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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

Family-friendly Halloween Events in Delaware

Not all of the Halloween fun in Delaware is scary. In fact, some of the best fall activities in Delaware are perfect for a family outing – including hayrides, train rides and even some scarecrow-making and a “cackle contest.” Check these out:

Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers FestivalSea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival (Oct. 24-26)
One of the beach area’s most colorful fall festivals, this quirky weekend celebration includes a Sea Witch Parade and Costume Contest, a Fiddlers Contest, the Sea Witch Cottage and Heritage Craft, and a Best Costumed Pet Contest. Just in case that wasn't enough, there’s a "cackle contest" for all witches and warlocks, soap carving and fish printing for the kids, a kids' dinosaur safari, scarecrow making, a broom-tossing contest, and Trick or Treating and a haunted bonfire in Dewey Beach.  The 411: Festivities take place at and around the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand on Rehoboth Avenue.

Steamin’ Halloween at the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights (Oct. 26)
There’s family fun galore at this museum, where kids get to ride in the 1/8-size steam trains and antique autos, see the world's largest operating collection of Stanley Steamers, and sample free popcorn from a steam-powered popper.  Mansion tours are available. The 411: 3000 Creek Road, Yorklyn, DE 19736. (302) 239-2385.

Fantasy Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park (Oct. 24-26)
Kids are encouraged to pull on their costumes and come for some trick-or-treating with their favorite storybook characters. Each evening under the tent, there will be singing, juggling, magic and more. The 411: 15099 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes, DE.

Wilmington and Western RailroadHalloween Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad (Oct. 26)
It’s time to dress the kids up in their costumes and board this antique steam-powered train as it winds its way through the fall foliage of the Red Clay Creek Valley on its way to Mount Cuba. Don’t be surprised if there’s a visit from a friendly witch (or two) during the ride. The 411: Departure times 12:30, 2:00 and 3:30 p.m.

Hagley Hayrides (Saturdays in October)
Bring the family for a hayride along the Brandywine just as the fall foliage reaches its peak at the old DuPont Co. gunpowder mills. Visitors can create fall-themed crafts and see a gunpowder explosion, the roll mill in action, and working nineteenth-century machines. The 411: 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807 (Hagley’s main entrance off Del. 141).

 

posted on: Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 10:04 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Explore Delaware’s deviously delightful Halloween Attractions

Across Delaware each fall, an assortment of seemingly innocuous places are transformed into what might best be called “fright centers,” full of scary moments and fearful fun. Most are not recommended for the youngins – for Halloween fun more suited to kids, visit these Family-Friendly Halloween events.

FrightlandFrightland
This former farm field is transformed each Halloween into a sprawling complex of haunted houses, complete with amusement rides and concession stand. Plan on a 3- or 4-hour stay for Maximum Halloween fun, especially as the lines grow longer approaching Halloween day itself (consider buying a VIP Speed Pass). The 411: Operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October. 309 Port Penn Rd Middletown, DE 19709. (302) 838-0256.

Screams at the Beach
This land of terror centers around the fictional “Town of All Hallows,” where for the past 200 years unsuspecting visitors wander in and discover (too late) that there’s no escape. A cast of frightful actors keeps the scare-factor maximized, and less-frightful attractions are designed with younger visitors in mind. Returns October 3 for its 2014 season. The 411: Open Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. till “late.” 22518 Lewes Georgetown Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947. (302) 856-7400.

Paranormal Fort DelawareFort Delaware
In the Civil War, this fort located in the center of the Delaware River was home to prisoners from the Confederate Army, who endured harsh conditions as they awaited release. Today, Fort Delaware has become a center of paranormal excitement, featuring “ghost-hunting” tours that have been featured on national TV. Through the month of October, a variety of tours are available, inckluding an extended 5-hour “recreational paranormal investigation on Oct. 31. The 411: You get to Fort Delaware by way of a ferry that leaves from Delaware City.

The Haunted Forest at Roxana
Resurrected from the dead after a hiatus, this haunted forest is known for its eerie buildings and dark wooded recesses of start terror. Sooth your nerves with a hot chocolate, or sit by the bonfire until the blood pressure returns to normal. The 411: Dates in 2014 are Oct. 17, 18, 24, 30, 31 and Nov. 1. Opens at dusk; no tickets sold after 10 p.m. 35943 Zion Church Rd, Roxana, Delaware 19945. (302) 436-2300.

