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Check out the insider’s guide to Delaware’s best spots for last-minute gifts

We know the feeling. Christmas is just around the corner, and you still haven’t bought that extra-special something for that extra-special someone. We have a few winning suggestions for where to find the gifts your heart’s desire will love in tax-free Delaware:

Winterthur Store-- Check out the museum stores. Some of the best-kept secrets in Delaware are the shops that adjoin the major museums, each full of treasures that you just can't find anywhere else. One of our favorites is the artsy, tasteful store at Winterthur Museum, but there are also top shops at Hagley Museum and the Delaware Children's Museum.

-- Remember the small boutiques that fill many of the state's small towns, offering unique gifts and friendly help. Good bets for boutique shopping include Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Second Street in Lewes, Main Street in Newark; Walnut Street in Milford; and Delaware Street in Old New Castle.

-- Everyone likes food. Especially free food. Think about getting them that special treat from a grocery, or better yet, a gift certificate from a restaurant they'd like to try. Some sure-fire dining favorites in Delaware include Harry's Seafood Grill, Domaine Hudson, Mikimotos, Cultured Pearl, and many more. Scroll through the Delaware restaurant listings for ideas.

-- When thinking last-minute gifts, think "experiences." How about a gift certificate from the new trampoline park in Delaware? Or maybe a sailboarding lesson at the beach. Or even stuff their stocking with a passport getting them started on one of the Delaware Tourism Trails, which are low cost ways of exploring top attractions.

-- Make sure your holiday shopping trip is a "power shopping" trip. In other words, head for the spots in Delaware that offer the largest concentrations of retailers, so you can maximize your time. Stores are conveniently clustered in several key locations in Delaware -- along U.S. 40 in Bear and Glasgow, Concord Pike/U.S. 202 north of Wilmington; U.S. 13 in Dover; and Del. 1 north of Rehoboth Beach. See the Delaware the tax-free shopping page to find the perfect store.

 

posted on: Monday, Nov 10, 2014 3:24 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Make it a holly, jolly winter with top holiday events in Delaware

There’s a special magic to the season this year and every year in Delaware, where holiday celebrations are a beloved and remarkably diverse part of the culture. The best take advantage of the state’s historic legacy – turning the Colonial village of Old New Castle into a scene from a Dickens novel, or transforming the lovely town of Lewes into a seaside celebration of light.

Others are just plain fun – a ride on an authentic steam train with Santa, or the city-wide celebration that is Newark’s Winterfest. When you’re looking for something a little more spirited to do in those weeks before the holiday hits, check out these top events:

Wilmington and Western RailroadSanta Claus Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
November 29 – 30, 2014
Location: Wilmington and Western Railroad, 2201 Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington, DE 19808
Times: 12:30 P.M. and 2:30 P.M.
Admission: Adults: $18.00; Seniors (60+): $17.00; Children (2-12): $16.00; Children (under 2): Free
Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride our train and have Santa come to you? The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all children a chocolate treat. And he may bring Mrs. Claus with him! Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child during this 1½-hour round-trip to Ashland.

Zoo Lights & Christmas Nights
Fridays and Saturdays, November 28 – December 27, 2014
Location: 3 Palms Petting Zoo, 924 Blackbird Forest Road, Clayton, DE 19938
Times: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $10.00
Phone: 302-715-1326
3 Palms Petting Zoo is transformed into a celebration of lights, giving visitors a chance to get a nighttime peek at Rosie the Raccoon and Peaches the Opossum. Roast marshmallows, sip hot chocolate, enjoy holiday sounds, and whisper your special Christmas wishes in Santa's ear.

Rehoboth Beach Tree Lighting & Hometown Sing-a-longRehoboth Beach Tree Lighting
November 28, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Bundle up and gather at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand for the annual holiday tree lighting and hometown sing-a-long.

Georgetown Christmas Parade
December 4, 2014
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
The annual Georgetown Christmas Parade ushers in the holiday season with marching bands and floats designed to represent this year’s theme of “Simply Christmas.” The Georgetown Parade has also become known as the Christmas ‘Balloon’ Parade with nearly 1,500 helium balloons expected at this year’s parade.

Downtown Milford Holiday Stroll
December 5, 2014
Times: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Come enjoy live entertainment, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride and sip cocoa as you stroll through downtown Milford.

Winterfest In Newark
December 5, 2014
Location: Downtown Newark, Main Street, Newark, DE 19711
Times: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The entire family will enjoy an evening of holiday entertainment, roasting chestnuts, caroling, tree lighting and much more.

A Farmer's Christmas
December 6, 2014
Location: Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, 866 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901
Times: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $1- $5
See a real woodworker and a blacksmith at work. Listen to carolers in St. Thomas Church and watch a live woodstove cooking demonstration in a real summer kitchen. Visit our Loockerman Landing Train Station for some ghost stories. There will be lots of holiday crafts for children to make and take home, historical craft demonstrations inside, and holiday music.

Christmas Tour of Lewes
December 6, 2014
Location: Downtown Lewes, Delaware
Admission: Advance tickets $20 each; $25 on the day of the tour. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult
Times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This self-guided tour features this lovely seaside town’s historic houses decorated for the season. Several area churches have special lunches, and the Lewes Yacht Club has lunch and an indoor Craft Fair.

Christmas in Odessa InteriorChristmas in Odessa
December 6, 2014
Location: Historic Odessa, 506 High St., Odessa, DE 19730
Times: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $15.00 - $20.00
The Colonial-era homes of Odessa are the stars of this self-guided walking tour of private homes and public buildings decorated for the holidays. In addition to the house tour, many special events are included in the ticket price.

