What’s the best time to visit Hotel du Pont?

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Pam George

The best time to visit Hotel du Pont depends on what brings you to town. If you’re a business traveler, you go when the appointment, conference or meeting dictates. That’s also true of wedding guests.

Since Hotel du Pont is so business-minded, leisure travelers can often find plenty of available rooms on weekends, particularly in the summer. The exception is if there’s a particularly large wedding with overnight guests. Leisure travelers may want to time their visit with spring, when the city is full of flowering trees, or fall, when the leaves change color.

Must-see attractions include Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library and Longwood Gardens (both former DuPont estates); Hagley Museum, the birthplace of the DuPont Company, which has a gorgeous site on the Brandywine River; and the Brandywine River Museum, which houses the works of three Wyeths: N.C., Andrew and Jamie.

Wyeth works are also part of the collection at the Delaware Art Museum. But for culture, you need look no further than the luxury hotel, which has the DuPont Theatre — Wilmington’s “Little Broadway” — onsite. Pick up a self-guided walking tour brochure at the lobby desk and explore the hotel and theater. Don’t miss the walnut-paneled Christina Room, which has three generations of original Wyeth paintings and a secret door to the theater.

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