Special Events near Our B&B in the Brandywine Valley
9th Annual Dining Under the Stars in Media – May 4 – September 28, 5-11 pm
Can’t fly to Paris for an evening of sipping wine and people watching at an outdoor cafe? Every Wednesday night State Street is closed off for fabulous dining, music, and fun.
Devon Horse Show – through June 5
The oldest horse show in America is running now through June 5. Competitions where you will view Olympic hopefuls, carnival rides, shopping, something for everyone. For more information.
16th Annual State Street Blues Stroll Saturday, June 11 – 7-11 pm
Enjoy an evening of music headlined by Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland and other jazz performers. For more information click here
Bastille Day Saturday, July 9, 6-10:30 Pm
State Street will be shut down for you to enjoy art, music, dancing, theater, outdoor dining, and late night shopping. And you get to keep your head!
Longwood Gardens (20 minutes from Hamanassett)
There will be dozens of reasons to come to the Brandywine Valley this spring and summer. Some of the highlights at Longwood include:
Spring Blooms – April 2 – June 3. Imagine walking around 1077 acres (or a portion at least) viewing over 250,000 blooming tulips in Longwood’s Flower Garden Walk. Note: The tulips are at their best now through the weekend of April 29.
Summer Spectacular June 4 – September 5. Annual and perennial flowers, roses, waterlilies are showcased. There are outdoor concerts and fountain shows.
Summer Concert Series – check their web site for full list of performers and dates.
Nightscape Returns this Fall! August 3- October 29, 2017 This is the light and sound experience by Klip Collective. If you missed this extraordinary event last year don’t delay in getting tickets this year. They are now on sale at Longwood.
An all day ticket which also gets you into Nightscape is $27.00 for an adult. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be exchanged for other days.
Christian Sanderson Museum (Less than 10 minutes)
The Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford is the biggest little museum you will ever see. It is loaded with historic relics, papers, and artifacts collected over the years by Christopher Sanderson and includes items from the United States and especially the Brandywine Valley.On. For more information.
April 9, 2016 – Enjoy the art work of local painters painting local scenes for sale from 12-4. While shopping enjoy wine and cheese.
Brandywine River Museum (10 minutes)
US Rt. 1
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
““Poetry of Nature – The Golden Age of American Landscape Painting”
Through June 12, 2016 – View over 40 paintings from 25 artists of the Hudson River School of Painting
Andrew Wyeth Studio Tour and N.C. Wyeth House and Studio Tours begin April 1. Tickets are required in advance. See their web site for dates, times and price.
Guided Gallery Tours with Victoria Wyeth
Monday through Friday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Check their web site for dates.
Victoria Wyeth, daughter of Nicholas Wyeth, guides public tours of art by her grandfather, Andrew Wyeth, and by her uncle, Jamie Wyeth. The tours include a discussion of the artists’ media, techniques, subject matter and models. Tours at 2 p.m. will focus on Jamie Wyeth. Tours at 1 and 3 p.m. will focus on Andrew Wyeth. Free with regular museum admission.
Tour capacity is limited to 35 people. Tickets are required and must be picked up in person on the day of the tour at the Brandywine River Museum Shop. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual reservations for tours are not taken in advance. Please call 610-388-8326 on the morning of your visit as Ms. Wyeth’s schedule is subject to change. Private tours are available for an additional fee; for information, please send an e-mail to email@example.com
Winterthur – named by USA Today as one of America’s 10 great places of historical proportions. (20-25 minutes)
For families, visit the Enchanted Woods, their children’s garden and visit the Tulip Tree House, Troll Bridge, Faerie Cottage, and Upside-Down Tree.
For hours and more information, click here.
What’s in bloom at Winterthur? Click here.
Hagley Museum Hagley is the home of Eleutherian Mills, the DuPont ancestral home.
The Visitor Center has 3 floors of exhibits. You’ll find many structures dating from the 19th century as well as demonstrations and gunpowder explosions. For more information about Hagley click here, or call 302-658-2400.
Bird walks every Wednesday morning at 8:15 or wild flower walks at 11 AM. Click here for more information.
So, why do I list so many Philadelphia activities? Because we are only a 30 minute drive to Philadelphia. Which means you can easily drive into the city but come back to the countryside where it is clean, quiet, and you get free parking, free breakfasts, and all the other amenities we offer. Even better, you can drive about 6 minutes and take the train into the city. Once there, get a Big Bus pass that goes around to all the major attractions and allows you to get on and often as often as you wish.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
International Pop – February 24 – May 15, 2016
The movement of the 60s (includes works from 1956-1972) which includes Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and other artists. Over 120 works including paintings, sculpture, prints, film.
