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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, http://phillypops.org/concerts-events/salute-series-2017-events
  2. Wilmington Memorial Day Parade, http://www.wilmingtonmemorialdayparade.com/

Philadelphia’s Best Festivals & Events Are Just Around The Corner!

philadelphia skyline from delaware riverSpring is in the air and the warm weather is bringing people out of their homes for fun festivals and area events.

Montchanin Builders offers a low-maintenance condo and townhomes in Wilmington, Delaware — just 30 minutes from Philadelphia.

Check out these family favorites coming up soon.

Philadelphia Wine & Food Festival

Who doesn’t love food? The annual Philadelphia Magazine Wine and Food Festival is the ideal opportunity to get out and sample some of Philly’s best food and drink. Event highlights include sips of over 650 exclusive wines samples from around the globe, as well as new product tastings and classic bites from the most popular restaurants in the city. Eateries featured include 1100 Social, Bank & Bourbon, Crow and the Pitcher, Davio’s, Fat Jack’s and Laurel, to name a few. An on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will be available to purchase take-home souvenirs of your favorite finds. Don’t miss this spring festival, held on May 3rd.

South Street Headhouse Spring Festival and Maifest

Spanning 12 city blocks, the 3rd annual South Street Spring Festival and Maifest is a German food and drink enthusiast’s delight, but also a free family-friendly gathering. This year’s festivities on May 7th will encompass 125 vendors, 35 participating restaurants, and 40 bands on 3 stages. Highlights include: burgers and sausages al fresco from The Twisted Tail; banana cream pies from The Sweet Life Bakeshop; giant pizza slices from Lorenzo’s; famous cheesesteaks from Jim’s; and frozen daiquiris from Fat Tuesday. Maifest is held at Brauhaus Schmitz, offering German beers, along with roast pork sandwiches, sausage sandwiches and bratwurst. Adding to the ambiance are the authentic dancers, the city’s largest maypole, and traditional German music.

Chinese Lantern Festival

This year, Franklin Square turns 10. To celebrate the historic landmark park, Philadelphia’s kicking off the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the Northeastern United States. The nightly light spectacle will include 25 illuminated lanterns, giant flowers, a three-story pagoda and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. Daytime admission is free, where your family can enjoy rides on a carousel, mini golf, craft booths and vendors selling authentic Chinese goods. By night, you’ll need a ticket ($17 adults, $15 seniors and military, $12 kids) for the light show and food specials, in addition to live performances by acrobats, opera performers, dancers, and musicians. The festival runs from April 22 – June 12.

Delaware homes close to Philadelphia, PA

Living in Delaware has many advantages for people currently living in nearby Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For starters, there is NO SALES TAX in Delaware. You can also get more space for your money and enjoy below-market prices with brand new homes starting in the low $200s.

We offer retail shopping at Brandywine Town Centre and Concord Mall in close proximity, as well as recreational paths and restaurants within walking distance. Commuting to Philadelphia for work is a breeze with easy access to I-95, as well as the SEPTA R2 line and Wilmington Amtrak station. Book your tour of the Darley Green community today!

Philadelphia Named Top Destination by Lonely Planet

liberty bell

For the second year in a row, Philadelphia has been named the “Best in the U.S.” by the largest travel book publisher, Lonely Planet.

The coveted spot is on a top 10 list of the “unexpectedly exciting places to see.” The news comes as no surprise to residents of Philly, Wilmington, DE, and other nearby areas. The City of Brotherly Love is on the fast track toward ditching its status of being the East Coast’s “Best Kept Secret” and instead becoming the widely acclaimed “It” destination for millennials.

Kudos abound for Philly

Lonely Planet’s list certainly isn’t the only claim to fame Philly has. The city has been declared to be in the top five of the most walkable cities in the U.S. The New York Times’ list of 52 Places to Go In 2015 puts Philly at number three, beating out countless other contenders, both domestic and international. Philly has also been declared the first and only World Heritage City in the U.S. With this designation, Philly has been elevated to the stature of the likes of Paris, Cairo, and Jerusalem.

And the kudos don’t stop there. Those who already live in the area know all too well the necessity of regular exercise. Without it, the scores of gourmet restaurants with delicious cheesesteaks “wit” or “wit out” are bound to expand one’s waistline a tad bit. (Though Philly’s incredible vegetarian bistros could give the cheesesteaks a run for their money.) Philly’s foodies also love the city’s famed Tastycakes, “water ice,” and square pizza with upside-down toppings. In fact, in 2015, Philly made the Washington Post’s “10 Best Food Cities in America.”

