Pam George

Correspondent

  • Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Pam George is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent in Wilmington, Delaware. The freelance writer lives about 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia in Delaware, also known as the “Small Wonder.” Her work has appeared in Fortune, USA Today Home, The Christian Science Monitor, HGTV Home and US Airways Magazine. She regularly writes on food, travel, home and health for Delaware Today and Delaware Beach Life. She’s the author of Landmarks & Legacies: Exploring Historic Delaware, First State Plates: Iconic Delaware Restaurants & Recipes and Shipwrecks of the Delaware Coast.

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  • On September 23, 2013
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    What is the dress code at the Green Room?

    Hotel du Pont’s fine-dining restaurant, the Green Room, has loosened its tie over the years: The official dress code is business casual. You’ll often spot business suits or sport jackets on men, particularly at lunch or if diners are celebrating a special occasion. Servers in their black-and-white attire likely wouldn’t bat an eye at a pair of nice dark jeans paired with a blazer. Women have more leeway with their attire at the French restaurant: Skirts, slacks and dresses are appropriate, and denim can pass muster if paired with a dressy top and heels. Leave the flip-flops, tank tops and shorts at home.
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    How do I get a reservation at the Green Room?

    To make a reservation at the Green Room, call Hotel du Pont at 302-594-3154, or book through OpenTable. You can also call the restaurant directly at 800-338-3404. Plan ahead — if there’s a show at either the hotel’s DuPont Theatre or the nearby Grand Opera House, the dining room might fill up before 8 p.m. (The hotel often offers a special buffet in its Brandywine Room to accommodate crowds.)

    It also gets crowded at the Wilmington restaurant around the holidays, when families reunite here for a meal. Another popular time to visit is Sunday mornings. The French restaurant is renowned for its brunch — and with dishes like raspberry waffles with crème anglaise and salted caramel (for those who like it sweet) and pan-seared monkfish with black lentils (for those who like it savory), it’s easy to see why. Call ahead for a Sunday time slot, especially in December. Save room for dessert (such as the napoleon layered with dark chocolate, white chocolate amaretto mousse, raspberries and a berry coulis), a major claim to fame for the Green Room.

    When making your reservation, request a table near the colossal, richly draped windows. But on pleasant days, opt for a seat overlooking the statue of Caesar Rodney on his horse, a Wilmington landmark.
  • On September 10, 2013
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    How do I get a reservation at the Green Room?

    To make a reservation at the Green Room, call Hotel du Pont at 302-594-3154, or book through OpenTable. You can also call the restaurant directly at 800-338-3404. Plan ahead — if there’s a show at either the hotel’s DuPont Theatre or the nearby Grand Opera House, the dining room might fill up before 8 p.m. (The hotel often offers a special buffet in its Brandywine Room to accommodate crowds.)

    It also gets crowded at the Wilmington restaurant around the holidays, when families reunite here for a meal. Another popular time to visit is Sunday mornings. The French restaurant is renowned for its brunch — and with dishes like raspberry waffles with crème anglaise and salted caramel (for those who like it sweet) and pan-seared monkfish with black lentils (for those who like it savory), it’s easy to see why. Call ahead for a Sunday time slot, especially in December. Save room for dessert (such as the napoleon layered with dark chocolate, white chocolate amaretto mousse, raspberries and a berry coulis), a major claim to fame for the Green Room.

    When making your reservation, request a table near the colossal, richly draped windows. But on pleasant days, opt for a seat overlooking the statue of Caesar Rodney on his horse, a Wilmington landmark.
  • On September 10, 2013
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    What is the scene like at the Green Room?

    The ambiance at Hotel du Pont’s Green Room is nothing short of sumptuous. The intimate entryway, lined with Italian mosaic tile, opens into the dramatic two-and-half-story dining room. Arched windows soar toward the deeply coffered ceiling. Gold chandeliers, weighing 2,500 pounds each, join ornate sconces on the fumed oak-paneled walls to softly illuminate the space.

    There are white linens on tables and, on one visit, yellow orchids captured in tall glass vases. With its tablecloths and sweeping floor-to-ceiling drapes, the Wilmington restaurant isn’t designed to create a loud buzz of conversation: You’ll hear musicians in the minstrel’s gallery. Instead, this is the place for a romantic meal, a productive business dinner or a celebration. The DuPont Theatre is just down the hall, so chances are good that if you time it right, you’ll spot a celebrity or two.
  • On September 10, 2013
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    When is the Green Room open?

