Special Events near Our B&B in the Brandywine Valley  Be sure to read our blog because we list other events and attractions in the area with more in depth information.  

Bird Watching – Last Saturday of every month.  In conjunction with Wild Birds Unlimited and Newlin Grist Mill (2 miles from Hamanassett).  Meet at the entrance of Newlin Grist Mill.  9 AM – 11.  No charge.  

Longwood Gardens (20 minutes from Hamanassett)  Voted #1 Best Botanical Garden in 2018 and 2019 and Best Holiday Lights by the readers of USA Today!  And just recently voted by the North American Gardens Tourism Awards as one of the top 10 gardens worth traveling to see.  Chanticleer Gardens in Wayne is a short 30 minute drive and was also named in the top 10 for this prestigious award.

There will be dozens of reasons to come to the Brandywine Valley this year.   Some of the highlights at Longwood include:

Upcoming performances at Longwood.  Check their site for dates and prices:

A Longwood Christmas – November 22, 2019 – January 5, 2020  Don’t miss out.  Longwood’s Christmas has been so popular, they are starting a week early.   Poinsettias, pine cones, snowflakes and more.  Every year they manage to astound us with their displays.  You’ll find fire pits, fountains, music and a half million lights.  Plus carolers strolling the grounds.

Conservatory at Longwood is ablaze with trees decorated for Christmas.

Longwood Gardens Conservatory.

The Silver Garden – Year Round at Longwood

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 nor dated which gives you more flexibility and will even save you a couple of dollars and you won’t have to stand in line.  Our tickets are not good for special events, these require an extra fee.

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

Cinderella & Co. 3 Fairy Tales Reimagined  Through January 5, 2020

A Brandywine Christmas – November 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020.  Don’t miss their room with model train displays and trees decorated with ornaments made from flowers from the grounds of the museum.  Called 

More than 100 drawings illustrated by 35 artists also includes Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the three bears.  

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.  This tour usually requires reservations in advance.

Guided Gallery Tours with Victoria Wyeth

Monday through Friday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.  Check their web site for dates.

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).  Daily house tours for which no reservation is required and special reserved tours which explore particular topics.  Daily scenic route tour takes you on a tram around the grounds of Winterthur.  The Estate Tour explores the former dairy barn and farm.

Yuletide Wine and Jazz – December 4, 11, and 18.  Included with Yuletide Tour general admission ticket.  If you want to just enjoy the wine and jazz, tickets are $10.00

A combo jazz trio consisting of piano, drums, and bass  is a special Christmas attraction at Winterthur.s a special attraction for tourists visiting Winterthur.

Yuletide jazz trio at Winterthur.

There’s more to the house than the Introductory Tour!  Don’t miss their Antiques & Architecture, Distinctive Collections, and Fashionable Furnishings tours. Each tour offers a unique perspective on a particular part of the Winterthur collection. For a more in-depth tour of the collection and collector, take the two-hour reserved tour H. F. du Pont: The Collector, which reveals stories of intrigue among collectors, dealers, and the antiques market in the early 20th century. For families bringing young kids to Winterthur, don’t forget to try our Time Traveler’s Tour, perfect for kids ages 4-11. Families will learn about the lifestyle of the du Pont family while exploring the spaces where they played, worked, and entertained. Kids will get to take home an activity book and sticker album! 

Winterthur Exhibits:

Costuming the Crown:  Through  January 5, 2020

Costumes from The Crown are coming to Winterthur.

Costumes from The Crown

View the dazzling costumes worn in the Nexflix show “The Crown”.  From the coronation robes of Queen Elizabeth to the wedding dress of Princess Margaret, there are 40 costumes in the exhibit.  Learn how costumes are used to recreate history as you learn about the elegance and style of the past.  You can purchase tickets online at Winterthur or by calling 800-448-883.

Yuletide at Winterthur  November 23, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Winterthur showcases dozens of decorated trees.  Below is my favorite.  It is entirely decorated with dried flowers grown on the grounds of Winterthur.

One of many Christmas trees to be viewed at Winterthur.

Yuletide at Winterthur

Special Tours at Winterthur: These require separate tickets and reservations:

Designing with Flowers – A one hour interactive tour which discusses changes in flower arranging.  Includes a visit to the flower room at Winterthur.  Offered at 1 and 3 PM. 

