Read Delaware Today’s 10 Most-Read Stories of 2023

From foodie features to new businesses openings and exciting experiences, here are the 10 most-read stories from Delaware Today in 2023.

There’s no doubt that 2023 was a year filled with new beginnings in the First State. From brand-new restaurants and businesses to unique experiences, Delaware saw plenty of change throughout last year. As we look forward to what 2024 has in store, we also look back on the moments Delawareans loved the most. Here are Delaware Today’s top stories that readers came back to time and again throughout 2023.

10. 5 Holiday Pop-up Bars Spreading Christmas Cheer in Delaware

Nothing provides seasonal fun quite like a good pop-up bar. A change in routine and scenery can make all the difference when it comes to a night out on the town. New concepts like Hamilton’s on Main’s rotating pop-up bar series joined classics like Wilmington’s Blitzen this year. The Sleigh Bar at Klondike Kate’s is still up and running through January 7.

5 Holiday Pop-up Bars Spreading Christmas Cheer in Delaware

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9. Every Flight Offered by Avelo Airlines at the Wilmington Airport

As much as we love the First State, everyone needs a getaway every once in a while. Starting in 2023, it’s been easier than ever to take a flight straight out of New Castle County at the Wilmington Airport. With a seasonally rotating list of tropical destinations and super affordable ticket prices, it’s easy to understand why our readers loved this story.

Every Flight Offered by Avelo Airlines at the Wilmington Airport

8. 5 Road Trips to Take From Delaware Before Summer Ends

We invited readers to savor the summertime with these five road trips, but they’re great getaways all year round! If you prefer an old-fashioned long weekend road trip to flying, check out these five road trip ideas that start in Delaware.

5 Road Trips to Take From Delaware Before Summer Ends

7. These Italian Restaurants Are Mainstays in Delaware

If there’s one thing 2023 taught us, it’s that Delaware is becoming an off-the-beaten-path foodie destination. Condé Nast Traveler even included Wilmington on its list of the 23 best cities to visit in the U.S. in 2023, citing the incredible food scene as a major reason why. Delawareans love their Italian food, and these restaurants have been delivering for years—or even decades.

These Italian Restaurants Are Mainstays in Delaware

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6. National Cinema Day: Score $4 Movie Tickets Across Delaware

In the year that brought us “Barbenheimer,” it’s hardly a shock that Delawareans were excited to get back into the theater for National Cinema Day in 2023. This is a tradition that promises to stick around, so keep an eye out for next year’s low-cost ticket day.

National Cinema Day: Score $4 Movie Tickets Across Delaware

5. This Harry Potter Pop-up Bar in Newark Is Every Wizard’s Dream

Newark’s Hamilton’s on Main introduced a new concept in 2023: a pop-up bar series in the restaurant’s classy upstairs bourbon lounge. The Harry Potter theme took over in November, and patrons loved it so much the team kept it going through December with a Christmas at Hogwarts spin. We can’t wait to see what 2024 brings for this exciting pop-up bar series.

This Harry Potter Pop-up Bar in Newark Is Every Wizard’s Dream

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4. A Guide to Fall Festivals and Events Around Delaware

We all love the holiday season, but our readers can’t get enough of the fall festivities. This roundup of exciting fall happenings included everything from pumpkin patches and orchards to spooky Halloween-related festivities.

A Guide to Fall Festivals and Events Around Delaware

3. Scout Café Is a Cozy Hideaway for Coffee Lovers in Wilmington

It’s no secret that Delaware loves a good coffee shop. Independent cafes are popping up across the First State. This Wilmington café drew plenty of foot traffic in 2023, and the story of its opening drew plenty of digital traffic to Delaware Today’s website. With constantly changing specials, a cozy atmosphere and unique events, there are so many reasons to keep coming back throughout 2024.

Scout Café Is a Cozy Hideaway for Coffee Lovers in Wilmington

2. When and Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in Delaware

As the first state to ratify the United States Constitution, it makes perfect sense that Delaware still loves a patriotic celebration over 200 years later. Coming in at number two for the year, this story shows just how much readers across the First State wanted to know where to get the party started on the Fourth of July.

When and Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in Delaware

1. Great Wolf Lodge Is Opening its Largest Resort Near Delaware

It’s great to reflect upon how 2023 was a year full of positive changes for the Delaware region, including Great Wolf Lodge announcing the opening of its largest resort just over the line in Perryville. When the company approached Delaware Today, we were excited to share the news, and our readers were excited to read about it! The Perryville location has since opened, and has reported a steady flow of guests from Delaware throughout the year.

Great Wolf Lodge Is Opening Its Largest Resort Near Delaware

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