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Weekend events and things to do around Delaware October 31 to November 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.

Autumn Shores Getaway
October 31 – November 2
Friday at 8:00 p.m. – Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Book an Autumn Shores Getaway at Delaware Seashore State Park. Take guided hikes through Thompson Island Nature Preserve, enjoy a 2-hour boat cruise plus, overnight stays at the Indian River Marina Cottage.

Costumes of Downton Abbey® at Winterthur
Recurring daily (Tuesday – Sunday)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring until December 21, 2014
Grand Opera House
“Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Art Recovery Team”, a show featuring 120 pieces of priceless works of Etruscan and Greco-Roman art, dating from 2,700 years ago. They are exhibited alongside the engaging stories of their recovery from ruthless art thieves. The show will run from October 3rd to December 21st at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. Concurrently, the Old College Museum at the University of Delaware in Newark will host an additional exhibition, mainly targeted at scholars and students.

Paranormal Adventures at Fort Delaware State Park
Friday, October 31, 2014
Begins at 6:30 p.m.
Join the Diamond State Ghost Hunters Inc. and park staff for a 3-hour recreational paranormal investigation. $40 per person, advance reservation only.

Fifer Fall Fest
Saturday, November 1, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spend the day on the farm with a 6-acre corn max, pumpkin painting stations, pumpkin bowling, pony hope races and much more!

First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair
Saturday, November 1, 2014
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.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tour begins at 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a personalized tour at Twin Lakes Brewing Company as they guide you through the history of beer and brewing plus, their unique brewing process and traditions.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours and Tastings
Saturday, November 1, 2014
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.

Autumn Leaf Special to Hockessin on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Train departs at 2:30 p.m.
Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On weekends, we offer 2½-hour round-trips to Hockessin. Bring your camera and behold the best that the Red Clay Valley has to offer.

Autumn Hayrides at Brandywine Creek State Park
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Begins at 5:00 p.m.
Bring your friends and join the crew for good old-fashioned fun on a hayride around the park followed by a cozy campfire. Bring a blanket, food and beverages (non-alcoholic) and settle in for a 45-minute trip; rides leave on time. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required by noon on the day before the hayride. Call (302)-655-5740 to register and reserve your spot. Cost is $5 per person.

Steamin’ Day at Auburn Heights
Sunday, November 2, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Experience a day filled with old-fashioned fun for the whole family. 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.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits Trail.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 3:37 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware October 24 to October 26, 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.

25th Annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers’ Festival
October 24 – 26, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate 25 years of "Wicked, Wild, & Wonderful!" at the Annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers' Festival. Don't miss the costume parade, fiddlers' festival, horse shows, sea witch hunt, beach games, broom toss, rocking bandstand entertainment, trick or treating, costumed dog parade, 5K Race, and more!

Costumes of Downton Abbey® at Winterthur
Recurring daily (Tuesday – Sunday)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring until December 21, 2014
Grand Opera House
“Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Art Recovery Team”, a show featuring 120 pieces of priceless works of Etruscan and Greco-Roman art, dating from 2,700 years ago. They are exhibited alongside the engaging stories of their recovery from ruthless art thieves. The show will run from October 3rd to December 21st at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. Concurrently, the Old College Museum at the University of Delaware in Newark will host an additional exhibition, mainly targeted at scholars and students.

Old New Castle Hauntings in History Walking Tour
Friday, October 24, 2014
7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
If you are brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle's history, then join the New Castle Historical Society this October for the only ghost tour that brings you inside one of the most haunted mansions of Old New Castle!

Fifer Fall Fest
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spend the day on the farm with a 6-acre corn max, pumpkin painting stations, pumpkin bowling, pony hope races and much more!

Trick or Treat with Kalmar Nyckel
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Trick or Treat with Kalmar Nyckel! Wear your costume, bring your candy bag and join the captain and crew for 1 ½ hour sails on the Christina River departing from Dravo Plaza. Passage for all sails is $35 for adults and $20 for youth 17 & under. Reservations are highly recommended.

