Thu, Mar 10, 2011
When you think of states you’re dying to visit in your lifetime, where exactly does Delaware rank? For me, it was somewhere above Montana and below Rhode Island. And yet, for some reason, I just returned from a weekend in The First State.
I didn’t know much about Delaware going in other than the fact that it’s shaped like a more-svelte version of Idaho, and the Tea Party witch Christine O’Donnell was from there. So when I was invited to spend a weekend in Bethany and Rehoboth Beach in southern Delaware, I couldn’t refuse.
Delaware was everything I imagined it to be… which is to say, not much. After nearly 40 hours in the state, I still don’t know anything about Delaware. Except for maybe on key thing: It’s fantastic for shopping. See, Delaware is only one of five states in the U.S. that doesn’t impose a sales tax on retail goods. When you combine that with the MECCA of outlet shopping… Rehoboth Beach… it’s game over. I was hooked after I stepped into the first store. I’ll never look at a Macy’s the same way again.
Besides outlets, southern Delaware is known for it’s beaches and boardwalks. We spent the afternoon at Rehoboth Beach, but walking along the boardwalk left a lot to be desired. The busy season doesn’t officially begin for another few weeks, so about half the stores were closed. But, when you’ve just spent the afternoon walking through aisle after aisle of factory-discounted merchandise, it didn’t really matter that a few full-price stores were closed. Come May, this place will be insane.
In the end, I’m grateful to have been given the chance to visit a state that probably should have taken me at least another 20 years to get crossed off my bucket list. I’m leaving Delaware with an appreciation for tax-free shopping, a discerning eye for deals, and the ability to say “I’ve been to Delaware.” What more could you ask for?