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Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Jan 31 to Feb 2, 2014

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. 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.

Brewery Tour at Fordham/Dominion Brewing
Friday - Saturday
Friday hours - 4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.; Saturday hours - 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, samples of beer, and a pint glass to take home. Sample our signature beers, Oak Barrel Stout and Hop Mountain.

“The Odd Couple” performed by Clear Space Theatre
Friday, January 31, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Unger and Madison are at it again! That’s Florence Unger and Olive Madison in an updated version of the original Broadway and television hit. Join the girls for son-stop laughter as Olive’s disaster area of a life is turned upside-down by the arrival of recently-separated neat freak Florence.

First State Heritage Park’s First Saturday Celebrates "African-American History Month"
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Begins at 9:00 a.m.
Walking tours of The Green begin hourly at the John Bell House and will be focused on "Tales of Slavery and Freedom" which features the experience of the African-American in Delaware in the years before the Civil War. Taking a look at more modern history, the Johnson Victrola Museum presents "Remembering Rosedale Beach" at 2:00 p.m. which explores the history of a popular waterfront in Sussex County run by, and for, people of color that featured noted performers such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and James Brown. Besides the above-mentioned activities, the First State Heritage Park has a lot more to offer that will interest everyone celebrating the African American History Month in the state of Delaware.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday - Sunday
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

"Aladdin" performed at the Delaware Children's Museum
Sunday and Saturday, February 1, 2014 – February 2, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Set in ancient China, this magic carpet ride of a show follows a poor boy, lovely princess and a genie who head off on a wondrous adventure that will delight children of all ages.

"Delaware 87ers vs Springfield"
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Catch all of the Delaware 87ers action as they take on Springfield. Games are held at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware. The Delaware 87ers are an official NBA D-league affiliate team for the Philadelphia 76ers. Purchase tickets online now.

Don McLean at The Grand
Saturday, February 1, 2014
8:00 p.m.
Don McLean is one of America's most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits "American Pie" and "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)". Enjoy this deep and compassionate musician live at The Grand Opera.

Sampler Sundays at Hagley Museum
Sunday, February 2, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For only $5, guests will discover just a sample much of what Hagley Museum has to offer – the beautiful Brandywine, the historic powder yards, the first du Pont family home in America, the worker’s world, and the Belin House Organic Café. Guests can chose to experience the powder yard and the worker community or take a guided tour of the du Pont residence. Tours of the residence will be in small groups, and guests will be given timed tickets for their tour.

Delaware Seashore State Park Winter Hike
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Begins at 1:00 p.m.
Hike a rail at Delaware Seashore State Park accompanied by a park naturalist. Pre-registration is required.

Bonus trip ideas:

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail

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.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Friday, Jan 31, 2014 2:27 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Where’s the Best Super Bowl Food in Delaware?

The New York Times once called Delaware the cradle of Super Bowl championship quarterbacks (thanks to Rich Gannon and Joe Flacco, both University of Delaware grads), but Bobbie Capriottisa look at the football-friendly grub served around the state makes for a good argument that Delaware is also a fan’s dream when it comes to Super Bowl food.

After all, a fat sub stuffed full of Italian deli meat is a sure-fire party pleaser, and Delaware stands as the unrivalled master of the sub-sandwich art form, most notably those made at Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, the Delaware-born chain that now has locations around the country.

Mile for mile, Delaware is also perhaps one of the most richly blessed states when it comes to craft beer, led by the nationally renowned Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (and its restaurant), but supplemented nicely by an assortment of other beer-centric locations on the Delaware Wine & Ale Trail, including 16-Mile Brewing Company, Iron Hill Brewery (Wilmington and Newark locations), Stewart’s Brewing Company and Twin Lakes Brewery.

All those beers are naturally best accompanied by food that packs the culinary punch of an All-Pro linebacker, whether it’s wings or pizza or barbecue. Here are a few places to get your grub on:

Nicola Pizza-- Nicola Pizza in Rehoboth Beach is known throughout the state for its legendary Nic-o-Boli, an addictively cheesy “inside-out” pizza stuffed with ground beef and a variety of other goodies.

