A Victorian getaway

Our journalists travel all over the world for conventions and book signings, but during this year they didn’t get much time for a holiday. So when they had a free weekend they escaped to scenic Delaware.

Yes, Delaware.

Mostly that was to do with Tee Morris’ interest obsession with Dogfish Head Brewery, which Pip decided to go along with. Also, it meant another state.

Delaware is called the First State, and is one of the smaller states in America—it is only 30 miles (48 km) wide and 96 miles (154km) long.

It is also apparently full of Victorian wonders. The requirement was if Tee was getting his Dogfish fix, Pip got to stay in a Victorian Bed & Breakfast. She got her wish and then some.

The Towers in Milford, Delaware provides all the pink Victorian glory a visitor could possibly want. On the banks of the Mispilllion river, Milford is only 15-20 minutes away from the beachside at Rehoboth Beach.

The building was built in the 18th century, but was extensively renovated into the Victorian style in 1891 Rhoda Rodebush at great expense. In 1985 it was renovated again, keeping the Victorian style, but getting a new paint scheme, in the Steamboat Gothic style. You see a lot of these in San Francisco, but they are not so common in the east of the country.

In 1988 the Towers opened as a Bed & Breakfast. Our journalists stayed in the Rapunzel Suite, which as you can imagine is on the top floor, but it also has access to the turret tower. Plenty of wonderful photographic opportunities abound both in the town and the Towers.

Visitors can relax with a little sherry in the downstairs music room, surrounded by the sumptuous wood ceilings, carved by local ship builders, and feel transported back to the gilded age.

Our journalists highly recommend it. The breakfast each morning was delicious, and the hosts charming. Steampunks bring your costume for all these wonderful locations and the beauty of the Towers.

 

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