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3 Romantic Autumn Escapes in the Brandywine Valley

The Brandywine Valley is a pastoral paradise, filled with dazzling country estates, artisanal vineyards and flowering gardens. Considering the spectacular fall foliage and cooler temperatures, autumn is the perfect time of year to enjoy a romantic escape in Brandywine Valley, Delaware.

Here are three special Brandywine valley attractions to take your loved one to this fall!

Brandywine Wine Trail

Experience all that makes the Brandywine Valley such a romantic wine-tasting destination. Explore five enchanting estate vineyards and sample small batches of premium varietals on a tour of the Brandywine Wine Trail. There are cozy tasting rooms and barrel-aging cellars filled with Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec and Syrah. Set midst some of the area’s prettiest scenery, these family-owned establishments are uniformly lovely and produce some exceptional wines. As an added bonus, a romantic vineyard escape is within minutes of nationally-acclaimed attractions like the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate and the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Sweetwater Farm Bed & Breakfast

Brandywine Valley’s picturesque countryside was made famous by the works of Andrew Wyeth, and there’s no better place to immerse yourself in this natural beauty than Sweetwater Farm Bed & Breakfast. This 50-acre historic estate, with its breathtaking grounds, is the perfect destination for a heavenly autumn escape. The Inn’s Quaker farmhouse dates back to 1734, and later additions have provided 14 elegantly-appointed guest rooms spread among the Manor house and surrounding cottages. There is a wonderfully cozy den with roaring fire, a billiard room and hiking trails that wind through pastures and fields. The Grace Winery is the latest addition to the property, and a relaxing spot to sample wines, cheeses and chocolates while mingling with other guests. Rooms are spacious, private and kept deliciously warm thanks to gas fireplaces.

Longwood Gardens

Experience the glory of autumn foliage at Longwood Gardens, which changes with the seasons. Voted one of the best public gardens in America, Longwood is one of the most romantic places to view fall’s vibrant colors. You’ll find this landmark attraction on 1001 Longwood Road in Kennett Square. Take a leisurely stroll through Meadow Gardens, or visit the Conservatory where Asian-inspired lanterns are sure to set your heart aglow.  October evenings feature illuminated fountain performances, live music and other themed events. Autumn’s colors are on view at Longwood Gardens until November 18 – book your tickets in advance!

Homes for sale near Brandywine DE

Romantic escapes are just one great reason to move to Delaware, particularly to Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley. The region is brimming with stately manor homes, family-friendly townhouses and luxurious condos close to stunning attractions. If you’re considering Brandywine Valley DE real estate, or move-in ready homes in Wilmington, contact Montchanin Builders for more information about our fantastic residential communities like Darley Green. In terms of central location, quality construction and amenities, you won’t get better than Montchanin Builders’ new construction condos and townhouses.

We offer attractive financing options, low mortgage rates and welcome you to schedule a home tour today!

Additional Resources on Brandywine Valley Fall Escapes:

  1. Travel Channel, Brandywine Valley Weekend Guide https://www.travelchannel.com/destinations/us/pa/articles/brandywine-valley-weekend-guide
  2. NorthernVA magazine, Take a weekend getaway to Brandywine Valley https://www.northernvirginiamag.com/things-to-do/travel/2017/09/05/take-a-weekend-getaway-to-brandywine-valley/
  3. Visit Wilmington, Autumn Weekend Escapes for Couples & Girlfriends in Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/plan-your-trip/blog/post/stunning-autumn-weekend-escapes-for-couples-girlfriends-in-wilmington-the-brandywine-valley/
Sweet dog so cute mixed breed with Shih-Tzu, Pomeranian and Poodle looking something in a coffee shop cafe

Pet-Friendly Activities in Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington is a great place to own a pet — from pet-friendly restaurants and attractions to dog-friendly beaches, pooches and their owners feel at home here. Montchanin Builders gives you some top recommendations for things to do with your pets in Wilmington.

Brew Haha!

