Short Ribs at Eden. End your evening at The Clear Space Theatre Company, which offers high-quality live performances year-round.
Newark, Delaware, offers a small-city vibe and an award-winning mile-long Main Street, where you find shops including Aunt Margaret’s Antique Mall. Relaxing greenspace, restaurants and cultural activities await you here. At White Clay Creek State Park, fish, birdwatch, picnic, and tour the 1790s home at the Judge Morris Estate. Before you go, have breakfast and coffee at The Perfect Blend, and pick up made-from-scratch cookies from Bing’s Bakery next door for your picnic lunch dessert. Visit the University Museum and art galleries, and see the Resident Ensemble Players perform at the Roselle Center for the Arts at the University of Delaware. Let Carole Cole give you a new haircut and makeup look, and show it off while you dine at the Wood Fired Pizza Shop.
The Lewes and Rehoboth Canal and centuries-old buildings make Lewes an attractive seaside town for spending pre-baby time. Visit museums such as the Lewes Historical Society and Cannonball House to learn local history. Dip into the calm waters of Lewes Beach, or enjoy the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park, and then go birding on the easy trails. Look for dolphins as you cross the bay to Cape May, New Jersey, on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Head to Hopkins Farm Creamery for the best ice cream in town, with flavors like apple pie and peanut butter ripple. Master chefs offer cooking tips, and vendors offer fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and flowers at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market on weekends. If you don’t want to cook, head to Matt’s Fish Camp Lewes for warm lobster rolls and fries, or crab cake sandwiches with pickled veggies.
Positioned at the head of the Broadkill River near the Delaware Bay, Milton has hundreds of Victorian-era buildings and a relaxed atmosphere. Tour the Dogfish Head Brewery, makers of fine craft beers, or savor the scent of all things lavender on a walk through Lavender Fields Farm. Pack a lunch of Italian sub sandwiches from The Happy Cow, and take in the views at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy a matinee or evening live performance at the 100-year-old Milton Theater before returning to your Milton vacation rental for a night of romance and cuddling.
5. Bethany Beach
A scenic vacation destination overlooking the Atlantic Ocean south of Delaware Seashore State Park, Bethany Beach shares the nickname as one of “The Quiet Resorts” in Delaware. Stroll the boardwalk any time of year, especially in September, when the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival draws locals and visitors. The Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area attracts nature lovers all year for walking and relaxing. Visit the historic Fenwick Island Lighthouse on the border of Delaware and Maryland, and afterward, enjoy a New York-style pepperoni pizza at Pomodoro Pizza. Don’t miss the Crabby burgers and Dune fries at The Cottage Cafe.
The Indian River cradles rural Millsboro, a beautiful place to unwind in southern Delaware. Quaint stores pepper the downtown area, like Antique Alley, and Millsboro Bazaar, featuring vintage clothing for men and women. Have a steak and eggs breakfast with hash browns and toast at Country Kitchen before visiting the Nanticoke Indian Museum or playing a round of golf at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club. In the evening, listen to a live mariachi band while you savor grilled chicken at La Tonalteca, or enjoy seafood at Blue Water Grill before you head home.
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