Living in Delaware

Top Things to Do in Wilmington This Memorial Day Weekend

As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend is an excellent opportunity to become more familiar with the many attractions in downtown Wilmington, DE. Of course, it’s also a time to honor our military service members, and to reflect on the sacrifices military families have made for the sake of the country’s freedom. Here at Montchanin Builders, we would like to extend our sincere thanks and enduring gratitude to all American military families.

Take part in history by joining the parade

Every year, the Wilmington Memorial Day Committee hosts the Parade and Observance Ceremony on Memorial Day weekend. This year marks the 150th parade in Wilmington, DE. If you would like to march in the parade, you must register with the committee before May 27. If you wish, you may also visit the committee’s Go Fund Me webpage to make a financial contribution.

This year’s parade starts at 6:00 pm sharp on May 30. Bring your family and some lawn chairs to Delaware Ave. for the best view. The Memorial Day parade will be held rain or shine. This year, the committee is honoring Cpt. Brian Faunce, who lost his life serving in Iraq in 2003. His surviving family members are residents of Wilmington, and will be serving as Grand Marshals.

Whitehall’s Girls Day Out! Featuring Hanna Paige and Imagination Players Concert

Start your memorial day weekend in The Town of Whitehall with Montchanin Builders! Recording artist and award winning singer/songwriter Hanna Paige headlines Whitehall’s Girls Day Out! on Saturday May 27. The festivities begin at 11am at The Town of Whitehall and continue well into the afternoon. There will be music, a pre-memorial day concert by Imagination Players, food by Outlandish Food Truck, Half Baked and Candy Connections, beverages, shopping featuring Lula Roe, Passionista, Thirty One, Stella and Dot and activities for the entire family to enjoy!

Take in the orchestral experience in Philly

One of the fantastic things of living in Wilmington is its proximity to Philadelphia. On May 27, take the family to Philly for the Comcast NBC Universal Memorial Salute at The Mann Center. This show promises to be unforgettable, featuring the renowned Philly POPS Orchestra, and Broadway stars Christina Saffran and Hugh Panaro. All tickets are free of charge, but you will need to register in advance.

Visit the Zwaanendael Museum

In nearby Lewes, DE, the Zwaanendael Museum will be hosting its 6th annual Maritime Celebration. “A Sailor’s Life for Me” will be held on May 27th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. If you haven’t yet been to the museum, you should know that it was established to commemorate the first European colony in Delaware: Swanendael. Swanendael was established by the Dutch in 1631.

Treat your family to living history that examines America’s early history, before the colonies became the United States. You’ll see skilled historical reenactors, tour encampments, and see musket drills. Admission to the Maritime Celebration is free of charge. However, if you wish to take your family on a tour of the Lightship Overfalls, you can expect to pay a small fee.

Darley Green: The perfect family-friendly community

For families who live in Darley Green, exciting activities are never far away, no matter what time of year it is! Darley Green is one of the most coveted communities to live in near Wilmington, DE, along with The Town of Whitehall and COMING SOON – The Overlook at Rockford Falls. These homes, built by the master craftsmen at Montchanin Builders, are creations designed with today’s modern lifestyle in mind. Call Montchanin Builders today!

Additional “Memorial Day in Wilmington, DE” resources

  1. The Philly POPS, Salute Series 2017 Events,
  2. Wilmington Memorial Day Parade,

Mother’s Day Brunch Specials in Wilmington

Heart shaped pancakes with fresh berriesAccess to exciting dining options and family-friendly recreation are just some of the benefits of living in the Montchanin Builders’ master-planned community of Darley Green. For those who are looking for a special restaurant to treat Mom this Mother’s Day, the greater Wilmington area has some elegant offerings this Sunday, including tasty brunches and a charming Fairy Tea weekend.

Here’s a round-up of some fun Mother’s Day happenings designed to celebrate mom and show her just how much you care.

