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Going to Odessa
Getting there: Odessa, Del., is about an hour’s drive south of Philadelphia, 90 minutes from Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Nonstops to Philadelphia take about two hours and 45 minutes and start at $180 from Fort Lauderdale (USAirways, AirTran, Southwest), $210 from Miami (USAirways, American) roundtrip. Nonstops to Baltimore take about 2 1/2 hours and start around $118 from Fort Lauderdale Spirit, AirTran, Southwest), $240 from Miami (American).
WHERE TO STAY
Cantwell House Bed & Breakfast, 107 High St.; 302-378-4179. Country decor and antiques throughout. Two bedrooms in the house from $95. A cottage out back from $150.
Hampton Inn, 117 Sand Hill Dr., Middletown; 302-378-5656; www.hamptoninn.com. About 10 minutes from Odessa. Rooms from $129, including breakfast.
WHERE TO EAT
Cantwell’s Tavern, 109 Main St.; 302-376-0600; www.cantwells-tavern.com. In the historic Brick Hotel building (1822), with early 19th century decor and ambience. Sizable beer menu. Reservations recommended. Lunch entrees start at $10, dinner entrees at $17.
The Hearth, Route 13; 302-378-9901. Home-style cooking located on the highway outside town. Same owner for nearly 50 years. Lunch entrees start at $3.50, dinner entrees at $8.
WHAT TO DO
Historic Odessa Foundation, 302-378-4119; www.historicodessa.org. Open March through December, Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Open Monday by reservation. Adults $10, seniors $8 and children younger than 6 free. Tour takes about two hours and includes the Corbit-Sharp, Wilson-Warner and Collins-Sharp houses.
The Friends Meeting House is open to the public on the first and third Sundays of the month from 10:45 a.m. to noon. To visit at other times, call ahead. www.wilmingtondefriendsmeeting.org/odessa.htm.
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