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Celebrate Harvest Season on the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

Posted By: Cynthia

Updated - Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 1:08 PM

Posted - Monday, Sep 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Grapes - wine trailBrandywine Valley is home to many great attractions-from museums to natural gardens to historic houses--and among them is the famed Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, home of some of Pennsylvania's best wines. The upcoming arrival of fall will also mark the beginning of harvest season for Brandywine Valley and with that it's time to prepare for the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail's annual Harvest Festival! This year's Harvest Festival will feature perennial favorites, like vineyard hayrides, tours, and-of course-wine tasting.

The Harvest Festival will also feature live music, as well as unprecedented access to Pennsylvania's spectacular Brandywine Valley Wine Trail region. The picturesque Pennsylvania wine country allows ample opportunities for picnicking with a fragrant, lush vineyard as the backdrop. Whether you want to pack a few snacks or enjoy some of the casual BBQ dining options available during the Harvest Festival, the pastoral setting is the perfect place to unwind. Or, explore the neighboring Delaware side to the Brandywine Valley and any number of fine dining establishments between Wilmington and the wine trail area. Learn more on the Good Taste Blog.

Stomp for a Cure

Brandywine Valley Wine TrailOne of the highlights of this year's festivities is the Stomp for a Cure event taking place at each vineyard. The members of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail are all working together to kick-off Breast Cancer Awareness month by allowing Harvest Festival visitors to have a chance to stomp grapes. For a donation, participants will get to grape stomp to their heart's content and experience first-hand the old world's favorite wine making method. Each vineyard on the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail is participating and independently scheduling their own stomps, so for more information about reserving a space please contact the wineries directly. Don't forget to bring a change of clothes!


Brandywine Valley Wine Trail's Harvest Festival offers a unique opportunity to visit all of the distinct Pennsylvania wineries on the trail with the Passport. For sale beginning in late August, the Passport allows holders to visit each vineyard in one trip. Purchase of a passport also comes with a commemorative wine glass.

Event Details

The Harvest Festival takes place on September 27, 2014 from noon through 5PM at participating wineries, which include Black Walnut Winery, Borderland Vineyard, Kruetz Creek Vineyards, Paradocx Vineyard, Patone Cellars, and Penns Woods Winery. For more information please visit

The Brandywine Valley offers a great sensory experience-from sights to smells to taste and beyond-and there is no better time to savor the full bodied flair of one of Pennsylvania's most stunning regions than at this year's Brandywine Valley Wine Trail's Harvest Festival.

About the Author: Christin Bailey is a writer, content specialist, and an avid blogger for LuxiaSuites.

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Oktoberfest is Here Again Featuring Brews, Foods and Bavarian Specialties Galore

Posted By: Cynthia

Updated - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 9:10 AM

Posted - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 12:00 AM

OktoberfestAttention German festival fans, it's time to gear up for the annual Oktoberfest in Newark, Delaware! There's sure to be an abundance of food, brews and Bavarian culture as far as the eye can see. Whether you plan on pulling up in a minivan full of tiny tots, a party bus full of longtime pals or a compact car with your best friend in the passenger seat, you're guaranteed to have a great time at this German-inspired festival.

When and Where

Oktoberfest will commence on September 19th and the festivities will carry on throughout the weekend until Sunday, September 21st at 6 PM. The event is being held in Newark, Delaware this year at 49 Salem Church Road, Newark, Delaware. If you are traveling in from further north, you can arrive at Oktoberfest by taking I-95 South to 273 W. and merging onto DE- 4/Ogletown Stanton Rd. From there you will turn left onto Salem Church Road and find your destination on the right in approximately .2 miles. If you are coming in from the southern region, you can arrive safely at your destination by taking 95 N. and following signs that lead toward Newark Delaware. Questions regarding directions, admissions and parking can be answered at the following phone number --- (302) 366-9454.

Admission Price and Featured Activities

OktoberfestAdmission to this three-day festival is just $8 per person but it is always advisable to bring extra cash in case you decide to splurge on extras such as food and souvenirs. The Oktoberfest menu is adorned with Bavarian specialties such as Bratwurst, Weisswuurst, BBQ chicken, pretzels and sauerkraut. The event opens with a Friday evening parade and entertainment will be the centerpiece of the festival for the entire weekend. Bavarian costumes, dances, music and more will fill the air and add to the German ambience that is now a long-standing Delaware tradition. A myriad of amusement rides will also be available to enjoy courtesy of Midway games.

Oktoberfest has been a treasured holiday for more than two centuries. Its original roots stem from a royal wedding which took place in 1810 and eventually took on a life of its own. Today, OktoberfestOktoberfest is an international festival recognizable for introducing German customs while promoting friendship, togetherness and artistic expression. Glucklich Oktoberfest Delaware residents and everyone around the world who plans to join in on the fun this year.