Mother’s Day Weekend Fairy Tea

Head to the Delaware Art Museum in downtown Wilmington for a magical afternoon of family fun. Munch on delicious mini-deserts and fruit salad and sip on hot tea while visiting with fairies and making works of art together. Mom can even dance like a fairy along with artists from the Delaware Arts Conservatory. Mother’s Day Fairy Tea will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, and costs just $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Mother’s Day Buffet at Deerfield

Pamper mom with an incredible feast at Deerfield’s, which is hosting a special Mother’s Day Brunch. This iconic golf and country club will be featuring an eclectic menu including oysters on the half shell, crab cakes, soup, salad, a breakfast station with French toast, bacon and omelets as well as Korean bulgolgi, stuffed filet of flounder and chicken bruschetta. Save room for ice cream, cake and petit fours! Make your reservations online now for a Mother’s Day buffet she will not soon forget! The pricing is set at $56.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids 4-12. Children under three eat for free.

Brunch at Catherine Rooney’s

Tuck in to a classic Irish breakfast with Mom at Catherine Rooney’s in Wilmington, which is hosting a special Mother’s Day Brunch this Sunday May 14 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. The brunch will feature a carving station, omelet making station and traditional Sunday brunch fare.

4-course dinner at the Melting Pot

For something a little more romantic that is sure to please, The Melting Pot is hosting a prix-fixe 4-course meal for Mother’s Day 2017. This heavenly dinner includes the requisite cheese fondue followed by salad and Mom’s choice of sesame-encrusted Ahi tuna, filet mignon, succulent BBQ pork medallions, or a vegetarian-friendly ginger teriyaki tofu dish. The desert course is a decadent marshmallow fluff, caramel and Chambord liquor in white chocolate, which is prepared tableside. Reservations are recommended!

Learn more about Delaware living

Boasting a prime location in the heart of Claymont’s Renaissance District, Darley Green is the definition of affordable luxury. To learn more about the beautiful new homes in Delaware by Montchanin Builders, we invite you to schedule a tour of this award-winning master-planned community. Convenient to top-notch schools, several historical and cultural attractions, Darley Green features spacious move-in ready homes priced in the low $200’s. Call (302) 655-2600 to speak with one of our sales representatives today!

Upcoming Spring Events Around Wilmington, DE

family riding bikesSpringtime in Delaware is one of the most delightful times of the year, marked by warmer temperatures, longer days and tons of colorful markets, festivals and events designed to celebrate nature and the great outdoors. If you’re fortunate enough to live in New Castle County, here are 5 Spring events that you shouldn’t miss!

2017 Wildflower Celebration

Nothing says Spring has arrived like wildflowers in bloom. On Sunday, April 23rd the Mt. Cuba Center will be hosting its annual celebration of Spring, featuring garden demonstrations, live music, family activities, and of course, opportunities to stroll through the magnificent gardens.  If you’re interested in attending the Wildflower Celebration, the doors open at 10 AM, and the first 1,000 guests will be given a free native plant!

DelMarva Birding Weekend

Delaware is famous for its pristine coastal wildlife preserves, which provide safe habitat for hundreds of avian species like the Black-necked Stilt, the Prothonotary Warbler and the Black Skimmer. For some of the year’s best birdwatching opportunities, join the Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend, now in its 22nd year. The birding trip on the Delmarva Peninsula will be held April 27-30, and features hiking and boating experiences with chances to spot migratory waterfowl, songbirds and raptors.

Delaware Herb Festival

Held at the Baronage Farm in Townsend each year, the Delaware Herb Festival celebrates the culinary and medicinal uses of herbs with hands-on instructional classes. Want to learn how to make a healing poultice or discover the best aromatics for spicing up your meals? Don’t miss this festival, held on Saturday April 29, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research Open house

Whether you’re an animal lover or a budding naturalist, this event offers an exciting behind-the-scenes peek into Newark’s amazing Tristate wildlife rehabilitation center. Held on May 7, from 11 AM to 4 PM, this family-friendly event promises chances to meet raptors up close, learn how baby birds are cared for, and make a valuable contribution to the ongoing efforts of this non-profit organization, which helps more than 2,500 wild birds every year. The Open House will also have food vendors, baked goods, and Mother’s Day gifts available for purchase.

