Wilmington’s Best Ice Cream Shops

icecream cone with sprinklesWhether you’re taking your family out for a stroll around town or sneaking in a quick treat on your lunch hour, these local ice cream spots simply can’t be beat.

Residents of Darley Green, The Cedars, and other Montchanin Builders communities can take full advantage of living so close to amazing amenities, while enjoying the comfort of their own masterfully planned oasis.

Woodside Farm Creamery

The Mitchell family has been running Woodside Farm since 1796, but it wasn’t until 1998 that the family opened the Creamery. If you’re in the market for locally produced ice cream, Woodside Farm Creamery is the place to be. The family makes its treats with the milk produced by the dairy herd on the farm. Currently, the Creamery menu serves up delectable milkshakes, cones, banana splits, sundaes, and ice cream cookie sandwiches. Take home a quart or a pint to enjoy later and be sure to check out their ice cream pies, cakes, and cookie cakes.

Woodside Farm Creamery boasts such diverse flavors as cake batter, cappuccino crunch, chocolate thunder, coconut, peanut butter and jelly, “dirt,” and bacon ice cream, along with classic favorites like chocolate peanut butter, butter pecan, cookies & cream, and cherry vanilla.

Woodside Farm Creamery is located close to Wilmington. Just take a drive down Little Baltimore Road in Hockessin.

Sweet Lucy’s Ice Cream & Treats

If you’re interested in trying delicious ice cream even closer to home, head over to Concord Pike and look for Sweet Lucy’s. Head inside or stop by the outdoor walk-up window and order a banana split, hand-dipped cone, sundae, or low-fat soft serve. Sweet Lucy’s also offers fresh fruit smoothies for the health-conscious and its signature cone is “The Crusher” – a nonfat soft serve cone infused with your choice of toppings. Other menu offerings include Philadelphia water ice, table top S’mores that serves four, and bulk candy by the pound.

Molly’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream and Deli

Molly’s is known as Riverfront Wilmington’s best kept secret. It’s located in the Shipyard Shops overlooking the Christina River. Sit at the lunch counter and order sandwiches, soups, or salads, or choose a treat from their ice cream menu. Molly’s offers flavors ranging from black raspberry, peach, moosetracks, rum raisin, maple walnut, and pistachio. Molly’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream and Deli is also the ideal place for ice cream lovers who have special dietary needs. They offer no sugar added, fat-free yogurt, lactose-free, and vegan varieties.

Future Darley Green residents

Montchanin Builders has long been recognized as exceeding the expectations of families throughout the Wilmington, DE area. Our prime communities feature well-appointed, move-in ready homes, including townhouses, condos and luxurious estate homes. When you move into Darley Green, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes from sending your children to one of the best school districts around.

Darley Green isn’t only located close to premier ice cream spots; it’s just minutes from the Claymont Public Library, park areas, walking and jogging trails, retail shops and businesses, and so much more. Montchanin Builders welcomes inquiries from prospective homeowners who are interested in Darley Green, Shipley Road, The Cedars, or the Town of Whitehall.

Call 302.655.2600 today and ask us about our special financing options.

Top 5 Spring Day Trips in Delaware

GPS Navigation in Travelling CarThomas Jefferson once called Delaware a “jewel” among the states for its strategic location on the Eastern seaboard. “The Diamond State,” as it’s nicknamed, is situated just a quick day trip from neighboring metros like Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City, Washington D.C. and Atlantic City. Whether it’s tax-free shopping, enjoying the arts, outdoor recreation or house hunting, treasures await in Delaware.

“Some visitors love their day trips to Delaware so much that they decide to stay,” says Anthony Ruggio, of Montchanin Builders. “Our Darley Green neighborhood offers affordable townhomes and condos in a walkable community, right in the heart of Wilmington, Delaware — close to the waterfront and all the best Delaware day trips.”

1. Experience nature in Wilmington, DE

Hannah Doolin, associate editor at Time-Out Magazine, lists Wilmington, Delaware as one of the best “Spring Day Trips From NYC For Kids and Families.” In just two hours, New Yorkers can be touring the beautiful blooms at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, which has several features for kids, including a tram ride and a “touch-it” room.

“Duck into the enchanting woods, listen for frogs by the reflecting pool and play hide-and-seek along the scenic wooded paths,” she advises. Next, a stop at Bellevue State Park allows for fishing and picnicking fun. Lastly, she recommends synching your trip with a family-friendly event like the Wilmington Flower Market over Mother’s Day weekend or the Great Delaware Kite Festival.

Distance from Darley Green to Winterarthur Museum: 20 minutes

2. Take a step back in time at Dover Days.

The Delaware Tourism Office recommends a May trip to Dover, Delaware. While historic walking tours are available all year round, history buffs won’t want to miss Dover Days, a festival that dates back to 1930. Walk streets lined with art while enjoying tax-free shopping, free musical performances, parades, maypole dancing, and a craft fair. The festival is capped with the Dover Days Pops Concert at the Schwartz Center for the Arts.

Distance from Darley Green to Dover: 1 hour

3. Explore history, culture and gardens with the Brandywine Treasure Trail passport.

The Brandywine Museums & Gardens Alliance presents access to 11 local attractions with a savings of $350 when you purchase the Brandywine Treasure Trail passport. Check out the world-renowned Wyeth family art collection at the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the largest collection of pre-Raphaelite art outside the British Isles at the Delaware Art Museum. View life-sized dinosaurs at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, partake in the wondrous 1,077 acres of Longwood Gardens, and much more!

