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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Walk-in fireplaces, glowing candles, cuddling together under a down comforter…….
It’s “Winter” in The Brandywine Valley.
The activities move inside here, in the winter on some days. That’s when you go to see The Magic Pencil of the Amazing F.O.C. Darley, from January 19th through March 10th. at the Brandywine River Museum, Felix Octavius Carr Darley (1822-1888), a Philadelphia-born artist who spent much of his career in Claymont, Delaware. His skill in book and magazine illustration made him one of the most popular illustrators of his time. He immortalized the fictional characters created by Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, Charles Dickens, and William Shakespeare. His drawings and prints relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and Westward expansion ,were also very popular. A Curator's Tour of The Magic Pencil of the Amazing F.O.C. Darley January 30,at 2 p.m. and "Darley's Dollars" Gallery Talk will be held on February 27, 2 p.m. On March 5, 5 p.m. , is The Enduring Legacy of F.O.C. Darley Panel Discussion. Admission charged. Reception follows with cash bar. The American Icons Lecture Series will be held on will be held on Friday mornings at 10 a.m., February 1–March 1.
There will be Read-Aloud Tours for Young Children-for children ages 3 to 6 accompanied by an adult., featuring story time in the gallery followed by an art-making activity February 7 through March 14. & on February 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. a Read-Aloud Family Workshop & Book Signing- Listen to a reading of A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, then Meet Jen Bryant, who will discuss the book at 1 p.m. with a book signing to follow.
Free Sunday Mornings January 12 through November 23, 2014 Museum admission is free on every Sunday morning (except Memorial Day weekend) from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Winterthur will be closed January 7 – February 28, and reopen March 1 with a full slate of new exhibitions, house tours, and programs. The Sewell C. Biggs Winterthur Furniture Forum starts on March 6th and runs through the 8th, and the Pages of Time Mother & Daughter Book & Craft Club starts then as well., Wee Ones at Winterthur, for ages 3-5 with adult caregiver(s) and Winterthur’s Lecture Series, occur regularly starting on March 1, as well as Garden walks and talks, mansion tours, wonderful new exhibits and so much more. Go beyond the introductory tour and schedule the Once Upon a Family, Fashionable Furnishings, Antiques & Architecture, or Winterthur Then and Now tours when you schedule your Spring visit and if you haven’t seen the gardens, you’re in for a real treat!! Dollar Days at Hagley-admission is only one dollar every Sunday in February and March. Enjoy the picturesque winter landscape along the Brandywine. Experience the warmth of the Steam Engine house and industrial noise of the Machine Shop. Visitors can tour the du Pont ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, and lunch at the Belin House Organic Café will feature several items costing $1. January 19, 20, 21 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.-brings the Invention Convention back and February 9th is Victorine's Valentine's Day. Mark April 6th - when the new exhibition opens: “Fashion Meets Science: Introducing Nylon” which was developed by DuPont 75 years ago.
And on those warm days we have frequently, in winter, there are acres and acres of grounds for you to do the strolling on at Longwood and so many more Brandywine Valley gardens. . Starting on January 19th, Longwood is transformed into a lush oasis as 5 thousand orchid blooms fill the Conservatory. Beyond the Garden Gates Days-Jan 19, Feb 2 & 16, March 2 & 23 take you behind the scenes with Longwood gardeners. OrKid Days this year are Jan. 21, Feb. 18 & Mar. 16, with concerts and hands-on activities for the whole family, at no extra charge. Innovative displays are featured until March 24th with Orchid Extravaganza. but the Orchid Extravaganza Sale, is held March 28–30—9:00 am–6:00 pm
Purchase orchids displayed in Orchid Extravaganza at discounted prices while supplies last at The GardenShop.. There’s a full lineup of concerts this winter, Joe Lovano Us Five on January 19th Ladysmith Black Mambazo on 1/27 ,Leila Josefowicz on Feb.21st, Molly Ringwald on the 23rd , Nathan Laube on March 1st, Vienna Boys Choir on March 7th. Dervish on March 14th, The Tierney Sutton Band on the 16th, and on March 28th- Barbara Cook. All require additional tickets. Don’t forget the regularly occurring organ and other afternoon concerts included with admission, as well.
But,also be sure to schedule a long enough stay to take a day to go to Philadelphia for the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show the world's largest indoor exhibition “Brilliant” (which to the Brits means inventive, dazzling, & extraordinary), this year from (Sunday, March 2 – Sunday, March 9, 2014).
Have you noticed that we haven’t even mentioned the myriad other attractions, and activities or our Brandywine Valley wineries, our award winning restaurants, and the stars of the whole valley, our Bed and Breakfasts?? Come, be pampered, warmed, fed incredible delights, spoiled, enthralled, and enchanted, after all…
The Brandywine Valley has it All!