Hockessin Haunted House
At this deceptively suburban scare center, guests are greeted by the resident ghoul and then escorted through passageways to more than 11 secret chambers, where they will encounter the spirits and creatures that reside within.  Stops include The Parlor, The Witches' Den, The Operating Room, and The Circus. View a séance in progress as well as an electrocution, meet a mad scientist, and return to the scene of a ghastly murder.  As you leave, beware of what lurks in the graveyards. Proceeds benefit Comp Animals Pet Rescue. The 411: Open Oct. 24, 25, 31 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 19 Nathalie Drive, Village of Manley, Hockessin, DE  19707. (302) 547-1257.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 9:55 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

This fall, pumpkin is about so much more than pie

Inside and outside of the state, Delaware is known for its pumpkins – big pumpkins, little pumpkins, pumpkins in drinks, pumpkins in ice cream, and even pumpkins that are hurled.

Some of Delaware’s pumpkin products are more than mere gimmicks, though, and have achieved near-cult status among the state’s most dedicated pumpkin fans – the mushroom pumpkin soup at Back Burner restaurant, for example, or the “Punkin Ale” shipped out each fall from Milton’s famous Dogfish Head Brewery. Other times, pumpkins are merely the starting point for a whole weekend’s worth of fun, as they are at the various fall festivals at Delaware farms.

Whatever your particular pumpkin preference, it’s a safe bet that something in Delaware will flip your gourd.

Pumpkin-related Fall Festivals and Attractions

Fifer Orchards PumpkinsFifer Orchards
This beloved orchard has U-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, hay rides, fresh-pressed cider and lots of other fall fun.

1919 Allabands Mill Road
Camden-Wyoming, DE 19934
302-697-2141

Ramsey's Farm/Pumpkin Patch
This 12-acre farm features an 8-acre corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, and even bonfires and evening group hay rides.

330 Ramsey Rd
(located after 500 Ramsey Road - Look for our large gate and banners.)
Wilmington, DE  19803
(302) 477-1499      

T.S. Smith & Sons Farm
A great place for local produce year-round, T.S. Smith knows how to keep things festive in the fall. A great spot for U-pick apples.

Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Inflatables/bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo

8887 Redden Road
Bridgeville, DE 19933
(302) 337-8271, (302)236-3675

Don’s Tree Farm
Tractor-pulled hayrides and 15 types of U-pick pumpkins are sure signs that the holidays are coming at this Christmas tree farm.

6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE 19950
donstreefarm.com
302-349-0555

Peco's Liquors Great Pumpkin Debate
A fun way to sample and celebrate pumpkin beers, featuring live music, BBQ and hay rides.

Sept. 27, 2014
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Bellevue State Park
$30 per person


Pumpkin Food & Drink

Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ice Cream DelawareWoodside Farm Creamery
1310 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-9847
Flavors: Pumpkin and pumpkin pecan

UDairy
535 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-2486
Flavors: Pumpkin Cheesecake (pumpkin and cheesecake ice creams swirled together with cinnamon cobbler pieces)

In Restaurants

Home Grown Café
126 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711
(302) 266-6993
On the menu: Sweet Potato Pie Bisque; Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with maple lacquered bacon “bits”

Back Burner Restaurant & Bar
425 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2314
On the menu: Pumpkin Mushroom Soup with sour cream, seasoned croutons, fresh chives

Piccolina Toscana
1412 North DuPont St.
Wilmington, DE 19806
302.654.8001
On the menu: Pumpkin beignets with caramel dipping sauce

Baked Goods

Cannon's Custom Cakes & Bakery
228 Astro Center Shopping Center
Kirkwood Highway
Newark, DE 19713
302.368.7900
www.cannonscakes.com
On the menu: Pumpkin Squares

Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop
36 N Walnut St, Milford, DE 19963
(302) 422-5760
On the menu: Pumpkin bars; Pumpkin Spice Latte

Frankfurt Bakery & Deli
323 South Governors Avenue
Dover, DE 19904
(302) 741-0180
www.frankfurtbakery.com
On the menu: Pumpkin Spice Cake


Pumpkin Beer

Dogfish Punkin AleDogfish Head Punkin Ale. “A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar.” Named after the seriously off-centered southern Delaware extravaganza, Punkin Chunkin. Released right around Sept. 1 each year. Available at many stores nationwide.

Iron Hill Pumpkin Ale. Available on-tap at the multiple locations of this popular local restaurant and brewery. Look out for special pumpkin Ale-oriented events.

Fordham's Spiced Harvest Ale. This Dover brewery’s fall seasonal is spiced with cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice and, of course, pumpkin. Available at select stores.

 

posted on: Friday, Sep 12, 2014 1:57 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware September 12 to September 14, 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.

