Activities in the Brandywine Valley|
In order to get the total Brandywine Valley experience one can take advantage of the many unique activities that the area offers. Aside from world-class attractions, the Brandywine Valley offers activities that are fun for the whole family, equestrian favorites, outdoor activities, golf, and plenty of arts and entertainment.
The many gardens in the area can be enjoyed year-round, indoors and out. We have listed gardens and arboretum below in alphabetical order with links to their respective Web sites.
Just minutes from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House is America's oldest living botanical garden, a pastoral 18th century homestead surrounded by the urban bustle of Philadelphia. You won't believe you are in the city when you see the wildflower meadow, majestic trees, river trail, wetland, stone house and farm buildings overlooking the Schuylkill River, and, of course, the historic botanical garden of American native plants.
||Brandywine River Museum |
The Brandywine Conservancy's Wildflower and Native Plant Gardens feature indigenous and some naturalized plants of the greater Brandywine region displayed in natural settings. These demonstration gardens use wildflowers, trees and shrubs in landscaped areas. Plants are selected to provide a succession of bloom from early spring through the first killing frost. Each is located in a setting akin to its natural habitat: woodland, wetland, flood plain or meadow.
A "pleasure garden" designed to illustrate the beauty of the art of horticulture. Thousands of bulbs clothe the ground in spring, followed by orchards of flowering trees with native wildflowers blooming in the woods. A vegetable garden complements a cut-flower garden, both accompanied by espaliered fruit trees. Courtyards are a framework for unusual combinations of herbaceous perennials, punctuated by pots of tropical plants. Vines grow in nooks and crannies, trailing and twining. A "sculpture" of wheat and boulders undulates while a perennial garden reaches its peak in the warmest days of summer. A woodland garden carpeted with exotic groundcovers and full of rarities precedes a water garden surrounded by grasses and sweetsmelling herbs. Unusual benches invite the guest to relax in the shade of a plant draped arbor.
The first du Pont Family home in America, Eleutherian Mills, was built by E. I. du Pont in 1803. Situated on the crest of a hill, it affords a commanding view of the Brandywine River, with a dam which fed water to the original millrace. This charming Georgian-style residence is furnished with antiques and memorabilia of the five generations of du Ponts associated with the home. Adjoining it is the restored French-style garden created by E. I. du Pont, an avid botanist.
||Haverford College Arboretum |
In 1831, a distinguished group of Philadelphia and New York Quakers purchased 198.5 acres which lay in the center of the Welsh Tract, a part of the 40,000 acres of land ceded to the Welsh Quakers by William Penn. Upon this land the group founded Haverford College two years later. William Carvill, an English gardener, was hired in 1834 to convert the farmland into a functioning campus. His design reflected the influence of Sir Humphry Repton, one of England's great landscape architects.
Located in a rare remnant of the once continuous southeastern Pennsylvania hardwood forest, Jenkins Arboretum, a 46Ğacre, thriving woodland ecosystem, possesses large natural stands of mountain laurel, pinxterbloom azalea, blueberry, deerberry, native wildflowers, ferns, and herbs.
Longwood Gardens, created by Pierre S. du Pont, is one of the premier arboretums in the country if not in the world. The Gardens encompass horticultural displays, walkways and meadows on 1,050 acres. The beautiful four acre conservatory and fountains are not to be missed.
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is an interdisciplinary center that integrates art, science and the humanities. Thousands of rare and lovely woody plants, including many of Philadelphia's oldest, rarest, and largest trees, are set in a romantic, 92-acre, Victorian landscape garden of winding paths, streams, flowers and special garden areas.
||Mount Cuba Center |
Mt. Cuba Center, dedicated to the study of the Piedmont flora, realizes the vision of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland. On the gently rolling hills of the Delaware Piedmont, the Copelands established their 630-acre estate to preserve the historic rural pastures and fields, protect the native forests and develop a series of naturalistic woodland wildflower gardens and formal landscapes.
||Nemours Mansion and Gardens|
Nemours is the 300-acre country estate of the late industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. duPont. The estate looms over the 47,000 sq. ft. mansion surrounding formal gardens and is furnished with fine antiques, famous works of art, beautiful tapestries, and other treasures. The grounds surrounding the mansion extend for one third of a mile along the main vista from the house, and are among the finest examples of French-style gardens in the United States.
||Rockwood Mansion & Park |
Enjoy 72 acres of quiet and serene parkland including 6 acres of formal gardens, 2 1/2 miles of lighted trails and tour the 12 room historic Rockwood Mansion. Rockwood is part of the Northern Delaware Greenway.
