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 still catch Exalted Nature:The Real and Fantastic World of Charles E. Burchfield on view through November 16 as well asMatthew Jensen: Alongside Tall Grasses. Andrew Wyeth: Lines of Thought(rarely exhibited, pencil & watercolor drawings) will be exhibited, through February 8th.
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 November 23. It’s time again for Harvest Market, most weekends, through November 10. 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 Sundays between 9:30 AM and noon, through November 23.
The seven 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 wineries other frequent fall and winter events, when you make your B&B reservation.
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. Their incredibly special exhibition, if you haven’t heard, now through Jan. 4th is the Costumes of Downton Abbeycollection. Timed tickets are necessary for this exhibit because of its incredible popularity. It has attracted more attendees to Winterthur, than any other exhibit in its history. Recently opened is The Diligent Needle: Instrument of Profit, Pleasure, and Ornament and will be on view through July 5. The Flowering of American Tinware , like the Downton Abbey exhibitwill only be available through January 4. Make sure you put this on your calendar, “Yuletide at Winterthur” with new exhibits on the DuPont family’s life and their staff.
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 on October 18-19. What an early opportunity for a Christmas shopping trip.
The Nemours Mansion will astound you with its 24 carat gold trimmed ceiling 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 side are indescribable and the gardens absolutely spectacular. Brand new Garden Tours only, are available as well. Do keep in mind that after the holiday season, Nemours closes until May.
Mt. Cuba Center is recognized as having the region’s finest woodland wildflower gardens.- open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM through November 1. Guided walks at $6. each provide an excellent overview of the naturalistic gardens and their history, design, and plant diversity. They are available at 11 AM 1 PM and 3 PM. Reservations are required for a two hour tour on Thursdays at 10 AM or Sundays at 1 PM until the end of October 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 November 22, where you can reconnect with nature amid the glowing reds, gold’s, and oranges of Autumn. Check out Meadow Days in the brand-new Meadow Garden on October 11.There are concerts and family programs galore, and of course it’s that Chrysanthemum time of year. The festival runs from October 25 thru Nov. 23rd with 80,000 mums (that’s 60,000 mums more, than last year can you believe it) and then the there is the thousand blooms mum!!! It’s also time for the Garden Railway display (moved over near the café and restaurant this year) and Pumpkin Playground for all of the kids and kids at heart..
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 has it all!