Elegant Hotel with Onsite Restaurant and Indoor Pool
Delaware's small size belies its substantial importance to the Northeast region—Delaware was the first state in the union, for one, but it's also been a center of business and industry for centuries. Wilmington, located near the Christina and Delaware Rivers, was founded by Swedish immigrants in the 1630s and became the headquarters of numerous large companies; many American corporate mainstays, including DuPont, still make their homes here today. The Sheraton Wilmington South Hotel sits just off of I-95 in New Castle, which means it has easy access to Wilmington's historical sites nearby as well as the buildings of some native Fortune 500 companies.
Kick back with a cocktail beneath the Sheraton’s six-story Atrium Lounge, which has views of the wetland terrace outside. Guests can squeeze in a workout at the hotel's 1,400-square-foot fitness center, which is open 24 hours a day, or swim laps at the indoor pool, which opens to a patio terrace.
The onsite Wilmington Grille has a varied menu of hot breakfast dishes, including egg white and spinach omelets ($13) and golden buttermilk blueberry pancakes ($13). For lunch and dinner, you can enjoy sandwiches, wraps, and paninis as well as entrees such as roasted salmon fillets ($25) and penne pasta pomodoro ($17).
In the 676-square-foot king deluxe suite with jacuzzi tub, the living room is decked out with a flat-screen TV and a wet bar. A set of french doors separates the living room from the bedroom, which features a king-size Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed and a flock of complimentary counting sheep.
New Castle, Delaware: 19th-Century Industrial History Along Scenic Riverfront
New Castle is a tiny town 6 miles south of Wilmington; this stretch of Delaware is rich in history. After being founded by Swedish immigrants in the 17th century, Wilmington eventually grew into an important center of commerce. You can learn more about the town's long-standing industrial roots at the Hagley Museum and Library in the Brandywine Valley. The museum is the site of an early 19th-century gunpowder mill and the surrounding living community that was created by E.I. DuPont, the founder of what is now DuPont chemical company. At the 235-acre site, you’ll see old-fashioned steam engines, water wheels, and working mills, as well as preserved buildings such as the DuPont family home and the mill workers' living quarters.
Wilmington is also known for its scenic riverfront, which is bordered by pathways and parks. Pack a picnic lunch, go for a stroll on the 1.3-mile trail, or climb aboard the moored Kalmar Nyckel, a replica of the European vessel that transported Wilmington's first Swedish settlers and first batch of lingonberry crepes.