LGBTQ Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

I’ve been visiting Rehoboth Beach, DE since the late ’90s. Even now it’s still one of my favorite places to go. Caroline and I have been there in every single season and have been going there together since 2016. There’s a bunch of great places to eat, the beach, the boardwalk, and best of all it’s a queer-friendly LGBTQ town. Keep reading to what we recommend for the ultimate LGBTQ Rehoboth Beach, DE experience.

LGBTQ Friendly Bars in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Rehoboth Beach isn’t huge but despite its small size, it does have a number of gay bars, many of which have been in business for several decades.

Aqua Bar and Grill | 57 Baltimore Avenue

This pet-friendly spot is a cool place to chill for those looking for an LGBTQ safe space in Rehoboth Beach. As of now they’re a seasonal place. After their New Year’s Eve bash they close down until warmer temperatures return. If you’re in town for a few days, check ’em out, especially if they’re hosting an event such as the very popular Battle of the Bachelors.

Blue Moon | 35 Baltimore Avenue

a photo of the exterior and entrance to Blue Moon Restaurant and Bar. The building is light blue with yellow doors, trim, and a yellow awning. There are three planters in front of the building.
Blue Moon in Rehoboth Beach has been in business for over 40 years and is one of the best gay friendly restaurants in town.

You can’t talk about gay-friendly restaurants in Rehoboth Beach without mentioning Blue Moon. It’s been in business as long as I’ve been visiting, having kicked open it’s doors in 1981. The restaurant is one of the best places to eat in Rehoboth and has an extensive wine list to match the upscale food. It makes a great spot for a date and/or a night out with a group of friends. Bingo is regularly on the calendar but so are drag shows and other fun events, many of which you’ll need to make a reservation for in advance.

Diego’s Bar and Nightclub | 37298 Rehoboth Avenue Extension

The outdoor patio at Diego’s Bar and Nightclub has a tropical vibe to it with lots of seating options and sand beneath your feet. Saturday night shirtless dance parties are a big draw during the summer – they typically start at 9:30pm. If you can shake your hangover, there’s Sunday Funday Happy Hour specials to look forward to and of course year-round seasonal/holiday parties. Run by life partners Darryl and Joe, this is one gay bar in Rehoboth you won’t want to miss out on.

Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats | 320 Rehoboth Avenue

Beer. But not just any old beer. This is craft beer at its best. Dogfish was one of the first non-Miller Lite’s I ever tasted. I remember going to visit the one in downtown Rehoboth before they ever expanded and remodeled. It was a smaller place, often standing room only on the weekends and when there was live music. And every now and then you’d catch a glimpse of the guy who started it all, Sam Calagione. Fast-forward to today and Dogfish is still cranking out delicious, off-centered ales, and is a welcoming space for the queer community in Rehoboth.

Want to visit the brewery and take a tour? It’s just a short drive from Rehoboth to Milton, DE. The address is 6 Cannery Village Center. There’s outdoor space for cornhole, a tasting room, and plenty of easy and free parking.

northbeach | 125 McKinley Street

Technically, northbeach is in Dewey Beach. But it’s so close to Rehoboth (it literally buts up next to Rehoboth Bay) and it’s gay-friendly and we’ve been going there for a really long time and love it…so it makes the list. There’s a dance floor that gets hot on the weekends and lots of outdoor space to hang out. You can expect tons of picnic tables and umbrellas, corn hole, a fire pit, even a place to rent kayaks or SUPs. If you like to play while you drink this is a great spot to visit. northbeach recently started having drag shows on Wednesdays during the summer so check out their calendar to see what’s happening while you’re in town.

Port 251 | 251 Rehoboth Avenue

Self-described as “Where the boys are” meets Florence Aperitivo Bar and a full restaurant, Port 251 has quickly become a go-to spot for the queer community in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. There’s an outdoor, covered patio, karaoke, drag shows, and live music throughout the week. The vibe is friendly, laid-back, and casual so come as you are, grab a drink, and have a little fun.

The Pond Bar and Grill | 19266 Coastal Highway, Unit #1

One of the first gay bars I ever went to was the Frog Pond in downtown Rehoboth. That was many years ago and I had so much fun I lost my favorite sweatshirt and had a massive hangover. Since then the Pond Bar has dropped the Frog part and has also moved to a different location with more space. Though it’s not strictly a lesbian bar, this gay-owned and operated business still draws a crowd that’s overwhelmingly women. If you’re looking to meet someone while in Rehoboth Beach, the Pond Bar and Grill is a good starting place. Bonus: There’s live music on most nights after 9pm.

The Purple Parrot | 134 Rehoboth Avenue

A photo of the exterior of the Purple Parrot. The building is purple with lime green trim. There is an outdoor breezeway covered with a tarp to the right of the building. A couple of red bull tables are in front. A big sign out front says open and hiring all positions.
Drag, karaoke, drinks, food, and lots of people watching all go down at the Purple Parrot, one of Rehoboth’s most popular LGBQT bars.

