Oooh can you smell it? Can you hear it? Can you feel it? It's that wonderful time of the year in this very special place,
Summer 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, 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 through Sept. 2 the museum honors our active military and their families, with free admission. The special exhibit Lure of the Brandywine: A Story of Land Conservation and Artistic Inspiration, is on view June 7 through August 10 & Wilhelm Schimmel: A Bold Piece of Work,on view now through June 22. Of course exhibits of the Wyeth family art is always on display.
The six 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 trails 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. You will most definitely want to view the Downton Abbey costume exhibit (reservations needed). Take a narrated garden tram ride to discover garden highlights and the history of the estate and an 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 the numerous Downton Abbey era Lectures & specialized mansion tours. 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 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. Brand new Garden Tours only are available as well.
The Hagley Museum & Library has the "Fashion Meets Science : Introducting Nylon" exhibit thru Through January 25, 2015 & DuPont: The Explosives Era , a perfect start to a tour of the gunpowder works. 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 includes the Patti LuPone Tony Award winner Savion Glover, Wynton Marsalis The Kennett Symphony Orchestra, plus so many more. Did I mention the Carillon concerts and the Brandywine Players annual production, this year, “Annie?“ There are even, still "5" more big nights of fireworks & fountains, history, education, excitement, and of course beauty. You will not want to miss any of this. And can you believe it?? Longwood Gardens is getting BIGGER, On June 13th. The Meadow opens with an additional 86 acres!!!!!
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 has it all, except “YOU”.
Please make your plans to come visit today!