Every summer we spend a few days at the beach with my husband’s daughter and her family. It’s usually Ocean city Delaware but this year they tried something a little different and more laid back. They rented a cottage at Prime Hook in Milford Delaware. They stay for 3 weeks but we only visit with them for a few days. Many of their friends and other family members come by for a couple days too and they always have a great time and are ready to come home after 3 weeks.
The time we spent at Prime Hook was so restful. The beach is never crowded, just a few people walking their dogs or beachcombing in the morning. Our neighbors and their 2 standard poodles were from Paris France!
Getting to Prime Hook reminded me of the Florida keys, there is only a narrow road with water on both sides. You can see the our destination in the distance.
Here’s a little about Prime Hook, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 for use as a sanctuary for migratory birds. It’s located on the west shore of Delaware Bay not far from Dover and considered to have one of the best existing wetland habitat areas along the Atlantic Coast.
We saw lots of birds and I think these are egrets. We also saw cranes, vultures, great blue herons, pelicans, some crazy diving birds and lots more that I can’t name and a few deer. We even saw some dolphins.
Because this is a wildlife refuge, the beach is left in its natural state. You can see the line of debris, mostly shells and seaweed left from high tide.
I didn’t mind the beach debris….I found it interesting and found a few nice shells.
This is the underside of a horseshoe crab that washed up on the beach. Look at all the shells attached to it.
Here’s Samantha just floating along. Because this is on the bay, the waves are really small.
And here’s Dominic building a fire. That’s another great thing about this beach, you can build a bonfire. Gosh these kids are growing up so fast! Some of these pictures were taken with my iphone so they’re a little fuzzy.
Having a fire on the beach was wonderful! The sound of the waves and the fire with the cool air was a treat for my senses and it was even a full moon that night! It made me so sleepy.
You’ll find all types of houses on Prime Hook. Some are new and gorgeous and others are just small cabins.
I loved the big porches on this one.
Where we stayed wasn’t one of the bigger, nicer homes, it was a small cottage. The smaller building in front had a full bath with a shower and having a 2nd bath helps when there are several people staying there. It had 3 bedrooms. a nice kitchen, a bath and a great big windowed porch which was also the family room. It was clean and cozy and had everything we needed.
On our way home we could see where water had come up on the road at high tide. All along the way we saw birds in the marshy areas.
As we came out of the wildlife refuge we came upon a field full of sunflowers. It was so big and beautiful.
If you need more excitement, head south for about 10 miles on route 1 to Lewes, Fenwick, Bethany, Rehoboth or Ocean City. There are tons of shops, outlets, restaurants and much much more. This is the boardwalk at Rehoboth.
I liked the quiet and peacefulness at Prime Hook and would love to stay there again. When you feel like you need more just head on down the road.
Have you been to the beach this summer? What’s your favorite beach?
Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))