Philly has also been dubbed among the “9 Best Cities for Biking to Work” by Time magazine. However, it should be noted that Philly has a superb public transportation system, which makes it easy for residents of Wilmington and beyond to navigate the city during a day trip. (Speaking of day trips, did you know that Philly does not impose sales tax on clothes or shoes? Or food, for that matter.)

And the accolades don’t stop there. A financial services company, JLL, ranked Philadelphia among the top destinations of choice for millennials. As the folks at Lonely Planet put it, “Philly’s on a roll. NYC’s more neighborly neighbor is experiencing a transformation to its urban core.” Lonely Planet went on to note Philly’s distinction as being a stopping point for Pope Francis and serving as the host of the Democratic National Convention in July.

Darley Green: Your gateway to living life well

Homeowners in Darley Green are already enjoying the good life, with all the benefits of a close-knit, friendly community just a quick ride away from the sights and sounds of Philly and downtown Wilmington, DE.

Montchanin Builders offers move-in ready condos and townhomes in the premier Darley Green community for those looking for luxury at an affordable price. If the spacious floor plans, masterpiece kitchens, and prime location just 20 minutes away from happening Philadelphia aren’t enough to entice you, call our office at 302-655-2600 and ask us about the $10,000 move-in incentive.

New Construction Homes Near Philadelphia are Minutes from Springtime Excitement

liberty bell“Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the Inhabitants thereof”. So read the words around the rim of the Liberty Bell which, along with our flag, are America’s two most enduring symbols of personal freedom. The Liberty Bell now receives 1.5 million visitors per year in the Liberty Bell Center, one block from its former home in Independence Hall, America’s Cradle of Liberty.

And what more perfect time to celebrate the absolute masterpiece of American and multi-cultural freedom that is Philadelphia than springtime when the city virtually explodes from its winter cocoon with high-flying festivals and events one weekend after the next. Art, music, food, flower shows, horse shows, county fairs, college sports to pro sports, tall ships to rowing shells—Philadelphia’s got a lot to brag about, and springtime is when Philly shakes off the winter blues and starts showing it off.

New construction homes near Philadelphia are the perfect home base

Twenty minutes from one of the most culturally rich and historically important cities in America lies Darley Green, the highly regarded master planned community of affordable and luxurious condominiums and townhomes in Wilmington, Delaware. Young professionals, growing families, downsizers, and retirees alike love the proximity and convenience of their Darley Green homes to one of America’s greatest treasures, Philadelphia.

Spring happenings in Philadelphia

Is there a more fitting way to kick off a fabulous Philadelphia spring than to simply breathe in and enjoy the annual Spring Bloom Display at the sprawling venerable Longwood Gardens starting April 4th   through May 31st?  Then for more contemplative beauty, appreciate the serenity of the weeklong citywide Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival sponsored by the Japan America Society from April 6-12.

Things get turned up a notch on April 25th at one of Philadelphia’s first great music festivals of the spring season, the Center City Jazz Festival, celebrating Jazz History Month and Philly’s rich jazz heritage.

May is when Philadelphia truly begins to operate on all springtime cylinders. May 2 is both the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival and the South Street Spring Festival and Maifest treating thousands of visitors with blocks of food, music, and craft beers. For the kids, May 7-9 is the 30th anniversary of the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival.

For the next two days, the largest intercollegiate rowing regatta in the United States, the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, takes place on the heralded Schuylkill River, one of the most famous rowing routes in the sport. Sit on the banks of the Schuylkill with a picnic and cheer them all on!

Be sure to mark down May 16th and 17th for a feast for your stomach and your soul at the South Street Italian Market Festival, America’s oldest continuously operating open air market, smack in the middle of South Philadelphia.

Enjoy the best of all worlds

As a resident at Darley Green’s new construction homes near Philadelphia, you and your family can enjoy the pleasures of your own maintenance free lifestyle in a community with the small town atmosphere that’s easy to call home. Because it’s only a quick twenty minute drive to Philly, the culture, the history, the shopping, and the excitement of an iconic American city are yours whenever you want.

