delaware living

glass of red wine at pochi

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

3 Great Places to Eat on Philadelphia Pike

chef in the kitchen of a restaurant, cooking

The Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike is hailed as America’s first engineered road, and its first long-distance paved road. It was first used at the tail-end of the 18th century, and fortunately, it’s improved quite a lot since then. Today, travelers on Philly Pike can take a break from the road to enjoy the rich diversity of restaurants and eateries along their route.

New townhomes in North Wilmington

The fantastic dining scene on Philadelphia Pike is just one of the many reasons why singles, couples, and families have been moving to the North Wilmington, Delaware area. The area is also known for its beautifully designed, courtesy of Montchanin Builders. Browse our website to view our available properties in Darley Green or The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Our luxurious, new townhomes in North Wilmington are selling quickly, and we’ve partnered with a reputable lender to make it even easier for you to come home to our community!

Our homes for sale in North Wilmington are competitively priced, and there’s never a shortage of fun attractions and amenities nearby, including these three incredible eateries on Philadelphia Pike:

Mazzella’s Italian Restaurant

Mazzella’s is one of the best kept secrets of the Philadelphia Turnpike. It’s an award-winning restaurant that consistently gets rave reviews from its diners. The menu includes everything you’d expect from an Italian restaurant, including hot sandwiches, specialty pizzas (try the seafood toppings!), calzones, and Stromboli. Entrees include fettucine carbonara, penne primavera, and penne vodka with chopped prosciutto. Diners with special dietary requirements will be pleased to know that gluten-free penne is available. Don’t leave without checking out the dessert menu, which features limoncello mascarpone cake, homemade tiramisu, and homemade New York cheesecake.

Cajun Kate’s

Cajun Kate’s is run by husband and wife team, Don and Kate Applebaum, who met at culinary school. Both worked the famed restaurants of New Orleans before heading back up north to Delaware. Cajun Kate’s has earned a reputation for serving up authentic, made from scratch N’Awlins specialties like crawfish pies, crispy Cajun mac n’cheese, beignets, and Southern-style pralines. Currently, the restaurant is open Fridays and Saturdays for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

Bellefonte Café

Just a few blocks from Philadelphia Pike, Bellefonte Café is one of those rare places where you can instantly feel at home as soon as you walk in the door. This casual, homey eatery exudes a bohemian ambience, and the staff is unfailingly friendly and attentive, without being overbearing. Housed in a residential-style building, you can relax on the beautiful wraparound porch, check out the herb gardens out back, or head inside to dine while being serenaded by live music.

The menu is pleasantly eclectic. Start with a Greek salad, roasted beet salad, or Thai chicken salad, or try the Moroccan sampler for a shareable appetizer. Try their unbeatable Philly cheesesteak, paired with apple slaw, or try the chickpea fajitas. In the mood for something a little different? Try the mango brie quesadilla or the vegan “cheesesteak” with chopped seitan, Portobellos, and melted Daiyo cheese.

Schedule a Personal Tour

To schedule a tour of the luxurious new North Wilmington townhomes brought to you by Montchanin Builders, call (302) 472-7212 today!

Portrait Of Family Cycling Through Fall Woodland

10 Reasons to Move to Delaware

Delaware’s scenic beauty, low taxes and affordable housing make this tiny state a wonderful place to live, work and play. Fresh-air pursuits abound, whether your interests lie in hiking, sailing, bicycling, or exploring miles of picturesque shoreline. The shopping is unparalleled, thanks to some of the region’s biggest outlet centers, while performance arts and cultural attractions feed the mind and spirit.

Increasing numbers of people – from young couples to retirees – have discovered the wide-ranging benefits of Delaware living. A Delaware address equals easy access to award-winning beaches, prestigious schools, and major cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C.  Moreover, this mid-Atlantic gem boasts some of the area’s most desirable residential developments. Communities like The Town of Whitehall, The Overlook at Rockford Falls and Darley Green feature much more than expertly crafted move-in ready homes – they are designed to enhance and enrich neighborhood life. Community parks, walking and biking trails, and beautiful green spaces invite residents to share and interact, and develop lasting relationships.