||Scott Arboretum at Swathmore College |
The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College is a garden of ideas and suggestions. Encompassing more than 300 acres of the Swarthmore College campus and exhibiting over 4,000 kinds of ornamental plants, the Arboretum displays some of the best trees, shrubs, vines and perennials for use in the region.
||Shofuso Japanese House and Garden |
The Japanese House and Garden (Shofuso) is one of the most notable and unusual attractions in Philadelphia. This shoin-zukuri (desk-centered) house, built in 16th century style, is located on the grounds of the Horticultural Center in the West Philadelphia section of Fairmount Park. The perfectly proportioned architecture of the main structure and adjoining tea house is enhanced by an ornamental garden and picturesque pond.
||Tyler Arboretum |
Tyler Arboretum is one of the oldest and largest arboreta in the
northeastern United States, comprised of over 650 acres of lush, naturalized
plantings with 20 miles of hiking trails through serene native woodlands.
Attractions at Tyler include spectacular plant collections including lilac,
magnolia, cherry, and crabapple. The rhododendron collection is considered
one of the finest in the country. Children and adults alike will delight in
the butterfly-filled Meadow Maze that winds a labyrinth through native
grasses. Tyler has been designated an Important Bird Area by the
Pennsylvania Audubon Society and enjoys a diverse population of raptors,
songbirds, and waterfowl. On the National Historic Registry, Tyler's history
dates back to a 1681 land grant from William Penn. Visitors will enjoy tours
of the historic buildings, which are filled with antique furnishings and
decorative arts. The Arboretum has classes, workshops, and events on-going
throughout the year. Tyler is open seven days a week year-round.
||Welkinweir , Pottstown, PA |
The Pinetum and Hillside Garden that greet visitors to Welkinweir preview the natural beauty of this richly diverse, secluded stream valley. Enjoy the majestic views of the Chester County countryside from the terrace of the former Rodenbaugh estate. Investigate the barn ruins on the way to the ponds, which are a focal point of this 162-acre refuge and environmental education center.
||Winterthur Museum & Garden |
Winterthur's 982-acre country estate encompasses rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) developed an appreciation of nature as a boy that served as the basis for his life's work in the garden. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November. Du Pont translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies a romantic vision of nature's beauty.
||Greater Philadelphia Gardens |
A group of public gardens, arboreta and historic houses with gardens in the Philadelphia region formed in 1989 to work together to promote the gardens and encourage visitors. Collectively the institutions attract more than two million visitors each year. The Collaborative has become a model for other public gardens, arboreta and historic houses all over the country.
Fun for the whole Family!
Although all of the attractions listed on this site are appropriate for children, we've compiled a list of activities that children are sure to love! That makes the day fun for Mom and Dad too! From educational to just plain fun we've got something your whole family will enjoy.
American Helicopter Museum |
"Voted Best Scientific Outing for Kids" by Philadelphia Magazine.
The Museum's growing exhibitions and collections include over 35 helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes, eight of which are accessible for hands-on experiences. Displays include five helicopters on loan from the Smithsonian, a V-22 Osprey and two kit helicopters the kids can enjoy. Highlights include family helicopter rides; check the web site for current schedule. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Admission charged.
A small zoo in the beautiful 180 acres of Brandywine Park, the Brandywine Zoo is conveniently located in the city of Wilmington and is the only zoo in the state of Delaware. The zoo is open 365 days a year, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is charged from April - October.
The Creamery at Woodside Farm
The best homemade ice cream around! The Creamery uses fresh milk from their own Jersey cows to make their twenty some flavors of premium ice cream. Try the pumpkin ice cream; it tastes just like pumpkin pie! 302-239-9847, Located at the intersection of Little Baltimore and North Star Roads.
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Discover the wonders of the natural world through changing exhibits, an interactive discovery room and special events. Exhibit Highlights include the largest bird egg collection in the World, a view of extinct and vanishing birds, a spectacular array of seashell, and dinosaurs on permanent display.
DuPont Theatre Children's Series
Popular children's entertainment in Wilmington, DE. Highlights include Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and The Little Engine That Could.
Herrs Snack Factory Tour
Visit the Herrs snack factory in Nottingham, PA to see how your favorite snacks are made. The Herr family has been making snacks for over 50 years. During the tour you'll taste warm, fresh potato chips right off the production line. Tours take approximately one hour and reservations are recommended. Free tours are available Monday through Thursday, 9AM to 3PM and Fridays 9AM to 11AM.
Visit a 300-acre working farm, pet the farm animals, shop in the farm market with plants, dairy products, fruit and vegetables, candies and baked goods. Visit the gift shop, go on a hayride, pick your own pumpkins. Located in Media, PA off Route 352 on Knowlton Road. Open 7 days a week from 9 - 5. Check the website for the special events calendar!
