Tour America’s Garden Capital, Chester County’s Brandywine Valley

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Tour America’s Garden Capital, Chester County’s Brandywine Valley

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Taste, tour and explore Chester County’s Brandywine Valley, the heart of America’s Garden Capital. Bask in botanical bliss at Longwood Gardens and wander among Wyeths at world-class museums. Enjoy downtime downtown on charming main streets with unique restaurants and local libations to add a “Chester County Cheers!” to your stay. 

You’ll experience these great activities and more:

  • Longwood Gardens has the highest concentration of public gardens in the Greater Philadelphia region
  • Brandywine Museum of Art boasts a fascinating permanent collection of American artwork
  • Downtown West Chester is all about small town charm and cosmopolitan tastes
  • The Borough of Phoenixville is known for its art scene and specialty shops

Details and Tips

Region: Northeast

Category: Activities

Length: 2 Nights

Suitable for: Groups that enjoy outdoor beauty and excellent art

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DAY 1: First Things to Do in Brandywine Valley

Home to world-renowned Longwood Gardens, Chester County’s Brandywine Valley is the heart of America’s Garden Capital, with the highest concentration of public gardens in the Greater Philadelphia region’s 30 gardens in 30 miles.

Longwood Gardens is a must-stop on every group itinerary, offering breathtaking seasonal exhibits year-round. A Longwood Christmas, voted 2022 Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights by 10Best/USA Today, is a favorite holiday tradition for many. View the grand conservatory and thousand-acre property dressed in holiday décor grandeur. Revel in rainbow rows of tulips during Spring Blooms or surround yourself in curiously curated chrysanthemums during the autumn Chrysanthemum Festival. Group-favorite Festival of Fountains is on view May through October: Longwood boasts the most significant fountain collection in North America. See the thrill of what 1,700 jets can do as they dance to music and soar 175 feet in the air. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights throughout the season, the Main Fountain Garden turns technicolor for special Illuminated Fountain Performances. 

Break for lunch at The Café at Longwood Gardens with sandwiches, entrees and their signature Kennett Square Mushroom Soup before a final stroll of the outdoor gardens.

Step back in time for dinner tonight at the Mendenhall Inn Restaurant. Enjoy sophisticated fare in the cozy historic inn, established in 1777 for a taste of Chester County history.

Overnight in a wide assortment of group-friendly Chester County hotels and receive a complimentary welcome gift.

DAY 2: Brandywine Valley Activities

Amidst gardens galore, groups can embrace the region’s rich history of artistry at the Brandywine Museum of Art, the former estate of the famed artist N.C. Wyeth. Housed in a historic gristmill along the beautiful Brandywine River, the museum boasts a fascinating permanent collection of American artworks and exciting traveling exhibitions. View the locally inspired works of three generations of Wyeth family artists and tour the former studios of N.C. Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth to learn their fascinating life stories. 

As life imitates art, the beautiful landscapes of the Brandywine Valley are Pennsylvania’s masterpiece. Adventurous groups can choose to kayak or canoe down the Brandywine River at Northbrook Canoe Company for an active afternoon. 

For groups looking to unwind, Chaddsford Winery is one of more than 10 wineries throughout the region and a favorite for group tastings. Housed in a 17th century dairy barn, Chaddsford offers a diverse portfolio of award-winning dry, sweet and sparkling wines.

Prefer a brewery tour and tasting? The Brandywine Valley hosts a proud tradition of craft brewing with more than 25 breweries. Dine and enjoy a pint or two at nationally known Victory Brewing Company. American staples like burgers and small plates are paired with 30 beers at the locally-loved pub in Downingtown.

For more dining options and shopping, groups can explore the region’s charming historic main streets. Kennett Square offers unique galleries and shops. Downtown West Chester is all about small town charm and cosmopolitan tastes. The Borough of Phoenixville is well known for its art scene and specialty shops.

DAY 3: Final Day of Attractions in Chester County’s Brandywine Valley

Check out and step out for breakfast and a morning stroll downtown, but there’s more to explore! Enjoy a tour of one more du Pont family mansion for an afternoon with the aristocrats. Green-thumbs, antique-lovers and history buffs alike will be fascinated by a tour of Winterthur, Hagley or Nemours Estate. 

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