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Best of Delaware 2008

Our 25th salute to the places that make Delaware great, plus the Hall of Fame of winningest places ever. (Can you say Grotto Pizza?) As chosen by you, the readers (with a little help from your friends here at DT)


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Best Place to Stash the In-Laws
Critics, upstate: The Inn at Montchanin Village, a 19th century hamlet in the heart of the Brandywine Valley, was ranked the World’s Best Hotel for $250 or less by Travel & Leisure magazine two years ago. Delight the in-laws with your knowledge of history. You’re booking them in a former Winterthur estate named for Alexandrine de Montchanin, grandmother of the founder of the DuPont Gunpowder Company. The folks will discover a magnificent spa, richly furnished rooms, gas fireplaces, luxurious private baths and private, landscaped courtyards that burst with flowers. A big plus is Krazy Kat’s, the restaurant at the village, which offers fine, eclectic dining. (Del. 100 at Kirk Road, Montchanin, 888-2133)

Critics, downstate: If you want to score big with the in-laws, reserve one of the seven newly renovated and beautifully appointed rooms at The Delaware Inn—just a block form the beach—then let innkeeper Sharon Janis take it from there. Janis, a native of Southern Virginia, is the queen of graciousness and hospitality. “Southern means we try and actually get to know each guest by name,” she says. Mom and Dad will need only open a window to rejuvenate and refresh. They can enjoy a free yoga class every morning and indulge in a wonderful breakfast on the porch. Janis serves grits, fried apples, even lox and bagels. There’s always a fresh fruit parfait waiting, and Janis does a sumptuous evening dessert, too. Hope for a slice of her homemade apple pie. (55 Delaware Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-6031)


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