Delaware Journals

The Brandywine Valley: Beauty & Grace

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A May 2005 trip to Delaware by Idler

Brandywine River Museum Photo, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: Crowned by gardens and mansions of the wealthy DuPont family, its gentle contours lovingly depicted in paintings by three generations of the Wyeths, the Brandywine Valley beguiles a mother-daughter duo visiting during 2 idyllic days in June.

Homewood Suites Wilmington Brandywine Valley

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Hotel | "Homewood Suites Brandywine Valley"

Homewood Suites Wilmington Brandywine Valley Photo, Wilmington, Delaware
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I’ve often read that it pays to be loyal to a hotel chain or airline, but until recently, I was skeptical that the benefits would outweigh the possible higher price or narrowed choices. But after my most recent stay at this Hilton property, I’m beginning to understand what all the buzz is about. Upon checking in, my mother and I were told we’d been upgraded from a one- to two-bedroom suite. Sweet! Of course, it may have been because we arrived late, but I like to think that my having booked at Hilton properties twice in the previous month had something to do with it. Even without the upgrade, this type of "extended stay" facility is just the ticket when you’re in touring ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2005

Homewood Suites Wilmington Brandywine Valley
350 Rocky Run Parkway
Wilmington, Delaware 19803
(302) 479-2000

Buckley's Tavern

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Restaurant | "Studied Nonchalance: Buckley's Tavern"

Buckley's Tavern Photo, Centreville, Delaware
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Often I’m content to eat "wherever," simply finding a likely-looking eatery when hunger strikes as I’m travelling. But this time, a little advance research and planning paid off. Looking through Brandywine Valley: The Informed Traveler’s Guide, I noticed that Buckley’s Tavern was only a few miles from Winterthur, which we planned to visit. Better yet, it sounded just like the sort of place my Mom and I would both enjoy, featuring "fresh, regional ingredients" and an eclectic menu.It was around 2:30pm by the time we finished touring Winterthur, so I was glad the restaurant was close at hand. The tave...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2005

Buckley's Tavern
5812 Kennett Pike Route 52
Centerville, Delaware 19807
(302) 656-9776

Longwood Gardens

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Attraction | "A Garden for All Seasons: Longwood"

Longwood Gardens Photo, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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Arguably one of America’s greatest gardens, Longwood is beautiful in every season. I’ve visited it in early spring through late autumn, five times all told, and still I find each visit provides fresh seasonal charms. This particular visit, after a cool spring, the rhododendrons and peonies were more gorgeous than any I’ve ever seen. Even what I’d thought was the ultimate in rhododendron-lovers’ heaven, Scotney Castle in Kent, cannot compare with the Longwood's blooms.In truth, Longwood owes more to French and Italian gardens than to English ones. There is a cottage-style "Idea Garden," one of several distinct gardens that Longwood...Read More

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Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348-0501
(610) 388-1000

Brandywine River Museum

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Attraction | "Perfectly Framed: Brandywine River Museum"

Brandywine River Museum Photo, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
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Every trip should have at least one unexpected gem, and for us the Brandywine River Museum provided just such an unanticipated surprise. Inside and out, this museum is sure to please both art and nature lovers. To really appreciate this museum, it helps to know a little about the Wyeth family, for the surrounding area was lovingly depicted in countless paintings by Andrew Wyeth, his father, N.C. Wyeth, and his siblings. Indeed, the Brandywine Valley was something of a hotbed of artistic activity from the 19th century onwards. The paintings donated by Andrew Wyeth and his wife formed the nucleus of the museum’s collection. ...Read More

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Brandywine River Museum
Route 1
Chadds Ford

Winterthur

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Attraction | "An American Legacy: Winterthur"

Winterthur Photo, Winterthur, Delaware
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Billing itself as "An American Country Estate," Winterthur was the home of Henry Francis du Pont, who set out to create an American version of an English country estate. Very much in the ‘stewards of the land’ tradition, the du Ponts were concerned not merely with display of wealth but with creating an institution for the public good, where the natural beauties of the gentle Brandywine Valley countryside were preserved and complemented by naturalistic gardens. Renowned for both its gardens and its unique collection of Americana, today Winterthur functions as both a tourist attraction and as a center for the study of garden design and the h...Read More

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Winterthur
Route 52 (Kennett Pike)
Winterthur