Chinese Dragon Lantern Festival – until June 12, 2017
Have you ever seen a 200 foot long Chinese dragon lantern? You can at Franklin Square in Philadelphia. Enjoy a beer garden, Chinese dancers, juggling. Purchase tickets at the entrance or online
Creative Africa – May 14-September 25, 2016
View art and design which includes bronzes from the Kingdom of Benin up to contemporary fashion, architecture, and photography.
The museum is closed on Mondays. Call (215) 235-SHOW (7469) for more information.
Betsy Ross House
“Women at Work in Revolutionary America” Think housework is difficult now? Check out what it was like for women during the Colonial times with these two interactive exhibits:
Dressing the Bed – Meet Betsy Ross in her upholstery shop where she stitched bed curtains by hand.
Laundry in Colonial Times – Through March, 2017
You will meet a free African American woman who lived in 18th century Philadelphia. Check their web site for the dates Phillis the Laundress will be demonstrating her skills.
Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum has reopened. Its collection has been reinstalled and
reinterpreted and its buildings and gardens restored to the condition when it first opened in 1929. Visitors will once again see several of Rodin’s greatest works, including The Burghers of Calais, in the garden, in niches on the Museum’s façade, and in the arches of the Meudon Gate for the first time in many decades.
Franklin Institute – Philadelphia
Until August 28, 2016
Your Mummy Called! Visit a real Egyptian mummy at the Lost Egypt exhibition. Like most of the exhibits at the Franklin Institute this is an interactive exhibit. You’ll have an opportunity through a simulated dig site to see how items are analyzed, a recreation of a tomb and to see authentic art and artifacts.
For more information or call 215-448-1200
For more events in Philadelphia click here.
Media Pennsylvania (less than 10 minutes)
So many people coming to the Brandywine Valley ask about Kennett Square and West Chester. Don’t forget the charming borough of Media, which is the County Seat of Delaware County and five miles north of Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast. There are lots of wonderful shops and restaurants in Media, which is a short 10-minute drive from the bed and breakfast.
Brandywine Valley Wine Trail
For up-to-date information on the wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail and to check events at each winery click here
Two of our favorites:
Vala Vineyards in Avondale and one of our favorite wineris. 15 minutes south of Longwood Gardens. Click here
Penns Woods Winery – another favorite.
Located only 6 miles from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast. Free live music every weekend, yoga in the vineyard. Click here
Looking for the easiest way to tour our area? We recommend Awfully Nice Tours. They can customize a tour just for you, and it can last from several hours to a full day. You can choose from one of their tours of Philadelphia, the Brandywine Valley or even Lancaster. Why not relax and enjoy your day of visiting all the wineries in our area and let them drive you? For the really adventurous, they offer Segway tours of Philadelphia. For more information on Awfully Nice Tours, click here.
Other Events in or near the Brandywine Valley:
Ridley Creek State Park is a short 10-minute drive from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast and has many activities from which to choose.
With more than 2600 acres of woodlands and meadows, you will want to visit many times. Next door to the park is Tyler Arboretum. You will find cross country skiing, picnicking, bicycling, dog walking, horseback riding, trout fishing (catch and release), sledding and tobogganing. The park is recognized by the Audubon Society as a significant birding site. Below are some of the activities you will find at the park:
Twelve miles of walking trails pass through a variety of habitats throughout the central portion of the park. Bikes are not permitted on unpaved hiking trails, but the five-mile, paved Multi-use Trail along Sycamore Mills and Forge roads is designated for bicycles, joggers, walkers and cross-country skiers. (Park in lots #7, #11, #15 and # 17.) A 4.7-mile trail begins in Picnic Area #8.
When the snow flies, cross-country skiers may use the hiking and multi-use trails when snow cover permits (and a large grassy slope by the park office is popular for sledding). For more information, call 610-566-1725.
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation – Ridley Creek State Park – Media For more information on events click here.
112-acre living history site located in the heart of Ridley Creek State Park, 10 minutes from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast. It authentically represents life on a farm in southeastern Pa. between 1760 and 1790. The Plantation has been a working farm for more than 300 years. It is restored to a late 18th century appearance complete with animals typical of the period and authentically clothed historical interpreters.