Montchanin Builder’s new home communities are a great place to start your life in Delaware, but if you need more convincing, here are ten compelling reasons to move to the First State.

No Sales Tax in Delaware

Delaware is one of just five states in the nation that imposes ZERO sales tax, which makes it a shopper’s paradise!

Other Tax Advantages

Delaware is a tax-friendly state in every way. It has one of the country’s lowest real estate tax rates. In 2016, the median property tax rate paid by Delaware residents was less than .44 percent. In addition, residents enjoy relative low income tax rates (maximum 6.6%). Social Security benefits are tax exempt, and people aged 60 and older can exempt $12,500 of their pension and retirement income from DE state taxes.

Perks for First-Time Homebuyers

First-time homebuyers in Delaware may be entitled to a federal income tax credit of up to $2,000 a year.

Central Location

No matter where you live in Delaware, you are a short drive from regional hubs throughout the northeast metro areas, and most cities are accessible via train making commuting both easy and affordable.

Educational Opportunities

From preschool through university, Delaware boasts a diverse assortment of high-quality public and private educational institutions.

Top Retirement Destination

Delaware has top-notch health care facilities and is close to nationally-recognized hospitals including Jefferson University Hospital and Johns Hopkins. Besides the benefit of low tax burdens, retirees can take part in wide range of volunteer and community activities that cater toward active seniors.

Clean, Beautiful Beaches

Delaware is famed for its pristine, family-friendly beaches, which draw thousands of day-trippers each summer. Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach have garnered 5-star ratings for water quality, and like other stretches of Delaware seashore, offer an idyllic setting for shopping, dining and watersports.

Arts & Culture Abound

Music, performing arts and theater are well-represented in Delaware. You’ll find historic estate tours, art galleries, museums and sophisticated cultural offerings to keep your calendar full. From grand operas to yearly jazz and film festivals, there’s always something going on.

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of Delaware’s temperate climate and amazing natural resources that provide ample opportunity for family recreation like hiking, kayaking and water activities. Delaware has been rated the “most bicycle-friendly state” east of the Mississippi!

10,000 Acres of State Park Land

Delaware boasts 16 state parks and more than 150 miles of trails where visitors can enjoy hiking, biking and horseback rides. Some feature camping and cottages, summer camp programs for young children and exciting programs on Delaware wildlife and heritage.

Find your beautiful new home in Delaware

If you want a place to call home that is walking distance to local shops and eateries – a place where that satisfying sense of neighborhood belonging is palpable – we encourage you to consider the new Delaware homes by Montchanin Builders.

Call 302-472-7212 to schedule a tour or learn more about financing options for first-time buyers!

Additional Resources on Delaware Living: 

  1. BuzzFeed, 39 Reasons Why Delaware Is Better Than Your State https://www.buzzfeed.com/theboyking/39-reasons-why-delaware-is-better-than-your-state-9bk5?utm_term=.dhlXzpkVN#.aqMmoeJ1Y
  2. CapeGazette, Top 10 Reasons to Move to Delaware http://www.capegazette.com/affiliate-post/top-10-reasons-move-delaware/84531
  3. OceanAtlantic.net, Top 10 Reasons To Live in Coastal Delaware http://www.oceanatlantic.net/buy/why-live-in-delaware.html

5 Must-Try Restaurants Near Darley Green

Homemade Corn and Chicken Tamales Ready to Eat

There are so many reasons why families choose to call Darley Green home. It’s a true neighborhood, where friendly people look after each other and enjoy the many amenities available in and around the community. It’s also in close proximity to lots of great restaurants in Claymont and Wilmington, Delaware. The following are just a few of the must-try dining spots.

