We recently completed a week of clinics in Lewes, Delaware. This area has always been a favorite weekend getaway for people living in Philadelphia and Washington DC. It is becoming a pickleball destination as well.
One great thing about all our travels is we get to see how pickleball is growing in so many areas. Of course, this growth is because local ambassadors work their butts off to create more opportunities for people to play. We had visited this area last year, and I can see the growth in only one year. We played in Lewes, Delaware where a local in-door tennis facility has embraced pickleball. In fact, during our visit, they had a tournament that drew about 160 players.
Lewes and the neighboring towns, Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City, MD are great pickleball destinations…combining play, tournaments and seaside towns. Not only are the locals great, but there are lots of things to do and places to eat.
The beaches in this area are rated 5 stars. Summers are a huge tourist time, but basically every weekend throughout the year you have people going there to get away. Because they have so many visitors they have a ton of restaurants. During the slower, “off-season”, the restaurants offer amazing prices and happy hours. Linh and I enjoyed a great meal for 2 for only $20!
I bet you didn’t know that Linh and I are foodies…we love trying local food during our travels. Frankly, we often don’t find any food up to our standards. But that wasn’t the case in these seaside towns. One night we went to a local bar, 208, for happy hour. I had sticky ribs, steak tartare, melt in your mouth ice cream sandwiches, etc. while Linh had octopus and some things I can’t even pronounce to be honest. But all of this food was more than half off! The chef moved there from New York with his family. So you get this New York quality food really reasonably. The last night we went to Bonefish Ale house. Our friends had amazing burgers and we had a
The last night we went to Bonefish Ale house. Our friends had amazing burgers and we had a rostisserie chicken and steak. My absolute favorite was the cornbread that came with our meal and the churros we had for desert.
Next store to where we taught, there was a dairy farm that had ice cream to die for! As often as we could we stopped at Hopkins Dairy Farm for ice cream. Their little corner shop was manned by local teenagers. And every day locals and tourists fill this place up and hang out eating ice cream.
Memorial Day Weekend, of course, is the start of the busy summer months. The boardwalk is filled with shops and food. Of course, besides sunbathing, some people venture out to hike or fish…we just bummed around and ate!
We don’t always get to see the towns when we give clinics. Often I feel we see the country one pickleball court at a time! We were fortunate to have to time to enjoy great food and the local community during this trip. May was a crazy, hectic month for us. We visited some beautiful parts of the country and watched some great pickleball programs grow.
However, this part of Delaware is definitely among my top places to visit when we have some time. If you happen to see a tournament in this area and are debating attending….do it! This is a great pickleball destination.