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Make a Kudos List…and check it twice!

By Nicole Irvin, in All Communities

Whether we admit it or not, we all have a few things in mind we’d love to see under the tree this year. The excitement of Christmas seems to find kids of all ages, and we’re sure thrilled for the season at Schell Brothers! But this year we thought, why not make a different kind of list? Instead of considering all the things we’d like to receive, what if we listed each and every person we’re grateful for? In this year’s season of giving, we’re challenging you to make a Kudos List rather than a Christmas List. That’s right; give love and spread positivity to the fabulous people in your life by telling them just how awesome they are through giving Kudos!

Through the rest of this month, we’ll be sharing some of our cheery homeowners’ Kudos Lists. First up is Eric and Micheale Smith, who settled in Tidewater Landing this year. Read on to see who they’re most thankful for and how they celebrate the holidays!

Is there a neighbor in your community who you’d like to give Kudos? 
We feel so fortunate to have so many wonderful neighbors that I can’t pick just one! After a recent surgery, we had neighbors stop by to bring cards, flowers, and offer rides to appointments. A big thank you to the Trussells and the Morrisons!

If you had to choose one thing in your Schell home or Tidewater Landing to give Kudos to, what would it be?
The beautiful wooded lots and sounds of nature are such a treasure at Tidewater. The tree-lined nature path leads straight to Love Creek. We step outside our front door and are surrounded by nature and all of its beauty.

And let’s give Kudos to your favorite local spot! 
Our favorite spot to celebrate is Amuse restaurant in Rehoboth. Chef Hari Cameron is a James Beard nominee several times over, and he often comes out to greet his guests. The food is creative, amazing, and delicious! Our favorite dessert is the deconstructed Cracker Jack with popcorn flavored ice cream.
What is a holiday tradition that you’re excited to start in your new home this year?
This year we will be hosting the Smith Family Reunion at our home in Tidewater Landing. The reunion first started in 1946 when all 5 Smith brothers, who served in combat during WWII, returned home safely. The close family of 4 sisters and 5 brothers started this annual tradition on the second Saturday in December and never missed a year. Sadly, the last remaining sister passed away in January, but the large extended family will be gathering at our home to carry on the Smith family tradition!

And of course we saved the best for last – what’s your favorite holiday food?
My favorite holiday food is my mom’s turkey stuffing recipe. She wrote down the recipe for me when I made my first holiday meal at age 19, and I pull that recipe out every year. Everything about the taste and smell of this stuffing brings back fond memories and it wouldn’t be the holidays without it.

Local Winter Events

By Nicole Irvin, in All Communities

Coastal Delaware sure is fun in the summer, but our list of local happenings this holiday season makes winter a close tie in our book. Whether you live here year-round or are thinking of packing up the car for a chilly weekend getaway, don’t let this festive season pass you by without checking out a few of the events on our list!

Schellville Christmas Lane @ Winter Wonderfest
When: Saturday, November 17 – December 31 (Check days/times of specific happenings using the link above.)
Where: Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal & Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, DE
First on our list is Schellville Christmas Lane and Winter Wonderfest, opening tomorrow evening! Take a stroll down our magical Christmas Lane, where children can play in fourteen tiny houses that include Santa’s House, the Schell Diner, and a beautiful two-story Victorian, Jingle Bell Estate. Skate around the ice rink while you listen to live entertainment or hop on a carnival ride at the ferry terminal before heading over to the state park to see this year’s Light Spectacular.

Winterfest of Lights 
When: Thursday, November 15 – December 31
Where: Northside Park at 127th Street and the bay, Ocean City, MD
Board the Winterfest Express to see all of the sparkling lights throughout Northside Park, plus a 50 foot Christmas tree! Don’t worry – hot chocolate is served all around in the Winterfest Village pavilion to warm you up on those extra cold evenings. And make sure you get a photo with Santa before leaving!

Santa Cause 5K & Fun Run
When: Sunday, December 2
Where: The Starboard, Dewey Beach, DE
Whether you choose the timed race or 1 mile fun run/walk, this one is fun for the whole family! And the best part? 100% of the proceeds raised are donated to a great cause in our home state, Children & Families First. Get into the spirit by donning a festive holiday costume, and enjoy an epic after party held at the Starboard.

Local Tree Lighting and Parade Schedule:

Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit quite like this hometown tradition! Check the schedule below so you don’t miss out on any of the fun around town.

