Summer in the
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, paddling a canoe or kayak or even floating through the air in a hot air balloon. After a great night's sleep, and a delicious breakfast, enjoy just some of this area's offerings.
At the Brandywine River Museum the tours for NC Wyeth's home and studio, Andrew’s studio and the Kuerner farm (an inspiration for Andrew Wyeth's paintings for 70 years), are on tap. Free admission on Sunday mornings 9:30 a.m. to noon and on Andrew Wyeth's Birthday Sunday, July 12, all day.
Through Sept. 7 the museum honors our active military and their families, with free admission. The special exhibits this summer are Horace Pippin: The Way I See It-on view through July 19 , Plus Ultra: Moravian Tiles of the New World on view through August 16 & Pointed Pens: Comic Commentary in American Cartoons
on view through August 23.
Of course exhibits of the Wyeth family art are always on display.
The five members of the Brandywine Wine Trail welcome you to the valley with a wine trail passport that's only available through the area B & B's. Ask about the wine trail’s frequent summer events, as well. There are tastings and events at other wineries in the area as well, including Vala, Ten Gallon Hat, Stargazers, Grace and Galer.
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, which you can tour. On View Now:The Diligent Needle: Instrument of Profit, Pleasure, and Ornament- through July 5, 2015 and A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & the Art of Everyday Life-through January 3, 2016.
Take a narrated garden tram ride to discover garden highlights and the history of the estate and an introductory house tour (*subject to availability) to see some of the finest antiques of early America and the spaces where the du Ponts entertained. Ask about specialized mansion tours (for an additional charge) .Of course all of the regularly scheduled garden programs and tours, too numerous to mention, are gems. There’s also, The Campbell’s Soup tureens & more.
The Nemours Mansion is open and ready to amaze you with its grandeur. A reservation is absolutely necessary and may 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. Brand new Garden Tours only are available as well.
The Hagley Museum & Library 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. Bike and Hike is back and last but not least, be sure to take the tour of Eleutherian Mills, the original Dupont home.
Naturally, Longwood Gardens continues to become MORE each year. It is, of course the world’s premier horticultural showplace. See the new Trial Garden on view in the Idea Garden and if you go to the website before your visit, you’ll be able to download a pdf of the highlights for the week, both inside and out. This year's concert venue continues Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Kennett Symphony Orchestra, Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey plus so many more. Did I mention the Carillon concerts and the Brandywine Players annual production, this year, “Fiddler on the Roof”? Then on July 1st thru October 31st be amazed by “Nightscape”.- A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective transforms the Gardens after dark, into a living canvas where light dances with shadow, music fills the air, and your imagination soars. There’s history, education, excitement, and of course beauty. You will not want to miss any of this. And can you believe it?? Longwood Gardens has had a play created by People’s Light and Theatre, especially for the Meadow Garden this Fall.
Ask your innkeeper how you can see all of these attractions and more for only $45. with the Brandywine Treasures Passport-an unprecedented bargain.
As we’ve told you before…..
The Brandywine Valley truly has it all!!!