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3 Best Farmers’ Markets in Wilmington, Delaware

In the Wilmington, Delaware area, three bustling farmers’ markets routinely bring the best of local agriculture to area residents. Shopping at a farmers’ market is a great way to support local businesses while also getting access to fresh and delicious produce. There are plenty of good finds at the Delaware Avenue Farmers’ Market, Bellefonte Farmers’ Market, and the Highland Orchards Farm Market.

Delaware Avenue Farmers’ Market

As its name suggests, this farmers’ market is located on Delaware Avenue in Wilmington. It’s open every summer from May through September on Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Be sure to check their website before you go, just in case their hours change from season to season.

Here, you’ll find everything you’d expect in a community farmers’ market, including fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers. You’ll also find pasture-raised meats like beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, as well as farm fresh eggs. Some vendors also offer baked goods, including homemade fudge, and specialty foods, including vegan and gluten-free options. At the Jack’s Jams stand, look for their artisanal jams, pickles, and sauerkraut. Carol’s Scents N’Soaps offers fine soaps and body products, and Gage Family Beekeeping has organic honey and more.

Bellefonte Farmers’ Market

The Bellefonte Farmers’ Market is located on Duncan Road in Wilmington, behind the Bellevue Community Center. While their hours are subject to change from year to year, they are generally open every Friday from June through September, with the potential for special events in October.

You’ll find a wide assortment of local vendors here, including stands for fresh vegetables and fruits, and locally made products like baked goods and soaps. This farmers’ market is particularly enticing for kids, as they often feature a giant, inflatable slide. You’ll also find food trucks, music, and kids’ activities, making this farmers’ market more like a semi-permanent block party.

Highland Orchards Farm Market

Highland Orchards is a family-run farm on 1431 Foulk Rd in Wilmington, DE. Although this isn’t a traditional farmers’ market, it is a farm market with plenty of delicious choices. Look for fresh, seasonal, and pesticide-free vegetables and fruits. The selection is primarily sourced from Highland Orchards itself, although products from other, nearby farms are also available. They also offer a variety of dried goods and meats.

Love their selection? Become a CSA member! CSA stands for “community-sponsored agriculture,” and the CSA program at Highlands Orchard allows you to sign up as a subscriber to receive a seasonal mix of produce on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. That means that every week you can get a customized mix of fruits and veggies you love, including eggplant, English peas, basil, cucumbers, tomatoes, blueberries, peaches, and much more. Additional options include meats, preserves, and baked goods.

Looking for new construction homes in New Castle County, Delaware?

Check out the exquisitely planned communities of Montchanin Builders, including The Overlook at Rockford Falls and Darley Green. Take advantage of the buyer-friendly Wilmington, DE real estate market and tour our exquisite, affordable move-in ready homes today. Our walkable neighborhoods are close to all the best that Delaware has to offer, including the vibrant farmers’ market scene in the Wilmington area.

Contact Montchanin Builders today to request a viewing. Don’t forget to ask us about our special financing offers!

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How to Escape into Nature this Summer in Delaware

Those who live in Delaware tend to agree that this state is one of the rare hidden gems in the country. Folks who have recently purchased new homes in Delaware from Montchanin Builders are delighted to find that there are plenty of opportunities for getting out and enjoying nature in the Wilmington area. However, if you want to travel a bit, you’ll find plenty of beautiful views and recreational opportunities all around the state, like the Cape Henlopen State Park.

Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, DE

It’s a little-known fact that some of the very first public lands on the continent are in Delaware. In the 17th century—before America was America—William Penn decreed that Cape Henlopen and its natural resources were designated for common use, for the betterment of the residents. Over the centuries, Cape Henlopen has played major roles in commerce and military history, and the lands remain in the public domain.

