Saturday, June 21, 2014

DELA-WHERE?

by Mary Kennedy

     A lot of people are confused about Delaware--first of all, many people aren't exactly sure where we are. A reader recently asked me if we were "up around Boston." Er, no, not by a long shot. Other people have a vague idea that we are "somewhere near New York,  not too far from Baltimore and Washington and Philadelphia." Wow--that covers a lot of territory, doesn't it? The photo up above, by the way, is one of our lovely Delaware beaches, Rehobeth.
 
     I live in northern Delaware, just minutes from the PA state line. Here are a few facts: it's only a 30 minute drive to the Philadelphia airport.
                                                        


And Manhattan is just a 2 hour train ride away.
                                                         
 

Washington, DC is only a two hour drive, and it's fun to explore the wonderful museums of the Smithsonian, shop in Georgetown and enjoy all the excitement  city has to offer.
 
 
 
Baltimore is even closer, just a 90 minute drive to the Inner Harbor.
 
Cape May, New Jersey, is also a great place to visit, and there's a ferry from Lewes, Delaware, which is about 90 minutes away. Cape May is a wonderful, laid-back place to spend a few days.
                                                               
 
 
And here in Delaware, we have Historic New Castle, one of the oldest cities in the US, established in 1651.
                                                          
 
You can stroll along the Delaware river and go sailing.
 
A few years ago, someone ran a contest asking Delawareans to come up with the best slogan for the Visitors and Convention center. One entry (and I hope they were kidding) was "Delaware--it's near every place else you'd rather be." Ouch.
 
It's true we're conveniently located, but with lovely old towns, beautiful state parks and greenways, and of course, the ocean, we have a lot to offer on our own. Come see us!
 
Mary Kennedy