Longwood Gardens Fun for Kids
Did you know that Longwood Gardens is fun for kids too?!! There are daytime hands-on activities, evening ice cream concerts, garden games, storytimes and much more. Please visit the website for more information on these one-of-a-kind events
Magical Mystery Flights 5th Generation Ballooning Family! They fly every day from West Chester and Exton, PA -- weather Permitting. Check out their web site for info and FAQs.
Wilderness Canoe Trips
Offering canoeing, kayaking and tubing on the scenic Brandywine River. A fantastic way to spend a beautiful day outdoors. Reservations are required.
Northbrook Canoe Company
Offering canoeing, kayaking, tubing and splash boat trips along the scenic Brandywine River. Located in the heart of Chester County, PA in West Chester. Reservations are required. Open April through October 7 days a week from 9AM until dusk. Life jackets are provided for your safety
West Chester Railroad
Take a scenic, 90-minute railroad tour through parts of Chester and Delaware Counties. Popular tours include the Easter Bunny Express, Summer Sunday Picnic Specials, The Great Train Robbery, The Foliage Express and Santa's Express. Admission is charged, trains depart from Market Street in West Chester. Visit web site for hours of operation and other details.
Wilmington and Western Railroad
Climb aboard the Wilmington and Western Railroad, Delaware's oldest steam tourist railroad. The train departs from Greenbank station on Route 41 in Wilmington, DE. Train rides and special tours are available frequently so check the web site for further details.
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Calling all baseball fans! The Wilmington Blue Rocks are a 'Class A' affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Baseball is played April through September at Frawley Stadium along the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE. Plan to see a game and catch a bite to eat in one of Wilmington's many family friendly restaurants. Check the web site for more details.
Winterthur's Enchanted Woods
Discover the magic of a fairy-tale garden with a visit to Enchanted Woods™, a unique children's garden at Winterthur. In a three-acre plot of the Winterthur Garden, the fairy folk created a magical landscape for children of all ages! Canopied by majestic oak trees, Enchanted Woods™ has been taken over by the woodland fairies who live here and is transformed into a place of enchantment, mystery, and discovery. From the Tulip Tree House to the Faerie Cottage, children will find a new world to explore.
The Brandywine Valley has always been home to jockeys, trainers, owners and horse enthusiasts. Celebrate these traditions in horsemanship at the Devon Horse show, enjoy a fun-filled Sunday afternoon tailgating at the Brandywine Polo club or take a leisurely trail ride through the woods and meadows near Gateway Stables.
Brandywine Polo Club |
The Brandywine Polo Club has three tournament-sized polo fields with ample parking for spectator viewing and tailgating. Fans are encouraged to bring picnics and enjoy the family friendly atmosphere. Polo will not be played if field conditions are wet so fans are encouraged to call ahead at 610-268-8692. Polo matches are on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer and periodically on other weekdays. Check the web site for current schedule. Admission charged.
Devon Horse Show
Started in 1896, The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is now is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition in the United States. Since it's early beginnings, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair has grown from a one-day event to a ten-day horse and carriage show with a country fair atmosphere. The Devon Horse Show is held in May at the Devon Show Grounds in Devon, PA.
Trail Rides and Riding lessons on scenic trails and meadows. Located on
Mary Bell Lane (off the Old Kennett Road) about 3 miles south of Kennett Square, PA. (610) 444 1255
A day at the races! Highlights of the Willowdale Steeplechase include Jack Russell Terrier Races, Police Dog Demonstrations, Pony Races and the exciting Willowdale Steeplechase race. The course is located on the northeast corner of Routes 926 and 82, in Kennett Square, PA. The Steeplechase is a day of fun for the whole family and is held in May.
Winterthur Point to Point
A highlight of the local social calendar, Point-to-Point is an old-fashioned country race featuring horse racing, antique carriages and elegant tailgate picnicking. Family fun tent, pony rides, Washington Memorial Pipe Band, Stick Horse Races. Corporate tents dot the landscape for this colorful event. Point to point is held in May on the grounds of Winterthur Museum. Check out the web site for details. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
For a unique horseback riding experience visit Viking Horse in West Chester, PA. Offering trail-riding experiences on the rare Icelandic Horse. Check out the web site for details or call (610) 517-7980.
Explore the natural beauty of the Brandywine Valley by spending some time outdoors! Enjoy the Brandywine Valley in the form in which our favorite local artists have captured it. Take a hike through one of our state parks, paddle down the Brandywine River in a canoe, or take a scenic drive through the countryside stopping to visit our spectacular covered bridges.