Multiple locations: 5329 Limestone Rd – 1420 N du Pont St – 3636 Concord Pike

Well-behaved pets are welcome to join their people at the outdoor seating at these pet-friendly restaurants.

Cafe Mezzanotte

1007 N Orange St

Your faithful companions are welcome to join their people at the outdoor seating at this pet-friendly restaurant.

Dog Dayz

3000 West 2nd Street

The business offers full-service doggie day care and in-home pet sitting services. Bathing and nail trims available for daycare clients. They specialize in rescue dogs!

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

620 Justison St

Bring your pet and enjoy the scenic outdoor seating at this pet-friendly restaurant. Please contact the restaurant in advance to make sure will be adequate seating for you and your companion.

Quadsquads Tiny Paws

200 North Maryland Avenue

This is a small breed dog grooming salon, servicing dogs 35 pounds and under.

Rockford Park Off-Leash Area

Tower Drive

Need a place for your pet to stretch his legs? The Rockford Park Off-Leash Area lets Fido/Fifi roam free, socialize and play to their heart’s content. Please follow park rules carefully.

Riverfront Pets

 311 Justison St

Take Fido on a shopping spree at this boutique store featuring natural foods, high-quality dog toys and supplies, grooming and more!

Lums Pond State Park

610 Shipley Rd

Sometimes a pooch just needs to roam. The Lums Pond Off-Leash Area is a tether-free doggie paradise, with a pond just right for swimming, grounds for playing, and a picnic table to sit and hope for crumbs under..mmm!

Luxury Homes for Sale in Wilmington DE

Montchanin Builders creates communities of luxurious homes in Delaware, including the highly in-demand Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls in Wilmington, DE. Our homes have been praised in the national media for their stand-out design and comprehensive craftsmanship. We have fostered a reputation for being exhaustively detail-oriented and providing exceptional customer service.

Interested in new homes for sale in Delaware? Contact us today to schedule a tour at one of our exceptional communities – 302.472.7212. And bring your pet to sniff us out – after all, it will be their home, too!

Additional Resources:

  1. Bring Fido, “Dog-Friendly Actifvities in Wilmington, DE,” https://www.bringfido.com/attraction/city/wilmington_de_us/
  2. Dog Friendly, “Off-Lease Dog Parks and Dog-Friendly Parks,” http://www.dogfriendly.com/server/travel/uscities/guides/us/dogparks/dogparksDEWilmington.shtml
  3. TripsWithPets.com, https://www.tripswithpets.com/pet-friendly-activity/restaurants/united-states/de/wilmington/cafe-mezzanotte
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5 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Before Buying a Home

Remember the days when you wished you paid more attention to your grade point average in high school when it came time to apply to colleges? Well, post-graduation, you may experience the same anxiety about your credit score if you haven’t taken steps to optimize it prior to applying for a mortgage loan. The good news? It is relatively easy to improve your score if you take some simple steps.

Here’s some more good news: Montchanin Builders has partnered with one of the most highly-respected mortgage lenders in the country, Supreme Lending, to provide custom financing for our amazing collection of new construction homes and award-winning communities in Delaware. Regardless of what your credit score is, we invite you to contact Montchanin Builders to learn about our special financing options, which let you take advantage of some of the industry’s lowest rates and closing costs.

Why Worry About Your Credit?

“A good credit score makes life more affordable,” says Bruce McClary, vice president of communications for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. “Even when you don’t need a good score in the moment, you should be doing things to help you build toward the best credit you can have.”

The mortgage professionals Montchanin Builders has partnered with know a good credit score goes beyond the ability to get a housing loan at the best terms — it can also save you substantial dollars on necessities like utilities or a cell phone plan. If you are considering one of the new homes in Delaware, read on for sage advice.

How Your Credit Score Works

Your credit score is determined using several types of data, including your payment history, how much credit you have and length of credit history.

Here are five steps the pros suggest to help improve your score and get back on the bright side of borrowing.

  1. Know thyself.

Many people don’t realize you can check your credit report for free once a year from each of the three main credit reporting agencies, TransUnion, Equifax and Experian. However, your score won’t be included on these free reports — you’ll usually have to pay a fee to see it.

