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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There’s a wonderful feeling as you walk outside. The fragrance, clean, crisp, and slightly perfumed air.
It's “SPRING” in the Brandywine Valley. Wow!
April arrives and there’s no holding back. Now the flowers are jumping up, all over. There’s not enough time in the day to attend everything that the Brandywine Valley has to offer.
Longwood’s landscape comes alive in spring with months of flowering trees, shrubs, and bulbs throughout over 1000 acres. Enjoy Spring Blooms from April through May. The 4 acres of indoor conservatories bring sights and fragrances to behold, and the fountain displays begin in April, that is except the Main Fountain Gardens, Be sure to see the separate article about this unprecidented event. Let Your Inner Child come out in the Indoor children’s garden & playground & Nature’s Castles “tree houses” daily. There are all kinds of instrumental & vocal concerts. Many events require advance tickets so check the website, www.longwoodgardens.org. This is not to mention all of the educational classes, lectures, and tours etc. that go on continually. Looking ahead- plan on attending the Wine & Jazz Festival in June, on multiple stages and garden wide.
The dazzling beauty of Winterthur’s glorious 60-acre garden is ever changing, ever more beautiful. The narrated tram tour allows you to ride through acres of gardens or you can take the walking paths to saunter amid breath-taking scenes in Spring. The March Bank and East Terrace are bursting with Spring blooms, which will progress throughout the garden. As the year unfolds, the beauty unfurls. An Introductory or family tour is included with admission (other “focus” tours are available for a modest charge) . Spend hours viewing the ever-changing Galleries exhibits. Children are not forgotten here, wonder at the magic of Winterthur's famous fairy-tale children's garden, Enchanted Woods, and enjoy hands-on learning in the Touch-It Room. The “Point to Point” Steeplechase coincides with the Kenturky Derby on the first Sunday in May, with tailgate picnicking, antique carriages, historic autos, and more.
Take in the Brandywine River Museum www.brandywine.org, exploring the incredible three generations of Wyeth family creations, as well as works by other Brandywine School artists and beyond. If this appeals to you, check out The Andrew Wyeth Studio, NC Wyeth House & Studio and the
Keurner Farm tours (open April 1 through mid-November). Don't forget Music on the Brandywine – Spring, Summer & Fall. First Sundays for Families presents free, hands-on workshops with creative art activities and performances for visitors of all ages. The Annual Wildflower and Native Plant Sale on Mother’s Day weekend is a complete education on native plants. Then the Antique Show on Memorial Day weekend & the Annual Bonsai Show at the end of May are outstanding.
Don't forget the Hagley Museum (the Gunpowder works that began the DuPont empire), Nemours Estate and Gardens (the gardens are considered the finest example of French gardens this side of the pond), and the historic Brandywine Battlefield (where George Washington and Lafayette battled the British before retreating to spend the winter at Valley Forge).
Ask your innkeeper about the plentiful public gardens, many more museums, tax-free shopping, next door in Delaware, wineries, breweries, wonderful restaurants, the “Brandywine Treasures Passport” that offers admission to about a dozen attractions at a significant discount from Memorial Day through Labor Day and so much more. The Brandywine Valley truly has it all!
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