La Fia

Looking for a cozy option for date night? Or maybe a fantastic weekend lunch with friends? La Fia is a must. Located on historic Market Street, this cozy bistro has a creative menu that features seasonal cuisine. The chef emphasizes local ingredients, sustainably sourced. Absolutely everything is made in-house (save for the wine and craft beer). If you go for lunch, the seared tuna tataki, lamb gyro, truffle BLT, and La Fia burger are popular choices. For dinner, consider starting with the warm Medjool dates stuffed with Spanish blue cheese, and then trying the grilled Spanish octopus.

Merchant Bar

Merchant Bar is a gastrobar with crave-worthy menu offerings. It’s the perfect setting for an intimate dinner, or to celebrate a special occasion with a group. Merchant Bar is known for their tasty burgers and pizza tarts, but you’ll also find excellent seafood here, like the crab pad Thai, and mussels and frites. And of course, you’ll find an impressive list of classic and original cocktails, draft beer, and wine.

Cocina Lolo

Craving the sunny shores of Mexico, but can’t hop on a plane just yet? Head over to Cocina Lolo instead. This restaurant offers “Mexican-inspired food with an urban flourish.” Pair the original cocktails, sangria, or wine with beet salad, grilled marinated red snapper, wild mushroom fajitas, or delectable pork carnitas.

The Candlelight Theatre

One of the most popular options is The Candlelight Theatre, located on Millers Road in Wilmington. Bring your family to see a main stage production. Your ticket price includes a delectable dinner or lunch. The Candlelight Theatre offers a rotating menu, which changes according to the production. They also sell Italian sodas and offer a wine list.

Domaine Hudson

Domaine Hudson is an elegant dining option located in the heart of downtown Wilmington, DE. It’s proud to feature an award-winning wine list. This restaurant has even been featured on The Knot as a popular destination for engagement dinners, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions. When you go, try the wild striped bass with candied lemon, broccolini, and saffron red pepper coulis. Or, try their three-course menu option for couples. This special includes a bottle of wine.

 

Gorgeous move-in ready homes available at Darley Green

Montchanin Builders’ beautifully-designed and artfully-crafted Darley Green community is ideally situated near Claymont and Wilmington, Delaware. It’s within the highly sought-after Brandywine School District, close to commuter routes, and within walking distance of neighborhood shops and businesses. There’s plenty to do in and around town, but you’ll also have your pick of attractions and night life along the northeast corridor. Montchanin Builders invites you to come home to Darley Green. Call us today to schedule a tour!

Why Today’s Home Buyers Are Attracted to Planned Communities

Today’s home buyers want more than the American dream of a tidy house with a white picket fence. To accommodate their busy lifestyles—and help them get the most out of their rest and relaxation time—modern home buyers demand convenience, amenities, uniform infrastructure, and wide open spaces. It seems impossible to accommodate all of these must-haves in one location, but that’s exactly what builders of master planned communities in Delaware have accomplished.

The true spirit of community

People who purchase homes in planned communities tend to share the same basic values in life, including the firm commitment to true neighborliness. The days of borrowing a cup of sugar from a neighbor might be long past, but master planned communities are still close-knit places where neighbors look after each other.

The proximity to major traffic routes

A planned community is like its own little town. Residents have the tranquil experience of neighborhood living, but with easy access to major attractions nearby. Planned communities are typically located within minutes of commuter trains and major roadways, allowing residents to easily commute to work. Families can also take advantage of the attractions in the nearby major cities, like concerts, theaters, and museums.

The convenience of city living, with the perks of the suburbs

Today’s planned neighborhoods are true communities in every sense of the word, with neighborhood shops and other amenities within walking distance. Modern home buyers love the peace and relaxation of being away from the city, but they still want the amenities that city life brings. Planned communities are the perfect marriage of these two ideals.

Within their own neighborhoods, families can walk their kids to the primary care physician, enjoy a cup of coffee at the corner deli, and head out for an evening stroll along the nature trails. All of these perks—and more—can be found in the most highly coveted planned neighborhoods.

