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Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages in Delaware 2014

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

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

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

Cozy Winter Weekend Package at the Boardwalk Plaza

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

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

Hotel DuPontHotel du Pont Bed and Breakfast Package

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

Romance Package at the Hilton Garden Inn

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Rediscover your love with a two day romantic getaway to Delaware

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Delaware date night ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

New Year's Eve Events and Deals in Delaware 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Delaware Art Museum
December 31, 2013
10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Admission: $85 general admission/ $75 Museum members
Ring in an artful new year at the Museum with champagne, delicious food, an open bar and special holiday cocktail, music, and art!  You won’t want to miss this fun and elegant holiday party. Ticket price includes Valet Parking. 

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

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

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

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

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


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

Spooky haunts and fright sites in Delaware

For all of the thrill seekers out there it is time for Halloween happenings in Delaware! From feeling cool air rush up your spine while exploring a haunted Civil War fortress to quietly sneaking around corners at elaborate haunted houses, if you’re looking for something unique to do on your weekend trip to Delaware, we’ve got it covered!

Here are Delaware’s spookiest spots (in alphabetical order):

Bellevue Hall Ghost Tour - ImageBellevue Hall Ghost Tour
Tuesday, October 29th
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Hear personal stories of “ghostly” experiences at Bellevue Hall followed by a candlelit tour. For those who remain…refreshments will be served. Admission is $15 per person and registration is required. To register, please call 302-761-6963.

Boo at the Zoo
September 28 – October 26, 2013
The woods at 3 Palms Petting Zoo have become haunted! See the zoo in a different light, at night! With haunted woods filled with ghosts, a graveyard, spiders and more surprises along the way. Warm cider and marshmallows for roasting will be provided. This event will take place every Friday and Saturday through October 26th and on Halloween (Oct. 31st) from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 3 Palms Petting Zoo is located in Clayton, DE. For more information, call 302-715-1326.

Dark Dover at First State Heritage Park
Fridays, October 11 and October 18
Two performances each night 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
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. Please call 302-739-9191 for reservations. Guests will meet at the John Bell House on The Green.

Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 27th – Nov. 2nd
(The amusement rides open on Oct.4th)
Attractions open at 6:00 p.m. and remain open until the last ticket holder goes through
Selected by the Travel Channel as one of America’s scariest Halloween attractions, Frightland includes haunted attractions such as the Zombie Prison, Horror Hayrides, Haunted Barn and much more. Frightland also offers carnival amusements and is located in northern Delaware on Route 13 and Port Penn Road, just south of the St. Georges Bridge. For more information, call 302-838-0256.

Pea Patch Paranormal Adventures at Fort Delaware
Fridays and Saturdays in October at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Fort Delaware ghost tourJoin the Delaware Ghost Hunters and park staff for three-hour recreational paranormal investigations at Fort Delaware (a Civil War fortress). Participants will experience an actual paranormal investigation using electronic magnetic field detectors, data records and temperature sensors. This program is limited to ages 12 and older. $40 per person and space is limited. Reservations can be made online or by calling 302-834-7941.

Screams at the Beach
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from October 3rd – November 2nd (Also open on October 30th.)  
Opens at 7:00 p.m.; Ticket booth opens at 6:45 p.m.
The town of All Hallow’s was once a flourishing settlement but now has fallen into disarray with shocking mayhem around every corner. Stroll through themed houses and the Crimson Woods. Screams at the Beach welcomes families but warns that this is an experience of frights and screams. They are located at 22518 Lewes Georgetown Highway in Georgetown, Delaware on the grounds of Sports at the Beach.  For more information, call 302-856-7400.

Shipwrecked! Tales of Traditions and Tragedy at Delaware Seashore State Park
Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th
Begins at 8:30 p.m.
Explore bizarre maritime traditions and superstitions that 19th-century sailors used to ensure safety and understand the unexplainable. Stroll through the museum to hear tragic stories from the station’s logs. Pre-registration required. $10 per person. To register, please call 302-227-6991.

Travel Tips:
After a long night of tours and screams, stay the night in a local hotel for a little rest and relaxation. Use the Travelocity booking engine on the right hand side of this page to book your stay.

Make sure you have tons of energy before heading out. Search for nearby restaurants to satisfy your cravings.

Spend less in Delaware! Search for travel deals or visit the fright site’s websites to see if they offer special pricing or group rates.


posted on: Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 1:23 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Sample fall season brews on the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail

As the seasons change so do the flavors along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail. Discover local craft beer filled with fresh hops and hints of harvest and pumpkin spices while visiting Delaware. Download a passport, take a tour and taste of local breweries to earn a limited-edit Delaware Wine and Ale Trail beer mug!

Here are some can’t miss seasonal craft beers – make sure to visit their websites for the most up to date information about what’s on tap:

-- 16 Mile Brewing Company’s Tiller Brown Ale is a celebration of the harvest season with robust flavors of chocolate and coffee. This brew is an English Brown Ale and has a roasty flavor. 

Dogfish Punkin Ale

-- Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s Punkin Ale was inspired by Delaware’s World Championship Punkin Chunkin. It is a full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. 

