WASHINGTON, June 8, 2013 — Nothing beats a quaint town for rest, relaxation and a chance to take life at a slower pace than usual.
The trip is even easier now, thanks to Amtrak service that delivers you from Union Station to Penn Station in
Many of Brandywine’s attractions are located within the ten mile radius that includes the towns of West Chester,
The motto of the
Experiencing all that this beautiful region has to offer cannot be done in one trip, but here are some of the must sees for a first trip:
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The second tour is the Kuerner Farm. This nearby home of Karl and Anna Kuerner was a major source of inspiration for a young Andrew Wyeth. Over 1,000 drawings and paintings were created of animals or objects around the farm; many are on display in the main museum and a treat s to compare the true object to Wyeth’s interpretation.
The final off site tour of the Wyeth family is the Andrew Wyeth studio, which was given to the museum by Andrew’s wife Betsy. The studio has been restored to the time when the artist used it. Jamie and his brother were raised in this home and it later became Jamie’s first studio as well.
All three sites are minutes from the main museum and shuttle buses provide transportation for all ticket holders. Each tour in one hour long and take place between the beginnings of April through the end of November.
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If some of your group is not interested in the QVC tour, right around the corner is the
The downtown areas of
Throughout the year, the gardens host concerts, fireworks and performances to include the Festival of Fountains, The Philadelphia Orchestra, an International Organ Competition and a Summer Concert Series.
The children’s favorite part of Longwood is bound to be the grand tree houses that they can enter and play in. One of the tree houses is also accessible for children in wheelchairs.
Couples in love’s favorite spot will be the whispering bench. The semi-circle bench has acoustics that will carry a whisper from one person all the way around to another unsuspecting person sitting at the other end. The whispering bench has been part of more than one marriage proposal.
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The first festival was held in 1985 with the hope of raising enough money for scholarships to high schools students. Twenty-eight years later the Festival stretches more than half a mile and features culinary events, growing exhibits, farm tours, children’s entertainment, and nearly 200 vendors with attendance calculated at up to 100,000 guests.
This is a town that seems almost too good to be true. The residents will go out of their way to accommodate their visitors in any way possible. It will seem like home from the first step you take in town.
During this year’s festival, the main street will be blocked of and many of the merchants will bring their stores out to the sidewalks. There will be a carnival, farm tours, wine events (including a wine slushy machine), car shows, race and cook offs.
Bring a cooler and take home the freshest mushrooms available anywhere. The mushrooms will be kept cool until the purchaser is ready to take them home.
Stop by or contact The Mushroom Cap for any additional information. While there, find some of the most unusual mushroom gifts including Snack N Shrooms a dried and tasty mushroom snack. Kathi will be able to provide any information on the mushroom industry and festival.
Returning will become an annual tradition.
Part II will cover some of the best places to stay while in
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