About the Author: Cynthia Griffith got her start in the freelance world as a songwriter and has been juggling music, fashion and literature for almost a decade. Today, Cynthia is an avid blogger for the Live, Work, Play community. She is also the great, great, granddaughter of James Fennimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans and many other classic American tales. Cynthia hopes to follow in the family footsteps and looks forward to a life of writing and content creation.

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Wilmington Farmers Market at Rodney Square

Posted By: Sara G

Updated - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 11:18 AM

Posted - Monday, Aug 25, 2014 12:00 AM

Rodney Square Farmers MarketI look forward each year to the Wilmington Farmers Market held at Rodney Square. It reminds me that Wilmington has so much more to offer than folks give it credit. Every Wednesday, I set out to grab lunch and always have a tough time deciding which vendor to visit. One of my favorites is the Fish Tacos by Koi On The Go. You know they are good because there is always a line for them. I usually meet a friend there and we can eat our lunch at tables they have set up in the Square.

Once we finish our lunch we always take another walk around the Farmers Market to make sure we didn't miss anything. We almost always grab a sweet treat for later from Papa's Pastries.

rodney-square-february-2014My favorite part about the Wilmington Farmers Market in Rodney Square is the variety of foods they offer and the pleasant company you encounter from fellow Market-goers. The vendors are also so appreciative of your business and each one offers service with a smile.

The Wilmington Farmers Market offers me the opportunity to see the city from a different vantage point and appreciate all that it has to offer. From the DuPont Theatre to the Wilmington Institute Library; I am reminded each time of how much Wilmington has to offer and how I should take more advantage of its offerings.

Sara Garnett
Director of Sales
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

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The Brandywine Festival of the Arts: a 50 Years and Running Delaware Tradition

Posted By: Cynthia

Updated - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 9:29 AM

Posted - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 12:00 AM

Brandywine Arts FestivalFor more than 50 years to date, Wilmington Delaware has been providing the masses with their fill of arts and entertainment via the Brandywine Festival of the Arts. If you haven't had the opportunity to join the 20,000+ annual visitors, 2014 is definitely your year. Hundreds of critically acclaimed and cutting edge artists will line the streets in celebration. There will also be live jazz music and delectable cuisine for all to enjoy. If your idea of a good time involves shopping, dining, dancing and artistry, the Brandywine Festival of the Arts will provide you with an eclectic blend of all of the above.

Getting To and From the Festival

Brandywine Arts FestivalThe 2014 Brandywine Festival of the Arts will be held in the Brandywine Park in Wilmington, Delaware. If you need an address to type into your GPS, the following will put you right in the center of the action:

1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington, DE 19802

If you are traveling from up North, take 95 S. to exit 7B where you will turn right on Gilpin Avenue, right on N. Van Buren St., and slightly right onto N. Park Dr. Bear in mind the fact that I-495 is shut down until further notice so an early arrival might be called for. Those of you heading in from a more southern region will take 95 N. to exit 7 and follow the signs that lead toward the Baynard Stadium. Both the Baynard Stadium and the Old Wanamaker Building are featuring free parking to accommodate festival-goers. There will be a limited number of handicap spots on the park grounds for visitors with special needs.

Date and Admission Information

This year, the festival is being held on Saturday, September 6th from 10 AM to 6:30 PM and Sunday, September 7th from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is unbelievably low at just five dollars per person with children 12 and under getting in for free. Your five dollar bill will grant you access to innovative exhibits, a wide variety of vended goods, two days of delightful music and so much more. Featured artists will be on site with sculptings, woodwork, paintings, leather crafted wares and jewelry. While it is advisable to bring cash along with you, ATMs will also be available on-site.

Awesome Extras

Brandywine Arts FestivalA festival that's half a decade strong and has been listed as one of the nation's top 100 shows couldn't exist without some awesome extras. Here are just a few additional treats you get with your five dollars admission:

  • Two days of art for the price of one
  • One free trip to the Brandywine Zoo
  • A totally pet friendly environment
  • An abundance of highly sought after, handcrafted treasures

Join the city of Wilmington, Delaware as we celebrate art this September 6th.

About the Author: Cynthia Griffith (the great, great, granddaughter of James Fennimore Cooper, author of Last of the Mohicans) got her start in the freelance world as a songwriter and today is an avid blogger for LuxiaSuites and other local Wilmington businesses. She enjoys blogging about events, shops and restaurants in her community and proudly supports all local nonprofit organizations. Follow her on Google+ for the local scoop on Wilmington and surrounding areas. 

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