"The first thing I noticed, since I travel a lot, is that the tourism business is not as sluggish as other tourist towns I've visited recently," he says. "I attribute that to the lack of a sale tax."
And, don't forget, it's not Jersey.
Learn about the First State at www.visitdelaware.com. and visit www.beach-fun.com to see what's going on in Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach.
What to do in Delaware
ONGOING "Sealed in Glass, Stone, and Tin," an exhibit at the Museum of Small Town Life in Dover, through Dec. 31. (316 S. Governors Ave., Dover; 302-739-3261)
"Emeline Hawkins: Her Journey from Slavery to Freedom on the Underground Railroad," at the New Castle Court House Museum, through Dec. 31, 2009. (211 Delaware St., New Castle; 302-323-4453)
"Rediscovery Through Recovery," an exhibit of artifacts salvaged from a British ship that sank off Lewes in the 18th Century, at the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, through Dec. 31, 2009. (102 Kings Highway, Lewes; 302-645-1148)
CALENDAR OF EVENTS Oct. 31-Nov. 1: American Finals Rodeo 31, Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington South Dupont Highway, Harrington. (302-398-3269, www.apra.com/afr.cfm)
Feb. 20-22: Hockessin Art Festival. Hockessin Memorial Hall. (1225 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin; 302-239-5279; www.wwrr.com)
March 7: Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival, Rehoboth Beach Convention Center (229 Rehoboth Ave.; 302-227-6181; www.rehomain.com/downtown_happenings/chocolate.htm)
March: Opening of "Shipbuilding in the First State," Delaware Visitors Center and Galleries, Dover. (406 Federal St., Dover; 302-739-4266)
April 17-19: "Meals from the Masters Weekend," a culinary extravaganza of food and wine in Wilmington. Various locations. (302-656-3257, www.mealsfromthemasters.com)
May 16: A Day in Old New Castle, an 85-year tradition of touring private homes and gardens. Various locations. (877-496-9498, www.dayinoldnewcastle.org)
May 29-31: NASCAR triple-header weekend, Dover International Speedway. (1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover; 302-883-6500; www.doverspeedway.com)
June: Opening of "Simple Machines," John Dickinson Plantation. (340 Kitts Hummock Rd., Dover; 302-739-3277)