Attractions & Things to Do in the Brandywine Valley
There are countless things to do during your stay at Wild Wisteria. The following are only a few attractions for different types of fun-seekers; talk to Brad or Cindy for more ideas.
Brandywine Creek State Park is located three miles north of Wilmington, DE at the intersection of Delaware Routes 100 and 92. The entrance is on Adams Dam Road. The park maintains 14 miles of trails for fitness, wildlife observation, and photography. The Creek Run Trail is also open for bicycle use. The open fields are excellent for picnics, kite flying, and disc golf, and in the winter, for sledding and cross-country skiing. Trout fishing is available in the Brandywine Creek. Popular seasonal events such as the Halloween Haunted Trail and the Halloween Hootenanny are held for visitors’ enjoyment.
Marsh Creek State Park offers entertainment for all types of outdoorsmen and women. Marsh Creek Lake is especially popular with sailboaters and windsurfers who take advantage of the combination of good natural terrain and prevailing wind to enjoy their sport. Nature lovers will enjoy a pleasant walk on hiking trails or the Larkins covered Bridge located in the northeast section of the park. The park is located in northeastern Chester County, PA, near Eagle off of Route 100.
The White Clay Creek Preserve is located between Landenberg, PA, and Newark, DE, and is part of a larger tract of land sold to William Penn in 1683 by Lenni Lenape Chief Kekelappen. In 1984, the du Pont Company donated land to Pennsylvania and Delaware for the purpose of preserving the unique plant and animal species and the rich cultural heritage of the area. There are several points of historical interest in the Preserve. Visitors to the Preserve are welcome to use the hiking, biking, and horseback-riding trails. Trout fishing is also available.
Shaded equestrian, hiking, and bicycling trails lace the woodlands and old meadows of Ridley Creek State Park, providing perfect places for relaxing. Within the park is the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation that depicts a Delaware County Quaker farm prior to the American Revolution. The park is located in Delaware County, PA, off of PA Route 3.
Romantic Covered Bridges
Chester County covered bridges number fourteen and there are three in Northern New Castle County, DE. Smiths Bridge, only three miles from Winterthur, is a treasure not to be missed. The bridge, completely restored and reopened in December 2002, crosses the Brandywine just below Granogue, the home of Irenee du Pont (the largest private estate in Delaware). Mercer’s Mill Bridge is located just south of Atglen and is a convenient stop enroute to Amish Country. This bridge, located just west of PA 41 on Creek Road (Bailey’s Crossroads Road), is considered one of the most picturesque in Chester County. Call for directions, or a detailed itinerary for visiting this and many other covered bridges .
The natural rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley offer ideal landscape for championship golf. Test your game on one of the fine public courses listed below or take private lessons at the Eric MacCluen Golf Academy. Please visit each property’s web site for details.
Located in Avondale, PA, Hartefeld National is an 18-hole public course designed by Tom Fazio and voted “the top ten you can play” by Golf Magazine in 1996.
A nationally-ranked championship golf course located about a mile from Routes 1 & 41 in Avondale, PA, Inniscrone Golf Club hosted US Open Champion Jim Furyk’s Exelon Invitational in 2001 and 2002. Call (610) 268-8200 to reserve a tee time.
Located in Avondale, PA, Loch Nairn is a public course offering tee times on weekends & holidays only. Popular with the locals for a good game of golf at a fair price. Call (610) 268-2234 for details.
Located in Oxford, PA, Wyncote was voted “One of the top golf courses in the state” by Zagat’s survey of golf courses in 2003.
Eric MacCluen Golf Academy: Eric MacCluen was recipient of the PGA Philadelphia Section Teacher of the Year Award in 2002. He has built his reputation by helping many golfers to improve their strategy and technique to lower their scores. He offers Adult Golf Programs for beginners and more experienced golfers. The golf academy is based in Avondale, PA. Visit web site for details or call (610) 268-8748.
For the Horse Lover
The Brandywine Valley has always been home to jockeys, trainers, owners, and horse enthusiasts. Celebrate these traditions in horsemanship at the Devon Horse show, enjoy a fun-filled Sunday afternoon tailgating at the Brandywine Polo club, or take a leisurely trail ride through the woods and meadows near Gateway Stables.
The Brandywine Polo Club (a 15 minute ride from Wild Wisteria B&B), has three tournament-sized polo fields with ample parking for spectator viewing and tailgating. Fans are encouraged to bring picnics and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere. Polo is not played if fields are wet so you are encouraged to call 610-268-8692 if it has been raining. Polo matches are on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer and periodically on other weekdays. Check the web site for current schedule. Admission charged.
Devon Horse Show and More
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is now is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition in the United States. The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair has grown from a one-day event in 1896 to a ten-day horse and carriage show with a country fair atmosphere. The Devon Horse Show is held in May at the Devon Show Grounds in Devon, PA and throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall you’ll find many more shows scheduled in nearby towns.
Trail Rides and Riding lessons on scenic trails and meadows. Located on Mary Bell Lane (off the Old Kennett Road) about 3 miles south of Kennett Square, PA, and 5 minutes away from Wild Wisteria B&B. Call (610) 444-1255 for information.
For a unique horseback riding experience visit Viking Horse in West Chester, PA. Viking Horse offers trail-riding experiences on the rare Icelandic Horse. Check out the web site (on our “attractions” page) for details or call Lynne (610) 517-7980.
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