Travel to Delaware – Episode 452

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Hear about travel to Delaware as the Amateur Traveler talks to Mara Gorman from about traveling to her small but historic adopted home state.

Mara says, “you should come to Delaware because it’s easy to get to if you’re in the East Coast and it’s small so it’s easy to see a lot of it a relatively short period of time. There’s a tremendous amount of history here from the Revolutionary war on. The Dupont family arrived in Delaware in 1800. People tend to think of Dupont as just a chemical company here in Delaware they’ve been big benefactors. They created museums, they were benefactors of education, they build roads, they built schools. So there’s a lot of history in Delaware around that family.”

“We were the first state to ratify the constitution. We also have really amazing beaches. I think the Delaware beaches are the nicest is done east coast and they often gets overlooked because people go to New Jersey or Maryland.”

Delaware is on a peninsula with part of Maryland and a small bit of Virginia called the Delmarva peninsula between the Atlantic and the Chesapeake Bay “which is a very rich historic area as well. There’ve been native people here for quite a while. There’s a real history of fishing in the Chesapeake. That  does inform the history here and the things that people like to eat, like oysters and crabs and things that you can catching more shallow waters.”

If you had a week to spend in Delaware Mara would recommend splitting it up between upstate and downstate. Start in northern Delaware because that is where you would arrive from elsewhere. “See some of the museums. There are three very significant Dupont museums in northern Delaware starting at Hagley which is the place where the Duponts first settled. It’s their first home and it’s where they made their fortune which they made by manufacturing gunpowder during the war of 1812. Their gunpowder was cheaper and the Americans didn’t have access to the British gunpowder during that war.” Mara also recommends visiting the Nemorus Museum and the Winterthur Museum which “Is the most significant collection of American decorative arts in the United States, possibly in the world.”

The town of New Castle is also worth visiting. “It’s beautiful. It’s a perfectly preserved, maybe five blocks by seven blocks, Colonial town. It’s the site of William Penn’s first landing in the New World. There’s a beautiful Episcopal Church and a beautiful Presbyterian church and they’re both among the oldest in the country. In the churchyard of the Episcopal Church are where you can see some of the graves of the people who signed the Constitution. There are several house museums in New Castle including the Read House which is one of the finest examples of” Philadelphia style architecture. “There’s even an older house called the Dutch house because the Dutch were the original settlers.”

Then for the second half of our week Mara gives us suggestions for how to enjoy the Delaware coast, beaches and seafood downstate.

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Show Notes

Mother of All Trips
The Family Traveler’s Handbook
Passports with Purpose
Visit Delaware
Delmarva Peninsula
New Castle County
Hagley Museum & Library
Nemours Mansion and Gardens
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Wilmington, Delaware
Newark, Delaware
New Castle, Delaware
Immanuel Episcopal Church
Read House & Gardens
The Dutch House
Jessop’s Tavern
Delaware Nature Society
Ashland Nature Center
Coverdale Farm Preserve
Delaware Children’s Museum
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
Hotel Du Pont
World Cafe Live at the Queen
La Fia Wilmington
Dover, Delaware
Old State House
Biggs Museum of American Art
John Dickinson Plantation
Dover International Speedway
Cape Henlopen State Park
Rehoboth Beach
Bethany Beach
Dewey Beach
Delaware Seashore State Park
Chincoteague, Virginia
Assateague Island
Tangier, Virginia
Smith Island
Milford, Delaware
Dogfish Head Brewery
Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail
Separation Day

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

8 Responses to “Travel to Delaware – Episode 452”

Ray Brown


Chris & Mara, I enjoyed the podcast on Delaware. One minor correction to the comment that Dover is the only state capital that is not served by an interstate…Jefferson City, MO is another state capital without an interstate.



I am always worried when we say the “only” or the “first”. Thanks for keeping us honest Ray.



What a fun episode! I live in Maryland and am so excited to have several new places to see in Delaware! We’ve seen some, but I will definitely refer back to the podcast soon as I would like a day trip somewhere close by.

By the way- Smith Island Cake is the state dessert of Maryland! Yum!

Chris Christensen (@chris2x)


Jordan wrote:

Hi Chris,

I’ve just listened to your episode on Delaware and I have just a few things to add to southern Delaware since I have been going to Dewey Beach every summer since I was 11 days old. First, from north to south it goes: Rehoboth, Dewey, Bethany. The bike ride from Dewey to Rehoboth is lovely using 1A past Silver Lake. There are a lot of places to rent bikes in downtown Rehoboth and before 10am between memorial day and labor day, you can bike down the boardwalk and then to Dewey. I think the beaches in Dewey are the best (but I’m biased) because they are rarely crowded, and have the best people-watching. Bethany is much more of a family town and if I had young kids, I think that would be the best place.

As far as places to eat, in Rehoboth, Royal Treat is definitely the best place for breakfast and ice cream but they don’t have any lunch or dinner. Jake’s is the choice for seafood but be sure to have a reservation. Rehoboth also has a big LGBTQ scene and there is a large stretch of beach to the south where everyone congregates during the day.

In Dewey, it is much more focused on the nightlife but the best restaurant for breakfast is Sharkey’s (great hangover food). And the best place for lunch or dinner is probably Nalu, a Hawaiian-themed restaurant or maybe Que Pasa, which is Mexican and right on the bay. The best bars are the Starboard (it’s very obvious, it has a great white shark breaking out of it), the Bottle and Cork (the self-titled “greatest Rock n Roll bar in the world”), Northbeach (which is right on the bay), and the Rusty Rudder.

I don’t go to Bethany much but I do know that a great place for dinner is a BBQ restaurant called Bethany Blues.

Just one more thing- the inland bays in LSD (lower slower Delaware) are great for water sports of every kind. The Rehoboth Bay Sailing Assn., just south of Dewey, has sailboat rentals and lessons. There’s also a sailboat rental place just north of Bethany called Coastal Kayak.

I really didn’t intend to write that much, but I thought it had to be included on what I can assume will be the only episode on Delaware.

Thanks for your great podcast, can’t wait to see where you take us next.




The rural towns and the beaches make this state far more underrated than it should be. Wayne’s World jokes aside, this is a pretty sweet place to visit on summer vacation!

Tom Bache


Quick note about Delaware. I reminds me that even those who have lived here all of our life don’t know everything about the state. I liked the podcast and the education.
DE is aprox 110 miles in length. At the behest of state officials, in 1911 Coleman DuPont funded the contruction of the first complete north-south route to connect the state, which was finished in 1923. It is called the DuPont Hywy and became part of the US highway system as US Rt13 from PA to VA.
A pleasant ferry ride from Lewes takes you to Cape May, NJ-another popular tourist area.
And, DE does not have a state sales tax so it is a land of tax free shopping. There are a couple of popular shopping areas and one is right along I-95. The Chinese come by the busload to make a purchase at the Apple store. We suspect most of these go back to mainland China since the US versions are unihibited.



Hi Chris,

Great episode, and I loved the additions Jordan made. It’s making me want to drive down from Southeastern PA to revisit the attractions that were mentioned.

One note – Rehoboth is actually pronounced (by out-of-staters, anyway) Rə-hoe-buth, with the accent on the middle syllable.

Keep up the good work!




thanks, I had no idea how to say that, was trying like the city in Israel

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