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

GREAT AMERICAN PUMPKIN CARVE   43rd annual Chadds Ford Event begins October 18.  Did you know this event was started by Andrew and Jamie Wyeth?  This event is for the entire family and features over 70 artists.  Have you ever seen a 400 pound pumpkin?  Imagine the pumpkin pies you could get out of one.  The jack-o-lanterns will be lit at the end of the night and then lit every Friday and Saturday after.  There will also be live music, crafts, and food.  For more information   

Chadds Ford's Great Pumpkin Carve

Great Pumpkin Carve

Longwood Gardens (20 minutes from Hamanassett)  Voted #1 Best Botanical Garden in 2018 by the readers of USA Today!

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

Festival of Fountains – Through September 30

In the main fountain garden there are daily fountain performances, illuminated fountain performances every night plus fireworks and fountains shows.  Also live music in the Beer Garden every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.  Check hours  click here. 

Special tickets are required for the Fireworks and Fountains shows and these are likely to sell out early so select your room at Hamanassett and plan your visit soon.

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 tickets 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

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.

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
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).  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.

Upcoming Winterthur Exhibits:

A Christmas Carol – Live performance by Gerald Charles Dickens,  the great great grandson of Charles Dickens.  Tickets are on sale now and this show usually sells out.

December 5 at 1 PM and December 6 at 1 and 6 PM.

 

Follies:  Architectural Whimsy in the Garden –  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

 

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.  

H.F. du Pont: The Collector  Begins July 3 and is offered daily at 11 and 2.

Thomas Chippendale Turns 300.

 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.

Brandywine Battlefield –  

Check out their web site for events and times.

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. 

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

Stone house lived in the by the Pratt family.

Colonial Plantation

Civil War Battle and Camp – September 29 – 30

Lantern Ghost Tours October 13, 20, and 27  Considered one of the most haunted sites in Delaware County, don’t miss eerie sounds and ghost stories by candlelight.

Beer Brewing Demonstration – November 3.  Learn how ale was produced in the 18th century.

Learn how ale was made in the 18th century

18th Century Beer Brewing

Preservation Day – November 17  Wonder how Colonial farm families made it through the winter without supermarkets?  Watch and take part in smoking, pickling, and preserving food.

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.

The Sporting Gentleman – Fishing Trips and Private Instruction 

Fishing trips and lessons provided by The Sporting Gentleman.

Catching the big one!

Located less than 10 minutes from Hamanassett, the Sporting Gentleman is affiliated with Orvis.  Trips to Lehigh Valley and Central Pennsylvania.  They provide snacks and drinks as well as rods, reels and flies.  For dates and rates and other information visit their website.

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 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

2018 10th Annual Paoli Blues Fest – Saturday, October 6.  Free Concert and Street Fair noon to 6 PM.  Rain or shine.  Great bands including The Fred Miller Band, Bluebone, Papa Sez, Peter V Blues Band, Blow the house Down, Russ Lambert.  

Philadelphia Events

The Franklin Institute

 Visit their website for more information.

Betsy Ross House –

Events in and near the Brandywine Valley

Golf

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