Stable home value

Another compelling reason behind the planned community trend is the effect it has on home values. No matter how carefully a homeowner maintains the property, that house’s value is affected by the neighbors’ homes. If a neighbor decides to subdivide a lot and put a mobile home on it, the value of the nearby houses will decline. This is a common problem that planned communities eliminate. Since the lots are developed according to a master plan, and the use of the lots is regulated, homeowners never have to worry about the value of their property decreasing because of a neighbor’s choices.

Why modern home buyers choose Montchanin Builders

Montchanin Builders is proud to have been the innovator behind some of the most highly coveted addresses in the Wilmington, Delaware area. Our masterfully planned communities include Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. Aside from our beautiful, move-in ready homes, home buyers choose Montchanin Builders because of the incredible amenities of our communities. From nature trails and water features to shopping and entertainment, our neighborhoods are walkable masterpieces. Homes in our communities in Delaware sell fast, so call us today at (302) 472-7212.

Read further about the benefits of planned communities:

  1. Houston Chronicle, Master-planned communities hold allure for many, http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Master-planned-communities-hold-allure-for-many-5444076.php
  2. American Planning Association, Characteristics and Guidelines of Great Neighborhoods, https://www.planning.org/greatplaces/neighborhoods/characteristics.htm

5 Things to Do After Moving into Your New Home

Families have been flocking to Delaware to take advantage of the incredible tax-free shopping, great schools, and amazing landscapes. The market for new homes in Delaware is advantageous to buyers, but if you plan to move, you’ll want to get your foot in the door soon. Here are some helpful tips for things to do after you move into your new Delaware home:

1. Get the necessary paperwork out of the way

If you’ve moved into Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, or another neighborhood in the Wilmington, Delaware area, you can head over to nearby New Castle to update your driver’s license. The Wilmington DMV is located at 2230 Hessler Boulevard.

Remember to update your address and home phone number on all of your accounts, as well as your voter registration. Have your family’s medical and dental records transferred to your new clinics.

2. Get to know your new neighborhood

One of the many reasons why families choose Montchanin Builders communities is because they embody the true spirit of the word “neighborhood.” Take a stroll around your new neighborhood with your family, and introduce yourselves. You’ll likely find your new neighbors enjoying nature trails, playgrounds, or the neighborhood coffee shop. They’ll be happy to point you in the direction of their favorite restaurants, fitness classes, and other recommended amenities.

3. Become acquainted with your new home

You’ve already gone over every inch of your new home, but chances are, you’ve overlooked a few key features. Every homeowner should know where the main water shutoff valve is. In most homes, the shutoff can be found in close proximity to the water meter. Look in the basement along that wall.

Next, locate the main circuit breaker panel. If you plan to use your basement for storage, make sure you maintain an uncluttered pathway to the circuit breaker panel. It’s also a smart idea to keep a flashlight next to it.

4. Make your home your own

Getting truly settled into your new home can be a lengthy endeavor, especially if you have a large family with plenty of possessions. Focus on the essential areas first, like the kitchen and bathrooms. Take the time to put everything where it belongs in an organized fashion, instead of trying to empty as many boxes as possible in as little time as possible. Make sure your furniture legs have protective felt pads when you move them around the floor.

5. Relax!

Seriously! You’ve just bought a beautiful new home, moved to a new neighborhood, and dealt with more moving boxes than you can count. Give yourself a break and spend some time enjoying your new home with your family. Pop some popcorn, click on your Netflix favorites, and bask in that marvelous feeling of owning your own home.

Montchanin Builders wants to help you move into your brand new, move-in ready home in the Wilmington, Delaware area. Check out our stylish homes and family-friendly floorplans when you browse our website, and explore our beautifully crafted communities: Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. When you’re ready to discuss our buyer-oriented financing options with our lender partner, give us a call or fill out the simple contact form. We look forward to connecting your family with your dream home!

