Whether you’re looking to explore a new place on one of these chilly off-season days or you need to escape the hustle and bustle of Lewes and Rehoboth in the thick of summer, Milton is the ideal spot. This small town boasts a completely different feel from its neighboring beach towns, one that makes you feel instantly at home. Walk the streets and bridges of the adorable downtown area nestled on the Broadkill River to experience the best of both worlds – shopping and dining amongst the beauty of nature.
What stands out most when browsing the unique shops of Milton is its business owners, who are especially warm and friendly and always take a moment to say hello and chat. Stop by and see Hillary, owner of Nest Spa & Skincare Boutique, for a cozy girls’ day retreat. This boutique offers more than just spa services, with its large selection of Farmhouse Fresh skincare products and other charming gifts. Just down the street, The Mercantile at Milton is perfect for the avid antique shopper. You can easily spend an hour (or more) perusing two floors of antiques to find that vintage piece of jewelry, furniture or décor that you’ve been hunting. Right next door is 302 Bicycles, where you can grab a rental (by the hour, day or week) to see Milton on wheels. They also carry new bicycles and accessories, plus do tune-ups and other repairs. Stop by the Little Brick Cakery to order a custom cake for your next celebration or special event. We’ll be surprised if you make it out the door without one of their delectable cupcakes, which takes us to yet another reason we love Milton – the fabulous dining options!
The Suburban Farmhouse is just the right spot for a morning cup of Joe and pastry or an afternoon pick-me-up! Serving breakfast and lunch, this café has ample seating nooks for you to sit and relax, plus an assortment of home décor and giftable items. Head to Cantina Ultima just a few steps away for bold dishes fueled by Latin inspiration. We promise their cocktail list will not disappoint, with margaritas, local brews and more! And we would be remiss to talk about Milton without mentioning our friends at Dogfish Head. You can’t leave town without stopping by the Tasting Room to try what’s on tap, take a brewery tour or grab a snack from the Kitchen. Dogfish Head alone could qualify as a reason we love Milton! Just outside of town is The Backyard, serving up delicious bites for all three meals of the day. We love the avocado fries with sriracha aioli for a starter and the famous Yardbird for a hearty lunch or dinner. And you can’t leave without trying one of their tempting cookies; there’s so many to choose from that sometimes we even have two!
Proximity to Nature
Scenic Milton Memorial Park is located in the heart of the downtown area. Stroll the path overlooking the water, drop your line in to catch a fish, let the kiddos play, climb and swing, or see a summer concert! You can also launch your kayak, canoe or paddle board right in the park and paddle down the Broadkill to the Edward H. McCabe Nature Preserve. Once docked at the preserve, enjoy 3 miles of hiking trails that show off wetland habitats. Another picturesque spot that you won’t want to miss on your way out of Milton is Wagamons Pond. The glass-like water and brightly colored trees will leave you with a sense of calm for your trip home. And who knows? You just may want to stay in Milton!