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15March

Top of the Mornin' and Open Houses to You!

 

 

 

 

Finding a home takes time, research and maybe a little luck! Let us help you find your pot of gold here at the beach.

 

Join us this weekend at some fantastic homes:

 

Open Saturday, March 16, 12-2 p.m.

 

 

 

112 Breakwater Reach, Cape Shores

Offered at $2,250,000

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8 CH Mason Way, Lewes Beach

Offered at $2,399,900

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120 E. 3rd Street, In-Town Lewes

Offered at $724,900

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707 Kings Highway, In-Town Lewes - OPEN ON SUNDAY, 12-2, TOO!

Offered at $449,900

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Join us for one or all of these open houses to see what Lewes has to offer this spring!

Posted in Local News and Information

05March

In Like a Lion

Spring officially starts on March 20, and this winter has made many of us here in Lewes quite ready for some warmer weather. Let’s be honest – we are beach lovers here! Especially if you are trying to sell your home, or considering it, erratic weather can be a bit stressful. The good news is, just as you can enjoy a walk on Lewes Beach year round, there is truly no one ‘correct’ season of the year to sell your home. Further, our local inventory (the number of homes available for sale) in Lewes continues to be remarkably low right now everywhere – from Lewes Beach to in-town Lewes to Gills Neck Road neighborhoods. This news makes the market more competitive for buyers, and is generally good news for sellers.

As a point of reference, the “average days on market” for homes East of Route 1 in Lewes was 160 days in 2017 and shrunk to 81 days in 2018, according to data from the Bright Multiple Listing Service (which is the new MLS for all members of the Sussex County Association of REALTORS®).

So far in 2019, the local real estate market has seen some “March Madness.” Several homes have gone under contract within days of being listed; while others have stayed on the market a bit longer.

 

So, what is the secret to selling a home quickly and for the highest price possible?

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1.      Choose a REALTOR®

Contact a real estate professional (or a few!) for a listing presentation and consultation. Since selling your home is one of life’s largest milestones, both financially and emotionally, it is worthwhile to research your prospective real estate agent through online reviews and sales history, and make this listing presentation an interview to hire the best person or team for you.  

Most local REALTORS® will bring you a competitive market analysis to give you information on what properties have sold recently in your area, and at what prices, as well as what your competition would be when you list your home. This information will help you arrive at the best price to sell your home in a reasonable amount of time in today’s real estate market.

Considerations like your home’s location, distance to the beach or access to the new bike trails, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, quality of your kitchen appliances, age of your roof and HVAC systems, and professional landscaping all factor into a home’s value.

 

2.      Prepare your home for sale, inside and out

It is not always easy, but try to take an objective look at your home inside and out. Daffodils are popping up, but early spring still makes ‘curb appeal’ – that first impression of a home’s exterior – a little bit of a challenge.

Inside (in any season):

  • Declutter!  Getting rid of anything that is not useful day-to-day is a trend right now for a calming living environment. Fortunately, this trend is also a great way to prepare your home for sale! Several great local professionals and stagers are available in our area, which your real estate agent can refer to you, if you need help. 
  • Once you have made more open space in closets and reduced knick-knacks and clutter, freshen your paint, including baseboards and doorway trim, with a neutral paint color. We live at the beach! A coastal palette is popular with buyers.
  • Replace switch plates, especially in high-traffic areas
  • Make sure all light-switches and outlets work
  • Clean carpets – or replace worn down carpets entirely
  • After the snow (hopefully no more!) - tackle everyone’s favorite: windows! 

