Get off the sand and head bayside into Lewes, the state's oldest town, founded in 1631. Get breakfast at the Historic Lewes Farmers' Market (Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon), where sweet local peaches imported from Bennett Orchards are ripe for the plucking. Stroll down Second Street to the triangular-topped Zwaanendael Museum, named for the original Dutch colony, to see the Zwaanendael Merman—a nineteenth-century sailors' hoax made from ivory and fish bone and topped with a shrunken monkey head. When you regain your appetite, pop in for lunch a few doors down at Béseme, where you can vary your lunch with everything from Serrano-wrapped shrimp to pork tenderloin by ordering from the small-bites menu. Spend the afternoon stocking up on Delaware's other favored export, wine, at Nassau Valley Vineyards. Cap your self-guided tour with a free wine tasting (noon–5 p.m.), and pick up a bottle of sweet Delaware White, made from 100 percent local grapes and finished with apples ($13).
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