More expert tips on what to do right after moving:

  1. The Family Handyman, The First Things to Do After You Move Into Your First Home, https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/the-first-things-to-do-after-you-move-into-your-first-home/view-all/
  2. Division of Motor Vehicles, Locations, http://www.dmv.de.gov/home/locations/index.shtml

Delaware Residents: Get the Most From the Last Days of Summer

family riding bikes

The dog days of summer are just about over, but the fun never ends in Wilmington, DE. For residents of this family-friendly town, there’s always something to do. Stretch the summer spirit into September by taking your family to enjoy the Brandywine Festival of Arts and the Mushroom Festival and Parade.

Brandywine Festival of Arts

There’s no need for the summer fun in Wilmington to end when the kids head back to school. Take the family to the Brandywine Festival of Arts on Saturday, September 9th, from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, September 10th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is just $5 for adults. Kids under 12 enter free of charge.

This acclaimed annual festival features hundreds of artists showcasing all sorts of styles and mediums. This one-of-a-kind event consistently ranks among the top 100 festivals in the country, and it’s taken place here for over 50 years. Take the kids to the children’s tent to get their faces painted and enjoy craft activities. Then, get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping by browsing the incredible diversity of artwork.

Mushroom Festival & Parade

If you’re a lover of all things fungi, head over to Kennett Square in Pennsylvania, which is just a 30-minute drive from Wilmington. The Mushroom Festival and Parade is held on September 8th, starting at 6 pm, and the festivities continue on the 9th, starting at 10 am.

On Friday, you can check out the Old Fashioned Carnival (closes at 10 pm), which is on 600 S. Broad St. The Community Parade starts on State and Willow St. On Saturday, be sure to check out the Street Fair, Growers’ Exhibit, and the Painted Mushroom Silent Auction. The Amateur Mushroom Cook-Off gets started at 10:30 am, with judging to follow at 11:30. There’s plenty of other activities throughout the day, including burger samplings, a fried mushroom eating contest, and lots of children’s activities.

Raise your family in a Montchanin Builders community

Montchanin Builders has been redefining the concept of the planned community. In Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, The Town at Whitehall, and The Overlook at Rockford Falls, families stroll along streets and nature trails. In Darley Green, there’s easy access to nearby restaurants, shops, the public library, and exceptional schools. The beautiful, artfully designed homes feature all the amenities modern, busy families have come to expect—and there are so many festivals and other events not far from home. Call Montchanin Builders today at 302.655.2600 to request a tour of a move-in ready home in Darley Green.

More info on end-of-summer events in Delaware:

  1. Visit Wilmington, Brandywine Festival of the Arts, https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/listings/brandywine-festival-of-the-arts/1389/
  2. Visit Wilmington, Mushroom Festival, https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/listings/mushroom-festival/844/

Join The Town of Whitehall for Our Charitable Food Truck Fest!

Mature Friends Enjoying Outdoor Summer Barbeque In Garden

The Town of Whitehall is excited to team up with The Ministry of Caring Millennials to host a fundraiser to benefit needy families throughout our Wilmington, Delaware community. Join us on Saturday, August 26th from 12 pm through 4 pm in The Town of Whitehall on Mapleton Avenue in Middletown, Delaware. Admission is free, and the fundraiser welcomes attendees of all ages. Feast on the best that local food trucks have to offer, and enjoy music and the company of your neighbors while raising money for a worthy cause.

Participating food trucks

On Saturday, some of Wilmington’s most mouthwatering food trucks will be calling The Town of Whitehall home. I Don’t Give a Fork, Maiale, Uncle John’s Barbecue, and Outlandish Food Truck will be serving up delectable dishes in the name of charity. I Don’t Give a Fork has earned local acclaim for its inventive sandwich creations. With specialty sandwiches like the mac & cheesesteak, sloppy pig, buffalo bleu hen, and burger hoagies—these aren’t your mother’s sandwiches.

Maiale Deli and Salumeria is known as the Sausage King of Delaware. Their food truck, The Rolling Pig, serves up sausage sandwiches, salads, and other local favorites like short ribs, Larry’s Chili, and corned beef Reuben.