Distance from Darley Green to Brandywine Valley: 15 minutes

4. Take a tax-free shopping trip at the Christiana Mall.

The Christiana Mall features a bustling Apple store that sells the most iPhones nationwide — not to mention robust anchors like Macy’s, Target and Barnes & Noble. Grab a memorable lunch at The Cheesecake Factory before hitting up shops like Armani, Williams-Sonoma, Urban Outfitters, Swarovski, or hundreds of other tax-free shops.

Other hot shopping destinations include Concord Mall and Brandywine Valley boutique shopping along the main drags of Centreville, Delaware City, Greenville, Hockessin, Newark, and New Castle.

Distance from Darley Green to Christiana Mall: 17 minutes

5. Hit the sand at Rehoboth Beach.

There’s always something to do at Rehoboth Beach, one of the nation’s “cleanest beaches,” according to the Natural Resources Defense council. May raffles and hors d’oeuvres kick off summer festivities. The Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival provides fun for the whole family with arts & crafts and boat rides. Free concerts, bike rides, vintage car shows and beach bashes are featured all season long. Take your pick from the Rehoboth Beach events calendar!

Distance from Darley Green to Rehoboth Beach: 1 hour, 46 minutes

Save money in Delaware

Delaware offers relaxing recreation for visitors, but even more benefits – financial benefits – for its residents. State income tax rates are just 2.2% and there is never any sales tax. Furthermore, there is no inheritance tax and personal property is exempt. Taxpayers over 60 pay no taxes on their social security benefits and can exclude up to $12,500 in pension and investment income on their state taxes. Residents over 65 can exempt an additional $2,500 and make use of our many state property tax relief programs.

Add a tour of move-in ready townhomes and condos at Darley Green onto any Delaware spring day trip to learn more about the benefits of living in Delaware.

Hockessin, the Foodie’s Dream, Just Minutes From Move-In Ready Homes In Delaware

restaurant food“First we eat. Then we do everything else.” So said M. F. K. Fisher, the preeminent American food writer. Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher may have never visited Hockessin, Delaware, but if she had she would have delighted in this classic off-the-beaten-path foodie’s dream in the gorgeous Brandywine River Valley. Aside from being a charming scenic little town in the Vintage Atlantic Wine Region, it’s a place where smart food folks are making the journey to find cuisine prepared by young and exciting chefs in imaginative ways and served in comfortable down home restaurants. It’s also part of the Red Clay Valley Scenic Byway where covered bridges, orchards, streams, and rolling farmland rule the scenery.

Only nine miles from the delightful foodie paradise of Hockessin is Darley Green, the much-talked about master planned community of affordable move-in ready townhomes and condos. Just minutes from downtown Wilmington and only twenty minutes from downtown Philadelphia, these luxurious yet affordable classic three bedroom townhomes and condos are the perfect solution for young professionals, downsizing couples, a growing family, or retirees looking to enjoy Delaware’s amazing retirement lifestyle.

Hockessin’s imaginative dining scene

Hockessin’s new and veteran chefs alike are turning out innovative and imaginative fare morning, noon, and night, all based on using fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients to “connect real people with real food.”

For breakfast, try Drip Café in Lantana Square. Drip Café partners with Farmart, Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-Op, Ceremony Coffee Roasters, and PT’s Coffee Roasting Company to deliver the freshest ingredients in all of their products. For a morning revelation, have a cup of perfectly brewed French Press coffee and their bacon-studded Caramel Apple Pancakes, topped with roasted apples, smoked bacon, and house-made salted caramel sauce. Add bananas for a buck.

Lunch might be ribs from competition BBQ champion Dave Deal who serves up some of the finest barbecue in Delaware at Big Dave’s on Lancaster Pike. Big Dave serves up true, traditional barbecue, delicious with or without his homemade sauce. For something lighter, hook up with one of Dave’s insanely delicious wraps.

Lettie’s Kitchen on Old Lancaster Pike is a traditional white farmhouse restaurant owned by Susan Alexander and Tom Alexander, a mother and son team whose goal is simple: “to bring homemade comfort food prepared in a unique way using only the freshest ingredients to the residents of Hockessin.” Lettie’s serves wonderful sandwiches, salads, side dishes, and complete meals ready to take home or eat in. Lettie’s Fried Chicken was voted the best in upstate Delaware in 2014.

For a truly extraordinary dinner experience in the actual home of the chef/owners, be sure to make reservations for the House of William and Merry, Open Table’s Diners Choice Winner in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, as well as Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America. For sheer decadence, not much compares to their Slow Braised Painted Hill Farms Beef Cheek with Chanterelle Mushrooms, Brie Cracklings, Onion Puree, Black Truffle Tater Tots, and Cool Breeze Greens served at a delightful table right in the kitchen so you can watch the show.

These restaurants are a small sampling of the current growing food scene in Hockessin. In addition, there’s a fabulous raw bar at George and Son’s Seafood Market and phenomenal burgers and wings at Two Fat Guys. Try the area’s freshest sushi and great Japanese at Asian Kitchen Bar & Restaurant and Okura Japanese Restaurant, grab the winner of the Delaware Burger Battle at Redfire Grill & Steakhouse, and savor one of Delaware’s finest food institutions, the pumpkin-mushroom soup at Back Burner Restaurant.

The day’s not over until you’ve had a few scoops of just about the best ice cream there is at Woodside Creamery.

Move in ready condos & townhomes are minutes away at Darley Green

Only minutes by car from Hockessin’s culinary bounty, Darley Green comes complete with a village green, library, jogging and hiking trails, and its own shops and restaurants. If you’d like to visit and see how comfortable, luxurious, and affordable move-in ready homes in Delaware can be, call us at 302-655-2600 to set up your personal tour!