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Special Events near Our B&B in the Brandywine Valley

Wine and Sign at the Sanderson Museum March 27 – 5-7 PM

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 the 27th the museum will be hosting regional artists and writers who will be signing their works. Sip a glass of wine, enjoy a bite to eat while shopping for that hard to buy for person in your life who is interested in history.  For more information.

History of the U.S. and the Brandywine Valley

Visit the Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa.

Media Pennsylvania

So many people coming to the Brandywine Valley ask about Kennett Square and West Chester.  I say it is time for people to learn about 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. Remember the old days when you went to the local 5 & 10 cent store?   When I lived in a small town in Georgia in the early 60s, we had a store called Jazzbo’s.  It had high tin ceilings, wooden plank floors, ceiling fans that circulated slowly overhead (but never cooled the store down in those hot August south Georgia summers) and sold everything from 45 rpm records to toothpaste to batteries.  They also had the only taxi in town, a 50s Packard that would take you anywhere in town for 50 cents. Of course, you could walk from one side of the town to the other in less than 30 minutes!
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In Media there is a store called “Deals” that will remind you of this type of store.  They have the hardwood floors, a pressed tin ceiling and carry a huge array of items.  Also in Media is the Front Street Fountain where you can walk down Nostalgia Road and get a real milk shake, a root beer float, or even an egg cream.  And if you long to ride on an old fashioned trolley, you’ll see one in Media that runs right down the middle of State Street.  It just celebrated its 100th birthday.For More Information call 610-566-5039 or Click here
Through September enjoy Dining Under the Stars every Wednesday evening.  State Street is closed to traffic so you can stroll (or strut), dine, shop and enjoy good music.  Ask Ashley or Glenn about their favorite Media restaurants.
Longwood Gardens Kennett Square Pa (20 minutes from Hamanassett)

Chase away the winter blues with the Orchid Extravaganza  January 24 – March 29.  Walk through their 4 acre conservatory and enjoy almost 5000 orchids in arrangments and  an oncidium waterfall display and even an orchid meadow.  Fore more info  click here. Why not combine the Orchid Extravaganza with the world’s largest and oldest indoor flower show at the Philadelphia Flower Show which opens Saturday, February 28 and closes Sunday, March 8.  Their information

Don't miss the Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens.

Don’t miss the Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens.

Brandywine River Museum
US Rt. 1
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Visit Website For more information, please call 610-388-2700Sunday mornings are free admission!

Jamie Wyeth – through April 5, 2015.  This exhibit features 5 decades of artist’s works including works on paper, painting, and sculpture.  For more information

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.

Through July 5, 2015 – The Diligent Needle – enjoy Winterthur’s private collection of embroidery

Through January 3, 2016 – “A Colorful Folk: The Pennsylvania Germans”  An exhibit which features illuminated manuscripts (known as Frakturs), as well as textiles and pottery.  Hamanassett is only an hour’s drive from Lancaster County with its rolling hills and Amish farms.

Exhibit includes illuminated manuscripts known as frakturs.

Photo of fraktur


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
For more information about Hagley click here, or call 302-658-2400.

Hagley is the home of Eleutherian Mills, the DuPont ancestral home.

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

Philadelphia Museum of Art
The museum is closed on Mondays. Call (215) 235-SHOW (7469) for more information.

Rodin Museum
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 – Philadelpia
For more information or call 215-448-1200

Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

Throughout the year the wineries offer various activities.  Many offer lovely settings for picnicking, live music, grape stomping competitions, hayrides through the vineyards, and BBQs.  Check each winery’s web site to see what they are offering and if the Wine Passport is good for that event.   Purchase a Passport from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast. Passports allow for tastings at all 4 member wineries.

Sip & Stay Getaway!
Come stay anytime at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast!  We offer wine trail passports for $20.00 each, which allows you wine tastings at 4 wineries.  The passport is good through the end of the year.  Times may change, so we suggest you check with each winery for their hours of operation.  Passports are usually not good for special events.

Notice: Members pour controlled amounts of their wines for tasting. However, tasting at several wineries, in close succession, can cause one to unwittingly consume alcohol above the legal limit. If you intend to visit more than one winery in a day, we recommend you employ a designated driver or limit your wine consumption accordingly.

For up-to-date information on the wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail and to check events at each winery click here.

The following two wineries are not part of the Brandywine Wine Trail but we heartily endorse their wines.  They usually have fun activities planned so be sure to visit them.

Vala Vineyards in Avondale and one of our favorite wineris.  15 minutes south of Longwood Gardens.  Click here

Penns Woods Winery
Located only 6 miles from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast.  For more information on Penns Woods 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.

Winter Fun 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 the 101st item by the end of winter. 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 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.

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

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.