A Golfer's Delight
Brandywine Creek State Park |
Brandywine Creek State Park is located three miles north of Wilmington, DE at the intersection of Delaware Routes 100 and 92. The entrance is on Adams Dam Road. The park maintains 14 miles of trails for fitness, wildlife observation, and photography; the Creek Run Trail is open for bicycle use. The open fields are excellent for picnics, kite flying, and disc golf; and in the winter, for sledding and cross-country skiing. Trout fishing is available in the Brandywine Creek. Popular seasonal events such as the Halloween Haunted Trail and the Halloween Hootenanny are held for visitors' enjoyment.
Chester County covered bridges number fourteen and there are three in Northern New Castle County, DE. Smiths Bridge, only three miles from Winterthur, is a treasure not to be missed. The bridge, completely restored and reopened in December, 2002, crosses the Brandywine just below Granogue, the home of Irenee du Pont (the largest private estate in Delaware). Mercer's Mill Bridge is located just south of Atglen and is a convenient stop enroute to Amish Country. This bridge, located just west of PA 41 on Creek Road (Bailey's Crossroads Road), is considered one of the most picturesque in Chester County.
Marsh Creek State Park
Marsh Creek Lake is especially popular with sailboaters and windsurfers who take advantage of the combination of good natural terrain and prevailing wind to enjoy their sport. Nature lovers will enjoy a pleasant walk on hiking trails or the Larkins covered Bridge located in the northeast section of the park. The park is located in North Eastern Chester County, PA near Eagle off of Route 100.
White Clay Creek Preserve
The White Clay Creek Preserve is located in Landenberg, PA and Newark, DE and is part of a larger tract of land sold to William Penn in 1683 by Lenni Lenape Chief Kekelappen. In 1984, the du Pont Company donated land to Pennsylvania and Delaware for the purpose of preserving the unique plant and animal species, and the rich cultural heritage of the area. There are several points of historical interest in the Preserve. Visitors to the preserve are welcome to use the hiking, biking and horseback-riding trails. Trout fishing is also available.
Ridley Creek State Park
Shaded equestrian, hiking and bicycling trails lace the woodlands and old meadows, providing perfect places for relaxing. Within the park is the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation that depicts a Delaware County Quaker farm prior to the American Revolution. The park is located in Delaware County, PA off of PA Route 3.
The natural rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley offer ideal landscape for championship golf. Test your game on one of the fine public courses listed below or take private lessons at the Eric MacCluen Golf Academy. Please visit each property's web site for details.
Arts and Entertainment
Hartefeld National |
Located in Avondale, PA, Hartefeld is an 18-hole public course designed by Tom Fazio and voted "the top ten you can play" by Golf Magazine in 1996.
Inniscrone Golf Club
A nationally-ranked championship golf course located about
a mile from Routes 1 & 41 in Avondale, PA, host of US Open Champion Jim Furyk's Exelon Invitational (2001 & 2002.) Call (610) 268-8200 to reserve a tee time.
Located in Avondale, PA, Loch Nairn is a public course offering tee times on weekends & holidays only. Popular with the locals for a good game of golf at a fair price.
Call (610) 268-2234 for details.
Tattersall Golf Club
Tattersall is an upscale daily fee golf course in West Chester, PA. Nominated for Golf Digest's "Best New Course in 2000."
Three Little Bakers Country Club
Named one of the top public courses in the Mid-Atlantic region by Golf Digest magazine. 302-368-1616.
Located in Oxford, PA, Wyncote was voted "One of the top golf courses in the state" by Zagat's survey of golf courses in 2003.
Eric MacCluen Golf Academy
Eric MacCluen was recipient of the PGA Philadelphia Section Teacher of the Year Award in 2002. He has built his reputation by helping many golfers to improve their strategy and technique to lower their scores. He offers Adult Golf Programs for beginners and more experienced golfers. The golf academy is based in Avondale, PA. Visit web site for details or call (610) 268-8748.
Aside from world-class attractions and an abundance of recreational activities, the Brandywine Valley is also home to spectacular performing artists. The following locations offer arts and entertainment that are sure to please! Please visit each web site for details.
AMC Painter's Crossing 9 Theatres |
Intersection of Route1 and Route 202 in PA. Call 302-529-9484 for recorded movie times and information.
Candlelight Music Dinner Theatre
For over 30 years, Candlelight Music Dinner Theatre has presented an average of five major productions annually. Your Candlelight experience begins with dinner served buffet-style, featuring an all-you-can-eat salad bar, a selection of entrees including carving board specialties and a grand finale of desserts. The theatre is located in historic Ardentown, DE just outside of Wilmington.