Downtown Rehoboth Beach Holiday Tree Lighting
When: Friday, November 23 @ 7:00pm (Sing-along @ 6:30pm)
Where: The bandstand

Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade
When: Tuesday, December 4 @ 6:30pm
Where: Rehoboth Avenue

Dewey Beach Tree Lighting
When: Saturday, Novemeber 24 @ 6:00pm
Where: Fifer’s Orchards Market

Lewes Christmas Parade
When: Saturday, December 1 @ 5:00pm
Where: Savannah Road
*Followed by tree lighting and caroling in Zwaanendael Park

Coastal Delaware’s Craft Breweries

By Nicole Irvin, in All Communities

The chilly days of fall that have suddenly made their debut at the Delaware beaches have us thinking about our coziest sweatshirts, football, and of course, beer! But not just any old domestic bottle; we’re talking craft beer from one of our local breweries, which we seem to have no shortage of here in our small state. Whether you’re visiting for the weekend or you live here, make a stop at one (or all four!) of our favorites.

Revelation Craft Brewing Company

First on tap is Revelation, located just outside of downtown Rehoboth. Its inviting and laid-back atmosphere will have you wanting to sip and stay awhile in the tastings pub, open air with outdoor seating for that perfect fall Saturday! Inspired by the seasons and what locals love, they have some savory fall beers you’ll definitely want to try – Pumpkin Saison and Revelation Oktoberfest to name a few.

Big Oyster Brewery

The newest brewery from Fins Hospitality Group in Lewes boasts not only some of the best local beer, but also delicious food! Pull up a bar stool in the cozy barn-like restaurant they call home for some Short Rib Sliders and one of sixteen beers on tap. With happy hour 6 days a week, cans, growlers and fun merchandise to take home, everyone is sure to love this stop on our list!

Mispillion River Brewing

Nestled in Milford, DE, Mispillion River is the ideal locale to visit on your way to or from our beach towns. They’ve been serving up sassy, flavorful brews by way of draft or can since the fall of 2013. And don’t miss out on the lineup of local bands playing every Saturday night, or Trivia Night on Mondays!

Dogfish Head

We can’t possibly talk local breweries without including Dogfish Head! Served in thirty-one states, the now-famous beer got its start right here in Delaware. The brewery in Milton is a great place to hang with friends on a Sunday, taste some of their dynamic brews, play bocce ball on the lawn, and grab a bite from the new Kitchen. You’ll also want to visit Brewings & Eats if you’re in downtown Rehoboth for an impressive list of draft beer and some of the best wood-fired pizza in town!

Loving Rehoboth Beach Like a Local

By Nicole Irvin, in Uncategorized

What goes best with sunshine and ice cream? Rehoboth Beach, of course! Whether it’s your first trip or your 100th trip to the vibrant beach town, you’re sure to uncover a new favorite spot. As a local, I’m constantly fielding questions about the best go-to spots in Rehoboth, and I have to tell you, it’s tough picking favorites!

The beach speaks for itself, with the iconic boardwalk and host of classic eateries just steps from the sand. When I need to grab a bite but don’t want to stray too far from my beach towel, I head to Louie’s Pizza for a slice of their famous pizza or a cheesesteak. And for an afternoon treat that is a staple of Rehoboth, you simply can’t go wrong with a bucket of Dolle’s caramel corn or some finger-licking salt water taffy – both equally delicious (for kids of all ages!). Of course I love our new home gallery at Mug & Spoon but I also love it for their locally sourced coffee. They also just so happen to serve the coolest milkshakes around and carry a selection of mugs and gifts with inspirational, beachy flair. For a fun-filled adventure, look no further than the aptly named Funland. Located right on the boardwalk, Funland is the best way to liven up a lazy beach day for your kiddos or grandkids!

One of the many reasons I love Rehoboth is because I can lie on the beach, shop ‘til I drop, and have dinner and drinks – all without ever moving my car! Need something to wear for your summer evening out? Hula Sue never disappoints with effortlessly stylish outfits and unique accessories. Quiet Storm and The Edge are both beloved surf shops of mine with clothing for men and women. And locally-owned Carlton’s makes for a memorable shopping experience with more upscale clothing that has a resort feel (think Patagonia and Tommy Bahama). I never leave Rehoboth without visiting Browseabout Books. I am a self-proclaimed book lover, and there is certainly no shortage of bestsellers and beach reads here; but I often find myself browsing through the charming collection of home décor and delightful gifts too! Bella Luna and M Squared, also located on Rehoboth Avenue, are two more of my favorite stops that always seem to have that perfect new piece for my home or specialty gift for a friend.

