In 1931 the most significant fountain collection in North America was created by Pierre S. DuPont. On May 27, 2017, the main fountain garden at Longwood Gardens, reborn and revitalized will take a bow. For over two years the fountains have gone through a complete restoration including all of the hand carved Italian limestone being repaired, cleaned and restored, all electrical plumbing systems being brought up to 21st century standards and completely new landscaping. There will be entirely new water choreography including undulating, flexing and spinning effects, flying flame jets, LED lights, more color and a Grotto, the spiritual center of the new fountain garden. Come to escape, be inspired and entertained The president of Fluidty of L.A., the company responsible for this transformation, feels that this display “should make people cry it will be so awesome!”
Be aware that Longwood Garden tickets are timed, but most of the Bed and Breakfasts sell discounted, untimed tickets, so that our guests can go to the gardens at the best time for them.
Summer of Spectacle
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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Can you smell it? Can you hear it? Can you feel it?
It's Summer in the Brandywine Valley!
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.
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.
Remember the Brandywine Valley has it all!!
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