Rehoboth Beach: A Gay Travel Haven

Author: , October 17th, 2013

Rehoboth Beach

Photos courtesy Rehoboth-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce/Beach-fun.com

The unofficial gay and lesbian summer beach resort of the Mid-Atlantic states, charming Rehoboth Beach is situated along a sweeping, sandy stretch of the Delaware shore that’s within three-hour drives of Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Over the past decade, many of the town’s guesthouses, shops and restaurants have received stylish makeovers and this once low-key, largely middle-class town has developed a see-and-be-seen cachet that extends well beyond nearby cities. Prices have risen, too, but Rehoboth largely retains a laid-back, welcoming vibe that makes it a perfect destination for summer fun and a romantic weekend retreat during the quieter spring and fall shoulder seasons.

The town began developing a subtle gay following in the ’50s, and gays continued to settle here. Then, in 1980, Glenn Thompson opened a full-scale gay resort, the Renegade, on the western outskirts; soon after, the Blue Moon restaurant and bar opened downtown. Nowadays, Rehoboth (Beach-fun.com for general tourism info; CampRehoboth.com for details on the LGBT scene) teems with gay-owned or – oriented businesses, including cafes, restaurants, bars and about a dozen guesthouses. Although the Renegade was razed in 2002 to make way for condos, the Blue Moon is still a first-rate place to dine and socialize.

Although an increasing number of trendy, urbane businesses have opened here recently, Rehoboth’s beachfront is still lined with a bustling, honky-tonk boardwalk of saltwater taffy parlors, video arcades and souvenir shops. Many visitors spend afternoons catching rays at the beach. The largely gay male section, known as Poodle Beach, runs from about St. Lawrence to Penn streets, at the southern tip of the Boardwalk. Women sunbathe here to some extent, but more lesbians and a fair share of gay men flock north of downtown to the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park (aka North Shores, a 20-to-30-minute walk or 10-minute drive via Ocean Drive).

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Rehoboth Beach, DE

Author: , August 10th, 2013

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Rehoboth Beach provides the LGBT community a great mid-summer experience. GayCities calls Rehoboth, “Mid-Atlantic’s Key West.” The community is energized and gay-friendly since there are over 200 gay-owned and operated businesses. This Delaware resort area brings New Yorkers a new crowd as most of Rehoboth’s beachgoers are from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Therefore, if you can steal a Friday for a travel day, rest assured a Saturday at Rehoboth makes for a great August adventure.

Poodle Beach is the place for men to tan while women can be found at North Shores; meanwhile, Baltimore Avenue is the place to model the results. Rehoboth Avenue, the traditional town ‘Main Street’ provides many interesting retail outlets. Shopping in Delaware is nice because the State has no sales-tax. Nevertheless, Baltimore Avenue is the gay town center that offers good places to shop as well as great places to eat.

When it comes to meals, pick your desire then select a restaurant or café. Downtown provides suitable eateries for all tastes. Aqua Grill (57 Baltimore Avenue) has a nice seafood menu or try Adriatico Restorante & Café (30 Baltimore) if your heart is set on pasta. Should you be away on a romantic trip, a meal at the Back Porch Café (59 Rehoboth Avenue) may be exactly what the doctor ordered. The Blue Moon (35 Baltimore) is a firmly established restaurant/bar and is recognized as one of Delaware’s exceptional restaurants. You may want to save Blue Moon for Sunday brunch (10:30AM- 2PM) before you make the ride back. If brunch is in your plans be sure to make a reservation to avoid any disappointments.

Accommodations should also be made in advance and range to match your personal tastes; e.g., Ram’s Head Inn (35006 Warrington Road) is a male-only secluded resort, the Oceanus Motel (9 Second Street) is family-friendly, and the Lighthouse Inn (20 Delaware Avenue) is small (4 rooms) and intimate. If cost or availably are concerns, major hotel chains in the vicinity are exceptionally gay friendly.

Swim by day and party by night as Rehoboth delivers many choices during the evening hours. Whether the end of your day calls for a stroll on the boardwalk or a dance club, Rehoboth can accommodate your taste. You can find the bears at the Double L (622 Rehoboth Avenue) and the women at The Frogg Pond (First Street). The young party crowd moves about in migration finding the right DJ and music. However, if you simply want a nice place to socialize with friends, consider ‘hanging-out’ at Rigby’s Bar and Grill (404 Rehoboth Avenue).

The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce will send you a free-copy of their Official Guide by simply emailing the organization at rehoboth@beach-fun.com. Make sure you include your email and mailing address. If you have the shopper-gene, time permitting, stop at some of the Delaware outlet malls. And, remember to bring your sun screen – tan don’t burn.

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Rehoboth Beach for Gay Pride – Or Whenever

Author: , June 6th, 2013

Gay Rehoboth Beach Patio BarsHeading to Delaware for Pride this year, or just to see Rehoboth Beach? GPhilly has your back – with where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in the Ultimate Gay Guide to Rehoboth.

Summer. Time for gay men across the country to make our annual pilgrimages from the urban jungles we call home. We flock to the sandy meccas of America, where beach boys run wild and mimosas run bottomless (and the boys occasionally run bottomless, too): P’town, Fire Island, and–if you can take the heat–Key West.

Luckily, we have our own option, less than three hours away.

Boasting a population of more than 50,000 at the peak of summer tourist season, Rehoboth Beach has long been a draw for gays from Baltimore and D.C. But now, more and more Philly guys looking for the P’town/Cherry Grove experience without the actual schlep to P’town or Cherry Grove are pouring into the “beaches” (never “the Shore”), going in on shares or nabbing reservations at cute hotels. Whether you’re a couple of 25 years or simply someone looking to blow off steam with your boys, we have you covered. Welcome to the gayest guide to the gayest beach town around.

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Northern Atlantic Seaboard Prepares for Summer

Author: , April 6th, 2013

Tourism officials on the Delmarva Peninsula say they expect an influx of visitors this summer as the Jersey Shore and other coastal areas to the north continue to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

“This weekend was packed,” Camp Rehoboth Executive Director Steve Elkins told the Washington Blade. “It was amazingly crowded and I saw a lot more cars with New York and New Jersey license plates than I see in normal times.”

Sandy’s record storm surge inundated Fire Island, the South Shore of Long Island, coastal areas of New York City and large swaths of the Jersey Shore before it made landfall near Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 29. Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City and even Cape May did not experience any significant damage outside of some minor flooding in low-lying areas, beach erosion and downed trees.

Carol Everhart, president of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, told the Blade she is seeing a double-digit increase in information requests from last year.

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