Bellmoor Inn and Spa
6 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach, Del.
(800) 425-2355, thebellmoor.com
Cost: Garden Rooms start at $325 weekdays, $415 weekends; suites at $395 weekdays, $495 weekends.
Drive time: Two hours and 15 minutes.
The scoop: Of Delaware's 30 miles of beaches, Rehoboth Beach is one of the finest for families—and it's free. Childhood memories are recalled and made on the mile-long boardwalk. There's also plenty to do for adults seeking a seaside getaway. The downtown area is home to more than 200 mom-and-pop boutiques, shops and galleries, along with some of the most sophisticated restaurants in the state.
Amenities: Full breakfast and afternoon refreshments are included. The inn
also features concierge service, a full on-premises day spa and two outdoor swimming pools, one for families, the other with a hot tub for adults only.
Don't miss: Take a splash at Jungle Jim's amusement/water park on the boardwalk, fish with the kids from the bridge on Lake Gerar, or scout for dolphins as you dine outdoors at the oceanfront Victoria's Restaurant at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel.