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Black Friday Shopping at Christiana Mall

Posted By: Sara G

Updated - Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 7:37 AM

Posted - Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 12:00 AM

Christiana Mall Food CourtFor the past three years I have been getting together with my girlfriend the day after Thanksgiving to go shopping at the Christiana Mall. Each year we plan to get a head start on our holiday shopping but usually end up purchasing more for ourselves than other people! While we are not one of the many that stand in line at midnight, we casually stroll through the doors shortly after 9 a.m. and at that time it is a pleasant experience. We both enjoy the hustle and bustle but still find that there are more than enough stores for the crowds to circulate through. We have our favorites that are on the list of go-to stores and scout out the must have deals ahead of time.

After a busy morning of shopping, we find ourselves at the food court with a diverse selection of choices. After grabbing our meals we find a table in the bright open atrium. We talk about what a great sale that shirt was and how we should go back and purchase this or that, how we need to make it to Target before the door buster sale ends at 2pm and are we missing a gift for someone? 

Christiana MallWe are so fortunate to have tax free shopping and even as locals, we are amazed at the renovations that have taken place at the shopping center recently. No matter what items you may be looking for; The Christiana Mall has a store where you can find it.  

Sara Garnett
Director of Sales
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Delaware Museum of Natural History

Posted By: Sarah

Updated - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 11:27 AM

Posted - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 12:00 AM

This blog is going to take a different approach, but still in my event and festival world.  Two years ago, my husband and I attended an event for the Delaware Museum of Natural History, the annual Wine and Dinosaurs. Once inside, after some hugs and smiles, Gary said, "Wow! I believe the last time I was in the museum was on a school trip.  I replied, "You have to be kidding really?"  Gary replied, "Pretty sure."

I was shocked.  For me, I am very lucky in my role as the Executive Director of the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau to go to our many attractions on a regular basis.  I then took Gary by the hand and pointed out the coral reef walkover, the African watering hole, the giant clam and the bird eggs and so much more.  Gary and I walked around and looked at every label.  I even told him they have a cat "dude" that is on social media.

At this event, there was a silent auction.  They had an Adopt an Animal Ambassador program.  You will never guess what we are proud owners of ...Madagascar Hissing cockroaches (thankfully the Museum keeps)! Yes, and Gary is very proud!

Our funding of these "cockroaches" help the DMNH with medical supply, food, supplies and maintenance for all of their live animals, which work in concert to bring education and research initiatives to the public.

Don't get me wrong, the Delaware Museum of Natural History is much more than events; it is about the educating visitors about the wonders of the natural world for more than 40 years and hosts rotating traveling exhibitions.  I encourage you to check out, but don't mess with my cockroaches! 

Sarah Willoughby

Executive Director
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

About Sarah: With over 20 years in the industry, I am very passionate about tourism, especially here in Delaware. Through my blogs you will meet my husband, Gary, and our dog, Farley. And, I hope, you'll get a true sense of the love we have for Greater Wilmington, Delaware and the surrounding Brandywine Valley area. We love the many festivals and events in the Greater Wilmington and want to share that love with you, the reader, the tourist, the local. Hope you enjoy.

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51st Annual Delaware Antiques Show

Posted By: Scott

Updated - Monday, Sep 29, 2014 8:41 AM

Posted - Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 12:00 AM

antiques showThis November, antiquists, collectors, and more return to Wilmington, Delaware with the 51st Annual Delaware Antiques Show. From its humble beginnings as a small event in 1964, the Delaware Antiques Show has grown into what is regarded as one of the preeminent art shows in the country.

Meet the Dealers

The Delaware Antiques Show's reputation as one of the best destinations for collectors is well earned--this year over 60 exhibitors, collectors, and more will be selling and displaying their collections. With everything from colonial era furniture to classic Americana and beyond, the show will have something for collectors of all types. Some vendors include:

●        A Bird in Hand Antiques is a Pennsylvania-based antiques store that specializes in 18th and 19th century American antiques, including decorated stoneware and more.

●        At Artemis Antiques you will find incredible Federal period pieces, including painted furniture, American folk art, and ceramics.

●        Many more!

