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Special Events near Our B&B in the Brandywine Valley  Be sure to read our blog also because we list other events and attractions in the area with more indepth information.

We have other events in Philadelphia listed further down the page but this is important enough to list first so you don’t miss it.  Did you know that Philadelphia is home to the oldest Christmas parade in the United States?  Yes, it is even older than Macy’s parade in New York City.  You can view it this year on November 24 when it celebrates its 97th year.

   Longwood Gardens (20 minutes from Hamanassett)

There will be dozens of reasons to come to the Brandywine Valley this year.   Some of the highlights at Longwood include:

The Silver Garden – Year Round


Gray and silver colored foliage

Silver Garden at Longwood Gardens

The greenhouse at Longwood Gardens is filled with gray and silver colored plants like you would see in more arid regions of the world.  As you walk along the slate pathway picture a desert stream meandering through the plants.   This area was originally built in 1921 to grow peaches.  In 1989 well known garden architect Isabelle Greene created this beautiful space.

A Longwood Christmas – Through Sunday, January 8

View a half million lights twinkling in the dark on124 trees outside, the tallest of which is over 90 feet high, as well as the Italian Water garden illuminated for the season.  If you get cold warm up by one of the three fire pits you’ll find in the garden.   Inside the 4 acre conservatory you’ll find more than 15,000 plants of the season, a 30 foot high tree decorated with florals from the gardens, a music room which features a Frazier fir standing almost 20 feet high which rotates to the sounds of a music box.  As you enter the Conservatory you’ll be greeted by a 22 foot high tree decorated with red and gold ornaments.  You can also enjoy water fountains dancing to holiday tunes as well as their outdoor model train display.

Four acre conservatory at Longwood Gardens is aglow with holiday decorations.

Conservatory at Longwood Gardens.

You can purchase timed tickets through Longwood Gardens or purchase through Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast.  Our tickets are not timed or dated which gives uou more flexibility.

Orchid Extravaganza – January 21- March 31

View the orchid curtain wall and arch at Longwood Gardens

Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens

It may be winter outside but you’ll feel like you are in the tropics when you visit the Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens.  You’ll be awed by the 12 foot archway and a wall made of orchids.  Then come back to Hamanassett and enjoy a warm drink in front of the fireplace.

Brandywine River Museum (10 minutes)
US Rt. 1
Chadds Ford, PA 19317

A Brandywine Christmas – November 25 – January 8, 2017

Trees decorated with materials found on the grounds of the museum, an O-gauge train room that will fill both kids and grown kids with awe, and much much more.

Natural materials are used to decorate the tree.

Critters that decorate the tree at the Brandywine River Museum. Photo by Carlos Alejandro

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



Winterthur named by USA Today as one of America’s 10 great places of historical proportions. (20-25 minutes from Hamanassett)

Made in the Americas – The New World Discovers Asia –Now through January 8, 2017

Asian Influenced desk

Asian Influenced desk

An amazing collection of American masterpieces influenced by Asia.  Collection includes furniture, silverwork, textiles, ceramics and paintings.  Objects date from the 17th to the early 19th centuries.

Other exhibits at Winterthur:

Embroidery:  The Language of Art  – through January 8, 1917

Striking Beauties – American Shelf Clocks and Timepieces – through June, 2017

The Artists of Currier & Ives – 9-17-2016 -January 8, 2017  Features the art of Fanny Palmer and Arthur Tait.

Enjoy the art work of Currier and Ives prints.

Currier and Ives











Upcoming Winterthur Exhibits:

A Christmas Carol – Live Performance – Wednesday, December 6, 2016 and December 7, 2016

One man show of this popular Christmas tale by Gerald Dickens, the great great grandson of Charles Dickens.  After the performance you will be allowed to meet Mr. Dickens.  Call 1-800-448-3883 to purchase tickets.

Charles Dickens in frock coat sits at his desk writing one of his books with a quill pen.

Charles Dickens at his desk.

Follies:  Architectural Whimsy in the Garden – Opening April 1 ,2018

View 13 contemporary and historic architectural features.  You’ll see a Gothic tower as well as summer houses and a fairy cottage all within the gardens at Winterthur.

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    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.

Colonial Plantation –  at Ridley Creek State Park  (10 minutes from Hamanassett)

Christmas on the Farm – December 3  10 AM – 4 PM  This is the closing day for the plantation for the year.  View Colonial decorations, tea tasting, wassailing, woodworking, textiles and long rifle demonstrations.

Valley Forge National Park 

Meet the soldiers and gnerals at Valley Forge National Park.

Generals at Valley Forge

A line of Revolutionary Soldiers marching out to battle.

Soldiers at Valley Forge National Park.

Forget about your car and hop on their open air trolley to enjoy a guided tour of Valley Forge National Park.  Tours last 90 minutes and are led by National Park Services trained guides.  Tours operate daily during the summer until Labor Day and then run on weekends in the spring and fall.  They are also available on some holidays.

You can also opt for a private tour with an expert in your car.   Learn about personal stories, history, and landscape of America’s most important Revolutionary War (War of American Independence for our British friends) sites. Tours last approximately 2 1/2 hours Reservations are required.

There are also audio tours so you can go at your own pace.   Hamanassett will lend you a 60 minute CD to play in your car as you tour the park.  The audio is enhanced with period music and voices of characters which will truly give you a feeling of the encampment during the winter of 1777-1778.

Guide led bike tours are also available if you are the more adventurous type.  Bring your own bikes or you can rent them there.  For more information phone 610-783-1074 or click here.

Media – The County Seat of Delaware Valley, Media is a charming town that still has a streetcar that runs.

2nd Saturday – Every month over 30 businesses near or on State Street participate in this special event by staying open late as part of a free arts event.  You can dine, shop, and visit galleries where you can listen local musicians and see the art of local artists.

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.

History of the U.S. and the Brandywine Valley

Visit the Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

For more information click here.

Throughout the fall and into the end of November  there are bird walks, plant walks, kayak tours, photo walks led by experts.  You can even help them with their bird count.   BIRD
Saturday, October 1 – 2:00 pm – Visitor Center Auditoreum

Philadelphia Events

The Franklin Institute 

Jurassic World –