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Special Events near Our B&B in the Brandywine Valley

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 through 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 Nightscape and return the following day to enjoy the gardens for $33.00.

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.


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.

Media Restaurant Week – runs the first week of November and April.  Many of the terrific restaurants participant where you will find 3 course dinners priced at $25, $35, and $45.  This does not include tax, gratuity, or alcohol, of course.  You’ll even find free parking after 5 PM.  For more information click here.

Holiday Stroll and Festival of Lights – November 25 & 26, 2016.  Enjoy strolling the streets of Media which are decorated for the Christmas season.  You’ll find strolling musicians, old fashioned holiday carolers, complimentary hot chocolate, cider and popcorn and carriage rides.  Purchase your Christmas gifts in Media and enjoy free gift shopping.

14th Annual Night Time Jazz Celebration -November 19th, Saturday, in downtown Media from 7 pm – 1:30 am

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




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 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.

Science Saturday – Chemistry of Cooking October 8 – 1 – 4 PM

Hagley’s annual Craft Fair returns on October 15 and 16! The fair features more than 50 regional artists exhibiting their hand-crafted jewelry, textiles, glass, wood, and pottery, and again features an artisans food marketplace.

Hayrides along the Brandywine will be offered Saturdays and Sundays October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30 from 11:30 – 4.  I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the fall foliage.

These are just a few of the events upcoming at Hagley.  Be sure to check their web site for a full list of events for children and adults.