Howdy! You are in for a real treat with Small Town Saturday! We are exploring the historic New Castle, Delaware.
New Castle was the first colony to declare its independence-before Jefferson finished the Declaration of Independence. It is still fully occupied and the second largest in number and authenticity of historic structures. Colonial Williamsburg claims the number 1 spot!
But before you, cross off this list thinking it’s only for history lovers, keep reading! It is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend or that girls trip you keep meaning to take but never schedule!
If you are looking to catch a flight and avoid the extended road trip, you will have several options. Your closest airport in located in Wilmington, Delaware and known as the New Castle Air National Guard Base. You are looking at a whole 4 mile trek from the airport to New Castle.
If you are looking to add on several other stop, maybe for a full historic tour, you can fly into Philadelphia-only 27 miles away. Baltimore/Washington is 78 miles and Washington DC 109 miles.
Your Travel Guru can help determine your best flight options including direct flights, should the be available.
Places to Stay
One thing you must know. New Castle is considered to be apart of the Greater Wilmington and Brandywine Valley area. The Brandywine Valley begins in the roiling hills of southern Chester County, PA to the northern New Castle County. Brandywine is more or less a neighborhood of Wilmington so don’t let that throw you off.
For the most elegant of experiences, visitors will enjoy Hotel DuPont. This hotel once was home to the DuPont headquarters and is known for its Italian Renaissance architecture. It is the perfect blend of old-world sophistication and contemporary sensibility.
If a Bed and Breakfast is more your style check out the Fairville Inn Bed and Breakfast. The majority of their rooms include a fireplace and private deck. A full breakfast as well as afternoon tea are always included!
Things to Do
Being the 2nd largest home to historical buildings any historian will get their fill of things to do. What you might not realize is there is more to this idyllic area than you might know.
Are you a fan of wineries and breweries? Tony Russo declared “From the time it was a Dutch colony, Delaware had a ‘go big or go home’ attitude towards beer. While Sam Calgione and Dogfish Head made Delaware a craft beer destination, it is the dozens of small batch meads, ciders and spirits are creating the new breeds of “craft” beer.
And all wine lovers can enjoy one (or several) of the 60 wineries throughout the entire state of Delaware and the east coast. They boast over 6 trails in 4 states just for wine lovers.
An absolute must is Hagley Museum and Library. Set along 235 acres of the Brandywine River is Hagley-all where the DuPont story begins! Guests can see the first company powder mills and the first DuPont family home. Your tour also includes a visit through their beautiful gardens!
Book Now! Travel Later!
Maybe March isn’t your ideal time to visit Delaware but Spring and Summer are right around the corner. Contact your Travel Guru today to book your New Castle getaway so you can escape the crazy southern heat! Oh, and if you need a payment plan to fund your adventure-we got those too!