The Best of Delaware 2009
From crab cakes and cheesesteaks to prime rib and clam bakes, little Delaware is packed with great places to eat and terrific places to shop. Here’s the cream of the crop.
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Most Scenic Drive
Critics, downstate: Ferranto knows a thing or two about scenic river views, but she enjoys traveling by land, too. “I drive through the rolling landscape along (Del.) 52 and 100,” she says, “especially during the change of seasons.” The drive takes her through Revolutionary War-era woods, majestic estates and hand-set stone walls. Some of Delaware’s most iconic destinations line the path, including Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, the Delaware Museum of Natural History, Buckley’s Tavern and Centreville Café. The area is also known for its antiques and consignment shops.
Critics, downstate: Castle likes the section of Del. 9 that runs from New Castle to Dover Air Force Base. “Del. 9 Coastal Heritage Scenic Byway winds past wildlife refuges and historic sites, and the route is a pleasure to drive,” Castle says. “It reminds me of Delaware’s rich history and culture.” The two-lane road stretches south to the John Dickinson Plantation near Dover, and runs along the Delaware River and Bay, passing farms, fresh and saltwater marshes, and navigational light towers. Spur roads lead to Port Mahon and Woodland Beach, as well as Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
Best State Park
Critics, downstate: Between the trails, festivals and wildlife, there’s plenty to occupy a family at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. It’s also the place many locals choose for a beach day. There are beaches on the ocean and Delaware Bay, a fishing pier, shellfish beds, camping areas and lots of neat stuff left from the days of Fort Miles. “We spend a lot of time there with the kids and with other families,” Meoli says. “The kids do skimboarding camp, and we like that it’s a little more secluded.”
Best TV News Anchor
Readers, upstate: Jim Gardner of “Action News,” WPVI-TV, Philadelphia
Readers, downstate: Steve Hammond of “WBOC News,” WBOC-TV 16, Salisbury, Md.
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