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The Cordrey Center, situated on a historic property in Millsboro, offers both indoor and outdoor settings for corporate and social events near the beaches of Southern Delaware

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This Courtyard hotel also is noteworthy as one of the state's first "Green Lodg- ing" establishments, and also for its full, hands-on practicum learning experience offered to the University of Delaware stu- dents who serve in a range of capacities as staff.

Southern Delaware

“Southern Delaware is just a short cou- ple of hours by car from Washington, DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia, or via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry from south- ern New Jersey, but it has a genuinely far away feel thanks to the laid back vibe here, our beautiful natural setting and clean, five star beaches,” says Scott Thomas, executive director for Southern Delaware Tourism. “We like to call Southern Delaware a ‘nearby faraway’ destination.”

In Rehoboth Beach, groups can enjoy Boardwalk Plaza Hotel with its Victorian design, elegantly appointed accommo- dations, and modern hotel amenities. Its award-winning restaurant, Victoria’s, also provides room service to guests, along with fine dining overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. In-room data phones and high- speed T-1 Internet access, a heated indoor-outdoor spa pool, oceanfront banquet rooms with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment are just a few of the offerings found on site. The hotel has space for up to 100 attendees for a banquet, or as many as 150 for a recep-

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tion. In addition, the hotel’s Plaza Cottage offers Victorian ambiance in a special setting for smaller group func- tions.

Three new hotels will welcome guests to Southern Delaware this year, including the recently opened Microtel Inn and Suites in the historic county seat of Georgetown, DE. Current meeting space at the property is able to accommodate groups up to 25 and offers a white- board, flat screen TV with HDMI hookup, and hot beverage service. Audio-visual rental and catering are available, as well, with advance notice. There are plans in place to expand the property’s meeting space this year to accommodate 50 additional occupants. Additional ameni- ties include an outdoor swimming pool, a business center and fitness center.

Scheduled to open in March 2015 is the Fairfield Inn and Suites on Coastal Highway, just 10 minutes from down- town Rehoboth Beach. The hotel offers a boardroom meeting space that can accommodate 16 people. In 2016, the property will open a much larger event space that will bring their total function area to over 2,000-square feet. The property offers modern audio-visual facilities and free Wi-Fi access in its meeting rooms, as well as an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center.

Bethany Beach Ocean Suites is set to open in May of 2015, and is a luxury oceanfront property located on the boardwalk in Bethany Beach. Its meet-

ing spaces will include a 12-person boardroom, 52-person conference room, and a ballroom space for up to 300 people. In addition, the hotel will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner options, healthy and fun break options, non-alcoholic beverage service, LCD Projector and screen or monitor, and Wi- Fi access. Even more features of the property will include on site dining, catering, a full service spa, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a business center, as well.

New dining venues are opening in Southern Delaware, as well, including The Forgotten Mile Ale House, which will open on The Forgotten Mile (the stretch of Route One between the Rehoboth/ Dewey split). Dewey Beach welcomes a new brewpub, the Dewey Beer and Food Company, and Bridgeville’s renowned Jimmy’s Grill will open a Rehoboth Beach location. Also, DiFebo’s, a popular Bethany Beach eatery, will open a location in Rehoboth Beach this spring.

The Crooked Hammock, a Lewes brew pub with a backyard theme opening this spring, is owned by the same people who own Nage. Beach Bum Distilling will open in Lewes as well, offering tastings, tours, and retail sales, and will feature rum inspired by the area’s maritime his- tory and beaches. Honey’s Farm Fresh, also in Lewes, will offer a grab-and-go- bar with fresh juices, smoothies, and to- go salads. In Bethany Beach, the Bethany Boathouse will open across

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