We just discovered a beach not 45 minutes from us! If you live around Washington, DC, check out North Beach on the Chesapeake Bay. It's absolutely cozy and small, perfect for a lazy summer morning with children. When we got there we had that feeling of homecoming and disbelief, like when a fabulous new store opens in your neighborhood and you can't believe your luck... except of course North Beach has been here for a long time, it's just new to us. Sabrina had a blast and couldn't believe we were heading back home afterwards--a beach without the airplane, long drive or hotel. Wow!
If you go, pack a picnic lunch or buy your lunch at Sweet Sue's Bake Shop, the little town's one gourmet coffee and sandwich shop right across the boardwalk. And if you don't live in this area but miss the beach, don't resign yourself... look for lakes, quarries and bay beaches... you may be surprised by what you find.