Spend a day or two visiting northern Delaware where the rolling hills recall the European countryside and make a spectacular backdrop for the historic homes and magnificent gardens. We spent a day planning the perfect road trip for you. Here’s your itinerary:
Fuel up for Breakfast
Start your day with breakfast fit for a king at Janssen’s Market, a neighborhood fixture in Greenville. Coffee and a generously portioned scrambled egg and home fries frittata are just the right fuel for a morning of exploring.
Step back to a more elegant time
Transport yourself back in time to the elegance of America’s Gilded Age with a visit to Nemours Estate, a grand 77-room mansion. Stroll through the stunning, French-inspired formal gardens, with its reflecting pool and manicured lawns, and you’ll think you’re at Versailles. Car buffs will want to check out the estate’s classic car collection of Rolls-Royces, Cadillacs and Buicks dating back to the early 1920s.
Take a gracious lunch break
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Pizza By Elizabeths, where the names of the dishes pay tribute to famous Elizabeths over the years ranging from Queen Elizabeth II to “The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck to actress (and Wilmington native) Elizabeth Shue. Keep the royal theme going with a delicious thin crust Queen pizza – roasted chicken, parmesan and chives topped by a heavenly mushroom duxelles sauce.
See how the Royals dress
Revel in the beauty of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library its more than 90,000 antiques. Marvel at the amazingly detailed garments in the “Costuming THE CROWN “exhibit featuring 40 costumes worn by the characters in the Emmy-winning Netflix series “The Crown.” Highlights from the exhibit, which runs through January 5, 2020, include recreations of the wedding dress worn by actress Clare Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and the Navy uniform worn by Matt Smith as Prince Philip.
After touring the mansion and walking the grounds, enjoy an English-themed afternoon tea at the Cottage Tea House. Tea service is available Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Stay in the lap of luxury
Relax in style at the Inn at Montchanin Village, a short drive from all of the area’s attractions. This collection of 19th century guest houses was once home to the workmen in the nearby powder mills. Today, the inn has all the amenities any king or queen would want, including a rustic lodge with fireplace, spa, workout room and Krazy Kat’s restaurant, one of Delaware’s finest restaurants, where feline-themed paintings line the walls of the dining room. Favorites include the crispy skin duck breast, jumbo lump crab cakes and the fennel crusted venison loin. Crème Brule for dessert is the perfect end to your meal and your day living like Delaware royalty.