Rehoboth Beach 2018. I look forward to this trip all year long. Actually, we all do. If you’ve been around for a while, you know how meaningful this vacation is to me and my family, and you might even remember the post I wrote about it last year. It’s probably my favorite place on earth, and I find it therapeutic to recap our trip each year. So bear with me. There’s a ton of photos, lots of memories and so much ice cream.
As most of you already know, I grew up in Potomac/Rockville, Maryland. A suburb just outside Washington D.C. There was no beach easily accessible to us, so for many of the people in my area we made our way to the beaches of Delaware every single summer. There’s Ocean City, Bethany & Rehoboth Beach to name a few. Every family had their own tradition, you were either a Bethany or Rehoboth family (it’s very west side story). We are a Rehoboth family through and through.
There’s nothing fancy about these beaches. The water isn’t crystal clear, the beaches don’t have white sand and you’ll rarely find anyone wearing anything nicer than shorts and t-shirt. However, there’s something about this town that is so insanely special, quaint, quiet and unique. It’s impossible not to feel it when you’re there, and it’s a feeling that literally fills my soul with pure and utter joy.
I’ve been coming here since I was an infant. My grandfather used to own a beach house right in town for several years, and after that we would rent these incredible homes for 2, sometimes 3 weeks at a time. Often we would rent the same house for several years in a row, and sometimes we would change it up. Either way, I remember every house and I love them all.
I’m not sure how many of you who are reading this are also avid instagram story watchers? But if you are, you pretty much already know everything that happened on this trip. I tried to capture as much as I could, and saved everything to my highlights which you can check out here and here.
But let’s back up and start from the beginning.
Last year was the first time we felt our girls were old enough to make the trip. Door to door, ocean to ocean (literally), it’s a 12 hour travel day with a 5+ hour plane ride followed by a 3.5+ hour drive. Last year we did it all in one day, and it was fine, we all survived but this time we decided to stay for 2 weeks instead of 1 and it made all the difference. We flew into DC and ended up staying at my cousin Jamie’s house for the first night. Jamie and I are first cousins, best friends, closer than sisters, and she also has two little girls who my girls hardly get to see. ????
If Jamie and I lived in the same state we would 100% buy homes next door to each other and we would raise our children side by side forever. While my girls are extremely lucky to have 4 first cousins (who they love more than life) here in California, these are the only cousins they have on my side and it was so special to watch them together. ❤️ It was literally like looking through a time machine at myself, Jamie and my sister growing up together. It was a hectic, fun and special 24 hours with them before we hopped into Karen and were off to the beach the next morning.
Let’s talk about Karen for a minute. Karen is the freaking BEST! Who’s Karen you ask? Karen was our amazing Toyota Sienna that got us comfortably from point A to point B the entire 2 weeks. We voted on the name (thanks to your help), and I cannot even tell you what a game changer this car was. I’ve never actually driven a minivan before and we all fell in love immediately.
I currently drive a Toyota Highlander at home, and have driven a Toyota for the last 16 years. I LOVE them. But OMG the Sienna experience was unlike any other. It felt like sitting in first class, there was so much space, super comfortable and truly was the perfect car for this trip. Thank you Toyota!
After visiting with some other family on Sunday morning, we casually made our way to the beach and arrived Sunday night, just in time for a homemade meal cooked by mom. ????
She had driven down the night before with my brother and got the whole house organized before we got in. Totally the way to go!
The next morning we walked to the beach (only a block and a half away), and spent our first full day happy and sandy.
It decided to POUR down rain in the late afternoon for a total of 10 minutes and that was all I got in terms of an east coast rain/thunderstorm.
Five minutes later, it cleared up and I never got my east coast thunderstorm that I came for. And no, I don’t wanna talk about it. ????
We spent lazy mornings at the house making breakfast, doing puzzles, going for walks, and long afternoons at the beach digging for sand crabs, playing in the ocean and finding heart shaped shells to keep. ❤️
I know you know what happened next. The ice cream bonanza began. 12 days straight of my all-time favorite soft serve ice cream. Kohr Brothers.
I literally dream about this ice cream all year long and look forward to the beach specially for this. It’s only available in 4 states. Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia. But if you know, you know. ????
We got the girls ready and headed out for night #1 on the board walk.
They were ready.
Night #1 mission: Ice cream and Funland.
Oh, and of course, Thrashers.
The rest of the week was filled with family driving in and out. The only people who stayed the full 2 weeks were us and my mom. Everyone else came and went throughout our time there. Our first visitors included my grandparents, (my mom’s mom and dad/the girls great grandparents).
I definitely get my love for food from this man right here, which then trickles down to the rest of my family. He literally walks in the door and immediately asks what the plans are for dinner. ???? Can you blame him?
So naturally, we fed Papa and got him some ice cream. Day 2, in the books.
Rehoboth is also known for it’s restaurants. Some are old and classic, while others have recently popped up over the years. We tried them all, and more! Here’s some of our favorites.
Salt Air and Confucius were amazing. Loved them both and can’t wait to go back to them all! Especially when I get these kind of kisses. ????
After a late breakfast we would slowly make our way back to the beach for the afternoon. This was our walk everyday.
And while sometimes it was a struggle to get them to do the walk, there was never a complaint once we got there.
Uncle Ethan, aka Bruncle Ethan & Emily got there mid week, which always creates extra entertainment and fun for everyone.
My favorite days were those spent into the early evening when the lifeguards were gone and we had the beach to ourselves.
Ava enjoyed it too.
I mean talk about memories being made…
Days seem to slow down and we can’t help but fall into the easy routine of beach, sleep, eat and play. Watching my girls fall in love with this place the same way I did is unlike anything I can describe.
We enjoyed welcoming more family as the weeks went on, and my girls really got to spend some good quality time with everybody.
We stayed up late playing games…
Winner right here, two years in a row.
Adventured on jet skis…
And continued to stuff our faces with anything that looked delicious.
It’s always extremely difficult to say goodbye to this place. We love it so very much and all that it has to offer. It’s the greatest place to vacation with family and friends, and a place I often close my eyes and pretend to be when I need to escape.
I appreciate each and every one of you who came along on this journey with us. I hope you can feel the love and one day make it out there yourself. There’s truly no place in the world like it.
Until next year Rehoboth, we’ll miss you. ????