With a few inspiring ideas and some imagination, you can easily turn your trip along the Delaware History Trail into a three-day adventure that embraces some of the top attractions in Delaware, along with some decidedly tasty culinary gems. To get you started, here’s an itinerary that suggests some fun places to visit and a few choice trip ideas, starting in Northern Delaware and working your way south:
Start in the heart of Delaware’s “Chateau Country,” among the amazing mansions of the DuPont family that are now museums filled with grandeur and charm. Stop for lunch at one of the nicest pizza parlors you’ll ever see – Pizza by Elizabeths – then check out two of the trail’s mansion stops, Winterthur or Hagley. For dinner, enjoy the casual hunt-country ambience of Buckley’s Tavern.
Heading into Central Delaware, start the day with an auto tour of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, a scene of unforgettable beauty and skies filled with birds in flight. Lunch at Dover’s 33 West restaurant is vibrant and fresh, a perfect prelude to a visit to the city’s historic Green, scene of Colonial drama and perennial beauty. Or, visit the awe-inspiring lineup of old transport planes at the Air Mobility Command Museum before choosing a dinner spot: Barbecue fans will adore Meat Mechanics’ simple genius; but seafood lovers will want to check out Cool Springs Fish Bar & Restaurant.
Horizons expand today -- the beach beckons. Stroll and browse the streets of historic Lewes and soak in its nautical charms before heading to lunch at Agave. Wrap up the trip with an exploration of the boardwalk of Delaware’s top resort town, Rehoboth Beach, where it’s practically obligatory to do some shopping along Rehoboth Avenue, try some fries at Thrasher’s, then sit back for a gourmet meal at such culinary standouts as Nage, Eden, or Henlopen City Oyster House.