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A historic day in New Castle County

Discover more than 300 years of American and Delaware history on a day or weekend trip to Old New Castle and historic Odessa in northern Delaware. With cobblestone streets, scenic views of the waterfront where the Dutch first settled the area in the 1600s and beautiful historic New Castle Court Househomes, New Castle, known as, the First Capital of the First State, is a great starting point to begin your travels back in time.

After stopping at Penn’s Place, for a cup of coffee and light breakfast, head over to the New Castle Historical Society to pick up the audio walking tour or perhaps, a staff member will be on hand to give you a guided tour of the area.

The must-sees include the New Castle Court House, Delaware’s first court and capital, the Dutch house, the Amstel house and the Old Library Museum. Once you are done with the educational tours, take a scenic lunch break in Battery Park with views of the Delaware River! Depending on the day, you may see a tall ship or even a navy ship coming in to port just north of New Castle.

Historic Odessa DelawareNext, you’ll take a 10 – 15 minute car ride, to Historic Odessa to continue on the historic adventure. The Historic Odessa Foundation welcomes visitors with a video about the rich history and heritage of the area. Tours include a guided walk through the main properties and gorgeous gardens. The grounds include one of Delaware’s oldest residences, dating to 1700 and a collection of over 4,000 objects spanning from 1760 – 1850.

Once the tour is complete, walk over to Cantwell’s Tavern for a savory meal and early 19th century ambiance. Make sure to try some of the delicious offerings on their grapes and grains menu!

Make it a weekend trip with an overnight stay at a local hotel or bed and breakfast. Or learn more about the state that started the nation by pairing your trip with additional stops on the Delaware History Trail.

Bonus travel tip: If you’re traveling with a larger group, please call the Delaware Tourism Office at (302) 672-6834 to assist in coordinating special tours with the New Castle Historical Society and Historic Odessa Foundation. The New Castle Court House is a great spot for a catered breakfast and the William Penn High School Culinary Arts program offers an impressive catering service. Historic Odessa is also a great spot for a group dining experience with on-site catering from Cantwell’s Tavern.

 

posted on: Thursday, Dec 20, 2012 12:30 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 12/21/12 to 12/23/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! Plus, plan ahead and spend New Year's Eve in Delaware. To view event listings, click here. Shop tax-free in Delaware. For last minute holiday shopping locations, go to http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/shopping.

Catch a show at the new IMAX theater in Wilmington!
The Penn Cinema Riverfront is now open and showing the latest hits!

Discover First State Heritage Park in central Delaware
Visit the Old State House, Biggs Museum, Johnson Victrola Museum and much more while exploring Delaware's rich history and heritage.

Chesapeake Brass Band and A Capella Pops Holiday Celebration
Friday, December 21, 2012
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
A Cappella Pops is a high-energy show chorus of 35 singers from the Philadelphia area. Performing in intricate 4-to-8-part harmonies in an exciting and fast-paced style, A Cappella Pops combines great singing with carefully-woven dialogue and movement to create a seamless experience that keeps audiences eager for more.

The Nutcracker at the Grand Opera House
Friday, December 21, 2012
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Experience the classic ballet "The Nutcracker" at The Grand in downtown Wilmington.

Winter Solstice Hike at Delaware Seashore State Park
Friday, December 21, 2012
Begins at 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy a guided hike around Burton Island Nature Preserve. Then, watch the sunset over the Indian River Bay. Pre-registration is required. Call 302-227-6991 to reserve a spot. Admission is $4 per person.

Decorating Delmarva
(Delaware International Speedway and U.S. 13 Dragway in Delmar, Delaware)
Recurring every Thursday – Sunday until December 23rd
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Take a 2 mile drive through an animated tour of the North Pole, including holiday lights and community built displays. The tour will conclude in an area recognized as Santa’s Village. In Santa’s Village there will be nightly festival events in an activity area for children of all ages. The events will include Mr. & Mrs. Claus, holiday music, fire pits and nightly entertainment.

Brewery tours at Fordham and Old Dominion Brewing Company
Saturday, December 22, 2012
12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, five samples, and a pint glass to take home.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine and Ale Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail

For additional event calendars, visit:
http://visitdover.com
http://visitsoutherndelaware.com
http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com

 

posted on: Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 9:20 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages and Events in Delaware

Delaware offers the perfect destination for couples seeking a romantic weekend getaway. From watching a sunrise on the beach to staying in a luxurious hotel or resort, make plans to spend Valentine’s Day in Delaware with your special someone.

