The Blue Water House
407 E. Market St., Lewes, Del., (302) 645-7832
Cost: $145-$185 weekdays (double occupancy), $185-$225 weekends.
Drive time: 2 hours.
The scoop: Offering eight rooms and one suite, this bright and breezy Key West-themed beach house is perfect for a carefree getaway. Nestled on a quiet side street, it’s only blocks from historic downtown Lewes and the Delaware Bay beaches.
Amenities: Bikes, beach chairs and a hot breakfast are complimentary. A gas grill and in-room massages are available. Third-floor rooms have their own wraparound balcony, and all guests can relax on the covered patio, surrounded by fountains and fun sculptures.
Don’t miss: The private gardens and extensive Garden Market during the 27th annual Lewes Garden Tour on June 17. On June 24-25, nearly 70 sea-glass artists from the East Coast to the Virgin Islands will gather for the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival. Bring your found treasures for expert evaluation.