When was the last time you took a break from reality and got away from it all with your loved ones? This time of year, is perfect to fill your nights with cuddling under comfy blankets and staring into the flickering beauty of bonfires. Here are four idea starters for planning a special night- or weekend - with your partner.

1. With the crisp air and the emergence of golden hues throughout the landscape…

a ride through the Brandywine Valley is a great beginning to your day.  Take a slow drive along the Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway and take in its covered bridges, historic farms and of course the winding Brandywine River. Perfect for capturing that #InstaWorthy shot!

When you get tired of driving, and the day meets the night, it’s time to check into your room at the eclectic and charming boutique hotel the Inn at Montchanin. From the funky, yet cozy, décor to the gourmet culinary creations at the onsite restaurant Krazy Kats, you are in for a relaxing and romantic evening. In the morning, before hitting the road, treat yourself once more with one of the many services at The Spa at the Inn at Montchanin. Now you are fully refreshed and ready to explore more hidden gems of Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley.

2. If you don’t want to miss the views by driving yourself…

let the Wilmington and Western Railroad help! Hop on board to experience autumn’s glory with a hayride trip through the scenic Red Clay Valley to Ashland. Leave your worries behind and take in the gorgeous landscapes of the Wilmington suburbs; a perfect time for a little snuggling. If hay isn’t your thing, but you still want a railroad experience, check out the Autumn Leaf excursions. Choose your path with a trip to Mt. Cuba’s Picnic Grove for a nice mid-day snack or to the cute village of Hockessin where you can shop ‘til you drop (tax-free!) or simply spend some quality time together.

3. Historic New Castle, Delaware is rich in history…

and makes the perfect couple’s getaway. Grow closer to one another as you explore historic houses, walk cobblestone streets and take in the charm of this Colonial town that dates back to the 1600’s. When you’re ready for a bite to eat, grab a meal at Jessop’s Tavern – representative of English, Dutch, Belgian, Swedish and old American dishes. With a full stomach, you’ll want to get back to walking. Stop into the Read House and Gardens for a look into a 22-room mansion surrounded by one-and-a-half acres of formal gardens and don’t miss the New Castle Court House Museum – the location Delaware declared its independence from both England and Pennsylvania.   

4. The Mt. Cuba Center is the place to be…

for seasonal fun in Greater Wilmington. The center as it’s named, is the premier native plant garden of the First State. With its many inspiring programs and events, the center is a great way to connect with nature as well as your partner.  Find an event or program that’s right for you and add it to your date day itinerary.  This season Mt. Cuba is offering Hay Bales and Brews, Sunsets & S’mores, foliage tours, hayrides and more!

When you are ready to chow down, a quick drive down the pike is all you need for an amazing gourmet experience. The House of William and Merry is, a 1922 renovated farmhouse owners, Bill Hoffman and Merry Catanuto, call home. A family run restaurant with a meal created using locally sourced ingredients, will be a dining highlight like no other in Greater Wilmington and a great way to cap off any day.

Filled with rich history, culture, and astounding seasonal events, Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley is your autumn destination for the perfect weekend getaway! Pack your bags, grab your partner and don’t forget to tag us in your awesome travel photos using #VisitWilm.