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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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Travel. Beauty. Style. engages women through an empowered life of Luxury Travel. Leisure and Life of Style. We seek real affluent minded women, to offer real, mind, body soul’U’tions, as we are transformed into queens through storytelling and capturing memories with Virtuous Journeys.

Travel is our lifestyle; our luxury tribe – where we come together as one collective, united and driven by the desire to experience the best of the best, rooted in the freedom of possibilities – abundantly available through luxury travel, with beauty, as our canvas, and style as our artistic tool.

Join us as we explore and get culturally inspired. Travel. Beauty. Style. is our luxury gateway. Blog features focus on experiencing diverse cultures through the life of luxury, uniquely and creatively. Gather your bucket lists, cameras, journals, passports, chic outfits, trendy beauty must-haves and tastebuds…sit back and relax, as queens don’t catch feelings, we catch flights, trains, and ships – in beautiful style!

  • Robin Rue

    Those all sound like amazing places to stay. If I ever make it to Wilmington, I would love to stay at one of these places.

  • Alli Smith

    A luxury getaway with my closest girlfriends is sounding good right about now. It would be hard to pick a place to stay, but Hotel du Pont looks like a winner to me. What a fantastic trip this would be.

  • Pam

    While a luxury getaway with girlfriends would be awesome, I would love to see those gardens on my own! I didn’t realize Wilmington had so many attractions.

  • Doria Miyata Murphy

    Wow, this place is definitely pure luxury from top to bottom! I’ll have to make note of it in case we ever find ourselves in Wilmington because it looks too good to pass up!

  • This looks like a gorgeous area to stay. I would love to check out this area. I’m big on learning about history.

  • Janet Coon

    As a designer I’ve long heard about the Winterthur estate. If I ever make it up to Wilmington it would be on my must visit list and the hotel would be perfect!

  • The Inn at Montchanin Village has my heart! I love the old world styling and use of rich wood furnishings! Such a gorgeous place!

  • Now I could totally do with a nice getaway at the moment I am loving the look of The Inn at Montchanin Village myself, oh to pop away for a couple of nights.

  • BohemianBabushka

    Decadence. I like, I like. Don’t do too often, but I like, I like. BB2U

  • Mommy Moment

    Who doesn’t need a weekend getaway with their best friends?!? I love the modern feel of the Sheraton Wilmington South.

  • I went to Wilmington a few years ago and we had a wonderful time. If we go back, I’ll keep these hotels in mind for sure!

  • These are definitely prime getaway locations! It would be really fun to explore the Nemours Mansion and Gardens while there.

  • Dina

    Wow! These accommodations are super lovely but I like the French Parisian vibes of Hotel du Pont!

  • I’d be happy at any of these places. I tend to stay in more Inn’s though because they seem more cozy to me so I’d start at the Inn at Montchanin Village.

  • sara lafountain

    This looks like a marvelous place to stay! Such luxurious accomodations are perfect for a couples getaway. Thank you for sharing!

  • That place looks like such an amazing place to stay. Man, I really need a vacation…

  • Wow! What beautiful rooms and locations! I would definitely stay there.

  • These rooms are stunning and holy gardens!

  • Tisha Miltiades

    The Inn wouldn’t usually be my first choice but it looks so cosy!!! Great reviews!

  • Crystal Nicole

    This looks amazing. Looks like there’s a lot to do!

  • EG Green

    Everything looks amazing and would be a great place to get away.The rooms are beautiful. This will be going on my list of places to visit.

  • Kasi Perkins

    Longwood Gardens is beautiful! This definitely seems like a nice, easily accessible get away spot!

  • Joyce Brewer

    Thanks for introducing me to these options. We have family in Wilmington and usually stay with them, but this reminds us we can have an extended weekend to enjoy the city.

  • Those rooms are stunning! I have never considered traveling to Delaware, however, consider my mind changed lol.

  • Felecia Monique

    I love Newark but haven’t ventured to Wilmington. This looks like an amazing quick getaway. Thanks!