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Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Nov 1 to Nov 3, 2013

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

Punkin ChunkinWorld Championship Punkin Chunkin
November 1 – 3, 2013
The World Championship Punkin Chunkin is an annual competition for throwing pumpkins using catapults, air cannons and much more! The Punkin Chunkin Championship draws thousands of visitors to the area and is aired on the Discovery Channel every Thanksgiving. Hotel rooms are available in Milford, Georgetown, Seaford and the beach resort area.

Fringe Festival – Wilmington
November 1 – November 3, 2013
Fringe Wilmington is a celebration of unconventional & experimental art. Fringe Wilmington gives artists of all creative disciplines an opportunity to explore the outer edges of their art.

Paranormal 101 in Old New Castle
Friday, November 1, 2013
7:00 & 9:30 p.m.
Join the seasoned investigators from Delaware's most experienced paranormal investigative team, Delmarva Historic Haunts, for an introductory class to learn the methods they use when looking for paranormal activity at a house or site that reports strange occurrences! You'll learn about the devices and techniques used during an investigation, and tour Old New Castle's most haunted mansion - the Amstel House! Then you can join the team the next night, Saturday, for an extended public investigation in Old New Castle!

Steven Wright at The Grand
Friday, November 1, 2013
Starts at 8:00 p.m.
Steven Wright was recently seen in a guest role on the hit FX series' "Louie". His nonsensical jokes and one-liners with contrived situations make him one of a kind. An evening with this deadpan comedian and perennial Grand favorite is a must for all looking for a hilarious time.

Go Ape at Lums Pond State Park!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Times vary based on reservation
Four zip lines take you high over Lums Pond, the largest freshwater pond in Delaware.  Overall there are 5 individual sections within the course - rope ladders, 42 exciting crossings including Double Stirrups, and stunning views that take you higher into the forest canopy. Please note there is an entry fee for the Park - $3 for DE registered vehicles & $6 for out-of-state vehicles. Reserve the Go Ape treetop adventure online.

First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair - ImageFirst State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair
Saturday, November 2, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Leave the 21st century behind at the First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair, which recreates the sights and sounds of the autumn market fairs held on The Green in Dover in the mid-1700s. Watch demonstrations of traditional trades and crafts like pottery, woodworking, blacksmithing and spinning. 18th-century-style music and dancers add to the period atmosphere. Vendors and refreshments round out the day. Enjoy free fun for all ages –all with an 18th-century twist! Rain or shine.

Autumn Leaf Special on the Wilmington and Western Railroad (Final weekend)
November 2 – 3, 2013
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Travel the Wilmington and Western Railroad for their "Autumn Leaf Special" ride on a steam or diesel powered locomotive. Enjoy the splendor of the season, with 1 ½-hour round-trips to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, or 2 ½-hour round-trips to Hockessin. Make sure to bring your camera!

Brewery Tour at Fordham Old Dominion Brewing
Saturday, Starting November 2, 2013
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. Sample our signature beers, Hop Mountain and Fordham Copperhead, as well as the Delaware Beer Bracket winner, Oak Barrel Stout.

Bonus trip ideas:
Spooky haunts and fright sites in Delaware.
Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.
Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.
Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.
Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.
Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 11:22 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Oct 25 to Oct 27, 2013

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

Old New CastleHauntings in History Walking Tours
Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday (7:00, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m.)
Discover the darker side of history by taking the only ghost tour of Old New Castle that brings you inside one of New Castle’s most haunted mansions - The Amstel House! After exploring the legendary Amstel House you’ll venture out into the dark, cool night to search for other New Castle myths and tales of the supernatural. Mixed in along with the stories will be plenty of New Castle history – including mourning customs of the time, funerary practices and the history of capitol punishment. Advance reservations required.

24th Annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival
October 25 – 27, 2013
Join the festivities with the Sea Witch Parade and Costume Contest. Plus, a Fiddlers Contest with prizes awarded in Banjo, Fiddle, and Bluegrass categories, the Sea Witch Cottage and Heritage Craft Shows at the Rehoboth Outlets and Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, and a Best Costumed Pet Contest for Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets.

