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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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Lunch at Extreme Pizza

Posted By: Sara G

Updated - Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 6:07 AM

Posted - Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 12:00 AM

extreme PizzaIt was a warm summer afternoon when I set out to meet some friends for lunch on Market Street and decided on Extreme Pizza. I took the five minute walk from my office down Market Street to the restaurant; no need to drive on a day as beautiful as this. As I walked down the street I passed by folks at various restaurants dining outdoors and enjoying themselves.

I arrive at Extreme Pizza and find that my group is already sitting at a table on their patio. I grab my seat under the shade of the table's umbrella and explore the menu. I am excited to find that they have several other offerings aside from pizza. Their pizza choices are unique and look delicious but I ultimately decide on the classic Margherita Pizza.

Extreme Pizza

Our friendly server takes our order and we continue to enjoy the comings and goings on Market Street. When our food arrives I can smell the fresh basil and see that this is no ordinary pizza. When I bite into a slice I can immediately taste each component and know only quality ingredients are used. My friends agreed and said their meals were delicious as well.

As we are leaving to head back to work, I comment on how wonderful it is to have so many outstanding restaurants all within walking distance. We all agree we will meet again, same time next week!

Sara Garnett
Director of Sales
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

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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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