Hayrides at Hagley
Saturday, October 4, 2014
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 also can create fall-themed crafts, see a gunpowder explosion, the roll mill in action, and working nineteenth-century machines. Included with admission and free for members. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Twin Lakes Harvest Fest
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
This adult-only event features live music and the Twin Lakes Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest.  German food, a pumpkin weight contest, Twin Lakes honey and growlers.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours and Tastings
Saturday, October 25, 2014
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.

Autumn Leaf Special to Hockessin on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Train departs at 2:30 p.m.
Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On weekends, we offer 2½-hour round-trips to Hockessin. Bring your camera and behold the best that the Red Clay Valley has to offer.

Lantern Tour at Indian River Life-Saving Station
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Begins at 6:00 p.m.
Explore the daily lives of the surfmen and what they went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware Coast. A guided museum tour is followed by local tales and a venture out onto the beach where they performed their nightly patrols. Pre-registration is required. Please call (302) 227-6991 to register. All Ages $10 per person.

Ghosts in the Graveyard at Old Swedes
Saturday, October 25, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Hear ghostly tales and legends. See if you can solve the mystery of the late night bell ringing at Old Swedes. Reservations required.  Tours are an hour long and begin every 30 minutes.

Historic Haunts in Lewes
Saturday, October 25, 2014
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Let the paranormal investigators of Delmarva Historic Haunts lead you on an exploration of the curious happenings in historic Lewes. Visitors will investigate the ghostly happenings at four historic buildings, including the Cannonball House, Burton Ingram, Rabbits Ferry, and the Old Doctor's Office.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Tours
Sunday, October 26, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Find out what happens behind the scenes at Bombay Hook and other National Wildlife Refuges. Visitors can explore its attractions throughout the day. Those who do will hit the trail, watch for birds and more.

Steamin’ Halloween at Auburn Heights
Sunday, October 26, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Join Auburn Heights for a family-friendly Halloween. In addition to all of the usual Steamin' Day fun, enjoy special Halloween-themed activities. For more information call 302-239-2385.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Oct 24, 2014 3:30 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Thanksgiving Dinner at Delaware Restaurants 2014

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Day feast without the worry of cooking and cleaning! Dine at a Delaware restaurant and just sit back, relax and enjoy time with your family and friends.

Thanksgiving Dinner DelawareBelow are some of the options for dining out in Delaware on Thanksgiving. Reservations are highly recommended for most locations. Did we mention Delaware has tax-free shopping? So, make it a weekend getaway and spend Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in Delaware! We hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Northern Delaware

Thanksgiving Buffet or a la carte dining at Harry’s Savoy Grill

November 27, 2014

12:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

You won’t go hungry at this incredible buffet, where they’ll be carving turkey and prime rib plus, all the trimmings for your Thanksgiving feast. The buffet includes a variety of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, additional main entrees and side dishes and a grand dessert buffet. Non-alcoholic beverages are also included, all for $39.50 for adults plus an 18% gratuity. Please call to make reservations 302-475-3000.

Thanksgiving a la carte dining at Harry’s Savoy Grill

1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Relax, enjoy the day and leave the preparation, cooking and cleanup to Harry's Savoy Grill! They’ll be serving turkey and all the trimmings, plus a variety of additional menu items throughout the day. To make reservations, please call 302-475-3000.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Deerfield
November 27, 2014
Don’t miss a minute of your family time – or the big games – when you bring the whole family to Deerfield for an amazing Turkey Day Dinner. All your traditional Thanksgiving favorites, enhanced by our culinary team's delicious additions, make this Thanksgiving Day Buffet a “can’t miss.” Reservations are required.

White Clay Creek Country Club Thanksgiving To Go
At the Rail Wine Bar and Grille they will be taking orders for Thankgiving To Go up until November 20th at 5:00 p.m. All orders must be made in person with the restaurant manager. For more detailed information, please call 302-994-6700 x 7194.

Thanksgiving Buffet Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront
November 27, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Let Big Fish Grill do the cooking for you! They will have a variety of dining options including traditional Thanksgiving fare. Reservations are required. Please call 302-652-3474.

Central Delaware

Abbotts Grill Thanksgiving Day Buffet

November 27, 2014

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Our annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 11am-5pm. Adults- $21.95; Children under 10- $12.95. Add on a leftover plate for only $10 more per person! Reservations highly recommended. Gather at the grill.

