LOCALS NOW SPOTLIGHT: Lewes Blooms with Spring Attractions

Tulips of all colors fill Zwaanendael Park during the 2019 Lewes Tulip Celebration. Photo courtesy of Ron MacArthur/Cape Gazette.

If you’ve bought a home in or near downtown Lewes, you’re probably aware of certain experiences the locals cherish during the cold winter months. Enjoying a steaming bowl of Kindle’s mussels and leeks in a buttery chardonnay sauce on a cold night, for example (https://www.kindlerestaurant.com/dinner/). Or finding the perfect birthday gift from Kid’s Ketch for the grandchild who came into the world right after Christmas and Hanukkah (https://www.kidsketch.com/). Or happening upon the magical sight of snow falling gently around the fine old homes at the Lewes Historical Society (https://www.historiclewes.org/visit/society-properties/shipcarpenter-street-campus.html)

The Burton-Ingram House at Lewes Historical Society’s historic complex. Photo courtesy of Dennis Forney/Cape Gazette

Now, as the days grow longer and warmer, there may be even more to do, thanks to events happening from March through May. One of the best-known and best-loved is the Lewes Tulip Celebration, taking place between April 2 and 11 in partnership with Lewes in Bloom. It showcases more than 28,000 tulip and spring bulbs that were planted in the fall by Lewes in Bloom volunteers. (https://www.leweschamber.com/news/community/12th-annual-lewes-tulip-celebration-blooms-april-2-11-2021)

You can stop by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 120 Kings Highway by Zwaanendael Park and pick up a map showing 20 locations where you’re apt to see the best floral displays. On April 3rd you can take 60-minute walking tours spotlighting the tulips that begin at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The tours begin at the Cannonball House’s back garden, behind 118 Front Street. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and can be purchased at https://www.historiclewes.org/visit/tours.html.

Cannonball House Garden. Photo courtesy of Cape Gazette.

Along the way, check out tulip arrangements by the Sussex Gardeners at the Zwaanendael Museum (https://history.delaware.gov/zwaanendael-museum/), and special art exhibitions at Cape Artists of Lewes (https://capeartists.org/) and Peninsula Gallery (https://www.peninsula-gallery.com/).

Passports pave the way to more spring activities

If you need a handy checklist of other springtime activities in Lewes, you can also pick up a Spring Passport from the Lewes Chamber of Commerce beginning March 20. It lists 22 things you can do on your own or with friends and family, and offers a path to winning prizes simply by enjoying the town’s offerings. (https://www.leweschamber.com/news/community/lewes-chamber-launches-spring-passport-first-day-spring-march-20th)

Many of the activities take place outside. If it’s warm and windy you can enjoy that long-awaited visit with your grandkids by flying kites in Cape Henlopen State Park. If it’s warm and not-so-windy you can paddle through the Lewes-Rehoboth canal or do some fishing from the dock. If you’re tired of cooking you can enjoy restaurants with indoor and outdoor dining and if you’d like to learn more about what’s always made Lewes so special you can visit one of several local museums and cultural sites.

Once you’ve completed at least 10 activities you can submit your passport to the Lewes Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center or scan a copy and email it to inquiry@leweschamber.com by May 15.

Shortly afterward, there will be a drawing for three passport holders who will get gift certificates and mementos from Lewes businesses.

Passports are available at the Lewes Chamber Visitor Center and at many Lewes businesses and restaurants and at the Lewes Ferry Terminal. They can also be downloaded from the chamber’s website at www.leweschamber.com. For more information, call 302 645 8073.

Don’t wait until summer to find your place at the beach

If you aren’t one of the many people who have bought homes in Lewes and the surrounding areas in recent years, now is a great time to make the move. Interest rates are still at historic lows, and although the enormous popularity of all Delaware beach towns means many homes are selling in a manner of days, a variety of new neighborhoods are emerging. That’s good news for you and for all of us at Active Adults Realty who are dedicated to helping you discover the joys of life at the beach year-round.

Let’s connect and we can help you find the perfect home in Lewes.