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Winter fun at the Delaware beaches

Winter Blue HorizonIn Delaware, there’s a certain stark beauty to the ocean in winter, and there are certainly plenty of reasons to plan a weekend in Rehoboth Beach or Bethany Beach.

Here are some hot ideas for a cool getaway:

Get mixing: For decades, “Suicide Sundays” have been a tradition among locals, who head down to the Starboard for their amazing Bloody Mary Bar. For a true Dewey Beach experience, get your Bloody Mary (or the equally famous Ruby Red Grapefruit Crush) with their Crab Eggs Benedict. 

Get stuffed: Nothing warms the soul like finely crafted food, and Rehoboth Beach is surely the place to find it, even in winter. As an added advantage, winter reservations are decidedly easier to come by, giving the chef even more time to treat diners lavishly. Hotspots to try include Eden, a(MUSE.), Henlopen City Oyster House, Espuma, Salt Air, Nage and Cultured Pearl.

Get artsy: Well known among locals but often missed by travelers, the Rehoboth Art League is a great place to experience the town’s vibrant art community, as well as take classes in a great setting.

Treat your ears: Classical music carries warmth all its own. In Delaware, savvy beachgoers mark their calendars for the winter concerts put on by Coastal Concerts, which stages performances at Bethel United Methodist Church Hall in Lewes. This winter, they are featuring the UK-based VIDA Guitar Quartet on Jan. 16 (praised for their “orchestral palette of color and effects”); and pianist Michael Brown on Feb. 20.

Treat your body: Here’s a recipe for easing the mid-winter blues. Step 1: Head to the beach and take a brisk walk along the shore to cleanse the body and mind. Step 2: Head to a luxurious Rehoboth Beach salon and/or spa (like Bad Hair DayMade Ya Look or The Bellmoor) and head back home feeling better about everything that matters.

Check out a play: How about dinner and a show at the beach? The Clear Space Theatre Company will be raising the curtains on its production of “Meet Me in St. Louis” on Nov. 25, running through Dec. 11.