Uncle John’s Barbecue specializes in smoked BBQ, but also serves sandwiches and sides. Outlandish Food Truck is known for its chicken and waffles, truffle tots, crab fries, and its signature sandwich—The Outlandwich, composed of rum-soaked berries and brie grilled cheese with fries.
The Passionista Fashion Truck will also be making the rounds at The Town of Whitehall.

Exceptional entertainment

Your entire family will love the live entertainment at our fundraiser. Catch a preview of some of the talented performers on the event’s Facebook page. You can hear a clip of Andrew performing with his violin. Andrew is a student at the Cab Calloway School of the Arts, who has generously agreed to donate his time and talents.

We’re also excited to welcome the Uncle SAMS string band to the stage. Savannah Klumpp (banjo, guitar, and vocals), Andrew Vogts (fiddle, whistling, and vocals), Max Huhn (mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and vocals), and Sebastian Roat (guitar and vocals) are the four members of Uncle SAMS (SAMS is their initials put together). The talented young musicians formed their group when they met at a bluegrass get-together hosted by a teacher at their school, the Cab Calloway School of the Arts.

The Ministry of Caring Millennials

The Town of Whitehall’s fundraiser benefits the Ministry of Caring Millennials—a dynamic group of people who are committed to giving back to those in need. The group’s ultimate goal is to “go out of business” by eliminating poverty in Wilmington. To accomplish its goal, the Ministry offers helping hands and resources to meet a diversity of needs—from nutritious meals at Emmanuel Dining Room to transitional, long-term, and temporary housing. The Ministry assists the impoverished and homeless with childcare, education, and unemployment assistance, just to name a few.

The Town of Whitehall and Montchanin Builders are pleased to have the opportunity to support this incredible group of selfless volunteers, donors, and staff.

While you’re here, tour our move-in ready homes!

We hope you enjoy the festivities on Saturday, August 26th at the Town of Whitehall, our move-in ready homes boast luxurious features, including spacious front porches, upstairs activity rooms, and first-floor owner’s suites. Be sure to check out our other award-winning communities, including Darley Green and The Overlook at Rockford Falls.

More Food Truck Fest Resources:

  1. University of Delaware, Come hear Uncle SAMS Band, http://sites.udel.edu/tmr/2016/01/19/unclesams/
  2. Yelp, I Don’t Give a Fork, https://www.yelp.com/biz/i-dont-give-a-fork-newark

Hot New Restaurants to Try in Wilmington, DE This Year

Homemade Corn and Chicken Tamales Ready to EatInterested in spectacular fine dining experiences? Or perhaps a casual bite to eat is more your style. Forget New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Wilmington, Delaware is the place to be! With a close-knit, neighborly ambience, incredible attractions, and dining experiences from casual to fine dining, it’s easy to see why so many people have chosen to make Wilmington their new home. And here at Montchanin Builders, we’re offering a variety of communities and floorplans that appeal to families of all sizes.

In the meantime, get your taste buds fired up by reading about these exciting new restaurants.

De La Coeur Café et Patisserie

Francophiles have been flocking to this new establishment at Lovering Ave. in Wilmington. It offers a cozy dining experience with unbeatable food and a full coffee menu. Though the café is casual, the food is anything but. The two Delaware natives who run De La Coeur use locally sourced ingredients to craft their pastries, sandwiches, soup du jour, and sweet and savory crepes. The must-try item on the menu is your choice of double espresso or espresso macchiato served in an edible cup made of baked shortbread and lined with callebaut Belgian dark chocolate.

Cocino Lola

Chef Bryan Sikora opened this restaurant in 2016, but it’s worth a mention on this list, given its unique take on classic Mexican and Latin dishes. Sikora also owns the nearby Merchant Bar and La Fia—both worth checking out. Cocina Lolo embraces diners with a festive, cheerful ambience. Plan to dress casually—even the servers wear jeans—and choose from six kinds of margaritas at the bar.

