Delaware Beaches and OC: Where We Stayed

The best thing about our Delaware beaches and OC trip was how easy it was, from start to finish. We agreed on Rehoboth Beach after having “Maine Coast Vacation” on our calendars for the longest time. Around the end of May though, Luke and I decided that Maine was too far of a drive and kids probably wouldn’t appreciate the scenery. I mean, I am sure we could have found kid-friendly activities up in New England, but the long drive was very unappealing to us. And…since we have always wanted to visit Rehoboth we quickly decided on there instead!

Oh, but to tell a more complete story, we did consider an all-inclusive in Mexico as well, but that idea was nixed almost as soon as it was born.

Where We Stayed
^^from Avenue Inn...a 5-minute stroll to this classic landmark!^^

Since I had done research on Rehoboth previously (I am sure you all plan imaginary vacations in your free time too, no?), I knew exactly where I wanted to stay – Avenue Inn and Spa. It turned out to be a great decision. A bit pricey, but worth it to be a 5-minute walking distance to the boardwalk and beach.
The extra perks were great -- shuttle service to the beach, free towels and beach chairs, complementary hot breakfast, all-you-can-eat chocolate chip cookies in the evening -- just to name a few! All staff members were nice, helpful, and accommodating. On arrival day, we got there at 11:30am, way too early for check-in, but we got to use the hotel pool while we waited for our room.

I have no hesitation to stay there again and highly recommend it :)
^^posh-looking lobby^^

Our room was plenty big for us and super clean.
^^our room type was "Wilmington Ave Resort Queen"^^

We ended up booking 3 nights at Avenue Inn and 2 additional nights further away at Hampton Inn. Unfortunately Hampton Inn was quite a disappointment (no pictures from this stay; just picture a very standard hotel located at a very congested road with lots of beach traffic), so we checked out a day early and spent our last night at Ocean City MD!
At OC, we stayed at Courtyard Marriott which was oceanfront and spectacular. Since OC wasn’t originally on our plan to visit, I was thrilled at this bonus!

Next I will write about what we did on our vacation :)


  1. For us, family vacations normally go like this:

    1) This is going to be great, can't wait to get away!

    2) WTF, it's so crowded and all this stuff is costing us how much??

    3) Alright, I'm bored, but since we're already here, lets at least step out of the hotel.

    4) Yay, it's time to go home, can't wait! We're never coming back to this place!

    This one, however, was anything but. Just glad we finally found an alternative to Williamsburg for these little family outings. The kids' fear of the Atlantic and Anna's sometime pissy attitude couldn't damper this trip. Not sure if it's the location or that the kids are at an age where it's easier to travel.

    All in a all, a very memorable beach vacation for a clan that doesn't even enjoy the beach that much.

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