Dover Downs Thanksgiving Day Buffet

November 27, 2014
Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. $12.50/per person

Lunch and Dinner 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. $21.95/per person.
Buffet includes Hot & Cold Crab Legs and Prime Rib. Join the Festival Buffet at Dover Downs for a special Thanksgiving feast.

-- Order delicious desserts and breads at Frankfurt Bakery or Dolce Bakery.

Southern Delaware

Big Fish Grill Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet

November 27, 2014

11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Big Fish Grill’s Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet includes a Big Fish raw bar, homemade soups, carving stations with turkey or ham, traditional sides and seafood entrees.
No reservations so, please come early. Or order a Thanksgiving meal to go by November 27th.

Summer House Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014 

1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Indulge in a delicious Thanksgiving meal! Featuring an all you can eat traditional turkey dinner plate or choose from various steak and seafood dishes. To make reservations, please call (302) 227-3895.

Thanksgiving Buffet at Nage
November 27, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
From butternut squash soup to roasted turkey with a side of golden Yukon mashed potatoes, you’ll savor every bite while dining at Nage. Adults $36. Kids under 12 are half price and a take home left over box is $12! Don’t forget about the decadent pumpkin pie or fluffernuter trifle!

The Buttery Thanksgiving Dinner

November 27, 2014
Enjoy a Lewes tradition with Thanksgiving dinner at The Butter with turkey, herb stuffing and gravy or your choice of a seafood entrée and sides. $69 per person; $24 for children under the age of 12. Reservations are required. Please call 302-645-7755.

For more dining options, scroll through the Delaware restaurant listings and pick your flavor. Call ahead to reserve your spot for Thanksgiving Dinner!

 

posted on: Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 2:54 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Plan your 2014 Black Friday Excursion

Black Friday is the most exciting shopping day of the year - nothing compares to planning, dashing, parking, shopping and the checkout experiences. Here in Delaware we try to make the experience a bit easier on your pocketbook because everything is tax-free. So while the other components of the Black Friday experience elsewhere might be the same – you will have more money to spend by shopping in Delaware. Other states may charge up to 6 to 8% in fees and sales tax, which quickly adds up when you are shopping.

Here are some tips for planning a Black Friday excursion in Delaware:

Christiana Mall DelawareFrom North to South - Start either at the Concord Mall, which is, right over the Pennsylvania line or Christiana Mall, which is located off 95. Before heading out, do some research on the products you are searching for and the stores you are targeting. Then, decide which Mall or store fits your needs. Both malls will be open super early! Of course, parking and access will be sluggish during the first couple of hours but that is all part of the Black Friday experience. Don’t worry there is enough tax-free shopping to get around!

After hitting up Concord or Christiana, you can make your way downstate to the Dover Mall and Tanger Outlets.

From South to North (Or from the West) - Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach is the place to go! Over 150 brand name outlets plus, deals and discounts that happen all through the night beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Make sure to check their website before shopping for extra deals. Here is a big travel tip: in the Seaside outlets (on the north bound side) there is additional parking in the back of the center!

Once you’ve completed your Tanger Outlets adventure, you can head up north to the Dover, Christiana and Concord Malls to pick up additional items on your list.

Microsoft Store DelawareFor electronics and large ticket items: Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy always have great deals and special hours on Black Friday as you travel north to south or vice versa you will find locations throughout the state. Don’t forget, the Christiana Mall is home to a Microsoft and Apple Store and the Tanger Outlets has a Sony and Bose store location.

Need a little caffeine jolt to the morning? All of the shopping locations have on-site and nearby dining for coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner if you plan on shopping all day! Local favorites include: Einstein Bros Bagels (northern locations), Brew Ha Ha!, Notting Hill Coffee (Lewes), Dolce (Milford), Espresso n’ Ice (Dover) and of course, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and all of your favorites are throughout the state!

Black Friday DelawareTips from expert Black Friday shoppers:
-- To avoid crowds and still enjoy the deals, start your shopping around 2:00 a.m.

-- If you have smart phone download the store apps for coupons right on your phone.

