Treasures of the Brandywine Valley
September 15 - September 18
Enjoy spectacular mansions and extravagant gardens, plus art museums and a mushroom farm, on our Brandywine Valley Travel Tour, September 15-18. Our lodging in the historic Hotel DuPont is a destination as well.
COST: Landmark member: $1,695; single occupancy +$315; nonmember +$50
What’s included: Luxury motorcoach transportation; 3 nights at the historic Hotel DuPont, 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners; all attractions, gratuities and taxes; all escorted by Landmark Society staff.
Return this registration form by post or email to secure your spot (see form instructions for details); call (585) 546-7029 x11 for more information.
It’s been seven years since we traveled to this area, and there are many new experiences to enjoy! On this four-day excursion, we will experience the very best the region has to offer, with its amazing cornucopia of fabulous gardens, great houses, and captivating history.
Winterthur Mansion and Gardens (see above photo) is a 175-room home on 982 acres including 60 acres of naturalistic gardens. We’ll enjoy a garden tram ride tour, a house tour, and time to explore on your own. New at Winterthur: in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, a major new exhibit is opening – Erica Wilson: A Life in Stitches. Wilson is considered the Julia Child of needlework. Her successful 1970’s TV program teaching needlework led to a hand embroidery empire of kits, books, magazine columns, even a store in New York City. Erica Wilson celebrates her love of craft, her success as an entrepreneur, and her work that continues to inspire makers of today.
Longwood Gardens is the largest garden site in North America with 20 outdoor gardens, 20 indoor gardens, and numerous fountains including the Main Fountain Garden near the Conservatory. New at Longwood Gardens: the main fountains are completely renovated. The 2020 season offers the Festival of Fountains, an extravagant performance incorporating light, water and music.
We will enjoy several additional cultural sites. Nemours Mansion and Gardens is a five-story, 77-room, 47,000 square-foot-mansion with a Versailles appearance that feels surprisingly livable – and receives rave reviews for the personal, friendly approach of the staff. New at Nemours: a new visitor center will better prepare us to untangle which DuPont built what house as we see the influence of this successful family. Additionally, the Brandywine River Art Museum is a gem, and will include a visit to the famed artist N.C. Wyeth’s home and studio.
So…where do the mushrooms come in? The tiny town of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania is “The Mushroom Capital of the World” – over half of America’s mushrooms originate from here! We’ll find out why, sample mushroom dishes, and have a chance to bring home some fresh varieties.