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If you've driven to the beach via Route 113, you've probably rolled through Georgetown, admiring the quaint buildings and lovely fountain. The hamlet, filled with charming, historic buildings, offers a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of busy beach towns.
Distance from Ocean City: 35 miles
What to do: Georgetown is all about history. Starting at the fountain in the center of town, history buffs can take the downtown walking tour (download a map from georgetowncoc.com), which shows off the town's variety of historic buildings.
"It's a beautiful area," says Karen Duffield, executive director of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce. "The fountain is a wonderful gathering spot."
Duffield warns that visitors hoping to tour specific buildings, such as the Old Court House or the Marvel Museum (marvelmuseum.com), should check beforehand, since hours vary at both.
When to go: On the third Wednesday of every month, the Historical Vintage Car Club of Delaware hosts "Cruise Night at the Circle," a fun way to celebrate history on wheels.
Where to eat: Duffield recommends the restaurant at the Brick Hotel (thebrickhotel.com), a newly renovated, historic bed-and-breakfast in downtown Georgetown, or one of the town's coffee shops or carryout spots.
With Georgetown's growing Hispanic community, excellent Latin-influenced restaurants are popping up, often just off the beaten path. Duffield suggests Little Mexico on North Race Street for visitors in search of authentic Mexican food.
Don't miss: On a rainy day, consider a drive to Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown, where the "Treasures of the Sea" exhibit allows visitors to peruse the spoils of a 17th-century Spanish shipwreck (treasuresofthesea.org).
Info: Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, 302-856-1544, georgetowncoc.com
May 3, 2013