Winterthur’s 39th Annual Point-to-Point

Widely considered the signature Spring event in Brandywine Valley, Winterthur’s Point-to-Point offers something for the entire family, including tailgating, professional steeplechase racing and loads of kid-friendly activities. There will be fancy hats, face painting, pony rides and a delicious brunch! Don’t miss this elegant yet wildly fun Delaware Derby, held on May 7.

Beautiful move-in ready homes in Wilmington

As you can see, the Wilmington area is brimming with entertaining and educational activities designed for the young and young-at-heart. To learn more about the joys of Delaware living in a Montchanin Builders’ home, we invite you schedule a tour of our flagship communities, including Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle and The Town of Whitehall.

Sprucing Up for Spring? Check Out These Fresh Design Ideas

Spring is officially here. Is your home ready? Before you get busy planning to host large family reunions or neighborhood barbecues, consider taking advantage of this spring’s fresh design ideas. Whether you choose a quick coat of paint for your walls or a major home addition, you can look forward to showing off your beautiful home during the warmer months.

Explore the psychology of color

Vintage wooden swing in the garden of an old house in springFew features evoke a visceral response quite like color, but it’s often difficult to know which color palette would work best for your home. Light, airy hues are reminiscent of springtime, but they also work well all year-round. Try creamy yellows that escort the sunlight into every corner of your home. Light greens encourage an energetic, yet soothing ambience and light rose hues create inviting spaces.

If pastels aren’t to your taste, you could break the mold by using stronger colors for springtime. Instead of strong red hues, try a bold orange palette, which offers a contemporary feel.

Remember to match your walls to the main decorative features of each room. If you have bold, bright rugs and throw pillows, choose a neutral, earthy color for your walls. Or, choose one color that plays a supporting role in your décor features and carry over its visual presence to the walls.

Extend your outdoor living spaces

Spring and summer are excellent opportunities to get to know your neighbors better. Consider additions such as a custom deck, patio, or porch. Few things say “neighborly” quite like a large, wraparound porch or a stylistic deck to house your grill.

If your home does already feature a deck or a porch, it’s time to spruce it up for spring. Add vibrant cushions to your porch swing by the front door or invest in new chaise lounge chairs for the backyard. Choose colors and materials that are evocative of nature, like wooden Adirondack chairs, rope hammocks, or wicker chairs with floral-patterned cushions.

Update your kitchen design scheme

It isn’t always necessary to do a major renovation to get your kitchen ready for spring. If you’re still in love with your cabinets, countertops, and floors, you can update your look for spring by adding some energetic touches like glass canisters full of lemons and limes. Flowers are a must to invite nature indoors. Choose springtime favorites like daffodils, pansies, or tulips.

Why renovate when you can buy new?

Planning renovations can be exciting, but the process is often exhausting. If the idea of a move-in ready home in Delaware appeals to you, check out the fresh designs from Montchanin Builders. Our unique floorplans and well-appointed interiors seamlessly combine all the modern amenities you could want with the old-fashioned character that is so often missing from houses in typical developments. Explore the luxurious designs at carefully crafted communities like Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, or Shipley’s Circle on our website. Or give us a call today to learn more!

Additional resources for spring home design ideas:

  1. House Beautiful, 60 Beautiful Spring Decorating Ideas,
  2. Dering Hall, 4 Springtime Color Schemes to Try at Home,

Celebrating the New Year in Wilmington


Happy new year 2017New York City in general and Times Square in particular will forever be known as the ultimate destination for ringing in the New Year, but it’s tough to enjoy yourself while trying to elbow your way through the crowds. Fortunately, there are better options much closer to home. Families in Wilmington, DE know that when it comes to celebrating the New Year, nothing beats their local attractions. And living in Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, or another Montchanin Builders community gives Delaware residents easy access to the best in fine dining, exciting nightlife, and New Year’s Eve parties.

