wilmington riverfront

What Is There to Do in Downtown Wilmington, Delaware?

The heart of Wilmington, Delaware, is its dynamic downtown area. This vibrant city is home to a blend of old and new, with historic buildings boasting incredible architecture mixing with modern skyscrapers, all set against a picturesque background that includes the Christina River and Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge. In the downtown area, you’ll find something for everyone. Take a stroll along the riverfront or catch a minor league baseball game (Go Blue Rocks!)!

The Wilmington Riverwalk

One of the most popular things to do in downtown Wilmington is to take a stroll along the scenic Christina River. The Wilmington Riverwalk, which extends for just over a mile, boasts something for every palette. From IMAX movies to the perfect picnic spot to theater—no matter what interests you, you’re sure to find something to do on the Riverwalk.

It’s also the place to go when your stomach is rumbling. You’ll find the Riverfront Market located in a historic building just across from Tubman-Garrett Park. It’s a public market that might remind you of Faneuil Hall and the Quincy Market in Boston, with all sorts of vendors along the ground floor. Choose from international cuisine, salads, sandwiches, seafood, and much more, along with delectable treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Catch a Blue Rocks game

Delaware residents were undoubtedly thrilled to learn that their Wilmington minor league team, the Blue Rocks, was not among the 40-plus MiLB teams cut by the MLB during their recent restructuring. Fans can still visit Frawley Stadium along the Wilmington Riverfront to see the Washington Nationals-affiliated MiLB team, which has sent 200 players and counting to the MLB over its 30-year history. Spend a day at the park, and you might just see the next big star!

Check out new homes in northern Delaware

For years, Montchanin Builders has cultivated a sterling reputation for building luxurious new homes in northern Delaware. Many of our sought-after master-planned communities are already sold out, but home sites are still available in Darley Green and our newest community, The Townes at Barley Mill. Explore our beautiful new townhomes for sale near Wilmington, Delaware, boasting spacious floor plans and customizable details. Contact us today to request a tour and come home to all that northern Delaware has to offer!

couple moving into new home

3 Reasons to Buy a Home in Northern Delaware

Delaware may be a small state, but there are some big reasons to move there. Northern Delaware is a welcoming setting for couples, families, individuals, and retirees. From the friendly people to the abundant shorelines, there’s much to love about this beautiful state. If you’re hunting around for new homes in northern Delaware, you can look forward to the following.

Tax-free shopping

No one enjoys paying more money for something than they really have to. Lucky for Delaware residents, the entire state is sales tax-free! It’s a fantastic break for retirees and others on a fixed income, as well as growing families. Plus, there are plenty of options for making your dollar stretch farther. Northern Delaware boasts the Christiana Mall, which is jam-packed with top-name stores like Nordstrom, Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, and Apple. You’ll also find plenty of choices in the coastal areas, like the Tanger Outlet Centers. And be sure to check out the cute little boutique shops that line Rehoboth Beach!

So much to do and see!

Northern Delaware has no shortage of fun things to do and see. If you’re in the Wilmington, DE area, be sure to spend some time exploring the Christina River. It was a central figure in Wilmington’s rise as a ship building and industrial center during the 19th century. These days, the area is home to all sorts of wildlife.

The river is also a great place to get some exercise. Go for a stroll or a bike ride on the Riverwalk, or stop by one of the mini golf facilities.

Interested in a Coney Island-like experience? Head over to the Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk, where you can enjoy the sand and surf during the day, and afterwards explore the happening nightlife scene.

Have kids in tow? Take them to the Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge and check out the DuPont Environmental Education Center. Or visit the permanent dinosaur exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. This museum also features a scavenger hunt for older kids and a Nature Nook for the younger ones.

Centrally located

As you can see, Delaware is a prime destination for folks interested in enjoying the good life. There’s a lot to enjoy right here in northern Delaware, but if you need to go farther afield, this region is also centrally located. Most major cities in the region, such as Philadelphia, are just a short drive away or accessible with a quick, relaxing train ride.

Ready to move to Delaware yet?

Once you move to northern Delaware, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. And with the great deals from Montchanin Builders, you can take your pick of new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware. Montchanin Builders is the region’s premier home and community builder, with a portfolio that includes the walkable neighborhoods of Darley Green  and The Overlook at Rockford Falls.

Schedule a tour of our modern, move-in ready homes today and be sure to ask us about our special financing offers! Call or send us a quick email via the contact form on our website.

