Love Local & Take the Scenic Route

The HOTEL DU PONT is a great location to explore Wilmington and beyond. Follow our suggested itineraries or consult with our Concierge to customize to your interests. Enjoy #LovingLocal Excursions for one night, a long weekend or more.  Set out east towards the historic and quaint towns of New Castle and Odessa, or if you’re hearing the echo of ‘Go west, young man,’ then you can explore the gorgeous “Chateau Country” of the Brandywine Valley, enr oute to Chester and Lancaster Counties.


Walk or Bike South

Late Summer and Fall are perfect times to head south along the Jack A. Markell Trail which connects the Wilmington Riverfront to New Castle Battery Park.  Walk or bike this 8-mile off-road pathway consisting of elevated boardwalk, paved pathways, and one on road section through Historic New Castle.

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Go East

Explore the historic and quaint towns of New Castle and Odessa, heading south and east from HOTEL DU PONT.  Visitors will be surprised to find a lovely row of homes along the Delaware River, with rear gardens going right to the water’s edge.  The George Read house belonged to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and in later years included a formal garden and a private airstrip across the street.  Visit the New Castle Courthouse, small galleries and consider ordering the best shepherd’s pie ever at Jessop’s Tavern.  The Historic Houses of Odessa draw you to explore another walkable town where you may find local oysters and brews at Cantwell’s Tavern after a visit to Firehouse Antique’s new outpost across the street.  Take the backroads or Route 301 from Middletown across the Maryland line to find more dealers in Galena.  Wind your way back to Wilmington up Route 213 where you’ll find BuDe Winery, and a dozen breweries scattered across Cecil County Maryland.

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Go West

Begin your day of exploration with stops of some of the destinations often missed enroute to the more famous sites like Winterthur and Longwood Gardens. Leaving HOTEL DU PONT, the landscape becomes the “Chateau Country” of the Brandywine Valley as your cross the state line into Chester County, Pennsylvania.  Pull into Centreville where a surprising collection of shops, including the galleries of Michael Gunselmann and Richard Worth feature antique toy trucks; while across the way is Grooves & Tubes for vintage vinyl and electronics.  Continue on for gourmet snacks at Centreville Market or pull into Buckley’s Tavern for burgers and brews.  Decision time at the crossroads at Route 1 – stay close and visit Chadds Ford Winery; or move onto Route 100 and up toward Lancaster County and Adamstown, a true antique lover’s paradise.  Early birds on Sunday find treasures in the outdoor stalls at Reininger’s and Stoudt’s Black Angus Brewery and Antiques, where dealers include Bruce Horton with mid-century furniture and museum-quality period artwork.  

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