Merchant Bar

Merchant Bar is described as an “elevated gastrobar”. The handcrafted cocktail menu and chef-designed food pairings make the Merchant Bar an ideal place to catch a late dinner as you wait to ring in the New Year. This year will mark the first time Merchant Bar is hosting a New Year’s celebration package, which includes an open bar, unparalleled dining experience, and live DJ. Merchant Bar offers Date Night packages for couples and Group Packages for parties of four-plus.

Lady Diva’s & Associates

If you’re looking for an upscale, mature environment in which to ring in the New Year, consider Lady Diva’s & Associates New Year’s Eve Celebration for 2017. Located on Union Street in Wilmington, this event invites mature adults, singles, and couples over the age of 30 to celebrate with a champagne toast at midnight. DJ Cutlass will be working the turntable and meal options are available with an additional fee.


If you prefer a live band option for your New Year’s Eve, consider purchasing tickets to the Firestone’s celebration. Merchant Bar is well-known throughout the Wilmington area for its incredible craft pizza and dynamic nightlife scene. If you go, purchase your tickets as early as possible because prices are subject to increase as New Year’s approaches. Your ticket includes valet, cover, buffet, open bar, and a midnight toast. Prefer a formal sit-down dinner? Purchase reserved seating for table service from 8-11 pm. Alternatively, New Year’s Eve celebrants could splurge on VIP tickets for access to the exclusive VIP lounge, bar, and buffet.

The Mill

Looking for an alternative to the traditional restaurant/bar venues? Try The Mill – Wilmington’s new cooperative work space. The Mill is pleased to host a New Year’s Eve celebration this year at its auditorium on Orange Street (Theatre N). Enjoy light appetizers and drinks while you take in classic films on the big screen or listen to the live DJ. Your ticket includes five drink vouchers.

The fantastic opportunities for families in the Wilmington area are just one more reason to consider making the move to a Montchanin Builders community. Our masterfully designed communities feature impeccable landscaping, neighborhood gathering places, and of course, exquisite move-in ready homes. View our floor plans on our website or call one of our design experts at 302.655.2600 to discuss your custom home options. Then, take a walking tour of our beautiful neighborhoods, including Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, and The Town of Whitehall.

Spread Holiday Cheer with These Decorating Tips


There is something magical about the holiday season that inspires so many of us to find our inner Clark T. Griswold and spread the holiday cheer – and decorations – outdoors.

House Beautiful recently scoured the internet for trending outdoor holiday decor to compile a top 25 list. If painstakingly installing 250,000 imported Italian twinkle lights to the roof is not your style, maybe these modern twists on Christmas classics will inspire.

Hanging of the greens

For a fresh holiday outdoor look that complements many styles of homes, try mixing bright, clear lights with classic greenery. Instead of displaying a single wreath, make a statement by adorning your front door or window with a double wreath, aligning one above the other. Mini evergreen displays and over-sized pine cones make eye catching features out of what would otherwise be natural outdoor elements.

For a more intentional greenery look, try placing a decorated Christmas tree on the porch. A garland arch with white lights and red bows turn a front door into a grand holiday entrance. Hanging baskets can bring evergreen displays up to eye level.

Whimsical holiday touches

Whimsical touches can remain tasteful while adding some cheery fun to classic decor and over sized decorations definitely fit the bill. Now that florals are out of season, try filling the window boxes with bright, large Christmas ornaments. Jumbo ornaments also add a fun touch to the yard. Giant lit ornaments also make great lanterns to light the walkways or driveway.

Snowflakes are also a current favorite winter touch. Giant snowflakes in the windows add sparkle without overwhelming the scene with color. Snowflake wreaths reinterpret the traditional door hanging in a fun way while keeping a more neutral palette.

Rustic touches add coziness

Rustic touches bring a coziness to even the most elegant adornment. Amid the greenery, consider adding pops of color with homey touches like flannel pillows on porch seating or prop a decorative sled against the house.