Today, you can enjoy the beautiful beaches, which play host to thousands of swimmers, boaters, anglers, kayakers, and paddle-boarders each year. You can also take your family out clamming or wind-surfing here. If staying on dry land is more your cup of tea, you can check out the fantastic hiking and mountain biking trails near the campgrounds. Not far away is the Seaside Nature Center, which offers captivating exhibits of sea life and activities for visitors of all ages.

Alapocas Run State Park in Wilmington, DE

Alapocas Run is a relatively new state park, having been designated as such in 2002. However, the land was donated to Wilmington during the early 1900s by famed industrialist William Bancroft. Today, families flock here for the Can-Do Playground—a 27,000 square foot installation designed to be accessible to every child, regardless of disability status or ability level. In the East Park area, you’ll also find several athletic fields for team events.

If you’re looking for something more adventurous, head over to the park’s rock wall for some rock climbing and rappelling fun. A permit is required and strict safety regulations are observed.

Augustine Wildlife Area in New Castle County, DE

The Augustine Wildlife Area is a must-visit attraction for every Delaware resident. It consists of six large land tracts totalling more than 3,100 acres near the Delaware River. Bring the kids to see the wildlife, including many species of birds, at the Thousand Acre Marsh. You can also hike the one-mile Port Penn Trail, which extends between the Delaware River and the tidal marsh. Note that hunting is allowed in the area, so either visit during the off-season or wear very brightly colored clothing and stick to the designated visiting areas.

Looking for move-in ready homes in Delaware?

When you purchase a Montchanin Builders home in the Wilmington, Delaware area, you’ll have easy access to tons of family-friendly amenities and attractions. It’s all virtually in your backyard at The Overlook at Rockford Falls—a planned community that is in itself an homage to nature. When you enter, you’ll be struck by the resemblance of The Overlook at Rockford Falls to a quaint European village, complete with a stream, rock wall, and walking trail. The community borders the waterfront and state park land, ensuring easy access to green spaces.

Call Montchanin Builders to schedule a viewing of our new homes in Delaware or inquire about special financing offers.

Additional resources for Delaware attractions:

The Mill at The Overlook: Redefining Luxury Townhomes

If you’ve spent any amount of time near Wilmington, Delaware, you may have found yourself in Rockford Park, one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the area. It’s over 60 acres of lush greenery, walking trails, dog parks, and historic sites. The grassy meadows and gently sloping hills overlook the majestic Brandywine River.

But if that view isn’t enough for you, just climb up to the top of the 100-year-old stone tower to get great views of Wilmington. The peaceful residential neighborhoods surrounding Rockford Park are some of the most sought-after real estate in the area. If you’re looking for new construction homes in Rockford Park, look no further than The Overlook at Rockford Falls—an exclusive Montchanin Builders community that features luxury townhome living.

Explore The Mill

Master architects and craftsmen collaborated to create The Mill—a remarkable four-level townhome with three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a two-car garage. There is plenty of space within this 4,000-plus square foot home to entertain family and friends. As you walk into the foyer on the entry level, you are greeted by the stunning view from the optional entry level recreation room, deck or entry level bedroom with adjoining bath.

Walk up to the main level to relax in the great room with its included gas fireplace. The open concept floor plan features a gourmet kitchen, elegant dining room, and pocket office space with a huge deck overlooking the panoramic view of Alapocas State Park.

The master bedroom is a sanctuary with a large walk-in closet, sitting nook, and master bathroom. On the bedroom level, you’ll find two additional spacious bedrooms. For your convenience, you’ll also find the laundry room on the bedroom level.

The lower level of The Mill features ample flex space and storage possibilities.

The Mill’s many included and personalization features

The Mill is a beautifully appointed townhome with many luxurious features included, plus optional features so you can customize your home in Rockford Park. On the exterior, you’ll see the Stone & James Hardie façade, professional landscape package, and conveniently placed exterior lighting.