Arts and Jazz Festival at the Freeman Stage
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Stroll the green and enjoy previewing the artwork of Delmarva's finest artists, whom are sponsored by Delaware by Hand. Pull up a chair and groove to some of the most talented jazz artists to ever play at the shore - Joe Baione, Cynthia Holiday, and KJ Denhert!

Historic Georgetown Art Crawl
Saturday, September 13, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy artwork display throughout the historic downtown Georgetown, held in conjunction with the Annual Farmer and Foodie Festival on the Circle.

Walking Tour: “Rock and Roll Mills” at Hagley Museum
Saturday, September 13, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Discover where the du Pont legacy began at the mills of the Hagley Museum. Explore the geology of the Brandywine Valley.

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.

Civil War Skirmish Weekend on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
September 13 – 14, 2014
12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Travel with troops for a 2¼-hour round-trip train ride to the site of a skirmish between Union and Confederate forces. You'll see men and women dressed in authentic period costumes using weapons of that time.

Kayak and Paddle Board Rentals at the Fishing Pier at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Begins at 12:30 p.m.
Rentals include PFD, seat and paddle. Must have paddling experience. Closed-toe shoes required - no flip-flops. No reservations, but call 302-645-6852 or 302-644-6720 for information and current weather conditions. Single and tandem kayaks available. Ages 8 and up with paying adult; solo paddlers must be at least 13. Single or Tandem Sit-on-Top: $15 per person per hour.

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.

Fall Wagon Ride at Trap Pond State Park
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Begins at 5:00 p.m.
Ride to Cypress Point in a 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

Hagley Car Show
Sunday, September 14, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Browse through more than 500 antique and restored cars that date from the early 1900s-1980s. The show features vehicle parades, motoring music, video and go-kart racing, and a festival food court.

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, September 14, 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 12, 2014 1:25 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware August 29 to September 1, 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.

Sail on the Kalmary Nyckel – docked in Lewes
Friday - Sunday
Set sails and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel while you sail from the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal into the Delaware Bay on a tall ship replica.

Ride to Mt. Cuba Meteor on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Friday - Sunday
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.

Lantern Tour of the Dover Green
Friday, August 29, 2014
Begins at 8:30 p.m.
Admission - $5
Both children and adults enjoy the First State Heritage Park's candlelit walking tours – there’s history, humor, and sorrow in the stories of real people from Delaware’s past centuries. Join historical interpreters from the First State Heritage Park dressed in colonial attire as they relate the stories of historic Dover.

Arden Fair and Antiques Market!
Saturday, August 30, 2014
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.

Harvest Ridge Food and Music for Labor Day Weekend
Saturday - Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Come out to Marydel to celebrate the final days of a great summer! Wines will be available by the bottle, glass and tasting! No reservations needed; no entrance fee. Saturday/Sunday, Aug 30 & 31 on Labor Day Weekend, there will be live music from 1PM-4PM both days! Aug 30: Tony Mowen; Aug 31: Jim Rezac.

Star Wars Science at the Delaware Children's Museum
Saturday, August 30, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Get ready to go on an intergalactic journey as the Empire invades the DCM! Meet and take pictures with your favorite Star Wars characters from Garrison Carida 501st Legion and then blast off into outer space as we explore our solar system with hands-on science activities.

Twin Lakes Brewing Co. Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, August 30, 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.

Season Finale Fireworks Celebration: Opera on a Summer Night" at The Freeman Stage
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy an exciting evening of music as we present The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra with guest soloists from OperaDelaware. Audiences will delight in this collaborative performance. Be sure to come early to get a great view of the fantastic fireworks finale, another Freeman Stage tradition!

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, August 31, 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.

2014 Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral
Monday, September 1, 2014
Begins at 5:30 p.m.
Bid farewell to summer! The 2014 Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral will begin at 5:30 p.m., at the north end of the Bethany Beach boardwalk. The event is family-friendly and free to the public.

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 Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Aug 29, 2014 8:29 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Labor Day Beach Vacation – Delaware Travel Tips 2014

Labor Day weekend is already here! A perfect chance to enjoy a relaxing weekend at the beautiful Delaware beaches. Here are some helpful travel tips to assist in planning ahead. Leaving plenty of time to enjoy time with friends and family.

Bethany Beach Delaware∙ Learn more about Delaware Beaches including things to do, places to eat and where to stay in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. Each beach has its own vacation style from bayside breezes to coastal charm. Pick your favorite!

∙ Search the Delaware Tourism site for nearby restaurant, hotel and attraction listings including Yelp and Tripadvisor reviews. Plus, find information about weekend events in Delaware. 

