tep back to the unhurried pace of the past while enjoying the modern
conveniences of today in a Brandywine Valley Bed and Breakfast. The Brandywine Valley region is an important piece
of our nation's history. In fact, many of our member B&B's are located
on property that was part of a land grant from William Penn, the founder of
The Brandywine with its fields, woodlands,
and waterpower, is a unique place that has fostered natural and human
On this land battles were fought, and
fortunes were made. Out of those fortunes and a commitment to stewardship
have sprung some of the world's most fascinating attractions and large
tracts of preserved open spaces. We have four seasons of breathtaking
gardens, elaborate mansions, world-class museums, scenic beauty and many
cultural points of interest along the way.
Aside from our close proximity to such
world-class attractions as Longwood
Gardens and Winterthur
Museum, the Brandywine Valley
innkeepers offer an experience unlike any other in the valley. Sip
afternoon tea on a quiet verandah, sleep in an antique bed, curl up with a
cozy quilt, relax in front of a warm fireplace, soak in a luxurious jacuzzi
bath, take an evening stroll through fragrant gardens, and indulge in a
hearty breakfast. Choose from a variety of architecturally styled homes
that have been lovingly restored to welcome you. We have federal style
mansions, farmhouses, Victorian homes and Georgian manor houses.
We'll help to make your stay in the
valley a pleasurable and memorable experience as you enjoy the personalized
service that an innkeeper provides. After an uplifting and fun day
exploring the valley, we can recommend
restaurants that cater to your tastes and preferences. Whether you want a
gourmet restaurant or a casual local favorite, you'll find it within reach
of your B&B.
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A glow created by over 500,000 twinkling lights puts Longwood Gardens at the top of everyone’s list…
It’s the "Holidays" in The Brandywine Valley.
Don’t spend all of your time running from store to store, frantically trying to find that perfect gift when instead you can wander hand in hand in the winter wonderland in Pierre DuPont’s Garden, Longwood, from November 27th through January 11th. This year Longwood is transformed with trees adorned with nests and feathered friends, to topiary swans in the Exhibition Hall, to birdhouses, owls, and bald eagles decorating their tree houses, this holiday season flies high. The Music Room depicts a festive Peacock Masquerade Ball, featuring elegant table settings and an 18-foot rotating tree. Inside Longwood’s 4-acre heated Conservatory 16,000 seasonal plants, including poinsettias accented with amaryllis, lilies, begonias, cyclamen, and hydrangea flourish. Celebrate the sounds of the seasons, with free and ticketed holiday-inspired performances, all season long. If you’ve seen the Outdoor Gardens before at Christmas, there’s even more! Colorful fountains dance, glimmering starry snowflakes hang overhead, and over a half- million lights illuminate more of the outdoor gardens than ever before. Please don’t forget the Garden Railway for the young and young at heart, in a new location, near the restaurant.
To cut down on crowds and long waits, again this year, admission will be by timed tickets, only, so please go to: https://tickets.longwoodgardens.org for all of the details or better yet go to http://longwoodgardens.org/visit/christmas-special-offers to see the specials that some of our B&B’s and other businesses are offering. Hours are extended to 10PM most days throughout the holiday season.
Now don’t stop there, on to the Brandywine River Museum(November 28 through January 4). Open until 9 p.m. on December 4, 11 and 18. Here, besides the outstanding Wyeth Family art, is Imagine Brandywine, an exhibition space that displays creative art projects by area school students, inspired by the museum's collection and landscape. This year Creative landscapes, works by students in the fifth grade from Garrettford Elementary School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania will be on view through January 4. For the holidays, everyone becomes a child again when they see the O gauge train display on over 2,000 feet of track. The antique dolls are back, dressed in beautiful period clothing, some on view in rooms filled with exquisite hand-crafted furnishings and miniature paintings by members of the Wyeth family.
Holiday Shops are held in the museum courtyard, weekends, November 29 through December 21, and Daily, December 26 through 30. Seven artisans are featured each week, handcrafted dolls, scarves, jewelry, pottery and more. The big Critter Sale is December 6 & 7, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. when handcrafted "critter ornamements" made by the museum volunteers are for sale in the museum’s lecture room. Admission is free for the sale. After the sale you’ll find a limited number in the Gift Shop, (but hurry, they won’t last long).. If you don’t know what critters are, come to the Brandywine River Museum, through January 4, 2015. You don’t know what you’re missing.
It’s Yuletide at Winterthur. Come glimpse into Yuletides past and be inspired to create your own spectacular celebrations November 22nd, to January 4th. From sparkling trees to stunningly decorated rooms, you’ll enjoy the DuPont way of life. Timed Yuletide Tour tickets are required for both Members and nonmembers. Winterthur is open daily (including Mondays) during Yuletide, 9:30 am–6:00 pm and evening hours on Wednesdays, November 26 and December 3, 10, and 17:till 8:30.
This year for Yuletide a new Christmas tree on the tour is introduced, one that celebrates the Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibition. A new display recalls the Staff Sitting Room, where the people who worked behind the scenes to make the holidays at Winterthur a delightful experience were able to rest and relax and entertain their own guests. You’ll get glimpses into activities such as the afternoon gift opening in the Marlboro Room, early evening caviar and cocktails, dinner in the glittering du Pont dining room, midnight card games, and dancing, all part of what H. F. du Pont called “the Christmas Show.” You can also partake in related programming opportunities including floral design workshops, Crafts, a live performance of A Christmas Carol(by Charles Dickens’ great great grandson), and nighttime events such as Yuletide Jazz and Wine.
Did we mention the incomparable Nemours mansion (limited 3 hr. Christmas tours- Holiday Tours begin Saturday, November 8th through December 31st.) and Christmas at Hagley Friday, November 28, 2014 to Tuesday, January 6, 2015. with Twilight tours of Eleutherian Mills (the original DuPont mansion) on December 9, 16, 23 & 30.
This is just the beginning of a plethora of incredible holiday treasures on display and activities throughout the holiday season. Don’t delay. Call now to reserve your stay in the holiday-filled Brandywine Valley, Santa’s favorite stop in Pennsylvania. Stay tuned in January for all of the reasons why you want to spend your winter retreat here – snug as a bug in a rug.
The Brandywine Valley has it all!