Keynote and Other Lectures

Delaware Antique ShowThe Delaware Antiques Show also plays host to a great variety of speakers. On Friday, November 8, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, honorary show chair and keynote lecturer, will lecture on her family's home Blenheim Palace in a presentation hosted by Delaware Today and Main Line Today. Other lectures include ‘Stretch: America's First Family of Clockmakers' and ‘Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener'.

Win a $5000 Voucher!

For only fifty dollars, you can purchase a ticket to the Opening Night Raffle. The raffle draws on November 7, 2013 and the winner will receive a five thousand dollar voucher towards any purchases made at the show.

The Delaware Antiques Show is full of knowledgeable collectors and hobbyists, so whether you are looking to build your existing collection or start a new one you will find everything days-gone-by in one place!

51st Annual Delaware Antiques Show

  • Friday, November 7, 2014 through Sunday, November 9, 2014
  • Chase Center, Wilmington Riverfront
  • Admission is $15, non-member; $13, member; under 12 free
  • For full pricing and additional info please click here

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Off the Beaten Path: Twin Lakes Brewery

Posted By: Scott

Updated - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 11:58 AM

Posted - Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 12:00 AM

Twin Lakes growlerAre you a passionate craft beer drinker that likes to explore new tastes? Well you're in luck during your next visit! Delaware is most known for its tie to Sam Calagione, and his Dogfish mastery, at the Dogfish Head Brewery in the southern part of our wonderful state. But today, I'm not writing about the popular Dogfish Head Brews that hit the taps nationwide. I'm writing about a tiny brewery in the heart of the Brandywine Valley that puts out a handful of delicious craft brews.

Where most people would find themselves driving in route to Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library or Longwood Gardens, some venture off the beaten path of Route 52. They find themselves pulling up to a small white building that's tucked in to the hillside of the Hobbs Family property. It's there where you can find the small quaint Twin Lakes Brewery and its co-founder Sam Hobbs with his head brewer, Rob Pfeiffer, hustling around making a delicious batch of the latest craft beer.

Line of BeerThe guys over at Twin Lakes Brewery believe in the idea of preserving the art of American brewing, by producing only premium American ales and lagers. They use 100% natural ingredients and drive home the idea of enjoying a fresh, local, and delicious craft beer.

Yes, there are major conglomerate beer distributors out there pushing their products to you non-stop with advertisements. But the craft beer coming out of Twin Lakes Brewery speaks for itself. Next time you're in town, make a stop and sneak over for a pint or grab a growler to go. We promise. You'll be pleasantly surprised!

Drew Osberg
Guest Blogger

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Celebrate Italian Culture at the Vendemmia da Vinci

Posted By: Scott

Updated - Monday, Sep 29, 2014 8:25 AM

Posted - Monday, Oct 6, 2014 12:00 AM

VEndemmia Wine FestivalFor the past ten years, the da Vinci Society of Delaware has held an annual celebration of all things Italian and they continue this tradition on today with the 11th Annual Vendemmia da Vinci. This October 12, the da Vinci Society's yearly celebration will take place all afternoon (from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.) at the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park. Stop by for an opportunity to sample delicious Italian wines and food, as well as enjoy the many other attractions of the Vendemmia da Vinci--keep reading to learn more!

The Vendemmia da Vinci is not only a fantastic way to celebrate Italian culture, it's a great place to welcome the grape harvest. At the festival, the long history of Italian wines and the wine culture of Wilmington, Delaware coalesce into a tasty celebration of all things wine! From imported Italian wines, to the presence of local wineries, to homemade wines from the region and elsewhere--you'd be hard-pressed to find a better place to go tasting!

VEndemmia Wine FestivalSkip lunch and come early and come hungry, because the Vendemmia da Vinci is all about great Italian food. From savory to sweet and made-to-order goodness to artisan chefs with tasty goods to take home, there's something for everyone. And what better way to sample your artisan panini than to the sounds of live entertainment in a charming beer garden--where of age attendees are welcome to enjoy delicious brews of all kinds.

Of course, the festival is perfect for anyone of any age. There will be local and Italian craftsmen and artisans selling all types of goods, as well as a silent auction, commemorative wine glass, gravy contest, and more!

The festival will be held at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park on October 12, 2014. Admission is $60.00 at the gate or $50.00 in advance. Celebrate Italy, wine season, and a beautiful autumn day this year at the Vendemmia da Vinci, more information available here.

