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What's new at Delaware beaches for the 2018 season: Rehoboth, Dewey Beach and more

Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats and Chesapeake & Maine, the eateries from the team at Dogfish Head Brewery, are now connected via an outdoor courtyard.
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats and Chesapeake & Maine, the eateries from the team at Dogfish Head Brewery, are now connected via an outdoor courtyard. (HANDOUT)

Though the sun and sand never change, vacationing at the Delaware beaches offers something new and different every year. This year brings dozens of new restaurants, breweries and distilleries, a new movie theater, and a freshly curated deep dive into history.

Here's a look at what's new this year at the Delaware beaches:

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Dining

Dedicated diners will find more than a dozen new and updated spots to choose from this summer. Here are a few that caught our eye:

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Azzurro Italian Oven and Bar, 210 2nd St., Rehoboth Beach, 302-212-2409, azzurrorehoboth.com. The new Italian spot features an upstairs bar and food by chef/owner Francesco Agostino.

G Cask & Kitchen, 234 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 302-278-7677, grehoboth.com. The "New American" restaurant opened last fall, and offers patio seating, happy hour specials and hookahs.

Good Earth Market & Organic Farm, 31806 Rt. 26, Ocean View, 302-537-7100, goodearthmarket.com. This old favorite has renovated, expanding the kitchen, bar and barista station. The restaurant has added dinner hours as well.

"It's springtime at the beach, which means 'for lease' signs come down and new restaurants open," said Bob Yesbek, who covers the comings and goings of Delaware beach restaurants on his blog, rehobothfoodie.com.

Eating Rehoboth, 888-908-7115, eatingrehoboth.com. This three-hour tour of classic and new Rehoboth Beach restaurants has added a Tuesday tour to its schedule (Friday and Saturday tours are also available). Yesbek and personal chef/sommelier/guitarist Paul Cullen conduct the tours.

New restaurants like Dry 85 and events like Art X are among the highlights of new additions in Ocean City this year.

Spots to sip

Iron Hill Brewery, 19815 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, 302-260-8000, ironhillbrewery.com. A new location for the chain brewpub is slated to open in mid-summer.

EasySpeak Spirits, 586 Milford Harrington Highway, Milford, 302-858-1875, easyspeakspirits.com. Opened last December, the distillery and restaurant and distillery has a dog-friendly outdoor patio.

Brimming Horn Meadery, 28615 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Milton, 302-664-1188, brimminghornmeadery.com. The local mead producers opened a space last Fourth of July with a tasting room and outdoor area.

Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 302-226-2739, dogfish.com/restaurants/brewpub; Chesapeake & Maine, 316 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 302-226-3600, dogfish.com/restaurants/chesapeake-maine. The eateries from the team at Dogfish Head Brewery are now connected via an outdoor courtyard. The former has a new five-barrel system and a distilling system, so Dogfish fans can expect to see new brewpub exclusives this summer, as well as spirits, including a lemon pepper vodka.

While practically every sector on the Eastern Shore has something to offer, we’ll get you started with our favorites.

38-75 Brewing, 2000 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach, 302-227-8519, 3875brewing.com. Last summer, Gary's Dewey Beach Grill began operating 38-75 Brewing in a brewhouse next door to the restaurant. The beers are available on tap and to-go from Gary's.

DE on Tap, a new smartphone app available from the App Store and Google Play, allows users ot keep track of their visits along the trail of almost three dozen breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries throughout Delaware. (More than a dozen are located at the beaches.) After checking in at 10 stops, users receive a gift.

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Activities

The Movies at Midway, 18585 Coastal Highway, Suite 1, Rehoboth Beach, 302-645-0200, moviesatmidway.com. The multiplex has added The Cube, a new theater with a screen that is 58 feet wide and 24 feet tall. The theater, which has nearly 200 reclining seats, also features a Dolby Atmos sound system. "Atmos is our crowning jewel. It puts you inside the movie," said assistant manager Joy Stephenson.

The Lewes History Museum, Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, 101 Adams Ave., Lewes, 302-645-7670, historiclewes.org. Opened last Fourth of July, the museum is ready for its first full summer season with a new exhibit about summer on the Delaware River and Bay pilots. The museum's permanent exhibit documents the Lewes area's history from the earliest days on record through the late 20th century. Regularly scheduled activities and events, including history-oriented kayak tours, dive deep into their subjects.

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