Another year is sweeping into the Brandywine Valley, bringing with it endless possibilities. Let the year’s promises of good times guide you as we present a few festive ways to celebrate.
We’ve highlighted special events, premier restaurants and BYOBs, as well as a few homey, comfortable stayovers. We’ve also tossed in a little kick-up-your-heels action and have even thrown in a countdown or two.
So get ready to toast to the future as you dine on award-winning cuisine, sip some of the county’s top cocktails, gaze at our starry skies and make a little New Year’s noise to ring in 2018.
Let’s get this party started in our fun-filled Chester County, as we celebrate the best year ever!
Looking to Spend the Night?
No celebration is complete without a , and Mendenhall Inn has all the trimmings to bring this one home. The grand ballroom presents an all-inclusive dining experience with butlered hors d’oeuvres, a crab cake station and dinner of broiled filet mignon. Dessert stations abound and the Champagne flows as you count down with music and dancing. Party all night and stay over in luxury with holiday rates that are too good to pass up. Reservations are required.
Insider Tip: Prefer to go more casual? A hand-selected buffet can be enjoyed at the recently opened Station 52 Restaurant and Sports Bar, which is also part of the Mendenhall Inn. Route 52, Mendenhall, (610) 388-1181
A slightly subdued evening awaits with a three-course dinner highlighting sustainable beef, seafood and poultry dishes prepared exquisitely byexecutive chef Chris Calhoun. Relax over cocktails in the intimate and inviting Hunt Room Restaurant. An exceptional menu, creative beverages and some hard-to-beat overnight pricing steal the show as you share a memorable evening together with that special someone.
Sheraton Great Valley
Cheers to the conveniently located Sheraton Great Valley, just off Route 202 and historic Route 30. Plot your excursion with a special celebration at the historic White Horse Tavern and Wine Bar. Built in 1715, this casual-chic spot is hosting a five-course farm-to-table dinner that includes a complimentary Champagne toast to ring in the New Year.
Insider Tip: Two party plans are available, allowing you the flexibility to choose the one that fits your style. Stayover rates include a fabulous New Year’s Day breakfast. 707 E. Lancaster Hwy., Frazer, restaurant: (610) 280-2580; hotel: (610) 524-5500
Longwood Gardens Blooms with Music
Become transformed by the beauty of the season as you stroll through the winter wonderland of lights, fountains and ornaments at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. Enjoy a free musical extravaganza (with paid admission) throughout the grounds that includes the smooth voices of Rob Dickenson and the Brandywine Christmas Minstrels. Delight in a more traditional approach with the Olde Towne Carolers or the horns of the six-member Galena Brass, which has been creating music together in the area since 1995. Feel nostalgic and savor the a capella ranges of Frank the Dog Barbershop Quartet. Revel in timeless elegance as you slip into the gorgeously appointed ballroom within the Conservatory to inhale the extraordinary music of organist Rudy Lucente.
Insider Tip: The Terrace Café and the 1906 Fine Dining Room will be open serving local sustainable plates and snacks, or visit the pop-up beer garden featuring cupcakes, hot chocolate and seasonal Victory beers. 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000
Third Annual Mushroom Drop
Don’t miss this epic event in the Mushroom Capital of the World! Bring the entire family and join the festivities in historic Kennett Square. Let the kids enjoy heaps of fun activities as you relax in a heated tent with food, beer and wine provided by Kennett Brewing Company, Flickerwood Wine Cellars, The Grill Cheese, Sweet Lavender, State Street Pizza and Grill and Nomadic Pies. Then kick up your heels when local band The Funsters takes the stage in anticipation for the traditional countdown to the Mushroom Drop at midnight. Discover additional Midnight in the Square details.
Insider Tip: Check out the opening night reception of new art exhibit “The Many Moods of Joe Jacobs” at Mala Galleria, or have a seat in the seasonal pop-up Holiday Pocket Park behind the Christmas tree on State Street. State and Union Sts., Kennett Square
With so many options to celebrate your memory-filled year, it’s easy to see why our beloved Chester County is “the place to see and be seen” for everything effervescent this New Year’s Eve. Take advantage of enjoying the wonderful community, the rave-worthy food, the fascinating history and the bubbly playtime here. Don’t forget to drink responsibly! We at the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau wish all of you a very happy and safe New Year.
Whether for an evening, a long weekend or an extended vacation, discover Chester County, Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley and its charming downtowns. We invite you to explore the scenic rolling hills and endless countryside landscapes within this nook of the Philadelphia suburbs and to appreciate our unique attractions (gardens, museums, trails, historic sites), energized restaurant culture, thriving breweries and wineries, specialty shops and farmers’ markets, year-round events and much, much more!