Our 3-Day Getaway to Lewes, DelawareJul 30, 2021
A couple of months ago my husband, Bob, asked me to book a getaway for us this summer. At the time, New Jersey (where we live) was still trying to figure out Covid which left us questioning if it was safe to travel.
We talked about a couple of places but decided to use a very generous gift we were given as a wedding gift a couple of years ago by two of my cousins and their husbands to an adults-only, boutique hotel in Lewes, Delaware.
Lewes, Delaware is approximately 3 hours away to drive or we could drive 30 minutes and take a 90-minute ferry. Sleepless In Seattle made ferries seem romantic, so that was an easy decision.
It turned out to be a great getaway for a couple of days. It felt so good to be someplace other than the 10-15 mile radius we had been operating in for the last 18 months!
Our “getaway” began with a 90-minute ferry out of the quaint town of Cape May, NJ that delivered us within half a mile to our hotel. Before getting on the ferry we decided to have brunch and walk around Cape May…
There’s a popular restaurant called the Mad Batter located on historic Jackson Street in Cape May. The Mad Batter has been there for over 40 years and is busy from breakfast through dinner delighting guests with tasty food and live music.
Bob ordered a crock of Crab Bisque and the Tossed Apple Salad with blue cheese, Granny Smith apples, craisins, and candied walnuts tossed with crisp romaine and a cranberry vinaigrette.
I kept it simple with Eggs Benedict and a Mimosa *cheers
After brunch, we walked around town and meandered through the outdoor mall that is lined with specialty boutiques and ice cream shops. Stop by Peace Pie for a gourmet ice cream sandwich with a layer of pie filling.
We boarded the ferry and treated ourselves to an Orange Crush (Fresh OJ, orange-flavored vodka with a splash of Sprite over ice). 90 minutes later we docked in Lewes, Delaware.
Upon arriving at Hotel Blue we were greeted warmly (owners are on the property) and the Covid-precautions were explained to us.
Hotel Blue is an adults-only hotel with a rooftop pool. The accommodations were comfortable and spacious with each room having a balcony as well as a fireplace to cozy up in front of during the off-season.
Hotel Blue is located across the street from the Lewes-Rehobeth canal. On both sides of the canal are restaurants and bars with outdoor dining and plenty of shiny, happy people. I’ll make a list of places to eat, drink and be merry and include it at the end of this article.
Breakfast: Honey’s Farm Fresh Gourmet Kitchen
They have big fluffy omelets stuffed with farm-fresh ingredients. I enjoyed a Gyro (yee-ro) omelet with feta cheese and cucumber sauce along with a side of fresh fruit with chunks of pineapple, watermelon, and blueberries.
Bob played it safe and healthy with an egg-white Western Omelette.
After breakfast, we walked through the town of Lewes. There's a lovely park that was bursting with colorful flowers and landscaping. We even stopped by the post office to mail an item that someone ordered from my Poshmark closet the morning we were leaving for our getaway. Everything is within 3-4 blocks which made it convenient as far as not having to drive everywhere.
Patty’s Deli is a treasure! We had delicious sandwiches and salads from their deli case, all sandwiches are made to order. Whether it’s a bite to eat, an on-trend charcuterie board, or catered meals, Patty’s is where to go for quality ingredients, friendly service, and tasty food.
Meet Patty, she’s even more amazing than her food! Make sure you tell her you’re a FashionSHEsta and that her cousin, Regina says hello!
After lunch, we strolled through another part of town, Second Street in downtown Lewes is lined with boutiques, gift shops, a couple of antique stores, and restaurants, and pubs. It was a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel and a great way to relax and enjoy the day.
While walking up and down Second Ave we read some different menus and decided to have dinner at Agave, a Mexican restaurant which unbeknownst to us is one of the most popular restaurants in Lewes, people start lining up before they open!
Once it was dinnertime, we came up with a strategy to avoid standing in line for two hours. Our intricate/high-level strategy was to put our names in and walk over to the fancy restaurant that overlooks the marina and have a cocktail there until Agave was ready for us!
I will say that this was one of my favorite things that we did. The atmosphere was beautiful and the vibe of casual conversations with those around us was fun and engaging.
I mean, how bad could it have been…
Agave didn't disappoint. The restaurant was buzzing with the sound of people enjoying their meals and the company they were with. In addition to a fun twist on delicious Mexican food, Agave has 40-ounce margaritas, so that may have had something to do with it;-)
Overall, this was a great getaway that wasn't too far from home
Here’s the list of where we went
Peace Pie (ice Cream)
Lewes, DE (pronounced "Lew-Isss")
Nectar (Juice Bar)