Delaware is a quirky state with a lot of unique traits, and sometimes that’s hard for Delaware visitors to understand! So we figured we needed a quick guide, sort of like a Delaware FAQ, for anyone visiting from out of state. Those of you who’ve hosted out of towners will understand all of these are things that we have to explain to Delaware visitors again and again.
1. Delaware itself.
You know, for being the First State, we're not really that well known. That's okay, it keeps our state calm and quiet, but it also leads to having to explain the state and its location, and defending its existence.
2. We actually make really, really good seafood.
Maryland is known around the country for their amazing crabcakes, but did you know Delaware's can be just as good? And Delaware Bay oysters are world-famous for their flavor.
3. Slower Lower is a way of life.
The relaxed, rural way of life below the canal is just something you have to accept. Nobody's going to rush for you. Side note: There's always such a divide in the comments on these issues, but I'll take a stand here. It's "Slower Lower," not "LSD," and it starts at the Canal.
4. Beach traffic can take up the entire state.
Yeah, if you choose to visit in the middle of summer, be prepared to have traffic backed up and congestion prevalent even if you don't think you're that close to the beaches. In a state this small, everything is close to everything.
5. Wilmington is actually great.
Trolley Square, the Riverwalk and Rodney Square are three of the coolest spots in the entire state. When you consider all of the DuPont estates on the outskirts of the city, Alapocas Run State Park and Brandywine Park, there's so much in Wilmington that just gets overlooked. The city is actually awesome.
6. Dumplings here are a little different.
Delaware's a huge poultry state, and chicken and dumplings here are the best you'll ever have. Just don't expect round dumplings - those are the worst. Slippery dumplings are the only way to eat this classic Delmarva dish.
7. We don't have to pay sales tax.
That's right, no matter where you shop, there's no sales tax. Only a few other states in the nation refuse to recognize sales tax, and our small wonder is one of them! That's why so many people flock here for holiday shopping.
8. You don't want to know what's in scrapple.
Stop asking, just enjoy it. Trust us, it's not something worth overthinking.
9. Chances are we do know your friend from our hometown.
We might roll our eyes if you ask us if we know your coworker who grew up in Milford... but... I mean, we probably do.
10. Boardwalk food.
I'd do almost anything for a giant Thrashers with vinegar right now - get out of here with that ketchup! Dolles, too, and a burger from Gus & Gus! Something about all the fried and sweet food mixed with nostalgia makes Delaware boardwalk food such a treat... no wonder out-of-towners don't quite get it.
11. We take serious pride in our local restaurants.
Delaware is SUCH a foodie state, and we really get to know everyone at our favorite local spots. That's one reason why Delaware hole in the wall restaurants are so prevalent and incredible.
12. The DuPonts are everywhere.
They built the largest industries in the state, established gigantic mansions and gardens, dedicated museums and founded one of the best Children's hospitals in the country. So yeah, you're going to see a lot of things named after them. Don't mix up all the roads named DuPont Highway, DuPont Ave, and DuPont Rd.
So, there you have it… if you enjoyed this list, you can probably relate to these
struggles of life in Delaware that all of us really understand.