 

Outside: 

  • Clear up sticks in your yard
  • Make sure paths to the front door are clear
  • Clip back beach grass and shrubs – even leafless landscaping can look neat with a “fresh haircut”
  • Rake over flower beds and put down fresh mulch
  • Power wash mildew on siding, fencing, outside showers, etc.
  • Replace mailbox and house numbers if yours are oxidized or dated
  • Consider replacing exterior storm doors if they are dated
  • Put a few potted plants at your entrance (tulips are back!)
  • Make sure exterior lights are in good shape

 

3.      Order a Home Inspection

Although it falls under the buyer’s responsibility once your home is under contract, getting a home inspection in advance as the seller will save you time, money, and unpleasant surprises in the long run. The cost varies and depends on the size of your home, but on average, a home inspection costs around $400 - $500 – money well-spent to avoid a delay after you have already accepted a contract for sale.

4.      Spring into a New Home!

Warm weather, blooming landscaping, and lush lawns definitely enhance curb appeal, but you can get a jump on those early bird homebuyers this season by making your home stand out as fresh and neat. And if you are looking to relocate yourself, check to see if the sellers have taken some of these suggestions.

The real estate market is roaring into gear so far in 2019. Hopefully these tips will make your sale as gentle as a lamb!

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22February

Waterfront and Instant Equity

Welcome to 106 Lake Drive, Milton

Beautiful waterfront home delivers direct water access, peaceful views, and tons of style. Priced below appraised value, this fantastic value delivers more than meets the eye, including 2 separate parcels: a home and waterfront lot!

House parcel presents unobstructed panoramic views of scenic Wagamon's Pond. Completely remodeled with impeccable taste & decor, home features hardwood flooring throughout, light-filled gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances & granite counters, wood-burning fireplace, 1st floor master suite, two-zone Geothermal HVAC & more quality upgrades.

Large detached 2-story garage and an above, huge unfinished room with electric can be finished as a great artist studio, in-law suite, or extra bedrooms! One of the very few homes in Milton with true waterfront access, too: Launch your kayak or cast your fishing rod steps from your door.

Move-in ready, turn-key, and situated on a peaceful no-traffic street. Seller willing to leave most furnishings, too!

Call us for a personal tour and embrace life on Lake Drive!

 

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21December

Searching for a Home for the Holidays...and Beyond?

There's no place like Lewes!

 

If you are looking for a house at the beach, put these amazing homes on your list - and check them out...twice!  

Join us over the holidays to see these fabulous Lewes Beach homes.

Both homes are open Saturdays, 12/22 and 12/29 and Sunday, 12/30. 12 – 2 p.m.

 

 

9 Houston Avenue, now offered at $1,149,000

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Get a sense of how close to the beach this newly built home is while maintaining cul-de-sac privacy! Gorgeous appointments and new construction from Evergreene Builders. And a private wetland view!

 

104 Breakwater Reach, now offered at $2,550,000

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Visit this stunning home in Cape Shores to experience true beachfront living! This spacious home would be an ideal investment for your own family reunions or to earn income as an attractive rental with its beachfront appeal and community amenities!

14November

Our Second Season

 

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." 

-          F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Welcome, fall! It truly is our “second season” at the beach. We hope you enjoy the still-sunny weather, amazing sunsets, festivals, and restaurant specials! While many of us love summer most of all, fall is a very close second. Historically, fall is also a very busy season in real estate – and this year is no exception.

Last year was our ‘best year yet’ in terms of the number of sales (369!), which was truly mind-boggling. So far, 2018 is shaping up to be on par/slightly more brisk than 2016, which was at that time our ‘best year yet.’ This year is more indicative of steady market growth based on 2016’s results, as 2017 was a (welcome) anomaly!

To give you an idea of current trends shaping this year’s results, which of course represent results for sellers and buyers, we have sold 251 properties so far this year. There is relatively low available inventory in downtown Lewes and on Lewes Beach, so well-priced properties sell quickly. We have also seen several multiple offer situations this summer and fall on desirable, in-town and Lewes Beach homes.

Also competing in the market mix is a new construction/new community boom. If buyers cannot find a move-in ready home, they often look to new construction – and they do not have to look far.

