Not everyone puts a great deal of thought into where they will stay on vacation (we skipped summer vacation for this event, so this was, as I like to call it "our jazzy fall vacation") so picking the right place to stay was equally important to us, as it was choosing what shows to attend.
We chose the Avenue Inn and Spa on Rehoboth avenue because of its excellent location to shops, restaurants, bars, free parking, and proximity to the jazz events. Great choice because, not only did the hotel meet all of our needs, but we really enjoyed our stay here. Customer service is everything, no matter the industry, and in the hospitality industry you can book a stay at a budget, no frills motel, but if the service is top notch, you can feel like your staying in a 5 star hotel. I put no stock in 5 star hotels, because not all of them give 5 star service, unless of course you are super rich, but the Avenue Inn is a very nice hotel, that not only offers exceptional service but is one of the cleanest hotels we have ever stayed in. One thing I did notice in our room, there was no coffeemaker. I can't remember the last time we stayed at a hotel where there was none, even if they offered continental breakfast as this place does...Odd, but I guess not unusual.
From our nicely appointed room, to the indoor pool, dining area, lounge areas and bathrooms, they do a great job keeping this place spotless. The rooms may be not as new as the lobby and other areas, but it suited us just fine. Breakfast was a hit or miss depending on your wants and needs. My husband did not think much of it, but it was nice to be able to get coffee, juice, cereal, bagels, muffins, if that is all you wanted. However, Sammy's Kitchen was across the street, and they offered an affordable mix of more hearty breakfast choices. My pancakes were yummy!
|LOBBY @ AVENUE INN|
|NICE AND COZY SITTING AREA AT AVENUE INN|
We were here pre-renovations to the main lobby and other common areas, so we were equally impressed with the improvements. We did not stay here on our last visit in April (we were in town for a CD release party for Brian Simpson at the Delaware Distilling Co) but we stopped in the hotel for a brochure, and to ask about our upcoming trip for the jazz fest, so we got see all the construction that was going on. Fast forward 6 months and WOW, what an amazing job that was done. Very warm and inviting colors, the new bar and lounge is a very nice addition, especially if you wanted a nightcap before bed, but one of the top features of this place, is its location, superb! It was so nice to wake up in the morning, and walk out your door, take a brief walk up the street to the beach and boardwalk for a stroll, and having the option of stopping along the way for coffee, newspaper, all right outside your door. Sweet! We definitely plan to stay here again for the next Jazz fest if not sooner for a quick beach getaway.
|NEW OUTDOOR LOUNGE AREA AT AVENUE INN|
|DOWNTOWN REHOBOTH & THE BOARDWALK, COOL, CUTE & QUAINT|
One day we were a little adventurous and decided instead of driving the car to the nearby outlets, we would ride the town (Dart) bus. Not the best thing to do in off-season, because the schedules are much slower, but it saved on gas, and killed some down time we had that day before our 8pm show. The weather was exceptional, better yet, it was fabulous! we could not have asked for more perfect weather for the fall season, and especially at the beach.
Parking is at a premium, even in the fall. There is downtown parking, but depending on your arrival time, you may be playing musical chairs with your car, before you find a spot. Fortunately our hotel offered free parking!
Some of our pit stops for drinks and music were - Dos Locos, Purple Parrot, The Pond, the Back Porch Cafe, Nicola Pizza and Cinco De Mayo Mexican restaurant.
There are an abundance of places you can eat here, for every budget, and one of the best places we dined at was Zoggs Raw Bar and Grill! The fish tacos were simply amazing! We have eaten many tacos in our day, but we both agreed, this place was by far the absolute best! fresh fish, on hard or soft shell tacos, the salsa dressing on the atlantic cod taco was delicious! and most importantly, the prices were very good. For the size, you get more than you pay for. We are not big on 5 star dining, but every now and then we will splurge, however, on this trip it was not high on our list. Good, affordable eating was a priority. Jakes Seafood restaurant was recommended to us, and although hubby and I both agreed we've had better seafood, it was good. The service here was exceptional and atmosphere cozy. We will dine here again, and order something different.
|A BEAUTIFUL FALL DAY AT THE BEACH!|
|ZOGGS BAR & GRILL|
One of the best things about travel, is meeting people! It's not for everyone, some people would much rather be left alone when on vacation, and I can certainly understand that, but no matter where we go, we always meet nice people! We may never see these people again, but if the conversations were good, and we enjoyed each others company, the memories are forever. That is the beauty of socializing on vacation. It can enhance your stay and you may even discover new places to eat, where to have the best cocktail, or find a good bargain when shopping, or perhaps even become good friends. We did meets several people while we were here, 4 of them being couples, Andy and his wife Joy, Rudy and his wife Deborah. Both nice couples and we hope to see them again next again during the 25th annual jazz fest!
|BEAUTIFUL FALL MORNING ON THE BOARDWALK|
|QUAINT AND CUTE SHOPPING STRIP|
|ALWAYS GREAT MEETING PEOPLE - JOY & ANDY, NICE COUPLE|
|RUDY AND DEBORAH, GETTING THEIR GROOVE ON AT THE JAZZ FEST AFTER PARTY|