What’s New This Year in Delaware
Here’s a quick look at some high-profile events, attractions and even businesses in Delaware that have recently popped up on our radar, and are suited for a feature story. For more information, or to check availability of photos, call Eric Ruth at (302) 672-6813, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, and be sure to check back on this page for future updates.
Dewey Beach Hotel a Hot Ticket
Delaware's liveliest beach town is getting a brand new hotel, giving visitors an up-to-date lodging option at one of the town's most popular entertainment complexes. Bookings are already coming in for the 108-room Hyatt Place, located at Lighthouse Cove block, formerly known as Ruddertowne. The $18 million hotel/condo complex features rooms that overlook a saltwater pool, a 24-hour fitness room, complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi; and such dining options as a complimentary a.m. Kitchen Skillet served daily, 24-hour made-to-order menu items and pre-packaged snacks; an Intimate Bakery Café serving Starbucks coffees & teas, premium beers, wines & cocktails; and a Grab 'n Go case filled with sandwiches & greens.
Dogfish Head Brewery is on a Roll
Delaware’s nationally beloved Dogfish Head craft beer brewery is pursuing an ambitious growth plan, giving travelers even more options for exploring their favorite brews. A multi-million-dollar expansion of the brewery in Milton is adding capacity and more elbow room for tours; while founder Sam Calagione has launched a new line of Dogfish Head food, including beer-infused pickles, soups and more. Soon, the “Off Centered” brewmasters will be opening a hotel in Rehoboth Beach so that fans can stay in a prime resort location while they stay and play, perhaps embellishing their adventures with a tour of the Delaware Wine & Ale Trail.
Firefly Music Festival Quickly Becomes a Premier Event
Firefly Music Festival is quickly growing to become THE premier rock fest on the East Coast. Summer 2013 brought and even bigger influx of fans from across the region and around the country, gathering to hear a three-day lineup of top acts, including headliners The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Petty. Tickets are already selling fast for 2014.
See Future NBA Stars in Delaware
After more than a decade on hold, Delaware's legendary Slam Dunk to the Beach high school basketball tournament is set to roar back into Lewes on Dec. 27-29, 2014. The state’s foremost showcase of national high school basketball talent has a new format and is being organized under the new leadership of the Delaware Sports Commission. For 13 years, Slam Dunk hosted some of the nation’s premier players, including current NBA stars Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and J.J. Redick. “I was fortunate enough to play in the Slam Dunk to the Beach during my senior year at Southwest Atlanta Christian,” said Howard, who played in the tournament in 2003. “The competition on the floor was at a high level and the atmosphere in the gym was electric.”
Quirky “Run or Dye” Race is a Hit
It was a hit in Houston. A phenomenon in Phoenix. Now, for the first time in Delaware, a “Run Or Dye” 5k running event has brought its colorful hijunks to the streets of Dover. Thousands turned out for “the world’s most colorful 5K” on Aug. 17. More than 3,000 runners hoping to be splattered in eco-friendly, technicolor cornstarch dye signed up during the first week of registration for the Dover run, which was the fastest pace in the event’s history.
Downton Abbey Coming to Delaware
The magnificent new “Costumes of Downton Abbey®” exhibit at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library will feature 40 historically inspired costumes from the award-winning PBS series, supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur. Special features include lectures and workshops on entertaining in Britain and the United States. Runs from March 1, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015.
Amateur Tarzans “Go Ape” in Delaware
Outdoor thrillseekers have probably never experienced anything like Delaware's new Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course, a tarzan-esque climbing challenge that's the first of its kind in the region. The course at Lums Pond State Park features a series of zip lines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes, which typically take 2-3 hours to complete, and are suited to all skill levels.