About the Author: Christin Bailey is a writer, content specialist, and an avid blogger for Live, Work, Play, a vibrant community in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Celebrate All Things Helicopter at RotorFest 2014

Posted By: Scott

Updated - Monday, Sep 29, 2014 8:16 AM

Posted - Friday, Oct 3, 2014 12:00 AM

American Helicopter MuseumFor visitors and residents of the Greater Wilmington, Delaware area looking for a fun trip--why not try an aerial excursion at Rotorfest 2014. The American Helicopter Musuem is celebrating over a decade spent preserving rotary-wing aviation history with their annual RotorFest. Located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, RotorFest is a great destination for aviation enthusiasts and anyone looking for an exciting day out.

In addition to typical festival attractions--such as artisan vendors, fantastic food options, and more--RotorFest has great attractions and displays for both established and burgeoning aviation enthusiasts as well as anyone else!

Get a bird's eye view

See West Chester from a new angle. At the RotorFest you can take to the skies in a helicopter ride. For only fourty dollars a person, a chopper will take you on an aerial tour of the area. Not only will you get to see the sights from a unique perspective, you will also be able to see a skilled helicopter pilot at work.

American Helicopter MuseumSee the helicopters

You'd be surprised how different one helicopter is from the next--from design, to maneuverability, and more. But strolling around the grounds, you'll be able to get an up close look at all the variances and intricacies in helicopters and gain some insight into the many different purposes for helicopters.

Watch the show

Helicopters, of course, were not designed to sit idly on the ground! Fortunately, both days of the festival will feature three 45-minute air shows featuring nearly all of the helicopters on display.

This year's RotorFest will be held on October 11 through October 12, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. at 1220 American Boulevard in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Admission to RotaryFest is $15 for adults, $10 for children under 12 years old, and free for children under 2 years old and includes entry to the museum. Tickets are available on the American Helicopter Museum website.

Head to RotorFest and take to the skies!

About the Author: Christin Bailey is a writer, content specialist, and an avid blogger for LuxiaSuites, a luxury community in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Wilmington's National Scenic Byway

Posted By: Mary

Updated - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 11:05 AM

Posted - Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM

Hi. I'm Mary Simpson and I've worked for the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau for 28 years.

Covered BridgeLong before the Delaware Byways and National Scenic Byways programs were established, the route of the Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway was always one of my favorite places to take a drive. It begins in Downtown Wilmington at Rodney Square and continues on Route 52 North to the Delaware/Pennsylvania border. The Byway also runs on Route 100 where it intersects with Route 52 N to the Delaware/Pennsylvania border.

Aside from having beautiful scenery with gorgeous estates and rolling hills to enjoy, it's a "Cultural Byway," as well. One could spend days visiting each museum, garden and attraction along the way. Just outside of Downtown Wilmington is Gibraltar Mansion and Gardens, and Goodstay House and its 1700s garden is across the street.

MansionNext you will come to the Delaware Museum of Natural History and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.  Close by are Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Hagley Museum and Library. Farther north into Pennsylvania are Longwood Gardens and the Brandywine River Museum.

You'll also pass by many quaint shopping areas, antiques shops, bed & breakfast inns, restaurants and wineries, too. Schedule a few days because you'll need them to see everything. You can find lots of information about these attractions and more at

Mary Simpson
Director of Finance and Administration
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Happy Hour at Iron Hill Brewery

Posted By: Sara G

Updated - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 10:46 AM

Posted - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 12:00 AM

Iron HillMy friends and I frequently like to meet for Happy Hour, especially in the warmer months. Most of us live and work in Wilmington so we can usually be found somewhere between Trolley Square, Downtown and the Riverfront. Our most recent outing took place at Iron Hill Brewery on the Riverfront.

We love Iron Hill, particularly for their outdoor seating with a waterfront view. They have an excellent microbrew selection as well as a wide variety of menu options. Our group likes to meet on Friday after work and one of us always has to get there early to save a seat on the deck; a very popular spot among the local crowd.

BeerAs we congregate at the restaurant, we order our drinks and pick some bites to share. Iron Hill Brewery is a popular restaurant for dinner as well as Happy Hour. Many of us end up staying long enough to order entrees and watch the sunset over the river. We love the view of the City of Wilmington as well and we realize we take for granted what a wonderful place we live in.

Sara Garnett
Director of Sales
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

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