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Special Events near Our B&B in the Brandywine Valley

Longwood Gardens (20 minutes from Hamanassett)

Orchid Extravaganza opens January 23 and runs through March 27.  Have you ever seen a wall that is all orchids or a twelve foot archway covered in orchids?  And why not combine the Orchid Extravaganza with the Philadelphia Flower Show (30 minutes from Hamanassett) which runs from March 4 – 13.  Also in March Longwood has a display in their conservatory of blue poppies.

Orchids of many colors

Orchid Extravaganza

 

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
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.   Private tours are available for an additional fee; for information, please send an e-mail to specialevents@brandywine.org

Winterthur – named by USA Today as one of America’s 10 great places of historical proportions. (20-25 minutes)

Closed until March 1, 2016

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

Winter Weekday Tours – Through March 11 – Monday through Friday  Enjoy guided tours of the residence, a 19th century machine shop in the powder yards, the the workers’ village.  Tours are given at 10:30 and 1:30.

Winter Weekends – Through March 13  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.   For more information about Hagley click here, or call 302-658-2400.

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

So, why do I list so many Philadelphia activities?  Because we are only a 30 minute drive to Philadelphia.  Which means you can easily drive into the city but come back to the countryside where it is clean, quiet, and you get free parking, free breakfasts, and all the other amenities we offer.  Even better, you can drive about 6 minutes and take the train into the city.  Once there, get a Big Bus pass that goes around to all the major attractions and allows you to get on and often as often as you wish.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

International Pop – February 24 – May 15, 2016

The movement of the 60s (includes works from 1956-1972) which includes Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and other artists.  Over 120 works including paintings, sculpture, prints, film.

Creative Africa – May 14-September 25, 2106

View art and design which includes bronzes from the Kingdom of Benin up to contemporary fashion, architecture, and photography.

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

BARNES FOUNDATION 

Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change February 21 to May 9, 2016 For more information click here

Picture of multi color painting by Picasso

Picasso exhibition at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia

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 – Philadelphia

Until August 28, 2016

Your Mummy Called!  Visit a real Egyptian mummy at the Lost Egypt exhibition.  Like most of the exhibits at the Franklin Institute this is an interactive exhibit.   You’ll have an opportunity through a simulated dig site to see how items are analyzed, a recreation of a tomb  and to see authentic art and artifacts.
For more information or call 215-448-1200

For more events in Philadelphia click here.

Media Pennsylvania (less than 10 minutes)

So many people coming to the Brandywine Valley ask about Kennett Square and West Chester.  Don’t forget 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.

Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

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

Two of our favorites:

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

Penns Woods Winery – another favorite.
Located only 6 miles from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast.  Free live music every weekend, yoga in the vineyard.

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 (or anytime) in the Brandywine Valley

THINGS TO DO IN THE BRANDYWINE VALLEY IN THE WINTER OR WHEN IT RAINS.

I’ve just started compiling this list, so it is nowhere near complete. We’ll see if I can get to 50 items. 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 with various themes 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.

Who doesn’t love chocolate and nuts?  So what could be better than chocolate covered nuts?   Tour Edwards Freeman Nut Company in Conshohocken which was established in 1899.  You can also find nostalgic candies and purchase by the piece, pound or in bulk.

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
610.358.2320

Barnhouse Coffee and Tea

The Lincoln Room

Pennsylvania Verterans Museum State Street, Media – Housed in a National Guard Armory; interesting Gothic Revival architecture.  Thousands of authentic artifacts are on display.  There is also a Trader Joe’s in the building. For more information

Herrs Snack Factory – Watch the real workers and the real potatoes made into your favorite snack.  Nottingham, Pa. 40 minutes south of Hamanassett.  Call 800-284-7488 or   for more information  Click here

Media Trolley – Ride from Media to Upper Darby and back.  How many towns still have a working trolley?

QVC Studio Tour Enjoy a behind the scenes look at their state of the art broadcasting facility.  For more information click here.

 

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.