Make the most of that sunny summertime feeling by extending your vacay-stay of mind in Delaware after Labor Day. Here is a round-up of things to do, places to stay and where to dine to keep the summer fun going. 

Winterthur Museum

Fifer Orchards Apples

cape water taxi

Taco Grande

Jps Wharf

Dogfish Inn

Things to Do 

Northern: Soak up the last rays of the summer sun, while journeying towards the anticipation of Autumn at Winterthur Museum and Garden. Here you’ll stroll along the still green grass and summery blooms and witness the tall trees slowly reveal their shades of orange. This regal experience is just one of the gardens and estates in Northern Delaware that are a must-see this time of year. If you prefer your strolls with a glass of red or white be sure to visit during their Wine through Winterthur: Harvest Tasting event.

Central: Make it a September to remember with fun for the whole family over a round of mini golf at Tre Sorelle Dolce. After a competitive game, you can sit back and relax together with a scoop or two, or three, of the seasonal ice cream of your choice. Like orange sherbet to hold on to summer, or caramel apple pie for that first flavor of fall. For more sweet treats and family fun visit Fifer Orchards, where they are often serving up tasty creations using the freshly picked fruits of the season. September is the peak time for apple picking, so be sure to schedule your time for a u-pick experience through the orchards.
Southern: Summertime never sets at the Delaware beaches. The beautiful views, and the nautical vibes continue throughout the year and offer a quieter experience with the perfect ocean water temperature. September is also the perfect time for a sunset cruise on the Cape Water Tours and Taxi. You’ll set sail from the Lewes marina and watch the sun beam across along the coastline for a peaceful 90-minute ride. For another peaceful experience, this time on foot, visit the Delaware Botanical Gardens at Pepper Creek for 37 acres of unique blooms.

Where to Dine

Northern: For those that enjoy celebrating the summer months with a taco Tuesday try dining outdoors at the new Taco Grande along Riverfront Wilmington.  With a colorful Tequila bar, and a mexigrill menu this is a must-try spot to cheers to a new season.  For a modern twist on classic farm-to-table cuisine try Ciro Food & Drink. Their carefully crafted cheese boards, roasted heirloom carrots, and pan seared wild salmon are just a few savory dishes that perfectly compliment those last flavors of summer.

Central: What says summer more than waterfront dining, fresh seafood, and a scoop of ice cream to top it all off. At JP’s Wharf you’ll find just that plus hand crafted cocktails and a strawberry pie that will have you counting down the days until your next visit. For more savory and sweet flavors visit My Sisters Fault for their famous empanadas and colorful cakes and to keep you in the summer spirit enjoy your tasty choices on a picnic blanket near the Mispillion Riverwalk. For a crafty experience tap into Blue Earl Brewing Company and enjoy a fruit smoothie sour or fall into the upcoming season with a smooth stout.

Southern: Say hello to September and quaint Delaware beach towns. One town that unwinds to reveal its gentle charm is 2nd Street in Downtown Lewes. Here, you can dine out at Agave Mexican Restaurant for delicious Mexican cuisine like roasted corn soup, fajitas for two, and of course their fan favorite margaritas. For another savory beach treat try fresh, handmade and woodfired pizza, and a full selection of craft beer, and wine visit Half Full. Or for a sweet farewell to summer get your pizza to-go to enjoy with your toes in the sand watching the sun set on another great season in Delaware

Places to Stay

Northern: The Four Points by Sheraton Newark is located right off Rt. 1 and close to I-95, making it easily accessible to all the great attractions in the area. For a place perfect for relaxing, book a stay at The Inn at Montchanin Village and Spa. This off the beaten path stay is a restored 19th Century Hamlet and is a gem of the Brandywine Valley with 28 rooms and suites each with their own unique character, as well as an on-site spa and restaurant.

Central:  The Hilton Garden Inn has affordable rates and is located on the North DuPont Highway with easy access to the Dover area. Sit back and unwind by the fire on a cool end-of-summer night at their patio area, or splash in their indoor pool for a summer never ends type of stay. To spend more time outdoors consider a pondside nature cabin at Killen’s Pond State Park. Usually fully booked in the summer months, this quaint and quiet becomes more available in September.    

Southern: For the beach-living lovers stay at the comfortable and modern Hyatt Place Dewey Beach, located on the bay and only steps away from the ocean. Craft beer enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers will find delight at a Lewes basecamp at the Dogfish INN. Spend some time in your beer-centric room to relax, put on a record, and enjoy a beer, or borrow a bike and set out to explore coastal Delaware as it transitions from summer to fall.