There is something oddly romantic about a nearly deserted beach town in the winter. In season, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is a bustling seaside resort overflowing with vacationers, but off-season, the pace slows and its real charm shows through. Casually browse the shops in town, stroll the isolated beach, enjoy a fireside drink…..just what you need to recharge the batteries.
The Bellmoor Inn is an exquisitely furnished and maintained Inn with immaculate grounds with mature plantings and brick and slate patios.
A waterfall adds a sense of tranquility and I could just imagine a summer day with the gardens all in bloom and a warm morning breeze off the ocean….what a way to start a day.
It is not easy to achieve elegance and comfort at the same time, but the public rooms here hit the mark. They are wonderfully decorated with stylish furniture, antiques, beautiful accessories and artwork and fresh flowers. The lobby, library, sun porch and game room are as nice to relax in as they are to look at.
There are 78 total rooms including 21 suites and 1 cottage. Accommodations range from somewhat modest Garden Rooms at about 260 square feet to Deluxe Rooms at about 425 square feet to the sumptuous Bellmoor Club Suites at 700-1100 square feet. We stayed in the Dagsworthy, one of the Bellmoor Club Suites. At 710 square feet it was wonderfully spacious with a sitting area, a private balcony, fireplace, two person Jacuzzi and a web bar. The pillow top bed had a rattan style head and foot board, luxury linens and a down comforter and pillows. The marble bath had natural toiletries, plump towels and silky robes. Access to the Club level is by a private elevator and there is a beautiful library with a fireplace, lots of reading material and complimentary drinks and snacks.
Breakfast is the only meal served at the Inn and it is provided by the popular local restaurant Porcini House. The delicious buffet includes fluffy scrambled eggs, smoked bacon, pancakes, oatmeal with vanilla and brown sugar, yogurt, fruit and pastries and muffins. On weekends a chef prepares omelets to order.
For lunch we tried two funky local pubs, The Purple Parrot, a place that brings to mind the wild bars of Key West and the Dogfish Head, known as much for its beer as its food. The Purple Parrot has a very festive atmosphere, good food (Italian roast beef wrap and “crab balls”) and has Shut the Box, one of our favorite games, on every table. Dogfish has “build your own burgers”, great wood grilled pizzas and delicious fish sandwiches and oh yeah….their own beers. They also have some great infused vodkas made in-house.
Before dinner you’ll want to stop at Eden for one of their amazing martinis. Cool place….tables are divided by flowing curtains. Or, try Fins where you can enjoy ½ price Happy Hour cocktails and seafood. For dinner we headed to the renowned Blue Moon restaurant, consistently voted one of the top 10 restaurants in Delaware. Housed in a beautifully restored Victoria beach house, the dining rooms have beige walls, dark hardwood floors and an eclectic collection of colorful modern and beach artwork.
The Inn provides a computer center for checking email, free wireless if your brought your laptop, a “Today” flyer with local events, 24 hour coffee and 4pm tea and cookies….all wonderful amenities, but it is the gracious and subtle level of service that makes this experience so enjoyable. The staff is pleasant and friendly and always willing to help. The on-site concierge, Drew, truly relished helping us decide where to have cocktails before dinner, where to eat and what to do after dinner.
THE RATES: From $366 Peak Season Weekend
WHAT OTHERS SAY…
-Member, Select Registry, Small Elegant Hotels.
“You’ll “feel like you aren’t anywhere near the sand” at this “surprisingly elegant” Rehoboth Beach B&B with “immaculate rooms”, including “top-shelf” suites on a child-free “private floor”; sybarites savor the “divine” massages while relaxing at its “upstairs pool” and “wonderful” spa, and surveyors unanimously swoon over the “delightful” complimentary breakfasts “overlooking the garden”; alas, there’s no full-service eatery, so for other meals, ask the “helpful” staff for nearby dining recommendations.” ZAGAT
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