The Space"Sandity" is a tranquil, natural setting, on-the-water year-round beach front home (directly on the mouth of the Delaware Bay with views of both the bay and out to the Atlantic Ocean). One week stay is required from Memorial Day to Labor Day... three nights other seasons.
Declared the number 1 Airbnb property in Delaware, according the Huffington Post's article (March 2015) by writer Harry Bradford. Also announced in the same article, top 52 most successful airbnbs in the U.S.!
"Sandity" is a three bedroom, two full baths vacation home. We have one California King in the upstairs bedroom (entire top floor, huge! ) called the "Captain's Quarters", One Queen size bed in the downstairs "Tropical Room", and a full size bed in the "Whale's Tail", also downstairs.
IMPORTANT NOTE: even though we are directly on the water and you can sunbathe, kayak and sail at high tide, enjoy the amazing views out to the ocean with your own private path (only a 10 seconds walk to the water from "Sandity"); it is too shallow to swim directly out front and can be brackish at times. If we have a fierce storm from the north, soil and ocean debris can wash up onto the shore. Horse Shoe crabs arrive in May and occupy the beach until mid June. Slaughter Beach has a public beach just a mile down the road on Bay Avenue. The small lapping waves are easy for young ones to negotiate.
The Cedar Creek Marina is a five minute walk, which has fishing excursions and is a safe exit out of the Mispillion River to the Delaware Bay. Also, only a five minute drive is the FREE newly renovated public launch across the river on Lighthouse Road which is run by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
The town of Milford is six miles inland on a relaxing country road (10 minute drive) with hundreds of stores (including a super Walmart), cafe/ice cream shop (Dolce), liquor stores, antique shops, art galleries, specialty shops, drug stores, department stores, and scores of restaurants. These stores and restaurants are open year round unlike towns such as Rehoboth Beach.
Within easy biking distance is the DuPont Nature Center, an eco tourism destination, with tours and hands-on activities for children and adults. Only a six minute drive on Lighthouse Road or 15 minute bike ride. In addition, Crabbing is available at the end of our street, a three minute walk.
There are numerous public access parking areas all along the two miles of the main road, Bay Avenue, (ANY named road has public beaches). The beach with restrooms is across the street from the mini-mart and has a new shaded picnic gazebo. There is a newly renovated children's playground along with tennis and basketball courts next to the mini-mart, just across from the main beach. Next door is the Fire House which occasionally has events.
"Sandity's" environment is completely unspoiled. We have Horse Shoe crabs and Sea Turtles spawning in May and June, Sand Sharks (non man eaters :) in July and the Cow Nose Rays and sometimes even Porpoises and Flying Fish by August. They are all getting to "know each other" and a delight to see but not recommend you join them in the water just outside our front door.
Biking and roller blading is a favorite activity on Bay Avenue since there are no cross streets, so it is relatively safe. Please feel free to bring your own bikes. Keep in mind, Delaware requires children to wear helmets.
Take a long walk on the uncrowded strand or jog the main Bay Avenue. Fishing, sea glass and shell collecting and a yearly regatta for small boats is held every July 4th.
Decompress with a cocktail on the two decks or have a MaiTai in the screened in Tiki Bar under the front deck (protected from the sun, rain and bugs) or just lounge with a magazine or the latest best seller on a chaise lounge.
Slaughter Beach is a world famous birding habitat. You can marvel at the hundreds of bird species including the endangered Red Knot as they stop to feed on Horse Shoe crab eggs on their way north. Most people thrill at the spectacle while others are a little horrified by the crab's primitive looks. They are completely harmless but can cause the water's edge to be a littered with their shells.
Watch for the just hatched baby turtles headed to the Marvel Preserve just behind us in early summer. Slaughter Beach is surrounded by preserves to all three non water sides and Eagles can be seen nesting at the south end.
The quaint town of Lewes, Delaware is a short drive of 15 minutes in the off season more in summer (less than 20 miles) and for night life don't miss hip Rehoboth Beach (25 miles) is about a half hour drive in the off season and longer on crowded summer weekends. Movies at Midway are only 15 minutes on Route 1.
Most folks will just want to hang out at "Sandity" and take in the view. For winter get-aways, the gas stove keeps the romance alive and the tax free Outlet shopping (3 outlet centers in all!) in Lewes is a perfect holiday destination.
For a reality check: Keep in mind that Slaughter Beach, Delaware is not Miami Beach, not Malibu and not Maui. If you are looking for the "in" scene, you will not find it here. If you are a nature lover and seek beauty and peace of mind you will thrive here and gain your "Sandity".
For those feeling adventurous ... take the ferry to Cape May, New Jersey from Lewes or head out to Cape Henlopen for nature tours at this famous WWII historical state park with splendid beaches and great restaurants. The Cape Henlopen gift shop offers FREE bikes for their paved trails. Our favorite beach is Herring Point.
Cape May is only 8 miles due East across the water from of our Slaughter Beach home... just across the Bay. We can make out the party lights of the famous Harpoon Harry's. You can spot the ferry going back and forth and the twinkling lights of the cruise ships and other boats going in and out of the Delaware Bay and Misspilian Jetty at night. The stars are alarmingly bright without city lights to conflict.
"Sandity" is a short drive to Dover Air Force base and it's public museum. Dover has many attractions along with Nascar races at Dover Downs and the Plantation Museum are a big draw
Only 12 miles from "Sandity" is the Killen's Pond Park with a ridiculously cheap water park for the little and "big" adult kids to cool off.
There are many other activities in the near by Victorian towns such as Milton (about 12 minutes) which boasts the micro brewery, Dog Fish Head. The tours are free and yes you get free samples. We have a "what to do book" that will help you organize your daily activities and night life. Most folks just stay put for waitress-free waterfront dining. Our dining table seats up to six.
Towels, sheets, and basic supplies such as soap are all included. The kitchen is well equipped with dishes, silverware, spices etc. but naturally you will need to bring your food for meals. Also included is a washer and dryer, microwave, gas stove, drip coffee maker, central heating and air conditioning, new dishwasher, new refrigerator. Weber grill, driftwood outdoor shower to rinse off sand and salt. Flat screen TV, DVD, radio, CD player and secure internet. Kids games and sand toys.
We want "Sandity" to be a true vintage beach experience.
Unfortunately, we are not hadicaped accessible since we are on twelve foot pilings. This, however, gives you a spectacular view and a bird like perspective. If a Kosher kitchen is required we are so sorry that will be unable accommodate your needs.
Hope this is helpful, please send us a note should you have any questions about "Sandity"! Sandra and Thom Guest AccessEntire home, decks (2), tiki hut and gardens, beach. Interaction with GuestsWe interact as much as a guest requests. Otherwise you and your guests will have complete privacy. The manager is across the street should there be a need for assistance of any kind. The NeighborhoodWe are surround on all sides by protected preserves. On any given day you can observe wildlife from the comfort of the living room or deck. We have seen eagles catching fish, foxes trotting past, baby turtles hatching out and when the Horse Shoe Crabs arrive so do the endangered Red Knot. Getting AroundSorry, but Slaughter Beach has no public transit. Buses go to towns near by and one can get a "Beach Taxi" or a shuttle from the Philadelphia Airport. We suggest a car to maximize your visit. Other Things to NoteWe are just a short bike ride to the DuPont Nature Center, a short drive to the famed DogFish Head brewery tour and tasting. Easy access to Dover's many attractions and other beach attractions such as Lewes and Rehoboth without the traffic and noise of the other beaches. Milford is just inland with Walmart, shops, numerous restaurants and other conveniences.