Sometimes, your true love needs help, no matter how hard they may try to find that perfect Valentine’s Day date. Admittedly, it can be hard to find that perfect combination of lavish-but-affordable fun.
That’s why Delaware stands as a great Valentine’s Day destination. Tax-free shopping helps factor in affordability, and Delaware’s wealth of classy, romantic settings means your special day (or weekend) will have that necessary air of sophistication.
With those requirements in mind, consider these 10 great Valentine’s Day “dates” in Delaware – and feel free to mix and match!
1. For a regal excursion, stick to Delaware’s “Chateau County,” the region around the northwestern arc of the state that’s home to DuPont family mansions that are now museums. At one of those museums – Hagley – you and your date can stroll along the beautiful Brandywine River and see the old DuPont powder mills before heading to dinner at Krazy Kat’s, a charming restaurant located in the Inn and Spa at Montchanin Village, which offers intimate rooms.
3. Or, if more contemporary creations are more to your liking, check out the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts on the Wilmington Riverfront. Before or after, you could catch a couple of nearby attractions, including the Penn Cinema IMAX, or the new outdoor skating rink by the banks of the Christina. There should be plenty of time for a relaxed dinner at the nearby Iron Hill Brewery on the banks of the Christina River before turning in for the night at the new Westin Wilmington Hotel.
4. Should your true love prefer scenic splendor to city life, head south to the Delaware beaches. Take a stroll on the sand at Cape Henlopen State Park before heading into downtown Rehoboth for dinner at one of this culinary hotspot’s top restaurants, such as Eden or Salt Air, or Henlopen City Oyster House. Consider a stay at the romantic Bellmoor Inn and Spa (and be sure to visit the Delaware deals page for a special Valentine’s Day offer).
5. There’s romance everywhere on the quaint streets of downtown Lewes, where ocean breezes always scent the air. Browse the boutique shops along Second Street before ducking into Agave Mexican Restaurant or Striper Bites “nautical bistro” for dinner. Consider a night’s stay at the Inn at Canal Square, a waterfront gem (visit the Delaware deals page for the Inn’s Valentine’s Day discount offer).
6. Linger over a refined dinner at the opulent Green Room in the Hotel DuPont, then take in a performance at the DuPont Theatre (soon to be renamed the Playhouse on Rodney Square) or the Grand Opera House before heading back to the luxurious Hotel DuPont for a cozy night’s stay.
7. “Fun” is the operative word for couples who head to central Delaware for a stay at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, which offers full gaming action, a variety of restaurants and a hotel with spa services.
8. Swing to the western side of central Delaware for an experience that embraces rural relaxation. Enjoy a wine tasting at Harvest Ridge Winery before heading to Cool Springs Fish Bar & Restaurant for dinner.
9. There’s more of that small-town ambience in Milford, where couples will enjoy a dinner with modern flair at Abbott’s Grill, a theater performance at Second Street Players/Riverfront Theatre, and a stroll along the streets to see the art galleries and perhaps a coffee at Dolce Bakery.
10. Back down at the Delaware beaches, couple who prefer a little adventure to me mixed in with their romance can try their hand at paddleboarding at DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures in Fenwick Island before grabbing a couple of drinks and dinner at Catch 54, tucked right up to the water.
posted on: Friday, Jan 16, 2015 2:22 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office
Summer may seem a long way off, but look at it this way: The sooner you start thinking about the beach, the less you’ll be preoccupied by winter’s harsh reality. The more you imagine yourself lying in the sand, the more you’ll be able to convince yourself that the snow will eventually melt, the days will eventually grow toasty, and summer will resume its rightful place in the world.
Thinking about a Delaware beach vacation during the year’s frigid months also has financial benefits: Travelers who plan their beach vacations in the dead of winter often snag the best deals on prime lodging and prime weeks, and also avoid the inevitable problem of dwindling supplies as the height of the summer season approaches.
Fortunately, VisitDelaware.com offers a wide assortment of travel planning tools and tips for your next Delaware beach vacation. So grab a mug of hot chocolate, get in the right frame of mind, and start exploring today:
Step 1: Familiarize yourself with all of the activities, entertainment, dining and outdoor adventures that Delaware’s beautiful beaches offer. The Delaware Beach Vacation overview page is a good place to start, or check out the list of Top Delaware Beach Destinations.
Step 2: The VisitDelaware.com website offers tons of tools for Finding a Beach Rental, or Booking a Beach Hotel Room. Remember to consider the money-saving option that lots of families choose to cut costs on their Delaware beach vacations – rent a larger beach house, and split the costs that come with communal living. For an even more afforable trip, consider staying at one of southern Delaware’s Family-friendly Camgrounds.
Step 3: If you plan on having the kids (or even the dog) along on your vacation in Delaware, be sure to scroll through the helpful online guides to Pet-Friendly Attractions at the Delaware Beaches and Kid-Friendly Activities at the Delaware Beaches.
Step 4: Sometimes, the best advice is a fellow traveler’s advice. Be sure to read the reviews, check out the comments – or ask a question yourself – on Delaware’s TripAdvisor Forum.
posted on: Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 10:52 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office
Pack your sleeping bag, hiking shoes and enjoy a weekend in the wilderness away from the buzz of work life. While staying at one of Delaware’s campgrounds, vistiors can wake up to sunrises on the beach, the sounds of rustling trees and the smell of breakfast over a campfire. Campgrounds in Delaware offer sites for tents, RV hookup, Yurts and renovated cabins.
From Cape Henlopen to Lums Pond, the Delaware State Parks camping sites are family-friendly and open from March 1st through November 30th with the exception of Killens Pond State Park, where visitors can experience year-round camping (weather permitted). Tall Pines Campground Resort also offers year-round cabin accommodations and on-site activities as well as seasonal campsites. Plus, locations such as Delaware Jellystone Park will remain open through Punkin Chunkin weekend at the beginning of November.
As the fall season brings cooler weather and breathtaking scenery, this is an ideal time to experience camping in Delaware. Birding, hiking, canoeing, fishing and biking are just some of the activities visitors will experience on their trip. Various campgrounds also offer easy access to drive on beaches and boat ramps. Travelers can follow the Delaware Geocaching Trail for a high-tech treasure hunt in the great outdoors or enjoy hayrides, live entertainment and nature hikes at the campground sites.
posted on: Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 6:45 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office