 

 

Here is a sample of what is available and on the horizon/still under review in and adjacent to Lewes:

Admirals ChaseThe Evergreene Companies has been approved for rezoning of a 7-acre parcel on Gills Neck Road to allow multi-family housing/24 duplexes in 12 buildings with a community pool and clubhouse.  The parcel is next to Breakwater and borders Showfield at the rear.

“The Brittingham Property” - A 30-acre field on New Road on the other side of Canary Creek is under consideration for annexation.  A public hearing was held October 30 and the City seems to be favorably considering annexation.

Fishers Cove – Proposed 18-home subdivision on 12 acres behind Rodney Avenue with lot sizes varying from 11,000 to 34,500 square feet (with most about one-third acre) as well as four open space areas totaling about 2.22 acres, including two wetland areas and one area fronting the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal available for use by community residents.

Governors – Currently Schell’s fastest-selling neighborhood will have 423 total homes, including 287 single-family homes and 136 townhomes on 118 acres with 76 acres of open space. Sales to date: 55 single-family and 29 townhomes.

Groome Church parcel on New Road – under consideration for 293 single-family lots on the 134 acres formerly owned by the Groome Church, however, there are historic/cultural considerations as well as DelDOT requirements still factoring into this plan.

Kings Highway senior-living facility - Yet to be named this 3-story, 220-000 square foot facility will be built by Ocean Atlantic Companies and Vantage Point Retirement Services LLC and will offer 80 independent-living units, 63 assisted-living units, and 63 memory care units on a 9.34-acre parcel. 

Mariners' RetreatCustom single family home community located along 4th Street in downtown Lewes. The community offers 34 homesites. Site work is being completed and home construction should start in early 2019.

Mitchell Farm - At the corner of Gills Neck Road and Kings Highway the developer plans 362 single family homes and medical buildings.  The medical buildings would be in addition to one already approved by the County.

Showfield II - The second phase of Showfield will have 129 single-family homes on 80.6 acres, divided into a west parcel of 86 units and an east parcel of 43, divided by wetlands and a different parcel. It is an expansion of the adjacent 166-lot development now under construction. 

If you have questions about what is coming on the market or if you are considering selling your home, please feel free to give us a call at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group. While holidays are approaching, it is still a great time for beach real estate! The market starts all over again “when it gets crisp in the fall.”

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19September

Lewes as a National Benchmark in The New York Times

 

 

Coastal Delaware is in the national spotlight this week!

From THe New york times online September 19, 2018:

WHAT YOU GET

$1.3 Million Homes in Kentucky, Texas and Delaware

A three-story brick colonial in Louisville, a condominium in Dallas and a restored antique house near Delaware Bay.

The noteworthy appeal of our small coastal town has caught the attention of The New York Times. This is an advance link to a real estate article that will be published in the national print edition this Sunday, September 23, 2018. You can compare and contrast three different homes - a brick Colonial in Louisville, a condo in Dallas, and 25 Shipcarpenter Square, a listing with The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group that recived rapid interest when it was listed. The New York Times folks have a discerning eye for a remarkable home, too! 

Aside from the obvious comparisons and differences among the three architectural styles, an especially interesting point of comparison is the annual tax on each $1.3 million residence:

Louisville: $16,558

Dallas: $21,666 (plus HOA fees)

Lewes:   $2,128

 

Enjoy the weekend in Lewes, and if you can't be here to enjoy it, you can be here in spirit with your coffee and The New York Times on Sunday!

 

 

31August

Make Labor Day the Beginning!

Labor Day is usually considered a bookend to summer, but it doesn’t have to be. (For the record, summer technically lasts through Friday, September 21!) Plus, fall really is a great time of year to explore your options for living at ‘the beach’ – which is a broad umbrella term for living where you can easily enjoy access to the perks of beach life. Summer rentals can sometimes make showings challenging to see investment homes and condos for sale, so fall is a bit more flexible all around. 

Locals generally do not want to give away our secrets, but I will tell you that fall is absolutely the best time of year at the beach for so many reasons. Restaurants offer specials and the weather is still great.

