A palate of colors that cast a warm glow over the vista of rolling hills, fields, and waterways that share the landscape of Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. Leaves turning a fiery hue of russet, gold, red, and brown …
It's Autumn in The Brandywine Valley
Escape from the city into the incredibly beautiful Brandywine Valley. The sights are breathtaking, driving around in your car or better yet by bicycle, on horseback, or even floating through the air in a hot air balloon. After a great night's sleep, and a delicious breakfast of Pumpkin Pancakes and Apple Cider syrup or an Omelet with the fruits of the harvest, enjoy just some of this area's offerings.
At the Brandywine River Museum, you can spend hours, perusing the Wyeth family art, not to mention their many limited stay exhibitions. The not to be missed, Andrew Wyeth studio tour gives real insight into the artist and the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio, and the Kuerner Farm are available through the week before Thanksgiving. It’s time again for Harvest Market, most weekends, through November & December. Browse the wares of regional artisans, including beautiful quilted items, and a variety of fine crafts made by members of The Chester County Guild of Craftsmen, plus other unique handcrafted objects. Artisans vary from week to week. The museum is free on 1st Sundays between 9:30 AM and noon, through the week before Nov.
The Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail www.brandywineartisanwinetrail.com , of course continues with their wine tastings and varied program offerings
Winterthur’s landscape is breathtaking at this time of year and just think of the wonderful opportunity its two stores offer to early holiday shoppers. General admission tickets are good for two consecutive days and include a garden tram tour, the Galleries and an introductory house tour. Check out the incredibly special exhibitions, now showing at www.winterthur.org. Make sure you put this on your calendar, “Yuletide at Winterthur” with new exhibits on the duPont family’s life and their staff’ Thanksgiving thru New Years.
The Hagley Museum, where the DuPont story in America started, will explain how important this family has been in Delaware’s history & don’t miss the juried Craft Show in October. What a wonderful early opportunity for a Christmas shopping trip.
The Nemours Mansion will astound you with its 23.9 carat gold trimmed ceilings and so much more. A reservation is absolutely necessary and often difficult to get. If you’re interested ask your innkeeper to make reservations for you right away. Known as the Versailles of the US, the riches inside are indescribable and the gardens absolutely spectacular. Garden Tours only, are available as well. Do keep in mind that after the holiday season, Nemours closes until April.
Mt. Cuba Center is recognized as having the region’s finest woodland wildflower gardens.- open Friday through Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM through October Reservations are required for a two hour tour on Wed. &Thursdays at 10 AM at $10 per person.
For you book lovers how about a 5-story antiquarian book barn with 300,000 used and rare books, manuscripts, maps and more. Baldwin's Book Barn- what a place to get lost in for a day! Bring along your gift list, you will not be disappointed.
The unparalleled Longwood Gardens offers Autumn’s Colors through the 3rd week of November, where you can reconnect with nature amid the glowing reds, gold’s, and oranges of Autumn. There are concerts and family programs galore, and of course it’s that Chrysanthemum time of year. The festival runs from mid October, with 80,000 mums (that’s 60,000 mums more, than last year can you believe it) and then there is the thousand blooms mums!!! It’s also time for the Garden Railway display near the café and Pumpkin Playground for all of the kids and kids at heart. If you haven’t seen it yet, hurry because Oct, 31st is the last day- When the sun sets, your journey begins. Experience a new kind of beauty as you immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and spectacle of Longwood after dark, “Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience” that you will not soon forget!
By the way have we mentioned that some of our B&B’s are haunted, and the area is full of spooky corn mazes, ghost tours, scarecrows and the like? Come on over and see. We’ve just given you a brief glance at what’s in store for you here.
The Brandywine Valley truly has it all.
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