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Foodies will love the Delaware Culinary Trail. This is a tour of excellent restaurants, great food and plenty more. If you want to discover the best dining throughout the states of Delaware, this trail provides one of the best ways to enjoy the adventure.

The Passport

It starts by downloading a passport from visitdelaware.com. Once you have the passport, you will be able to visit the different locations throughout the state. A completed passport earns you a limited-edition cookbook to add to your collection.

Enjoy 24 of the best Delaware restaurants as you visit the three major regions of the state. Restaurants found on the passport include:

Kent

  • Abbott's Grill - 249 NE Front Street, Milford
  • Capriotti's Sandwich Shop - 130 Gateway
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Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vinotrip/2627187099/Delaware isn't best-known for the vineyards, but one does stand out above all the rest. Nassau Valley Vineyards is the only award-winning winery in the state and provides some of the most exquisite wine in the country.

The winery produces a number of different types of wine from Merlot to Cabernet Franc and many others. With the high quality of grapes grown in the area, all of the best wines are produced here. Many of the wines from Nassau Valley have won awards, throughout the years.

This winery was founded in 1987 and became the first commercial wine vineyard in Delaware. The vineyard produces a number of different grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. They only use fruit grown in the region to produce their

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Dover Downs Hotel and Casino is the perfect escape for adults. Sometimes you just need a break and heading to Dover Downs is a great way to get away. Here are the some of the fun things you will discover at this hotel and casino.

The Casino

Dover Downs features a casino with plenty of table games and so much more. Every Friday is "Friday Night Fun" and features $1 domestic beers, $1.50 imported beers and $2 house wines. This is the perfect time to unwind and enjoy the night.

With 41 tables games ranging from blackjack to roulette, a poker room and plenty more to enjoy, adults can have all kinds of fun at the casino. You will also find nearly 2,500 slot machines throughout the casino.

Horse Racing

Dover Downs is well-known for horse racing,

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Cape Henlopen State Park - Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leecannon/4991607978/Even though Delaware is one of the smallest states in the country, there's still plenty to do here, as a family. The state is full of natural areas, museums, beaches and plenty of history. Here are a few of the best activities and attractions the entire family can enjoy.

Dover International Speedway

The best place for racing in the state and hosts of NASCAR rates yearly, the Dover International Speedway is one of the top venues for families. Enjoy the race and the FanZone, which features live music, games, autograph sessions and more. The Monster FunZone is designed for kids with rock climbing, bounce houses, face painting, a DJ and plenty more. Come for the race, but make sure to show up early and enjoy everything offered by the speedway.

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Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/80502454@N00/3266478767/The winter is an interesting season throughout Delaware. Many exciting attractions are available, along with plenty of tax-free shopping and amazing restaurants. You can get out of the city and enjoy the winter with a quiet escape or you can enjoy the indoor activities within your city. Here are some of the things to enjoy during the winter in Delaware

Biggs Museum of American Art - 406 Federal Street, Dover

With a collection of nearly 1,800 art objects, the Biggs Museum of American Art is an excellent winter choice. Enjoy the 16 different galleries with everything from glass art to furniture and so much more. The items fond here are from the early 1700s to present day.

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library - 5105 Kenneth Pk, Winterthur

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Delaware is an adventure waiting to happen and the beaches are a huge part of that adventure. Many of the Delaware beaches have won multiple awards. The Frist State is certainly known for the family-friendly beaches, such as Bethany Beach, which was named to the Top 10 Best Beaches for Families in 2013 by Family Vacation Critic. Here's an introduction to the beaches in Delaware.

Bethany Beach

This charming resort area provides beautiful sandy beaches with plenty of outdoor creation. The award-winning restaurants and tax-free shopping options make Bethany Beach a great place to discover. Enjoy sailing along the coastline or just walk along the boardwalk and take in the area.

Travel & Leisure Magazine places Bethany Beach on their list of the "Best

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I'll tell you why Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! It is the perfect choice whether you are in the market for investment property, a second home, or to relocate entirely. It is a beautiful city with a small town feeling and a virtual undiscovered paradise. Living in Rehoboth Beach allows you to slow down and enjoy life to the full!

Rehoboth Beach offers an incredible sense of community involvement. The residents truly care about their city and show evidence of their loyalty and passion in regard to its growth, maintenance and culture. If you enjoy becoming involved in local government activities, why should Rehoboth Beach be your choice?

Because Rehoboth Beach is one of the few municipalities nationwide that explicitly permits second-home owners to vote

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Thank you for your interest in beautiful Coastal Delaware!

Most people are excited to find out how low taxes are in Delaware but you probably would like to know more about the costs associated with buying a home and the closing costs. Once you decide to write an offer and it is accepted by the seller of a home you like, your deposit will be held in an escrow account. Then you will make application with a lender and then you will decide on the necessary inspections and your Realtor will get them scheduled for you. In Delaware you can expect to pay between $350-$500 for the home inspection depending on the size of the home. If there is a well - a water test will cost about $140-$250 (re-tests $100-250.) If the property has a septic system- septic inspection

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On January 30, 2014, the United States Senate voted 67-32 to approve the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (S. 1926), sponsored by Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Isakson (R-GA).

This bipartisan legislation calls for a 4-year timeout on rate increases triggered either by a property's sale or a flood map update for a property with previously grandfathered rates. The National Association of Realtors provided Congress with expert testimony suggesting that many of these increases are excessive and inaccurate. The bill also creates a flood insurance advocate within the Federal Emergency Management Act (FEMA) to investigate home owner complaints of multiple different or excessive rate quotes.

The Senate vote sends the measure to the House of

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Mariya Oldfather has been named a 2013 Five Star Real Estate Agent, a level of excellence achieved by fewer than 7 percent of the real estate agents in the area. This is the third year in a row Mariya has been awarded the distinction.

Mariya's selection is the result of a process that included a rigorous regulatory and consumer complaint review, and an evaluation of objective criteria associated with real estate agents who provide quality services to their clients.

This honor reflects Mariya's hard work and dedication. Congratulations!

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