Delaware: The Small Wonder

Delaware: The Small Wonder

Whether you’re shopping for a vacation home or looking to retire, finding the perfect area is as important as finding the perfect home. It’s key to match your needs and interests to the region of your potential new residence. Those of us who live in Delaware, in particular Sussex County, are only too happy to tell our friends and family who might be interested in moving here why we love the First State so much!
Our little state is nestled perfectly in the middle of everything. We are just a few hours away from all the major east coast cities—New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. This makes it convenient for us to take weekend or even day trips to all these cities have to offer. An added bonus is Amtrak’s Northeast corridor is located within an hour’s drive—making it even easier to access locations along the Eastern seaboard.

Tax Friendly

Delaware is one of just five states in the nation that doesn’t have a sales tax! In addition, it has been found to be a great place to retire due to tax benefits for older adults. There is also no personal property tax in Delaware, so no annual tax on things like automobiles or boats. And, in Sussex County the property taxes are low—averaging between $1,000-$2,000.

There’s Something for Everyone

No matter what season, we’ve always got something going on. Start off the year the first weekend in February with the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge, which benefits Special Olympics Delaware. Later in the month, is the all-male Oyster Eat at the Georgetown Fire Company. At the same time the ladies will be enjoying themselves at the Lewes Fire Department Shrimp Feast.

Come spring and Rehoboth Beach celebrates with its annual Chocolate Festival. Mid-April will find Cape Henlopen filled with kites of all shapes, sizes, and colors for the Great Delaware Kite Festival. The Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival is held the end of May at Milton Memorial Park and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Summer is in full swing during July 4th Fireworks at Rehoboth Beach. Late July is when the State Fair comes to Harrington with grandstand events, rides, and a wide array of food delights. Rehoboth is the stage for fine arts and crafts come August with the Outdoor Fine Arts and Crafts Show.

The Bethany Boardwalk Arts Festival is the first fall event featuring work of local artists. Come early October, Greyhounds take over Dewey with the annual Greyhounds Reach the Beach weekend. The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival takes place mid-October and features both local and national acts for this four-day event. Bridgeville hosts the Apple-Scrapple Festival the second weekend in October—a uniquely Delaware tradition. Celebrate Halloween at the Sea Witch Halloween Festival in Rehoboth Beach the last weekend in October. November begins with the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, featuring 100 of the best current American and International films.

And, don’t forget about our beautiful beaches, fishing, crabbing, and clamming areas, family-friendly boardwalks, and delicious dining options. Contact me at so I can personally show you the benefits of Delaware life.