BANV is back from the beach

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    School is now only a tantalizing 10 days away but it’s not too late to squeeze in a trip to the beach. BANV & family just returned from three nights in Rehoboth Beach, Del. We stayed at Brighton Suites on Wilmington Avenue, just a block from the beach. It was a nice place for a short trip. The suites include a bedroom that is separate from a sitting area. When the kids go to bed early, you don’t have to watch TV in the dark. The hotel was particularly generous with its towels. They give you towels for the beach and they replaced your bath towels twice a day, which is thoughtful for a beach hotel when guests are likely to need them both in the morning and again after returning from the beach to clean up. And most importantly, they offered free wireless internet connectivity. On check out day, they allow you to leave your car in their underground lot for a couple hours after the 11 a.m. check out, which is helpful if you want to finish up some shopping or have lunch before you leave town. My kids’ only quibble with the place was its lack of balconies. (Oh, and skip the beach umbrellas they lend you. They’re quite flimsy and we ended up chasing ours all over the beach.) I like Rehoboth the best of the nearby beaches because you can park your car upon arrival and just leave it there for the entirety of your trip if you like. I like that the small shops here are a little funkier and a lot closer together than they are in the other towns. There’s a real retro vibe going on at the moment — although it may have always been there. I spied 1950’s metal scooters in one shop, vintage postcards in another and sixties’ prints in everything from purses to home accessories. One restaurant on Wilmington Avenue is even named Retro. The town has a real love affair with its dogs as well. Water bowls and dog treats were stationed outside of several shops. One dog-oriented store named Dalmatian was closed because, as a note in the window explained, the owner’s dog was ill. The Rehoboth Avenue store Redfish Designs featured handbags by Fuzzycouture that looked just like stuffed dogs. However, as much as folks in this town love dogs, a sign on the boardwalk indicated that their four-legged family members aren’t welcome on the beach between May and October.