A Winter Getaway In Delaware
Feeling the winter blues? Ready to get out and play? Delaware’s top attractions are open year-round and eagerly awaiting your arrival, making this the perfect season for a weekend winter getaway. It’s good to know that even when the weather is frightful, there are destinations that are always delightful.
Book a room at Wilmington’s boutique hotel, The Quoin, and get ready to be amazed by how close you are to all the fun. Just up the street, you can indulge in top-notch beef at Bardea Steak or grab a pre-show cocktail at Le Cavalier. Afterwards, head off for a seasonal performance at The Queen, the Grand Opera House or the Playhouse on Rodney Square.
Interested in sports? Head for Wilma’s, where you can bowl the day away and dive into a plate of New Orleans-inspired cuisine. You can also have fun with an indoor rock-climbing session at Delaware Rock Gym, target practice at Stumpy's Hatchet House or a few high-speed go-cart laps at Xtreme Zone. Sports fans can end the day at a Delaware Blue Coats basketball game and cheer the night away.
After a day of fast-paced activities, culture will help to keep you cozy this winter: Visit Hagley Museum to experience hundreds of years of history, or check out the Delaware Museum of Nature & Science to learn how nature and science connects us all. The Delaware Art Museum hosts different exhibitions and programs year-round, and younger travelers will be captivated by the shows at the Delaware Children’s Theatre and the hands-on fun of the Delaware Children's Museum.
Bally's Dover Casino Resort has the right combination of table games, slots, dining and entertainment to make anyone’s winter weekend getaway memorable. Enjoy some “Italian Soul Food” at Jerry Longo’s Meatballs & Martinis or a ginormous steak at Bally’s Royal Prime Steakhouse.
Next, explore the historic charms of the capital city and Dover’s First State Heritage Park, where walking tours will take you on a trip back in time to the nation's colonial roots. Culture and history are also part of the appeal at the nearby Biggs Museum of American Art and the delightfully offbeat Johnson Victrola Museum.
Just west of the city, in a scenic and tranquil rural setting, Harvest Ridge Winery and Rebel Seed Cidery keeps the events going through the winter, giving travelers a chance to start their exploration of the DE on Tap lineup of wineries and breweries. There are even more seasonal sights to behold at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, where you can enjoy the wintery wonders of nature.
Any time of year is the right time to head to the Delaware beaches, especially when the experience is elevated with a stay at The Avenue Inn & Spa. Book a massage or a revitalizing body treatment, then explore Rehoboth Beach’s boutiques and art galleries. Stop for dinner at renowned local restaurants such as Eden or Henlopen City Oyster House, then head to Clear Space Theatre for a live performance.
No beach trip would be complete without a stop by the water. Walk along the beaches or view the sunset over the bay on display nightly at Delaware Seashore State Park. Tiny travelers with youthful energy to spare will jump for joy at Shell We Bounce Trampoline Park and Family Entertainment Center, and Lefty’s Alley & Eats will keep them going with duckpin bowling and karaoke.
Don’t miss this chance to score some tax-free goodies with a shopping spree at the Tanger Outlets. Afterwards, consider taking a tour at one of the nation’s most off-centered craft breweries, Dogfish Head, or stop by other DE on Tap hotspots in the area including Iron Hill, Revelation Craft, Crooked Hammock and Nassau Valley Vineyards.