Fifer Fall Fest
Recurring daily through October 31, 2013
Monday-Friday (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.); Saturdays (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Find your way through an exciting corn maze, enjoy hayrides, live entertainment, pumpkin bowling and so much more!

Colin Quinn Unconstitutional at The Grand
Friday, October 25, 2013
Begins at 8:00 p.m.
Spend an evening with this stand-up comic in his one-man show "Unconstitutional." A recent hit off-Broadway, this tackles 226 years of American Constitutional calamities in about 70 minutes. "Fast, furious and funny! In Quinn we trust"- New York Daily News.

The Underground Railroad in Delaware – Exhibit at First State Heritage Park
Friday (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.); Saturday (9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.); Sunday (1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Planned and created by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware, the exhibit explores the First State's role in the pre-Civil War network of secret routes and safe houses used by black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.

12th Annual Wine & Music Festival at Dover Downs
Saturday, October 26, 2013
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 12th Anniversary of the Wine & Music Festival at Dover Downs -  Halloween style! Sample free wines from around the world and enjoy delicious culinary delights for purchase. Stroll through the ever-changing gift and food marketplace, and sign up for a variety of fun and informative wine seminars. Enjoy live DJ entertainment and cooking demos at 4:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Mount Cuba Center FallFall Photography Stroll at Mount Cuba Center
Saturday, October 26, 2013
7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Enjoy this early morning opportunity to photograph the gardens of Mt. Cuba Center. Chris Starr will offer advice, tips, and ideas as well as answer your photography questions. Photographers of all experience levels, from novices to experts, will receive personal guidance. Stroll the gardens and capture the visual glory of autumn. Be sure to bring your lenses, camera manual, and dress for the weather. Tripods are welcome. Garden admission is included with registration.

Hayrides at Hagley
Saturday, October 26, 2013
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Families can take a hayride along the Brandywine to experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Powder Yard. Visitors can see a gunpowder explosion, the roll mill in action, and working nineteenth-century machines. Included with admission, free for members. Use Hagley's main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Steamin' Halloween at Auburn Heights
Saturday, October 26, 2013
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ride in the 1/8-size steam trains and antique autos, see the world's largest operating collection of Stanley Steamers, sample free popcorn from a steam-powered popper, and enjoy family fun for all ages.  Mansion tours available for an additional $12. per person.

Paranormal Investigations of Historic Lewes
Saturday, 26, 2013
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Explore the curious happenings in historic Lewes, Delaware. Participants will have a chance to investigate four of The Lewes Historical Society's historic buildings including the Cannonball House, Burton Ingram, Rabbits Ferry, and the Old Doctor's Office for ghostly beings. In this 3-hour program, participants will learn about paranormal entities and the tools used to explore paranormal activity.

Bonus trip ideas:
Spooky haunts and fright sites in Delaware.
Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.
Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.
Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.
Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.
Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 12:56 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Oct 18 to Oct 20, 2013

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

Travel update: Air Mobility Command Museum, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, First State National Monument and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge have reopened due to the end of the Federal Government Shutdown.


Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

2013 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival
October 17 – 20, 2013
Enjoy the smooth sounds of the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival. Shows will be held on three states at the Rehoboth Convention Center, Rehoboth Theatre of the Arts and Epworth Church. Find a schedule and information about local restaurants online.


go apeGo Ape “Treetop adventure” at Lums Pond State Park
Recurring daily until November 14, 2013
$55 adults and $25-35 kids
The first and only zip line and treetop adventure course in Delaware, located south of Wilmington and just minutes from I-95 in Bear.  Four zip lines take you high over Lums Pond, the largest freshwater pond in Delaware.  Overall there are 5 individual sections within the course - rope ladders, 42 exciting crossings including Double Stirrups, and stunning views that take you higher into the forest canopy. Reservations can be made online.


Delaware Art Museum“Americans Moderns, 1910 – 1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell” exhibit now open at the Delaware Art Museum
Friday & Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.); Sunday (Noon – 4:00 p.m.)
American Moderns features 57 paintings and sculptures that highlight changes in American art and culture during the fascinating half-century from 1910 through 1960.


