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Enjoy a new view!

In collaboration with Southern Delaware Tourism, select Sussex County hotels are offering special extended-stay discounts through Wednesday, March 31, for remote workers, homeschooling families and others seeking to change their points of view, said Scott Thomas, Southern Delaware Tourism executive director.

Guests will enjoy working from comfy hotels with all the amenities necessary to keep the boss happy as well as the freedom to spend their downtime exploring five-star beaches, bays and waterways; visiting breweries and wineries; enjoying delectable dining from the restaurants along southern Delaware’s famed Culinary Coast; strolling boardwalks; discovering cycling and hiking trails; and visiting Sussex County’s charming downtowns with tax-free shopping.

In addition to the extended-stay discount and depending on the hotel, this offer may include complimentary hot breakfasts, free Wi-Fi, access to onsite meeting space, kitchenette, fireplace, walking distance to town/beach, a balcony room, pet-friendly rooms and more.

Details at capegazette.com/node/213501.

Holiday spirit(s) flow year-round here at the beach

By Bob Yesbek
The James Beard Foundation, along with Wine Spectator, TripAdvisor and the National Restaurant Association all pay tribute to our Cape Region’s culinary culture. In spite of what is apparently every attempt to make it fail, that dedication to hospitality somehow survives - if only barely. Along with the plethora of food styles dished up here at the beach, just under the surface bubbles (and brews) a relatively new phenomenon: craft breweries and distilleries. And they’re luring even more food and drink aficionados to our Delaware coast.

The name Fins is synonymous with fresh oysters, seafood and spicy bloody marys. Several years ago, Fins Hospitality Group christened its first Big Oyster Brewery within the ale house and raw bar on Coastal Highway. Abbreviated as it might have been, the consistently good brews that flowed out of that little strip center became an instant hit with consumers, restaurants and retailers alike.

Bosses Jeff and Kim Hamer responded with a much larger Big Oyster Brewery in Lewes, coupled with a particularly good restaurant and a comfortable outdoor music venue. Though restaurant attendance continues to be quashed in pretty much every way imaginable, passersby on Kings Highway give witness to truck after truck loading up Big Oyster’s popular brews to be delivered to distributers throughout the region.

Read entire column at capegazette.com/node/213502.

Photographer changes game plan

Like many small businesses trying to survive the financial strain brought on by COVID-19, photographer Jacqueline Wilson has pivoted away from a business model that seemed like a good idea just 12 short months ago.

Wilson opened Jacqueline MC Photography on Lake Avenue in Rehoboth Beach in early 2020. A few months later, the world was upended by COVID-19. For Wilson, it meant most of her customers weren’t interested in studio photography.

With that in mind, Wilson has recently closed the doors to her Lake Avenue studio; instead, she is partnering with the nearby Bellmoor Inn and Spa for customers who would like the studio experience.

More information at capegazette.com/node/213785.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Basic drawing class to start Jan. 9
Virtual meditation workshop Jan. 9
Sussex Bird Club lecture Jan. 10
Lifelong learning registration starts Jan. 13
Sippin’ with Sloths events Jan. 13, 27
Meditation classes to start Jan. 14
‘One Night in Miami’ through Jan. 14
‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ through Jan. 14
Introduction to jewelry-making Jan. 21
January hunting opportunities
Empowering workshop to start Feb. 1

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Thompson Island Brewing wins gold in national beer competition


Mike Guida: We'll have to stop at this brewery again next year!

Beckie Hill Nace: I miss going places. That was a fun trip and some of the best beer we had was at our last minute add on places

Betty McCorkle: Congratulations!!

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