Do you want your beer poured by a shirtless … oh wait, you’re going to the Purple Parrot for the specials and the biergarten! The Purple Parrot is one of the best LGBTQ spaces in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The vibe is beachy and fun (think: Key West) and their Sunday brunch is one of the best in town with $5 mimosas and bloody marys. Come thirsty and hungry.

Gay Friendly Things to Do in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

There’s an endless amount of options of things to do in Rehoboth Beach, including, well, going to the beach and the boardwalk.

North Shores Beach

While you won’t find a sign that says “Lesbian Beach” the beach at North Shores has been known to be a popular sport for women. To find it, head north out of Rehoboth. If you get to Gordon’s Pond, a state park, you’ve gone too far.

Poodle Beach

A white lab puppy stares at the camera on a leash that's the same color as his harness, dark teal. The dog is on the sand in the beach and a house is blurred out in the back. A person holds a leash and is wearing black pants, black shoes, and a white zip up hoodie.
Poodle Beach in Rehoboth is a hot spot for the LGBTQ community as well as dogs.

Poodle Beach has long been a place for gay men to visit. Again, there’s no sign but it’s the place to visit if you’re looking for a queer space in Rehoboth Beach. In the summer it’s a guarded beach that also usually beach volleyball games going on. To get here, head to the south end of the boardwalk near Queen and Prospect Street. It can get really crowded at the height of summer. Bonus: it’s dog friendly!

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk in Rehoboth is a must visit while in town. It’s almost a given that you’ll check it out since it’s near the beach and it’s home to some of the best food and drink in Rehoboth. The whole thing is about a mile long and is a great spot for taking a walk while catching a sunrise with coffee. There are frequent walks and runs that take place on the boardwalk. Check out the boardwalk calendar to see if something is going on while you’re in town.

Go Shopping at the Tanger Outlets

The entire state of Delaware is tax-free making it a great spot to go shopping. Luckily, the Tanger Outlets are a short drive from downtown Rehoboth. There are several sections of them and avid shoppers could easily spend an entire day checking out all of the stores. If it’s raining, visiting the outlets is what almost every single person in town will decide to do so if you want to avoid crowds and fighting for that last pair of jeans on the rack, pick a sunny day. Click here for their digital coupon book.

Visit CAMP Rehoboth Community Center | 37 Baltimore Avenue

a photo of the exterior of CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. The sign is hanging from the outside of the white building. It's logo bears the LGBTQ rainbow colors.

CAMP Rehoboth is located right next to Blue Moon in downtown Rehoboth. This non-profit is dedicated to “…creating a positive environment inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities in Rehoboth Beach and its related communities.” CAMP Rehoboth does everything from fundraising for other non-profits to providing information and acting as a resource for the queer community, to helping fund art projects for the LGBTQ community. They have a regularly updated calendar of events some of which are free to attend.

LGBTQ Friendly Places to Stay in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Figuring out where to stay, especially when you’re looking for LGBTQ friendly lodging can be a hassle. But it’s worth doing some research so that you can have not only a good experience but a safe one. We’ve done some of the work for ya. Here’s a couple options of LGBTQ friendly places to stay in Rehoboth Beach.

Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center | 1 Baltimore Avenue

This hotel is not only conveniently located to downtown Rehoboth, it’s also got beach access and an oceanfront pool. It’s Sandcrab Beach Bar also has beer, wine, and cocktails for you to sip on throughout the day and on into the night. Parking and wi-fi are both free as well as access to the Club Room which is a public reading room complete with a fireplace. Bonus: The Atlantic Sands Hotel is the host hotel and proud sponsor of Rehoboth Bear Weekend.

Rehoboth Guest House | 40 Maryland Avenue

A photo of the exterior of the Rehoboth Guest House. The building is made of gray siding with white and yellow striped awnings. There are two LGBTQ flags flying outside.

The Rehoboth Guest House is a gay-owned and operated bed and breakfast. They have 14 rooms but they are not handicap accessible and they do not accept pets. It’s located just two blocks from Rehoboth Avenue which is the downtown area of Rehoboth. This makes it a great spot for getting to the beach and walking into town for a bite or a beer. Your stay includes a hot breakfast. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available. Parking is free. Note: the Rehoboth Guest House is 18 years+ only.

Gay Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Recap

The next time you’re looking for a beach getaway, consider heading to the little state of Delaware. Rehoboth Beach is a great destination for the LGBTQ traveler with numerous restaurant, bars, and outdoor activities to choose from.

Where to See Art in Asheville

Asheville, though not as big as Atlanta, Charlotte, or Jacksonville, is still one of the cultural hubs in the southeast. Some say it’s because of the numerous restaurants and breweries. Some say it’s because of the live music scene. Others give credit to the artists and makers that call Asheville home. We think it’s a little bit of all of these things. In this post we’re going to share some of our favorite spots to help you figure out where to see art in Asheville.

Andy Herod’s gallery is another great spot to see art in Asheville.

Located in the Asheville Cotton Mill Studios, Andy Herod’s Gallery is a great spot for someone looking for the quintessential Asheville art experience. His space is dog and kid-friendly. His hours vary but typically his space is open daily from 10-5pm. Plus, he has beer, wine, and sake for sale so you can sip while you browse on some of his posters, metalwork, t-shirts, stickers, and more.

