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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Find Beach Bargains in Delaware


5. Oddball Day

Bennett Orchard peaches, left, and the grapevines at Nassau Vineyards, right.  

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).

Published on Jul 30, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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