-- As one of the stops on the popular Delaware Culinary Trail, the Big Fish Grill in Rehoboth is a crowd favorite year-round, but this time of year they also wrap up everything from barbecued pork to chili to rotisserie chicken in their popular Super Bowl Party-to-Go packages.

-- Fans can’t go wrong at Abbott's Grill in Milford, the creative, people-pleasing menu is supplemented nicely on Super Bowl Sunday with 50-cent wings, prizes and more food specials.

Deer Park Tavern-- Arguably one of the masters of cheese-steak artistry in the state, Claymont Steak Shop (in Claymont and Newark) is also a dependable go-to spot for other Super Bowl essentials, such as wings, pizza and subs.

-- Speaking of pizza, no Delaware Super Bowl list would be complete without mentioning the iconic Delaware pizza spot – Grotto Pizza (locations statewide). These swirled-cheese, thin-crust creations practically define Delaware for people who’ve spent time at the beaches.

-- When people think of the historic Deer Park Tavern in Newark, two things typically spring to mind – the Edgar Alan Poe raven statue, and this iconic restaurant’s “Los Nachos Grandes,” piled high with all you could ever need.

 

posted on: Friday, Jan 31, 2014 11:51 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Top Summer Events in Delaware

Summer’s the season for celebration in Delaware, whether you favor sun-baked fun on a breezy beach, the sounds of top-name bands jamming under the stars, or the funky fun of our state’s offbeat, food-fueled festivals. From the shores of Rehoboth Beach to the Pirate Sails aboard our state’s Tall Ship, there’s something for everyone in this Top 10 list of Delaware’s Summer events.

Firefly Music Festival DelawareFirefly Music Festival
It took just a couple of years and an avalanche of top-notch acts to make Firefly one of the premier Indie rock festivals in the nation. This year, fans are tuning up for the Foo Fighters, Outkast, Weezer, Imagine Dragons and more. June 19-22, 2014.

Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival
Tossed by waves and tides into an object of beauty and desire, sea glass is revered for its rarity and charm by artists worldwide. Here’s a chance to see the magic of more than forty sea glass artists, along with other coastal artisans, and learn the finer points of collecting and identifying these sea-tossed gems. June 28-29, 2014.

Fourth of July celebrations
Fireworks are just part of the celebration at locations up and down the state. For something different, check out the Colonial charms of the Independence Day Program in Dover; the Cape May-Lewes Ferry’s Special Fireworks Cruise; or the Red, White + Zoo event at Brandywine Zoo. July 4, 2014.

Delaware State Fair
Summertime in Kent County can mean only one thing: A glorious amalgam of deep-fried treats, live music, rodeos, demolition derbies, and the very best in Delaware livestock and agriculture: the Delaware State Fair. Held annually at the 300-acre Harrington State Fairgrounds, this 10-day Delaware tradition dates back to 1920. Concerts have included the likes of Gloria Estefan, New Kids on the Block, Tammy Wynette, Travis Tritt and Bill Cosby -- this year, Lady Antebellum is part of the lineup! The Midway Slots and Simulcast, Harrington Raceway and The Centre Ice Rink are also nearby. July 17-26, 2014.

Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest
Get your inner architect moving – or just watch the fun at Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach’s popular Sandcastle Contest, which inevitably inspires some fanciful creations, and usually includes a few sessions on sculpting technique. Aug. 2, 2014.

Kalmar NyckelKalmar Nyckel Pirate Festival
This is the chance to get your “arrrrrr” on and experience life as an 18th century pirate aboard Delaware’s Tall Ship, the Kalmar Nyckel. “Pirate crews” will share stories about the history of piracy on the Delaware River, and guests are treated to a Pirate Parade, Costume Contest, crafts and activities. (late June)

Arden Fair
The quaint, cottage-filled village of Arden comes alive with arts & crafts, music, antiques and more every summer. Grab a beer and a sandwich and enjoy the bands, or catch the popular used book sale. Aug. 30, 2014.