Delaware Park Racetrack and Slots
The ultimate entertainment experience in the Delaware Valley. Feel the thrill of playing 2000 state-of-the-art slot machines. Year-round, full-card simulcasting of thoroughbred and standardbred tracks daily and nightly. Live racing on a one-mile oval track.
Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Festival in July and August. The company provides their audience with one of Shakespeare's plays, music, a comedic pre-show, and picnicking.
The Tankopanicum Orchestra was founded by Alfred I. du Pont. du Pont, a great lover of music, began his orchestra with a circle of fine musicians. He chose the name "Tankopanicum" for his orchestra from the Native American word for the Brandywine River. The Delaware Symphony offers performances from May through September in various locations throughout Delaware.
Delaware Theatre Company
Located in Wilmington, DE, The Delaware Theatre Company is the Brandywine Valley's only resident professional theatre. The annual season of plays includes a mix of the classics as well as contemporary and new works for the stage and brings noted professional actors, directors, and designers to the region from New York and beyond.
Kennett Symphony of Chester County
Chester County's only professional orchestra celebrates the century with beautiful music performed throughout Chester County to delight and excite you.
"Delaware's Broadway Experience" The DuPont Theatre presents an outstanding six-show Broadway Series in Wilmington, Delaware.
Regal Brandywine Cinemas 16
Located in the Brandywine Towne Center off Route 202 and Naamans Road in Delaware. Call 302-529-9484 for recorded movie times and information.
Theatre N at Nemours
221-seat art film theatre in Downtown Wilmington. Features independent and foreign films on Friday and Saturday evenings. Theatre N will showcase a variety of independently produced films - from artistic and foreign movies to comedies, dramas and documentaries - that are not typically shown at movie multiplexes.
TurtleDove Folk Club
The Turtle Dove Folk Club exists to foster and promote traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music, dance and related performing arts, while strengthening it's surrounding social community through initiatives in the folk arts. Most performances are held at West Grove Friends Meeting House in West Grove, PA and occasional outdoor concerts.
Find that treasure you've been searching for and take home a bit of history. The antique dealers in the Brandywine Valley specialize in four centuries of antiques and are located along the roads to our popular attractions as well as off the beaten path.
Antiques and Images |
A spacious group gallery offering Delaware Valley 18th and 19th century furniture and accessories including folk art, stoneware, quilts, samplers, Quimper poterie and classic cameras. Located in Avondale, PA on Route 41, less than a mile off Route 1.
Baldwin's Book Barn
Five-story antiquarian bookstore housed in a rustic 1822 dairy barn stuffed to the rafters with a treasure trove of 400,000 used and rare books, manuscripts and maps, as well as fine paintings and prints, estate antiques, and other valued collectibles in West Chester, PA on Route 52.
Brandywine River Antiques Market
50 vendors offering the finest quality and selection of antiques, estate furniture, accessories, and collectibles in various styles and periods. 610-388-2000. Located on Route 1, one mile from Longwood Gardens in the big white barn. Open Wed-Sun. 10-5.
Clifton Mill Shoppes
Furnishings, lighting fixtures and fireplace equipment in a circa 1727 barn.
610-444-5234. Located on Old Kennett Road just outside of Kennett Square.
Open Mon-Fri 10-4.
J. Palma Antiques
: 18th and 19th century American Country furniture and period accessories. West Chester, PA on Route 202 between Route 1 and 926. 610-399-1210. Call for hours.
West Chester, PA on Route 202 between Route 1 and 926, 610-399-1210. Open Fri-Mon 9:30-Dark and by appointment.
McLimans Antiques and Pre Owned Furniture
Offering fine antique, reproduction and traditional furniture, McLimans has been doing business in the Chester County area since 1976. The store has 2 floors and 13,000 square feet. They also have one of the largest inventories in the tri-state area. Located in Kennett Square, PA on Old Baltimore Pike.
Antiques, decorative items, collectibles and rare gifts. Multiple dealers on South Broad Street in Kennett Square, PA. 610-444-7181.
Pennsbury-Chadds Ford Antique Mall
120 dealers on two levels; furnishings, books, collectibles, china and jewelry in Chadds Ford, PA on Route 1 at 640 East Baltimore Pike 610-388-1620. Open 10-5 Thursday through Monday.
R.M. Worth Antiques
18th and 19th century American furniture, paintings and related decorative arts in Chadds Ford, PA next to Brandywine River Antiques Market, 610-388-4040. Open Tues-Sat 10-5:30 or by appointment.
Ronald C. Bauman, Inc.
