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20 villages you can do in a weekend

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posted June 12, 2019

There are treasures to find in Delaware’s Quaint Villages, an area of Kent County full of tranquil small towns but settled near the big cities of the Mid-Atlantic region.

“Group leaders have been discovering all the unique group-friendly activities, festivals and events Delaware’s Quaint Villages has to offer,” says John Doerfler, sales and event manager with Kent County Tourism. “From history walking tours to outdoor activities, and from tax-free shopping to traditional maypole dancing at the Annual Dover Days Festival, Delaware’s Quaint Villages is the ideal destination for any group that is looking to create a lasting, memorable experience.”

Visitors to Delaware’s Quaint Villages enjoy tax-free shopping.
Visitors to Delaware’s Quaint Villages enjoy tax-free shopping.

There are 20 villages in Kent County, each one emanating small-town charm and possessing something different from the other. Along with wineries and farm-to-table restaurants, the villages are also the backdrop to many lively annual events.

“From springtime events to winter festivals, the list includes the Delaware State Fair, NASCAR racing, the Bug & Bud Festival, the Bowers Beach Buccaneer Bash and the Amish Quilt Auctions.”

Doerfler suggests seeing these attractions during a visit:

Air Mobility Command Museum

Air Mobility Command Museum

The museum’s exhibits focus on U.S. Air Force history from World War II to the present. The Dover-based attraction houses more than 30 aircraft, including a retired Air Force One.

Painted Stave Distilling

The distillery in Smyrna operates in what was once a single-screen movie theater. It’s Delaware’s first stand-alone small-batch distillery, and the attraction hosts tours and tastings.

Fifer Orchards & Country Store

When groups visit Camden-Wyoming, they can wander onto the fourth-generation family farm with a U-pick experience and find fresh blueberries, strawberries, peaches, apples and pumpkins to take home. The farm also hosts other activities and events throughout the year.

For more information, contact Doerfler or go to

Top photo: Annual Dover Days Festival
Photos by Kent County Tourism


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