Riverfront Blues Festival
Things get real cool and real hot all in the same weekend at the outdoor Riverfront Blues Festival, a three-day lineup of national performers playing by the banks of the Christina River. (early August)

Taste of Rehoboth
Enjoy live cooking demonstrations and food samples from some of this stellar dining town’s top chefs and restaurants. Includes wine pairings, Dogfish Head beer, live music, live & silent auctions. Open to all ages. (late August)

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival
Billed as “Delaware’s largest family picnic,” the Ice Cream Fest attracts thousands to the grounds of an old Gothic Revival mansion at Rockwood to hear bluegrass, sample treats from area dairies, restaurants and craft breweries, and keep the kids occupied with fun and games. June 28-29, 2014.

 

posted on: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 4:27 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Top Spring Events in Delaware

Partly a farewell to winter and partly a prelude to the state’s beach-centric summer, springtime in Delaware is a coming-out party of sorts, filled with outdoor celebrations and even a few high-RPM thrills. Take your pick of festival fun here:

Dover DaysDover Days Festival
Blending modern-day fun with a look back at Delaware’s Colonial past, Dover Days Festival offers a chance to celebrate spring’s charms with Maypole Dancing on Dover’s Green, a Civil War-era baseball game, historic wartime encampments, and more than 350 vendors, craft merchants, and food purveyors. This festival also holds the distinction of being held at one of the sites of the nation’s newest National Monument. May 2-4, 2014

Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival
Celebrate two of the state’s iconic natural wonders – and enjoy the food, music and games – at the Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival in historic Milton, featuring arts & crafts, boat rides and canoe trips, and nature walks at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. (late May)

NASCAR racing at the Monster Mile
Dover International Speedway hosts exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action twice annually on the fastest one-mile oval racetrack in the world. When the biggest names in the sport aren’t zipping around the track, you can. Suit up with the team at Monster Racing and get behind the wheel of a genuine stock car while taking on the famous Monster Mile. May 30-June 1, 2014.

Great Delaware Kite FestivalGreat Delaware Kite Festival
Enjoy the spectacle of kites dancing in the crisp ocean breeze high above the natural splendor of Cape Henlopen State Park, where food vendors and activities for kids make it a perfect family outing. April 18, 2014.

Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Spring Sidewalk Sale
Long known as a place for bargains in a state that already boasts a tax-free shopping advantage, Rehoboth Beach and its neighbors dive even deeper into discount mode every spring and fall. This is the right time to visit the resorts’ many shops, ranging from the three Tanger Outlet centers to the unique art galleries that line Rehoboth’s quaint avenues. May 16-18, 2014.

MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival
This five-day celebration of life's finer pleasures consist of dozens of events at special locations throughout the state, including stately hotels, intimate restaurants, and even historic properties, from Wilmington south to the beaches. May 14-18, 2014.

Bug & Bud Festival
Get a true taste of this artsy little town and enjoy dozens of food and craft vendors at the Bug & Bud Festival, a celebration of two of Milford’s most cherished symbols, the ladybug and the tree. There’s entertainment throughout the day, a Ladybug and Tree costume parade, “ladybug decorated” paddle boat rides, children’s games and more. April 26, 2014.

R2Hop2 Beer and Music festival
http://www.olddominion.com
From keg tosses to sumo wrestling, the R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival puts the emphasis on happy indulgences, including craft beers on tap and live bands on stage. April 26, 2014

Newark's Wine & Dine Downtown
Visitors love Newark for its college-town feel and for its diverse and affordable culinary options, both of which will be the highlight of this year’s Wine and Dine Downtown. Held at a variety of restaurants in the city, the event keeps its focus on the perfect pairing of fine wines with creative food. April 5, 2014.

