Midvale Travel Guide

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Midvale Things to Do

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    by davecallahan Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    This is a huge metal one story building with wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor stuff.

    It is one booth after another of odds-and-ends that you might want to buy.
    There are farm goods (in season: corn, strawberries, peaches, apples, beans, etc.etc.).
    You can get straw hats, or pottery for the yard or furniture or jewelry (mostly trinkets) or back-scratchers (I still have mine) or shoes/boots or shirts and pants or just about anything you can think of.

    My wife loves these places so we spent well into two hours here and came away with some souveniers to take home to the kids (and a back-scratcher for me and a ceramic vase for my wife).

    Ear plugs would be a good thing to bring with you (or you probably can find a pair there).
    And there are no rest areas (except a couple of table/chairs at the two eateries inside).
    There is plenty of parking space but the parking lot is pretty beat up so watch out for potholes and mudpuddles.

    entrance sign on North Dupont
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Midvale Restaurants

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    by davecallahan Updated Jun 25, 2007

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    It was late. We had been driving all day. We were starved and needed some food fast.
    Luckily we found a Pizza Hut that served a pizza within 15 minutes because that is more time than we could stand in this restaurant.

    Friday night, pizza parlor on main highway and no customers (except us). That should have been a clue to us that this place wasn't very popular with the locals.
    We ordered a pizza and sat down in one of the booths to wait for it. In just a few minutes we noticed how unkempt the booths were. Food stains on the wood work, glass rings on the table tops. Then the flies began to bug us: three of them that seemed to work in pairs while one took a rest then they would switch pairs; constantly bzzzzzzzing but not landing. And just before the pizza arrived, the line of ants made a trail across one corner of the table.

    When the pizza was ready we asked for a box and paid the young man and left. Considering the condition of the place, we should have left the pizza too, but we were starved and this looked like the only place open.

    We never went there again during our whole week's stay and probably never will go back.

    restaurant near Farmer's Market
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    by davecallahan Written Apr 7, 2007

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    This is a very comfortable place to eat. It was quite busy when we went in to eat supper but the hostess explained the situation and about how long it would take to get seated and everyone was alright with that. After about 10 minutes it was our turn and we were lucky to get a booth (I really don't like tables out in the open areas of a restaurant.). Our waitress came to the table almost immediately and got us coffee. Then she gave us a few minutes to check the menus and was back to us just when we had made up our minds.
    We ordered the Onion Soup and the Pecan and Chicken Salad. We chose the smaller portions because we didn't want to take doggie bags back to the motel.

    The service was quick after we ordered and the meal was delicious. We split a piece of hot Apple pie and paid the bill (about $20 plus tip).

    The decor of the place is American with a centrally located bar surrounded by tables/chairs and with benches/booths on the outer ring. Everything was clean. There were interesting memoribilia on the way to look at and read while you waited for the meal. The staff was smiley and seemed glad to have us there.

    We stopped in here at a later date in our stay in the area but just got coffee that time and it was later and a lot less busy.

    restaurant on Wilton Blvd
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Midvale Transportation

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    by davecallahan Updated Sep 27, 2008

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    The Delaware Department of Transportation has provided cameras at key points on major highways in the area.
    You can access these live traffic cameras at the website below.

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Midvale Shopping

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    by davecallahan Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    What do you get if you take a large variety of stores in a small area, no sales tax, coupons and red-sale prices.... one answer is Christiana Mall.... another answer is a divorce between me and my shop-aholic wife.

    This mall is conveniently located to Wilmington or Bear or New Castle.
    It is right on two popular highways (I-95 and route 7/1).
    It is not overly large but large enough to draw good sized crowds when they have sales.

    The big name stores include: Coach, Wilson, Bath and Body Works, CVS, Victoria Secret, Yankee Candle, Gap, Disney, Penneys, Lord and Taylor, Macys, Kays, Zales, Aeropostale, Borders, Lane Bryant, Foot Locker, Ann Taylor, Radio Shack, KB Toys, Lenscrafters just to name a few.

    This is easily a three hour stop for my wife. Then we have to stop into at least one of the eateries (full restaurants and fast-food stands). So by the time we leave, at least a half-a-day has been spent (plus a few dollars from my wallet).

    The mall has several layers, high ceilings, lotsa of light and noise. On special occasions and holidays they provide entertainment in the atrium areas. The local papers that the motels provide have coupons for many of the mall shops.

    mall map a small sector of the mall and parking area
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