|Looking north at W. 4th and N. Market St|
|Delaware Historical Society|
Shipley and Market
|Wilmington's Grand Opera House|
Wandering North Market Street, capturing photos of old buildings and getting odd looks from pedestrians as I snap photos in the middle of the street, I felt a sense that the town was trying to break free and live. It gives a vibe that while it may be down, but it's definitely not out. From the historical society, to projects with advertising of the town's revitalization, there was a feeling of a town trying to thrive.
After a bit of photo snapping, I decided to get out of the cold. I had passed an interesting looking place as I parked, and wandered into the Chelsea Tavern. It was a little before 5 on a Saturday afternoon and the place wasn't that busy, but it looked like a nice pub to hang my hat in if I ever found myself in Wilmington long term: bartenders that knew their regulars, comfortable bar stools, and a good beer and whisk(e)y selection. I don't need much more than that in a bar. You can see my full Yelp review of the place here. I had seen something about a micro-brewery in the area, so I paid my tab at Chelsea and made my way to the Iron Hill Brewery. While I wasn't the biggest fan of all their beer selections (their pale ales were tasty), the food was excellent. I can see why they were so packed.
As I drove away, darkness had fallen on Wilmington, but I knew that another trip might be in order this coming spring to see what blossoms in that city on the brink of revitalization....
|The Chelsea Tavern|