Central Delaware

Begin your Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail experience in Fordham brewingDelaware’s capital region with a visit to Fordham and Old Dominion Brewing in Dover. Test all the beers in the tasting room. You can even take a non-alcoholic pause to try the breweries sodas.

Because beer and music go together like peanut butter and jelly, music is the perfect reason to spend some time in Central Delaware. The annual Firefly Music Festival is held behind Dover International Speedway the third weekend in June. The four-day event brings many of music’s biggest names to the area. Come for the music. Stay for the brews-ic.

Find inspiration in a different liquid – water - with a morning visit to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. It has an easy-to-follow auto tour with plenty of opportunities to get out and scope tBombay Hook Birdinghe seabirds at one of the world’s great birdwatching spots.

For a similarly authentic Delaware lunch experience, stop at Sambo’s Tavern in Leipsic to crack some steamed crabs by the river. Ask for a lesson in crab-cracking if it’s your first time there. Then swing over to downtown Smyrna for a sampling of handcrafted spirits Painted Stave Distilling, located in a restored old movie theater.

Heading southwest of Dover, make a stop at Fifer Orchards for locally-grown, organic produce before heading on to the next trail stop, Harvest Ridge Winery, a rustic and serene setting for a relaxing glass of wine. Finish up with a quick trip east to Mispillion River Brewing in Milford, where a tour will certainly be in order.