Few people think of visiting Delaware beach resorts during the winter months as the common perception is that everything is closed during the winter. The fact is, winter is the perfect time to visit Delaware beaches as the crowds have diminished and many hotels and restaurants offer excellent specials during the colder months. New Year’s Eve weekend is no exception. If you are looking for a perfect getaway to ring in 2012, look no further than Delaware beach resorts.
Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant, Lewes
Overfalls Park in Lewes is the site of the only National Historic Landmark that does a “ball” drop in celebration of the start of the New Year. Lewes resident, Bill Reader, created a fully lighted anchor that will be dropped from the mast of the Overfalls Lightship to its deck as part of the 2012 countdown celebration. Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurantis celebrating with a New Year’s party at their Lewes location, which has a perfect view of the anchor drop across the canal. Gaynell Rose, a powerful jazz and rhythm and blues singer will perform from 9:30 pm until 12:30 am. From 7 pm to 9 pm, guests enjoy the land and sea buffet, which includes prime rib, chicken marsala, stuffed pork loin, steamed shrimp, and an oyster and clam raw bar. Included in the $80 per person ticket price is a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Reservations are recommended but not required, and can be made by calling 302-645-6888.
Victoria’s Restaurant and Boardwalk Plaza, Rehoboth Beach
For those looking for a complete weekend getaway with an elegant flair, the Boardwalk Plaza and Victoria’s Restaurantoffer the perfect choice. The Boardwalk Plaza is one of the most elegant Delaware beach resort hotels, located on the boardwalk in Rehoboth, with rooms that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can choose a two-night or three-night stay as part of a package that includes two splits of champagne with two logo flutes upon arrival at the hotel, a 4-course prix fixe dinner in Victoria’s featuring Jeff Irwin on piano, dancing to a DJ in the banquet hall, New Year’s Day brunch at Victoria’s and a 2 pm late check-out. Rates are based on the room type and number of night’s stay, but it is recommended guests call early to make reservations by calling 302-227-7169.
Abbott’s Grill, Milford
Just a short 10 minute drive from Delaware beach resorts, Abbott’s Grillis located on NE Front Street in Milford, and the exterior of the restaurant, which is located in a strip shopping center, is definitely deceiving. The interior of the restaurant and pub is elegant and refined, and the menu offers everything from sandwiches to prime rib. On New Year’s Eve, Abbott’s is offering dinner specials and no prix fixe dinners. From 10 pm until 1 AM, Conjunction Funktion will perform in the pub, where there is no cover. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 302-491-6736.
Bad Hair Day, Rehoboth Beach
Need to prepare for the big night out on the town? Bad Hair Day, located at 45 Lake Avenue in Rehoboth is offering make-up applications for $25, formal hairstyling for $50 and a shellac manicure special for $25 through New Year’s Eve. Call (302) 227-HAIR(4247) to be sure you get the appointment time you want.
No matter what type of celebration you are planning for New Year’s Eve, whether an elegant dinner, followed by dancing or simply enjoying the evening with a few friends, remember to be responsible. Do not drink and drive or allow your friends and family to drink and drive. Designate a driver or plan to use public transportation or taxi services, which are available in some Delaware beach resorts.