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Breakfast with the Arts: Part 2

The Art of Nature and the Home

The Garden Cafeteria at Winterthur is reconfigured during Sunday Brunch to create a more intimate dining space focused on food and the glories of the gardens. Diners must stroll past the dessert offerings first, tempting them to forgo other buffet items. This would be unfortunate,

Images courtesy of Winterthur

Images courtesy of Winterthur

since the eclectic buffet items regularly change and include such varied options as sushi, crisp salads and fresh fruit. Boomers who visited the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair will find memorable Belgian waffles on the menu. Sparkling champagne beautifully enhances the omelets made to order.

Sunday Brunch is served from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The Holiday Brunch menu at Winterthur offers special seasonal temptations, including Berry Muffins with Nutmeg Sugar, Sweet Cream & Currant Mini Scones with Fig & White Raisin Baked Apples and Smoked Salmon on Mini Potato Pancakes with Dill Sour Cream & Fried Capers.

Yuletide at Winterthur allows visitor to experience traditions of the past and dazzling displays in this special wintertime tour. Be transported to a 19th-century market square to see how preparations for winter festivities began, and in celebration of the exhibition Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition, see the scrumptious evolution of the holiday meal from the colonial period to the early national period. Enjoy Winterthur’s unique version of a winter wonderland as you meander through a re-created woodland path offering vistas of the Winterthur Garden enveloped in snow.

Whether you are taking in the breathtakingly decorated trees, the colorful and exquisite room and food displays, or the winter wonderland of the garden, Yuletide at Winterthur is a feast for the eyes.


5105 Kennett Pike

Winterthur DE

(302) 888-4600       

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2008, under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All copyrights reserved.


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Gardens of the Garden State: Part 6 Surprising Summit

Summit, New Jersey is an ideal weekend destination for garden enthusiasts or those wanting to explore central New Jersey. This picturesque community is rich with history and culture, and has inviting oak-lined streets and Victorian architecture. Shops and restaurants line the downtown street, enticing sightseers and residents to linger; yet New York City is an easy commute from the train station.

The DeBary Inn
© Gail A. Sisolak 2012

Nestled within the shaded avenues is the DeBary Inn. Owners Anita and Hill Rose have remodeled the circa 1880 mansion to create an atmosphere of serenity and Old World charm. While the elegantly appointed rooms reflect period design, modern amenities abound. A full breakfast is served in the light-filled dining room, which overlooks the deep covered porch and blooming gardens.

The gourmet breakfast is specially prepared with healthy, natural; organic ingredients, said co-owner Anita Rose. During our stay, tempting European-style pancakes were served with lingonberry preserves and pure maple syrup.

Over 25 restaurants are within walking distance of the DeBary Inn; many feature al fresco dining during clement weather. My companion and I strolled to La Pastaria on our first night, where we savored a local favorite, Pork Chop Giambotta, (grilled chops sautéed with mushrooms, onions and peppers) while we enjoyed a street-side view of the gathering dusk.

On our second evening, we joined a vibrant crowd at Winberie’s, which has an eclectic range of menu offerings featuring contemporary American cuisine. Cedar Planked Salmon, served with seasonal vegetables, is a crowd pleaser.

While Summit is approximately a two-hour drive from Newark, Delaware, I recommend checking into your accommodations and getting directions to gardens or other venues. New Jersey roadways can be confusing.

2012 Update: Since I stayed at the DeBary Inn, it has changed owners and been extensively remodeled. Updated information can be found on their website.

For More Information:

The DeBary Inn

265 Springfield Avenue

Summit, NJ 07901

City of Summit

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2007 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.

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Gardens of the Garden State: Part 5 Grounds For Sculpture Hamilton, New Jersey

Grounds For Sculpture, a 35-acre sculpture park and museum, has captivated visitors since 1992, and has only gained in popularity as more of the public discovers its tranquil setting and engaging sculpture.

Over 240 contemporary sculptures, from monumental to smaller scale, can be found on the beautifully landscaped grounds.  Indoor Exhibitions of emerging and well-known artists are shown throughout the year in two expansive, glass-walled buildings that were once exhibit halls for the New Jersey State Fair.

Grounds For Sculpture also offers gardens, water features, an exciting restaurant—Rat’s, a Café, Museum Shop, Toad Hall Shop & Gallery, and a seasonally-open Gazebo Café for visitors.

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2007 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.

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What’s Up Delaware?

MAD2GO will be hitting the road in the coming weeks, driving up to Pittsburgh, through New Hope and over to the Lehigh Valley. While traveling our road trip, we found a lot of lot of Food Network shows featuring local restaurants. DD&D visited 14 restaurants in PA. But has Guy Fieri visited Delaware even once?

Nope. Nada. Never.

In fact, NONE of the Food Network or Travel Channel shows have ever visited Delaware. (Man v. Food, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, No Reservations, Bizarre Foods.)

I mean, you can eat muskrat in DE. Shouldn’t that at least fall in the bizarre category?

Muskrat swimming: Wikipedia: D. Gordon E. Robertson

So, send us your thoughts and recommendations. We’ll vlog the best, and challenge the “experts” to try our hometown favorites.

What’s your favorite diner, drive-in or dive in DE? At the Beach? And why?

Who makes the best cheese steak in DE?

Who make the best fried chicken in DE? Come on! We’re the Blue Hen State!

Has anyone ever really tried muskrat? What did you think and where did you have it in DE?

Who makes the best desserts in DE?

Who makes the best peach pie/cobbler in DE?

Who pours the best DE craft beer AND serves great food?

Best crab cakes in DE?

Any other recs in DE?

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Gardens of the Garden State: Part 4 Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Reeves-Reed Arboretum
Summit, New Jersey
© Gail A. Sisolak 2012

The Reeves-Reed Arboretum is 12.5-acres of magnificent natural beauty. Its estate and gardens represent design trends by prominent landscape architects of the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Distinct from a park, an arboretum is an educational conservancy promoting the awareness that the natural environment needs protection and deserves concern. Trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are conserved and identified in their natural settings for study and appreciation. Native flora, new plant introductions and unusual specimens that can be grown in the region are on display.

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2007 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.

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Gardens of the Garden State: Part 3 Leonard J. Buck Garden

Leonard J. Buck Garden
Summerset County Park, Far Hills, New Jersey
© Gail A. Sisolak 2012

Naturalistic plantings of native wildflowers, shade perennials and ferns set in a rugged rocky terrain make the 29-acre Leonard J. Buck Garden one of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States. Mining engineer Buck brought his blasting expertise home and blew away parts of the countryside to reveal the indigenous rock formations.

Landscape architect Zenon Schreiber worked with Buck to develop a garden that would be ecologically correct and not recognizable as being man made. Each outcropping is slightly different, creating varying microclimates which enable different plant groupings of native wildflowers, shade perennials, and ferns, to survive.

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2007 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.

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Gardens of the Garden State: Part 2 Greenwood Gardens

Greenwood Gardens, Short Hills, New Jersey
© Gail A. Sisolak 2012

While Greenwood Gardens is undergoing renovation, it still provides a multilayered experience that includes historic Arts and Crafts-inspired architecture, superb plantings, and wide vistas.

This 22-acre garden adjoins a 2,100 acre forest preserve. Tours of Greenwood Gardens transport visitors to an era of country estates, gentleman farmers, and elegant tea parties on wide swaths of lawn.

After nearly a century of private ownership, Greenwood Gardens is now open to the public on a limited basis. Join the resident feline celebrity, Bubba, for a respite on the flagstone terrace, or a wander amidst the whimsical mid-century statuary.

Check the Greenwood Garden’s website for tour availability.

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2007 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.