Inside, you’ll fall in love with the high ceilings and oversized windows, including an optional box ceiling in the master bedroom. In the great room, the gas fireplace sports a luxurious mantel and slate surround. Other envy-worthy features include the following:

  • Mannington hardwood flooring
  • Solid oak stairs with your choice of stain
  • Daltile Designer ceramic floors
  • Mohawk stain-resistant, wall to wall carpeting
  • Designer kitchen cabinets
  • Granite countertops
  • Recessed lighting

New construction homes in Rockford Park

Can you envision living at The Overlook at Rockford Falls? Take a tour and find out for yourself why so many families have chosen a Montchanin Builders community. Our new construction homes in Rockford Park are nestled within a peaceful, walkable community of just 32 luxury townhomes, maintaining its small town ambiance.

Montchanin Builders invites you to take a tour of our beautiful community.

Additional resources for home buyers:

  1. Friends of Wilmington Parks, Rockford Park, https://www.friendsofwilmingtonparks.org/rockford-park/
  2. Bankrate, 7 must-do’s before buying a home, https://www.bankrate.com/mortgage/must-dos-before-buying-a-home/
Glad young father and little daughter looking at expositions in museum

Upcoming Events and Exhibits at the Delaware Art Museum

During the winter of 1912, a small group of friends got together. All of them had known Howard Pyle, an author, illustrator, and native of Wilmington, Delaware. Pyle had died the previous year, and his surviving friends decided to honor his memory by forming the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts. It was from this event that the Delaware Art Museum was born. Today, the museum is home to an extensive collection of British pre-Raphaelites, John Sloan works, and American 19th century artwork. It’s also a popular destination for families interested in checking out exciting events, classes, and activities. Here’s a look at some of the upcoming events and exhibits you’ll find at the Delaware Art Museum this year.

Fairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes: The Droller Collection of Picture Book Art

This upcoming exhibit is a perfect choice for families with young kids. It’s open from March 2 through May 12, 2019. The exhibit is comprised of more than 100 original illustrations that captivate children and take adults back to the simple innocence of childhood. This exhibit features an eclectic collection, from the Brothers Grimm to Dinosaur Bob. You’ll see works by notable artists such as Kate Greenaway, Randolph Caldecott, and Maurice Sendak.

Family Second Sundays

Every second Sunday of each month, the Delaware Art Museum hosts Family Second Sundays. It’s a full day of enrichment programming designed especially for families. The event kicks off with Art Museum Babies, featuring circle time, sensory play, and a “baby-friendly visit with a special work of art.” The suggested age range is 0-2.

Studio Art Classes

The Delaware Art Museum is a favorite destination for aspiring artists. Originally, it was one of the only places in the region where artists could gather for classes. These days, there are workshops and classes suitable for artists of all ages and skill levels. Choose from photography, metalsmithing, ceramics, drawing, painting, and printmaking. Families with young kids and teenagers should be sure to check out the upcoming youth classes and workshops, like Art Launch, Artwise, and Advancing Young Artists.

Masterpieces of Color and Sound

This concert concludes the 10th anniversary season of the Pyxis Piano Quartet at the Delaware Art Museum. It will be performed on May 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm. However, you’ll want to get there early. Heather Campbell Coyle is presenting a curator’s talk before the concert, starting at 7:30 pm.

The Pyxis Piano Quartet (violin, viola, cello, and piano) is expected to play works by Beethoven and Brahms, as well as a piece by a local composer, David Schelat of Wilmington. Before the concert, you can purchase light fare and alcoholic beverages at the Thronson Café. Complimentary coffee and dessert will be served during the intermission.

Looking for homes near Delaware Art Museum?

Montchanin Builders’ newest community, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, is within easy walking distance of many family-friendly attractions, including the Delaware Art Museum. You’ll also find yourself just a stone’s throw away from a walking trail, and state park land. This beautifully designed, walkable community is comprised of just 32 luxury townhomes in order to encourage a close-knit, neighborly ambience. For homes near the Delaware Art Museum, schedule a viewing today and find out about special financing offers by calling Montchanin Builders at 302.472.7212.