Dark Dover - ImageDark Dover
Friday, October 18, 2013
Two performances at 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
At First State Heritage Park’s “Dark Dover” program, visitors will hear of chilling true stories of sinister characters that have left their imprint on the historic Green in Dover.  Pre-registration is required. Please call (302) 739-9194.


Hagley Craft FairHagley Craft Fair
October 19 – 20, 2013
Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.); Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
This artisans’ marketplace brings talented artisans from the Mid-Atlantic area to display and sell fine arts and crafts. This premier show will feature works in wood, pottery, jewelry, fibers, metal, and other media. Use Hagley's Buck Road East entrance off Route 100 in Wilmington, Delaware.


Delaware Wine and Beer Festival4th annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival
Sunday, October 20, 2013
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Get your taste buds fired up for the the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival at the Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village. Festival-goers at the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival will have the opportunity to meet Delaware's vintners and brewers and talk about their locations, their products and their processes.

Bonus trip ideas:
Spooky haunts and fright sites in Delaware.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Friday, Oct 18, 2013 10:18 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Oct 11 to Oct 13, 2013

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

Due to inclement weather this weekend please check with the individual event or location regarding their hours or cancellations before traveling.

In the mood for something adventurous? Click here for information about spooky haunts and fright sites in Delaware including Frightland, Screams at the Beach and much more!

Bridgeville Apple Scrapple Festival
October 11 – 12, 2013
Friday (4:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.); Saturday (7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
The annual Apple Scrapple festival celebrates Delaware's agricultural community with live entertainment, carnival rides, trade and craft shows. Plus, visitors can sample Delaware's one-of-a-kind scrapple!

Centennial Tea Service at the Hotel Du Pont
Recurring daily
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Centennial Tea in the Green Room features a new centennial tea blend, created especially for the Hotel du Pont’s centennial celebration. Plus, various blends inspired by the Delaware Art Museum, Winterthur Museum and Garden, Hagley Museum, and the Nemours Mansion and Garden.

Sixers vs. Celtics Preseason game at the Bob Carpenter Center
Friday, October 11, 2013
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $26.35 - $45.85
The Philadelphia 76ers will play a preseason game at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center (“The Bob”) against the Boston Celtics on Friday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be available in person at the University of Delaware’s ticket office, located in The Bob, which is open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

American Moderns Exhibit Preview Party at the Delaware Art Museum
Friday, October 11, 2013
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Free for members, $5 for non-members and cash bar
Enjoy a sneak peek of the exciting fall exhibition “American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keefe to Rockwell” with live music, signature cocktails and more! The exhibit runs from October 12, 2013 – January 5, 2014.

Fifer Fall Fest
Recurring daily until October 31st (Closed on Sundays)
Saturday hours (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Find your way through an exciting corn maze, enjoy hayrides, live entertainment, pumpkin bowling and so much more!

Autumn Leaf Special on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
October 12 and 13, 2013
Departure times are 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Ticket prices vary
Travel the Wilmington and Western Railroad for their "Autumn Leaf Special" ride on a steam or diesel powered locomotive. Enjoy the splendor of the season, with 1 ½-hour round-trips to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, or 2 ½-hour round-trips to Hockessin. Make sure to bring your camera!

Lantern tour of Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Begins at 6:00 p.m.
$5/per person (cash only)
Tour Fort Miles by lantern light and experience how soldiers defended our coast during World War II. Ages 10 and up are invited (with a paying adult). Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware Culinary Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine and Ale Trail
Top things to do

 

posted on: Friday, Oct 11, 2013 10:23 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages in Delaware 2014

Watch a colorful sunrise on the beach, feel the warmth of a crackling fireplace in your hotel room, enjoy a romantic dinner for two and step away from the busy schedule of every day life and spend time with your special someone while celebrating Valentine’s Day in Delaware.

Below is a collection of romance hotel packages in Delaware. For additional hotel listings and to book online through a Travelocity booking engine, go to http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/hotels.

