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 Hamanassett. 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!
In Media there is a store called "Deals" which will remind you of this type of store. They have the hardwood floors, 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 one in Media which runs right down the middle of State Street. It just celebrated its 100th birthday.
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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Orchid Extravaganza January 25-March 30, 2014
Imagine walking through a 4 acre conservatory filled with almost 5000 orchids. The perfect antidote for this long cold winter. Why not combine your trip with a visit to the world famous Philadelphia Flower Show which runs March 1 - March 9. Hamanassett is right in between the two locations - 25 mintues to Philadelphia and 20 mintues to Longwood Gardens.
For more information on concerts and special events: click here.
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Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Visit Website For more information, please call 610-388-2700
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.
For families, visit the Enchanted Woods, their children's garden and visit the Tulip Tree House, Troll Bridge, Faerie Cottage, and Upside-Down Tree.
Costumes of Downton Abbey -March 1 2014 - January 4, 2015
If you are a fan of Downton Abbey you won't want to miss this exhibit which is the only exhibit in the United States. On view will be about 40 designs from the television show. The designs will be supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the program and real life at Winterthur. And to enhance your visit, why not order one of Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast's special Edwardian style picnic baskets. Check our specials and packages for the picnic basket.
For hours and more information, click here. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly recommended. Timed tickets are required for this exhibition. Included with general admission. Members free.
What's in bloom at Winterthur? Click here.
Fashion Meets Science: Introducing Nylon Opens April 6
For more information about Hagley click here. or call 302-658-2400.
Hagley is the home of Eleutherian Mills, the DuPont ancestrial 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.
Treasures from Korea - March 2 - May 26-2014
Visit the first full-scale survey of the arts of Korea’s Joseon dynasty (1392 - 1910) to be shown
in the United States. Exhibit includes painted screens, scrolls, calligraphy, furnishings, costumes, accessories, and ritual wares used in ancestral rites and Buddhist worship. Click here for additional information.
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. Vvisitors 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
Franklin Institute - Philadelpia
For more information or call 215-448-1200
Througjh April 26, 2014. See over 150 artefacts on loan from Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, including wall-sized frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, ancient Roman coins, and full body casts of the volcano's victims.
Brandywine Valley Wine Trail
Throughout the year the wineries offer various activiities. 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 offering. Purchase a Passport from Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast. Passports allow for tastings at all 8 member wineries.
Sip & Stay Getaway!
Come stay anytime at Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast! We offer wine trail passports for $20.00 each which allows you wine tastings at six wineries. The passport is good through the end of the year and you receive a souvenir wine class to take home. Times may change so we suggest you check with each winery for their hours of operation.
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.
Don't forget about Barrels on the Brandywine this March so purchase a passport from Hamanassett for only $20.00. Check out their web site for all the special events.
For up to date information on the wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail click here
Penns Woods Winery -
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 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, picnicing, 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. It authentically represents life on a farm in southeastern Pa. between 1760 and 1790.
The Plantation has been a working farm for over 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.
I’ve just started compiling this list so it is no where 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.
Bundle up and enjoy a horseback ride through the counryside that Andrew Wyeth made famous in his paintings.
Stables in West Chester, Pa. offers hacks through
the country side of Chester County, Pa. For
more information 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 skiis? 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 Gris Mill Park. Both are within 10 minutes of Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast.
Well Fargo Center - only 30 minutes from Hamanassett. 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 expeience 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
Let the Good Times Roll! And that isn't just in New Orleans. Get out to Sproul Lanes and enjoy a few games. Let your inner child or your cave man out and do something different at Sproul Lanes in Broomall.
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
100 Ridge Road Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Barnhouse Coffee and Tea
The Lincoln Room
And, of course, you can always destress (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.