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Special Events near Our B&B in the Brandywine Valley  Be sure to read our blog also because we list other events and attractions in the area with more indepth information.   Right now you will almost a dozen special Christmas events I bet you don’t know about!   Click here for more information.          

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:

The Silver Garden – Year Round

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.

Chrysanthemum Festival – October 7- November19, 2017 View over 17,000 chrysanthemums .

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.

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.

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

Winterthur Yuletide Season November 18-January 7, 2018

View dozens of decorated trees.  My favorite is the tree decorated with only dried flowers from the gardens at Winterthur.  There is also an 18 room dollhouse mansion on exhibit.

Other exhibits at Winterthur:

Upcoming Winterthur Exhibits:

Follies:  Architectural Whimsy in the Garden – Opening April 1 ,2018

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.

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.

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 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.

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

Santa Comes to Town – November 26 Santa arrives in Media.  Price of admission is to bring a toy for Toys for Tots  or canned food for the local food bank.  You can drop off toys at Veterans Square .  Enjoy a parade, stores open late, and great food.  Block party is from 2:30 – 5 pm on State Street at Veteran’s Square.  Santa parade begins at 5.  

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.

For a full list of activities this fall and winter visit DestinationDelco.

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

Carouse

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Nov. 15, 2017 – Jan. 14, 2018

Next to Normal – Jan. 31 – Feb. 25  Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics and Book by Brian Yorkey

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.

 

Philadelphia Events

The Franklin Institute

 Visit their website for more information.

Betsy Ross House – Historic Holiday Nights November 30  –  December 28

Visit the courtyard from 5 to 8 in the Olde City District and enjoy $1.00 off admission Thursday nights.  Betsy has a busy Christmas schedule so will only be in her upholstery shop opening night.

Phyllis the Laundress is still at the Betsy Ross House Thursdays through Sunday from noon until 5 PM.  She will also be there from December 26 until December 31.  Phyllis is a free African American woman who was born into slavery in Philadelphia.  After learning to read she was indentured and learned domestic skills.

Historic Chocolate Making November 25 and December 31  noon to 4 PM.

Birthday Bash for Betsy Ross  Sunday, December 31, 11 – 4 PM  Cake and demonstrations of chocolate making to celebrate Betsy’s 265th birthday.

Events in and near the Brandywine Valley

Golf

Glen Mills Golf Course has been rated number 1  public golf courses 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.