Bellmoor Inn and SpaBellmoor Inn and Spa “Romance add on” package
Enjoy a romantic escape at The Bellmoor by adding the "Romance at The Bellmoor" package to any room type. From charming Gardens Room to Club Level Suites, this quaint boutique hotel is the perfect spot to spend quality time with your special someone. The package can be added on to and two-night or more overnight stay at the Bellmoor and includes; two 50 Min. Swedish Massages (Which can be substituted for a Couples Massage for an additional $35.00); a complimentary bottle of Prosecco Sparkling wine and full hot breakfast served every morning. To make a reservation, call 800-425-2355.

Cozy Winter Weekend Package at the Boardwalk Plaza

Recurring until March 15, 2014
Spend the weekend cozied up with your sweetheart in a charming Victorian style hotel right on the boardwalk. The Boardwalk Plaza winter weekend package includes: two Nights for two in an Oceanfront Suite; a $50 Victoria’s Restaurant Gift Certificate; a Boardwalk Plaza keepsake game box with checkers, chess and backgammon; 1 suite delivery of hot chocolate and choice and choice of dessert for two and unlimited DVD selections. Cost: $479 per Couple. To make a reservation, call (302) 227-7169.

Hotel Blue Winter Specials
Recurring until February 28, 2014
Book two nights and get the third for free when planing a stay at Hotel Blue in historic downtown Lewes. To make a reservation, call 800-935-1145.

Hotel DuPontHotel du Pont Bed and Breakfast Package

Treat yourself to the ultimate bed and breakfast weekend experience with this special package from Hotel du Pont. This package includes overnight luxury accommodations, a la carte breakfast in their award-winning restaurant and complimentary valet parking. To make your reservation, call (302) 594-3100 or book online. Please note that this package is available on weekend only.

Romance Package at the Hilton Garden Inn

The Romance Package at the Hilton Garden Inn will help set the mood for a romantic getaway. The package must be booked by February 13, 2014 and includes early check-in; in-room sparkling wine (where permitted by law) or cider upon arrival; access to the hotel fitness center, pool and whirlpool; full breakfast for two in the hotel's designated restaurant and late check out upon request. To make a reservation, call (302) 674-3784.

The Romance Package at the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
Book a stay in a guest room or suite the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana located near the scenic Brandywine Valley and DuPont Mansions and estates. The package includes the overnight accommodations; a chilled bottle of champagne or non-alcoholic cider upon arrival; a choice of full American breakfast for two from room service or full American breakfast buffet at the Brasserie Grille plus late checkout at 1:00 p.m. To make reservations, book online or call 302-454-1500.

Inn at Montchanin VillageThe Village Romance Package at the Inn at Montchanin Village

Get whisked away into a world of peace and relaxation at the charming Inn at Montchanin Village located in northern Delaware. The romance package includes a bottle of champagne with Swiss chocolates and a fresh berry presentation upon arrival. The package also includes a $25.00 voucher towards breakfast at Krazy Kat’s Restaurant. Rates vary based on room type from $264 - $414. To make a reservation, call 800-269-2473.

Valentine's Romance Package at Doubletree Hotel Wilmington
Experience comfort and romance! Book your romantic stay at the Doubletree Wilmington by Hilton and receive a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider upon arrival, complimentary breakfast buffet and late check-out.

Vintage Valentine Escape Package at the Inn at Canal Square in Lewes
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in historic Lewes from February 13 – 20, 2014. The Vintage Valentine Escape package includes two overnight stays for two; a bottle of champagne; a $50.00 dinner certificate; chocolates and a complimentary European-style breakfast. The package price starts at $400. To make a reservation, book online or call 800-644-1911.

 

posted on: Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 11:22 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Rediscover your love with a two day romantic getaway to Delaware

You want your weekend getaways to be fun, but not too hectic. Romantic, but also engaging, and full of new experiences. Relaxing, but never too far away from the kind of excitement that keeps hearts beating fast.

In Delaware, we’re just the right size for just the right romantic weekend, with quaint beach towns to the south and a bounty of historic charm to the north. Located right in the middle of the East Coast buzz, but so far removed from its distractions and crowds, the State of Delaware can become your State of Bliss, all in one long, lingering weekend.

So take your pick, and explore the state of Delaware from top to bottom, because while visiting the First State, you’re never too far from the fun.