-- Tanger Outlets has a mobile app you can use all year long for bargains!

The bottom line is for phenomenal deals and great fun - shop in Delaware! And if you are ready for more shopping after Black Friday then, visit our boutiques and small business throughout the state for Small Business Saturday!

 

posted on: Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 2:38 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Oct 17 to Oct 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.

2014 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival
October 16 - 19, 2014
Come visit the greatest jazz festival in the world in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Shows this year will be held on 3 stages - the Rebhoboth Convention Center, the Rehoboth Theatre of the Arts and Epworth Church. Plus there will be many local resturants and bars offering great entertainment.

Kent County Restaurant Week
Friday and Saturday
Kent County Restaurant Week is a celebration for foodies to explore local dishes and dining experiences in Central Delaware.

Costumes of Downton Abbey® at Winterthur
Recurring daily (Tuesday – Sunday)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring until December 21, 2014
Grand Opera House
“Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Art Recovery Team”, a show featuring 120 pieces of priceless works of Etruscan and Greco-Roman art, dating from 2,700 years ago. They are exhibited alongside the engaging stories of their recovery from ruthless art thieves. The show will run from October 3rd to December 21st at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. Concurrently, the Old College Museum at the University of Delaware in Newark will host an additional exhibition, mainly targeted at scholars and students.

Dark Dover Lantern Tour
Friday, October 17, 2014
Tours begin at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
 During the park’s “Dark Dover” program, visitors will witness firsthand the chilling true stories of gruesome murders and whippings, and encounter characters whose legends have left their sinister imprint on The Green in Dover. Call ahead to make reservations.

Old New Castle Hauntings in History Walking Tour
Friday, October 17, 2014
Begins at 7:00 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
If you are brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle's history, then join the New Castle Historical Society this October for the only ghost tour that brings you inside one of the most haunted mansions of Old New Castle!

Delaware Seashore Fall Fishing Weekend
October 17 - 19, 2014
Friday at 7:00 p.m. - Sunday at 1:00 p.m
Admission $165/person. Call to reserve a spotLearn the ins and outs of surf fishing - even how to clean and cook your catch! Experience the Gilled to Grilled program on Friday evening - clean and fillet your own fish, then cook it for dinner! Then, enjoy the half-day introductory surf fishing program Saturday morning led by park staff Followed by a hands-on afternoon demonstration of fly casting in the surf by Saltwater Fly Anglers of Delaware. Plus, much more.

Hagley Craft Fair
Saturday and Sunday, October 18 - 19, 2014
Saturday (10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.); Sunday (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Now in its thirty-sixth year, Hagley Craft Fair is regarded as one of the finest craft fairs in the region. Craft artists throughout the Mid-Atlantic region sell their original work and demonstrate their skills. This indoor show is held in two historic buildings on Hagley's spectacular grounds.  Lunch available for purchase.

Fifer Fall Fest
Saturday, October 18, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spend the day on the farm with a 6-acre corn max, pumpkin painting stations, pumpkin bowling, pony hope races and much more! 

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Tour and Tasting
Saturday, October, 18, 2014
Open from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Tour at 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a relaxed and personalized tour at Twin Lakes Brewing Company as they guide you through the history of beer and brewing plus, their unique brewing process and traditions.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours and Tastings
Saturday, October 18, 2014
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.

Autumn Leaf Special on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Train departs at 2:30 p.m.
Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On weekends, we offer 2½-hour round-trips to Hockessin. Bring your camera and behold the best that the Red Clay Valley has to offer.

Ghosts in the Graveyard at Old Swedes
Saturday, October 18, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Hear ghostly tales and legends. See if you can solve the mystery of the late night bell ringing at Old Swedes. Reservations required.  Tours are an hour long and begin every 30 minutes.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Oct 17, 2014 9:05 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Check out Delaware’s top antique shops

Delaware Antique StoreIn a state that’s been around as long as Delaware has, the heritage and history runs deep, instilling a fine appreciation for the glories of the past. That in turn inspires a remarkable market for antiques and vintage treasures, ranging from the higher-end boutiques in the Centreville area to the always affordable antiques malls dotted across the state. Here are some of the Delaware antique stores – and remember: all of your purchases in Delaware are tax-free!