Below is a collection of romance packages throughout the state plus, Valentine’s Day events. For additional hotel listings and to book online through a Travelocity booking engine, go to  http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/hotels.

Deals and Special Packages

C'est magnifique Romance Weekend at Hotel Rehoboth
The ultimate in "Do not disturb" getaway! Spoil that special someone with an indulgent romantic getaway at the beach in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Our romance hotel package is made for two - make memories to last a lifetime at Hotel Rehoboth. Enjoy a Luxurious SUITE-SIZED KING or Q/Q guestroom with spacious sitting area, large granite bath with soft robes & towels. Taittinger Split of Champagne and chocolates upon arrival. Two complimentary Hotel Rehoboth champagne glasses. Dinner for two at your choice of Lupo Di Mare, Cultured Pearl, Blue Moon, Nage, Fins, Summer House or Salt Air. VIP 20% discount on spa treatments at Bad Hair Day Salon and Spa. Nightly turndown service with chocolates. Wonderful Continental Breakfast each morning. Pricing: January 1 - March 31, 2013 - $459.00. To make a reservation, call 877-247-7346.

Cozy Winter Weekend Package at the Boardwalk Plaza
Recurring until March 16, 2013
Get away for a winter weekend and stay in at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel. Cozy up to this beat-the-blues getaway that includes: 2 Nights for 2 in an Oceanfront Suite; Sunday Brunch for 2 in Victoria's Restaurant; 1 Suite Delivery of Hot Chocolate and Choice of Dessert for 2; Unlimited DVD Selections; 2 Heated Travel Coffee Mugs and a 1/2 pound of Our Custom-Blended Coffee in a Boardwalk Plaza Tote Bag; Tax and Foodservice Gratuities.
Just $479 per Couple. To make a reservation, call (302) 227-7169.

Hotel du Pont Romantic Valentine’s Getaway
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a stay at the Hotel du Pont in Downtown Wilmington, Delaware. In honor of Valentine’s Day, one-, two- three- and four-night packages are being offered.  The special $199 per night rate includes a stay in a luxury room, an a la carte breakfast for two and parking.  To make your reservation, call (302) 594-3100.

Prosecco Romance at The Bellmoor “Add on Package”
Enjoy a fabulous romantic escape at The Bellmoor by adding the "Romance at The Bellmoor" package to any room type. Select one of our charming Garden rooms overlooking the courtyard, a spacious Deluxe room in the main Inn, or a luxurious ClubLevel suite with gas fireplace, balcony and therapeutic jet tub in the bathroom. The package includes; Two night stay plus two massages, two 50 minute Swedish Massages, complimentary bottle of Prosecco Sparkling wine, full American Breakfast each morning, afternoon refreshments. Prices: Sunday through Thursday: $169 add on ( substitute one couples massage instead of two Swedish for an additional $35.00); Weekends $189 add on ( substitute one couples massage instead of two Swedish for an additional $35.00). To make a reservation, call 866-899-2779.

Romance Package at the Hilton Garden Inn
Rendezvous. Relax. Reconnect. Our Romance Package will help you set the mood for a great romantic getaway. During your stay, you'll enjoy: early check-in; in-room sparkling wine (where permitted by law) or cider upon arrival; as always, access to hotel fitness center, pool and whirlpool; full breakfast for two in the hotel's designated restaurant. Guests can exchange their breakfast for a dinner discount (buy one entrée and get a second one of equal or lesser value free in the hotel's designated restaurant); late check-out available upon request. To make a reservation, call (302) 757-3785.

Romance Package at the Sheraton Dover Hotel
Love is in the air at Sheraton Dover Hotel. Whether it's your special anniversary or a spontaneous romantic weekend, we'll help set the mood!  This package includes: Rates from $169 per night; Breakfast buffet for two; Bottle of champagne in your room; 4pm late checkout. Book online.

The Clarion Hotel ~ The Belle Valentine's Celebration
Friday February 15, 2013
7:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Enjoy a delicious dinner buffet, a little wine and dancing at the The Clarion Hotel ~ The Belle. Pair your dining experience with an overnight stay with one of their affordable packages. To make a reservation, call 302.428.1000. 