Third-party websites like 3freescores.com and creditkarma.com can provide a simulated score at no cost. While it’s not exactly the same number that lenders see, it should give you a pretty good idea of where you stand.

  1. Pay. Your. Bills. NOW.

Your payment history is the single biggest factor in determining your credit score. Lenders are reluctant to give money to someone who has a history of missed payments.

Paying a bill more than 30 days late can drag down your score. “One single missed payment can drop your score anywhere from 100 to 300 points,” said McClary.

If you experienced a time where money was tight and you were late with some payments, here’s your opportunity to turn things around. Set a strict budget and start a habit of paying your bills on time. If you had extenuating circumstances, such as a medical illness and bills have gone to collections, take the opportunity to reach out to the bureaus to explain the situation.

It may not help – but it can’t hurt.

  1. Take charge of your debt.

Keeping your balances low will help raise your credit score. The goal? Keep your debt utilization (the amount of available credit you actually use) as low as possible.

A good rule of thumb is to never let the balance be more than 30% of the credit limit — of any one card or in total. If you are carrying a balance on any revolving accounts, make a plan to get them paid off as soon as possible.

  1. No credit? Get some.

While it’s not necessary to have a vault of credit cards, having one or two that you use responsibly will boost your score.

If you don’t have a credit card, we recommend opening an account and making a small purchase each month and paying it off. One option for the credit-challenged are “secured cards,” in which you pay a deposit up front which you then charge against to build a history.

  1. Patience is a virtue.

Remember: good credit scores don’t just appear magically – they take work. What’s more, the positive effects of your efforts could take a few months to show in your score.

Custom Financing For New Construction Homes in Wilmington, DE

We are proud to partner with Supreme Lending. Ranked #33 in the Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America, Supreme Lending is known for its time-honored philosophy of “building customers for life.” Their “old school” way of doing business is testament to why the majority of Supreme’s clients come from referrals from satisfied customers and real estate professionals who know a Supreme Lending sale is as good as done.

We invite you to go on a tour of our move-in ready homes in Wilmington, DE and meet with our mortgage lender to see how you can make your dream a reality.

More Resources:

  1. Time, “7 Ways to Improve Your Credit,” http://time.com/money/collection-post/2791082/7-ways-to-improve-your-credit/
  2. Washington Post, “How to Improve Your Credit Score,” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/get-there/wp/2018/06/07/how-to-improve-your-credit-score/
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How to Save Up to Buy Your First Home

Saving up for your first home may seem daunting. But with the great financing options available from Montchanin Builders in Delaware, credit-qualified buyers can secure a mortgage on a new move-in ready home by putting down as little as 3.5%. No matter what your down payment goals are, there are plenty of effective strategies you can use to help you reach that number without neglecting your other long-term savings goals along the way, like your retirement funds.

Figure out how much you’ll need to save

Lenders prefer to structure mortgage payments so that one payment (including private mortgage insurance and property taxes) won’t be higher than 28% of your monthly income before taxes are taken out. If your income fluctuates from month to month, then this percentage should be closer to 20%. Based on your anticipated monthly payments, you can calculate about how much house you can afford.

Develop a savings plan

Now that you know about how much of a down payment you need to save, you can figure out how much you’ll need to save each month, based on your self-imposed savings deadline. You can work toward your goal by taking a two-pronged approach: Reduce your existing expenses and bring in more income.

Bring in more income

Side hustles are totally doable, even if you have a demanding full-time job. If your day job has set, predictable hours, consider picking up a part-time W2 position. Freelancing is also a viable option. If you have a teacher’s license, for instance, you could start tutoring students online. There are plenty of online tutoring hubs where you can hang up your digital shingle. Alternatively, think back to your high school days. Did you walk dogs or babysit kids? Consider signing up to being a Rover dog walker or a Care.com sitter.

