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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.

The NFL Experience – April 27.  You can join in all the festivities in Philadelphia.  Read our blog for all the 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:

May 27, 2017  The Main Garden Fountain reopens after a 2 year restoration project.  The fountains include over 1700 fountain jets and streams.  Plus their daily fountain shows and the Beer Garden return.  Extended hours Thursday – Saturday.  Louis XIV would indeed be jealous.

Illuminated fountains at Longwood Gardens.

Longwood Gardens illuminated fountains.

Colored fouintains dance to music at Longwood Gardens.

Longwood Fountain Show

The Silver Garden – Year Round

Gray and silver colored foliage

Silver Garden at Longwood Gardens

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

View the orchid curtain wall and arch at Longwood Gardens

Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens

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.

Blue Poppies – Through late March in the conservatory.  Although native to the Himalayans, Longwood has developed a way to cultivate them in the greenhouse.

Blue poppies are on display in the conservatory.

Blue Poppy at Longwood Gardens

Brandywine River Museum (10 minutes)
US Rt. 1
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
610-388-8337

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)

Point to Point Races – May 7, 2917 

View antique horse drawn carriages with a backdrop of azaleas.

Antique Carriages

 Get ready for the premiere spring event at Winterthur.  Every year on the first Sunday in May Winterthur celebrates with its Point to Point Steeplechase.  Not just for racing enthusiasts, the event also includes dog friendly Canine Capers and other family friendly events such as the Parade of Antique Carriages and a display of antique cars.  Our favorite is the tailgating party.  You purchase a space near the race track and set up your extravagant picnic.  You’ll see people with table cloth draped tables with silver candlelabra, silver serving pieces, and an elaborate spread.  Think Downton Abbey or The Great Gatsby.  At the other end of the spectrum is more down to earth picnic set ups.  However you choose to do it, I promise it will be an exciting time.  But don’t wait too long because the best tail gating spaces sell out quickly.  For more information or to purchase your tail gate space on line click here.  

Picnicing not your style?  You can purchase tickets to the Winterthur Hunt Brunch Tent, which features a lavish lunch menu and beverages at a great spot to see the racing action.  So hurry and purchase your tickets for this exciting event and then call Hamanassett and book your rooms or you can book directly online on our web site.

Red jacketed man rides horse at the begining of the Winterthur Point to Point Horse Races.

Point to Point at Winterthur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

West Chester Beer Festival – June 17, 2017 1-5 Pm

Over 50 craft breweries such as Left Hand Brewery and Southern Tier will be in attendance as well as food vendors and craft vendors.  Click here for more information.

West Chester Pa.'s first craft beer festival.

Craft Beer Festival

Colonial Plantation –  at Ridley Creek State Park  (10 minutes from Hamanassett)

Closed until April.

Museum of American Revolution – Opens 4-19-2017.  

View thousands of artifacts from the American Revolutionary War including the tent used by George Washington at Valley Forge.  Read our blog for more information on the museum.

Valley Forge National Park 

Meet the soldiers and gnerals at Valley Forge National Park.

Generals at Valley Forge

A line of Revolutionary Soldiers marching out to battle.

Soldiers at 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.

History of the U.S. and the Brandywine Valley

Visit the Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa.

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

Ridley Creek State Park offers a variety of winter activities.

Enjoy winter activities at Ridley Creek State Park.

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.

 

Philadelphia Events

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.