Goodeals, Inc.
537 Main St., Stanton
(302) 999-1737
Ranked #1 in statewide Readers’ Choice Poll for Delaware’s Best Antique Shop.

Main Street Antiques
23 Possum Park Mall, Newark
(302) 733-7677
A great spot for browsing the affordable and eclectic selections of many dealers in one stop.

The Antique Station
1697 DuPont Highway/U.S. 13, Saint Georges
(302) 365-5520
Many have spent more time than they had expected in this richly stocked antiques mall.

Riverside Antique Mall
34 N. Walnut St., Milford
424-1288
Multiple vendors and a wide variety, all located in the heart of a quaint town.

Heritage Antiques Market
16168 Coastal Hwy, Lewes
(302) 645-2309
This mall spreads over 9,500 square feet, featuring 50 dealers.

Lewes Mercantile Antiques
109 2nd St., Lewes
(302) 645-7900
Antiques mall tucked off the main street of Lewes is known for its hard-to-find treasures.

 

posted on: Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 2:52 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Find your best deals on holiday shopping in Delaware

Holiday HoppingHoliday shoppers from nearby states know where to go for the latest and greatest gifts at the lowest prices – they drive straight to Delaware. Because Delaware is one of just five states without a sales tax, a quick trip over the border can mean major savings on holiday shopping this year. Here are some of the best places to find your holiday bargains in Delaware (be sure to also check out our Online Shopping Directory):

The Apple Store: Imagine a superstore filled with all the latest Apple goodies, along with staffers eager to let you play. Now imagine that you could buy all of these goodies – the laptops, the iPads, the iPods – at prices far below what they sell for in other states (thanks to Delaware’s tax-free shopping). That’s what holiday shoppers will find at the Christiana Mall Apple Store, where customers are more than welcome to sit and explore the electronic fun.

The Microsoft Store: Just up the corridor from the Apple Store at Christiana Mall, Microsoft is also eager to give holiday shoppers an enlivening electronic experience. A great place to save big on that Xbox One or trendy tablet you’ve been craving.

Tanger Outlets: When it comes to fun in the sun, the Delaware beaches are tops. When it’s time to save on holiday gifts, the state’s beaches also rule —thanks to the Tanger Outlets, which have three mega-centers along Del. 1 north of Rehoboth Beach, just a day trip from Maryland, Virginia and D.C. Brands to look out for: Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, Cole Haan and more.

Christiana Mall DelawareChristiana Mall: It may be the perfect holiday shopping destination: It’s tax-free, it’s conveniently located just off Interstate 95, and it has an amazing new lineup of high-end, hard-to-find stores, including Nordstrom, Michael Kors, Apple, Sephora, The LEGO Store, Target and Cabela’s. Plus, the restaurants are divine: Cheesecake Factory, BRIO Tuscan Grille and California Pizza Kitchen.

Main Street in Newark and Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach: If fun, funky gifts are what you desire, these are two of Delaware’s best streets to find those charming boutiques and enjoy some inventive food. Check out more at our list of Top 10 Shopping Streets in Delaware.

U.S. 202/Concord Pike Corridor: Northwest of Wilmington, shoppers arrive from around the East Coast each holiday season to save on sales taxes at the big-name retailers that are clustered along this commercial corridor, one of our Top 10 Shopping Streets in Delaware. Some of the highlights include: Best Buy, Concord Mall (Macy’s, Sears, Boscov’s), hhgregg, Jared Jewelry, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bed Bath and Beyond, Ulta, Barnes & Noble and Target.

 

posted on: Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 2:38 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Oct 3 to Oct 5, 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.

38th Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale in Rehoboth and Dewey Beach
October 3 – 5, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Find deals galore and shop tax-free during the annual fall sidewalk sale in the Rehoboth Beach – Dewey Beach resort area.

Costumes of Downton Abbey® at Winterthur
Recurring daily (Tuesday – Sunday)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

Delaware Auto Show
October 3 – 5, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Come see the new 2015 models, take pictures with superheroes, try your chance at raffles and more! Perfect fun filled indoor event for the entire family at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.

Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring until December 21, 2014
Grand Opera House
“Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Art Recovery Team”, a show featuring 120 pieces of priceless works of Etruscan and Greco-Roman art, dating from 2,700 years ago. They are exhibited alongside the engaging stories of their recovery from ruthless art thieves. The show will run from October 3rd to December 21st at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. Concurrently, the Old College Museum at the University of Delaware in Newark will host an additional exhibition, mainly targeted at scholars and students.

Harvest Moon Festival
October 4 – 5, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The fall festival features fun activities for all ages. Enjoy artisan demonstrations, children's activities and crafts, hayrides, music, food trucks, and much more!

Fifer Fall Fest
Saturday, October 4, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spend the day on the farm with a 6-acre corn max, pumpkin painting stations, pumpkin bowling, pony hope races and much more! 

Truck and Tractor Day at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Saturday, October 4, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Calling all kids (big and small)! Come explore tractors and other farm equipment, take a hayride, do arts and crafts in the Brown Center, dress up with firefighter gear, and even milk a mechanical cow. Members free. Included with admission. Rain or shine event.

Wings & Wheels 2014 – A Georgetown Fall Festival
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Enjoy the Seventh Annual Wings & Wheel that with fly-in of vintage planes, huge car show, WWII re-enactors w/full encampment, crew from the first bombing raid on Japan and crew from the last bomber raid on Japan this year. The event will have craft and food vendors, and entertainment all day.

Boast the Coast Maritime Festival and Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, October 4, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Boast the Coast Maritime festival is a fun-filled day that includes a lighted boat parade on the canal running through town. Plus, family friendly activities in historic Lewes.

Hayrides at Hagley
Saturday, October 4, 2014
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 also can create fall-themed crafts, see a gunpowder explosion, the roll mill in action, and working nineteenth-century machines. Included with admission and free for members. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours and Tastings
Saturday, October 4, 2014
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.

Coast Day
Sunday, October 5, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This annual tradition opens the campus to the public for a fun, family-friendly celebration of the sea. Visitors can tour ships, try tasty seafood and listen to live music. Hands-on activities, a treasure hunt and critter touch tanks engage youngsters, while attendees of all ages can ask scientists questions about ocean issues. Admission and parking are free. Rain or shine.

Steamin’ Days at Auburn Heights
Sunday, October 5, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Experience old-fashioned fun for the whole family. 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. The ticket prices vary depending upon the type of package, for more information call 302-239-2385. 

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Oct 3, 2014 5:05 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware September 26 to September 28, 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.

Costumes of Downton Abbey® at Winterthur
Recurring daily (Tuesday – Sunday)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

NASCAR race weekend at the Dover International Speedway
September 26 – 28, 2014
Gear up for race weekend! Tickets for the series race are available by calling 800-441-RACE or visiting their website. Join the fun at the Monster Miles’s action packed weekend.

Lantern Tour at Indian River Life-saving Station
Friday, September 26, 2014
Explore the daily lives of the surfmen and what they went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware Coast. A guided museum tour is followed by local tales and a venture out onto the beach where they performed their nightly patrols. Pre-registration is required. Please call (302) 227-6991 to register. All Ages $10 per person.

Art in the Estuary
Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The St. Jones Reserve is joining with its next-door neighbor, the John Dickinson Plantation, to bring you various artisans, performers, and authors offering an artistic view of Delaware's coastal waters. Visitors will enjoy original artwork and performances from local and regional artists. They can also shop for native plants offered by the Delaware Native Plant Society during its native plant sale. This event is free, open to the public, and no registration is required.

Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tours
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Two-hour tours for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous. Equipment provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen. No flip-flops. Single and tandem kayaks available. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Under 18 must be accompanied by paying adult. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling 302-645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem.

Fifer Fall Fest
Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spend the day on the farm with a 6-acre corn max, pumpkin painting stations, pumpkin bowling, pony hope races and much more!

Pirate sail on the Kalmar Nyckel
Saturday, September 27, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ahoy mateys! Climb aboard the Tall Ship of Delaware for a pirate adventure. Join the captain and crew for a treasure hunt and help raise the Jolly Roger. Reservations are required.