Additional resources for northern Delaware house hunters:

  1. Visit Delaware, Shop Tax-Free at Delaware Malls and Outlet Centers, https://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/shopping/malls-outlet-centers/
  2. Movoto, 30 Things To Know About Delaware Before Moving There, https://www.movoto.com/guide/de/moving-to-delaware/
family in skates skating together on rink

Best Places to Go Ice Skating in Wilmington, DE

Whether you’re a complete beginner or an accomplished athlete, ice skating is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon with family and friends. There are a couple of skating rinks in Wilmington, DE, and a few more that are just a short drive away. When you go to the rink, wear comfortable athletic clothing. Leggings, a long-sleeve T-shirt, and a sweater or sweatshirt will keep you warm. You should also bring gloves or mittens, and a hat or scarf.

The Riverfront Rink

Most skating rinks are outdoors, but families in Wilmington, DE are treated to an outdoor arena every winter! The Riverfront Rink is a seasonal attraction located at the Justison Landing Green on the Riverwalk. This season, the rink will remain open until March 4, 2019. The Riverfront Rink is fairly large, able to accommodate up to 350 skaters, and all ages and ability levels are welcome.

Although it’s a temporary, outdoor installation, this ice skating rink doesn’t skimp on the amenities. You can rent skates there, or get your own skates sharpened. A limited number of locker rentals are also available. The rink is open seven days per week through the season. Parents: If your child’s birthday is coming up, consider purchasing a private party package! Other reservations are taken for fundraisers and other private parties.

The Skating Club of Wilmington

The Skating Club of Wilmington is a unique fixture in the community. It’s a nonprofit group that strives to accommodate a balanced blend of hockey, ice dancers, figure skaters, serious competitors, synchronized skating teams, and recreational skaters. Skaters of all ages are welcome here.

If you’re interested in taking ice skating lessons, this is the place to go. The rink offers child, youth, and adult classes. Group and private lessons are available. Like the Riverfront Rink, the Skating Club of Wilmington also offers reservations for private fundraisers and birthday parties. The onsite Sharper Edge Skate Shop offers sharpening, waterproofing, and skate and boot repairs.

IceWorks Skating Complex

The IceWorks Skating Complex is located in Aston, PA, which is just a 20-minute drive away from Wilmington. Its name says it all—it’s a huge complex that includes three NHL-size ice rinks and one Olympic-size rink. It also includes a pro shop, arcade, restaurant, and a Pub and Grill. More than 180 hockey teams at all levels call IceWorks home. It’s also home to the IceWorks Skating Club.

Homes for sale in Wilmington, DE

Fantastic recreational opportunities and family-friendly activities are just a few of the perks of living near Wilmington, Delaware. If you’re thinking of moving to the area, or you’re already a resident and you’re ready for your dream home, it’s time to check out the picture-perfect Delaware townhome communities designed by veteran home builders in Delaware, Montchanin Builders.

Our new home communities in Delaware, including Darley Green, The and The Overlook at Rockford Falls, feature gorgeous affordable family home communities and single-family homes. All move-in ready homes are designed with the needs of today’s modern family in mind. Schedule a viewing today and ask us about special financing deals by calling 302-472-7212.

Additional resources on Delaware living:

  1. Riverfront Rink, http://riverfrontrink.com/
  2. The Skating Club of Wilmington, https://skatewilm.com/

4 Different Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philly

new year 2017

Just HOW big is New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia? The city is ringing in 2017 not once, but twice!

The SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront will take place at 6 p.m., and again at midnight. Inside, there is a grand celebration with live music from Burnt Sienna and an open bar. You can reach the casino by taking a cab or the SEPTA Blue Line to Old City and walking five minutes to Penn’s Landing. By car, you can park in one of the lots down Columbus Boulevard.

Aside from the main attraction, there are many other ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philly.

 Party hopper pass

Having trouble deciding on just one place to party? The adventurous can purchase a NYE All Access Pass for $109 from Finn McCool’s at 118 S. 12th Street, which gets you into open bars at 1925 Lounge, Brü Craft & Wurst, Finn McCool’s, Mad River Bar & Grille, and Recess Lounge. DJs will be spinning Top 40, Hip Hop, Dance/House music from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Enjoy the great outdoors

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a popular spot for music, food, drinks and ice skating. The fire pits and cozy warming huts offer a nice respite from the cold — not to mention, one of the best views of the fireworks celebration. There will be a Kids Lodge set up with arcade games, food and drink from Garces and Chickie’s and Pete’s. Don’t forget to grab dessert at the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin. All ice skating passes sell out early, but you can still come by the beautiful wintry scene as a “spectator” for $30, which includes live entertainment, a spot for the fireworks, and a party favor.