Additional resources on Delaware living

  1. Delaware Art Museum, https://www.delart.org/
  2. Culture Trip, 10 Must-See Art Galleries And Museums In Delaware, https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/delaware/articles/10-must-see-art-galleries-and-museums-in-delaware/
2019 New Year wooden number and key-house icon on white. 3D illustration

3 Reasons to Make Buying a Home Your New Year’s Eve Resolution

Most New Year’s resolutions are related to health and finances. The start of the New Year is also about fresh beginnings. What better way to start life anew than by buying a new home? The Wilmington area is an especially nice place to settle for families, young couples, professionals and retirees. We suggest home hunting early in January or even before 2018 comes to a close. Here’s a list of a few reasons why the start of the New Year (and 2019 as a whole) is the ideal time for new top home buyers.

1. Less Competition

According to studies, home sales peak during the months of May and June. That’s when competition is at its highest. That means if you find your dream home during this time, odds are that you’ll be bidding heavily with other prospective buyers. This makes sense, since late spring and early summer is when kids get out of school. Moving during this time ensures minimal disruption for children, though buyers will face stiffer competition.

2. Available Services

Buying a new home means moving out of an old one, or moving out of an apartment. If the former, then you will need to hire a real estate agent. You will also need to rent a moving van and/or hire a moving crew to transport your belongings. If you sell and buy during the aforementioned peak months, then that means less availability, since these services might be fully booked. Such services also charge higher rates during peak seasons.

3. Home Buyers Are Aplenty

If you’re selling an existing home in the process, then indicators suggest 2019 is a good time to place your home on the market. Economists predict 2019 to be a good year for sellers for these two reasons:

  • There will be a projected uptick of foreign property investors, higher-paying jobs, and lower taxes
  • As millennials get older, more will enter the housing market. This is a deviation from old trends that suggest millennials are primarily renters or still live with their parents.

These factors should make selling your existing home easier. On the flip side, it might also make the buying part more competitive. This is all the more reason to start early in the year before the peak season beginning in late spring.

Check Out New Communities in Wilmington, DE

2019 is a good time for home buyers, especially if they start early. Montchanin Builders have an inventory of new construction and move-in-ready homes. This is a chance to acquire property in a beautiful new neighborhood. Our Wilmington homes for sale are surrounded by natural scenery and amenities for social activities. We’re confident it’s the ideal spot for your family to settle. Call today to learn more about our new home communities, available homesites and features – 302.472.7212

Additional resources:

  1. Mash Visor, US Housing Market Predictions, https://www.mashvisor.com/blog/us-housing-market-predictions-2019/
  2. U.S. News, Why You Should Sell Your Home in 2019, https://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/articles/why-you-should-sell-your-home
making paper snowflakes for decoration windows. Mother and child creating decorations.

Cozy Home Decorating Ideas for Winter

The Delaware countryside is breathtaking in the winter, especially right after new snow has fallen on the trees. In the Wilmington area, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities for families to enjoy during the winter. Whether you prefer hitting the slopes, heading to the ice rink, or just enjoying a mug of hot cocoa in one of Wilmington’s coffee shops, you’ll want to come home to a beautifully decorated winter wonderland. This year, ditch the plastic lawn reindeer and instead try these chic and cozy home decorating ideas.

Evergreen garlands

Check your local gardening store for fresh evergreen garlands. Cedar, boxwood, and holly are all good choices. Drape the beautiful greenery across the mantel of your fireplace, along the top of tall furniture, and over the entryway door frame. Add an evergreen wreath to the outside of your door. You could even use an evergreen centerpiece for your dining room table.

A touch of plaid

Plaid embodies the essence of coziness during the wintertime. Drape a plaid throw blanket over the back or arm of the sofa. Add plaid bowties to the tree. One eye-catching approach is to take three to four small plaid throws and use them as a layered tablecloth. Lay the largest throw across the table, as you would an actual tablecloth. Drape the others in an asymmetrical fashion, so that one corner of a throw reaches down toward the floor and the other stretches toward the center of the table. In the bedrooms, top the mattresses with plaid blankets.

