Spring has sprung and what better way to kick off the new season than with a girls’ trip? Leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life, grab your besties, and head out to #VisitWilm. The area has it all. Be sure to snap a selfie at one of the beautiful garden attractions, explore the Riverfront on a sunset cruise, rest and relax at a Top 25 Historic Hotel of America, and, of course, enjoy tax-free shopping!
Need some ideas for your must-do list? Check out some of our favorite girlfriend destinations below:
Wilma’s, new to the Downtown Wilmington scene, features a New Orleans-style food and drink menu with duckpin bowling and arcade games on the side. The ambiance is open and refreshing as you enter through a revolving door that opens onto the bowling alley with a full seated bar and casual dining to your right. The arcade games are on the first floor with more above and an open layout upstairs that is great for groups.
It’s not a girls’ trip without a night on the town! Known for their brick oven pizzas, large outdoor patio, and excellent live music on weekends, Docklands Riverfront is nestled along Wilmington’s Riverfront. This is the place to go for a great social atmosphere. Whether you like to pull up a seat at the bar, lounge around in beachfront-style furniture or bust a move to local bands on the dance floor, Docklands is sure to provide positive vibes.
A getaway to Delaware isn’t complete without tax-free shopping at the Christiana Mall. The ever-growing mall and surrounding shopping plazas, easily accessible from I-95, have everything you could imagine from restaurants to department stores such as Nordstrom to luxury brands like Michael Kors. The complex even features a 12-screen XD movie theatre, Cinemark Christiana. Be sure to grab a Philly cheesesteak at Charley's Cheesesteaks in the food court or sit down and dine at Brio Tuscan Grille, just one of many table service options at the mall. All of this comes tax-free for your shopping convenience.
The Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa
Listed in the 2022 Top 25 Historic Hotels of America Most Magnificent Gardens, is the Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa. The historic property, spread over five acres in Montchanin, Delaware, blends the luxury of a fine hotel with an executive retreat. Top it off with the award-winning culinary dishes of the on-property restaurant, Krazy Kat’s. Guests can stroll through a maze of gardens featuring tulips, dahlias, perennials, and gorgeous trees. The beautiful landscape doesn’t stop there. The Inn at Montchanin is central to world-renowned museums and gardens, including Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library; Longwood Gardens; Brandywine River Museum of Art; Nemours Estate; and Hagley Museum.
Mt. Cuba Center
This unique botanical garden, famous for its native plants and rural pastures that are home to a wealth of woodland creatures, is a can’t miss! Spend an afternoon hiking the untamed wilderness, possibly snap a shot of a doe peeking out from behind the trees or catch a glimpse of the beautiful butterflies as they dance by the former du Pont mansion.
Paradise Tiki Tour
Say aloha this spring to the Paradise Tiki Tour, the ultimate tropical experience, along Wilmington’s Riverfront. The custom-built tiki boat offers public and private cruises with a full bar and restroom onboard. Order the drink of your choice and relax while cruising the Christiana River. Welcome to paradise!
Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport
A fan favorite for visitors throughout the summer is the annual Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport. The Passport offers access to 12 of Greater Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley’s top attractions at one great price. Enjoy thousands of acres of world-renowned gardens, grand mansions of the du Ponts, works of art, and so much more. Visit all the attractions (or as many as possible) in one visit or schedule multiple girls’ trips throughout the summer and into fall to see the beautiful foliage. You can’t go wrong with a #VisitWilm getaway.