Introduce some wood accents with rustic signs conveying holiday messages. Burlap bows add an old-time charm. Giant stars made from reclaimed materials like yardsticks or twine add a down-home look to classic holiday symbols.

A sure way to share the holiday cheer with your neighbors is with a display of lights. Giant glowing balls are eye-catching features that can work into a variety of decors. Mason jars filled with white lights tastefully accent an exterior display. Over-sized lit ornaments can add pops of color to the landscape as well.

Holiday home decor in Wilmington

Holiday outdoor decorating is just one more way to foster neighborhood cheer. You can enjoy this and other benefits of living in a neighborly community if you buy or build a new home in a Montchanin Builder’s community.

To learn more about our beautiful new homes in Delaware, please call 302.376.1100.

A New Home for the Holiday Season

cambridge_exterior4‘Tis the season — not just for get-togethers with loved ones and gift giving, but also scoring a fantastic deal on a new Delaware home. Imagine your family spending this holiday season and New Year in the home of your dreams!

Montchanin Builders, based in Wilmington, Delaware, is proud to help families with this exciting life milestone, whether you envision yourself in a modern townhome close to city attractions, or in a sprawling estate home convenient to award-winning schools. With Thanksgiving nearly here, now is time to browse our beautiful move-in ready homes in some of Delaware’s most desirable neighborhoods and consider giving your family the ultimate gift this holiday season.

A new home for the holidays

Montchanin Builders has several new construction homes that are ready to host your holiday festivities.  The prestigious Darley Green community just 10 minutes from downtown Wilmington features luxurious twin homes boasting classic architectural styling, up to 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths and open concept floorplans. There are plenty of ways to customize your new living space, with optional upgrades like granite countertops, maple kitchen cabinetry, high-end stainless steel appliances and a gas fireplace.

Looking to grow your family over the years? Take a tour of Shipley’s Circle, where single family estate homes feature multigenerational floorplans and 2,825 square feet of living space. These beautifully crafted semi-custom homes are nestled on spacious, forested lots, offering plenty of room for outdoor play. Best of all, this neighborhood is close to shopping, entertainment and some of the Wilmington area’s top-rated schools.

The brand new Sassafras series of 3, 4 and 5-bedroom estate homes in The Town of Whitehall represent a one-of-a kind opportunity for holiday homebuyers. Located in Middletown, this walkable community has every amenity and convenience you could ever want – all just steps from your door. Lushly landscaped nature trails, restaurants and retail establishments are seamlessly incorporated in this amazing new development, where you can spend the holidays in style. Floorplans include grand front porches, gourmet kitchens and huge recreation rooms – imagine the possibilities for your family!

One of the biggest perks to purchasing a new home by Montchanin is the ability to imprint your own style and taste in the finishes.  The basics are already in place, but homebuyers can opt to upgrade the flooring, cabinets and fixtures.

Great incentives for first-time buyers

Drawing on more than six decades of experience, Montchanin is considered one of Delaware’s premier homebuilders and has built a reputation for quality craftsmanship and professional service. We offer great incentives for first-time homebuyers and attractive financing plans with low closing costs. If you’re ready to start making memories with your family in a brand new home this holiday season, we invite you to contact us. Our sales representatives are standing by.

Top 5 Restaurants to Enjoy Thanksgiving in the Wilmington Area

thanksgiving_dinnerRoasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and the smorgasbord of sides. If the mere thought of preparing a huge holiday feast has got you down, it may be time for someone else to do the cooking! This year, why not eat out? Or order a fully prepared traditional turkey take-home dinner from one of the area’s top restaurants?

Just because you don’t have the time or the inclination to cook this holiday doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an authentic, delicious Turkey day meal. Call one of these Wilmington-area restaurants and make your Thanksgiving dinner reservations soon – these tend to go fast!

