Last week we spent five days in Bethany Beach! We were lucky to have a second beach vacation this summer and even better to have one where no flying was involved.
On Saturday, it took us a while to get packed up and off on our Delaware adventure, but it was so nice not to worry about how much stuff to bring since it meant just loading it up into the car, rather than fitting into a suitcase. Though it would typically be less than a four hour drive, weekend traffic, construction on the Delaware Memorial Bridge, and a potty training toddler meant that it would actually end up taking us about six hours to arrive.
That didn't get us down though! We arrived at dinner time, unpacked and were ready to explore the house. We stayed across the street from the beach, on the canal side. This was the view out of the kitchen window:
Lovely, isn't it? I loved the access to water without having to be directly on the beach. We were exhausted, so we ordered in dinner and I crashed hard and early.
We spent most of our days on the beach! A short walk from the house, we loaded up chairs, towels, toys and snacks for the beach.
Though the walks were hot, the beach had a gorgeous breeze and the water was warm and glorious. It also was never very crowded, which was great for securing a solid beach spot.
Penelope spent most of her time digging in the sand and convincing her grandparents to build her sand castle after sand castle so that she could Godzilla them immediately.
She had a blast.
I was able to sneak in some reading of my new obsession. Have you read it? I'll be writing more about it in the coming days.
P and I made brownies for everyone one evening.
In the afternoons, we'd head back to the house for late lunch and nap time for P. I must admit that I also napped during Penelope's sleep time and it.was.glorious.
We also made a seafood feast one night. My favorite part were the grilled clams with melted butter.
Another evening, we hit the Bethany Boardwalk. It's a small stretch, but perfect for us to walk through with Penelope and grab some shore eats. In case you didn't know, shore eats are the best eats of all time.
First stop was DB's Fries. Penelope loved them, even coated in Old Bay seasoning.
Next, we wanted to sit down somewhere for dinner, but P really wanted frozen custard and who could blame her? She wanted 'cone orange' and so that's what she got. A shore staple: Kohr Bros. frozen custard. Nothing better.
We had dinner along the strip immediately following. Oysters for life.
Another evening, we drove over to Rehoboth for some more boardwalk time and rides for P! I wasn't sure how she would react to the rides, if she would absolutely love it or hate it. Well it was a mix of both.
Shaun tried to take her on a flying helicopter ride which resulted in a total meltdown before she even sat in the seat.
We tried the boats and she liked this one a lot.
We rode the carousel on one of the bench seats because she refused a horse.
We tried the fire truck ride and she was so happy and excited...until the attendant came around to tighten her belt and then I had to get her off the ride before it began.
Lastly, we tried the swings. Penelope was excited but I was freaking out. It looked like such a big kid ride and went so fast but P really wanted to go on so we went with it.
Well she LOVED the swings! She rode them about six times in a row and we finally had to drag her away with the promise of more ice cream.
We tried to get one solid family photo.
Penelope was not impressed.