A Haven Indeed
Submitted: July 2, 2012
Stayed: June 2012
Webster defines a haven as a place of refuge or rest; a sanctuary. With its soft buttery walls, comfortable furniture and beds, sparkling windows and skylights and inviting conversation nooks, "South Haven" was indeed all those things.
Everything in this well-located, fully-equipped house is immaculate and pristine. In reality, it is even lovelier than the photos depict. The owners have taken great care to provide many extras and upgrades, from high grade kitchen appliances, natural tile, Berber carpet, granite counter tops and top quality cabinets and vanities. You'll find ample storage and closet space, covered parking under the deck (keeps cars cool on hot summer afternoons), a delightful screened-in porch, private decks off the living room and 2 bedrooms, a shady swing and a spic-and-span outdoor shower.
While walkable for teens and healthy adults, we opted to drive to the beach since we had little ones and all the "must-have" equipment they need. We were able to park on the second block from the beach using the 2 residential parking permits supplied to park close to the-- we chose to park on Maplewood Drive near St. Martha's Episcopal since an umbrella place is right there, and the beach is guarded but less crowded. (Just remember to leave both permits when you depart. Believe me, they become a fixture on your rear view mirror and are quite easy to overlook,)
We saved a ton of $ by eating in a lot-- we usually ordered a main dish, and then filled in with sides we made ourselves-- cole slaw, applesauce, a big salad, baked potatoes or fries. If you like BBQ, Bethany Blues is GREAT-- we bought sandwich rolls at Giant, and ordered a couple of lbs. of Carolina and Beef Brisket and a few racks of ribs from BB. A Touch of Italy in Lewes, DE was worth the trip-- best sandwiches my NY-born-and-raised husband ever had, and their handmade ravioli was another favorite dinner. Going out? SKIP FAT TUNA and drive the 20 minutes to Big Fish Grill in Rehoboth-- both are big, noisy fish joints, but the food at BFG beats Fat Tuna by far.
P.S. Can you believe a dozen jumbo crabs from The Blue Crab were $120? YIKES! We got a dz mediums instead for $54 and there were outstanding-- meaty, well-seasoned and delish!
In summary, South Haven is a lovely property, in the perfect location to enjoy all the quaint charm of Downtown Bethany, first class beaches, delicious food and all the joys of summer on Delaware's glorious shore! You can't go wrong.
Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We are thrilled when we get lovely reviews from our wonderful vacationers. It is what makes us work even harder to assist our guests in making pleasant beach memories.
And, we are most appreciative that our vacationers leave our property in such immaculate condition.
Joe and I thank you!
Mindy and Joe
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