110 Anglers Road, Lewes, Del.
(800) 935-1145, hotelblue.info
cost: $89-$99 (winter), $150-$230 (spring).
drive time: About two hours.
the scoop: January is low season in the historic seaside hamlet of Lewes, but that hardly means blinking traffic lights and tumbleweeds. Hugging the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal, this trendy yet cozy boutique hotel is located within walking distance of great restaurants and shops. It’s also a quick drive to Lewes Beach and Cape Henlopen State Park.
amenities: From the bathroom sinks to the lobby ceiling, Hotel Blue’s namesake color is everywhere—albeit in offbeat and tasteful ways. Each room features a coffee bar with its own sink, mini-fridge and microwave, plus the ultimate
cold-weather perk: a gas fireplace.
don’t miss: Agave, arguably Lewes’ best restaurant. Always crowded, with long waits in summer, this local institution offers some of the tastiest Southwestern-style Mexican cuisine east of Santa Fe.