Pine cones

Some kids love to collect bits of nature and bring them home. If you have kids with a pine cone collection, you can put it to work in your wintertime decorations. Try to find pine cones of varying sizes—from large and sturdy to diminutive. Rinse them in running water and let them air dry completely. Then, you can leave them au naturel or spray paint them with a clear coat. Doing this will seal in the sticky sap and prevent it from getting on your furniture or upholstery. Consider spray painting a few pine cones in seasonal colors, like bright silver or gold. Use the pine cones to create centerpieces for the coffee table or to scatter among your garlands.

Scents

Professional decorators try to engage multiple senses by incorporating textures, colors, and scents into the overall design scheme. If you do use fresh garlands, they will introduce a pleasant pine scent to your home. But you can also add some potpourri bowls to your home. Choose potpourri with scents like cinnamon or pine needles.

Homes for sale in North Wilmington, DE

For North Wilmington Delaware homes for sale, schedule a viewing of the architecturally exquisite, move-in ready homes by Montchanin Builders—a local builder renowned for fine craftsmanship and neighborly communities. Montchanin Builders invites you to tour our close-knit communities of Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, or The Town of Whitehall. When you do, be sure to ask us about how you can qualify for $15,000 toward your purchase of a custom, move-in ready home. Call 302-472-7212 today!

Additional resources for homeowners

  1. House Beautiful, 10 Cozy Decorating Ideas That Make Winter Suck A Little Less, https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/g23082766/winter-decorations-ideas/
  2. Country Living, 25 Cozy Winter Decorating Ideas to Brighten Up the Dreariest Winter Days, https://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g2921/winter-decorating-ideas/
Woman in mask on face in spa beauty salon.

4 Wonderful Ways to Treat Yourself in Wilmington, DE

If a rich history, thriving cultural scene and picturesque settings aren’t enough reasons to consider buying a house in Wilmington, Delaware, here’s one more: the city is also chock-full of opportunities to take time out to treat yourself and truly unwind.

Here is a quick reference list of four great ways you can combine your house-hunting trip with a relaxing getaway opportunity to de-stress from daily life.

1. Open Studio Time at the Kaleidoscope Art Studio

Thursdays, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Kaleidoscope Art Studio
310 Kiamensi Road, Wilmington
(302) 995-7661 for registration (one day notice required, ages 12-adult)
$5 Minimum donation to cover materials

At Art Therapy Express, art therapists and guest artists introduce a variety of 2D and 3D media. Experience clay, sculpture, watercolor and acrylic painting, drawing, photography, oil pastels, mixed media, music, creative movement and drama. Choose one time only, or opt to work on projects on a long-term basis.

2. Deep Muscle Therapy & Massage

5700 Kirkwood Highway, Suite 206, Wilmington
(302) 397-8131
Prices vary

DMTC offers therapeutic deep tissue massage with a focus on muscle/joint stabilization, increased range of motion and myofascial release. They will also work with your personal trainer, chiropractor and other health and allied health-related entities in helping you achieve optimum physical and emotional well-being.

3. Fabrizio Salon & Spa

1604 W. 16th Street, Wilmington
(302)656-8660
Prices vary

This intimate and unique urban spa retreat is found on the second floor of a fully-renovated, two-story 1890s townhome. All skin care rooms feature walls with noise reduction properties and state-of-the-art tools and equipment. The day spa also enjoys the use of its own private bathroom with shower and an attached outside deck for your enjoyment. They serve complimentary teas and coffee and offer a full line of aromatherapy oils, skin care, nail care and body care products.

4. Dogtopia

2101-A Concord Pike, Wilmington
(302) 622-8388

You know how enjoyable a day at the spa can be, so why not bring Fido along and give him the same treatment? Dogtopia offers spa services that will leave your pooch feeling like a pampered pup.

