Sometimes, your true love needs help, no matter how hard they may try to find that perfect Valentine’s Day date. Admittedly, it can be hard to find that perfect combination of lavish-but-affordable fun.
That’s why Delaware stands as a great Valentine’s Day destination. Tax-free shopping helps factor in affordability, and Delaware’s wealth of classy, romantic settings means your special day (or weekend) will have that necessary air of sophistication.
With those requirements in mind, consider these 10 great Valentine’s Day “dates” in Delaware – and feel free to mix and match!
1. For a regal excursion, stick to Delaware’s “Chateau County,” the region around the northwestern arc of the state that’s home to DuPont family mansions that are now museums. At one of those museums – Hagley – you and your date can stroll along the beautiful Brandywine River and see the old DuPont powder mills before heading to dinner at Krazy Kat’s, a charming restaurant located in the Inn and Spa at Montchanin Village, which offers intimate rooms.
3. Or, if more contemporary creations are more to your liking, check out the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts on the Wilmington Riverfront. Before or after, you could catch a couple of nearby attractions, including the Penn Cinema IMAX, or the new outdoor skating rink by the banks of the Christina. There should be plenty of time for a relaxed dinner at the nearby Iron Hill Brewery on the banks of the Christina River before turning in for the night at the new Westin Wilmington Hotel.
4. Should your true love prefer scenic splendor to city life, head south to the Delaware beaches. Take a stroll on the sand at Cape Henlopen State Park before heading into downtown Rehoboth for dinner at one of this culinary hotspot’s top restaurants, such as Eden or Salt Air, or Henlopen City Oyster House. Consider a stay at the romantic Bellmoor Inn and Spa (and be sure to visit the Delaware deals page for a special Valentine’s Day offer).
5. There’s romance everywhere on the quaint streets of downtown Lewes, where ocean breezes always scent the air. Browse the boutique shops along Second Street before ducking into Agave Mexican Restaurant or Striper Bites “nautical bistro” for dinner. Consider a night’s stay at the Inn at Canal Square, a waterfront gem (visit the Delaware deals page for the Inn’s Valentine’s Day discount offer).
6. Linger over a refined dinner at the opulent Green Room in the Hotel DuPont, then take in a performance at the DuPont Theatre (soon to be renamed the Playhouse on Rodney Square) or the Grand Opera House before heading back to the luxurious Hotel DuPont for a cozy night’s stay.
7. “Fun” is the operative word for couples who head to central Delaware for a stay at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, which offers full gaming action, a variety of restaurants and a hotel with spa services.
8. Swing to the western side of central Delaware for an experience that embraces rural relaxation. Enjoy a wine tasting at Harvest Ridge Winery before heading to Cool Springs Fish Bar & Restaurant for dinner.
9. There’s more of that small-town ambience in Milford, where couples will enjoy a dinner with modern flair at Abbott’s Grill, a theater performance at Second Street Players/Riverfront Theatre, and a stroll along the streets to see the art galleries and perhaps a coffee at Dolce Bakery.
10. Back down at the Delaware beaches, couple who prefer a little adventure to me mixed in with their romance can try their hand at paddleboarding at DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures in Fenwick Island before grabbing a couple of drinks and dinner at Catch 54, tucked right up to the water.