Winterthur Point to PointWinterthur Point-to-Point
Frequently imitated but never matched, these annual steeplechase horse races echo the state’s well-heeled heritage as home to the DuPont family and their regal estates. Staged on the sprawling grounds and rolling hills of this one-time DuPont mansion, the Point to Point is renowned as a place to see-and-be-seen amid extravagant “tailgate” buffets and lavishly stocked hospitality tents. The horse racing is just an added bonus. May 4, 2014.

Camp Rehoboth Women’s FEST
Billed as the premier East Coast festival for women, this four-day event features first-rate national entertainment, informative workshops, exquisite food, and the best beach vibe around. Added attractions include golf outings, walking tours, craft fair and dances. April 10-13, 2014.

Maritime Day Celebration
See why lovely little Lewes is at its heart a seafaring village at Maritime Day, a celebration of the region’s maritime heritage including displays and exhibitions, vessel tours and other fun activities. May 17, 2014.

 

posted on: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 2:35 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Top Delaware Brunch Spots

The Delaware Tourism Facebook friends chimed in and here are some of their top favorites for brunch spots in Delaware! Plus, a few of the top reviewed spots on Yelp and Tripadvisor.

Northern Delaware
Columbus Inn is located in Wilmington. The Columbus Inn brunch has a bloody mary bar, carving tables and fresh roasted veggies.

Deerfield Brunch DelawareDeerfield has been named “Best of Delaware” by Delaware Today magazine for the past 4 years! With over 111 feet of deliciousness including signature breakfast drinks, all-you-can-eat raw bar, Millionaire’s Bacon (need we go any further?) plus, a kids buffet and Gourmet Mac-n-Cheese station!

Green Room at Hotel Du Pont serves up breakfast with a side of elegance. Entrees range from Breakfast gravy of sausage, bacon and scrapple to Eggnog Waffle with Duck confit! This is surely a brunch made for royalty!

Two Stones Pub is located in Newark. Sandra on Facebook says Two Stones Pub has the “Best brunch and awesome chef surprises!” We’ve also heard that their Desayuno Tacos with scrapple and scrambled eggs are delicious!

Central Delaware
Abbotts Grill’s Sunday Brunch buffet is quickly becoming a local favorite with made-to-order omelettes, a build your own bloody mar bar, fresh baked goods and a relaxing atmosphere.

Smyrna Diner BrunchSmyrna Diner is one of the iconic restaurants listed on the Delaware Culinary Trail. They serve up a classic breakfast menu from French toast to scrapple; you’ll dine on home-style cooking.

McGlynns Pub is located in Dover and their brunch menu ranges from classic breakfast omlettes to Eggs Chesapeake served with crabcakes and dill Hollandaise sauce.

Southern Delaware
Bethany Blues in Lewes, well as Sally on Facebook says “Bethany Blues brunch is delicious.” From a waffle station to BBQ meats and homemade desserts to the kids buffet with chicken tenders and tater tots. This is one of the top brunch spots between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.

Nage is a foodie favorite in Rehoboth Beach. Their brunch menu constantly changes but the quality and delicious flavors remain the same. From Elvis Pancakes to Smoked Salmon Crepe, you never know what they’re whipping up at Nage.

The Brick Hotel Restaurant & Tavern located in Georgetown and serves up a quiche of the day, homemade granola, classic breakfast favorites plus, kids selections including grilled peanut butter and banana!

The Crystal Restaurant is one of the most popular breakfast spots in Rehoboth Beach. They serve up hearty breakfast meals including a Monte Cristo served on French Toast, fresh fruit, fried tomatoes and grits.

Victoria’s at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel switched to a Sunday Brunch a La Carte menu in 2013. You can dine on banana nut pancakes, quiche, crepes and of course, a couple of mimosas while enjoying oceanfront views of Rehoboth Beach.

For more dining suggestions, search through online listings and reviews or travel the Delaware Culinary Trail

 

posted on: Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 4:02 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Jan 17 to Jan 19, 2014

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. 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.

Brewery Tour at Fordham and Dominion Brewing Co.
Friday and Saturday
Tour times vary
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, samples of beer, and a pint glass to take home. Sample our signature beers, Oak Barrel Stout and Hop Mountain.