18th and 19th century American furniture, tall case clocks, porcelains and related accessories in Centreville, DE on Route 52, Open Tues-Sat 10-5. 302-655-4466.
Antiques and accessories, custom furnishings and seasonal items in Chadds Ford, PA. Route 1 next to the Gables Restaurant, open 11-5 daily. 610-388-7075.
The Merry Go Round
Horse and Dog related antiques in Unionville, PA. 610-347-1202. Call for hours and information.
The Resettlers Gallery
A consignment shop for fine furniture, antiques and collectibles. Two locations; The Gallery in Centreville, DE on Route 52 in the big red house is open 10-5 daily; The Annex at 1005 West 27th Street in Wilmington, DE is open every other weekend, 302-658-3414.
The Wooden Knob Antiques
The Wooden Knob Antiques and Home Fashions is a quaint shop located in Chadds Ford, PA at the intersection of Routes 1 and 100. Antique and fine older furniture, window treatments and collectibles.
Thomas Macaluso Used and Rare Books
Old maps, prints, books in six showrooms. Kennett Square, PA 610-444-1063. Open Mon-Fri 11-5, Sat. 11-4, Closed Sunday.
Twice Nice Antiques & Collectibles
Antiques, collectibles, gifts, furniture from the past, crystal, porcelain. Chinese imports and brass items in Centreville, DE on Route 52 in the Fredrick's Country Center, open 10-4:30 daily. 302-656- 8881.
Windle's Period Antiques
Furniture, quilts, Shaker decoys and estate jewelry in Centreville, DE on Route 52 in the Fredrick's Country Center, open 12:30-4:30 daily or by appointment. 302-651-9222.
Chaddsford Winery |
632 Baltimore Pike | Chadds Ford, PA | 610.388.6221
The winery makes its home in the Brandywine Valley in a renovated 17th century colonial barn which was converted to a small premium winery in 1982. Today Chaddsford produces 30,000 cases of wine and they win awards regularly. Drop in for a wine tasting.
VaLa Vineyards - Avondale, PA
Family owned and operated vineyard offering tastings of award-winning wines made from rare varieties and unusual blends. Local artisan farm cheeses and other local foods inspire the senses.
Twin Brook Winery - Gap, PA
A 30-acre vineyard of approximately two thirds classic European vinifera and the remainder French hybrid vines. All fermentation to barrel aging and bottling, take place on the premises in facilities you can see during your visit.
Kreutz Creek Vineyards - West Grove, PA
Built on dreams with determination, Carole and Jim Kirkpatrick began making wine in 1989. Together with their friends and families they have captured the art of the wine making process, from vine to bottle.
Paradocx Vineyard - Landenburg, PA
An independent vinifera and premium hybrid wine grape grower nestled among the rolling hills of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Folly Hill Vineyards - Kennett Square, PA
Beautiful 200 year old residence and charming tasting room with wines from our vineyard and the Paradocx and Kreutz Creek Vineyards.
In The Brandywine Valley you can find specialty shops, galleries, outlets, shopping villages and malls around every corner. Shoppers in Delaware can take advantage of tax-free shopping! For your convenience we've divided shopping places by State and by the town in which they are located.
Cutone's Fresh Mushrooms
Open 7 days a week from 9AM to 3PM. Offering many types of fresh mushrooms including whites, portabellos, shitakes, criminis, enoki, and more. Located in the borough of Avondale on Route 41. Call 610-268-2271.
Booths Corner Farmers Market
You don't have to go all the way to Lancaster County for Amish Country Goods and Services! Since 1932 Amish people and other merchants have been selling their wares at the Booths Corner Farmers Market. Today there are 92 merchants and 11 different restaurants at the market. Located at the intersection of Routes 491 and 261, Naamans Creek and Foulk Roads in Boothwyn, PA. Open Friday 10-10 and Saturday 10-9.
Chadds Ford Gallery
Largest selection of Wyeth reproductions anywhere. Located in the Chadds Ford Barn Shoppes at Routes 1 and 100. 610-459-5510. Open Mon-Sat 10-5 and Sunday 12-5.
Hunt Country Furniture
Handcrafted wood furniture since 1926. Located at 299 Route 202, 610-459-0805, Open 9-5 Mon-Sat and 12-5 on Sunday.
The Tin Whistle
Cards, gifts, stationery, gift baskets and invitations. Located in the Chadds Ford Barn Shoppes at Routes 1 and 100. 610-388-9300. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-5 and until 7PM on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Whiskas and Paws
Located at Routes 1 and 100 in the Chadds Ford Barn Shoppes. Whimsical treasures for dog and cat lovers. 610-388-7010, Call for hours and information.
