Bethany is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the inland bays in the southeastern corner of Sussex County; the largest of Delaware's three counties. With miles of pristine beaches, this quiet resort offers an endless variety of year-round and seasonal activities. Although tourism is the primary industry, a balanced business climate prevails throughout the area. A slower pace of life, large expanses of undeveloped area, and the local hospitality make this a home away from home.
It was in 1901 when members of the Christian Church, also known as the Disciples of Christ of the Washington D.C. area and Pennsylvania, founded Bethany Beach. The original idea was not to find a town but to find a suitable tract of land for a permanent yearly seaside assembly for the Christian churches of the country. However, when water, construction, and transportation issues arose, the company in charge of those operations was bought by six Pittsburgh businessmen who were able to turn it around. Those men were W. R. Errett, a lawyer, John M. Addy, a plumber, W.S. Kidd, a steel manufacturer, R.S. Latimer, a tea merchant, Dr. T. E. Cramblet and W.A. Dinker. It wasn't long that Bethany was given its name by H.L. Atkinson, a gentleman who won a nationwide contest and as a prize was given a lot on the beach.
Bethany still reflects the character of the early settlers who were looking for a haven of rest for quiet people. Thus passing on the name "Quiet Resorts" to Bethany Beach and its surrounding areas. As the small town grew over the next hundred decades it became a town built on the tradition of its ancestors. It recently celebrated its 100th birthday with a Centennial Celebration. This once in a lifetime event began on July 4, 2001, in conjunction with the annual Fourth of July Parade and fireworks. The past events that helped create Bethany Beach have created many memorable events for its residents and their families.
Bethany has kept its small town atmosphere without compromising any of the modern amenities or services. Guarded by its famous totem pole, "Chief Little Owl", the town's beaches offer many recreational opportunities, from swimming and surfing in the ocean, to crabbing and fishing along the bay, to everything else one can imagine in between.
38th Annual Bazaar – August 2 - 4, 2017 Bring your family and friends and enjoy a shopping extravaganza and great food at the 38th Annual! Three large buildings, plus tented areas will sell new and gently used items. Everything from linens, jewelry, Christmas, religious, books, housewares, hand painted items, toys, small appliance, bikes, furniture gardening, outdoor furniture, tools and more. Enjoy a break and relax at the Café for some sausage subs, delicious barbeque, hot dogs and more. Premier Night will be held on Thursday, August 2nd at 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Donation for admission is $5.00 per person. Be sure to get in line early to get the best deals in town on all of your purchases. The Silent Auction will also open that night and run until the closing bell rings at 12 P.M.am Saturday, August 4. The bazaar will continue on Friday, August 3rd from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday, August 4th from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. This great bazaar will be open to everyone. There will be plenty of raffles giving everyone an opportunity to win cash prizes, a new outdoor wicker set, a “You-Pick-It” raffle and a custom designed an original quilt, “Ships at Sea”. This quilt was designed and made by the quilters of The Parish of Saint Ann’s and was quilted by Catherine Peterson of “Catherine’s Quilting in Selbyville, DE. Question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-790-7669.
The 40th Annual Art's Festival in downtown Bethany Beach will be held September 8, 2018, from 10 am - 5 pm. This year's event includes over 100 fine artists featuring paintings, woodwork, metal, clay, baskets, jewelry, porcelain, and more! Saturday, September 8, 2018 Artist Exhibit: 10am - 5pm Silent Auction & Scholarship Voting: 10am - 2pm
|Armand's Pizza By The Sea||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-7000|
|Baja Beach House Grill||Bethany Beach, DE||302-537-9993|
|Bethany Beach Diner||Bethany Beach, DE||302-541-8017|
|Bethany Blues BBQ Pit||Bethany Beach, DE||302-537-1500|
|Big Peaches Bar & Grill||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-2131|
|Blue Coast Seafood Grill and Fish Market||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-7111|
|Blue Crab||Bethany Beach, DE||302-537-4700|
|China Express||Bethany Beach, DE||302-537-9956|
|Cottage Cafe||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-8710|
|DB Fries||Bethany Beach, DE||302-537-0880|
|Di Febo's Deli & Carry Out||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-4550|
|Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-3970|
|Frog House Family Restaurant||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-4500|
|Grotto Pizza||Bethany Beach, DE||302-537-3278|
|Mango's||Bethany Beach, De||302-537-6621|
|McCabe's Gourmet Market||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-8550|
|Mickey's Family Crab House Restaurant||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-5384|
|Number 1 Chinese Restaurant||Bethany Beach, DE||302-537-5887|
|Parkway Restaurant||Bethany Beach, DE||302-537-7500|
|Patsy's Gourmet & Restaurant||Bethany Beach, DE||302-537-2433|
|Penguin Diner||Bethany Beach, DE||302-541-8017|
|Seaside Grille||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-4415|
|Sedona Restaurant||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-1200|
|Surf's Up||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-5742|
|Bethany Beach Books||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-2522|
|Bethany Surf Shop||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-6400|
|Fishtales||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-7676|
|Japanesque||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-2311|
|Made By Hand International Cooperative||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-6335|
|Addy Sea Inn||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-3707|
|Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott||Bethany Beach, DE||302-539-9603|
|Cedar Breeze Bed & Breakfast||Bethany Beach, DE||302-537-7015|
|Holiday Inn Express||Bethany Beach, DE||302-541-9200|
|Sea Colony||Bethany Beach, DE||302-928-8800|