Dining Duet – Learn how dining rooms and food presentation have changed over the centuries.  Offered at 1 and 3:30 daily.  

H.F. du Pont: The Collector   offered daily at 11 and 2.

Thomas Chippendale Turns 300.

 Call 1-800-448-3883 or email info@winterthur.org for information on the above tours or visit their web site to learn of additional new tours.

For hours and more information, click here.

What’s in bloom at Winterthur?Click here.

Brandywine Battlefield –  

Soldiers on the Brandywine Battlefield

Brandywine Battlefield

The Road to Freedom – Chester County was an important part of the Underground Railroad in helping escaped slaves flee north to Canada.  The Longwood Progressive Meeting House, currently the site of the Chester County Visitor’s Bureau, was an important stop for many speakers such as Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and many more.  Tours for the #UndergroundRailroad leave from this site which is located just outside the entrance to Longwood Gardens.  For more information and to schedule a tour, click here.  In addition, there are dozens of important sites in the Philadelphia area.  When you stay at Hamanassett, be sure to ask for one of the Underground Railroad brochures with sites marked on a map.  See our blog for more information about historical sites in Chester County as well as Philadelphia.

Detailed map with drawings of houses, animals, and people related to the underground railroad in Chester County Pennsylvania

Map showing Underground railroad sites in Chester County Pennsylvania.


Best Kept Secrets Tourt – November 30 thru December 14

Cartoon of 2 deliriously happy female shoppers.

Best Kept Secrets Tour

Get away from the humdrum and crowds of malls and enjoy a shopping adventure in Chester County.  Tickets are $10.00 each and youll receive a tour guide and map as well as coupons from 33 area businesses.  In addition you’ll receive something special from each business you visit.  Call 717-721-940 or click here for more information.

Tyler Arboretum – 10 minutes from Hamanassett  More information

Hagley Museum  is the home of Eleutherian Mills, the du Pont 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.  You can also tour their grounds as well as the house.

Colonial Plantation –  at Ridley Creek State Park (10 minutes from Hamanassett)  Closed winter months.

Stone house lived in the by the Pratt family.

Colonial Plantation


Learn how ale was made in the 18th century

18th Century Beer Brewing

Museum of the American Revolution – 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.  If you have time, walk around the corner for lunch or dinner at City Tavern.  (Their lobster potpie is the best!)

Valley Forge National Park – 30 minutes from Hamanassett.  Admission is always free.

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 .

For a full list of activities visit DestinationDelco.

Media – The County Seat of Delaware Valley, Media is a charming town that still has a streetcar that runs along State Street. 

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 

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.


Wine Tasting:

Va La Vineyard – Avondale, Pa.  Located just 10 miles south of Longwood Gardens.  One of our favorite wineries.  Check their web site for dates and times of tastings.

Penns Woods Winery –  6 miles from Hamanassett  There is always something fun at Penns Woods in addition to tasting great wine.

Philadelphia Events  

Planning on visiting Philadelphia?  We suggest you stay at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast and take the train into Philadelphia.  The train is less than 10 minutes from us.  I find driving in Philadelphia difficult and parking can be very expensive.  Once there you can buy tickets for the Big Bus which drives around all the spots you’ll want to visit and you can jump on and off as often as you like.  Or you can opt for one of the tours with a guide.  Save 10% by purchasing your ticket on their web site.

You can also purchase a Philadelphia City Pass and save up to 45% on the most popular attractions by purchasing a ticket for 3, 4, or 5 attractions over a consecutive 9 day period.  For more information  .

Philadelphia Museum of Art 

Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop  This bus service stops at all the major attractions and museums in Philadelphia including Independence Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Reading Terminal Market and The Philadelphia Zoo.  Best part is it is just $2.00 per person per ride of $5.00 for an all day pass.  We suggest you stay with us at Hamanassett and take the train into Philly (train station is less than 10 minutes from us).  Save the hassle of driving and parking in downtown Philadelphia.

The Franklin Institute

Betsy Ross House –

Events in and near the Brandywine Valley


Glen Mills Golf Course has been rated the number 1  public golf course and is 4 miles from Hamanassett.    It is a full service 18 hole course.  For more information.

Springfield Country Club –    open to the public.  About 20 minutes from Hamanassett.  More information