DAY 1

Hotel DuPontStart your journey of discovery just off Interstate 95 in the state’s largest city, Wilmington, where for more than 100 years the Hotel Du Pont has stood as the pinnacle of old-world luxury (couples should take advantage of their Bed & Breakfast package). Or visitors can begin by savoring the country-chateau charm of the Inn at Montchanin Village, comprising 11 carefully restored buildings dating from 1799 to 1910.

Next, set your sights on the romantic estates that lay just outside of Wilmington, where DuPont family extravagance still lives in such mansions as Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Hagley Museum & Library and Nemours Mansion & Gardens), each beckoning couples to take a romantic stroll in their intimate gardens. Beginning in March 2014, visitors can experience the newest exhibit at Winterthur "Costumes of Downton Abbey®," a display of the exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. 

Stop back at the Hotel du Pont for a formal English tea service in the extravagant Green Room restaurant before heading to the town where it all began in Delaware -- Old New Castle. Old New Castle DelawareColonial townhomes line quaint cobblestone streets that lead from one shaded shop to the next. Lunch will be an intimate interlude at one of the restaurants that help give this town its charm, such as the Cajun delights of Nora Lee’s. Before long, strollers usually end up on the breezy riverfront at Battery Park, hand-in-hand in a place of their own.

As evening falls, thoughts turn to those intimate moments at a table for two, sipping wine or maybe stealing a bite of that chocolate dessert. Finding the right spot is easy with the guidance of our Delaware Culinary Trail, a collection of 24 of the state’s most iconic restaurants, ranging from the maritime delicacies of Harry’s Seafood Grill to the updated Italian sensibilities of Piccolina Toscana.

After dessert, grab a show at the DuPont Theatre, the Delaware Theatre Company, Opera Delaware or the World Café Live at the Queen; or just yield to a nightcap and rejuvenate for the following day of romantic fun.


DAY 2

Delaware BeachSome people crave adventure. Others prefer peace. Some will want to be in a place where they have the option of finding fun or just flaking out, depending on the mood. The best of those two worlds can easily be found at Delaware’s award-winning, cleanest-in-the-nation beaches, ranging from the artsy, funky ambience of Rehoboth Beach, to the ready-to-rock rambunctiousness of Dewey Beach, to the quieter dignity of Bethany Beach.

For a truly memorable trip, your romantic escape can begin and end in style with a at Rehoboth’s regal Bellmoor Inn and Spa, where their special “Romance” package gives you both 50-minute Swedish massages, a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a full American breakfast each morning. Or consider enjoying the seafaring charm of Lewes, where the luxurious Inn at Canal Square is steps from a sunset cruise on the Cape Water Taxi or a bowl of crab bisque at Striper Bites restaurant.

From either the Bellmoor or the Inn at Canal Square, it’s a quick jaunt to the water, where your perfect moment will be shaped by the rising sun, the lapping waves and a gentle breeze.

Couple dining RehobothJust up from the beach, in any of Delaware’s resort towns, you’ll find that the quiet streets are perfect for a hand-in-hand stroll, and discover that Delaware shopping excursions bring the happy benefit of tax-free savings. Wander through Rehoboth and browse the intimate art galleries; then toast your happy weekend (and your love) with a cocktail at Jam Bistro, or in the candlelite at Kindle, or at any of the dozens of Delaware restaurants that make beach dining in the First State among the finest on the East Coast.

When you finally head home, you’ll bring the memories with you, but also leave with a sense that there was so much unseen, so much still to do. That’s the thing about Delaware. In some ways, it’s kind of like love itself – so intimate, so comforting, but also filled with treasures awaiting discovery, and experiences yet to share.

 

posted on: Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 10:25 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Delaware date night ideas

Delaware’s “first” in finding that perfect romantic getaway

Remember that first date? Your first kiss? Special moments of love are rare and fleeting, but don’t have to slip away with time, so long as you hold the memory tight.  Those romantic getaways are there for you to capture this year in Delaware, where our claim to fame as “The First State” lends itself well to sharing some “first-ever” moments with your special someone.

