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Delaware

Posted 5/23/2001

INFORMATION

Delaware Chamber of Commerce, 1201 N. Orange St., suite 200, Wilmington, (302) 655-7221.

Delaware Tourism Office, (800) 441-8846, www.visitdelaware.net.

Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, (302) 652-4088, www.wilmcvb.com.

Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, 120 Kings Highway, Lewes, (302) 645-8073, www.leweschamber.com.

Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, 501 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, (800) 441-1329, www.beach-fun.com.

ATTRACTIONS

Cape May-Lewes Ferry, Lewes, (800) 634-3779. It is only 17 miles from Lewes, Del., to Cape May, N.J.--on a ferry across Delaware Bay, that is. Plan on 70 minutes one way.

Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, (302) 571-9590, www.delart.org. Works by esteemed American artists such as Edward Hopper, John Sloan, and Andrew Wyeth can be seen here, and there is an extensive collection of English pre-Raphaelite art. On display to Aug. 5 is the exhibit American Impressionists Abroad and at Home: Paintings from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington, (302) 656-6466. Focusing solely on new art, the DCCA features the exhibit Photo-Synthesis, a survey of cutting-edge photography, to July 22, and an installation by John Giordano to June 27.

Delaware Park Racetrack and Slots Casino, 777 Delaware Park Blvd., Stanton, (800) 417-5687, www.delpark.com. Lose little- or big-time on the horses and slots, and when you're done--and if you've got any scratch left--fill your tummy at one of the assortment of eateries which are open any time of the day or night.

Dover Air Force Base Museum, 1301 Heritage Road, Dover, (302) 677-5938. The official title of this bad boy is the Air Mobility Command Museum. Hanger 1301 houses unique and distinctive military flying machines dating back to 1941--the relics include the World War II Gooney Bird, the 1950s-era B-17G, and the O-2A from the Vietnam War.

Lewes, (302) 645-8073, www.leweschamber.com. In 1631, Dutch seamen and seawomen landed in Delaware and established Lewes, which today is sometimes referred to as the "First Town in the First State." The historic structures include the circa-1665 Ryves Holt House, believed to be the oldest house in Delaware. June 16 might be a good day to visit, for the annual garden tour.

Lincoln Room, University of Delaware, Wilmington, (302) 573-4500. If you are an Abe Lincoln fan, you'll love looking over the 2,000 artifacts from the 16th president's private and public life.

Nanticoke Indian Museum, routes 24 and 5, Oak Orchard, (302) 945-7022. The Nanticoke Indian tribe opened this museum in 1984 to preserve its history through artifacts donated by members--some as old as 1,000 years (the artifacts, that is). Displays of tools illustrate the tribe's fishing and farming way of life.

Nassau Valley Vineyards Winery, 33 Nassau Commons, Lewes, (302) 645-9463. Take a self-guided tour and guide yourself directly to the tasting room to sample Delaware wine.

Queen Anne's Railroad, 703 Kings Highway, Lewes, (302) 644-1720. This old railroad, chartered in 1897, operates one-hour, dinner, and evening scenic trips.

Rehoboth Beach, (302) 227-2233, www.beach-fun.com. In the 1870s, Rehoboth was the meeting place for a Methodist camp. It isn't anymore. Now billed as the "Nation's Summer Capital," Rehoboth tends to attract folks with sun and sand rather than religion on their minds. Attractions along the boardwalk and in town include the Playland arcade ([302] 226-1415) and the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand ([302]) 227-6181), which hosts free summer concerts.

EVENTS

Greek Festival, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. June 6-9, 808 N. Broom St., Wilmington, (302) 654-4447. It's all Greek to you, and to everyone else attending this four-day fest.

Miss Delaware Pageant, 7:30 p.m. June 8-9, Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, Rehoboth Beach, (302) 239-7741. In this 60th annual event, women vie for scholarships by showing off their bods.

St. Anthony's Italian Festival, June 10-17, Ninth and duPont streets, Wilmington, (302) 421-3790. This week-long ethnic fest has not one but two midways, plus Italian food (of course) and cool religious art.

GETAWAYS

Hotel duPont, 11th and Market streets, Wilmington, (800) 441-9019, www.hoteldupont.com. When you hear the name "duPont," you might think of chemicals. Regarding this hotel, think old-school, four-star accommodations.

Want to spend some time at the ocean but not at a cheesy neon-light motel? Maybe a B&B is more to your liking. Maybe one of the following:

Bay Moon, 128 Kings Highway, Lewes, (302) 644-1802, www.baymoonbnb.com.

John Penrose Virden House, 217 Second St., Lewes, (302) 644-0217, www.virdenhouse.com.

Old Farmhouse, 204 Saulsbury St., Dewey Beach, (302) 227-2359.

SPORTS & RECREATION

Back Creek Golf Club, 101 Back Creek Drive, Middleton, (302) 378-6499. Situated on what was once the property of Delaware's first governor, this 18-hole golf course has more than 80 bunkers and plenty of waist-high mounds.

Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, (302) 645-8983. The more than 4,000 acres of sandy peninsula offer recreational activities such as camping, bird watching, hiking, biking, fishing, hockey, and softball.

Fisherman's Wharf, Lewes, (302) 645-8862. Full- or half-day fishing excursions, day or evening cruises, dolphin- and whale-watching tours, and romantic sunset trips are available.

Wilmington Blue Rocks Baseball Club, Daniel S. Frawley Stadium, 801 S. Madison St., Wilmington, (302) 888-2015, www.bluerocks.com. This minor-league club, affiliated with the big-league Kansas City Royals, plays throughout the summer.

SHOPPING

Jung's Oriental Antiques and Fine Art, 1314 W. 13th St., Wilmington, (302) 658-1314. The art connoisseur in you can appreciate Jung's collection of Asian prints and antique and contemporary art objects.

Rehoboth Outlets, Rehoboth Beach, (888) 746-7333, www.shoprehoboth.com. The 140-plus manufacturer's outlets here make for a shopper's heaven or hell, depending on how you look at it.

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