-- Fordham and Dominion Brewing Company’s Spiced Harvest Ale is light Amber in color with a medium body, spiced with cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice and pumpkin. 

-- Iron Hill Brewery offers three seasonal fall beers including Pumpkin Ale (a medium bodied copper ale spiced with pumpkin pie spices and vanilla); the Pumpkin Weiss (an unfiltered medium bodied wheat beer, with yeast driven flavors of banana and clove, accented with pumpkin pie) and the Oktoberfest (a traditional German festival beer, it is a medium bodied lager with a malty and bready aroma and a firm malt flavor). 

Stewarts Brewing Company

-- Stewart’s Brewing Company serves up the German-style Oktoberfest and Mischief Night Pumpkin Ale Windblown Blond Kölsch during the fall season.

-- Twin Lakes Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest brew is malty and crisp but not sweet, with a smooth, balanced finish and understated hops. 

Bonus stop: 3rd Wave Brewing Company – One of Delaware’s newest breweries is serving up the “Chunkin Punkin Belgian Ale” brewed with 20 pounds of pumpkin puree per barrel and is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.


posted on: Friday, Sep 6, 2013 4:29 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 08/30/13 to 09/02/13

The end of summer is here but there is still so much to do and see in Delaware! Beyond the beautiful sandy beaches in Delaware, there are tons of great events and things to do!

Travel tip: 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.

Take a sail on the Kalmar Nyckel
Sails and deck tours will be occurring through September 2nd. 
Climb aboard and set sail on the Kalmar Nyckel, a tall ship replica. Sails can be booked online and please note that the Kalmar Nyckel is docked at the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal. 

Zip across Lums Pond State Park with Go Ape!
Recurring daily
$55/adults and $25-35/children
Four zip lines take you high over Lums Pond, the largest freshwater pond in Delaware.  Go Ape! at Lums Pond have five individual sections within the course including rope ladders, exciting crossings with Double Stirrups, and stunning views. 

Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market
Saturday, August 31, 2013
8:00 a.m. – Noon
Visit historic Lewes and shop local with over 35 vendors offering fresh produce, eggs, fruits, baked good, meats, fish, cut-flowers and herbs. Plus, learn from local chefs, master gardeners and sustainable agriculture experts.

106th Arden Fair and Antiques Market
Saturday, August 31, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Music, games, food, art exhibit, folk dancing demos, potions, crafts, childrens games and many vendors in Arden + books and plants for sale. Stroll through the antiques market for a small fee or enjoy live music in the grove.

Tour the Old Dominon Fordham Brewery 
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Tours begin at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. 
Admission is $5
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, five samples, and a pint glass to take home.

Catch a Wilmington Blue Rocks Game + Fireworks
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Begins at 6:05 p.m.
Watch as the Wilmington Blue Rocks take on the Winston-Salem Dash with an exciting fireworks display after the game. 

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra & Morgan State University Choir perform at Freeman Stage with a fireworks finale
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate Labor Day weekend with a beautiful collaboration of music performed by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir. Enjoy music from Opera to Broadway as these two organizations delight with selections from La Bohème as well as Broadway favorites. The concert will end with a fantastic fireworks finale! Come early to this audience favorite evening! Free for all. Please bring your own chairs.

Music Along the Bank at Winterhur Museum, Garden and Library
Sunday, September 1, 2013
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Delight in live bluegrass music along Clenny Run Bank. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy some of our finest regional musicians. The Museum Store and Cottage Café will be open for light fare, wine, beer and other beverages. Admission is free to members or included with admission to Winterthur. 

2013 Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral
Monday, September 2, 2013
Begins at 5:30 p.m.
Bid farewell to the summer season at the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral taking place on the Bethany Beach boardwalk with a procession and live music around the bandstand. 

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


posted on: Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 2:13 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Delaware Fall Festivals

Summer is high season for Delaware’s beautiful Atlantic beaches, but fall is when those sun-drenched shorebirds get in the mood for some fun (and decidedly funky) festival action.

Punkin ChunkinSome of Delaware’s best festivals take their cue from the season itself, featuring autumn’s bounty or focusing on the season’s spooky spirit. Others seem to sense that with the winter’s cold seclusion fast approaching, it’s time to let loose one last time.

But the best of the Delaware fests are a tad off center, whether it’s the madcap rivalries of Punkin Chunkin or the tuneful irreverence of Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral.

Through the fall, the fun plays on: At the Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival, kids and adults alike embrace their inner child with costumes and games. At Wilmington’s Fringe Festival, artists of all creative disciplines get an opportunity to explore the outer edges of their craft. And at the Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest, old-country German food and fun draw thousands each day.

For more information about the events and festivals below, please visit our Events Calendar.

