Can you smell it? Can you hear it? Can you feel it?
It's Summer in the Brandywine Valley!
The Brandywine Valley truly has it all. Be sure to ask your innkeeper about the “Brandywine Treasures Passport” that offers admission to about a dozen attractions at a significant discount, from Memorial Day through Labor Day and keep in mind the attractions mentioned above are just a very small sampling of what the Brandywine Valley offers.
Escape to the incredibly beautiful Brandywine Valley. The sights are breathtaking. After a great night's sleep, and a delicious breakfast, enjoy just some of this area's offerings. And then dine at one of dozens of fine restaurants with cuisines to delight every taste.
Consider the tours offered by the Brandywine River Museum for NC Wyeth's home and studio, Andrew’s studio and the Kuerner farm (an inspiration for Andrew Wyeth's paintings for 70 years). Admission is free on the first Sunday morning of the month, from February through November. Be sure to check out the traveling exhibits, as well as the incredible Wyeth family art.
Imagine, in order to house his collection of American Fine Arts, young Henry DuPont had to add 105 rooms to his father's original mansion, Winterthur, www.winterthur.org. Check out the incredible galleries exhibits. Take a narrated garden tram ride to discover garden highlights and the history of the estate and an introductory house tour (advance reservations required) to see some of the finest antiques of early America and the rooms where the DuPonts entertained. Specialized mansion tours are available together with regularly scheduled garden programs and tours.
The Nemours Mansion and Gardens Nemoursmansion.org will amaze you with its grandeur. The estate is known as the Versailles of the US -- the furnishings and décor are indescribable and the gardens spectacular. Reservations are no longer necessary, and Garden “only” Tours are available as well.
The Hagley Museum & Library www.hagleymuseum.org has the Walking Tour: Sights, Sounds, and Smells -- an in-depth, hands-on tour focused on gunpowder production in the Hagley Powder Yard and a visit to production areas rarely seen by guests. Also consider the tour of Eleutherian Mills, the original duPont home.
World-class Longwood Gardens www.longwoodgardens.org is, of course the premier horticultural experience in the Brandywine Valley and in the U.S. Check their website for the current concert and theatrical schedules. And do not miss, the Main Fountain Garden’s return, after two years of repair and rejuvenation. It is truly a spectacular, beautiful, outstanding, phenomenal (there are not enough superlatives) to describe the experience. Be sure to check for days and times on Longwood’s website for daytime shows, evening shows and the incredible fountains and fireworks shows. You will not be sorry.