Winter Fun in the Brandywine Valley

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101 THINGS TO DO IN THE BRANDYWINE VALLEY IN THE WINTER.  Recently updated 1-17-12 with nos. 8 & 9.

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.  Want to brave the outdoors?  How about horse back riding on the magnificent Icelandic horses at Viking  Horse Stables in West Chester, Pa.  They offer a variety of year round treks through the country side of Chester County, Pa.  Each guided trek is customized for you and is offered for as few as one person or up to four people at a time.  For more information 610-517-7980 or click here.



Enjoy the bucolic countryside of Chester County on an Icelandic horse at Viking Stables.

2.  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 and Tyler Arboretum which are only a 10 minute drive from Hamanassett 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.

Ridley Creek Park

3.  For a slower pace grab your binoculars and head over to John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at the Tinicum Wildlife Refuge.  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 is the 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.  The Orchid Extravaganza begins January 20, 2012 and runs through March 25. For more information

Orchids at Longwood Gardens

5..   February 11-18 – National Curling Championships at IceWorks Skating Complex.  For tickets:  610-497-2200

6.    January and February  Winter bird walks held every Wednesday at Tyler Arboretum 8:15 – 10:15 a.m.  610-566-9134×212.

7  .  March 11 – Brandywine Battlefield Charter Day:  honors charter between King Charles II and William Penn.


8.  The Hedgerow Theatre
  For more info click here.

And, of course, we won’t mind if you come just to enjoy relaxing in front of the fireplace and enjoying a good book and good conversation.  We are open all winter and look forward to seeing you.