Wilmington Delaware: Fabulous Mansions to Wander Through

A luxurious room at the Hotel Dupont in Wilmington Delaware.
A luxurious room at the Hotel Dupont in Wilmington Delaware.

Wilmington, Delaware is famous for the Dupont family, the founders of the chemical company of the same name–and when in Wilmington, the standard bearer for old-line, classic hotels is the Hotel Dupont, right downtown.

The Dupont costs more than any other hotel in the city, but then, it’s historic, luxurious, and people rave about it, like these guests who stayed there in January 2019 for a wedding.

One gushed, “Your hotel and wedding venue was amazing!! Food and service were outstanding. We were there for a wedding, and it was nothing short from breathtaking!!! Everything was what a gorgeous wedding should be. The hotel rooms were so comfortable and relaxing. We can’t wait to return!!!

If you not up for a hotel that goes for upwards of $400 a night, there are plenty of other options in Wilmington, such as reliable chains like the Sheraton Suites, or Fairfield Inn.

The interior of Winterthur, which is much different from Nemours mansion.
The interior of Winterthur, which is much different from Nemours mansion. Tab Hauser photo.

Winterthur is an attraction that lights up many guides to the city.  This is the former estate of Henry Francis du Pont. Winterthur is set on 979 acres with a 175 room, eight-story mansion that was converted into the largest collection of “decorative arts” in America.  One writer described the mansion, which is packed to the rafters with furniture, arts, and antiques, as looking “like hoarders took over.”

A perfect spot for tea at the Nemours mansion in Brandywine. Tab Houser photo.
A perfect spot for tea at the Nemours mansion in Brandywine. Tab Houser photo.

The other Dupont mansion worth a visit to in Greater Wilmington is the Nemours Estate.  This 300-acre property is open for guided tours.  While a visit to Longwood Gardens centered on their gardens and not the mansion, Nemours is the opposite.

Here, the mansion, modeled on a French chateau with its 105 rooms at 47,500 square feet is the center of attention. It is surrounded by a formal French garden and a pretty walk down a long grass lawn to a one-acre reflecting pool complete with marble statues.  It’s quite a site to see!

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