Have you ever stopped to ponder EXACTLY what it is that makes coastal Delaware such a special place to live and work?

We know, we know - stupid question, right? Of course, it's the beautiful beaches and the low cost of living comparable to nearby states.

Those are definitely the most common answers, and ones we're not going to argue with. But after the sun has set and the bills are paid, what is it that makes this area so unique?

We wrote a blog about a year ago on the "uniqueness" of southern Delaware, which we invite you to read via the link below. But what we want to focus on here today is the "small town charm" that really defines life in the southern reaches of the nation's first state.

"Explaining the Uniqueness that is Southern Delaware"

This quality of life at and near the Delaware beaches can be found all throughout the coastal region, but today we want to talk a little bit about one of our favorite towns - and that's the small coastal hamlet of Milton.

Located at the headwaters of the scenic Broadkill River, Milton has a history that dates back generations to when it was a bustling shipbuilding community.

Named for English poet John Milton, the downtown area is primarily made up of shops, restaurants and other points of interest along Union and Federal Streets. It's an area that just overflows with local history, as well as the aforementioned "small town charm."

We're going to give you some of the highlights of the downtown area in just a moment, but first here's Oldfather Group CEO Dustin Oldfather with a video preview of this special coastal Delaware locale.

Okay, so let's tell you about some of our favorite spots in historic downtown Milton. We start with the place that Milton is arguably most well known for today, and that is...

Dogfish Head Brewery. Founded in 1995 by Sam and Mariah Calagione, Dogfish Head has become one of the largest craft breweries in the United States and is located at 6 Cannery Village Center in Milton. The brewery is open for visits year-round, and all tours end with free samples of the company's famous product. So look for the Steampunk Treehouse and pop inside for an hour or two that we promise will be very well spent.

It's Namesake may be in Maine, but Dogfish Head is all about Southern Delaware!

Milton Theater. Dating back to 1939, the iconic theater on Union Street was closed for many years, but is today overseen by a committed group of volunteers who are determined never to see it abandoned again. Even close to a century later, this grand old lady of the theater is still the jewel of Milton’s downtown district.

Paisley Moon Salon. Located at 109 Federal Street downtown, Paisley Moon is a great place to pop in when you feel like being spoiled for an hour or two. It's owned by Gretchen Garms and fits in fantastically well with the rest of the community's downtown historic district.

Suburban Farmhouse Coffee Shop. Only open since October of 2017, Suburban Farmhouse has become a real "go-to" place in downtown Milton. It's a great place to sit, drink a cup of coffee, enjoy one of their famous "cruffins," and just enjoy the ambience of the quiet little coastal Delaware municipality. Owned by Kristen Latham and Stephanie Przygocki, the coffee shop is located at the old Sussex Trust Title and Safe Deposit Co. on Federal Street. We also understand that they're currently expanding both their menu and their dining space, so look for those improvements in the very near future.

King's Ice Cream. Founded in 1972, the Milton location of this favorite ice cream shop is located inside one of the oldest commercial buildings in southern Delaware, with a state marker on the property noting its place in the town's long and storied history. But today, people come for the ice cream, and there's plenty of it. It's located at 302 Union Street and is highly recommended by all of us here at the Oldfather Group.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Irish Eyes Restaurant. Located at 105 Union Street, in the heart of historic downtown Milton, this is one of the community's most popular restaurants and "command central" for the town's well-known Saint Patrick's Day Parade every March. You can enjoy outdoor dining along the Broadkill River or inside at an authentic Irish style bar. It's one of the nicest places to enjoy a fantastic meal in the historic district.

Lydia Cannon Museum. This is the headquarters of the Milton Historical Society and a great place to take in a ton of local history. It's located on Union Street in the heart of downtown.

If you want to enjoy a quiet stroll on a leisurely evening, have a great meal, gaze at either the Broadkill River or Wagamons Pond or just sit in the park and watch the world go by, you really can't go wrong with a visit to historic Milton.

And if you'd like to take a look at some of the great homes that are currently on the market in Milton, click the link below and let us know what you think...

Milton Homes for Sale