Life in Delaware – More than You Know
Delaware has something for everyone. It also has a quality of life that can’t be beat—a small town feel with the amenities of a much larger city, and a cost of living that allows junior associates the option of owning their own homes. It is easily accessible to other major mid-Atlantic cities—thirty minutes to Philadelphia and two hours to New York, Baltimore, or Washington D.C. by car or Amtrak. A thirty-minute drive to the Philadelphia International Airport makes anywhere else in the world accessible as well. We think that you will find virtually everything you need right here in Delaware.
Culture and Entertainment
If you enjoy theatre or live music, you will find a wide range of options right in Downtown Wilmington. The DuPont Theatre hosts national touring productions of Broadway shows like South Pacific and Les Misérables. The Grand is home to the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, OperaDelaware, and the First State Ballet, and also hosts nationally renowned musicians and comedians like Ben Folds and Lewis Black. World Café Live offers two unique music venues in a completely refurbished, century-old theatre with a full restaurant and bar, and has played host to acts like the Wailers, Jon McLaughlin, and Matthew Sweet.
If you enjoy museums, you will love having the Delaware Art Museum practically in your backyard, home to one of the best known collections of American illustrations. You should also be sure to visit our clients—Winterthur, Mt. Cuba and Hagley. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, a premier museum of American decorative art on a 60-acre naturalistic garden, also hosts the Point-to-Point steeplechase race every spring. Mt. Cuba Center is a horticultural institute and focuses on plants native to the Appalachian Piedmont region. Hagley Museum and Library is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E.I du Pont.
If you enjoy shopping, wait until you try it in Delaware—the home of tax-free shopping! The Christiana Mall boasts a wide variety of stores and restaurants, including such favorites as Nordstrom, Apple, Coach, and Williams-Sonoma—all tax free!
Delaware offers a variety of cuisine for every palate and an array of restaurants for every size wallet, from seafood to sports bars and from Japanese or Peruvian to steakhouses and breweries. Many of Wilmington’s best and most popular restaurants are clustered in several key locations. The Riverfront hosts casual-upscale bars and restaurants with outdoor patios overlooking the Christina River. Trolley Square, a popular area for young professionals to live, offers several sports bars and a festive nightlife scene. Wilmington’s downtown area, centered around Market Street, is rapidly expanding, and is a great option whether you are looking for a sit-down meal, tapas, or just a great beer selection. Wilmington’s Little Italy neighborhood offers outstanding homemade pasta, and a 20-minute drive to the University of Delaware in Newark offers an entirely different selection of restaurants, bars, and nightlife—often at college student prices! In the summer, you can sample a variety of other food offerings at one of Wilmington’s many street festivals, like the Greek Festival, the Italian Festival, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, and the Polish Festival. Don’t forget – you won’t pay tax on your meal or bar tab in Delaware either!
Whether you live within the city limits of Wilmington or in one of its beautiful suburbs, Delaware’s park system leaves you with no excuse not to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Delaware is home to sixteen state parks, some within the Wilmington city limits, that offer a wide variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, boating, fishing, disc golf, and orienteering. Many feature off-leash dog parks, allowing you to easily exercise your dog even if living in the heart of the city. You can also enjoy any of the hundreds of programs sponsored by the Delaware Nature Society on its 1,900-acre nature preserves. Delaware is known for its beautiful beaches with their bustling boardwalks and music venues, and you will find many of your Potter Anderson colleagues there on a summer weekend. For the golfer, Delaware is home to many challenging and scenic golf courses, including public courses such as Bayside Resort and Baywood Greens, as well as private courses, including the DuPont Country Club and the Wilmington Country Club.
If you enjoy football, or just enjoy the festive atmosphere of a tailgate or a college town during a football game, you can’t go wrong by spending a crisp fall Saturday at a University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens football game. The Blue Hens are perennial FCS Championship challengers, and are proud to count among their alumni former Pro Bowl quarterback Rich Gannon and current Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. If baseball is your sport of choice, enjoy a summer evening with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, Delaware’s minor league baseball team. This is a great family outing that is easy on the wallet. If you are a NASCAR fan, you can head down to Dover International Speedway —the “Monster Mile”—to take in one of the variety of NASCAR races hosted there each year. If you prefer bikes to cars, don’t miss the Wilmington Grand Prix, an elite professional cycling race held in Wilmington each spring. If you live in downtown Wilmington, you can literally watch the race from your window, or come down to the street and join the festival atmosphere that the race brings with it—just blocks from Potter Anderson’s office! Wilmington is closer than most Philadelphia suburbs to the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Philadelphia Union stadiums where you can see some of the most-watched teams in the nation.