A family-friendly affair

North Bowl Lounge N Lanes is hosting New Year’s Eve festivities for the whole family from 5-8 pm, which will include bowling, a “ball drop”, food, games, DJ tunes, face-painting, balloon art, and caricaturist drawings. Tickets are $18 per person. You’ll have your choice of 17 bowling lanes, two full bars, pool tables, and arcade games.

Choose your own adventure aboard Moshulu

New Year’s Eve on the Moshulu offers a celebration aboard the oldest and largest square-rigged sailing vessel still afloat. The deck provides top-notch fireworks viewing, a dessert buffet, a cash bar and live music. You can also opt for the four-course prix fixe dinner that includes beef tenderloin, lobster tail, tuna steak, braised lamb shank, crab-crusted grouper, or beef short rib. Music options include a DJ spinning mid-deck, a pianist, in the dining room, and a jazz trio in the Orchid room. The cost ranges from $35 for children, to $125 from 3:30 – 6:45 p.m., or $195 from 7 – 10:30 p.m. Beverages are extra. If you are not dining, you can still join the party for $50, which includes dessert, access to a cash bar, and music.

Close to Philadelphia New Year’s Eve festivities

These are just a few of the many, many places to party on New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia. Philly, and all it has to offer, is only a short drive from Montchanin communities like Darley Green, Shipley Road and Town of Whitehall.

Contact our office for an exciting start to 2017 with a tour of available homes in Delaware.

Craft Beer Lovers, Grab a Cold One this Summer

For Wilmington, DE residents, the only hard part about finding a craft beer worth writing home about is choosing just one brew pub to patronize out of the dozens in the area. In fact, a few years ago Time magazine published a piece entitled “You’ll Never Guess Where the Nation’s Best Craft Beer Is Brewed” that highlighted Delaware’s impressive craft beer revolution.

Dogfish Head is perhaps the most recognizable of craft beers brewed right here in Delaware, though it has plenty of competitors these days. Residents in Darley Green, The Cedars, and other Montchanin Builders communities have no shortage of options when it’s time to kick back and relax with a cold one.

Chelsea Tavern

Chelsea Tavern, conveniently located across from the opera house, is a modern gastropub with an upscale flair that offers an impressive menu of food and brews. Check back often for their happy hour specials, which currently includes specials on all 31 craft drafts during all Phillies games for patrons in the bar area. Among its selections, Chelsea Tavern offers the much-prized Dogfish Head.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Iron Hill Brewery has several locations around the area, including one right in Wilmington. This pub takes the craft beer craze to a new level; they employ their own brewers to create their own signature house beer. The lightest of these selections is the Iron Hill Light Lager, which offers a refreshing, crisp taste that is perfect for a summer evening. Those who prefer a heartier brew should try the Vienna Red Lager. Out of all of their house brews, this one has won the most awards. Another multi-award winner is Pig Iron Porter, which is dark and full-roasted with slight chocolate notes.

Dead Presidents Pub & Restaurant

Esquire magazine once called this pub “One of the best bars in America.” The unique atmosphere that marries traditional brewpub ambiance with Presidential history nicely complements the extensive beer and food menu. The eclectic menu features both artisan beer and premium cocktails. You’ll find classic favorites like Guinness paired with seasonal bottles like Dominion Grapefruit Pale Ale, brewed next door in Dover, DE.

Trolley Tap House

Looking to enjoy a good beer on a sidewalk patio? Head over to Trolley Tap House, an industrial-style pub on Delaware Ave in Wilmington that takes the unusual approach of bringing together “intimidating or strange” brews into a relaxed ambiance that also happens to be child-friendly. Here, you’ll find brews from neighboring Pennsylvania, including Yards Brawler and Yuengling Lager, along with Delaware favorites like Blue Earl Honeysuckle Rose.

Many more reasons to call Delaware home

Of course, having ready access to a plethora of craft beer options is just one of the many reasons to settle down in the Wilmington area. When you choose one of the richly appointed, move-in ready homes from Montchanin Builders, your family will enjoy masterfully designed communities, tree-lined streets, neighborhood gathering places, and easy access to nearby amenities like the local library, shops, restaurants, and top-notch schools.

