We’ve been back from Delaware for a little over a week now and it’s hard to believe how fast the time flew by! We had a super relaxing vacation in the First State — I cannot stress enough how important it is to just take the time to unwind. We visited a handful of our favorite places and after all the traveling and getting back into our routine, I wanted to share some those with you!
Have you ever wondered, “What on Earth is in Delaware?” I definitely did before having been there!
For us, it’s about visiting family. But for your information, the south end of the state — also known as Slower Lower — is actually a relaxed and laid-back place, where you can enjoy amazing scenery, unique attractions and some of the best food you will ever eat.
A Picture Perfect View
Driving through Delaware is almost like taking the road less traveled, because in order to even get into the state heading north, you have to either take the Bay Bridge in Maryland or the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Virginia. Both rides have incredible views of the Chesapeake Bay, a site you will definitely want to see!
From the south end to the north, you get a view of just about everything! There’s the beaches. The countryside. The city. You name it! And depending on what time of year you visit, you’re either picking apples in the fallen leaves, immersed in the ever expanding corn fields or settled inside a winter wonderland.
Plenty To Do
Since our trip was in summer this year, we were able to do a lot of outdoor things. And what better place to go outside to than the beach?! Rehoboth Beach is set for the ultimate beach day experience. There are isles and isles of shops and restaurants, all in walking distance. The boardwalk is an iconic tourist attraction — and for good reason! It’s so fun to window shop alongside the water with a bucket of fries in hand.
We stopped in for an extra good time at Funland, a timeless amusement park along Rehoboth’s boardwalk. Funland has been running since 1962 and features old fashioned rides and games. I highly recommend visiting Funland, because there is something for everyone to do. The boys had such a blast and I got plenty of pictures to prove it!
Check out Funland’s website for weather and schedule updates.
This visit, I wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t been before, so we drove over to Lavender Fields Farm in Milton. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t allow us to walk through the fields, but we could see some of the lavender stems sticking out and the flowers were absolutely breathtaking!
Even though it rained, the little shop within the farm was worth the drive. Lavender scents fill the room from homemade products like soap, tea, lotion and sachets. I scored some foaming hand soap that smells amazing — and was a great deal since Delaware is tax free! I will absolutely be visiting this hidden gem again…hopefully on a sunnier day!
One of our family’s favorite towns to visit in Delaware is Bridgeville. It’s a quaint, but inviting place to be. I mean, their town’s slogan is, “If you lived here, you’d be home now.” This town offers some enjoyable things to do without the bustling of tourists or traffic. And since having “lived here”, I’d say it’s definitely like a second home to me.
T.S. Smith & Sons is “an 800 acre family-owned farm” located in Bridgeville. Here you can enjoy different events and delicious produce. You can even pick peaches in the summertime (late June to early September), which is a unique experience for all. And you MUST try their apple cinnamon donuts. You must.
Here are some photos from our peach picking last year when we lived in Bridgeville!
Food You Won’t Forget
Since I mentioned donuts, let me just say, Delaware has some of the best food you will ever eat. The crop fields should already point to fresh ingredients, but it’s so much more than that.
It’s the nostalgic experiences and the home cooked tastes. It’s the people who serve you with a smile. It’s the settings. The smells. The overall good feeling you have when eating there!
Our first stop as soon as we got into the state was one of our go-tos for grubbing: Greenwood Chicken BBQ. Greenwood Chicken is an outdoor BBQ run by the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company. Their BBQ chicken is the best around, as it’s only served on weekends during the summer.
The chicken is smoked that day and you’ll know they’re open when the sign says, “Chicken is Ready!” You have the option of two quarters or one whole half served with chips, pickles and a dinner roll.
To get the full experience, you’ll want to drown your meal in their delicious, other worldly sauce. There is nothing like this sauce…it’s tangy, full of flavor and seasonings. You just grab it from the cooler and pour it right over the BBQ.
The best part? You can only use your hands to eat. It’s so good that we had it twice on our vacation!
If there’s any type of food you can’t go wrong with, it’s pizza. Grotto Pizza is by far the best pizza I’ve ever had. It’s famous “swirl” design allows you to have a different bite every time. Have that with a side of beach fries and it will claim your heart like it did mine. Now I HAVE to have it every time we visit!
Tourist Tip: Get it while you’re there, because you can only get it in some areas of Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland!
And lastly, if you want to eat somewhere a little nicer, Big Oyster Brewery in Lewes is a prime choice. We have a family member who works there and we always have a lovely time. They have fresh seafood, delightful apps, plus legendary house beers — My favorite being the Isabelle. The kiddos can play giant Connect Four while you enjoy a fancier social setting.
I love sharing about our home away from home with others! I never thought Delaware would be a place worth visiting, but if you do ever end up there, you’ll always find something to do and you’ll always feel welcome too!