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Mayors of Lewes, Ocean City, and Rehoboth Beach Pick Their Favorite Things

Their recommendations for Memorial Day trips and beyond.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Susan Sharpless Smith.

The mayors of the Washington area’s nearest beach towns are preparing for what they
hope will be a big summer season along the Mid-Atlantic ocean. One reason for their optimism
is the expectation that Northern vacationers may be looking for an alternate beach
while rebuilding continues on New Jersey and New York beaches hit by Hurricane Sandy
last October. First up, though, is Memorial Day weekend. The forecast looks good:
sunny, dry, and not too hot.

Mayors obviously have to be advocates for their communities, but even mayors can have
favorite things. We checked in with the mayors of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware,
and Ocean City, Maryland, to ask for a shortlist of what they’d recommend to visitors,
whether first-timers or regulars.

Lewes mayor
Jim Ford, who is in his tenth year as mayor, named these favorites:

  • Ice cream at King’s Homemade Ice Cream or 2 Dips, or soft serve at Dairy Queen.
  • The Lightship Overfalls and its park. The Overfalls is one of only 17 remaining
    lightships built between 1820 and 1952.
  • The shopping on Second and Front streets.
  • While he recommends the bay beach, Lewes Beach, he says, “If you want the ocean,
    Henlopen State Park is my favorite.”
  • Restaurants: the Buttery, Striper Bites, Agave, Half Full, and the Rose & Crown.

Ocean City mayor Ken Meehan, who has been mayor since 2006, named these favorites:

  • A morning bike ride on the boardwalk. It’s two and a half miles long and has just
    been rebuilt as part of a planned infrastructure improvement.
  • Taking his grandson to Trimpers Rides and Amusements to “let him ride the same rides
    my kids rode when they were [young],” followed by a visit to Alaska Stand for hamburgers
    and Thrashers for French fries.
  • A late lunch outside on the deck at Fager’s Island Restaurant and Bar, or an evening
    trip to catch the sunset—“a relaxing way to enjoy the bay front.”
  • A crab feast at home for family and friends with steamed crabs from the Crab Bag
    or Crabs-to-Go.
  • A round of golf at Eagles Landing or one of the other 16 championship golf courses
    “all within a half hour of Ocean City.”

Rehoboth Beach mayor
Sam Cooper, who says he has lived in Rehoboth all his life and is marking his 23rd year as mayor,
named these favorites:

  • The rides, games, and arcade at Funland. “A lot of memories from my childhood.”
  • A morning walk on the beach before it becomes crowded. “One of the great things
    about Rehoboth is that the beach is so accessible.”
  • Dos Locos Mexican restaurant for a shrimp quesadilla or any item that has been stone-grilled.
    “The margaritas are to die for.”
  • Dolle’s Candyland for saltwater taffy.
  • A visit to the Rehoboth Beach Museum, which is six years old and run by the Rehoboth
    Beach Historical Society. “They always have interesting exhibitions.”