Cottage Tour, La-dee-da

Looking for something to do mid week at the beach?

The self-guided Rehoboth Art League 66th Annual Cottage Tour is this Tuesday and Wednesday July 7 and 8. The Cottage Tour Committee has worked for several months to present this year’s very distinctive selection of eight homes in the Rehoboth and Dewey Beach areas. The homes on this year’s two-day self-paced tour have very different landscapes, interior and architectural designs, ranging from historically significant to contemporary and eco-friendly. Some homes have quite an evolving history and many homeowners showcase memories and collections in creative ways.

The Art League Historic Peter Marsh Homestead will be transformed with furnishings and décor by the tour underwriter J. Conn Scott. Richard Scott, Lisa Scott and Steven Bendyna will blend modern furnishings and decorations to compliment the historical design in the three main rooms of the Homestead. In previous years, this has ranged from a white, slipcovered cottage look to a more colorful red and turquoise theme and last year a throw-back to the 50’s and 60’s with bright orange. They love making each year’s presentation a special surprise. Purchase tickets early so you won’t miss the magic showcased at each home.

TICKETS: $30. They are available at; the Art League at 12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres, Rehoboth Beach; the RAL Art Studios on Route 9, 12000 Old Vine Boulevard, Lewes; and other sites in Lewes and Rehoboth. On the day of the tour, tickets are available at any of the homes or art league locations.

PARKING: Parking is limited at several of the houses, particularly Dewey Beach. Free parking will be available at the Rehoboth Elementary School parking lot located at 500 Stockley Street, Rehoboth Beach. The Art League is providing Jolly Trolley transportation for Cottage Tour ticket holders. Shuttle service will begin running at 9:45 a.m. and continue until tour ending each day.

At $30 a ticket, it might seem a little steep, but it’s for a good cause, and well, sneak one decorating tip from your private view and you’ve recovered the cost of the trip!

Click here to see the houses on this year’s tour.