Delaware’s “first” in finding that perfect romantic getaway

Remember that first date? Your first kiss? Special moments of love are rare and fleeting, but don’t have to slip away with time, so long as you hold the memory tight.  Those romantic getaways are there for you to capture this year in Delaware, where our claim to fame as “The First State” lends itself well to sharing some “first-ever” moments with your special someone.

A lot depends on whether you yearn for outdoor excursions, or prefer life’s quieter moments:

Delaware Art Museum-- There’s something about fine art, fine food, and fine surroundings that speaks to the spirit of romance. In Delaware, the possibilities of finding those elegant moments are plentiful, whether it’s at an intimate art gallery (such as the Delaware Art Museum, Biggs Museum of American Art, or Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts); or at one of our spectacular mansions-turned museums (including Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Hagley Museum & Library and Nemours Mansion & Gardens).  

-- If you’re both feeling lucky in love, you can also try your luck at a potentially profitable game of chance at one of Delaware’s three full-service casinos, featuring slot machines, poker, blackjack and much more.

Delaware Theater Company-- For years, Delaware has stood as the best place to catch Broadway-quality theater productions without schlepping to Broadway, whether it’s at the DuPont Theatre in the elegant Hotel Du Pont, the Delaware Theatre Company, or Opera Delaware. Should more rambunctious performances suit your style, catch a music show at the World Café Live at the Queen theater, or at the Grand Opera House. All of those Wilmington venues are just a short walk from another perfect romantic moment – dinner at a fine restaurant.

-- Downtown Wilmington is quickly gaining a regional reputation for it modern fine-dining options, including such top-rated (and thoroughly romantic) restaurants as La Fia Bakery and Market Bistro, Domaine Hudson, Moro, Eclipse, Piccolina Toscana, Deep Blue and Harry’s Seafood Grill. For an insider’s look into Delaware’s classic restaurants, create your own culinary journey by following the Delaware Culinary Trail.

-- Love is all about finding happiness through togetherness, and nothing seems to suit that pursuit more than sharing a cold mug of beer or nice glass of wine. Delaware boasts several of the East Coast’s finest breweries (including the funky, fun Dogfish Head), and offers wine aficionados chances to explore and taste together (by planning their journey around our Delaware Wine & Ale Trail.

Dewey Beach Delaware-- For a moment you will share for a lifetime, head south to our peaceful East Cost beaches, which hold a special romantic charm in cooler weather. You can find quiet refuge in a charming inn, enjoy an intimate evening at a stellar Rehoboth Beach restaurant, then head out early the next morning just as the sun peeps over the horizon, keeping each other warm while the surf whispers in over the soft sand. Then cozy up inside the candlelit Kindle restaurant in the heart of charming downtown Lewes.

-- If you’ve never gone sledding together, get your chills and thrills on Delaware’s perfectly gentle hills and picturesque rolling hills -- top spots include Brandywine Creek State Park and Glasgow Park. Or lace on a pair of skates and head for the ponds at Twin Lakes in Greenville, or the skating center at the University of Delaware’s Fred Rust Ice Arena.

-- Conclude your couples getaway with a perfectly blissful pampering at one of Delaware's day spas, where your romantic weekend ends with the rejuvenation of your body, mind and spirit. Enjoy a glass of wine together amid the soothing steam before indulging yourselves in the magic of a massage.