Nestled in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania and northern Delaware is the magnificent Brandywine Valley overflowing with trails and treasures waiting to be discovered. Stroll through some of the most beautiful gardens and arboretums in the country such as Longwood Gardens and Jenkins Arboretum and Garden. Tour world – renowned art museums including Brandywine River Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Explore the vineyards and wineries of the Wine Trail. Visit the Historic Main Streets of Kennett Square, Oxford, Phoenixville and West Chester for shopping, dining and special events. Bring the whole family for helicopter rides at the American Helicopter Museum then watch our favorite Herr’s snacks in production plus much more. And tour the beautiful covered bridges, across the countryside, connecting you to the rich heritage that defines the Brandywine Valley. Garden Trail The Brandywine Valley has a rich horticultural tradition from the benevolence of the famed du Pont family to arboretums paying homage to Pennsylvania – Penn’s Woods. The trail of gardens and arboretums in the region includes Longwood Gardens, the world’s premier horticultural display garden, founded by Pierre S. du Pont as well as four additional DuPont inspired gardens. Our arboretums are among the finest in Pennsylvania filled with horticultural collections, rare plants, wildflowers, ancient trees, and extensive hiking trails. Arts Trail A rich trail of artists and artisans can be found in the lush countryside of the Brandywine Valley. The region has been an inspiration to three generations of the famed Wyeth family whose art is on display at the Brandywine River Museum. Other artisans along the Arts Trail of the Brandywine Valley include the Dean of American Craftsmen, Wharton Esherick; Wendell August Forge metal works; as well as many individual artists, crafters and galleries. Wine Trail The Brandywine Valley is one of Pennsylvania’s premier wine regions. Follow a trail of nine distinctive wineries from the largest producer in PA, Chaddsford Winery, to unique family farmed wines. Our wineries offer vineyard tours, special events and tastings of award-winning wines. Come enjoy concerts, hayrides, barrel tastings and barbeques along the wine trail of the Brandywine Valley. Main Streets Trail The Towns and Main Streets of the Brandywine Valley, Kennett Square, Oxford, Phoenixville and West Chester, are treasures of a time gone by; their lovely tree-lined streets are filled with restaurants, unique shops and galleries, markets, festivals and more. Celebrate at the many events, parades and festivals taking place in along the Main Streets Trail of the Brandywine Valley. Family Fun Trail The Brandywine Valley is the perfect destination for family fun. Discover revolutionary history at hallowed battlefields and historic parks: explore nature at gardens, arboretums, parks and America’s first zoo; and visit a museum dedicated to rotor-flight – check out the family helicopter rides! Trek through the countryside on a seasonal tourist train, on a canoe down the Brandywine, or float above it in a hot air balloon! All this and more await your family in the beautiful Brandywine Valley. Covered Bridge Trail Wind through Chester County’s beautiful countryside and discover the historic covered bridges of the Brandywine Valley. Fourteen of these architectural treasures dot the countryside, through vineyards, farms and historic towns and villages.
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Historic Valley Forge
Shopping Mecca and More
Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, is an area steeped in history, but it’s equally rich in shopping, culture and recreation. The pivotal encampment site of George Washington’s fledgling army during the winter of 1777-78 is now the scenic 3,500-acre Valley Forge National Historical Park and the area’s flagship visitor attraction. Miles of trails, monuments to the soldiers and Washington’s original stone headquarters are among its many highlights. A children’s “Join the Continental Army” program in the winter lets the wee ones experience what life was actually like for the soldiers, complete with drills, marches and training with wooden muskets. Annual events like the March-in and March-out showcase America’s beginnings and feature reenactments, costumed interpreters and cannon and musket firings. Other area historic sites include artist/naturalist John James Audubon’s first home in America – John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove – where the Frenchman perfected his unique painting style and created his famous Birds of America volumes. The estate is much as Audubon found it at age 18 – a haven for birds and wildlife set along the lovely Perkiomen Creek. It’s one of the region’s premier birding locales. The Valley Forge area is also a fashionista’s fantasy, featuring the nation’s largest retail shopping mall – King of Prussia, Philadelphia Premium Outlets and many Montgomery County “Main Streets.” The latest designer trends, bargains, vintage and specialty items await. Before discovering King of Prussia Mall’s 400 stores, stop first at the Me-Ality™ booth at the Plaza for a free 10-second fully-clothed body scan. It’ll reveal your true garment sizes at many mall stores and provide a printout with suggested styles to help alleviate dressing room drama. Anchored by seven department stores, among them Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor and Macy’s, the mall is also one of the only area outposts for upscale designers Kate Spade, DKNY, Hermés, and Gucci. Save big-time on name brands like Ann Taylor, Coach, Nike, Sony, Le Creuset and more at nearby Philadelphia Premium Outlets. The 150 outlet stores offer savings of 25% to 65% every day. Shoppers will also find something really special, arty, vintage or unique on one of Montgomery County’s numerous Main Streets. In Souderton-Telford, it’s some of the best locally produced foods, including Asher’s Chocolates, The Great American Popcorn Works of Pennsylvania, Bakers on Broad and Hendricks Farm and Dairy Store. Enjoy an award-winning play, an indie film, live music and “Art in the Storefront” works by local talent on Ambler’s Main Street. And in the quaint village of historic Skippack, find antiques and home goods in the shops and restaurants, once 18th and 19th century homes and buildings. Along the prestigious Main Line of Philadelphia, in Ardmore, visit the art galleries and chic shops of one of America’s first shopping centers, Suburban Square. Outdoor recreation abounds in the Valley Forge area with 55 miles of interconnected biking and hiking trails, 40 public golf courses and zip-lining, skiing and snowboarding at Spring Mountain Adventures. A menagerie of museums includes the world’s only one devoted to the Three Stooges – The Stoogeum. This multi-level, state-of-the art facility features Stooges costumes, props, personal effects, games and more. An 85-seat theatre and plasma screen televisions showcase vintage movie clips of the trio’s legendary comedic antics. Brand new to the area is the recently opened Valley Forge Casino Resort, the product of a more than $1 million renovation of the former Valley Forge Convention Center Plaza. It offers 50 table games and 600 slot machines; eight food and beverage outlets; 486 guestrooms among two hotels; a giant ballroom; new nightclub; pool and fitness center. Woodside Lodge, Valley Forge’s first boutique hotel, recently opened adjacent to Spring Mountain Adventures. The remodeled eight-room 1920s-era country manor offers a quaint full-service restaurant, bar and event space for up to 100. Historic Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center, in Blue Bell, now showcases Modern Farm Cooking at its on-site The Farmer’s Daughter restaurant. The menu of Chef Mtele Abubaker features locally grown and sourced ingredients in a seasonal menu of small plates and more. In its expansive bar and fireside lounge, all cocktail mixers and infusions are created in-house from local fruits and vegetables. For more information about Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, visit www.thecountrysideofphiladelphia.com/