The Shoppes at Brinton Lake
A lifestyle shopping center containing upscale shops, restaurants and service facilities including Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Victoria's Secret, J. Crew, Eddie Bauer, Borders, Ann Taylor, Talbots, Chicos, Platypus, Zagara's Specialty and Natural Foods and more on the way. Located at the intersection of Routes 202 and Brinton Lake Road.
Exton Square Mall
Over 150 shops located on Exton Square Parkway. Open 10-9:30 Monday through Saturday and 11-6 on Sunday.
Glen Eagle Square
U.S. Route 202 at Ridge Road. Glen Eagle Square contains a unique collection of stores and specialty shops. It's where you can find name brand fashions, pampered services and one-of-a-kind treasures.
Olde Ridge Shopping Village
U.S. Route 202 at Ridge Road. A unique collection of specialty shops offering gifts, crafts, books, collectibles and more. Coffee shop, tea room, bistro and bakery.
Garden Culture of Longwood
908 E Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA 18348, 610-388-6300, Gifts and unique garden accents. Decor for casual rooms, gardens and sun rooms. Open Monday through Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5.
Willowdale Country Store
694 Unionville Rd., Kennett Square, PA 19348, 610-444-5463, Women's casual clothing, accessories and gifts; also some men's and children's apparel. Open Monday through Saturday 10-5:30.
The Rusty Hinge
Country accents, cards and gifts. Located in New Garden Shopping Center off Old Baltimore Pike. 610-444-9352. Open 10-6 Monday through Thursday, 10-8 Friday, 10-5 Saturday and Sunday.
Downtown Kennett Square
Equinox Jewelry and Gifts
West State Street, 610-444-8275 An interesting mix of gifts, jewelry and other accessories from scarves to handbags as well as garden ornaments, candles and more. Open Monday through Thursday 10-6, Friday and Saturday 10-7, closed Sunday. During warm weather months the store occasionally stays open later in the evening.
Artworks and Metalworks Fine Arts & Crafts Galleries
Side by side shops on South Union Street, 610-444-6544, Full service arts & crafts gallery offering original works by local artists and local prints; metal arts including wall hangings, floor and table pieces, sculptures and garden pieces. Open Monday 12-9, Tuesday-Thursday 10-9, Friday and Saturday 10-10 and Sunday 10-4.
Cenzia Arts and Gifts
West State Street, 610-444-9255, Eclectic giftware and contemporary craft gallery featuring unique and tasteful selection of gifts for any occasion. Open Monday through Saturday 11-7, Closed Sunday. During warm weather months the store occasionally stay open later in the evening.
Bove Jewelers combines small town charm with modern, state of the art service and selection. Large variety of designer and custom jewelry. Open Monday through Friday 9:30-6; Saturday 9:30-5; Closed Sunday.
The Growing Tree
West State Street, 610-444-8484, Unique children's boutique featuring new and pre-owned children's clothing, books and toys. Open Monday through Friday 9:30-5, Saturday 10-3, closed Sunday. During warm weather months the store occasionally stays open later in the evening.
Brush and Pallette
South Union Street, 610-444-5063 Unusual floral arrangements, antiques and gifts.
Fancy Branches Florist
East State Street, 610-444-4565, Art Gallery open 10-6 Sunday through Friday, Saturday 10-5.
Kennett Square Jewelers
West State Street, 610-444-5595. Contemporary and Antique Jewelry.
Harrington's Coffee Company
East State Street, 610-444-9992 Gourmet coffee and tea, outdoor seating.
Torelli's Mens Shop
East State Street, 610-444-3979. Fine men's clothing, shoes, custom suits and shirts.
King of Prussia
King of Prussia Mall
Visit the nation's largest retail shopping venue. Eight department stores, over 365 specialty shops and more than 40 restaurants. Mall hours are Monday through Saturday 10-9:30 and Sunday from 11-7.
Sher-Rockee Mushroom Farms
Fresh mushrooms for sale; varieties include white mushrooms, crimini, portabella, shiitake, oyster and maitake. Located just 1/4 mile off route 1 in Upper Oxford Township, take the 896 exit off route 1 and follow the signs. 610-869-8048, open Monday through Saturday 8-4 and Sunday from 9-3.
Granite Run Mall
135 stores and eateries, 1067 West Baltimore Pike at the intersection of Routes 1 and 352. Open Monday through Saturday 10-9:30 and Sunday from 11-6.
Neuchatel offers a variety of superb gourmet Swiss chocolate confections including; butter creams, nut clusters, chocolate covered fruit, chocolate covered potato chips, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered animal crackers, truffles, and special holiday candies. Located 400 yards off route 1, take the Oxford Route 10 exit to 461 Limestone Road, 1-800-597-0759. Open M-F 8-9; Sat. 10-6 and Sun. 12-5.