Brasserie Grill at the Wilmington Hilton

This venerable Wilmington establishment promises a Thanksgiving Holiday Buffet brimming with your favorite traditional dishes, spiced up with some super elegant fare. Guests can expect a delightful menu including She Crab Bisque, Pickled Peach and Grilled Chicken Salad, Roasted Suckling Pig with Pineapple BBQ and a buffet station piled high with Sautéed Pesto Shrimp with Lobster Tortellini and Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes with Gravy. The buffet runs from 11AM to 5PM and the prices are reasonably set at $44.95 for adults and $16.95 for children 12 and under. Kids under 4 eat free!

Columbus Inn

The Columbus Inn is proud to host their 4th annual Thanksgiving dinner, with all entrees and side dishes served family-style!  The 4-course menu features the comfort food you’ve come to love, including green bean casserole, mashed sweet potatoes, and of course, a perfectly roasted turkey. Share a meal with your loved ones in the cozy comfort of this Inn. Cost: $48 adult and $24 children ages 4-10.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

This year, reserve your Turkey day feast online at Wilmington’s most celebrated steakhouse. Tuck into classic Thanksgiving fare, with your choice of starters, side dishes and desserts. The menu does not disappoint! Roasted Turkey with Sweet Onion Apple-Sage Stuffing, Gravy and Cranberry Relish is complemented by your choice of sweet potato casserole with pecan crust, steakhouse skillet mushrooms and Brussel sprouts with caramelized onions. But be sure to save room for dessert, with pumpkin pie, cheesecake, chocolate pecan pie and bananas foster on offer. 

Brandywine Prime in Chadds Ford

Brandywine Prime will serve their 3-course Turkey Day menu from 2PM to 7:30PM, with a focus on fresh, locally-sourced and organic fare. Tempt your palate with Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, a Fall Apple Salad with Manchego Cheese and Candied Walnuts, and a Roasted Organic Turkey with all the fixings! Prices are set at $32.95 per person, but kids 12 and under are welcome to a mini-turkey plate with mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing and gravy for just $9.95.

Order your Thanksgiving meal to go

Want to dine in the comfort of your own home? The Pantry at Nage, in Rehoboth Beach, is presently taking orders for complete Thanksgiving feasts serving up to 10 people. The take-home turkey dinner package includes all the authentic sides, including made-from-scratch gravy and homemade cranberry sauce. Splurge for at least one of the desserts – our picks include the pumpkin layer cake with buttercream and the bourbon-pumpkin cheesecake.

Enjoying the holidays in Wilmington

Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to spend time with those you love most. Montchanin Builders is proud to help families start making new memories and begin new traditions in the comfort of their new Delaware homes.

To learn more about our move-in ready homes in some of Delaware’s most sought-after communities, please call our offices today at 302.376.1100.

Halloween Events in the Wilmington Area

halloweenFor a lot folks, the holiday season starts with All Hallow’s Eve, and Wilmington is no different. Throughout October, the city hosts a broad range of family-friendly activities grounded in a little scary fun.

If you live in The Town of Whitehall or Darley Green, you, your loved ones and your holiday visitors can enjoy a wide selection of Halloween attractions and events.

Fifer Orchards

Monday through Saturday, bring out the family for the season-long Fall Fest and its Corn Maze Fun Park. Enjoy the maze and straw rides. Join the kids on the swings and get crazy with a little pumpkin painting. If you want to take part in live animal exhibits and hayrides, plan to get out on a Saturday. Don’t wait until Halloween. Show up in a costume and do a little pumpkin or apple picking.

Fort Delaware State Park

Take a tour of the state park’s scariest and most mysterious corners as deemed by the Syfy channel’s “Ghost Hunters” TV show. Join a three hour recreational paranormal investigation with the Diamond State Ghost Investigators. The park offers a range of historical and educational programs, ferry rides and a nature interpretative trail for the kids.

Brandywine Zoo

Let your kids safely trick-or-treat at “Boo at the Zoo.” It takes place on the 21st and 22nd of the month. Kids get a nice look at some unique nocturnal creatures, while dressed up in their favorite costumes! This family-friendly Halloween event is free for all Brandywine Zoo members and just $5 for non-member ages 5 and older.