Sankta Lucia Celebration
December 7, 2014
Location: Old Swedes (Holy Trinity) Church, 606 Church St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Times: 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
In Sweden, the traditional celebration of the Feast Day of Sankta Lucia is still marked by light and music. That tradition comes alive at the annual celebration at Old Swedes Church. An authentic ceremony is accompanied by Swedish refreshments and tours of the Hendrickson House Museum, decorated for a Swedish Christmas.

Dickens Christmas historic New Castle"A Dickens Experience" in Historic New Castle
December 13, 2014
Location: Amstel House, 2 East Fourth St., New Castle, DE 19720
Times: 10 am - 4 pm
Admission: Free
The Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" comes to life on the streets of Old New Castle, featuring candlelight tours at Read House & Gardens, musical performances and other entertainment. Visitors will walk from one historic site to the next along New Castle's charming brick sidewalks, lined with festive luminaries, and may even meet a group of carolers along the way.

Milton Holly Festival
December 13, 2014
Location: Milton Fire Station, 116 Front Street, Milton, DE 19968
Times: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Holly Festival features fine handcrafts (in the Fire Hall and in Goshen Hall); sales of unique decorative crafts, gifts and holiday treats (by area merchants); the very popular Holiday House Tour (at 2:30); and of course a visit from Santa.

Festive Foods - Holiday Hearth Cooking Demonstrations
Saturdays from December 13 – 27, 2014
Location: Historic Houses of Odessa, Second and Main streets, Odessa, DE 19730
Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Imagine the crackle of a blazing fire and the delicious flavors of holiday cooking. Join the Historic Odessa Foundation for a hearth cooking demonstration featuring mouthwatering 18th century foods.

 

posted on: Monday, Nov 10, 2014 2:52 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

This year, see Christmas through the eyes of the DuPonts

The holidays were special times in the DuPont family. No expense was spared in making their mansions suitably splendid for the holiday seasons, places where the elaborate decorations outdone only by the sumptuous feasts.

Today, you can relive those days of holiday grandeur at each of the three public museums that now occupy these mansions – Winterthur, Hagley and Nemours. Each year, people from around the country make it a point to lift their holiday spirits with a visit, or to perhaps enjoy a special visit with Santa. Here are the highlights that await:

Yuletide at Winterthur - ImageWinterthur Museum, Garden and Library: This massive mansion is decked out each year in the most tasteful decorations, with the aim of re-creating the look and feel of how holidays were celebrated by the DuPont family when this was their home. Highlights include a woodland path in the winter garden (part of a 1,000-acre rolling meadow preserve), several walk-through room and food displays, and vistas of elaborately decorated trees. Winterthur also offers many events, workshops and performances during the holiday season, including Yuletide Brunches and appearances by Santa. November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015.

Holidays at Hagley Exhibit - ImageHagley Museum and Library: The DuPont family’s ancestral home -- Eleutherian Mills – is transformed over the holidays, transporting visitors back to the Christmas spirit of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Highlights of the Holidays at Hagley celebration include a full schedule of events, including seminars, family programs, gift-making activities, brunches, and tours. November 28, 2014 – January 6, 2015.

Nemours Mansion Holiday ToursNemours Mansion & Gardens: At Delaware's most ornate DuPont mansion, annual Holiday Tours give visitors a chance to see how the family celebrated the season. The estate is decorated with a gingerbread house of the mansion, Christmas trees, paper filigree quilling, original toys, ornaments and more. November 8 – December 31, 2014.

 

posted on: Monday, Nov 10, 2014 2:03 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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

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

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

Check out Delaware’s “real” haunted places – if you dare

Down through the years, tales of spooky apparitions, terrifying sounds and other-wordly happenings have been told about dozens of Delaware houses and places. Some of these homes are in private hands, keeping their ghostly occurrences out of the public view. In many other cases, however, paranormal phenomena have been witnessed in places that are open to the public. Here a few that will get your blood going:

Paranormal Fort DelawareFort Delaware, off the coast of Delaware City
Once a mid-river prison housing Confederate soldiers during the Civil War, Fort Delaware is open to the public now, leading to a variety of spooky reports – ghostly images, “cold spots” and mysterious voices. The vibe here is so chilling that they even offer paranormal investigation tours. The island also holds a cemetery for soldiers who died of typhus and malaria – also supposedly haunted. The 411: Ferry departs from dock at 45 Clinton St., Delaware City, Delaware 19706.

Sterling Hotel/Crabby Dick's, Delaware City
Located right by the river, this old hotel dates back to 1830, but its current owner says spooky things are still happening. Story has it that the ghost of the original owner's wife occasionally appears -- but reveals herself only to men. In a 2012 interview with The News Journal, John Buchheit III said the first night he slept there, he dreamed a chambermaid named Sandy visited him and told him to get out. "I didn't believe in ghosts, but since I moved to Delaware City, I believe," he said. The 411: 30 Clinton St., Delaware City DE 19706. (302) 832-5100.

Woodland Beach, Kent County
In the early 1900s, this small riverside town had a boardwalk and other attractions, all vanished now. On some nights, they say, shadowy figures can be seen walking over the water where the boardwalk once stood. Perhaps they are waiting to get on the ferry that once departed from the water’s edge. The 411: Woodland Beach is east of Smyrna, at the end of Del. 6.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 10:14 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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