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Winter Wonderfest Planning Guide

From north to south, winter is one of the most festive seasons across the state, full of holiday cheer. With so much to do and see, turn your visit to Winter WonderFest into a long weekend by exploring all there is to see and do!

Get your fill

Agave – In Lewes you’ll indulge in mouthwatering Latin-American cuisine at this local hot spot. Specializing in modern takes on old favorites, Agave is known for both traditional and creative margaritas that will leave any tequila connoisseur pleased.

Arena’s Deli and Bar – Perfect bites for lunch and dinner are waiting at Arena’s. Known for its death fries and piled-high sandwiches, you’ll also find lighter fare with crisp salads and fresh seafood. Check the calendar for live entertainment and trivia nights.

The Backyard – Farm to table perfection lies ever-so-close to Winter WonderFest at The Backyard. Enjoy an extensive menu with many locally-sourced options and gourmet creations perfect for any palate. Be sure to try one of their fresh baked goods for dessert!

Crooked Hammock – Head south for a dining and drinking experience perfect for the whole family. In this beach-themed brewpub you’ll enjoy delicious cuisine with a southern flare and brews inspired by the tropics. If you’re lucky, it might just “snow” inside during your visit!

Have some fun

Killens Pond State Park – Get moving with the family at this park where you can bike or hike around the pond, play catch in a field or toss a disc through the woods. If the weather is right, enjoy a picnic lunch at one of its pavilions.

Lefty’s Alley and Eats – Fun for the whole family will be found at Lefty’s! Along with a premier bowling alley, the kids can enjoy an arcade and laser tag while the tasty restaurant offers a full bar for the adults.

Shell We Bounce – Increase your fun by leaps and bounds at Shell We Bounce, a trampoline park where the kids can play basketball, dodgeball or just hop around on the trampolines.

Raise a glass

Big Oyster Brewery – Conveniently located in Lewes, Big Oyster Brewing hosts a lineup of original brews ranging from sweet and fruity to rich stouts and porters. At any given time you’ll find more than a dozen options on tap.

Brimming Horn Meadery – Just minutes from Winter WonderFest, you’ll find this Viking-themed stop complete with a ship-shaped bar and antler chandeliers. Order a flight to take advantage of the wide array of sweet honey wine.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery – At Winter WonderFest, you’re a quick away from one of Delaware’s most famous breweries! Enjoy some grown-up time with a tour an tasting at this iconic, off-centered stop.

Mispillion River Brewing – Enjoy this cozy little brewery where you’ll find just as many board games as brews on tap. Try whatever brews your heart desires because Mispillion is known for small batches and limited releases. Prepare to be amused by its tongue-in-cheek brew names.

Rest and relax

Boardwalk Plaza – Once you step inside, you’ll know you’ve chosen the right hotel for your stay. From the ocean views to the elegant Victorian holiday décor, this hotel checks all the boxes.

Hampton Inn Rehoboth Beach – Reliable comfort close to the beaches and top shopping destinations including Tanger Outlets, this Hampton Inn is a great home base for your Winter WonderFest getaway.

Inn at Canal Square – Indulge in the comfort of this charming inn overlooking the harbor of historic Lewes. The Inn is just blocks away from downtown where you’ll find both great dining and shopping.

Check off your list

Home to tax-free shopping, Delaware is the perfect spot to work on your holiday shopping! Within a short driving distance you’ll find Tanger Outlets, home to more than 100 brand name stores, along with top shopping streets in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Milford and Dover, all lined with charming stores where you’ll find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for the special people in your life.