Reduce your bills

Get the most bang for your buck by comparison shopping for everything. Visit your independent insurance agent to ask whether you could save a few bucks on car and renter’s insurance by switching to another company. Cancel your cable service and instead opt for a much cheaper online TV and movie streaming service. Switch your unlimited phone plan to a cheaper version—just make sure you don’t go over your texting, talking, or data limits. Next, take a hard look at any subscriptions you have. Perhaps you subscribe to paper versions of magazines or your local paper. Would a digital subscription save money?

Reduce your living expenses

Your daily living expenses include things like groceries, clothing, to-go coffee, and haircuts. Keep track of every cent you spend for a week or two. Then, review your list of expenses and consider how much you could save each week if you reduced these expenses. Perhaps you could go to a less expensive salon for haircuts (and skip the manicure). Use an insulated travel mug and bring your coffee to work. Experiment with big batch cooking, which can save both time and money.

Lifestyle adjustments can be difficult at first, but once you see your savings account grow, you’ll be even more motivated to stick with it.

Tour new construction homes in Wilmington!

Montchanin Builders invites aspiring homeowners to tour our beautiful, new communities of Darley Green, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, and The Town of Whitehall. Our move-in ready homes in Wilmington, DE offer both elegance and modern convenience for all home buyers. You can schedule a tour today by calling 302.472.7212. Be sure to ask us about our special financing deals, including up to $15,000 toward your new home purchase!

Additional resources for purchasing new homes in Delaware

  1. The Motley Fool, Here’s How 44 Million Americans Are Getting Richer, https://www.fool.com/retirement/2017/07/16/heres-how-44-million-americans-are-getting-richer.aspx
  2. Forbes, Nine Smart Tips To Save Up For A Down Payment On A Home, https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesrealestatecouncil/2018/06/01/nine-smart-tips-to-save-up-for-a-down-payment-on-a-home/#2b8ef864498f
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After the Closing: 25 Things You Need To Do

Closing on a new home in Delaware is a long process. But even after the last signature has been obtained, you still have a few things to do. Use this checklist to guide you.

1. Change your address

Contact the post office when you have a moving date set. You can change your address in advance of your move, and instruct the post office to put the change into effect on moving day.

2. Find local contractors

It’s less hassle to find local contractors before you need them. Do a quick Internet search to find plumbing companies, electrical repair companies, and other contractors. Print out a list of the names and numbers, and keep it by the landline.

3. Make a copy of important documents

You should keep all documents pertaining to the purchase and ownership of your new home indefinitely, or at least a few years after you sell your home. It’s a good idea to make copies of these documents, and store the originals and copies in safe locations.

4. Update your homeowner’s insurance

Make sure your homeowner’s insurance policy reflects your new address. Take photos of your major possessions, and store in a safe location.

5. Check your electrical panel

Every homeowner should know where the electrical panel is located. Check the labels to ensure they are accurate.

6. Check your main water valve

Locate the main water valve, which can shut off or turn on water to the entire home. Know how to shut off the water, just in case of future emergencies like a major leak.

7. Check your hot water heater

Plumbers recommend keeping the hot water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn yours down if need be to avoid scalding injuries and save on your utility bills.

8. Contact a locksmith

It’s customary to change the locks when moving into a new home. Call a locksmith to handle this for you or install a smart lock.

9. Find a local housecleaner

If you didn’t purchase your home in brand new, move-in ready condition, consider having a housecleaner do a deep clean on every floor before you move your furniture in. Additionally, get the rugs cleaned unless they are new.

10. Check for property tax discounts

Property tax discounts are widely available. If you’ve purchased a new home in Delaware, you may qualify for the homesteading property tax discount.

11. Visit the DMV

You may only have 10 days to change your driver’s license after you move to Delaware from a different state. Visit the DMV’s website to learn more about state guidelines. Don’t forget to update your car registration too.

12. Contact the HVAC company

Unless you’ve purchased a new construction home, you should have an HVAC technician service the system right away.

13. Confirm the recording of the deed

Unrecorded deeds are still valid and enforceable. However, you should still confirm that you are on record as being the current owner of the house.

14. Find a chimney cleaner

Always have the chimney cleaned before using it for the first time. You’ll need to get it cleaned at regular intervals after that.