Mt. Cuba Meteor on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday, September 27, 2014
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Take a leisurely 1½-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a ½-hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural surroundings.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, September 13, 2014
12:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. (Tour at 1:00 p.m.)
Enjoy a relaxed and personalized tour at Twin Lakes Brewing Company as they guide you through the history of beer and brewing plus, their unique brewing process and traditions.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours and Tastings
Saturday, September 13, 2014
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.

Autumn Hayride through White Clay Creek State Park
Saturday, September 27, 2014
4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Bundle up with friends and family for a 45-minute old-fashioned hayride through autumn fields, followed by an hour around a blazing campfire. Wagon seats 25. Refreshments are not provided. Meet at 9 Foot Road Entrance. Groups must pre-register. $100 per wagon

Fall Wagon Ride at Trap Pond State Park
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Begins at 5:00 p.m.
Ride to Cypress Point in our farm-wagon (straw hats and coveralls are optional)! Sign up for hayride at the camp store at least one hour before program. $4 adult, $2 child.

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, September 28, 2014
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:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Sep 26, 2014 11:48 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Take a stroll into terror on Delaware’s ghost tours

Thanks to its long history, Delaware is full of old graveyards and spooky houses. That means travelers in search of Halloween fun are tempted each year by a plentiful assortment of walking tours and moonlight excursions. Check out these local favorites:

Lantern Tour of the Dover Green - ImageDark Dover Lantern Tour
Witness firsthand true stories of murder and mayhem, and encounter characters whose legends have left their sinister imprint on The Green. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. Guests meet at the John Bell House on The Green. The 411: Tours at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 10 and 17. 42 The Green, Dover, DE. Call (302) 739-9194 for reservations.

Hauntings in History Walking Tours
The crooked sidewalks are paved with centuries-old brick. Shaded alleyways and eerie cemeteries seem to have jumped out of an Edgar Allen Poe story. This is Old New Castle, and these are some of the elements on the “Hauntings in History Walking Tours,” highlighted by a tour of the legendarily haunted Amstel House, where the “Woman in Blue” lurks. Next, you will be guided through New Castle's darkened streets and alleyways, where you will hear macabre tales of hauntings, Victorian death & funeral customs, and crime & punishment that span the 360-year history of this Delaware River town. The 411: Fridays and Saturdays on Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tour begins at the Amstel House, 2 East Fourth Street, New Castle, DE 19720 (302) 322-2794. 

Ghosts in the Graveyard Tour
During the 19th Century, stories about graveyard hauntings were whispered in the parlors, taverns and shops of Wilmington with hushed excitement. Some of these tales have never been successfully refuted. The “Ghosts in the Graveyard” tour offers a trip through the fascinating cemetery at Old Swedes Church, featuring live actors who tell the tales, including the mystery of the late-night bell ringing at the church. The 411: Oct. 18 and 25, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 606 Church St., Wilmington. (302) 652-5629. Reservations required.

Bellevue Hall Ghost Tour - ImageGhost Tours at Bellevue State Park
The mansion and grounds of this former estate truly boast a creepy vibe, especially during the Halloween tours held in October. The first (7-9 p.m. on Oct. 17) is a Candlelight Tour of Mount Pleasant Meeting House and Cemetery, where you’re sure to meet some ghosts. The Ghosts of Bellevue Grounds Tour (6-8 p.m. on Oct. 23) encounters some “unexplained company.” And the Bellevue Hall Ghost Tour (7-9:30 p.m. on Oct. 28) thrills participants with tales of this home’s ghoulish presence. The 411: Bellevue State Park, 800 Carr Rd., Wilmington, DE.

Historic Haunts in Lewes
Let the paranormal investigators of Delmarva Historic Haunts lead you on an exploration of the curious happenings in historic Lewes. Visitors will investigate the ghostly happenings at four historic buildings, including the Cannonball House, Burton Ingram, Rabbits Ferry, and the Old Doctor's Office. The 411: There are two sessions: 7 p.m.-10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. on Oct. 25. Investigations will begin at the Lewes Historic Complex at 110 Shipcarpenter Street in the Midway School #178. Reservations required – call (302) 645-7670 (ext. 12).

 

posted on: Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 10:37 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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