Asheville Art Museum | 2 South Pack Square

A quick Google search on where to see art in Asheville is sure to reveal the Asheville Art Museum. It’s one of the best places to see art in Asheville. It’s located downtown and has four floors filled with world-class exhibits from both regional and national artists. There’s a hands-on area for kids and even a bar and cafe on the top floor. If you’re big on art museums, this is one of the first places you should start your adventure in Asheville.

Blue Spiral 1 | 38 Biltmore Avenue

For over 30 years, Blue Spiral 1 has been showcasing some of Asheville’s best art. Blue Spiral has roughly 25 shows a year with groups and individuals taking up space on the Main and Lower Levels and over 100 artists showcasing their work on the upper floor. If you are looking to buy art in Asheville, Blue Spiral is a must-visit. Even if you’re not in the market to purchase, this is one of the best places to see art in Asheville. To see some of the current, past, and upcoming exhibitions, visit them online at Blue Spiral 1.

CURVE Studios and Garden | 3 River Arts Place

Want to see art in Asheville? Head on over to CURVE studios in the River Arts District.

If you’re wondering where to see art in Asheville’s River Arts District, we recommend checking out CURVE Studios and Garden. There are roughly a dozen artists in the space and true to the name, there’s a beautiful outdoor garden where you can sit for a minute and relax. (The gardens are open from dusk til dawn). You’ll find everything from ceramic artists, potters, jewelry makers, photographers, and even more at CURVE Studios. Bonus: The parking is free but the Greenway is located just across the street so you can ride your bike or walk to visit.

Folk Art Center | 382 Blue Ridge Parkway

Want to see art in Asheville and also check out a couple of overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway all in the same trip? If this sounds like your idea of a good time, hop in the car and head up to the Folk Art Center. From downtown Asheville, it’s about 5.9 miles to the Folk Art Center. Both activities are free. The Folk Art Center is open daily from 10-5pm and has two levels for you to check out. The first floor is home to a gift shop and also has regular demonstrations by local artisans. Check out their events page for details about who will be at the Folk Art Center and when. To learn more about the Folk Art Center as well as the Southern Highlands Craft Guild check out their website.

Lexington Glassworks | 81 South Lexington Avenue

This downtown Asheville glassblowing studio and gallery is one of the more unique art experiences you can have while visiting. There is a shop where you can purchase terrariums, rocks glasses, vases, and even make a custom order for lighting for your home. You can also visit even if you have no idea of purchasing something. They’ve got beer that you can sip on out of a hand-blown glass while watching the artisans work.

Though Mark’s name is on the studio and gallery, the space is actually shared by a handful of local to Asheville artists, not just him. Though if you get the chance to meet him, and you may if you visit as it’s a working studio, he is one of the nicest people you’ll meet in town. Located in the Wedge building that’s also home to the brewery that bears the same name, his studio is right in the heart of the River Arts District and is a great starting or ending point for those who want to see art in Asheville.

This downtown Asheville gallery is open 7 days a week and 15,000 feet of space on two levels, all of which is accessible. Momentum Gallery describes itself as a place that “…curates exhibitions of museum-quality paintings, original prints, innovative sculpture, and studio furniture. Our program celebrates material-based traditions rich in this area and reflects a contemporary aesthetic in harmony with nature.” This is one of the more upscale places to purchase and see art in Asheville.

Phil Mechanic Studios | 109 Roberts Street

Asheville’s River Arts District is one of the best places in the southeast to see artists and makers at work.

Just over the bridge that separates West Asheville from the River Arts District, you’ll find the Phil Mechanic Art Studios. STAND Gallery is located in the building as well as a number of Asheville artists including the world’s best tape artist aka Stephen L. Lange. There’s a free parking lot directly across from the studio and it’s also located near Mark Bettis’ studio and gallery in case you want to leave the car parked and walk around the RAD for a bit.

Pink Dog Creative | 342 Depot Street

No trip to see art in Asheville would be complete without paying a visit to Pink Dog Creative. These old warehouses have been transformed into numerous studios that are home to 30+ artists as well as a couple of spaces that are home to a coffee shop and pizza place. This is a great place to walk around and explore on foot and if you only have time for one art stop, this would probably be our pick. One not-to-miss artist here is Joseph Pearson who is located in Suite 130.

Murals in Asheville

In addition to the numerous art galleries and studios in Asheville, there are tons of cool murals to see around town. If you want to be surprised at what you see, we recommend checking out West Asheville on foot or on bike. There are tons of them to be seen on Haywood Road. The River Arts District is a good area as well. If you want to maximize your time, check out our post on the Best Instagram Spots in Asheville. It has addresses as well as photos.

Where to See Art in Asheville Recap

Your options for where to see art in Asheville are numerous. You have a bunch of galleries and studios to choose from as well as numerous murals around town. And in our opinion, once you get tired of browsing art, there’s almost always a brewery, cocktail bar, or restaurant nearby where you can grab a beer or a bite.

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