Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Rehoboth, DE

Two weekends ago we packed ourselves up and headed across the bay to Rehoboth Beach, Deleware.  Two friends of mine from college were getting married (wedding #2 of the month) right downtown in Lewes, DE.  The funniest part about that statement was that I was friends with the Groom more in college than the Bride, but she and I have become great friends over the last couple of years.

We took the trip to Deleware as an opportunity to stop at the Dogfish Head Brewery.

Husband has wanted to go for a while, so we headed out of town early enough to get there for the 12:30pm tour.  They have 2 free tours a day and they sell out quick - and they're huge tours!  35 people each!  That place is cranking people through.  The tour guide was very knowledgeable about all of the cases and numbers that they produce - so much so that by the end, all of the figures started to blur together.  And this was before the tasting!

Deleware law states that they are able to give each person 12 oz of free beer a day.  So they take that 12oz and divide it into 4 - so you get to taste 4 beers at 3oz each.  Pretty clever!

After the tour, we checked into the hotel and got ready for the wedding.  The ceremony was at a beautiful old church in downtown Lewes, DE.  It was really a lovely ceremony - very personal.  I'm not very used to Episcopal services, so the whole married thing first, communion and church second thing was a little different.  After the priest pronounces the bride and groom husband and wife, you want to go celebrate! 

After the ceremony we headed out to Baywood Greens Golf Course for the reception.  The grounds of the club were lovely, and the view from the reception room overlooking the course was very pretty. 

We got a little chuckle out of the fact that she put us at the table in the back corner, with the other 'rowdier' college friends.  It was just 5 of us at the table, but it was great fun to see the other 3 boys who I haven't seen in years.  We had lots of fun catching up, and talking about the other weddings guests ;)

 They had a cocktail time with a cheese, veggie and fruit display, plus some delicious passed items such as mini hamburgers and grilled cheese with a little sip of tomato soup, while everyone waited for the wedding party to arrive.  Then when they did, they did their first dance to True Companion, one of my favorite songs.  The toasts by the Father of the Bride, Matron of Honor and Groomsman followed.  They were all very sweet and had great personal stories.  Dinner was wonderful - everyone at our table raved about the food!
A top contender for the best wedding cake I've ever had!
It was a beautiful evening celebrating 2 close friends of ours!  Congratulations Jen and Pat!

Sunday morning we had another Dogfish stop to make...the original brewpub right down on the beach in Rehoboth.  It was similar yet different to the ones that we have around our area.  We had this thing called Dogpile.  Oh yes.  It was these amazing baked pita chips covered in spinach and artichoke dip and cheese with chopped tomatoes and green onions on top.  De. Licious.  So filling.  We were both so full from that (and the sandwiches we unknowlingly ordered and attempted to eat) that we didn't need dinner!  We tried to walk some of the food and calories off on the Boardwalk, but we needed to walk home to make any dent.  The houses around town are beautiful - very different from the beach houses that we're used to in the Outer Banks.  They were just lovely, one after another!  After walking a few blocks, we decided it was time to hit the road and get back home before it got too late.  2 down, 2 to go!

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