B.A. Looney & Co. infuses parties, weddings, and special events with extra helpings of amusement, including live entertainers such as magicians, clowns, and costumed characters. The business also cultivates such popular party attractions as dunk tanks and photo booths. Meanwhile, its mobile food stand doles out popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy.
Neither Henry nor Carol Huffman, the founders of Cheese Chalet, had any idea that their future careers would be in gourmet dairy products when they first married. Henry was teaching Spanish at the University of Delaware when their local cheese shop closed down in 1976. Though the two began joking about opening their own shop, jokes soon turned to discussion, discussion turned to planning, planning turned to knock-knock jokes, and within a few months, the pair officially opened their first shop. Today, with Henry and Carol still at the helm, their staff of seven seasoned employees prepares fresh deli-style takeout meals and catering trays as they maintain the store’s stock of bulk and prepackaged cheeses from around the world.
Caffe Gelato sates appetites with Northern Italian and French- and Mediterranean-inspired fare, house-made gelato, and vino from a 1,500-bottle cellar, all of which has amassed the restaurant an impressive collection of praise and awards from the likes of Delaware Today and Wine Spectator. Meats such as filet mignon and prosciutto-wrapped veal appear alongside a rotating collection of seafood entrees, such as pan-seared scallops, truffle maple-roasted salmon, and local line-caught rockfish. House-made pappardelle and linguine pastas entangle ingredients ranging from littleneck clams to lump crab to chiffonade-cut basil. Twenty-four rotating flavors of gelato are crafted on the restaurant’s premises, delighting tongues with a chocolate-hazelnut blend or scoops of raspberry. Sommeliers strap on their headlamps and crampons to belay into the caverns of the restaurant’s opulent wine cellar, where more than 100 varietals nestle in bottles.
Half-moon booths welcome companionable groups among sunny yellow-and-red-orange walls in the dining room, and the gleam of a granite bar inspires tipplers to toast the memory of loyal pet rocks.
With a stay at Clarion Hotel Conference Center in Essington, you'll be near the airport and close to Widener University and Harrah's Casino and Racetrack. This hotel is within the vicinity of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum and Swarthmore College.
Make yourself at home in one of the 294 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards, and you can also request rollaway/extra beds.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy recreational amenities such as a 24-hour fitness facility and a seasonal outdoor pool.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available 24 hours).
Memory Box Photo Booths’ onsite photo booths capture memories at parties, weddings, and special events. A trained attendant accompanies each booth, setting up materials and ensuring the camera doesn't steal any souls. Attendees can fondly look back on their moments with four-picture photo strips, scrapbooks, and CDs of digital images.