    Hotel du Pont’s Green Room is open for breakfast Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 11 a.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The Wilmington restaurant serves lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

    Check out the French restaurant’s popular brunch on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’s a buffet station with salads, smoked seafood and soup. You also get to choose an entrée from the menu, such as pan-seared monkfish with black lentils, spinach, tomatoes and Meyer lemon gastrique, or a waffle with fresh raspberries, crème anglaise and salted caramel. A dessert buffet offers a sweet finish with dishes like mini crème brûlées.
  • On September 10, 2013
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    Where is the Green Room located?

    You’d expect to find a restaurant like the Green Room located in a refined European city. And with good reason: Hotel du Pont, the restaurant’s home, was modeled after European luxury hotels in the early 20th century.

    The restaurant instead resides in Wilmington, Delaware’s largest city, also the birthplace of DuPont. (The chemical giant built the hotel partly to house its business clients.) Located at 11th and Market streets, the French restaurant sits on Rodney Square, which in June hosts the city’s Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, and it’s steps from several bank headquarters, including the Bank of America offices. It’s a decidedly business-like setting, but it’s also a stately one. The restaurant’s neighbors, the Wilmington Public Library and the former city courthouse (now a law firm’s office) both evoke ancient Greek temples.

    The Green Room is to the left of the plush lobby and an easy walk from the DuPont Theatre, also housed in the hotel. It’s also within walking distance of the Grand Opera House on Market Street, which hosts comedians such as Wanda Sykes and performers such as Bonnie Raitt. Planning dinner and a show is a snap, and you can return to the lobby bar for a nightcap.

    The Wilmington restaurant offers valet parking. Or, choose from two parking garages a block away.
  • On September 10, 2013
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    What restaurants does Hotel du Pont have?

    Hotel du Pont’s premier restaurant is the Green Room, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a space that epitomizes the Gilded Age. It’s easy to picture Rose and Jack from Titanic dancing under the 2,500-pound gold chandeliers against the backdrop of lavishly arranged drapes. The French restaurant is the best option for fine dining in the Wilmington hotel.

    The Lobby Lounge, which lines the corridor leading to the DuPont Theatre, offers a lighter menu. Try the grilled ahi tuna, a burger on a brioche bun or a turkey club. This area also serves an afternoon tea from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The section is highly popular on theater nights.

    The casual Grill is on the hotel’s lower level, and it’s open 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Locals know all about this restaurant (they buy pies here for the holidays), where you can snag pizza, fish and chips and a patty melt on rye. But since it comes out of the luxury hotel’s kitchen, the main ingredient in any dish here is the cachet.
  • On September 9, 2013
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    What’s the best time to visit Hotel du Pont?

    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.
  • On September 9, 2013
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    What are the rooms like at Hotel du Pont?

    Renovations have actually reduced the number of rooms at Hotel du Pont to 217, including 11 suites. But that’s a good thing. The Luxury Guestrooms actually have two rooms: a sitting room and bedroom. A nifty mahogany cabinet, which looks like a pillar, rotates so you can view the TV in either space.

    The carpeting and upholstery are in classic shades of gold, beige and taupe, while the woodwork is dark and rich. It would all look appropriate in an upscale home in Chateau Country, a rolling section outside the city sprinkled with estates, including Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Vanity countertops are made out of DuPont’s Corian, of course. While sophisticated and classic, the Wilmington hotel rooms are also comfortable. And there’s not a fussy touch in sight.
  • On September 9, 2013
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    What is the design style of Hotel du Pont?

    Opened in 1913, the white stone of Hotel du Pont’s exterior evokes a European design sensibility. French and Italian craftsman helped create the structure, which took two years to build and cost more than $1 million.

    The impressive hotel lobby has stone walls, an ornate ceiling reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance and Gothic-like chandeliers. A mezzanine gives you an up-close look at the ceiling and a bird’s-eye view of the lobby. In the past, the lobby furniture was a tad prissy. But it was redone in 2010, and today there’s a beautiful medley of Art Deco-like chaise lounges with undulating backs, leather club chairs and standing lights that look like giant carnivorous tube-shaped plants.

    Similarly, the Lobby Lounge dining area has been made over with cherry-red leather high-back chairs that pop against the dark wainscoting and black-and-beige geometric carpet pattern.

    During your stay at the luxury hotel, peek into the Gold Ballroom suite, opened in 1919. Your jaw will drop as you gaze at the marble staircase. The reception room has a marble floor and travertine walls, and the main room is worthy of a French palace. Check out the allegorical figures of 20 beautiful women on the wall, including Cleopatra and Catherine of Russia, and the ornate ceiling. The wall art is a form of sgraffito, which means “scratching.” For one year, 30 artists scratched on multiple layers of colored plaster to create the unique designs at the Wilmington hotel.
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