Sip, savor, stay, and play in the Brandywine Valley

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger

By Savannah Smith Photography

Fall is the perfect time to hit the road to revel in the beauty of the season. As the leaves turn, the nearby Brandywine Valley countryside bursts with fall color and the bounty of the autumn harvest. The southeastern Pennsylvania area entices you for a weekend getaway full of color, local libations, and boutique shopping.

Longwood Gardens, often referred to as the “world’s premier horticultural showplace,” will celebrate fall with its spectacular chrysanthemum festival Oct. 22–Nov. 20. Horticulturists are carefully crafting the breathtaking display, which will feature 17,000 chrysanthemums in all shapes and sizes from balls to pagodas to spirals. The popular “Nightscape” returned to Longwood this summer and its colorful, musical evening program continues through Oct. 29.

Conveniently located behind Longwood Gardens is Gayler Estate Vineyard and Winery. Heralded for its superb wine and art events, it’s just one of the many destinations on the Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail.

By Savannah Smith Photography
Gayler Estate Vineyard and Winery by Savannah Smith Photography

Oenophiles can continue to indulge in their favorite libation in nearby downtown Kennett Square at the Paradocx Vineyard tasting room located at the Market at Liberty Place, which is home to a bakery, a produce vendor, and casual dining establishments.

The Pennsylvania beverage scene continues to evolve due to the the recent change in laws allowing wineries to sell local beers at their establishments, so Paradocx is now offering beer and hard cider at its tasting.

Craft beer lovers have their own reason to visit. Victory Brew, one of the nation’s largest craft brewers, features a location in Kennett Square with a wide variety of beer choices. On the menu is an array of small plates perfect for pairing and sharing, including mussels, bruschetta, cheese, and charcuterie.  

Browse the boutique shops in Kennett Square for everything from accessories to home décor. And, you won’t want to leave the area without sampling the cuisine offered at the array of restaurants located in what is otherwise known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World.” Here, fabulous fungi are creatively incorporated into many a menu.

The Brandywine Valley is also home to quaint and historic bed-and-breakfasts that serve as perfect retreats after an indulgent day of sipping, savoring, shopping, and exploring.

 

Before you go:

Chester Co. Tourism: brandywinevalley.com

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