The Romance Package at the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
The ultimate in do not disturb getaways! There's just something about a luxurious hotel room that makes whispered sweet nothings sound even sweeter. Add a touch of elegance, a hint of indulgence, and you've got the makings for our Romance Package. During your stay, you'll enjoy: Early check-in & pre-registration upon request; in-room sparkling wine (where permitted by law) or cider upon arrival; access to hotel health club, pool and whirlpool spa (where available); full American breakfast for two in their room (where available) or in the hotel's designated restaurant. On stays beyond one night, buy one entrée and get a second one of equal or lesser value at no additional cost. (Choose from either lunch or dinner in designated restaurant); late check-out available upon request. To make a reservation, call (302) 454-1500.

The Village Romance Package at the Inn at Montchanin Village
Get whisked away to a world or peace and quiet with luxurious romantic charm. Rates vary based on room availability. The package includes a bottle of champagne with Swiss chocolates, fresh berry presentation upon arrival and a $25.00 voucher towards breakfast at Krazy Kat’s Restaurant. To make a reservation, call 800-269-2473.

Vintage Valentine Escape Package at the Inn at Canal Square in Lewes
From February 8th to the 17th, the package includes 2 nights lodging, a bottle of Champagne, $50.00 dinner certificate to dine at any of the great restaurants Lewes has to offer, a romantic music CD and complimentary European-Style Breakfast. Package Price Starting at $400.00

Events

Make a Valentine at the Delaware Art Museum
Friday, February 1, 2013
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Admission: $30 Members, $35 Non-Members
Roses are red, violets are blue, don’t just send a valentine… make it too! Bring a friend or your special valentine and create unique Valentine’s Day cards using simple printing and collage techniques.

Valentine’s Day hike at Burton Island in Delaware Seashore State Park
Friday, February 15, 2013
Begins at 4"00 p.m.
Admission: $4 per person
Enjoy a guided hike around Burton Island Nature Pre­serve. Then watch the sunset over Indian River Bay. Pre-registration required.  Call (302) 227-6991 for more information and registration.

 

posted on: Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 10:21 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

New Year’s Eve Events and Deals in Delaware

Ring in the New Year in Delaware! Celebrate with friends, family or that special someone at one of these exciting events. Scroll down for special deals or view our hotel listings and book online to make it a weekend trip! 

Events

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at the Brandywine Zoo
December 31, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join the countdown to noon and celebrate the coming of 2012. Program begins at 10:00 a.m. at the gate and then we’ll party with the animals. Must pre-register by December 27, 2012. Call for prices and reservations at (302) 571-7747.

Dinner and celebrating at Cultured Pearl
December 31, 2012
Dinner begins to seat at 4:30 p.m. and goes till 2013!
No cover charge
The Cultured Pearl in Rehoboth is open for dinner New Years Eve from 4:30 to 2013 with dancing and live entertainment by the Jazzy Blues Singing sensation Kerensa Gray. There is no cover and we have numerous great specials in addition to our regular menu. Reservations are highly recommended. To reserve a table, call 302-227-8493.

Four Course Countdown: NYE Gourmet Dinner Pairing at World Cafe Live
December 31, 2012
Begins at 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate the end of 2012 by invigorating your senses and pleasuring your palate. Our culinary team will pair a four course meal with your choice of beer or wine accompanying each course. We have partnered with the award winning Bouchaine Vineyards for all of our wine offerings, and the beer selections will highlight rare and interesting winter seasonal brews from a variety of breweries. Tickets for the Rusted Root performance that evening are sold separately. Reservations are recommended. 

A New Year’s Eve to Remember at Harrington Raceway and Casino
December 31, 2012
Beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $89.95/couple
Enjoy an evening featuring great food, friends and times at the Harrington Raceaway and Casino. In the exhibit hall, couples will enjoy a buff dinner, entertainment and a champagne toast. Reservations are required. Please call (302) 398-4920 ext. 5227.