15. Set up your mailbox

Post your name on the inside of your mailbox.

16. Meet the HOA

If you’ve just joined a homeowners’ association, or HOA, you should introduce yourself to the president. Get a copy of the bylaws and read it carefully.

17. Meet your neighbors

Start off on the right foot by introducing your family to the new neighbors. Ask for tips on local favorites, like restaurants and sports activities.

18. Cover the windows

Put inexpensive blinds on the windows until you’re ready to decorate with window treatments.

19. Draw a floor plan

Measure the room widths and lengths. Take this information with you when you go furniture shopping.

20. Decorate!

Take your time choosing new furnishings and décor. You’ll want to love your choices for at least the next few years.

21. Review your documents

Every few years, check over the important documents you’re saving.

22. Review your utility bills

Every year or so, check for unusual changes in your utility bills. Look for and correct causes of increasing expenses.

23. Review your insurance

Check for new discounts on homeowner’s insurance every year or so.

24. Establish a group of contractors

Create and maintain a list of handyment or contractors needed for repairs or preventative services. Keep a handy list just in case of an emergency.

25. Enjoy your home!

Congratulations on being a homeowner! Now kick back, relax, and enjoy it!

 

Tour new homes in Delaware from Montchanin Builders

Montchanin Builders cordially invites you to tour our new move-in ready homes in Delaware. Our new construction homes are located within beautiful, friendly neighborhoods like Darley Green, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, and The Town of Whitehall. You can schedule a personal tour by calling 302.472.7212.

Additional resources for new home buyers:

  1. The Balance, After Home Closing, Which Documents Should I Keep? https://www.thebalance.com/after-home-closing-which-documents-should-i-keep-1798245
  2. SF Gate, Does a Real Estate Deed Have to Be Filed & Recorded? https://homeguides.sfgate.com/real-estate-deed-filed-recorded-48046.html

Why Ranch-Style Homes Are So Popular Among Homebuyers

The ranch style home is an increasingly popular pick for prospective homebuyers. In fact, it’s the number one preferred house style in 34 states, according to a 2016 Trulia study. Delaware is among the states. What exactly makes ranch style homes Delaware so popular?

The History

Let’s look at the history of ranch homes to better understand why they remain popular even in modern times. Ranch-style abodes have roots in traditional wood-frame and sheathed architecture that were popular in North American settlements from the 17th to 19th century.

Ranch-style homes later saw a resurgence in popularity post World War II when citizens began settling into property in the suburbs during the baby boom. By the 1950s, nine out of 10 homes were Ranch-style houses.

Resurgence

Ranch homes eventually declined and faded out of fashion by the 1970s. By the 1980s, it has become a rarity; homeowners began gravitating towards Victorian, colonial, and cottage-style architecture.

The demand for ranch homes, though, made a comeback starting in the late 1990s. Why the resurgence and appeal? For one, the homes were relatively affordable. Its single story design makes it a desirable option for young families, and most notably millennials that are just becoming parents.

Another appeal factor is the integration with the outdoors. The homes are built on slabs with large windows, offering an open view of the outdoors. It evokes a sense of oneness with the elements. For many homebuyers, ranch homes signify care-free and laid-back living.

It’s also worth noting that the ranch home originated in the U.S, and is not a style you’ll find overseas. In other words, it exudes Americana. This especially makes ranch homes truly special in a state like Delaware, which was one of the 13 original colonies.

Ranch Homes for Sale in Wilmington Delaware

Now that you know the rich history and general appeal, why not consider a ranch home in a beautiful and historically significant town like Wilmington? New construction ranch homes in Delaware are available from Montchanin Builders, such as the single story Chesapeake model home series in The Town of Whitehall. Prospective buyers will have a chance to live in a picturesque property in an equally lavish and inviting town. The neighborhood has that “old-town” charm with friendly neighbors and general easy-going ambiance of a small town.

Our ranch homes retain classic appeal yet contain all the comforts of modern living. Call Montchanin Builders today to arrange a tour – 302.472.7212.

