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The joy of Wilmington, the largest city in Delaware, is that it combines both culture and the countryside in one easy package. Sitting at the confluence of three rivers - the Christina, the Brandywine and the Delaware - visitors can visit the city’s museums and galleries, stroll along the riverfronts and then head up into pretty Brandywine Valley to explore its celebrated gardens. The best places to stay in Wilmington allow you to do all these things with ease.
The city itself houses a clutch of museums from the Delaware Children’s Museum and Museum of Natural History to the Delaware History Museum, in the former Art Deco Woolworth’s building, and Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. Many first-time visitors head to the Delaware Art Museum to see the work of local Brandywine School artists including Edward Hopper and John Sloan.
Stroll the Riverfront, now an attractive collection of redeveloped waterfront shops, restaurants and cafes, and your eyes will be caught by the striking Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, which always offers innovative exhibitions. The Riverfront is the place to find good dining spots and live entertainment plus an IMAX Theatre and, in the winter, an ice-skating rink.
Drive a few miles north from downtown Wilmington and discover the peace and beauty of Brandywine Valley with its string of countryside estates and gardens. Longwood Gardens has more than 1000 acres of gardens, woodlands, meadows and fountain displays while Winterthur Museum & Garden offers a celebrated collection of American decorative arts, 60-acre garden and Enchanted Woods. Nemours, a 300-acre country estate, has a large reflecting pool, long garden walks and an 18th-century, French-style mansion.
Brandywine Valley is also the perfect place to canoe and kayak, particularly for first-timers due to the river’s gentle flow.
Choose one of our best places to stay in Wilmington to plan your trip.
For a central location
- The Hotel du Pont is a large and luxurious hotel in the heart of Wilmington, just 10minutes walk from the Grand Opera House, the university and the DuPont Theatre. There are more than two hundred classically elegant rooms, a magnificent dining room and an award winning French restaurant called ‘The Green Room’.
Just out of town
- Just outside the centre of town, The Inn & Spa at Montchanin Village is a cluster of 11 historic houses all restored beautifully. Each of the houses is private and has a small number of rooms with modern bathrooms and four-poster beds. There are also lovely gardens and a superb spa.
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Best Hotels in Wilmington
The Inn & Spa at Montchanin Village 28 rooms from $192Wilmington
A cluster of 11 historic houses restored into this charming hotel. Private, uniquely designed buildings feature rooms with modern marble bathrooms, four poster beds, and gardens. Superb spa offering massages, facials, and treatments. A magical, relaxing retreat.Spa - Offers many signature treatments, such as a Hammam Body RitualTraditional - Every room boasts period and reproduction furnitureBack to NatureHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Hotel du Pont 217 rooms from $199Wilmington
A luxurious hotel located in the heart of lively Wilmington. A breathtaking classical interior boasts grandeur and opulence. Large rooms fuse contemporary and traditional styles. Magnificent dining and banquet rooms serve food from the award-wining French restaurant 'The Green Room'.Sights nearby - Within a 10 minute walk of DuPont Theatre, Grand Opera House, Delaware State University Wilmington, Brown Park...Lively area - In the thick of the action.OpulentTraditional