European Victorian antiques and handmade reproductions. 134 N. High Street.
Simon Pearce on the Brandywine
Fine hand-blown glass and pottery. Observe artisans at work, browse in the store, enjoy dining along side the Brandywine River. Located at 1333 Lenape Road, the store is open 10AM to 9PM daily. 610-793-0949.
Open year round; fresh baked goods, apples, peaches, strawberries and pumpkins. Farm Market and Pick-your-own in season. Located on Northbrook Road 610-793-1210, Call for directions and hours.
The Yellow Pony
Fine gifts and accessories in the village of Marshalton, 1340 W. Strasburg Road (Route 162) 610-696-2469.
Holland Art House
Dutch contemporary art shop and gallery. 113 W. Market Street.
Visual Expansion Gallery
Original works and limited edition prints by famous local artists. 126 North High Street, 610-436-8697
Art for mind, body and home. 29 South High Street, 610-692-3607.
Simple Pleasures Gallery
Traditional, modern and contemporary works of art from local and nationally acclaimed artists. Pottery, sculpture, furniture, jewelry and more. 22 South High Street, 610-344-9711.
Garrubbo Bazan Gallery
Fine arts gallery, contemporary painting, sculpture and photography from around the world. 1550 King George Court, 610-696-1266.
Contemporary impressionism and realism paintings, photography and sculpture from around the world. 129 East Gay Street, 610-692-6929.
Popular, comfortable shoes at outlet prices. 610-869-5765, Take route 1 to the Jennersville Exit.
80 shops and many eateries, 1250 Baltimore Pike. Open Monday through Saturday 10-9:30 and Sunday 11-5.
Historic circa 1750 village with 20 quaint shops and boutiques offering antiques, books, furnishings, clothing, outdoor equipment and fine wines and spirits. Buckley's Tavern, the village landmark, is as popular today as a restaurant and watering hole as it was in the mid-18th century when it served as a rest stop for travelers between Wilmington and Kennett Square. Centerville is located on Kennett Pike (route 52) between Route 1 and Winterthur Museum.
Greenville Crossing I and II and the Greenville Center
Luxury shops in Delaware's "Chateau Country" including home furnishings, clothing, jewelry and accessories, fine wines, books, crafts and art. Enjoy an espresso café, gourmet pizza, upscale Italian dining and a brewpub and tavern. 5900 Kennett Pike (Route 52).
Wild Birds Unlimited
Birdseed, feeders, birdbaths, nature gifts, and optics. Located at the intersection of Route 41 and Yorklyn Roads. Open Monday through Friday 10-6, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 11-3. Call 302-239-9071.
Hockessin Corners Shops
A unique collection of upscale shops and restaurants in the center of historic Hockessin, DE. Located off Old Lancaster Pike across from the Hockessin Fire Company.
Located on Route 7 in the Lantana Square Shopping Center. 302-234-9535. It's where you'll find a treasure every time you shop! Experience the most unique retail concept by walking into Tuesday Morning where everything is closeout priced 50% to 80% off prices normally found in specialty and department stores or upscale catalogs. Merchandise selections range from room and area rugs to luxury linens, fine crystal, china, decorative accessories, luggage, toys and seasonal decorations and furniture. Visit the website for additional locations near the Brandywine Valley.
Open Friday 10-10, Saturday 10-9:30 and Sunday 11-7. Located at exit 4A off I-95 in Newark, DE.
Route 202 near Namaans Road. 102 stores open 10-10 Monday through Saturday and 10-6 Sunday.
An exciting outlet shopping complex nestled along the Christina River, offers tax-free shopping at outlet prices. The Shipyard Shops offers you signature brand names like L. L. Bean Factory Store, Coldwater Creek, Westpoint Stevens Bed, Bath and Linen, Big Dogs Sportswear, Blair Factory Outlet, and many more including the new Lilian Vernon Catalog Outlet Store! The Shipyard Shops are located on the revitalized historical Wilmington waterfront, with plenty of free parking.
The Village of Trolley Square is an excellent destination to find tax free unique gifts at any one of the independently owned and operated shops offering the one-of-kind, quality products you just won't find at the mall. Art galleries, herbs, jewelers, boutiques and smoke shop; Irish and American pubs, pizza and subs. Located at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and DuPont Street.
Brandywine Towne Center
2001 Brandywine Parkway off Namaans Road and Route 202. 302-479-5510. Popular stores include Old Navy, Dick's Sporting Goods, Annie Sez, Bed Bath and Beyond, Pet Smart, and many more.