Description: Known as the first town in the First State, Lewes offers a modern lifestyle while also preserving its rich history. Surrounded by plenty of water, it's also the point where the Atlantic Ocean joins the Delaware Bay. With the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal in the town, it's a popular weekend getaway and a place for retirees to enjoy the relaxed activities and lifestyle. A walk around town will include water views, historical buildings lining the streets, gardens galore, benches to take a load off, grassy spots for a picnic and a public playground for the kids.
Parking: Parking lots and on-street parking for $1.50 an hour May 1 until Oct. 15.
Lodging: Plenty of bed and breakfast retreats, some found in historical homes. There are also inns and a few motels.
Shopping: Here you can find not-so-typical beach souvenirs, designer clothing boutiques, gifts, supplies for your pets and classic toys for children.
Attractions/Recreation: The city dock offers plenty of water recreational activities along with kayak rentals and, of course, the beach. Other popular activities include historical walking tours, a winery, the farmer's market, art studios and a visit to the Zwaanendael Museum.
Nightlife: Lewes has a more mature late-night atmosphere. There are a variety of small bars where you can grab a cocktail and appetizer.
Restaurants: Known for its quaint dining experiences, Lewes has a wide variety of options for every palate, including wood-grilled pizza, Mediterranean tapas and made-from-scratch bakeries.