Whether you want to sell it all and move from the city to the beach year-round, or if you want to explore a second home for your own getaway or to use as an investment property, there is overwhelming opportunity to do so. And with Maryland’s recent expansion of Route 404 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway from US 50 to the Denton Bypass, your “road not taken” for fear of traffic just opened up to you!

While traditionally Route 50 led you to Rehoboth Beach as the main destination in “Our Nation’s Summer Capital,” we now actually cast a wide net to include Dewey, the Indian River Inlet area and Bethany to the south, and increasingly Lewes and Milton to the north. Rehoboth Beach has the envious draw of the Atlantic Ocean, boardwalk, beautiful beaches, shopping, dining, and nightlife. But these amenities are accessible from several different communities. When you are searching online for “Rehoboth Beach,” consider broadening your search to include Lewes and Milton.

Both historic towns, Lewes and Milton have been around – well, since the beginning of Delaware! – and have hosted generations of beach lovers. Increasingly, both towns are expanding culinary and shopping options to rival Rehoboth’s great restaurants. At least so far, home prices in these areas have not caught up to Rehoboth Beach. Simply put, you can get more for your money while still enjoying the array of beautiful natural destinations like Cape Henlopen State Park, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean and which is now connected to Gordon’s Pond in Rehoboth Beach via a five-mile scenic bike trail; Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Milton; Lewes Beach on the Delaware Bay; the scenic Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and Broadkill River. The season is unbelievably long here for biking, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, bird watching, surfing, crabbing, fishing, and basking in the serenity of beach life.

The appeal of Coastal Delaware is undeniable – but what about the prices? I’ll leave DC real estate to the DC experts, but it is fair to say that house for house, living at the beach is less expensive, especially when you factor in our low property taxes, and investing here is definitely something to consider with your financial adviser. Our clients are a mix of retirees who are moving here full-time or selling a current house here for another (either smaller or closer to downtown); second home buyers who plan to retire here in the future; and increasingly families and couples who look at newer construction neighborhoods in and around Lewes, Milton, and Rehoboth.

As a point of comparison, beachfront property in Rehoboth Beach, depending on the home, is typically in the $4M+ range. We listed an unprecedentedly priced home in Lewes this year for $4.5M; however, we also have beachfront homes in the $2.5M range and one block off the beach can go for $1.5M and less. Lewes is home to several new construction communities which will offer homes in the $500-600Ks. And Milton, just a few miles north, features communities from the high $200Ks to $400Ks. 

Medical facilities and specialties continue to expand here to include a cardiovascular specialty at Beebe Medical Center and a brand new hospital north of Milton in Milford. Our school district is booming and has updated the high school, is replacing the outdated elementary schools and has added an additional one, and is adding a new middle school. The longtime question of “will I be able to live year round at the beach?” can be answered with a resounding “yes,” and you can even still enjoy an often solitary walk on Lewes Beach in the morning. 

Labor Day doesn’t have to be the end of summer!

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05July

Make Your Move: Summer Market Update

Hooray for Summer! 

 

It's finally here! This year, summer 'officially started' with a bang and the spectacular inaugural Lewes fireworks display brought to us by the "Go Fourth Lewes" commmittee and local residents and businesses, including Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Gallo Realty. Following the Old Fashioned games on Second Street, BBQs, the Boat Parade on the Canal, and Doo Dah Parade, the fireworks capped off another amazing Fourth of July in our small town.

 

If you are interested in what's happening in town with regard to the real estate market, check out our latest edition of The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group's newsletter! And if you have any questions about it or any of the properties featured, please always feel free to give us a call at 302.645.6664 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

 

SUMMER 2018 NEWSLETTER

 

We hope you have a safe and happy summer at the beach!

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25May

Open in Hart's Landing!

Join us this Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. - Noon!

