Why Can't Everything be in Dewey Beach? This brings up a suggestion we hear from time to time from the "old timers." Why can't we have the event, with vendors, speakers and registration, all in Dewey Beach like we used to do? To answer this question, you have to understand how the little town of Dewey Beach has changed from 1995 until today.
History From 1995 to 2008 the event was managed by The Greyhound Project. It was held in tents, parking lots and restaurants around the Town of Dewey Beach. After a nor'easter blew down the vendor tents in 2007, the Greyhound Project decided to stop managing the event. The reasons were eloquently expressed and had to do with the development of condos and hotels in Dewey Beach which diminished open areas or restaurants where the event could be held. They also cited the difficulty of obtaining liability insurance after the tents blew down. Thus the event officially "left" Dewey Beach with the Greyhound Project in 2008 due to the lack of available space.
Today, ten years later, Dewey Beach still offers very few suitable options for hosting the event. We have combed through the parking lots and businesses of Dewey Beach to find a location. We have checked with parking lot owners and real estate experts. We have spoken to Town officials. Condos have taken over much of the open space of the town. Space is at a premium. A small home in Dewey Beach will sell for over a million dollars. There is much less room now for the event than there was in 2008 when the Greyhound Project decided the town could no longer support the event. Businesses do not want to give up their parking lot space. Many businesses do not allow dogs.
The Hyatt Place in downtown DB, perhaps the one space that is large enough to host the event, offered us a reasonable price for their modest meeting room for 2018. Their ballrooms, after remodeling, are now priced at $10,000 each ... not for the week but for one day. Not a realistic option for a charity trying to help greyhounds.
With our securing the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center as our host location for 2019, all these concerns about where to hold the event in Dewey Beach have disappeared. Our vendors do not have to buy an annual vendor license for $109 as they had to do in Dewey Beach. We do not have to buy a business license for the event.
The Summer is Over So Things Should be Cheap
Those who think the summer tourist season is over by Labor Day, and that we should be able to get bargains everywhere, are misinformed. Prices at hotels and restaurants can be very high at this time of year. October is peak wedding season for this beach resort, particularly for the Washington, D.C. crowd. Compared to Washington, D.C., Dewey Beach prices are a bargain. In 2018, there were auto races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Dover Speedway. This competition for accommodations impacts area hotel availability and prices.
E-Booklet We asked whether or not the E-Booklet was helpful in planning your weekend. 83% of respondents felt the E-Booklet was helpful. 5.5% felt that they glanced at it but it wasn't all that helpful. About 8% offered a comment.
Several people in past surveys said they wanted the E-Booklet sooner, more than a week to ten days before the event. The fact is, information is changing right up to the beginning of the event. Speakers can change their minds or new speakers could decide to respond to invitations posed months earlier. Vendors cancel or decide to attend. Hotels get new owners and change policies. A booklet produced even a month early would be even less accurate than the booklet we create now. We do post regular changes to the event on this Updates page so that people have new and changing information ahead of time. Printing the E-Booklet even earlier would not help people get more accurate and correct information.
Traffic Some folks complained that the traffic at the beach is very heavy, especially on Rt. 1. As we indicated above, the beach is very popular at the beginning of October. We wish there was less traffic but we unfortunately don't have a genie ion a bottle that will grant our wishes
Schedule Communication Some folks wanted better communication about the event schedule. We send out an E-booklet with a great deal of information a week before the event. We also handed out a double-sided sheet at the registration table with schedule information. That said, we think we can do a better job of make the schedule clearer within one section of the booklet. Some folks said there were too many things going on for a four day weekend. Part of the beauty of this event is that while you can't do everything, you get to chose what you do.
2021 Greyhounds Reach the Beach® Updates!
October 6-10, 2021
Scroll down for updates about our 2021 event.
Greyhounds Reach the Beach® is a registered trademark of The Grapehound Wine Tour, Inc. The trademark refers to the greyhound event begun in 1995, and held in Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, for four days every Columbus Day weekend. Managed by The Greyhound Project for many years, the event is now managed by The Grapehound Wine Tour, Inc., a Delaware registered, IRS approved 501(c)3 non-profit Delaware corporation established for the benefit of greyhounds and other sighthounds.
All proceeds from The Grapehound Wine Tour® event in New York and the Greyhounds Reach the Beach® event in Delaware go to pay for event costs and the balance donated to participating 501(c)3 greyhound adoption organizations so that they may transport, vet, and place adopted greyhounds from race tracks around the country. No officer or member of our Board of Directors receives any money whatsoever for our volunteer services.
2021 GRtB Planning
We are excited about our second year in the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.
This year's event will feature a convention center full of vendors and some top speakers.
Once again we will try to plan some bus tours, a beer and biscuit mixer, and other events for people and their greyhounds around town.
Watch this space for updates.
We also recommend that you sign up for our monthly updates on the home page as well.
Likely Vendors for GRtB
Dog Joy Crafts
Hound Safe (formerly Sit. Stay safe!)
Couch Potato Collection
James River Greyhounds
Houndtime Clocks/Zoom Doggies Coats
Creative Crafts by J&L
Tiboron Glass Design
Long Dog Leather
Midwest Greyhound Adoption
The Art and Craft of Mark V. Turner
Many more to be added
We have added a Holiday Inn Express in Rehoboth Beach as a new hotel offering. If you don't have a place to stay, check them out on the Hotels page.
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Greyhounds Reach the Beach®
October 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10, 2021 It's all about the greyhounds©
First Speakers Set for 2021
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mike Miller, a canine cardiologist, will be speaking at Greyhounds Reach the Beach on the topic of "Do Greyhounds get heart Disease?" He will also address the topic of how diet can affect canine heart health.
Dr. Miller's Bio
Michael S. Miller, MS, VMD, DABVP
Dr. Miller obtained his BS at Florida State University, his MS in cardiac electrophysiology in 1975 at Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and a VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. He has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners since 1985. Dr. Miller trained with Dr. Larry Tilley, DACVIM, at the Animal Medical Center and Cardiopet, Inc. in New York, where he was a consultant, Vice President of Medical Affairs, and Board Director during his tenure (1980–1992). In the region, Dr. Miller is known affectionately as the “traveling cardiologist,” as he visits general and specialty practices in Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
Joh Ford, Dog Trainer
John Ford, a dog trainer from West Chester, PA, has committed to speak at GRTB 2021.
John will be making several presentations throughout our weekend. he was voted best of Philly among dog trainers in 2005.
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Discount
Each year we set up a discount on the Cape May Ferry for our greyhound participants. You may reserve your trip for the dates between October 5th and October 14, inclusive.
Please mention Greyhounds Reach the Beach and cite
Group Customer Number – tbd
Travelling between October 2nd and October 11th. Departure times TBD
Your one-way discounted prices are below
The standard cost of the ferry in October is $35.00 for vehicle and passenger and $10 for each additional passenger over 14 years old.
So there is a nice savings in this discount. Typically a driver and passenger would cost $45 for a one way trip; with this discount it's only $28, a $17 savings each way.
Call 1-800-643-3779 to resrve your trip. (Can't use discount code on website).