I have done consulting work for the City of Wilmington for the past three years, and in that time I
estimate I've been to Wilmington somewhere between 100 and 120
times. But, until this past weekend, I'd never spent the night. So Amy
and I decided to make it a weekend in Wilmington. Here's a brief recap
of 24 hours in Wilmington:
10a-1p Our first stop,
straight from home, was Winterthur, which we'd both been to before but
only briefly. We enjoyed the tram tour (so much green) and the mansion
tour (so many rooms...175 in all!).
1p-4p I had
originally planned to go straight from Winterthur to the Nemours
Mansion, but you're talking to two tired parents, so taking a nap in a
fluffy bed called to us louder. We checked into historic Hotel DuPont
and almost immediately conked out. Ahhh...
many hours of daylight still left, we headed to the waterfront to
stroll, play mini-golf, and enjoy a bite at the Constitution Yards beer
garden. We topped it off with ice cream, more strolling, and lots of
picture-taking. Lots of people out having a good time.
I actually slept in (for me), but when I headed out for a run there was
still a "no one is up yet" vibe to our part of downtown. I made a
beeline for Brandywine Park and ended up jogging on both sides of the
river, getting gloriously lost several times in the process. The place
definitely has a "Forbidden Drive" vibe to it, for those of you from
Philly. Highly recommended, and my only regret was not having the
stamina or navigating skills to make it all the way to Alapocas Run
9a-11a We walked all the way from the
hotel back to the waterfront, via Market Street. Disappointing that
there was so little open and so few people out, but at the same time
that made for a peaceful walk and talk. We doubled back at grabbed grub
at a cute mom-and-pop in the Creative District before going back to our
car and driving home.
We didn't get to everything we wanted to, so we'll be back!