The plantation is open weekends and holidays from mid-April to mid-November.
THINGS TO DO IN THE BRANDYWINE VALLEY IN THE WINTER OR WHEN IT RAINS.
I’ve just started compiling this list, so it is nowhere near complete. We’ll see if I can get to 50 items. Point is, the Brandywine Valley has lots to do in the winter months, and you won’t have to contend with all the crowds.
Think there is nothing to do in January, February, and March in southeast Pennsylvania? Well, think again. Here are just a few of the fun things going on, and I’ll add more during the coming weeks.
Of course, the first activity to consider is the cooking school at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast. We offer classes with various themes throughout the year. click here for our schedule.
Bring out your inner artist! Why not attend a class at Pinot’s Palette in Glen Mills. This is a fun class for you and your friends or significant other, even if you’ve never drawn or painted before. Bring your bottle of wine (we suggest a tour of Penn’s Woods Winery just down the road from the class), beer, or a pitcher of cocktails and some snacks and get ready for an evening of fun. There will be local artists who will guide you through the process step by step and when you leave you take your finished masterpiece with you. For a list of classes and more information click here.
Who doesn’t love chocolate and nuts? So what could be better than chocolate covered nuts? Tour Edwards Freeman Nut Company in Conshohocken which was established in 1899. You can also find nostalgic candies and purchase by the piece, pound or in bulk.
Bundle up and enjoy a horseback ride through the countryside that Andrew Wyeth made famous in his paintings. Viking Horse Stables in West Chester, Pa. offers hacks through the countryside of Chester County, Pa. For more information, call 610-517-7980 or click here.
If horseback riding isn’t for you, there are plenty of trails nearby for hiking and cross country skiing. Enjoy going over the hills and through the woods not to grandmother’s house but past historic buildings in Ridley Creek State Park. John Heinz National Wildlife refuge on the Delaware River and Tyler Arboretum are only a 10-20 minute drive from our Brandywine Valley bed and breakfast. For more information on Tyler Arboretum, click here or call 610-566-9134. And for more information on Ridley Creek State Park, click here. Don’t have your own shoes or skis? Call the Brandywine Country Visitor’s Center at 800-343-3983 for recommendations.
Love fishing? You can ice fish at Ridley Creek State Park or Newlin Grist Mill Park. Both are within 10 minutes of Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast.
Well Fargo Center– only 30 minutes from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast. Enjoy a Flyers’ game, or a concert. For information on events click here.
Colonial Plantation at Ridley Creek Park
For a slower pace grab your binoculars and head over to John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at the Tinicum Wildlife Refuge. This activity requires little experience and will give you hours of enjoyment. There are 10 miles of hiking trails, woodland, and marshland where hundreds of species of birds either live or stop over on their way north or south The refuge is about a 15-20 minutes from us. For more info click here.
Bird watching at John Heinz Wildlife Refuge.
You can still enjoy visiting Longwood Gardens. Even though the outside gardens are resting for the winter, there are spectacular indoor gardens in the conservatory. Did you know it is 4 1/2 acres under glass and includes 20 indoor gardens and 5500 varieties of plants? It takes about an hour and a half to stroll through the entire conservatory. For more information
Let the Good Times Roll! And that isn’t just in New Orleans. Get out to the AMF Conchester Lanes less than 15 minutes from us and enjoy a few games. Let your inner child or your cave man out and do something different.
The always popular and satisfying wine tastings of the Brandywine River Wineries. Each winery has special events throughout the year so check their individual web sites for details.
Enjoy sipping a cup of tea and enjoying scones, crumpets and other delights.
Specialty Teas Tea Room
Olde Ridge Village Shoppes #37
100 Ridge Road Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Pennsylvania Verterans Museum State Street, Media – Housed in a National Guard Armory; interesting Gothic Revival architecture. Thousands of authentic artifacts are on display. There is also a Trader Joe’s in the building. For more information
Herrs Snack Factory – Watch the real workers and the real potatoes made into your favorite snack. Nottingham, Pa. 40 minutes south of Hamanassett. Call 800-284-7488 or for more information Click here
Media Trolley – Ride from Media to Upper Darby and back. How many towns still have a working trolley?
QVC Studio Tour Enjoy a behind the scenes look at their state of the art broadcasting facility. For more information click here.
And, of course, you can always de-stress (is that even a word?) by bringing a book (or choose one of ours) and enjoy relaxing in front of the fireplace in the living room.