From the first crunch of tires on the gravel driveway, shoulders begin to unclench at this get-away-from-it-all retreat in Lewes. Lazy L proprietors Debbie Estes and Joanne Cassidy have created a getaway for grownups who can’t enjoy a vacation if the dog is languishing in a kennel. (There’s a spacious dog run, and most everyone brings a pet.) The property, bordered by a meandering creek, graceful trees, and marsh grasses, is so peaceful and secluded, all you’ll hear are waterbirds and the “plop” of feeding fish. Morning brings a house-cooked breakfast, including terrific, from-scratch pastry, courtesy of chef Debbie. Three dog-friendly beaches are nearby, and so is Rehoboth Beach, just a ten-minute drive.
Lazy L Bed and Breakfast, Lewes, DE; 302-644-7220; lazyl.net. Rates $100 to $140. Pet fee: $20 a visit.