 

20478 Old Meadow Lane

Hart's Landing

 

Seize this perfect opportunity to get an inside look at this fantastic home in lovely Hart's Landing!

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03May

Farmers Markets Have Begun!

Fresh & Local!

 

Summertime in Sussex County means more than days on the beach – it’s an amazing time for our “Delmarvalous” local produce!

A few markets have already started, some start in May, and a few will begin in June. Here's a list of where you can find the freshest produce and locally made goodies in our local area:

SATURDAYS:

Historic Lewes Farmers Market

8 a.m. - Noon

George H.P. Smith Park

At the corner of Dupont and Johnson Avenues, near Block House Pond

Riverwalk Farmers Market - Downtown Milford

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

South Walnut Street and Mispillion Riverwalk

 

SUNDAYS:

Bethany Beach Farmers Market (starts June 3)

8 a.m. - Noon 

Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue

 

The Nassau Valley Vineyard Farmers Market (starts May 29)

12 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

 

MONDAYS:

Fenwick Island Farmers Market (starting in June)

Mondays and Fridays

8 a.m. - Noon

1406 Coastal Highway (Bayside) at Warren's Station

 

TUESDAYS:

Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market

12 - 4 p.m.

Grove Park

 

WEDNESDAYS:

Georgetown Farmers Market

3 – 6 p.m.

16 Mile Brewery, South Bedford Street

 

THURSDAYS:

Garden Shack Farm Farmers Market

2 - 6 p.m.

19884 Beaver Dam Road

 

FRIDAYS:

Milton Farmers Market

3 - 6 p.m.

6 Village Center, Milton

 

Fenwick Island Farmers Market (starting in June)

Mondays and Fridays

8 a.m. - Noon

1406 Coastal Highway (Bayside) at Warren's Station

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20April

Open House - The Peninsula, Saturday 4/21!

Prepare for summer!

Join us on Saturday, April 21, between Noon and 3 p.m. to experience the difference craftsmanship and luxury amenities make in your coastal living experience!

Public Open House

Saturday, April 21

Noon - 3 p.m.

24460 Jacks Drive 

The Peninsula

 Offered at $1,295,000

Stunning Award-winner In The Peninsula, Coastal Delaware’s Premier, Amenity-rich Golf Community! Exceptionally Styled Home Is Poised To Host Intimate Gatherings Or A Full House Of Family & Friends. Enjoy Bright Interior Spaces On Both Levels; Dual 1st & 2nd Floor Master Brs W/spa Baths; 2 Chic See-through Fireplaces; 2nd-floor Theater Room / Great Room W/custom-designed Wet Bar & 3 Balconies; Large 1st-floor Deck, & Outdoor Entertaining Spaces, All Wired For Sound. Your Setting Is Ready For Epic Evenings, Panoramic Sunsets & Peaceful Lake Views On The 10th & 11th Fairways.

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13March

Timing Is Everything!

Our local real estate market is definitely ‘springing forward’ this month! Since our local inventory is relatively low, and since we have had a handful of properties go under contract within the first few days of listing, we want to share the news with you!

If you are thinking of buying or selling this spring, it’s the perfect time to consider it.

Of course, in addition to limited properties for sale in these areas, these homes were priced well to ignite a quick sale.

 Take a look at hot market activity in just the past few weeks!

 

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Feel free to give us a call at 302.645.6664 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. anytime to discuss your home's market value!

 

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31October

Treats? Price Reductions!

Happy Halloween from all of us at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group! We know buying and selling a home can sometimes be scary...but it doesn't have to be! Let our team of experienced mortals help you :)

 

What’s better than one treat? How about three!?

Take a look at new price improvements on three great beach-area properties – from Lewes to Rehoboth Beach!

16 Greystone Drive | Greystone Manor | MLS: 723570

CHARMING CAPE COD

Located in the established, east of Route 1 community of Greystone Manor! Surrounded by mature trees, this home offers plenty of space both inside & out, with country kitchen central to the 2 dining rooms, 1st floor den that doubles as the 4th bedroom, large 2nd floor master with spa-like bath & generously sized walk-in closets, and so much more!