From May 21-31, America’s oldest and largest show of its kind, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, holds forth at the Devon Show Grounds. On May 23-25, this year’s Memorial Day weekend, Lincoln Financial Field hosts the 2015 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships. Come see the best lacrosse teams in the country play in their own Big Dance.

May 30 sounds like a great day to enjoy a daylong concert hosted by Grammy Award winning Philly band The Roots, better known as the sizzling hot house band for Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show. The Roots promise to bring a lot of their friends to Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing that day,  so it is a must-attend.

It’s spring, so thankfully, it must be time for baseball, and the Philadelphia Phillies want to welcome you to Citizens Bank Park on June 1st to meet the players, take pictures, get autographs, and have fun. And all to benefit a great cause –to raise funds to fight ALS.

Darley Green boasts maintenance free living

When you own one of the maintenance-free townhomes or condos at Darley Green, you can spend your springtime weekends enjoying your freedom. You may want to check out the Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show from June 5-7. Celebrating its 84th year, it’s the nation’s oldest outdoor arts show with over 100 original artists. Or staying on that theme, the Manayunk Arts Festival is the largest juried art show in the region with artists coming from all over the country to show on June 21.

June is a great music month, and there’s plenty to enjoy at the Ambler Arts and Music Festival on June 12-13. You’ll also like the State Street Blues Stroll with top guitar pickers of every stripe doing the honors. A special treat takes place on June 14, the 40th anniversary of the Odunde Festival, the longest-running and largest African-American street festival in the country with over a half million visitors. Covering twelve city blocks, the Odunde Festival is a true feast of food, crafts, art, and live music

June is also International Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, and the cradle of personal freedom, Philadelphia, does it right. June 14th, Pride Day, is celebrated with the 27th annual LGBT Pride Parade and Festival.

If you’re a nautical buff, you’ll want to be a part of Philadelphia’s great seagoing heritage at the Tall Ships Challenge Camden and Philadelphia on June 27th and 28th on the Camden waterfront and Penn’s Landing.

Schedule a home tour today

If you’re ready to experience maintenance free luxury and affordability, call 302-472-7213 to speak with a representative from Montchanin Builders or to arrange a home tour of Darley Green.

New Year’s Eve In Philly: Fireworks Gala to All-Nite Dance Parties

Philadelphia City HallThere’s something for everyone on New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia. You’ll find everything from funky arts festivals to extravagant feasts aboard sailing vessels. Family-friendly events are just as plentiful as all-night dance parties.

Delaware townhomes by Montchanin Builders are located just 20 minutes from all the action in the heart of Philadelphia. Our residents enjoy added benefits like no sales tax and better value for their real estate dollar. We’ll count down just a few of the top New Year’s Eve celebrations in Philly — all minutes from the doorsteps of the residents of Darley Green .

SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront

Shows take place at 6 p.m. and midnight, allowing fireworks fans of all ages the opportunity to celebrate. The best places to catch a view of the spectacular show include: the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest party at Penn’s Landing, the Independence Seaport Museum, the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing, the SugarHouse Casino, Adventure Aquarium, and Franklin Square. Also consider watching the show from the water aboard the legendary Moshulu sailing vessel, the Battleship New Jersey, or the Spirit of Philadelphia cruise ship.

New Year’s Funkin’ Eve at FringeArts

FringeArts is one of the newer celebrations on the Waterfront with “all the funk you can handle” from live performances by Red40 and the Last Groovement. A $15 ticket also gains you entrance to a beer garden, bonfire, balloons, and dinner specials at La Peg. Once the fireworks are over, the party continues with an all-night dance party.

Revolution House

Dance all night on a heated outdoor deck in Old City, amid excellent views of the fireworks over the Ben Franklin Bridge. For $20, enjoy drink specials, music, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight.

XFINITY Live! Philadelphia

One admission gets you into seven parties under one roof, with a bonus tent outdoors! You’ll be treated to five hours of open bar, live music from Lima Bean Riot and Split Decision, special party favors, and New Year’s bash coverage on over 75 TVs.

Club Vetri at Alla Spina

Looking for something all-inclusive? For $120-$140, Alla Spina offers an open bar with Yard’s drafts, cocktails from Philadelphia Distilling, and a champagne toast. Food includes all your Vetri family favorites — Osteria’s Fiorentina steak, Lo Spiedo’s roast brisket, Amis’ bruchetta, and Pizzeria Vetri’s pizza al taglio. A live DJ and dancing will send off 2014 with a whirlwind of fun.

