Being that Delaware draws business travelers to the northern end of the state, and beach tourists to the southern end, there are plenty of chain hotels with beds to rest your weary traveling head.
But if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, from staying in the lap of luxury to a quirky bed and breakfast, here are 10 places that are unique in their own ways.
1. Causey Mansion Bed and Breakfast, Milford
A mansion? In Milford? Yep. That's what we thought too. Dating back to the 1760s, the Causey Mansion is decorated with period furniture and antiques. This beautiful three-acre estate would be the perfect spot for a wedding or quiet getaway. It's within walking distance to downtown shops and not too far of a drive from the Delaware beaches.
2. Inn at Montchanin Village and Spa, Montchanin
This 19th century hamlet has been converted into a stunning inn, complete with a fine dining restaurant and luxurious spa. Its 28 rooms are sprinkled throughout several stately homes. Treat yourself to a signature treatment or massage before dining at Krazy Kat's Restaurant.
3. Black Hog Farmstead, Lewes
Please note, Black Hog Farmstead is no longer in business.
For a unique experience, why not stay at a working farm? Just outside of Lewes, Black Hog Farmstead offers just one suite with a queen bed, sitting area, and a full hot breakfast on most mornings. The farmers grow approximately 60 different kinds of fruits, vegetables and flowers on just over four acres of seclusion. Pets are welcome.
4. Hotel du Pont, Wilmington
For the ultimate experience in five star traveling, the Hotel du Pont has been delighting guests since 1913. Opulence abounds here, with lush fabrics, dark wood, and gold accents. The hotel is home to the famous Green Room, which is perhaps Delaware's finest restaurant.
5. Blue Water House, Lewes
If there was one word to describe this unique bed and breakfast it would be 'quirky.' Each room is themed differently with an underlying Key West sort of vibe. Eclectic art pieces are scattered throughout the inside and outside of the place; a human-sized friendly pig statue greets guests in the parking area. The homemade breakfasts are delicious and will fuel you up for a day exploring quaint Lewes.
6. The Brick Hotel on the Circle, Georgetown
Located on the circle in historic Georgetown, the Brick Hotel's original structure dates back to 1836 and is constructed of bricks made just down the road. It was first an inn, frequented by both Union and Confederate supporters during the Civil War, before becoming a bank and then an inn once again. There is a restaurant and tavern on site.
7. The Bellmoor Inn and Spa, Rehoboth Beach
For those looking to stay at the beach, but with all the luxuries of some of our northern Delaware hotels, many look to the Bellmoor. Guests of the hotel are just steps from downtown shopping and dining, and the boardwalk and beach. Rooms have a variety of amenities such as sitting areas, soaking tubs, balconies, and more. All guests have access to the spa-style pool and beautiful private garden. The spa is open to guests and the public, and has a full list of indulgent services.
8. Courtyard by Marriott at the University of Delaware, Newark
Yes, a chain. BUT, what makes this hotel unique is that it is on the University of Delaware property and used by students in UD's hospitality program as a real-world classroom setting. Students are held to a very high standard and what you get here is exceptional service from students who aim to please.
9. Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, Rehoboth Beach
You can't miss this place. It's the pink hotel with white gingerbread style trim right on the boardwalk with oceanfront views. It screams Victorian style, and the service matches. For an extra special treat, stay on the concierge floor and prepare to be pampered. Amenities include a fine dining restaurant, pool, rooftop hot tub, and stunning views of the ocean.
10. Dogfish Inn, Lewes
The craft-beer empire of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales recently renovated what used to be the Vesuvio Motel, and turned it into a getaway for beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike. Featuring the off-centered flavor that is Dogfish Head, the 16 rooms highlight local landmarks and beer-inspired touches. In the evening, gather around the inn's backyard fire pit for a brew with fellow travelers.
Have you ever had the chance to stay at any of these unique hotels and inns? Tell us about your experiences in the comments!