Additional resources on ranch-style homes:

  1. Apartment Therapy, The Most Popular Home in America, https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/why-ranch-style-homes-are-so-popular-in-america-247757
  2. Trulia, The Most Popular Home Styles in America, https://www.trulia.com/blog/guide-to-most-popular-home-styles/

3 Great Bedroom Decorating Ideas

One of the fun aspects of buying your own townhome is that you can customize the interior however you wish. Want to recreate the distinctive looks of the 50s or 70s? Go for it! Want to paint a mural in your bedroom? No problem! Have fun with your interior design ambitions, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. The bedroom is the perfect place to experiment with new design concepts, since it’s generally off-limits to guests. Here are a few ideas to inspire you.

Try an alternative to the traditional headboard

If you’re trying for a traditional look, you could choose a large wooden or ornate metal headboard. But why not try something stylishly different? Use painter’s tape to square off an area on the wall behind your bed and paint it a strikingly different color than the rest of the wall. Extend the painted edge to line up with the edge of your bed. Or, ditch the conventional headboard for a soothing work of art instead.

You can also play with shapes. Instead of a square block of painted wall or artwork behind your bed, you could nail up a circular, rustic-looking, woven sisal or hemp throw rug. To make this idea work, you’ll have to find a visually intriguing rug with braided or woven textures. A similar headboard alternative is to lay a visually pleasing folding screen against the wall behind the bed.

Get creative with lighting fixtures

It’s common for homeowners to allocate much of the lighting fixture budget for a fancy chandelier in the entryway, and for dramatic, statement lighting in the kitchen and dining room. The bedroom often gets shortchanged. It’s time to change that. Look for truly unique ceiling lighting fixtures for your private sanctuary, like a fixture in the shape of a giant magnolia blossom, with elegant gunmetal-colored “petals.” Or, if you’re feeling regal, consider a ceiling light in the shape of a king’s crown. There are virtually limitless options to choose from. Try browsing specialty lighting shops instead of big box stores.

Create an elegant sitting area

Another way to carve out a sanctuary in your townhome is by adding an elegant sitting area to the master bedroom. It’s the perfect place to relax with a good book on a rainy Sunday. Pair a comfortable recliner with a small occasional table, and place both by the window. Then, add some items for décor, like a large potted plant in the corner and an oil painting on the opposite wall.

Check out these homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware

Montchanin Builders is known for building elegant homes in Delaware. In addition to our Wilmington, DE single family homes, we’re pleased to offer luxurious, yet affordable townhomes for sale in our planned communities. You can tour Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls today to find your beautiful new home. You can call 302.472.7212 for more information about our homes for sale in Wilmington, Delaware.

Additional resources about bedroom interior design:

  1. Elle Décor, These Are the 25 Best Bedroom Décor Tips for an Impeccably-Styled Room, https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/room-ideas/tips/g596/10-things-bedroom-needs/
  2. Good Housekeeping, 76 Bedroom Ideas, Decorating Tips and Decor Inspiration, https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/decorating-ideas/g770/decor-ideas-master-bedroom/

Secret Summer Getaways Near Wilmington, DE

family riding bikesWith New Castle County’s rolling hills, more than 90 miles of picturesque shoreline, and verdant hardwood forests in between—Delaware is a shining beacon of natural beauty. It’s no wonder that people love to call the First State home. Whether you already live here or are considering relocating, Montchanin Builders’ new construction Wilmington homes are conveniently located to some of the state’s most charming attractions – and many are the perfect backdrop for a summer getaway!

From historic hamlets to wildlife havens, here’s a round-up of our favorite warm-weather vacation spots near Wilmington, DE.

Family outing at Bethany Beach

When it comes to rolling dunes, swimmable surf and golden sands, Delaware’s southern shoreline can’t be beat. Beach lovers from Philadelphia, D.C. and Baltimore flock to the popular Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches every summer. But if you’re looking for a quieter, more kid-friendly coast to play on, we suggest you head to Bethany Beach. The area is less crowded, but there is still enough dining, shopping and activity to keep it entertaining. There are fantastic restaurants that serve up regional dishes like scrapple, miles of trails to bike on, a 27-hole course at Bear Trap Dunes and a putt-putt course for the children.