Darley Green, The Cedars, Shipley Road, and the Town of Whitehall all offer their own unique charms. Explore the possibilities today by calling Montchanin Builders at 302.655.2600. Our friendly staff members look forward to working with you to find the perfect home for your family. Be sure to ask us about our homebuyers’ incentive program!

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.

Celebrate National Hamburger Month in Wilmington!

BurgerJuly may have the Fourth and September of course has Labor Day, but May has its own cause for celebration. May is National Hamburger Month and here in Wilmington, DE, there’s no shortage of crave-worthy burgers.

Wilmington, DE is truly one of America’s best kept secrets. Living in Darley Green offers quick access to Philadelphia and other major nearby hubs, but there’s no need to travel far to find what you’re looking for. Wilmington offers an incredible selection of gastronomic delights – ranging from fine dining to casual burger joints.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

If you live in the Wilmington, DE area and you haven’t yet been to the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, it’s time to make dinner plans. This unique restaurant consistently gets rave reviews. If the weather is pleasant, be sure to stop by the upstairs outdoor bar for a brew. It overlooks the river, has a laid-back ambiance, and is well-staffed by attentive bartenders.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is one of the few around to actively participate in National Hamburger Month. It’s offering 31 burgers in 31 days, urging its regulars and first-time guests to “Go Forth and Trumpet the Meaty Month of May!” For May 1, the burger of the day was the Hangover Burger, which features a premium burger nestled in sriracha aioli, topped with sharp cheddar, bacon, crispy onion rings, and a fried egg. Other notable offerings include the Tombstone Burger, The Big Cheesowski, The Californian, and the Ode to Jerry Garcia Burger. In fact, the menu features burgers sure to please any palate, even those looking for sophisticated offerings. The Fun-Ghi Burger features exotic mushrooms, caramelized onions, gruyere, truffle mayonnaise, and arugula.

Grub Burger Bar

The many locations of the Grub Burger Bar across the country are a testament to its popularity. Locally, it can be found in North Wilmington on Concord Pike. It features a dine-in and to-go menu. Grub Burger Bar bakes its own rolls from scratch and grinds its own signature brisket and chuck blend every day. Like Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, this notable burger spot features an impressive menu of local favorites, including the Lockhart Legend with house-made BBQ sauce and Applewood smoked bacon; the Thai Peanut burger with creamy peanut butter, cilantro lime coconut flakes, and Sambal mayo; and the VooDoo Mushroom, which features absinthe-sauteed mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and Tabasco mayo. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind burger, the Grub Burger Bar is your destination.

Wayback Burgers

Wayback Burgers has restaurants in Wilmington and nearby Dover. Its claim to fame is the customizable nature of its signature burgers, including the Wayback Classic, which is available as a single, double, or triple patty. For those looking for a traditional style of burger, the double bacon with American cheese is sure to please. Those in the market for a more daring culinary adventure could try the Carolina, which is topped with mustard, coleslaw, chili, and onions.

Living the good life in Darley Green

Residents of the master-planned communities of Darley Green, Shipley Road, and The Cedars enjoy the good life at an affordable price. Montchanin Builders invites your family to tour our beautifully designed community and move-in ready homes – the perfect marriage of modern convenience and timeless design.

Here, families make the most of spring and summer weather by strolling along the tree-lined streets, skipping stones in the bubbling stream, and coming home to exquisitely appointed luxury homes.

Call Montchanin Builders at 302-472-7213 to learn more about our premier Delaware communities.

Batter Up! Baseball Has Arrived in Wilmington

wilmington-blue-rocksNo spring in Wilmington is complete without a trip to the ballpark to see our very own minor league baseball team in action. And if you’re a die-hard Wilmington Blue Rocks fan, you can purchase your 6-12 game Blue Rocks Mini Plan – including the option for a “Sunday Funday” plan – right now to get the best seats in the house.

Of course, residents of the beautiful Darley Green community need not worry about arriving at Frawley Stadium in time for the game. Via I-95 N or I-495 N, Frawley Stadium is just 20 minutes away!

What to know when planning for game day

If you’re planning to see the Wilmington Blue Rocks this year, keep in mind that the team is hosting numerous giveaways during the season, including Desert Camo Hat Night on May 3, Star Wars Night on June 3 and the Mega Candy Drop on June 12. Your family can also view fireworks at Frawley Stadium throughout the summer.