Once I’ve rinsed all the sand off – the true sign of a memorable beach day – I love to start my evening at Salt Air for happy hour. When your biggest decision of the day is choosing which refreshing craft cocktail to order, you know life is darn good. The PEI Mussels are a classic there, or order up the Oven Roasted Old Bay Chipotle Wings if you’re feeling adventurous (just a tad spicy!). Want to try somewhere else in town for dinner? The intimate atmosphere of Eden, combined with their fresh take on fine dining and notable wine list, has made it a go-to on my list for date night or a small dinner party with friends. Blue Moon is another favorite, as they have mastered the art of brunch and dinner, plus offer late-night entertainment! The smoked salmon Eggs Benedict is served all around at our girls’ brunches, and the entrée of choice for dinner is their Smoked Duck Breast or vegetarian dish created especially for each of our dietary preferences.

You will certainly need more than one day in this perfect little beach town to enjoy everything Rehoboth has to offer! And with its close proximity to several Schell Brothers communities, you too could enjoy the downtown buzz and breathtaking beach every day!

Want to learn more? Take a look at our new home communities by clicking the link below, or contact Sara at 302-778-9668 for all the beachy details:


Exploring Our Local Farmers’ Markets

By Nicole Irvin, in Uncategorized

A sure (and very welcome) sign of summer is the familiar sight of a good old fashioned farmers’ market. The brightly colored veggies, the delicious breads and jams, the sweet smelling flowers…I love it all! Not only is a trip to the farmers’ market the perfect summer outing, it’s also a great way to truly shop local by way of our region’s small farms and businesses. Take a look at three of our favorites and pop by this summer for your own taste of local flavor. And for those of you in Schell communities, you’re in luck, they’re just a quick trip from your front door!

Strolling through the Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market is my favorite way to spend Tuesday lunch breaks during the summer months. Held from 11am-3pm at Grove Park in downtown Rehoboth, there is certainly no shortage of delicious food to sample while shopping, or to take home for dinner! Take Anita’s Guacamole, which boasts a savory guac with a hint of lime, as well as a mango salsa with just the perfect kick. I always sample both before deciding of course;) Or the Lavender Fields stand, where you’ll find a unique collection of lavender infused soaps, sleeping masks, and even baked goods. Yes, you heard correctly there – the lavender macaroon is delightful! I thought I had plenty of potted flowers for the summer until I came across the bright zinnias and sunflowers at Ficner’s Family Farm stand and had to grab a few for my patio. The RB Farmers’ Market website is also a terrific resource for cooking and entertaining, with recipes to try using this month’s seasonal produce!

The Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market caters to both weekend and weekday warriors, with both Saturday and Wednesday options. Their Summer Saturday Market is held 8am-noon in George H.P. Smith Park (close to downtown Lewes) and the Market at Crooked Hammock is set up across from the brewery on Wednesday mornings from 8-11am. Expect a mini-version of the Saturday Market on Wednesdays at Crooked Hammock, with a smaller sampling of local goodies. I like to pick up vegetables from Totem Farms for a fresh weeknight dinner, with a few (ok, maybe a few dozen) apple cider doughnuts from Fifer Orchards – seriously, you’ve never tasted anything like them! The Summer Saturday Market packs a bit more punch with over 30 vendors to peruse. Stop at Surf Bagel’s stand first to grab breakfast and a cup of coffee to fuel up for shopping. And for the perfect gift for out-of-town guests, hit up Backyard Jams & Jellies, also home to some pretty fantastic Mango Hot Pepper Jelly.

The Nassau Valley Vineyards Farmers’ Market is definitely my go-to for a lazy Sunday afternoon. The atmosphere is a bit more relaxed than the usual hustle and bustle of a farmers’ market and suits my Sunday vibes just right. Held from 12-3pm with over 20 vendors set up on the vineyard grounds, I particularly enjoy browsing through the stands before grabbing lunch from one of the many tasty options…paired with a glass of sangria of course! The accessible seating among the trees and live music will keep you lingering long after you’ve made your last purchase.

Further south in Bethany Beach, the Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market just kicked off it’s 12th season, and will be serving up delicious local fare until September 2nd. Held Sundays across the street from the PNC Bank on Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue, you can stock up on everything from flowers to cheese to bread. Popular vendors like Magee Farms, Bennett Orchards, Old World Breads and Well Berry Farm are typically on scene, providing everything you need for a Sunday picnic. Even better, you can stop in your favorite shops along Garfield Parkway when you’re done, or hit the boardwalk for a relaxing morning stroll.