Fenwick Island

The population dwindles during the off-season, but with its proximity to Ocean City, Md., and restaurants on Del. 54, things stay lively. A slew of newish good restaurants adds to a dining scene formerly defined by the excellent Nantuckets, Mancini’s, Oceanside Pizza, the Dairy Queen and a handful of other landmark places. Almost every house on the bay side of Del. 1 fronts the water. Owners hope recent beach replenishment keeps oceanfront homes safe from Sandy-sized storms. Looking for laid-back? Head to the incorporated northern end of town. The unincorporated end abutting Ocean City is palpably busier.
School District: Indian River
Taxes: 5.2691
Median home cost: $592,900
Commute: 28
Safety: 2-2
Arts and culture: 2
Shopping and dining: 3
Nightlife: 2

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    Visit 21 Lewes artists in their studios. See them at work, and perhaps win a free piece of art to be given away at each location. Brochures will...

  • Delaware Walk for PKD


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  • British Car Club of Delaware's Annual Show


    British Car Club of Delaware's Annual Show Held in the parklike grounds of Battery Park, Delaware City adjoining the Marina, just across the...

  • Historic Claymont Tour


    An Open House of Historic Places along or near the Philadelphia Pike. Featruring: Church of the Ascension Darley Mansion Claymont...

  • Hippo Haven Opens This Summer at Adventure Aquarium!


    This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new...

  • Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014


    Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4,...

  • Day for Kids


    Join us! Day for Kids Saturday, September 20, 2014 12PM - 5PM We are planning for a great day filled with games, rides, educational...

  • Kalmar Nyckel


    The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails,...

  • Classic Car, Truck& Street Rod Show Benefitting Cancer Support Community Delaware


    Classic Car, Truck & Street Rod Show  Benefitting Cancer Support Community DE    Saturday, September 20 Noon - 3...

  • Blue Jean Ball


    Blue jeans and bling! The ticket price includes specialty cocktails, beer, and wine; hors d'oeuvres by prominent local restaurants; and a live...

  • Harvest Market


    From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River...

  • From the Hobble Skirt to the Little Black Dress: Fashion Fads, Trends and Innovations, 1910-1940


    Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

  • Historic Lewes Farmers Market


    This producer-only farmers market provides fresh, local foods every Saturday morning at the Lewes Historical Society complex.

  • Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield


    Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

  • Costumes of Downton Abbey


    The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of...

  • Bike to the Bay 2014


    Location Starts at DelTech Terry Campus, 100 Campus Drive, Dover. Finishes at the Towers at Delaware Seashore State Park, 38036 Tower Road,...

  • 35th Anniversary Show


    Fifty-nine artists show their chops with paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fused glass and more at this 35th anniversary celebration.

  • American Idols


    John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

  • Fall Foliage Canoe Trip


    Join us as we welcome the beginning of fall with a guided canoe trip down the Brandywine River! Start with canoe instruction and nature...

  • Fiddler on the Roof


    The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the...

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