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Coastal Escapes: Delaware shore( Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun / July 2, 2013 )
Dewey and Rehoboth are able to combine the laid-back beach town atmosphere without the obnoxious crowd and debauchery that a more popular beach destination brings with it. When you're here, you need not travel off the shoreline to have a good time. Just kick back, relax, and enjoy the good vibes.
Distance from Baltimore: 145 miles
Summer events/activities: If you're looking to party hard enough that you can't feel the sunburn, there's only one place to go. Marketed as "the greatest rock 'n' roll bar in the world," Bottle & Cork (1807 Highway 1, Dewey Beach, Del.; bottleandcorkdewey.com or 302-227-7272) is home to tons of live music during the summer. This summer alone, the bar will feature such acts as Shooter Jennings (July 11), Citizen Cope (July 23) and Kellie Pickler (July 25).
Cool lodging: Forget all the preconceived notions you've ever had about motels and bolt for Crosswinds Motel (312 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.; crosswindsmotel.com or 302-227-7997), an affordable and modernized approach to lodging, while still maintaining the relaxed air of the shoreline. Its proximity to the nightlife of the town is optimal, but is still far enough removed from the action that it isn't a disturbance.
Eat here: Rusty Rudder (113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach, Del.; 302-227-3888) brings the laid-back vibe of a beach-town food joint to new heights with its West Coast atmosphere and land-and-sea buffet. Recently redone, the establishment has been a popular nightlife destination since the '80s, with an impeccable view of the bay and nightly entertainment.
Don't miss: Baltimoreans love to run, as we all know. And if you're committed enough to continue your exercising at the beach, you've probably had the unfortunate experience of trying to run on the overcrowded boardwalks. Lucky for you, Delaware's shore offers one of the most enjoyable running spots on the shoreline. Junction and Breakwater Trail (Wolf Neck Road, Rehoboth Beach, Del.; destateparks.com) offers one of the most accessible and scenic trails you'll find, just a few minutes drive from the beach.