Strolling along the Riverfront this spring

Before or after the game, there’s always plenty to do on the Wilmington Riverfront. Every local family should visit the famous Kalmar Nyckel at least once. Although it’s a replica of the original ship, its builders used the same old world craftsmanship as the original builders. The original ship was famous for bringing European settlers to the Christina River in 1638. Visit the Kalmar Nyckel at the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park near the Shipyard Shops. Tours and excursions are available.

If the weather isn’t being cooperative, families can check out the 25,000-square foot Stratosphere Trampoline Park. Truly a unique experience, this trampoline park is a first for Delaware. Families are invited to defy gravity while promoting physical fitness. In addition to the main arena, the Stratosphere Trampoline Park features various game areas, a snack shack, and even private party areas for gatherings. Parking is free.

When your family has had their fill of jumping around indoors, head outdoors to the local urban wildlife refuge. The Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge, located on the riverfront in Wilmington, is quite literally a sanctuary for animal lovers and wildlife alike. Visit the Dupont Environmental Education Center, which features free educational programs, a 10-acre ornamental garden, and a quarter-mile pond loop. No registration is needed for the free programs; just drop in to meet marsh animals, go on a storybook walk, or feed the turtles, toads, and black snakes.

While watching the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium, your family can enjoy a range of concessions – including a gluten-free menu! But the Riverfront in Wilmington also has plenty to offer local gourmands – from country comfort food to trendy fine dining options. After spending a day enjoying the river, check out highly rated restaurants such as Timothy’s Riverfront Grill, Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront, or the River Rock Kitchen.

Coming home to Darley Green

Living in the Darley Green community gives you access to the many attractions and amenities of the Wilmington, DE area. Beautifully designed, move-in ready homes are now available starting in the low $200s.

Call Montchanin Builders at 302.655.2600 to book your tour of the Emerson, Clemson, or Carlyle models and come home to Darley Green. Ask us about pre-approval on our Delaware townhomes and condos!

Woo Your Valentine in Wilmington

valentines dayNot sure how to woo your honey this Valentine’s Day? If you live near Wilmington, there are plenty of romantic options to choose from. From romantic Sunday brunches to stunning performances at The Grand to leisurely day trips for two, Wilmington leaves little to be desired.

Valentines Day in Wilmington

Wilmington is a top brunch destination for couples this Valentine’s Day. Take your sweetheart to the Deerfield for its famous Valentine’s Day Brunch featuring “over 111 feet of brunchy goodness.” Their Sunday brunch is expected to sell out for Valentine’s Day, so be sure to book your reservations now. You’ll enjoy choice offerings like made-to-order omelets, rack of lamb, and Deerfield’s famous bread pudding. To truly wow your honey, have a dozen roses delivered tableside (order in advance).

When it’s time for dinner, head over to the Chelsea Tavern for their Valentine’s Weekend “Sweetheart” Package and enjoy four courses of delectable delights, from warm brie cheese with fig jam and crostini to peppercorn crusted duck breasts. And of course, don’t forget the desserts. The chefs at Chelsea Tavern are preparing tiramisu and pistachio lemon tart for your special Sunday.

Sights and sounds

In between your leisurely brunch and romantic dinner, take in the sights and sounds of downtown Wilmington. Why settle for giving your love a bouquet when you can offer hundreds of exquisite orchids? The Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens runs through late March. Its balmy indoor garden features rare orchids and seasonal art displays. Score extra points with your sweetheart by hiring a photographer to capture the memories.

If you’d rather be entertained while comfortably seated, consider taking your Valentine to The Grand Opera House, a historic structure built in 1871. The box office is currently selling tickets for its February 14th performance of the 23rd Annual DE Dance Festival at Copeland Hall.

Movers and shakers

There are only a few weeks left for the outdoor ice skating rink at Horizon Riverfront Rink. Take your sweetheart for a romantic spin on the ice amidst festive winter decorations. Ice skate rentals are available, as are a warming tent and concessions.

If a day trip is more your style, consider booking passage on a romantic ferry, departing from Cape May and Lewes. When making reservations, specify that you would like the “Ferry Love Valentine’s Package,” which features a special fare rate, a complimentary glass of champagne, and other treats to enjoy during your ride.