∙ Find Delaware deals including discounts at attractions, hotels and beach vacation rentals.

∙ Learn how to pick and eat a steamed crab from a Delaware waterman and be the envy at your crab feast! Then, find the perfect dining spot for enjoying steamed crabs in Delaware. Or serve up some local flavor at your end of summer BBQ by offering local wine and beer from the locations on the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

∙ Take a break from the beach and discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail - a collection of more than 60 activities ranging from hiking, biking to kayaking.

Travel tips:

Best times to travel the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on your way to the beach:
   -- Friday before 10:00 a.m. and after 10:00 p.m.
   -- Saturday before 7:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.
   -- Sunday before 10:00 a.m. and afar 10:00 p.m.
   -- Labor Day Monday before 10:00 a.m. and after 10:00 p.m.

∙ Searching for beach travel tips? We've compiled a helpful list for travelers. We also suggest downloading the DelDOT App for traffic information on either the Android or iPhone for free. If you’re on a desktop computer, you can view an interactive traffic map on their main website.

Cape May Lewes Ferry∙ Take a break from the road. The Cape May Lewes Ferry is a 90-minute scenic ride for travelers visiting the Delaware beach area. Vehicle and foot passengers can purchase tickets online or at the ferry terminal. If you’re a vehicle passenger reservations are highly recommended.

∙ The Jolly Trolley Shuttle Service is a convenient way to travel between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. The Jolly Trolley will be running till Labor Day weekend on the following schedule: Saturdays & Sundays (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.); Weekdays (8:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.). Rates are $3.00 one-way and $5.00 round trip.

∙ Use the DART First State’s Park and Ride lot located on Shuttle Rd. off of Delaware Rt. 1, north of Rehoboth Avenue to ride in comfort to the outlets, boardwalk and beach areas. Park for $8.00 and receive up to 4 free unlimited ride daily bus passes. All buses are air conditioned and equipped with wheelchair lifts and can carry 2 bikes. DART’s Route 305 Beach Connection, operates from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekends and provides service from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Friday – Sunday nights.

∙ Please check with the individual beach towns or chambers of commerce for details about parking, pets on the beach, beach rules and regulations, etc. If you are visiting Rehoboth Beach or Bethany Beach, create a ParkMobile account ahead time to pay for parking.

Best tip of all…have fun! Share your travel photos with us on Instagram and Pinterest by following VisitDelaware and tagging your posts with #Delagram.

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 1:36 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Delaware has its own beer – and wine – and now spirits too!

The Delaware Wine and Ale Trail is getting a spirited new identity.

This visitor-friendly collection of First State breweries and wineries is adding four new locations -- two of them distilleries – making it a better time than ever to explore this tasty journey.

Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits TrailNow known as the “Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail,” the statewide self-paced tour is designed to give travelers a convenient and fun way to explore the many tours and tastings available in the state. The trail’s “passport” system allows participants to track their travels and potentially earn prizes.

While the “new” trail will officially be launched later in fall 2014, visitors are encouraged to get a head start. The new attractions on the trail include:

-- Delaware Distilling Company, Rehoboth Beach. Calling itself the “East Coast’s premier distillery/ restaurant experience,” DDC is one of just a handful of distilleries under the same roof as a full service restaurant and bar. Specialties include craft liquors, unique cocktails, a 20-flavor infusion bar, and tours.

-- Painted Stave Distilling, Smyrna. This craft distillery is located in a converted 1940's movie theater, and prides itself on producing premium craft spirits from local raw materials.  Open for tours, tastings and sales.  Group tours and private events are welcome.

-- Argilla Brewing Co. @ Pietro's Pizza, Newark. This family-run pizzeria has been in business for 36 years, but its latest achievement is the installation of a small microbrewery, which produces a variety of IPAs to accompany the restaurant’s pizza pies and pub-style sandwiches.

-- Mispillion River Brewing Company, Milford. The year-round IPAs and porters here are supplemented by single-hop specialty brews, once-and-done surprises and tasting room exclusives. Tours are available, and the action at the 15-barrel brew house can be viewed from the tasting room window while sitting at the bar and enjoying a cold pint.

To participate in the trail, go to the trail website, which includes listings of locations and instructions on downloading and completing the passport. The website is also designed to help visitors find lodging and locate other nearby attractions.

While you’re here, it’s also a good time to check out Delaware’s four other visitor trails – History, Culinary, Geocaching and Outdoor.

 

posted on: Friday, Aug 22, 2014 3:05 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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