Delaware might be a small state, but it has plenty to offer tour groups. Put the historic city of Lewes, Delaware’s first European settlement, on your itinerary. Founded in 1631, Lewes is known for its maritime history. A good place to learn about it is at Lewes History Museum & Archives. For more than 50 years, the Lewes Historical Society has collected and preserved historical artifacts and other emblems, creating an expansive collection of the region’s history. Ongoing exhibits feature Lewes’ maritime history, decorative arts and artists, famous families of Lewes, and information about environmental change. Other must-stops include the Cannonball House, Lightship Overfalls (a ship-turned-museum), and Zwaanendael Museum.


After learning about the region, settle in for some local flavors. Dine on the Delaware Bay where a variety of food options awaits at Grain on the Rocks at Lewes Ferry Terminal. Or, visit the Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant, where the menu offerings will whet any appetite. Try the Blackened Mahi Mahi (which also comes as a sandwich) or the Steak & Cake—a petite filet mignon and a broiled or fried crab cake. Many more options from land and sea are available. Another local hot spot is Pig & Publican, which offers seafood and many other options. Bethany Blues is known for its succulent barbecue offerings. For dessert, stop by King’s Homemade Ice Cream.


Groups have had a blast exploring many places in Lewes, and now it’s time for a night cap. Visit Nassau Valley Winery & Vineyards, Delaware’s first and largest winery. Guests will be schooled on the history of wine and winemaking and will be able to purchase their favorite vino at the property.


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Main Image: Lewes Harbor, Lewes, Delaware; Credit: Visit Delaware