New Year’s Eve Midnight Run 5K

Fitness buffs won’t want to miss the annual Philadelphia New Year’s Eve Midnight 5K Run, starting at McFadden’s at the ball park in South Philly. Runners can pick up their packets as early as 9:30, but the race kicks off at midnight. The $60 registration includes admission to McFadden’s after the run, with open bar and food. Space is limited to 750. Cash prizes are awarded to the fastest man and fastest woman racing in formal attire.

Delaware Townhomes by Montchanin Builders

Kick off the New Year in a brand new home! Our community is a serene place to call home – with tree-lined streets, communal green space, walking trails, and a stream. Shopping, dining and a state-of-the-art library are all within walking distance, as are schools in the Brandywine District.

Our Delaware condos and townhomes come with two-car garages and up to 2,100 square feet of living space in traditional style homes updated with modern features. Described as “affordable” and “charming,” Darley Green represents community planning at its finest. Call 302-655-2600 for more information.

Philly’s Top 5 Historic Attractions

Colonial estates, Independence Hall, fascinating museums and a nearly 200-year-old penitentiary: The City of Brotherly Love features some of our nation’s most notable historic landmarks.

Philadelphia is widely considered the birthplace of America – the city where our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Today’s historic Philadelphia offers insight into our country’s early history, whether you’re visiting the Liberty Bell Center or exploring the cavernous and decidedly creepy Eastern State Penitentiary, once the world’s most famous high-tech prison.

Also renowned for its vibrant culture and sizzling nightlife, Philly is a short jaunt from several bedroom communities, where commuters simply hang their hats for the night. For those searching for move in ready homes near Philadelphia that have real heart and soul, Darley Green offers the best of both worlds. These new construction condos and townhomes are just 20 minutes from Philadelphia’s historical landmarks, but are also situated close to Claymont’s own cultural attractions and family-friendly points of interest.

Ideally located in Delaware’s burgeoning Claymont Renaissance District, this elegant master-planned community puts recreation, entertainment and excellent schools all within reach.

Philadelphia’s top 5 historic attractions

Though far from exhaustive, this list includes some of the most popular historic attractions in Philadelphia that are sure to delight weekend travelers and history buffs alike.

  1. Independence Hall – Take an interactive tour of this red Georgian style building dating back to 1753. Part of the independence National Historic Park, the building is where both the Declaration of Independence (1776) and our U.S. Constitution (1787) were signed and adopted. Open daily, tickets (free or $1.50 if purchased in advance) are required for admission.
  2. Liberty Bell Center – Boasting millions of visitors every year, the Liberty Bell Center is just a block away from Independence Hall, and stands as a timeless symbol of our nation’s independence. The pavilion also includes exhibits and videos about this iconic bell, explaining its origins and how it became a worldwide symbol for freedom.
  3. John Bartram House – Spanning more than 46 acres, this estate features our country’s oldest surviving botanical gardens, overlooking the west banks of the Schuylkill River. The original stone house was erected circa 1730, and served three generations of Bartrams (Quakers), who planted and tended a vast collection of North American trees and flowering plants.
  4. Betsy Ross House – A $7 ticket grants you a guided tour to the birthplace of our beloved American Flag, where entrepreneur and seamstress Betsy Ross crafted our stars and stripes. The house was built more than 250 years ago and was home to several artisans before opening to the public as a museum.
  5. Eastern State Penitentiary – This hulking castle of a prison is somewhat incongruous on stately Fairmont Avenue. Made a national historic landmark in 1965, ESP was built to reform rather than punish, and was opened in 1829 as the world’s first high-tech penitentiary. Daily tours of spine-chilling isolation cells, which held Al Capone for a time, are available with audio narration done by actor Steve Buscemi.

Move in ready homes near Philadelphia

Want to be close to all the action, but in a neighborhood with its own character and charm? Darley Green’s move-in ready condos and townhomes near Philadelphia are attractively priced. Framed by wide, tree-lined streets and serene green areas, this inviting community has so many perks, including several modern floor plans, an onsite state-of-the-art library, as well as eateries and shops within walking distance.

To learn more about the benefits of Delaware living at Darley Green, or to arrange a tour of our model homes, please call Sales Manager Amy Maluski at 302.655.2600.