Romantic weekend in Lewes

Lewes is a historic seaside town (population <3,000), tucked between Cape Henlopen State Park and the wetlands of the Great Marsh Preserve. Settled by the Dutch back in 1631, this quaint hamlet is the perfect destination for a romantic summer getaway. The town has inviting Bed & Breakfasts, pretty waterfront hotels like the Inn at Canal Square, and some excellent fine dining options. Spend the day wandering the scenic trails of Cape Henlopen, walking the beach, or exploring the town’s historic buildings by bicycle. Don’t miss the Historic Lewes Farmers Market – held on Wednesdays and Saturdays – for chances to stock up on fresh flowers, produce, artesanal cheese and other locally-produced goods.

Birdwatching at Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge

Bring your binoculars and sense of adventure for this summer escape! Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge, located in Smyrna, DE, is renowned along the Atlantic Coast for exceptional bird and wildlife watching. The 16,000-acre reserve features a 12-mile auto-tour route that provides chances to spot amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds in their natural environment. This is a dream destination for budding wildlife photographers. During the summer months, egrets and herons can be seen feeding and nesting in the area. There are several observation towers, a Visitor’s Center and trails designed for biking and walking.

Beautiful new homes in Wilmington

With several exciting floorplans to choose from, Montchanin Builders’ new construction Wilmington homes are thoughtfully constructed for the modern buyer. Enjoy close proximity to historic attractions, gorgeous beaches and family-friendly points of interest in our community of expertly crafted townhomes and condos. Contact our offices to discuss our special financing options and low interest mortgage rates for first-time buyers.

Call  302-472-7212 and schedule your home tour today!

More Resources On Lesser-Known Wilmington Summer Getaways:

  1. OnlyInYourState, 8 Amazing Natural Wonders Hiding In Plain Sight In Delaware — No Hiking Required https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/delaware/natural-wonders-de/
  2. Travel and Leisure, A Travel Editor’s Guide to Bethany Beach, Delaware https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/summer-vacations/bethany-beach-travel-guide
  3. Historic Lewes Farmers Market, 2018 Market Hours and Locations https://www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org/
  4. Visit Delaware, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge https://www.visitdelaware.com/listings/bombay-hook-national-wildlife-refuge/2391/
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Wine Tasting in Wilmington: Where to Go

The beautiful countryside around Wilmington, DE is like a playground for adults. Take advantage of living in this incredible region, and hit the road this summer to take a tour of the local wineries. One great place to start is with the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, which can help you plan your visit to a handful of must-see wineries — and must-taste wines! Please remember to designate a sober driver during your tour for your safety and the safety of everyone on the roadways.

Don’t live in the area yet? Before you take a tour of the local wineries, you can schedule a viewing of new homes in Wilmington. Montchanin Builders offers homes designed specifically for modern couples and families.

Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

This conveniently pre-planned route includes six wineries, all located within an easy 50-mile drive of each other in beautiful Chester County, PA. Each of them is open year-round.

Old Stone Cider is a family-run orchard. They pride themselves on growing heirloom apple varieties to produce their hard cider.

Kreutz Creek Vineyards is owned and operated by a couple who have been producing superb wine since 1989. They specialize in dry white, dry red, and semi-dry wines.

Borderland Vineyard is operated by a brother and sister team who restored their family farm and transformed it into a winery. They offer tasting room hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as well as by appointment.

Wayvine Winery & Vineyard is a 260-acre farm with 16 acres of hand-planted grapes. The winery welcomes guests as if they were family. Say hello to Nancy Wilson, the family’s mother, when you visit the tasting room on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays, or by appointment.

1723 Vineyards is owned by fifth-generation farmers who are passionate about great wine. Stop by for a tasting on Saturdays or on Sundays by appointment, and ask about the historic origins of their unique name.