Franklin Square

The Philly Mini Golf facility turns itself into an arena of lights, fog, music and what will be mild and eerie surprises. It’s called Spooky Mini Golf and it’s bound to be a great time for everyone in the family. Spooky nights take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout October. While there, take advantage of the playgrounds and the carousel, as well as some delicious grub at SquareBurger.

Morris Arboretum

This year the Scarecrow Walk & Design Contest is themed “Sense of Adventure.” What that will mean to excited contestants is going to be the fun part for attendees who get to vote on the best straw person. Dozens of entrants are expected to compete. Be sure to get a map because there’s a lot of other activity, including a climbing hammock, a sculpture scavenger hunt, over 2,000 plants, and a mini town and rail built from natural materials.

Enjoy holiday activities in a Montchanin home

Living in a Montchanin community promises a lifestyle that can be as tranquil or active as you choose. There are peaceful trails and green spaces right outside your door, and local businesses, shops and restaurants within walking distance.

For more information about new homes in Delaware by Montchanin Builders, please call our information center at 302.655.2600.

Top Fall Attractions Near Wilmington, Delaware

Autumn foliage over lakeWhen autumn arrives, everything becomes more beautiful. The fall season is a great time to explore the Wilmington, DE area, from the fall foliage to exciting attractions. Wilmington and the surrounding Brandywine Valley boast a number of stellar destinations.

Fall attractions near Wilmington, Delaware

  1. Longwood Gardens. Longwood Gardens is perhaps the most famous attraction in the Wilmington area. It’s a vast 1,077 acres of flowers, shrubs, plants, and trees open to the public for strolling, viewing, and enjoying. Special sight: the four-acre Conservatory within the Gardens. There are a number of special displays highlighting the season. Bonus: Longwood Gardens also hosts a number of special events, such as classical and jazz concerts, dance, and fireworks.
  2. Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library is also a renowned attraction. Founded by chemical heir Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur specializes in the decorative arts. The world-class collections provide a look into the world of colonial and early national America world and the DuPont family’s life. Winterthur is well worth seeing both for its special exhibits — one on the artists of Currier & Ives lasts until early January — and its 60-acre garden.
  3. Brandywine Park. Brandywine Park is Wilmington’s own. It’s 100 lush acres spanning the Brandywine River. Fall foliage is beautiful here, but it’s also a treat in any season, with hiking trails, bike paths, and a picnic area. Best of all, there are a number of activities in the park itself. The first is the Brandywine Zoo, which is great for a leisurely Sunday afternoon activity. The second is Baynard Stadium, home of soccer, football, and track and field events. See and explore.
  4. Wilmington and Western Railroad. If you’ve driven to the museums and walked in the gardens and parks, try a third method of transportation by riding the Wilmington and Western Railroad. It combines the best of historic steam locomotives with luxury accommodations in the coaches. Every autumn, the Wilmington and Western Railroad offers its Autumn Leaf Special, tours through Wilmington’s Red Clay Valley. Each tour lasts from one and one-half hours to two and one-half. There’s no better place to see the foliage. The train runs on weekends in all weathers. All aboard!
  5. The Christiana Mall. No fall foliage on tap here, but it’s a great weekend excursion nonetheless. Tax-free, Delaware style. Enjoy getting out of the crisp fall air and sip pumpkin spice coffee as you stroll, people watch, dine, and shop at more than 140 stores. Choose from Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Apple, Disney, the Lego Store, and more. When you’re hungry, choose from the Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, and BRIO Tuscan Grille.
  6. The Delaware Contemporary. If you enjoy art appreciation, look no further than the Delaware Contemporary’s exhibits that emphasizes the intersection of art, design, and technology. Once known as the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Delaware Contemporary showcases the works of regional, national, and international artists working now.

New move-in ready homes in Wilmington

This list shows how much the Wilmington area has to offer in terms of seasonal events and culture for the whole family — just another advantage of living in one of the Montchanin Builders communities. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our fantastic communities like Darley Green and Town of Whitehall.