$344,900

 

18614 Broadfield Drive | Plantations | MLS: 724266

SPACIOUS & ACCOMMODATING

Don’t miss this 4 bedroom single family Plantations home! Offers an open floor plan, light-filled rooms, master suite, and so much more situated on over a quarter of an acre on a quiet cul de sac street. Generously sized backyard is the perfect setting for summer entertaining. Plantations central location offers convenient access to Coastal Highway, and Lewes & Rehoboth Beaches! Motivated sellers!

$379,900

110 London Circle | RBYCC | MLS: 724281

CUSTOM-BUILT COASTAL RETREAT!

Beautiful lighthouse inspired home situated on a quiet, wooded, Cul de Sac street with sparkling glimpses of the Lewes Rehoboth Canal in RBYCC! Enjoy 3 levels of spacious interior and exterior living space from the top floor outfitted with an expansive & private master suite complete with loft, side deck with outdoor spa, & double vanity master bath; to the 2nd level main living area with open floor plan, secondary master, and side deck & screened porch; to the first floor that has 2 additional bedrooms, along with an office space that can double as a 5th bedroom, and a wrap-around porch, rear deck & patio! Serene setting that is an easy bike or drive from Coastal Highway and downtown Rehoboth Beach.

$499,900

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29September

Fun On Tap this Weekend!

 

 

It’s a perfect weekend to go out and about in Lewes!

Great weather is on tap – along with a host of other happenings to usher in October.

Fun for all ages!

 

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Start the day at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market at 8 a.m. for the last of its George HP Smith Park venue markets. (Starting next week, the market will move to the Shields Elementary parking lot and start at 9 a.m.) Pick up some fresh ginger, fall veggies, apples, pumpkins, artisanal cheeses, baked goods, local honey, freshly-cut flowers, and chicken and duck eggs. 

Then head to the The Lewes Historical Societyto celebrate the work of over 70 other talented artisans at the Lewes Historic Campus at 110 Shipcarpenter Street. For more details about the Fall Craft Fair or for more information on The Lewes Historical Society, contact 302-645-7670 or visit www.historiclewes.org.

Meander to the Friends of Lewes Public Library Fall Book Sale, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and pick up some reading for the still-warm Lewes Beach read! For more information, call 302-645-2733 or visit www.leweslibrary.org

2017 Boast the Coast Poster 0And to whet your appetite for Coast Day Tomorrow, get your maritime fix at Boast the Coast at the Zwaanendael Museum between 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 102 Kings Highway.

But all of this maritime activity can make you thirsty! Grab your lederhosen and join The Friends of the Canalfront Park as they bring Bavaria to the banks of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal from 2 – 6 p.m. their Inaugural Oktoberfest – complete with a specially brewed beer from Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head! The Happy Wanderers, a 16-piece German Band and the “Bairisch und Steierisch” German dancers will perform at the event. Tickets to the Oktoberfest Tent are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; aged 16 and under are free. It's held at the Canalfront Park.

2017 Oktoberfest

 

ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, keep the fun going!

Start the day right with the 15th Annual Celebrity Chefs' Beach Brunch, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Rusty Rudder, 113 Dickinson Street in Dewey Beach. Enjoy tastings by the region’s top chefs, wine and brunch cocktails, a live auction, beer garden and more.  No one ever leaves hungry or disappointed and the event proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels Delaware! BHHS Gallo Realty is a proud sponsor of the event. For tickets and more information,  click here.

Then head back to Lewes for The University of Delaware’s Coast Day on the Lewes campus at 700 Pilottown Road from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on Coast Day, visit www.decoastday.org or call 302-381-8083. A fun, educational event for the whole family! Don’t miss the classic eats and kids’ crafts.

 

Celebrate fall with us, Lewes-style! 

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