Every Friday in 2013, the Let’s Fly Away Across the USA series will feature a different state, documenting the things we love about each sate and what you should do or see when you visit. Want to submit your photos or travel tips? Visit the Across the USA page.
Maybe I just like to root for the underdog, but the fact that I couldn’t find anyone to give additional travel tips for Delaware just makes me want to visit more. Plus, Lauren really does make it seem like a charming place to live or visit. And I think we all know by now how much I love the beach. (Is that a want-what-you-can’t-have thing? Do those of you who have easy access to beaches love and appreciate that, or do you long for something else?)
P.S. This week I’m pretending I have really awesome handwriting by using Joelle’s new font, which you should purchase immediately. (Also, I’m traveling and forgot to pack my Wacom. Oooops.)
Hello! I’m Lauren Ashley Golt, one of the owners of Social Stylate, a creative marketing boutique and blog. I live in Delaware, a state that usually elicits one of two responses: “Where is that?” or “Remember that line in Wayne’s World, ‘Hi… I’m in Delaware.’ ” Regardless of the state’s anonymity, it’s a charming place to call home.
LAUREN LOVES // One of the best things about Delaware is its close proximity to other great places. NYC, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, the Eastern Shore and New Hope are just 30 to 120 minutes away. I also love driving on the back roads between Wilmington and the state line of Pennsylvania. You get a little bit of peace as you pass covered bridges, old stone farm houses, peony fields and road side food stands. We also have tax-free shopping!
LAUREN RECOMMENDS //
1. Drinks. Go to Brew Ha Ha for coffee and order the house blend or a skim latte. If you’ve never had a Dogfish Head beer, you’re in for a treat. Try the 60 minute IPA, Shelter Pale Ale or the Punkin Ale, in the fall.
2. Beaches. Whether you’re travelling with kids, want a crazy weekend away or want some peace and quiet, there’s a beach for everyone. My personal favorite is Lewes Beach. It’s quiet, relaxing and full of great restaurants. Plus it’s 10 minutes away from the Nassau Valley Vineyard and 20 minutes away from the Dogfish Head Brewery. Both offer great tours and tastings.
3. Museums. Visit Winterthur and Hagley Museum. Gorgeous gardens, antique cars, art work and house tours that show early American history and the story of the DuPont family.
FOR BONUS POINTS // Head to the Firefly Music Festival in June, a three day event full of food, entertainment and performances. Last year John Legend, The Killers and Death Cab For Cutie were just a few of acts in the lineup. You can camp out, stay at a nearby hotel or rent a luxury tent on-site. If you’re not into music, get tickets to Point to Point in May. Point to Point is Delaware’s version of the Kentucky Derby. Everyone wears Lilly Pulitzer and sun hats while watching horse races and tailgating with friends and family.