Support local farmers and eat organically. What could be better? We hit the market on the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society. (Apparently, it's held in different locations.) This was a perfect location for it because of the abundance of trees to provide shade for the vendors, products, and shoppers.
We enjoyed checking out each of the stands, trying some samples, and shopping, of course! We bought fresh veggies, peaches, zucchini blossoms, and some awesome chocolate chip cookies, among other goodies!
This is the main street in downtown Lewes, and it's straight out of a travel brochure or postcard. Set just a block away from the Lewes Canal, folks park and spend the day on foot exploring the quaint little shops and restaurants.
Stop for an ice cream and continue around the block to walk along the canal waterfront. There is never a shortage of boats, fishermen, and stories....and if you time it right, you just might see the pirate ship!
There are several historical buildings downtown, including the Cannon Ball House and the Zwaanendael Museum. For a complete list with lots of background, check out www.lewes.com.
You can't come to Lewes and not check out the canal and the wharf. There are several waterfront restaurants, and an endless parade of commercial and private boats.
Visitors can hop on one of several fishing boats...charter and headboats are both available. There are also Dolphin/Whale Watches, Lighthouse Cruises, and Sunset Cruises.
The locals are friendly and the rates are reasonable. So head to the wharf!
This beautiful state park is just south of Lewes...about a 3 minute drive from downtown. It is right at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, with gorgeous beaches, biking and hiking trails, a campground, and a huge fishing pier.
There is a clean, guarded public beach at the park, as well as access to several private stretches of shoreline. With a permit, you can even drive your 4WD vehicle onto your own patch of beach!
Take the kids out to the pier for some fishing,or just to watch the variety of fish and crabs that are caught here each day. You can also watch plenty of boating activity from the pier, including the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.
If you are into camping, there is a fabulous campground here, too!
Lewes is the first city in the first state so expect to see evidence of this all around town. Situated on the grounds of the historical society are some of the original town structures. The plaque belongs to a home on 3rd Avenue.
The Zwaanendael Museum was built in 1931 to commemorate Delaware's first settlement of people in 1631. I just copied and pasted that from somewhere else in the cyber world. Sorry, I didn't have time to visit it but YOU might.
Oh, and those people were Dutch. (In case the architecture didn't give that away to you!)
But even if you don't visit the museum, you can drive by and admire this beautiful Flemish building whose name means "Swan Valley." (Thanks to my friend Jeroen for that translation!)
We parked right by this lovely waterfront area. The restaurants across the canal were packed and it looked like just a lovely spot to spend time in.
I know what's on my to-do list if I ever return to Lewes!
I had to resist the temptation of going to this craft fair. There simply wasn't time.
However, I did get a fab five dollar necklace from one of the local store's sidewalk sale!
And yes, that did help.
We fished with Capt Tom Smith of Doctor's Orders. His first mate, Steve, was awesome and made the trip enjoyable despite the bad weather, poor conditions, and grumpy attitude of the captain. Most charter boats in Lewes rent for about $600 per day for 6 people on an 8-hour trip. Depending on the weather you can go out into the ocean or stay in the bay just a few miles from Lewes. Boats depart from Angler's Marina next to Irish Eyes restaurant (good place for beer, bad place for food). Don't forget to tip the first mate 15-20%.
Fisherman's Wharf Sightseeing Cruises advertise times for cruises, but they will not go out unless they have a certain amount of interested people for the cruise. We went on Saturday June 25th and when they didn't have 12 people at $35.00 a person they canceled the cruise and told us we were free to come back that night to try again with no assurance that that cruise would sail either.
There is a cool and very old tall ship at the port on Lewes. It is from the 16th century and Dutch. Nicely maintained and restored. You can take a sail on it. It is dockside at the cape May/lewes ferry. It is not always in Lewes as it sails around the east coast.
This trail runs from just outside Lewes to Rehoboth Beach behind all the congestion on Route 1. There are signs posted beginning at the bridge over the canal.
Beautiful Victorian houses, even more beautiful beaches.
The fishing and surfing in Cape May is amazing. This is my favorite Striper location.
We passed a great cemetary on 3rd street whose tombstones were just begging to be photographed.
Or was it whomever was beneath them that begged? Hmmmm.........