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Luxury in Lewes

Private porches overlooking the harbor may be one reason why actor Matthew McConaughey, while filming Failure to Launch, bedded down in one of the cottage suites at the Inn at Canal Square. The inn, in charming Lewes, is a short bike ride from the beach and a quick walk to several restaurants including Striper Bites, a cedar-shingled local favorite that serves fresh fish, grilled steaks, and good cheer. Sunday brunch on the Victorian veranda at the Buttery Restaurant & Bar is quintessential Lewes. Try a classic with a kick, such as salad niçoise made with lobster.

The Inn at Canal Square, 122 Market St.; 888-644-1911;; high-season rates from $235 a night (cottage suites are $625). Striper Bites, 107 Savannah Rd.; 302-645-4657; Buttery Restaurant & Bar, Second St. and Savannah Rd.; 302-645-7755;

Best Bargain in Rehoboth

The Beach View Motel delivers the basics—a pool, easy access to the beach, and loaner beach chairs. Should it rain, the motel offers passes to the local YMCA. Dine on a beer budget at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, an outpost of the famed Delaware microbrewery. A beer lover’s bar features such signature quaffs as the hyper-hopped 120 Minute Ale and velvety chicory stout.

Beach View Motel; 6 Wilmington Ave.; 800-288-5962;; high-season rates from $179. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave.; 302-226-2739;