In its June/July 2014 issue, National Geographic Traveler, a travel magazine with a readership of 9 million, selected Bethany Beach as one of seven beaches nationwide where “the essential beach experience endures.” Bethany is the only beach between Massachusetts and North Carolina to be recognized.
Author Bruce Schoenfeld, in enumerating his selection criteria, wrote, “A great beach town must have shores that are spacious, picturesque, relatively uncrowded and clean. Beyond that, its local culture not only has to service tourism but also transcend it. The town must have a prettiness about it that makes even a stroll to the grocery store an occasion for delight. Finally, it has to be timeless, meaning that, though restaurants come and go and shops get sold, the contours and vistas around them remain recognizable through generations.”
Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kristie Maravalli said she is delighted but not surprised that Bethany appears among Schoenfeld’s selected beaches.
“This accolade from National Geographic is a wonderful distinction for our community. But it’s no surprise to anyone in the Quiet Resorts that Bethany Beach is recognized as a quintessential American beach town. Bethany’s beautiful 5-Star beaches and our active, friendly community of residents and businesses create a small-town, beach-town feel that makes Bethany unique.”
The slideshow of National Geographic Traveler’s selected beach towns is online at: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/american-beach-towns-photos-....