Paradocx Vineyard specializes in marrying handcrafted secrets with modern technology to produce some remarkable vintages. Their wine tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Collier’s of Centreville

Located a hop and skip away from Wilmington in Centreville, Collier’s of Centreville offers a can’t-miss, free wine tasting on every Saturday! Be sure to check their website to find out about the upcoming wine tasting themes, as well as their other events and classes. Collier’s is known for sniffing out exceptional wines from the far corners of the globe. If you’d love to become more knowledgeable about wine and how to enjoy it, Collier’s wine school is the right place to start.

Looking forward to life in Wilmington

These great wineries and restaurants are just one of the many cultural opportunities you’ll enjoy as a Wilmington resident. Contact Montchanin Builders today to schedule a tour and find out about the financing options available on our new homes. Our new construction Wilmington homes are ideally situated in our masterfully planned communities of Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Get in touch at 302.472.7212 today and ask us how you can get $15,000* toward your closing costs!

More info on wine tasting near Wilmington, Delaware:

  1. Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, http://bvwinetrail.com/
  2. Collier’s of Centreville, http://www.collierswine.com/

*With use of NCC WF Program, preferred lender and settlement attorney

How to Add Color to Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the symbolic soul of your home. It’s where guests gather to chat, and where family members reconnect after a long day at work or school. You can brighten up any gathering by designing your new townhome’s kitchen with bold splashes of color. It all starts with customizing your kitchen with aesthetically pleasing additions, like the backsplash, countertops, and cabinets. Then, bring in your own personal style with less permanent additions.

Personalize your granite or quartz countertops

If you’ve just purchased your new townhome in Wilmington, DE from Montchanin Builders, you have the option to personalize your kitchen countertops. Choose from a variety of colors of granite or Corian Quartz. Usually, interior designers recommend choosing countertops before other features, as it can be easier to match cabinets and backsplashes to the countertop.

If your style is modern, consider selecting white granite or quartz countertops. Although white itself isn’t a bold color, it does give you plenty of leeway. Use it as a background to add bold colors elsewhere. Black countertops are also popular, or you could break the mold by going with a mossy, earthy green.

Choose a bold, vibrant backsplash

Montchanin Builders also has a variety of decorative backsplashes to choose from for your new townhome. When matching your backsplash to your countertops, pick out the highlights of color that are similar to your countertops. For instance, your granite countertops might have veins of blue-gray or specks of warm gold. Look for a backsplash that also features these colors.

Personalize your cabinets

Cabinets can be tricky. If you’re going for a traditional look, you might want to stick with a darker, rich wood color. But if you have a modern style, consider choosing a painted cabinet. The two-toned cabinet trend is quite popular these days, and you can use it to showcase a bold color without overwhelming the kitchen. For example, you could have the perimeter cabinets painted a white and the upper cabinets painted a dark gray.

Add living decorations to your kitchen

No kitchen is truly complete without living greenery. Consider installing a vertical herb garden on the pantry door. You can purchase the structural elements pre-made or take a DIY approach—just check Pinterest and YouTube for ideas. Install some small hanging planters in the window over the kitchen sink, or add a few small succulents to the window ledge.

Add seasonal decorations

Seasonal decorations give you plenty of flexibility, since by nature, they’re intended to be swapped out and replaced periodically. In the summer, place a bowl of bright citrus fruits on the countertop. Winter is the perfect time of year to use fresh red cranberries as a decorative piece.

Montchanin Builders brings together unmatched aesthetics and precision craftsmanship in our custom homes. We’re known throughout Delaware for our beautifully designed neighborhoods. Our new townhomes for sale in Wilmington, DE are available in The Overlook at Rockford Falls and Darley Green. Call us today at 302.472.7212.

Additional resources for townhome owners

  1. Houzz, How to Choose a Backsplash for Your Granite Counters, https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/53449216/list/how-to-choose-a-backsplash-for-your-granite-counters
  2. The Spruce, How to Choose the Best Colors for Granite Countertops, https://www.thespruce.com/choose-best-colors-for-granite-countertops-4100988