By Kathleen Moore and Lola Michael Russell
What do you dream of in a summer vacation destination? Would you like to be by the beach? Or perhaps in a town with lively restaurants, shops, and entertainment? Maybe somewhere in a wooded area by a lake? How about a comfortable bed in a well-appointed room, with en-suite bathroom? Affordable is important, and of course, delicious food — all included? Such is the stuff of dreams — it is also a reality at Memorial House.
Formerly the spacious and gracious summer home of Mr. and Mrs. A. Felix du Pont, Memorial House is one of the unique treasures of our diocese. It features 11 charming and comfortable guest rooms, each with its own private bathroom. Although it is located in Rehoboth Beach, a bustling and popular summer vacation spot, the house is in a quiet location — nestled in pines, not only two blocks from the ocean but also on the banks of Lake Gerar. Guests may enjoy a sunny day on the beach, relax in the shade of the deck, or take a short walk to the Rehoboth Art League and the town’s diverse restaurants and shops. Beautiful trails are close at hand for walking or biking, and bikes are available for rental within three blocks. Many guests bring their own bikes and use the property’s bike fix-it station and bike racks.
The house’s comfortable living room, sitting room, and library are warmly inviting and encourage guests to settle indoors and appreciate the wide selection of board games and puzzles. The deck and fire pit are charmingly perfect for leisurely summer evenings, while Rehoboth’s engaging nightlife also attracts guests, as does the nearby bandstand with Friday and Saturday evening concerts. Funland’s rides and attractions are great fun for families, and the boardwalk appeals to all ages.
And the delicious food? A full breakfast and dinner, both with a wide array of menu options, are included in your stay. Our chef and his staff, using fresh and local produce, take pride in the variety of their cuisine. Coffee, tea, juices, and ice cream are available 24/7, and a guest kitchen is available, with ample storage space for your own snacks and beverages.
A priest from the diocese serves as resident chaplain during your stay, and guests may decide what kind of spiritual experience they would like such as Morning Prayer or Compline. On Sunday morning, Holy Eucharist takes place in the chapel while some guests choose to attend local churches.
Memorial House is a place for all seasons, people, ages, and faiths, and guests from around the country, vacation there. Many return year after year and speak of it as going home. You are cordially invited to consider Memorial House as your own summer vacation destination. You will be most welcome!