Whether your best friend just needs their nails clipped or a full wash and dry, the fully-trained spa attendants will take care of all of your pet’s needs. Dogtopia offers the choice of professional spa services or you can take advantage of self-service bathing stations if you want to bathe your dog but don’t want to cause a mess in your bathroom (less stress for you!).

Moving to Wilmington, Delaware?

Living in Wilmington, DE offers endless opportunities to treat yourself. If you are thinking about moving to Wilmington DE, we at Montchanin Builders invite you to schedule a viewing of our beautiful communities and make it an extra-special event by getting to know the local area and its many offerings. We guarantee your tour – and your pampering sessions — will be stress- and hassle-free experiences that will make you want to come back … permanently.

More Pampering Ideas:

  1. Trip Advisor, “The 10 Best Spas & Wellness Centers in Wilmington,” https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g34059-Activities-c40-Wilmington_Delaware.html
  2. Groupon, “Spa Deals in Wilmington,” https://www.groupon.com/local/wilmington-de/spa
crowd at live music concert

Best Places to Hear Live Music in Wilmington, Delaware

People who buy a house in Wilmington, DE, come from all backgrounds, ranging from retirees to young and career-driven millennials starting a family, and the music scene in our thriving city reflects this variety. Music lovers of all ages and tastes will surely appreciate the numerous music concerts and festivals that take place year-round. Let’s take a look at some of Wilmington’s popular concert halls and venues.

1. Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House is owned and operated by The Grand, a non-profit arts organization that serves the community. Aside from music concerts, the venue also frequently hosts Broadway theater shows from local performers. Occasionally, the venue will also host a bigger name performer. Past performers of name recognition include Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan. See the official site for The Grand for schedules of upcoming performances.

2. The Queen Wilmington

The Queen Wilmington is one of the town’s hottest night-life attractions. The venue hosts live performances on a near weekly basis. Performers include indie bands, comedy sketch groups, notable names, and more. Upcoming shows include a David Bowie tribute, comedian Jim Breuer, and musician and singer Meshell Ndegeocello. Go to the Queen Wilmington website for event details of upcoming shows.

3. Gable Music Ventures

This venue offers a full line of services for weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions, and more. With such events often come musical entertainment. The owners can also connect event planners with artists from various genres of entertainment. Since its inception in 2011, Gable Music Ventures has hosted all-day concerts. Some of its more prominent events include the Ladybug Festival, the Wilmo Rock Circus, and the Rockabilly Rumble. Some events are by invites only, while others are open to the Wilmington public. Visit Gable Music Ventures to see its live music calendar or join its mailing list.

4. Delaware All-State Theater

As suggested in its name, this venue features more live theatrical plays than musical concerts, though there are certainly musicals every now and then. This is another non-profit and community-run organization that hosts theatrical shows, many of which are led by students from Wilmington or the next towns over. Admission prices keep the venue running. Consider a family outing or dinner date at the Delaware All-Star Theater; you’ll be entertained while also contributing to a good local cause. See the Delaware All-Star Theater homepage for show listings.

Delaware Living Entails Constant Entertainment

As long as you’re living in Wilmington, Delaware, you’ll always have something fun to do on a weekend evening. If you’re ready for relocation, then check out some of the new homes in Wilmington brought to you by Montchanin Builders. Our new construction Wilmington homes feature contemporary architectural designs that borrow from elements of the city’s old-style charm.

Additional Resources:

  1. Visit Wilmington, Music and Entertainment in Wilmington Delaware, https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/things-to-do/arts-entertainment/music-entertainment/
  2. In Wilmington, Event Finder, https://inwilmingtonde.com/events

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, townhomes for sale in Delaware at our North Wilmington community 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 with the top home builders in Delaware to see the luxurious new North Wilmington Delaware townhomes brought to you by Montchanin Builders, call (302) 472-7212 today!

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