Special Events near Our B&B in the Brandywine Valley  Be sure to read our blog a 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)

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

Martha Stewart to visit Longwood Gardens  June 14 at 10 AM – One day only

Martha Stewart will be coming to Longwood Gardens in the Brandywine Valley.

Martha Stewart

Don’t miss this special event coming to Longwood Gardens on June 14.  Martha Stewart will discuss how to grow, gather, and arrange flowers.  Tickets  to her lecture with a signed copy of her new book are $75.00 each and go on sale April 26 at 9 AM.  If you only want to attend the lecture and receive her book, tickets are $45.00.

Summer Series 2018 Lineup Announced  Tickets on sale beginning March 14 at 9AM  Note:  The tickets Hamanasstt sells are for general admission.  For these special events you need to purchase them from Longwood.  These tickets also include all day gardens admission.  Six great evenings of fireworks and fountains.

Fireworks bursting in the air over the colored water fountains.

Longwood Gardens

Sounds of Summer –  Saturday, May 26 9:15 pm

Music from the Beach Boys, The Go-Gos, Justin Timberlake plus more

Fourth of July Series   Sunday  July 1, 9:15

Hits from musical legends such as Tom Petty, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen

Monets Garden Saturday, July 21, 9:15

Music of Debussy, Dukas, Ravel and more will transport you to Monet’s garden at Giverny France

Leonard Bernstein Birthday Celebration Saturday, August 11 9:15

Celebrate the 100th birthday of Bernstein with some of his most famous works such as West Side Story, On the Town and Candide.

Animated Favorites Saturday, September 1 9:15

Cartoon music classics such as Aladdin, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid are represented

Solid Gold ’70s music Saturday, September 29 8:15

Some of our favorite music.  Bring your bell bottoms out from the mothballs and enjoy the disco era with music from the Bee Gees, Kool and the Gang, Donna Summer and more.

Wine and Jazz all Stars  Friday, June 1 7:30  Always sells out so book early and choose your room at Hamanassett.

Wine and Jazz Festival  Saturday, June 2  2-10 pm

Wine and Jazz are on tap at Longwood Gardens this summer

Jazz at Longwood Gardens

Rhiannon Giddens  Wednesday, June 13 7:30 pm

Audra McDonald  Sunday, June 17  7:30 pm

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra with Jennifer Koh  sunday, July 8  7:30

Ladysmith Black Mambazo  Tuesday, August 14  7:30

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox  Sunday, August 19  7:30

Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindu Cinema  Tuesday, August 21  7:30

NPR’s From the Top Hosted by Christopher O’Riley  Sunday, September 9  7:30

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.  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

The Way Back – paintings of George Weymouth –  until June 3, 2018

Painting by George Weymouth shows African American woman sitting in chair looking pensively out window.

Gathering Storm, 1964, George Weymouth

There will be 65 works of art in various mediums beginning with his early career in the 1950s including landscapes and portraits in oil, tempera, and watercolor.  

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)

Upcoming Winterthur Exhibits:

Follies:  Architectural Whimsy in the Garden – Open now through January 5, 2020

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.

One of the many garden follies on view at Winterthur

Winterthur Folly

Point to Point – Sunday, May 6, 2018

Enjoy an English country outing at Winterthur, a Country Estate

Winterthur Point to Point

View antique horse drawn carriages with a backdrop of azaleas.

Antique Carriages

This is the 40th anniversary of the annual Point-to-Point

The best way to view is to purchase a spot for your car and have a tailgating party.  Wear your best frock and fascinator and pack the silver wine bucket and watch the races like the Crawley family in Downton Abbey.  There are also less expensive general admission tickets.  For more information click here.

Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table  through January 6, 2019

A centerpiece designed to grace the most elegant dining table

Bird decorated center piece


This magnificent exhibit looks at dining and dinnerware beginning in the 1600s and celebrates how people for centuries have loved natural decorations.  You’ll see dishes in the shapes of animals, birds, fruit, and flowers.  Become inspired for your own table settings.  Read more.

For families, visit the Enchanted Woods, their children’s garden and visit the Tulip Tree House, Troll Bridge, Faerie Cottage, and Upside-Down Tree.

New 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.  

 Call 1-800-448-3883 or email to tourinfo@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.

Tyler Arboretum – 10 minutes from Hamanassett  More information

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. 

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

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.

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 this fall and winter 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.

Restaurant Week –   April 8 – 13.  Restaurants offer dinner specials for $25, 35, $45.  Read more

Pirate Festival  Friday and Saturday September 14 & 15  Marcus Hook

Dressed in period clothing a band performs at the Pirates Festival in Marcus Hook.

Pirates Festival at Marcus Hook

Friday from 5 PM – 10 Pm  Food, games, crafts, live music and other exciting events.  For those 21 and over there will be food and drink including wine, beer and rum tasting. Saturday from 11AM – 6PM enjoy a pirate encampment with period tents, demonstrations, period firearms, cannon firings and beer making.  Also colonial wares, food, music and even pony rides for the younger people.Funds raised go toward restoration of the Plank House, the home of Blackbeard’s mistress. 




The Media Theatre – 104 E. State Street Media, Pa. 2017-2018 Schedule

Broadway comes to the Brandywine Valley.  The Media Theatre has won 72 Broadway World Awards.  For more information on times and tickets click here.

Poster of Rogers and Hammerstein's Broadway play Carousel


If/Then  Mar. 14 – April 1  Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics and book by Brian Yorkey

Newsies – Based on the Disney Film – April 18 – June 10  Music by Alan Menken,  Lyrics by Jack Feldman, Book by Harvey Fierstein

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.

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

Month of April – Wine and Cupcake Pairings

Pair cupcakes and wines for a wonderful afternoon out.

Penns Woods Wine and Cupcake Pairings

During the entire month of April you can enjoy 5 different wines paired with miniature cupcakes at Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford.   Pairings are $25.00 per person or $22.00  if you are a member of their Wine Club.  Reservations are required because this is always a sell out event.  Call 610-459-0808.

Month of June at Penns Woods – Yoga in the Vineyard – Select Fridays and Sundays

Philadelphia Events

The Franklin Institute

 Visit their website for more information.

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

2018  BMW Championship Aronimink Golf Club September 4-9 Newtown Square, Pa.