Wilmington Delaware: A City in the National Spotlight

Longwood Gardens, Wilmington DE

Joe Biden’s City Wilmington Shines in the Presidential Spotlight

Last week I once again got a chance to return to the work and the activities that I so cherish. I was on assignment doing a travel story about Wilmington Delaware.  In this age of caution and COVID, there were elements of uneasiness, especially while I took the train starting in Greenfield Mass. But we all kept our masks on and the trip went well.

Talking about President Elect Joe Biden at DECO, downtown Wilmington DE.
Talking about President Elect Joe Biden at DECO, downtown Wilmington DE.

My friend Bruce Northam jumped on the train at Penn Station New York City,  Soon we were strolling along the Wilmington Riverfront, to Constitution Yards–a blend of beer, food, ax throwing and outdoor fun right on the Christina River downtown.


It reminded me of what you see in Portland Oregon, the kind of place that draws thousands of millennials when the weather is nice. There is a big movement bringing in money, housing, and attractions like this that’s putting Wilmington on the map.

But we knew that when we watched the news and found that our hotel was next door to the place where Joe Biden would be making his acceptance speech on Friday night!  First Look Wilmington is poised to be busy with media requests from every outlet now that the president is from the city.

One of the three covered bridges near Wilmington Delaware.
One of the three covered bridges near Wilmington Delaware.

In order to keep the Joe Biden vibe, we traveled to Wilmington by Amtrak train. Despite being battered by the pandemic the service was perfect, I departed at 7:25 am and got to Delaware at 2:35 pm.

Wilmington is like a big town. It’s just small enough so that people know each other yet it’s a major city–the population is about 70,000 with about 750,000 in the metro area.

Many of the tourist attractions like the American Helicopter Museum are located in nearby Pennsylvania.

An Osprey vertical take-off and landing plane at the American Helicopter Museum.
An Osprey vertical take-off and landing plane at the American Helicopter Museum.

 

We immediately set out to meet people and ask questions about their familiarity with the new President-elect, Joe Biden, and we were not disappointed. But the overwhelming feeling we got from everyone we met in Wilmington was a positive and very affectionate view of the former VP and especially his family.

One man told us that when he was diagnosed with brain cancer, Beau Biden, who died from the disease, helped put him in touch with a brain cancer specialist to help his treatment.

Constitution Yards, Wilmington DE
Constitution Yards, Wilmington DE

Another man said Joe’s daughter is also a doctor like Dr. Jill Biden and that she helps children and less fortunate people all the time. It’s just in their nature.

Wilmington exudes the whiff of money, that money is being invested here and that big money has played a big part in its development.

The cozy bar and high ceilings of La Cavalier, inside the swank Hotel Dupont in Wilmington DE.
The cozy bar and high ceilings of La Cavalier, inside the swank Hotel Dupont in Wilmington DE.

There is a youthful energy that we found at the first place we went, Constitution Yards. This big open area on the Christina river serves as the gathering point for Millenials and others, with ax throwing, a big beer garden, cornhole courts and food booths. The perfect place that you might find in Denver or Portland OR.

In the two nights, we enjoyed time in Wilmington, we got to meet two interesting men who run the best restaurants in the city, first at Bardea, and the next night at La Cavalier, inside the tony Hotel Dupont that was once owned by the company.

Instead of just ordering from the menu, we gave the waiters and chefs the chance to surprise us. They brought out course after course and we just dug in and loved everything!

Find out more at www.visitWilmington.com

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