"Downton Abbey" lunch in The Green Room
Friday - Sunday
Enjoy a specialty themed Downton Abbey Lunch in the Green Room, appropriately priced at $19.12, the year that the show was originally set.

Dennis Miller at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Friday, January 17, 2014
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Five-time Emmy award winner, TV/film actor, writer/producer, and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, Dennis Miller is listed as 21st on Comedy Central's 100 greatest standup comedians of all time.

Invention Convention at Hagley Museum
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Children and their families discover how things work through exploration, innovation, and creativity. Families work together to build inventions using everyday household items, and take apart electronics and gadgets to see how they are made. Children explore scientific principles at our hands-on science fair. Admission, including supplies, is $5 for children 4-14, $7 for adults, and free for Hagley members and children 3 and under. Use Hagley’s Buck Road East entrance off Route 100 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Tales of Slavery and Freedom Walking Tour at First State Heritage Park
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m. (Tours begin every hour and last 45 minutes)
Visitors will be led by historical interpreters dressed in period attire to hear about Delaware’s position as a border state during the Civil War era. Tours will meet at the John Bell House.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday and Sunday
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Lantern Tour at Delaware Seashore State Park – Indian River Lifesaving Station
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Take a guided lantern tour of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. You’ll learn about shipwrecks and will venture over the dune to patrol the beach.

Sunrise to Sunset at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Monday, January 20, 2014
The 12-mile wildlife drive will be open from sunrise to sunset and offer opportunities for families to view wildlife in natural settings and to walk 5 short walking trails. This time of year expect to see large numbers of snow geese, a variety of waterfowl, bald eagles, hawks, and great blue herons. The entrance fee will be waived to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Bonus trip ideas:

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail

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.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 1:42 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Jan 10 to Jan 12, 2014

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. 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.

"Forging Faith, Building Freedom" exhibit at the Delaware History Museum
Friday and Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Friday), 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday)
A special new exhibition in the Delaware History Museum, "Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980," celebrating two important anniversaries. The exhibition will be open to the public from September 27 through summer 2014.

Green Room"Downton Abbey" lunch in The Green Room
Friday - Saturday
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a specialty themed Downton Abbey Lunch in the Green Room, appropriately priced at $19.12, the year that the show was originally set.

“An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware” exhibit at First State Heritage Park
Friday - Sunday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Friday), 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Saturday), 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Sunday)
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.

Brewery Tour at Fordham/Dominion Brewing Company
Friday, January 10, 2014
4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, samples of beer, and a pint glass to take home. Sample our signature beers, Oak Barrel Stout and Hop Mountain.

Harvest Ridge WineryHarvest Ridge Winery - Pairing Wine and Cheeses
Saturday, January 11, 2014
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is pairing our 5 wines with 5 cheeses produced by the local creamery, Chapel's Country Creamery, out of Easton. Join us for a tour of our tank room and production facility with our wine maker, Milan. Following your tour, spend the afternoon with us, learning the methods of pairing our white, red and sweet wines with the carefully selected cheeses, while taking in the views of our sleeping vineyards from our cozy event space. Bring a friend or loved one to escape the cabin fever that January brings, or caravan out and bring enough to fill a table! Seating is limited, reservations encouraged.

"Downton Abbey" Dinner in The Green Room
Saturday, January 11, 2014
6:00 p.m.
The Green Room will host a four-course Downton Abbey Dinner, on January 11, with live entertainment and white-glove service to help set the tone. Special guests Tom Savage (Director of Museum Affairs at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library), Maggie Lidz (Estate Historian), and Nat Caccamo and Amy Marks Delaney (Exhibition Designers) will be in attendance to share details regarding Winterthur's upcoming exhibition, "Costumes of Downtown Abbey", which opens March 1, 2014. Dinner is $100 per person, inclusive of gratuity, wine pairings, and valet parking.

Bonus trip ideas:

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail

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.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 2:41 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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