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Set sail aboard Kalmar Nyckel, a magnificent tall ship arriving soon in Lewes, Delaware. She has eight miles of rope!

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In August, the Cape May-Lewes ferry will share her dock at the ferry terminal with Kalmar Nyckel, a stunning replica of a 17th century Dutch sailing vessel that journeys to Lewes, Delaware from her base in Wilmington, for an extended visit through the Labor Day weekend.

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From Lewes, take a day trip to Cape May, a beautiful and leisurely ride across the Delaware Bay. Have a drink at the bar, and enjoy the view!  Two ferries crisscross the bay all day long into the evening.

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Or, take a day or evening sail on Kalmar Nyckel….the kids will love the daytime pirate sails!  Landlubbers can tour the ship without leaving the dock; check the ship’s itinerary  when she’s in town, for a list of all the scheduled activities.

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My husband served as a volunteer crew member, after completing a rigorous 3-week  training course.  It’s hard work, but what a thrill to help crew a tall ship!  Kalmar Nyckel sails over 3,000 nautical miles each year.

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The ferry terminal is becoming a local destination all its own.  On the Rocks Dockside Grill sits right on the bay, and offers a friendly staff, good food, and a “beach bar” vibe that’s relaxing and fun.

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Try the shrimp wrap with corn and black beans, and wash it down with a grapefruit crush.  The burgers are delicious, grilled to perfection in the open air.   The hot dog in a pretzel roll is also a favorite (my husband ate his, before I could get a picture).

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And, check out the summer concert schedule….Mike Hines and the Look played Motown and R&B that had everyone on their feet!   Their tribute to Prince rocked “the house.”

What have you been doing in Lewes this summer?

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