Love & Fireworks in Rehobeth Beach

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For over 20 years Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, has been host to the LOVE Dance over the July 4th holiday to benefit “Create a More Positive” Rehoboth, or affectionately called CAMP Rehoboth, and this year’s event was billed as “the biggest dance weekend of the summer!”

Every year as I travel to Rehoboth Beach, I find so many Pittsburghers and friends from Ohio, that in fact Rehoboth Beach becomes our “personal and most fabulous beach.” Many host annual parties at the beach including a G2H2 “Rehoboth Style” party hosted by some of our “own” local beach lovers. In addition to July 4th, you will find Rehoboth most popular with us locals during Memorial Day weekend, Labor Day weekend, and during Rehoboth Pride (September).

Initially established in the 1870’s as a Methodist Meeting Camp, Rehoboth Beach has developed into a great mix of families, senior citizens, and the LGBT community largely in part to CAMP Rehoboth. CAMP has brought communities together and helped Rehoboth Beach become known as not only “one of America’s best gay beaches” (USA Today), but also one of America’s “top retirement destinations” (Reader’s Digest)! According to CAMP, “Rehoboth is still a family town for all kinds of families!”

As the Fab Four once said, “All you need is LOVE” and you can find that on a visit to Rehoboth Beach!

Sightseeing and Shopping

Formerly the Lambda Rising bookstore, Proud Bookstore is truly proud of its expansive inventory material that ranges from modern genres to classic literary tones. Stop in to the Baltimore Avenue shop and experience a rainbow of choices!
Baltimore Avenue @ Village of the Sea Shops Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302-227-6969

Sea Finds, located in Penny Lane, specializes in custom seashell designs. At Sea Finds, you can find beautifully crafted sea décor, seaglass jewelry and one-of-a-kind works by local artists. Clearly this is one place that you have to see to appreciate the beauty and grace of the pieces within, so stop in to Sea Finds for a truly unique remembrance of Rehoboth!
Penny Lane // Wilmington Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE seafinds.com

Gay owned, Beach Essentials is THE place to go for your underwear, shorts, and swimwear. Shop this awesome men’s only beach clothing store for the latest summer collections of Pistol Pete, Sauvage, Andrew Christian, and Gregg Homme.
33 Baltimore Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302-227-5210

Owner Robb McDonnell said his number one goal is to develop a lifelong relationship with the client by understanding and delivering to his/her needs. His mission is to “help one’s ‘self’ be realized and to enhance and strive for self love and fulfillment.” Beach Cuts offers service, value, and professional guidance in personal grooming and services for the Rehoboth Beach area. Pamper yourself with a legendary personal design at Beach Cuts because, of course, “you’re worth it!”
214 Rehoboth Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302-226-7622 beachcutssalon.com


There’s clearly something for everyone at the Sands Hotel and Convention Center, located on the North Boardwalk. The Atlantic Sands Hotel is more than just a place for beauty sleep; it is a place for beauty upkeep, retail therapy, gastronomical delights and an edgy nightlife scene! Known for its history of excellence and superior customer service, the Sands Hotel suggests that you “imagine yourself making an escape from daily life to enjoy the comforts of Rehoboth Beach!” Sounds good to me! 101 North Boardwalk Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302-227-2511 atlanticsandshotel.com

Located on a scenic waterfowl preserve with panoramic water views, tranquil Silver Lake is a short walk to the ocean beach, downtown Rehoboth’s restaurants, clubs and shops. The grounds on Silver Lake offer for the visitor a lakefront lawn, lake top deck and dock, and perennial gardens to stroll through. Silver Lake provides for the visitor a true bed and breakfast experience with a lavish sprinkling of TLC in the midst of nature at its best.
20388 Silver Lake Drive Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302-226-2115 silverlakeguesthouse.

Built in 1904, the Lighthouse Inn reminds one of a time gone by where wrap-around front porches and turn-of-the-century fireplaces were the standard by which vacation houses were held. Only a half block from the ocean and within walking distance of Rehoboth Beach’s boutiques and restaurants, the Lighthouse Inn offers old fashioned charm with a newly renovated crispness. Hosts Jerry and Matt offer a welcome to all two legged and four legged visitors.
20 Delaware Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302-226-0407 lighthouseinn.net

Bars, Clubs, and Restaurants


to entertain in a joyful and cheerful manner the inspiration of artists, writers, poets, scientists, and chefs a place for guests to come to enjoy a taste of progressive Mid-Atlantic cuisine in Rehoboth Beach. This restaurant owned by Chef Hari Cameron was a highlight on my trip to the beach this Labor Day weekend. a(muse) is a wonderful place for dinner and has an excellent kitchen staff that uses fresh ingredients. The food was delightful and amazingly creative, bringing tastes of the earth and sea together.
44 Baltimore Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 amuse-rehoboth.com

This turn of the century, beautifully restored Victorian beach house holds the Blue Moon restaurant and bar, and is located less than two blocks from the ocean in Rehoboth Beach. Known for its award winning cuisine and wine list, the Blue Moon has been pleasing customers for over 30 years. Offering multiple choices of either Charcuterie or cheese platters, the Blue Moon has one of the most unique menu offerings in Rehoboth Beach. Blue Moon doesn’t limit itself to excellence in cuisine; it offers the visitor excellence in entertainment also. Legendary artist Pamala Stanley calls Blue Moon her home during summer and continues to entertain her fans of all ages with hits like “I Don’t Want to Talk About it” and “If Looks Could Kill.” Known for her disco style, Pamala is a regular at Blue Moon and truly worth a special trip to see.
35 Baltimore Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302-227-6515 bluemoonrehoboth.

Owned by John Black & John Glenstrup, Rigby’s was selected as one of the “favorite local dining spots” in 2013 by Delaware Today Magazine. The two Johns’ goal was to “open a place with a welcoming feel, where both locals and visitors could get together, have good food and good fun.” Rigby’s offers American cuisine incorporating a French cooking style using only the finest and freshest ingredients. They strive to offer a “farm to table” approach to enhance your eating pleasure. Rigby’s, in addition to their comfortable dining room, offers a beautiful garden patio to enjoy, and extends a special welcome to man’s best friend also! Stop in to Rigby’s and you can always find one of the two John’s there to make sure your visit was memorable in every way possible.
404 Rehoboth Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302-227-6080 rigbysrehoboth.com

Craving the night life? Then Aqua Grill is the place to see or be seen at Rehoboth Beach! Aqua’s offers the hottest bodies of the summer to serve you delicious American seafood cuisine with a twist. Gay owned and operated, Aqua Grill and Sun Deck was featured in The Washington Post’s Annual Beach Guide for outdoors night life fun. Some of the regular events at Aqua include its themed costume Tea Dances, DJ remix, and Drag Brunches. Tourists come from far and wide to experience the vibe of Aqua. If any of this sounds familiar to you, it might be because Aqua Grill was featured on Logo TV on BUMP Travel (Episode 9, Season 4). Definitely a must-see!
57 Baltimore Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302-226-9001 aquagrillrehoboth.com

Rick Sicilio is the owner of Travel and Tours in Pittsburgh. He is an avid, worldwide traveler and has visited 68 countries to date. For over 21 years, Rick and his staff have been assisting clients to embrace their wanderlust and travel the world.