You want your weekend getaways to be fun, but not too hectic. Romantic, but also engaging, and full of new experiences. Relaxing, but never too far away from the kind of excitement that keeps hearts beating fast.
In Delaware, we’re just the right size for just the right romantic weekend, with quaint beach towns to the south and a bounty of historic charm to the north. Located right in the middle of the East Coast buzz, but so far removed from its distractions and crowds, the State of Delaware can become your State of Bliss, all in one long, lingering weekend.
So take your pick, and explore the state of Delaware from top to bottom, because while visiting the First State, you’re never too far from the fun.
Start your journey of discovery just off Interstate 95 in the state’s largest city, Wilmington, where for more than 100 years the Hotel Du Pont has stood as the pinnacle of old-world luxury (couples should take advantage of their Bed & Breakfast package). Or visitors can begin by savoring the country-chateau charm of the Inn at Montchanin Village, comprising 11 carefully restored buildings dating from 1799 to 1910.
Next, set your sights on the romantic estates that lay just outside of Wilmington, where DuPont family extravagance still lives in such mansions as Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Hagley Museum & Library and Nemours Mansion & Gardens), each beckoning couples to take a romantic stroll in their intimate gardens. Beginning in March 2014, visitors can experience the newest exhibit at Winterthur "Costumes of Downton Abbey®," a display of the exquisite designs from the award-winning television series.
Stop back at the Hotel du Pont for a formal English tea service in the extravagant Green Room restaurant before heading to the town where it all began in Delaware -- Old New Castle. Colonial townhomes line quaint cobblestone streets that lead from one shaded shop to the next. Lunch will be an intimate interlude at one of the restaurants that help give this town its charm, such as the Cajun delights of Nora Lee’s. Before long, strollers usually end up on the breezy riverfront at Battery Park, hand-in-hand in a place of their own.
As evening falls, thoughts turn to those intimate moments at a table for two, sipping wine or maybe stealing a bite of that chocolate dessert. Finding the right spot is easy with the guidance of our Delaware Culinary Trail, a collection of 24 of the state’s most iconic restaurants, ranging from the maritime delicacies of Harry’s Seafood Grill to the updated Italian sensibilities of Piccolina Toscana.
After dessert, grab a show at the DuPont Theatre, the Delaware Theatre Company, Opera Delaware or the World Café Live at the Queen; or just yield to a nightcap and rejuvenate for the following day of romantic fun.
Some people crave adventure. Others prefer peace. Some will want to be in a place where they have the option of finding fun or just flaking out, depending on the mood. The best of those two worlds can easily be found at Delaware’s award-winning, cleanest-in-the-nation beaches, ranging from the artsy, funky ambience of Rehoboth Beach, to the ready-to-rock rambunctiousness of Dewey Beach, to the quieter dignity of Bethany Beach.
For a truly memorable trip, your romantic escape can begin and end in style with a at Rehoboth’s regal Bellmoor Inn and Spa, where their special “Romance” package gives you both 50-minute Swedish massages, a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a full American breakfast each morning. Or consider enjoying the seafaring charm of Lewes, where the luxurious Inn at Canal Square is steps from a sunset cruise on the Cape Water Taxi or a bowl of crab bisque at Striper Bites restaurant.
From either the Bellmoor or the Inn at Canal Square, it’s a quick jaunt to the water, where your perfect moment will be shaped by the rising sun, the lapping waves and a gentle breeze.
Just up from the beach, in any of Delaware’s resort towns, you’ll find that the quiet streets are perfect for a hand-in-hand stroll, and discover that Delaware shopping excursions bring the happy benefit of tax-free savings. Wander through Rehoboth and browse the intimate art galleries; then toast your happy weekend (and your love) with a cocktail at Jam Bistro, or in the candlelite at Kindle, or at any of the dozens of Delaware restaurants that make beach dining in the First State among the finest on the East Coast.
When you finally head home, you’ll bring the memories with you, but also leave with a sense that there was so much unseen, so much still to do. That’s the thing about Delaware. In some ways, it’s kind of like love itself – so intimate, so comforting, but also filled with treasures awaiting discovery, and experiences yet to share.