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Greater Wilmington Area News


Full-Service Westin Hotel Under Construction in Wilmington's Riverfront...
Westin Hotel Riverfront is scheduled to open in late March, 2014.  This full-service hotel is under construction on property adjacent to the Chase Center on the Riverfront, the city's largest multi-purpose event facility with 87,000 square feet of flexible meeting or exhibition space and plenty of free parking.  It is conveniently located off I-95 and is less than one mile from the Amtrak Train Station.

The 10-story, Leed certified hotel will have 180 rooms and suites.  All will be equipped with 42" flat panel, high definition televisions, oversized work stations, high speed internet access, laptop-safes and spa-inspired bathrooms.  The hotel will have 2,000 square feet of flexible function space including a ballroom suitable for meetings or events for up to 200 attendees.  Other amenities include a permanent board room, hospitality suite, Law Center, Business Center, fitness center, upscale restaurant and bar and oversized indoor pool.

New Zip Line Course at Lums Pond State Park...Greater Wilmington's newest addition is Go Ape!  This exciting outdoor adventure course features 4 zip lines that travel through the treetops high above a 200-acre pond.  The 2-3 hour zip line course includes a challenging series of Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges and trapezes.  Go Ape!  is located off Interstate-95 in Lums Pond State Park in Bear, Delaware just a short drive from Downtown Wilmington and the Philadelphia suburbs.

Major Traveling Exhibition from the Brooklyn Museum of Art on Display at Delaware Art Museum...Assembled from the Brooklyn Museum's outstanding collection of American Art, American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell is on display at the Delaware Art Museum through January 5, 2014.  The 57 paintings and sculpture that comprise the exhibition recapture the tumultuous first half of the twentieth century, a period when America endured the Great Depression and two world wars and emerged as a major economic, industrial and military power.  Curator Heather Campbell Coyle observes that "This exhibition presents a broad and inclusive view of modern art in the United States, expanding the discussion of what is considered modern.  The paintings and sculptures range in style from meticulously realist to entirely abstract, from romantic to mechanical, from nostalgic to avant-garde."  Cubism, Synchronism, Precisionism, Expressionism and Social Realism are evident in the exhibition which includes works by Georgia O'Keeffe, Stuart Davis, Rockwell Kent, Elie Nadelman, Norman Rockwell and many other well know or not so well known artists.

First State National Monument Designated for Delaware... President Obama created the First State National Monument in March, 2013 and Russell Smith, Superintendent of the First State National Monument, feels that the name causes quite a bit of confusion.  Smith explains that the term "National Monument" is applied to any National Park established by the President using the authority of the Antiquities Act of 1906.  The First State National Monument joins Fort Sumter, Bandelier and Colorado National Monuments.  Its mission is to highlight the crucial role Delaware played in the birth of the nation from the first settlement in Lewes to the ratification of the Constitution in 1787.  Unlike other National Monuments, First State National Monument currently encompasses 3 locations:  Woodlawn, which is a 1,100 acre tract of land north of Wilmington, the Old Courthouse Museum and Sheriff's House in Historic New Castle and Dover Green.  More information can be found at

Costumes of Downton Abbey Exhibition Opens at Winterthur in March, 2014...Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library will host the  Costumes of Downton Abbey.  Approximately 40 historically inspired costumes from the award winning television show will be displayed in Winterthur's largest gallery space from March 1, 2014 through January 4, 2015.  The costumes will be supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional TV show and by real life at Winterthur.  Visitors will experience life during the first half of the twentieth century in both the British household of the Earl and Countess of Grantham at Downton Abbey and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries. 

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The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization founded in 1978, chartered by the Governor of Delaware, the New Castle County Executive and the Mayor of Wilmington. Its mission is to serve as the community's customer-focused destination marketing organization, generating economic growth through leisure travel and meetings development by aggressively marketing attractions, facilities, amenities and services for visitors