A lot depends on whether you yearn for outdoor excursions, or prefer life’s quieter moments:

Delaware Art Museum-- There’s something about fine art, fine food, and fine surroundings that speaks to the spirit of romance. In Delaware, the possibilities of finding those elegant moments are plentiful, whether it’s at an intimate art gallery (such as the Delaware Art Museum, Biggs Museum of American Art, or Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts); or at one of our spectacular mansions-turned museums (including Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Hagley Museum & Library and Nemours Mansion & Gardens).  

-- If you’re both feeling lucky in love, you can also try your luck at a potentially profitable game of chance at one of Delaware’s three full-service casinos, featuring slot machines, poker, blackjack and much more.

Delaware Theater Company-- For years, Delaware has stood as the best place to catch Broadway-quality theater productions without schlepping to Broadway, whether it’s at the DuPont Theatre in the elegant Hotel Du Pont, the Delaware Theatre Company, or Opera Delaware. Should more rambunctious performances suit your style, catch a music show at the World Café Live at the Queen theater, or at the Grand Opera House. All of those Wilmington venues are just a short walk from another perfect romantic moment – dinner at a fine restaurant.

-- Downtown Wilmington is quickly gaining a regional reputation for it modern fine-dining options, including such top-rated (and thoroughly romantic) restaurants as La Fia Bakery and Market Bistro, Domaine Hudson, Moro, Eclipse, Piccolina Toscana, Deep Blue and Harry’s Seafood Grill. For an insider’s look into Delaware’s classic restaurants, create your own culinary journey by following the Delaware Culinary Trail.

-- Love is all about finding happiness through togetherness, and nothing seems to suit that pursuit more than sharing a cold mug of beer or nice glass of wine. Delaware boasts several of the East Coast’s finest breweries (including the funky, fun Dogfish Head), and offers wine aficionados chances to explore and taste together (by planning their journey around our Delaware Wine & Ale Trail.

Dewey Beach Delaware-- For a moment you will share for a lifetime, head south to our peaceful East Cost beaches, which hold a special romantic charm in cooler weather. You can find quiet refuge in a charming inn, enjoy an intimate evening at a stellar Rehoboth Beach restaurant, then head out early the next morning just as the sun peeps over the horizon, keeping each other warm while the surf whispers in over the soft sand. Then cozy up inside the candlit Kindle restaurant in the heart of charming downtown Lewes.

-- If you’ve never gone sledding together, get your chills and thrills on Delaware’s perfectly gentle hills and picturesque rolling hills -- top spots include Brandywine Creek State Park and Glasgow Park. Or lace on a pair of skates and head for the ponds at Twin Lakes in Greenville, or the skating center at the University of Delaware’s Fred Rust Ice Arena.

-- Conclude your couples getaway with a perfectly blissful pampering at one of Delaware's day spas, where your romantic weekend ends with the rejuvenation of your body, mind and spirit. Enjoy a glass of wine together amid the soothing steam before indulging yourselves in the magic of a massage.

 

posted on: Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 9:57 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

New Year's Eve Events and Deals in Delaware 2013

Ring in the New Year in Delaware! Celebrate with friends, family or that special someone at one of these exciting events. Search for hotels using our Travelocity booking engine and stay tuned for deals on events and hotels to be posted later this year!

Events – Please check back during late fall for additions to this list!

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at the Brandywine Zoo
December 31, 2013
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join the countdown to noon and celebrate the coming of 2013 with a sparkling cider toast. Program begins at 10:30 a.m. at the gate and then you’ll party with the animals. Pre-registration is recommended. Call for prices and reservations at (302) 571-7747.

New Year with 16 Mile Taphouse
Dinner seatings at 5:00 p.m.,7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Spend the evening at the new 16 Mile Taphouse in Newark. Enjoy one of the three dinner seatings with bar specials throughout the evening and a champagne toast at midnight.

Heritage Shores New Year's Eve Celebration
7:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Entertainment provided by the Glass Onion Band. Entry includes 5-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres and dinner plus, champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Prices vary from $75 - 90. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

New Year's Eve with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra at the Grand
7:30 p.m. (Champagne reception in the baby grand lobby from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Maestro David Amado leads an evening of music and song inspired by the legendary waltzes and timeless music of old Vienna. Party favors and champagne at intermission for all guests. Prices vary based on seat selection.