Prefer to combine your adventures with dinner? Book a cozy train ride for two aboard the Wilmington & Western Railroad’s heated coaches. During the two-hour ride, enjoy a leisurely buffet dinner with a Port wine cheese spread, braised beef with mushrooms, Maryland-style shrimp and crab saute, and other delectable choices.

As the trendsetter in affordable luxury in Delaware, Darley Green is the neighborhood of choice for Wilmington families. Whether it’s winter or summer, spring or fall, the rich culture of Wilmington offers leisure activities galore for singles, couples, and families.

Conveniently located just 10 minutes from happening downtown Wilmington, Darley Green is among the fastest-growing communities around. While matching sophisticated architectural design with well-appointed interiors, Montchanin Builders has found the sweet spot between high-end luxury and attractive pricing.

To schedule a tour of your new home in Delaware, call our sales office at 302-472-7213.

Dining Options Abound in Wilmington & The Brandywine Valley

AmadaWilmington and the Brandywine Valley have long-been heralded for a rich culture, historic attractions and high quality of living. Brimming with expansive estates, grand theaters and quaint bed and breakfasts tucked amid miles of rolling countryside, this beautiful area has been a major trading hub since colonial times.

While visitors arrive in droves for outdoor adventures and cultural offerings, they’re also coming to experience the food.  The Wall Street Journal recently chronicled The Rise of Mid-Atlantic Cuisine, praising local restaurateurs and chefs who are staking their claim to culinary greatness. The region’s gastropubs, cafes and restaurants still showcase their local heritage, paying homage to bountiful fresh seafood. But diners are also treated to global fare and innovative twists on some of their favorite dishes (crab cakes or scrapple anyone?), prepared by talented new chefs.

Wilmington cuisine showcases creativity & passion

What sets these restaurants apart from the rest? For one, chefs shop locally and sustainably, sourcing locally-grown meats and produce from Delaware farms and waters, ensuring the freshest flavors of the season, not to mention a smaller environmental impact.

Farm-to-table traditions combined with modern culinary techniques are an integral part of many of these standout restaurants:

  • Ulysses American Gastropub – open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, this Wilmington hotspot serves everything from smoked chicken wings to New England style lobster rolls and signature crab cakes heaped with tender chunks of lump crab meat. The star of their tempting brunch menu is their Scrapple Mac & Cheese – a rich cheddar fondue made with beer and crispy pieces of pork. Their draft beer selection is impressive, with a nice mix of hoppy ales, stouts and lagers from regional microbeweries.
  • River Rock Kitchen – Farm fresh ingredients reign supreme in this Riverfront restaurant that highlights produce and products from orchards and co-ops in the Mid-Atlantic region. Chow down on a perfectly grilled steak frites with truffle-scented fries, or savor steamed clams with hand-made lamb bacon, herbs and white wine. The menu at River Rock Kitchen includes a variety of small and large plates that are based on healthy, indigenous fare. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Home Grown Café – Tempura fried avocados, California Cobb salads and Power House wraps are some of the most popular dishes at this Newark haunt, which has won several awards for its inspired vegetarian cuisine. Their menu features homemade soups, amazing salads and some tasty non-veg dishes like braised lamb, Angus burgers and seared sirloin tips. Check out their weekly specials that spotlight the best in seasonal fare. They also have an awesome Happy Hour menu that includes favorites like Crabby Fries and Thai squash bisque with roasted pumpkin seeds.
  • Buckley’s Tavern– This popular Delaware tavern is a great choice for comfort food and cozy ambiance. Located in an old blacksmith’s shop dating back to 1817, Buckley’s serves much more than your traditional pub fare, and the owners are proud to support regional growers and farmers. Their menu boasts an eclectic mix of healthy salads, filling appetizers (panko-crusted onion rings, clam chowder, and roasted garlic humus to name a few), along with shrimp and grits, seared salmon and their special house made meatloaf served with gravy. On Sundays they even host a family-style Pajama Brunch, with a 50 percent discount for those who dine in their sleepwear!

It’s time to rediscover Wilmington

A vibrant culinary scene is just another reason why Wilmington is a great place to call home. Darley Green is one of the area’s newest master-planned developments, offering residents affordable luxury in the beautiful Claymont Renaissance District.

To learn more about Delaware condos and townhomes by Montchanin Builders, please call our sales office at 302-472-7213 or swing by for a home tour any day between 11am and 5pm.