Autumn Foliage and Fall Events in the Brandywine Valley

There is more to see and do from now through the end of the year than you imagined.  If you are saying you’ve already seen Longwood Gardens, I bet you haven’t seen everything.  Every season, even every month, Longwood offers something new to enjoy.  Coming up view the colors of fall as Mother Nature paints the canvas of our area with magnificent reds, golds and oranges as you walk through their Meadow Garden.  On view are goldenrod, asters, and other foliage.  Beginning October 27 the annual Chrysanthemum Festival begins where there are over 17,000 (yes, that is 3 zeroes, it is not a typo) mums have been trained into spirals, pagodas and columns.  This year they have a new form making its debut in the form of a traditional fan.  And always to amaze you is the 1000 bloom mum where there are more than one thousand blooms on a single stem. 

Mums in every color and form can be seen at Longwood Gardens.

Don’t miss the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens


  Or how about strolling through the conservatory that has an Asian inspired theme this year complete with hanging lanterns.  Bring your family to enjoy the garden railroad.  Through October 27, you can enjoy extended evening hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays when the gardens stay open until 9 PM.  Their illuminated fountain shows continue through October 28.   The beer garden also continues. 

Stroll the conservatory at Longwood Gardens and enjoy Asian inspired lanterns.

Asian garden at Longwood.

 And while you are here,  enjoy driving around the back roads and over one of our many covered bridges.  We’ll give you a map with all the particulars of the various drives.

Enjoy a nostalgic drive through the Brandywine Valley countryside including twelve covered bridges.

Covered Bridge in Chester County

Looking for family fun?  You  should include zip lining at Spring Mountain Adventures which is less than an hour from Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast.   Take a night time chair lift up the mountain and hike down the dimly lit side of the mountain but watch out for the Quarry Men who may be lurking about.  Afterwards you can enjoy a cold one at Brewsky’s Bar by the fire pit. More family fun for the entire family should include  Chadds Ford Great Pumpkin Carve which is celebrated this year Thursday, Friday, and Saturday October 18, 19, and 20 from 4 PM until 9 PM and beginning at 3 PM on Saturday.   Hamanassett has two cottages which are dog and child friendly.  Click here for information on our cottages.

Chadds Ford's Great Pumpkin Carve

Great Pumpkin Carve


Other ways to enjoy the fall foliage include a trolley ride through Valley Forge every Saturday and Sunday.  At Valley Forge you can also hike and bike.  Another great view is from the top of the tower at Glencairn Museum where you will have an impressive view of the foliage as well as the Philadelphia skyline.  For a really spectacular ever changing view, I can’t think of a better way than a hot air balloon with the US Hot Air Balloon team.

View a spectacular fall foliage while wafting over Chester County in a hot air balloon.

Fall foliage in Chester County

At the National Museum of American Jewish History is the Art of Rube Goldberg beginning October 12 and running through January 21, 2019.  This is a comprehensive exhibition of the artist known for his cartoons, inventions, and more and is the first comprehensive exhibit since The Smithsonian celebrated his career in 1970.  The museum is located on Independence Mall in Philadelphia.  To read more about this exhibition and other exhibits, click here.


The artist known for crazy inventions and cartoons is now at the National Museum of Jewish History.

Cartoon of Rube Goldberg

Our final cooking school class featuring holiday foods is coming up the weekend of November 2 and 3.  Grab your partner and enjoy a fun filled afternoon sharpening your skills and then enjoy a fabulous dinner prepared by you along with appropriate wine selections.   Read more.

Hamanassett bed and breakfast cooking class busy making dinner.

Cooking class preparing dinner in the professional kitchen at Hamanassett bed and breakf

Hopefully you’ve found something here that you really must see.  We have great antique shops nearby as well as great wineries for touring.  Of course, there is always the serenity of Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast so select your room and book while we still have availability.  Some of our weekends are already filled.  Don’t forget we are dog friendly in one room in the main house and both cottages and we don’t have a size or weight restriction for your fur baby.