Annual New Years Eve Gala at The Clarion Hotel – The Belle
December 31, 2012
7:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Admission includes open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffet and live entertainment with DJ Billy from Philly. Reserve a table by calling (302) 428-1000. Package deals:
    #1 Party and Meal $99/person – includes Gala ticket for one person
    #2 Party and Meal for couple $198 – includes Gala ticket for couple
    #3 Party, overnight accommodations and breakfast for $297

Eve 2013 at the Chase Center in Wilmington
December 31, 2012
9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Wilmington's 3rd Annual All-Inclusive EVE is back and bigger than ever!
This is what our ALL-INCLUSIVE PARTY features: 4-Hour Premium Open Bar with Champagne Toast at Midnight, featuring a full bar. Hors d ‘oeuvres and food stations at 9:00 p.m. Hot Breakfast Buffet after the ball drops and dancing all night with live entertainment. Plus, much more! It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Beach (Atlantic Sands Hotel)
December 31, 2012
8:00 p.m. 1:00 a.m.
Admission: $125/person (special discounted rates offered for those that purchase overnight accommodations)
Ring in 2013 with dinner, dancing, "live" music by The Real Geniuses and much, much more down by the shore, oceanfront in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! The menu is sensational and sure to please you all night long, the Grand Swan Ballroom is beautiful, and the band will have everyone on their feet and dancing until the ball drops or even longer!

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Delaware Art Museum
December 31, 2012
10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Admission: $75 general admission / $65 Museum members
Ring in an artful new year at the Museum with champagne, delicious food, an open bar and special holiday cocktail, music, and art!  You won’t want to miss this fun and elegant holiday party. Ticket price includes Valet Parking. Purchase tickets online.

New Year’s Eve at Firestone on the Riverfront
December 31, 2012
8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Admission: $65/person
The 2013 New Years Eve ticket includes an ultra premium open bar with all top shelf liquor, draft and bottled beer, house red and white wines available. A midnight champagne toast, midnight pizza buffet, free valet parking, dj noj and speaker city plus, a cozy heated patio bar!

New Years Eve at the Rusty Rudder
December 31, 2012
Begins at 9:00 p.m.
Admission: $100/person
Celebrate New Years with Total Whiteout, DJ Bis & Marty, Love Seed Mama Jump and Jefe & Mitchell.

New Years Eve Gala at the Hotel du Pont
December 31, 2012
11:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Admission: $300 per couple
Reception begins at 7:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 8:00 p.m.
Party with live band, dancing and cash bar in Brandywine Room. To reserve a table, call 800-441-9019.

New Year’s Eve party at Fire & Ice in Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
December 31, 2012
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Admission: Capital Gold® Club members will pay only $10 per person or $15 per couple, at the door.  Non-Capital Club members will be charged $15 per person or $25 per couple.
Beginning at 9:30 p.m, the R&B band Group Therapy, a high energy party dance band, will be performing. Guests may expect delicious hors d’oeuvres 9-11 p.m. and light snacks 11 p.m. – 1 a.m., Champagne, party favors, and a cash bar featuring New Year’s themed cocktails.

Overfalls Anchor Drop in Lewes
December 31, 2012
11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Don your best party hat and raise your glass to 2012 on the Lightship Overfalls toots it horn to welcome in the New Year!! (weather permitting).

First Day Hike at Burton Island
January 1, 2013
Begins at 1:00 p.m.
Start the New Year off right with a guided hike of Burton Island Nature Preserve. Pre-registration is not required. Call (302) 227-6991, for more information and directions to the trailhead. This event is free.

New Years Eve Deals
Atlantic Oceanside Motel NYE discount rate
December 31, 2012
The Atlantic Oceanside Motel is offering rooms from $95.00 for NYE and special discounts for Dewey Dunk participants. For more information, call (302) 227-8811.

Get 50% off at Best Western Plus – Brandywine Valley Inn
Guests that stay on December 31, 2012 at the regular rate will receive the night before or after at a 50% discount. To book, call (302) 656-9436.

New Years Eve Play & Stay at the Brick Hotel on the Circle
December 31, 2012
The Brick Hotel on the Circle in Georgetown is offering a package deal for $175 per couple that includes a queen or king room, welcome bottle of champagne or house wine and a $25 gift card toward dinner for that evening. To book the package, call (302) 856-1899.

Ring in 2013 at the Sheraton Dover Hotel
December 31, 2012
Celebrate with one of these fun and exciting package deals! From celebrations at Zbar to dinner at Chops Grille plus, overnight accommodations, make it New Years to remember at Sheraton Dover. Download the Sheraton Dover PDF for details. For reservations call (302) 734-0907.

 

posted on: Monday, Dec 17, 2012 11:36 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 12/14/12 to 12/16/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! Plus, take advantage of Delaware’s tax-free shopping during the holiday season. For shopping locations, go to http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/shopping.

Holiday Light Show at the Grand Opera House
Friday, December 14, 2012
Begins at 6:30 p.m.
Experience a special holiday light show set to music on the facade of the Grand Opera House in Wilmginton.

