Delaware October 23, 2017
9 Things That Will Always Make Delawareans Think Of Home
Delawareans have a lot of state pride – we appreciate our small wonder and love the small town feel of the entire state. We’ve got a great location along the east coast, and we’re right in the middle of the Northeast corridor action. Despite our intentions, though, sometimes we’ve got to leave the First State, and head off in other directions. When you’re away from the state, it’s easy to miss it, but it’s also easy to find a piece of Delaware wherever you are. Whether it’s been a week or a decade, these 9 things will always make Delawareans think of home.
There's nothing quite like a beautiful sunrise to make Delawareans think of home... our state really knows how to start a morning right.
2. French fries... with malt vinegar.
It can be tough to find a place that has good fries and malt vinegar outside of Delmarva! When you do find that hidden gem elsewhere in the country, don't ever let it go!
3. Sand beneath your feet
Delawareans grew up going to the beaches along the bay and Atlantic Ocean - and every trip to a sandy shore will bring us right back home.
4. The smell of chicken
And I don't mean on the grill. Anyone who has spent any time below the canal can smell a chicken farm from a mile away... and that's certainly something no Delawarean will ever forget.
5. Elaborate gardens
You know how in movies, you'll see a fancy mansion with fountains and gardens as far as the eye can see? Yeah, that makes Delawareans think of home. The DuPont mansions and gardens are a top attraction in Delaware, and they are larger than life and absolutely breathtaking.
Yup, Pumpkins. Because where else can you find an entire festival dedicated to homemade trebuchets and cannons launching pumpkins as far as possible?
It's easy to find scrapple in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but outside of this region, good luck. If you do happen to find a boutique diner that sells the stuff, you'll return again and again.
8. Fairs and carnivals
The Delaware State Fair is the biggest festival in the state (well, Firefly is bigger, but we all know where the real Delawareans go). Because it's such an important week for the state, we all grew up going down to the fairgrounds, riding the ferris wheel, petting the animals, and eating pies. Any similar fair or carnival is bound to make Delawareans think of home.
9. Crab cakes!
You'll find crab cakes everywhere, but nobody makes them like Delawareans or Marylanders. Still, it's nice to see a reminder of home on a menu halfway across the country... even though you know it's not going to be nearly as good.
Oh Delaware – there are so many reasons we love you, and
so many things we miss when we leave!