Wilmington, Delaware is rapidly rising as a great place to unwind in luxury with your favorite girls. Why Wilmington you ask? Well, it’s set between the Interstate-95 midway between Washington, DC and New York City and a quick 30 minutes stop, south of Philadelphia International Airport.  Wilmington is easily accessible by car, train or plane.  Once you arrive, there are incredible options!  What are your guilty pleasures?  Is it fine accommodations, exquisite food, delectable chocolates, wines, great theatre, amazing art, marvelous museums, gorgeous gardens, a beautiful countryside; how about a tax-free shopping spree – or do you like a combination of all of the above?  One thing you can be sure of, regardless of your tastes, you are sure to enjoy visiting the Greater Wilmington vicinity. You are sure to love everything it offers including tax-free shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Luxury Accommodations -Where to Stay

Hotel du Pont

For starters, you will want to consider a stay at the historic Hotel du Pont in the heart of Downtown Wilmington.  “With its gilded ceilings, hand carved woodwork and sparkling chandeliers, the Hotel du Pont exudes old-world craftsmanship and hospitality.”

With its gilded ceilings, hand carved woodwork and sparkling chandeliers, the Hotel du Pont exudes old-world craftsmanship and hospitality.

The Inn at Montchanin Village

Or, head over to The Inn at Montchanin Village, which is a completely different option and it’s equally wonderful.  Once a workers’ village for the DuPont gunpowder mills, it now boasts 28 fashionably appointed guest rooms/suites and a full-service spa.  The Inn’s unique ambiance prompted Travel & Leisure Magazine to name it “the world’s best hotel for $250 or less per night.”

A blazing fire in the huge stone hearth in the Common Hall provides the perfect backdrop for cozy heart-to-heart chats with the girls.”

Sheraton Wilmington South

The Sheraton Wilmington South is another excellent getaway choice.  This 24 million dollar property is located at 365 Airport Road in New Castle, DE immediately off I-95 and features 192 spacious guestrooms/suites with separate living and sleeping quarters, a dramatic six tier atrium, restaurant, exercise room, pool, and Jacuzzi.  It’s just minutes from Historic New Castle which is second only to Colonial Williamsburg in the number and authenticity of its historic properties. Unlike Williamsburg, however, is a vibrant, fully-occupied community.  The Sheraton Hotel is close to Christiana Mall where you can take advantage of Delaware’s tax-free shopping in stores like Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Off Sax Fifth Avenue & Ross-Simons – located on Fashion Center Blvd.

It’s just minutes from Historic New Castle which is second only to Colonial Williamsburg in the number and authenticity of its historic properties. Unlike Williamsburg, however, is a vibrant, fully-occupied community.  The Sheraton Hotel is close to Christiana Mall where you can take advantage of Delaware’s tax-free shopping in stores like Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Off Sax Fifth Avenue & Ross-Simons – located on Fashion Center Blvd.

Luxury Activities – What to Do

It’s hard to imagine anyone choosing to leave these properties, but there’s certainly plenty to do and see in the Greater Wilmington Area.

The du Pont Theatre

The du Pont Theatre presents five Broadway shows each season and is located right inside the hotel and the Grand Opera House, with over 100 performances each year, is within walking distance as is World Cafe Live at the Queen which presents live musical performances.

Hagley Museum & Library

Steep yourself in history in our world-class museums, mansions and gardens. Hagley Museum & Library is the ancestral home of the du Pont family in Delaware.
 
In 1802, E.I. du Pont de Nemours settled here along the banks of the Brandywine River and began harnessing its power to produce gunpowder, thus laying the foundation for the DuPont company’s dynasty.
Take a tram ride through the beautiful estate and tour the mansion which housed five generations of the du Pont family. Nemours Mansion & Gardens, built for Alfred I. du Pont, founder of the renowned Children’s Hospital, has been returned to its turn-of-the-century magnificence after undergoing a 39 million dollar makeover by a highly skilled team of architects, engineers, and craftsmen.
Modeled after a Louis XVI French-style chateau, the 70+ room mansion is furnished with antiques, tapestries, chandeliers, and artwork, some of which date back to the 15th century.   Outside, it is surrounded by incredible sculptures and colonnades and what are arguably the finest examples of formal French gardens.  The mansion and gardens are open from May through December for guided tours; reservations are a must.
Visit nearby Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, the former home of Henry Francis du Pont.  The world’s preeminent collection of American antiques and collectibles is on display inside the mansion.  Then surround yourself with beauty at Longwood Gardens, located just minutes from Winterthur.   Longwood is Pierre S. du Pont’s 1,050-acre horticultural extravaganza with four acres of gardens under glass in its Conservatory.
If personal indulgence is your preference, experience a bit of heaven on earth at Cielo Salon and Spa where you will be treated to the ultimate in beauty and relaxation.
Pamper yourself with a manicure, pedicure, facial and Cielo’s signature massage. Then let Cielo’s hair and make-up artists give you a new look while they serve you a delicious lunch.

Luxury Dining – Where to Eat

Dining is an integral part of the Wilmington experience. Relax in the friendly atmosphere at Va La Vineyards.
Owned and operated by the Vietri family who has been making wine for three generations of the Vietri family, Va La specializes in producing superbly blended varietal wines.  Incredibly, the winery has never advertised its products but has always sold out every batch.  Sample fine one-of-a-kind wines paired with cheeses and bread from local artisans or chocolates that melt in your mouth while listening to live music.”

Restaurant choices in Wilmington’s Riverfront area range from casual dining at Iron Hill Brewery and Timothy’s to the more upscale Harry’s Seafood Grill.  Downtown options include Chelsea Tavern, Domaine Hudson Wine Bar & Eatery and the Hotel du Pont’s Green Room.   BBC Tavern & Grill in Greenville offers a relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere. Dining at Krazy Kat’s at the Inn at Montchanin is always a pleasure and their Sunday Brunch is exceptionally popular. And the infamous Columbus Inn is a must, for the best in fine-dining experience.

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Sapphire Kharyzma is an accomplished travel, beauty and lifestyle writer, photographer, creative designer & digital marketing maven - who harnesses the power of Travel, Beauty & Style - experienced through sisterhood...to empower multicultural women. When she’s not traveling the world, she enjoys planting the seeds of growth and prosperity for small businesses and entrepreneurs. She’s an accredited Travel Designer, who specializes in curating unique, Caribbean and Luxury ventures. She's a travel marketing expert, who loves to make her passions her paycheck while teaching women to do the same.