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.
Kennett Winterfest – Saturday, February 25
Your ticket includes unlimited tastings of over 50 regional and national beers plus live music and food trucks. General admisstion is $60.00.
Philadelphia Flower Show – click hereMarch 3-11 This year the show is celebrating Holland. For more information .
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
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.
You can purchase timed tickets through Longwood Gardens or purchase through Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast. Our tickets are not timed or dated which gives you more flexibility.
Orchid Extravaganza – January 21- March 31
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
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.
Winterthur – named by USA Today as one of America’s 10 great places of historical proportions. (20-25 minutes from Hamanassett)
Other exhibits at Winterthur:
Striking Beauties – American Shelf Clocks and Timepieces – through June, 2017
Upcoming Winterthur Exhibits:
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)
Closed until April.
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.
Freedmen, Fugitives, and Friends – The Kennett Underground Railroad Center –The Center hosts bus tours during the late spring and summer season where you will visit private homes and Quaker Meetinghouses as you learn about the activity of abolitionists in the area. You can also visit the Brandywine Valley Visitors Center located at 300 Greenwood Road, Kennett Square (just outside the gates to Longwood Gardens) and pick up a packet for a self guided tour. Private tours are also available. For more information call 484-544-5070
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.
Ridley Creek State Park – open year round and only 5 miles from Hamanassett
Did you know there are there are 13 miles of hiking trails plus 5 miles of paved multi-use trails along Sycamore Mills Road and Forge Road trails designated for bicycles, joggers, walkers, and cross-country skiers. In addition, you’ll find almost 5 miles of horseback riding trails. Hidden Valley Farms operates a stable within the park that provides horse boarding, riding lessons, pony rides, and an assortment of horse related services. For more information call 610-892-7260 www.hiddenvalleyhorsefarm.com
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
There are 10 miles of trails. Open every day from sunrise to sunset except during bad weather. If Philadelphia schools are closed due to weather so is the refuge. Want to fish or watch birds? They will let you borrow a fishing rod or binoculars. 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.
For more information click here.
Above is just a smattering of all the events happening in Delaware County. To learn more about art exhibits, concerts, wineries, breweries, museums and more visit the web site of Destination Delco, the visitors’ center of Delaware County. Just click here.
The Franklin Institute
Jurassic World – through April 23, 2017
You’ll think you’ve gone back in time thousands of years.
Based on the movie of the same name and you’ll get up close and personal with a Brachiosaurus; a Velociraptor; and the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus rex. Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, created the exhibit which has interactive educational elements—drawn from the real-world science of dinosaur DNA that allowed Jurassic World to come to life. This exhibit is breaking all attendance records to book your room at Hamanassett and purchase your tickets to the Franklin Institute. Visit their website for more information.