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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

Food, music, entertainment outdoors all summer in Media, Pa.

Stroll and dine on State Street in Media

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.

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:

Summer Concert Series – check their web site for full list of performers and dates.

Nightscape Returns this Fall! August 3- October 29, 2017  Wednesday through Saturday nights.   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 because this is absolutely your last chance to enjoy it.  .   Even if you attended last year, they have added new features that you will want to see.  Tickets are now on sale at Longwood and advance tickets  are required.  However, you can purchase through Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast and you can go in any time, even if Longwood’s calendar says they are sold out.  Nightscape tickets are required, however, you can go to the gardens any time of day.  If you don’t have a Nightscape ticket you will be required to leave by 6 PM.  The show begins at dark.  Best time for viewing in August is 9 PM, in September 8 PM, and in October 10 PM.   An all day ticket which also gets you into Nightscape is $27.00 for an adult.   You can also purchase a ticket that allows you to view Netscape and return the following day to enjoy the gardens for $32.00.

Click here to purchase tickets book your room at Hamanassett and call 610-459-3000 to purchase your Nightscape tickets.

Imagine a kaleidoscope of colors bursting across the night sky accompanied by musicl

Experience an awe inspiring show of light and music.








Sound, light, music at night at Longwood Gardens.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

KAYAK TOURS  – with LL Bean
Saturday, September 24

BIRD WALK – with Tony Crossdale and Bird Philly
Saturday, September 24 – 9:00 am 

KAYAK TOURS  – with LL Bean
Saturday, September 25

BIRD WALK – with Geoff Veith
Sunday, September 25 – 8:00 am 

BIRD WALK – with Mary Ellen Krober
Sunday, September 25 – 9:00 am


BIRD WALK – with Gregg Gorton
Saturday, October 1 – 8:00 am

BIRD WALK – with Lynn Roman
Saturday, October 1 – 9:00 am

BIRD WALK – with Lynn Roman
Saturday, October 1 – 9:00 am

PLANT WALK – with Dick Cloud

Sunday, October 1- 10:00 am 

PLANT WALK – with Dick Cloud
Saturday, October 1 – 1:00 am

BIRD WALK – with Dick Cloud
Saturday, October 1 – 1:00 pm

Saturday, October 1 – 2:00 pm – Visitor Center Auditoreum

KAYAK TOURS  – with LL Bean
Saturday, October 8 

PHOTO WALK – with Ned Levi
Sunday, October 8- 8:00 am

BIRD WALK – with Geoff Veith
Sunday, October 8- 9:00 am

BIG SIT! Bird Count All Invited
Sunday, October 9 – 9:00 am

BIRD WALK – with Edie Parnum
Sunday, October 9 – 9:00 am

BIRD WALK – with Gregg Gorton
Sunday, October 16 – 9:00 am

KAYAK TOURS  – with LL Bean
Saturday, October 22
BIRD WALK – with Mary Ellen Krober
Saturday, October 22 – 9:00 am

BIRD WALK – with Cliff Hence
Saturday, October 22 – 11:00 am

TREE ID WALK & TALK – with Robb Kerr/Jeff Cooney
Saturday, October 23- 9:00 am

KAYAK TOURS  – with LL Bean
Saturday, October 30 

BIRD WALK – with Lynn Roman
Saturday, November 5 – 9:00 am

BIRD WALK – with Cliff Hence
Saturday, November 5 – 9:00 am

PHOTO WALK – with Ned Levi
Sunday, November 6 – 1:00 pm

FOHR Annual Members Meeting
Sunday, November 6 – 1:00 pm

PLANT WALK with Dick Cloud
Friday, November 11

BIRD WALK with Gregg Gorton
Saturday, November 12 – 9:00am

Sunday, November 13 – 9:00 am

BIRD WALK with Debbie Beer
Saturday, November 19 – 9:00 am

BIRD WALK with Lynn Roman
Thursday, November 24 – 9:00 am

BIRD WALK – with Cliff Hence
Saturday, November 26 – 9:00 am

BIRD WALK –  with Mary Ellen Krober
Sunday, November 27 – 9:00 am


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.


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


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)

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 – Americaqn Shelf Clocks and Timepieces – through June, 2017

Upcoming Winterthur Exhibits:

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











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   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.

Tyler Arboretum
Bird walks every Wednesday morning at 8:15 or wild flower walks at 11 AM. Click here for more information.


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 early December.

Upcoming events:

Civil War Battle and Camp – Saturday and Sunday, September 17 & 18 11AM-4PM

Rebels fighting Yankees line up behind a wooden fence in a battle staged at the Colonial Plantation in Ridley Creek State Park.

Civil War Reenactment at the Colonial Plantation.

Medieval Days  Saturday & Sunday, October 15 and 16

A man wearing a red costume from the medieval times jousts with a wooden sword with a young boy in a blue garb.

Medieval Days at Colonial Plantation.

Lantern Ghost Tours – Rain or shine!  October 22 and 29, 6 – 9 PM

Stone 18th century house at Colonial Plantation at night is bathed in an eerie orange glow as it is lit by candles, lanterns, and torches.

Haunted Colonial Plantation.

Christmas at the Farm – Saturday, December 3  11 – 4 PM

A man dressed as Father Christmas. He wears white gloves and a crimson velvet robe over white under garments and hold a crook and a basket with a red bow.

Colonial Plantation christmas

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.

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


Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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.



Reenactor portraying Betsy Ross stitches with needle and thread.

Betsy Ross Sewing

“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.

Independence Hall Tour After Hours – Through October 22, 2016

Great opportunity to experience a realistic visit to Philadelphia and its people during the 18th century.  You’ll enjoy a Colonial inspired dinner at the City Tavern where Thomas Jefferson will drop in on you.  Then you will go to Independence Hall  where you can listen to Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin argue over the Declaration of Independence.  This is a once in a life time opportunity.  Tickets sell out fast.  for more information call 215-629-5801 x 303 or email TBerry@lightsof

Adams and Jefferson standing in Indepence Hall wearing Colonial clothing.

Independence Hall Debate

Rodin Museum

Located on the Benjamin Franklin Museum is the Beaux Arts building housing the Rodin Collection

Rodin Museum

Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum has reopened.  Its collection has been reinstalled and

One of 140 works by Rodin

The Thinker by Auguste Rodin

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
For more information or call 215-448-1200

For more events in Philadelphia click here.


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 wineries.  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.


Winter Fun (or anytime) in the Brandywine Valley


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

Barnhouse Coffee and Tea

The Lincoln Room

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.