Christmas at Hagley
Recurring daily until January 6th
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Glimpse nineteenth and early twentieth-century holiday entertaining in Eleutherian Mills, the du Pont family ancestral home. The first bus leaves for the exhibit at 10 a.m. and the last bus at 3:30 p.m.

“A Christmas Carol” performed by Clearspace Theatre Company

Last performance is on December 15, 2012

Various times

The world’s most well known holiday story gets a completely new sound – along with a different title – this year at Clear Space! This musical incarnation of the Charles Dickens classic debuted off-Broadway in 1992 and has subsequently played in theatres across the country. Bring the whole family to the theatre this holiday season for a new musical tradition!

Decorating Delmarva
(Delaware International Speedway and U.S. 13 Dragway in Delmar, Delaware)

Recurring every Thursday – Sunday until December 23rd

6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Take a 2 mile drive through an animated tour of the North Pole, including holiday lights and community built displays. The tour will conclude in an area recognized as Santa’s Village. In Santa’s Village there will be nightly festival events in an activity area for children of all ages. The events will include Mr. & Mrs. Claus, holiday music, fire pits and nightly entertainment.

Yuletide at Winterthur: A Feast for the Eyes

Recurring daily until January 6th

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Experience traditions of the past and dazzling entertaining displays in this special wintertime tour. Whether you are taking in the breathtakingly decorated trees, the colorful and exquisite room and food displays, or the winter wonderland of the garden, Yuletide at Winterthur is sure to be a feast for your eyes.

Brewery tours at Fordham and Old Dominion Brewing Company
Saturday, December 15, 2012
12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, five samples, and a pint glass to take home.

Tour Belmont Hall in Smyrna
Sunday, December 16, 2012
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
View beautiful holiday decorations at the historic Belmont Hall in Smyrna. For more information, call 302-264-9048.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine and Ale Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail

For additional event calendars, visit:
http://visitdover.com
http://visitsoutherndelaware.com
http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com

 

posted on: Friday, Dec 14, 2012 9:29 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 12/07/12 to 12/09/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! Plus, take advantage of Delaware’s tax-free shopping during the holiday season. For shopping locations, go to http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/shopping.

Front Street in Lewes celebrates Delaware Day
Friday, December 7, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
To celebrate the 225th anniversary of Delaware’s ratification of the U.S. Constitution, Front Street shops and museums in downtown Lewes will have open houses, a scavenger hunt, light refreshments, special savings, and other special activities in each location!

Downtown Milford Holiday Stroll
Friday, December 7, 2012
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Come downtown to enjoy live entertainment throughout the streets, visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides and much more. For more information, call 302-839-1180.

Celebrate Delaware Day
Friday, December 7, 2012
6:00 p.m.
Join the Delaware Historical Society for a statewide toast to the state of Delaware at Old Town Hall Museum. Featuring Jubilicious, a specialty crafted beer by Twin Lakes and Statehood Stew prepared by World Cafe Live and live entertainment!

Christmas at Hagley
Recurring daily until January 6th
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Glimpse nineteenth and early twentieth-century holiday entertaining in Eleutherian Mills, the du Pont family ancestral home. The first bus leaves for the exhibit at 10 a.m. and the last bus at 3:30 p.m.

Milton Holly Festival
Saturday, December 8, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Shop for great gifts and enjoy family-friendly activities plus, pick up your handmade Holly wreath! For more information, call 302-684-1101.

28th Annual Holiday House Tour
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Houses open: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Museum open: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Presented by the Delaware Art Museum Council, the Holiday House Tour is always a seasonal highlight! Tour 10 spectacular Wilmington area homes bedecked for the holiday season. The Tour also features 12 talented regional artisans, who will display their wares at the Museum on Tour day.  For more information, call 302-571-9590.

Santa Claus Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
December 8 and 9, 2012
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your family during this 1½-hour round-trip to Ashland. Reservations are recommended. Buy tickets online.

“The Nutcracker” performed by the Ballet Theatre of Dover
Schwartz Center for the Arts
December 8 and 9, 2012
Saturday (2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.); Sunday (2:00 p.m.)
The Ballet Theatre of Dover brings this beloved tale for all ages to the Schwartz Center for the Arts. Buy tickets online.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine and Ale Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail

For additional event calendars, visit:
http://visitdover.com
http://visitsoutherndelaware.com
http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com

 

posted on: Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 12:34 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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