Wilmington residents adore the tamales here, with multiple fillings to choose from. One of them features smoked short rib, Oaxaca cheese, and pickled island peppers. Or, choose a house special, like the grilled snapper or family-style paella. Cocino Lola doesn’t skimp on desserts, either, with to-die-for grilled pineapple with orange curd, mango puree, sponge cake, and pineapple sorbet.

As you might expect from a predominantly Mexican restaurant, sangria is on the menu. If you’re abstaining, you won’t be left out. Order the non-alcoholic hibiscus agua fresca.

Join the dynamic Wilmington, DE community

Wilmington is a top destination for couples, singles, and families looking for a better place to live. In addition to the great restaurants, cafes, and nightlife in the area, Wilmington offers plenty of fun recreational opportunities, world-class education for the kids, and easy access to major cities for commuters.

Montchanin Builders has been on the forefront of neighborhood planning in the Wilmington area. We’re proud to offer luxury, move-in ready homes  in our masterfully designed neighborhoods of Shipley’s Circle, Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. We look forward to meeting you and discussing what you’re looking for in your new home. Call 302.472.7212 or fill out the simple form on our website and we’ll be in touch soon!

More on new restaurants in Wilmington DE:

  1. De La Coeur Café et Patisserie, Menu, http://www.delacoeurcafe.com/menu/
  2. Delaware Today, Cocina Lolo Offers Diverse Flavor and Fun, http://www.delawaretoday.com/Delaware-Today/January-2016/Diverse-flavor-and-fun-at-Cocina-Lolo/

Family Summer Day Trips Near Wilmington

family riding bikesThe official start of summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning a weekend getaway for the whole family. If you’re fortunate enough to live in the Wilmington area, there are tons of enticing options that make for an easy day trip or weekend escape. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, or simply love the great outdoors, here are five weekend getaway options that are sure to please.

Brandywine State Park

Nearly 15 miles of scenic trails wend through Brandywine State Park, a local treasure in the Wilmington area. This 933-acre nature preserve provides amazing chances to see songbirds, deer, and other local wildlife. The park is open daily from 8AM and to 4PM and is a popular place for families to enjoy a picnic among fields of wildflowers, hike through picturesque landscapes or try their luck fishing for small mouth bass and crappie in Brandywine Creek. Amenities include an onsite nature and visitor center, potable water, picnic areas, bike trails and a disc golf course.

Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach is a short two-hour drive from Wilmington and boasts an exciting array of restaurants, charming cottages and B&B’s, as well as family-friendly activities. The oceanfront boardwalk often hosts free concerts, and the warm waters are brimming with folks sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing. If water sports aren’t your thing, there are tons of other things to do in Rehoboth Beach, like tax-free shopping, dining on fine foods, and letting loose at Funland amusement park, where kiddie rides and games will keep the little ones entertained. Don’t miss a visit to Jungle Jim’s, where bumper boats and water slides await!

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Renowned for its fantastic birdwatching, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is well worth the drive to Smyrna. This refuge encompasses 16,000 acres and includes pristine marshlands and cordgrass meadows that are home to great blue herons, egrets, geese, songbirds and raptors. Bring your bike to explore a 12-mile wildlife loop, or take the auto tour for chances to spot migrating birds, mammals and reptiles in their natural environment. A visitor’s center offers interpretive programs, or you can plan a day of leisurely hiking at your own pace.

Explore historic Milton

Home to DogFish Head Brewery, the historic town of Milton offers much more than amazing craft beer! When you’re not sampling some of the tastiest IPAs this side of the Mississippi, or learning about the process of making artisanal beer, the quaint downtown area promises great shopping and dining and a nice selection of day spas for some much-needed pampering! Milton is also close to the Broadkill River, where families can enjoy an afternoon of water recreation.

New home communities in Delaware

Access to family-friendly attractions and points of interest are just one of the many benefits of living in one of Montchanin Builders’ beautiful new home communities, including The Town of Whitehall, Darley Green and the upcoming The Overlook at Rockford Falls.

Now is the time to consider a new home in Delaware. Contact us today to learn more about our attractive financing options for first-time buyers.