I love a good find so I was quite happy when I stumbled upon the website for the Dogfish Inn, a brand new brewery-themed boutique hotel. Situated in Lewes, Delaware, this design savvy Inn is an extension of the Dogfish Head Microbrewery and Brewpub.
Founder of Dogfish Head craft brewed ales, Sam Calagione knew there was an opportunity to offer accommodations to all the travelers who passed through his popular microbrewery each year. When an old motel was up for sale last year in downtown Lewes, Sam renovated the property and gave it a new name. Situated on a pretty spot along coastal Delaware, the Dogfish Inn caters to those who like to get out and explore, without the need of a car. Here you can bike, hike, kayak or paddleboard...and drink craft beer.
The modern furnishings are the best part of this hotel. Designed by Studio Tack of Brooklyn, this Inn has 16 dog friendly guest rooms that are minimal with just the right mix of added color and texture. The bleached wood panels and flooring, plus the down feather pillows and comforter create a welcoming, cozy room. Plus, if you look closely, you'll discover fun beer-centric amenities and artwork.
As stated on their site, "Each room includes a wool Dogfish blanket created in collaboration with the iconic apparel maker Woolrich. You'll also find a Tivoli radio and screenprints of beer labels from our music collaborations." Rooms are around $250 on weekdays, $280 on weekends.
Steve Rogers is a local artist of Lewes and he has painted the historic Lightship Overfalls somewhere in each room- it's up to you to find it. The Lightship Overfalls is one of only 17 lightships remaining and is an historic landmark docked just a few hundred feet from the Inn. All of the artwork in each of the rooms is framed with salvaged wood from local farms, provided by Matt Myers, a local organic farmer.
You'll also find retro-American made beach chairs and Apolis tote bags for any day trips to the local beaches- (the totes are custom designed to carry Dogfish Head's six packs back to your room). Plus they have a treasure map highlighting nearby favorites- which reminds me of the map and guide I produced for the city of Atlanta.
When you spend a night at the Inn, you'll definitely want to head to their Brewpub, just a six mile bike ride down the bike path (borrow one of their bikes from the lobby). It's a bit of a beer lover's paradise mixed with a design lover's paradise. Oh, how I love a good find. Happy weekend everyone...
Photos: Dogfish Inn site; selectism.com Content: Sweet Peach