Amish Country Bike TourSeptember
Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral 2
Nanticoke Indian Powwow 7-8
Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival 7
Brandywine Festival of the Arts 7-8
Amish Country Bike Tour 7
Brews By the Bay 14
Hagley Car Show 15
Delaware Pride Festival 15
Fifer Orchards Fall Festival 16-31
Dewey Beach Music Conference and Festival 19-21
Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest 20-22
Millbilly Country Festival 21
Hogs & Hops BBQ Festival 21-22
Fall Beach Party in Dewey Beach 21
Auburn Heights Invitational Car Show 28
Taste of Newark 29

Annual Rehoboth Fall Sidewalk Sale 4-6
Lewes Boast the Coast Maritime Festival 5
Lewes Coast Day 6
Bridgeville Apple Scrapple Festival 11-12
Vendemmia da Vinci Festival 13
Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers FestivalRehoboth Beach Jazz festival 17-20
Hagley Craft Fair 19-20
Blackbird Creek Fall Festival 19
Delaware Wine and Beer Festival 20
Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival 25-27
Sea Witch Skim & Surf Festival 26
Fringe Wilmington Festival Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Punkin Chunkin 1-3
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival 6-10


posted on: Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 10:49 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Embrace the beauty of Delaware City

Visit Delaware City for a weekend, and there's a good chance you may not ever want to leave. This historic riverside town packs a lot of love into one accessible, affordable package: You'll enjoy Delaware City's small-town charm, but appreciate its dash of grown-up fun. Vacationers will marvel at the natural beauty of its wildlife sanctuaries, and be amazed how it's all within easy reach of such creature comforts as dining and shopping.

In Delaware City, travelers can take their pick of pleasurable pursuits:

Delaware City-- History: Just a half-mile ferry ride from the Delaware City docks stands the looming granite-and-brick fortress of Fort Delaware, located midstream in the Delaware River on Pea Patch Island. Known as the Alcatraz of the East Coast, Fort Delaware once housed Confederate prisoners during the Civil War, and costumed state park interpreters keep things lively with an ever-changing array of historical programs (you may even see a ghost or two!).

-- Nature: Take a quick hike to the north end of Pea Patch Island, and travelers will be in what the Audubon Society calls a bird sanctuary of "continental significance," complete with a nature trail and an observation tower. This oasis of natural beauty is home to the largest "heronry" on the East Coast north of Florida, hosting nine species of wading birds, including the Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. Immediately south of Delaware City, near the base of the Reedy Point Bridge, amateur dinosaur hunters can dig up fossils deposited 65 to 85 million years ago.

Delaware Steamed Crabs-- Fun and Food: When the explorations are through, savvy travelers head to such hangouts as Crabby Dicks seafood restaurant on Delaware City's lovely main street to enjoy such Delaware-style classics as crabcakes and even crab pasta. Take a short post-dinner stroll to enjoy some antique shopping, or maybe some ice-cream slurping, along a main street that's framed by views of a quiet park and the mighty river.

-- Water, water everywhere: As a riverside port town situated alongside the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, Delaware City is all about the waterways and the bounty they bring. The Delaware City Marina offers slips, a ship's store, a gift shop and a full array of marine services. Visitors can get a true taste of that maritime charm at such restaurants as Kathy's Crab House or Wiso's, where the salty crustaceans are available tableside or for pickup.


posted on: Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 9:05 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 08/09/13 to 08/11/13

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

Centennial Tea Service at Hotel du Pont (Green Room)
Recurring daily
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Centennial Tea in the elegant Green Room at the Hotel du Pont features a new centennial tea blend, created especially for the Hotel du Pont’s centennial celebration. This tea is infused with a burst of pineapple, the international symbol of hospitality, to commemorate our commitment for 100 years.

Eating Rehoboth – Culinary Tour
Every Friday and Sunday
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.

New zip line at Lums Pond State Park by Go Ape
The first and only zip line and treetop adventure course in Delaware, located south of Wilmington and just minutes from I-95 in Bear.  Four zip lines take you high over Lums Pond, the largest freshwater pond in Delaware. $55/adults; $25-35/kids. Reservations are required.

Experience summer fun at Killens Pond Water Park
Friday (11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.); Saturday and Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
From the Mushroom Fountain to the adventure-filled Floating Lily Pad Fun Walk, the pool's exciting interactive water features give visitors of all ages plenty of reasons to head for the park. Swirl down one of our two 27-foot high, 205-foot long twisting and turning water slides, ending with a splash in a specially designed splash pool.

East Coast Skimboarding Championships
August 10 – 11, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Catch some amazing wave-riding action from amateur divisions on up to the pros. The championship will take place at Swede Street in Dewey Beach.

Rehoboth Art League Outdoor Show
August 10 – 18, 2013 (Saturdays and Sundays only)
Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.); Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
More than a hundred artists working in a variety of media will set up shop and sell their creations at this annual art extravaganza set on a shaded and picturesque campus. A great day for browsing, buying or just strolling from tent to tent while enjoying the food and music.

Brewery tour at Old Dominion Brewing
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Tours begin at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, five samples, and a pint glass to take home.

Take a Pirate Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel
Saturday, August 10, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Reservations can be made online
Ahoy Mateys! Visit the Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware. Landlubbers -- come walk the plank of this authentic seagoing re-creation of a 17th Century Dutch pinnace. Join our captain and a crew of salty pirates for a festive experience on the high seas!

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


posted on: Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 2:36 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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