"Fuzzy Ball" New Year's Eve Party at Mispillion River Brewing
8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Ring in the New Year with an exciting party at Milford's new brewery, Mispillion River Brewing, featuring the Fuzzy Snakefoot Band.

New Year's Eve at the Altantic Sands Ballroom (Rehoboth Beach)
8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Celebrate New Years at the best rockin' party in Rehoboth Beach with live music, dancing, champagne and party favors. The event will feature "The Real Geniuses" from 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Guests will enjoy an incredible menu. Book reservations now. Prices: $99/per person; $198/couple; $900 for table of ten.

New Year's Eve Bash at Fire & Ice Lounge (Dover Downs Hotel and Casino)
December 31, 2013
8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Enjoy live entertainment, hors d'ouevres and a champagne toast at midnight. Prices vary based on seating location from $25/person; $75/couple.

New Year’s Eve with the David Bromberg Quintet
December 31, 2013
Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; Show begins at 10:00 p.m.
Celebrate at the World Café Live at the Queen with live entertainment, a full service bar and delicious food. Reservations are highly recommended. 

New Years Eve at the Rusty Rudder
December 31, 2013
Begins at 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Admission: Buy early and save 
Celebrate New Years with Love Seed Mama Jump, Blue Label, DJ Hector and DJ 2Knutz.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Delaware Art Museum
December 31, 2013
10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Admission: $85 general admission/ $75 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. 

New Years Eve at Summer House in Rehoboth Beach
December 31, 2013
Dinner reservations are available.
New Years Eve party includes a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Plus, party favors, video/light show, DJ DKing and two bars.

New Years Eve Black & White Party at Abbotts Grill
Dance the night away to music by DJ Petch in the pub plus, enjoy a midnight champagne toast, dinner specials, party favors and complimentary "After the Ball" breakfast buffet. 

Harrington Raceway & Casino New Year's Eve Celebration
Reservations are required. Please call 302-398-4920 Ext. 5426
Dinner includes a carved tenderloin, seafood Alfredo and much more! Enjoy music by "The Main Event" and a glass of champagne along with party favors. Two drinks per person and gratuity is included. $89.95/couple.

Overfalls Anchor Drop in Lewes
December 31, 2013
11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Don your best party hat and raise your glass to 2013 on the Lightship Overfalls toots it horn to welcome in the New Year!! (weather permitting).

First Day Hike in the Delaware State Parks
January 1, 2014
Begins at 1:00 p.m.
Start the New Year off right with a hike at one of the beautiful Delaware State Parks. 


 

posted on: Friday, Oct 4, 2013 2:37 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2013

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

In the mood for something adventurous? Click here for information about spooky haunts and fright sites in Delaware including Frightland, Screams at the Beach and much more!

2013 Delaware Auto Show
October 4 – 6, 3024
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The event of the year for car lovers with the new 2014 models, fun indoor events for the whole family and much more.

Annual fall sidewalk sale at Rehoboth and Dewey Beach
October 4 – 6, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Store hours may vary)
Shop tax-free in eclectic boutiques at the annual fall sidewalk sale. Get great deals on new fashions and much more!

Lantern Tour of the Dover Green
Friday, October 4, 2013
Begins at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $5
Join historical interpreters dressed in colonial attire as they lead a candlelit tour through First State Heritage Park with stories of Delaware’s past centuries. Tour space is limited. Please call for a reservation at 302-739-9194.

Boast the Coast Maritime Festival and Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, October 5, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Boast the Coast is a maritime festival filled with family fun including a lighted boat parade on the canal.

Hayrides at Hagley
Saturday, October 5, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy a hayride along the Brandywine River to experience beautiful fall foliage. Then, explore the historic gunpowder mills with 19th century machinery. Hayrides are included in admission to Hagley.

Fifer Fall Fest
Recurring daily until October 31st (Closed on Sundays)
Saturday hours (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Find your way through an exciting corn maze, enjoy hayrides, live entertainment, pumpkin bowling and so much more!

Eating Rehoboth – Culinary Tour
Sunday, October 6, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eating Rehoboth is a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware Culinary Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine and Ale Trail
Top things to do

 

posted on: Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 2:55 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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