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Discovering Destinations -10 Chester County Adventures
We’ve always believed Chester County to be an enticing destination with something for everyone. That’s why we’ve created these captivating and inclusive excursions to help you get the most out of the time you spend with us.

Whether you want to experience the lush countryside, interesting tours, intimate cafés, award-winning wineries or fascinating museums of the Brandywine Valley, we’ve put together a wide array of adventures just for you. Traverse the sights, absorb the culture and become replenished at some of the finest accommodations in the country. Start planning your destination today.

For the home shopper:

Be a part of the action at QVC. Book one of several behind-the-scenes tours that include VIP privileges and perks. 1200 Wilson Dr., West Chester, (800) 600-9900

Dine here: Enjoy an upscale, pub-style meal from local restaurateur Dave Magrogan at the casual-chic Red Star Craft House, located within the multi-level Exton Square Shopping Mall. Try the bison burger paired with one of the restaurant’s local tapped beers. 146 Exton Square Mall, Exton, (610) 524-5893

Stay here: Choose the charming Duling-Kurtz House & Country Inn for a put-your-feet-up respite. The 1830 bed & breakfast with 13 period decorated rooms is prepared to show you how to relax in comfort. In the morning, enjoy hot coffee with a delightful continental breakfast of seasonal fruit and baked goods. 146 S. Whitford Rd., Exton, (610) 524-1830

For the art lover:

Embrace the stunning canvases and sketches of the renowned Wyeth artists at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Get lost in the creative, diverse exhibits of N.C., Andrew and Jamie. Studio tours of the artists are available. Stroll the agrestal Brandywine River path alongside the museum, where the artist’s inspiration is at every turn. 1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700

Dine here: The Gables at Chadds Ford provides locally sourced dishes in the rustic elegance of a converted barn. Noted for his amazing shrimp and grits plate, chef Dave Wenard will thrill you with his latest seasonal menu. Happy hour specials run daily. 423 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-7700

Stay here: Just a stone’s throw away lies the Brandywine River Hotel. Take advantage of this convenient location with classically decorated and stylish interiors offering deluxe and jacuzzi rooms as well as executive and premium suites. Pet friendly. 1609 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-1200

Love art? Score a list of ongoing events and even more artsy details via the Brandywine Valley’s Art Trail. Grab details on even more museums too!

For the craft beer enthusiast:

Soak up the suds at  Victory Brewpub in Parkesburg, complete with fun-filled, self-guided tours that feature hop sniffing, bottling machines and a loaded brewer’s gift shop. 3127 Lower Valley Rd., Parkesburg, (484) 718-5080

Dine here: Remain for lunch or dinner and indulge in Victory’s spot-on menu—tailored ideally for the two-level, light-filled pub. It boasts incredibly prepared “brewery” burgers, above-board mac and cheese and well-thought-out vegetarian options.

Stay here: The Bancroft Manor Bed & Breakfast was built in 1909 by J. Bancroft Swayne, who founded the area’s mushroom farming industry. Restored rooms are tastefully decorated in period antiques and fixtures within this award-winning B&B. For some additional craft beer tasting, visit Victory Magnolia and Kennett Brewing Company, both within walking distance. 318 Marshall St., Kennett Square, (610) 470-4297

For the wine taster:

Sip, savor and selfie your way through the Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail. With superb weather to sustain several award-winning vineyards, your journey will introduce you to the county’s sweet Pinot Grigios, dry Cabs and even an up-and-coming hard cider or two.

Dine here: Catherine’s is a charming BYOB nestled in the heart of Chester County’s horse country. The upscale casual destination restaurant, located in the historic 1851 Unionville General Store, offers an eclectic mix of seasonally prepared fish, poultry and beef dishes. Desserts are created in-house and highly recommended. 1701 W. Doe Run Rd., Kennett Square, (610) 347-2227

Stay here: The convenient location of the Longwood Bed & Breakfast Inn makes this tranquil spot perfect to try some of your vino bounty from the day. Pamper yourself with strolls in private gardens, porches and wooded grounds. 268 Kennett Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-6080

For the theatre groupie:

Applauding its 41st season, People’s Light is known for its resident company of artists, eclectic mix of productions and innovative work with young people. Take in one of many award-winning shows in this restored eighteenth-century farmhouse. 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern, (610) 644-3500

Dine here: Just short jaunt away is Christopher’s – A Neighborhood Place: Malvern, which offers a well-rounded menu of American food, an approachable wine list and a full bar. Take advantage of a late-night menu that highlights gourmet burgers, mussel dishes and fresh artisan pizzas after a show. 335 E. King St., Malvern, (484) 568-4127

Stay here: Close by, relax in top-notch overnight accommodations at The Desmond Malvern a Doubletree by Hilton. This award-winning, high-end property with traditionally appointed rooms will make you feel comfortable and welcome. 1 Liberty Blvd., Malvern, (610) 296-9800

Embark on even more performing arts discoveries in the Brandywine Valley.

For the farm-to-table purist:

When it comes to hunting down fresh produce and high-quality meats and poultry or to finding that consummate chunk of farm-fresh cheese, the Brandywine Valley has all the goods. Feel free to browse and taste at the Artisan Exchange indoor food and farmers’ market, Pete’s ProduceNorthbrook Marketplace or Highland Orchards. Snack on sticky buns, apple cider donuts or local cheeses while perusing through booths of herbs, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus and Romanesco.

Dine here: Dan Cellucci’s Roots Cafe, in the center of West Chester, composes sustainable local dishes that are simply prepared and oh-so-satisfying. Seasonal soups, a rotating cheeseboard from The Farm at Doe Run and fish, poultry and beef entrées let you see firsthand the meaning of true farm-to-table dining. Become captivated in a rustic candlelit ambience as you sip on an organic cocktail. 133 E. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 455-0100

Stay here: Pull up to the well-attended Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast and relax in warmly decorated rooms. Owner Lori Zytkowicz will make sure your visit runs smoothly. Enjoy a romantic stroll on two secluded acres with a pond and gardens. 699 W. Rosedale Ave., West Chester, (610) 436-5788

For the history buff:

Honor our country’s and our county’s heritage with a visit to the Brandywine Battlefield, famous for the Battle of the Brandywine in 1777. Explore Lafayette’s headquarters as well as 50 acres of lush beauty at this national historic landmark. 1491 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 459-3342

Visit the Chester County Historical Society in downtown West Chester and explore over 300 years of history through rare documents, photographs and newspapers in the research library and seven galleries filled with engaging exhibitions. 225 N. High St., West Chester, (610) 692-4800

The Kennett Underground Railroad Center documents over two dozen underground railroad sites or “stations” in southern Chester County. Tours available. Kennett Square, (484) 544-5070

A family visit to the American Helicopter Museum allows you to take flight in the world of aviation history. Tours available. 1220 American Blvd., West Chester, (610) 436-9600

Dine here: Savor an inspired American cuisine menu of steaks and seafood at the eighteenth-century Dilworthtown Inn. A wine cellar with over 800 bottles of the good stuff, candlelit atmosphere and roaring fireplaces make this the go-to spot for a perfect romantic dinner. 1390 Old Wilmington Pike, West Chester, (610) 399-1390

Stay here: The Hotel Warner incorporates modern accommodations with an original Art Deco style theatre from the 1920s. Enjoy nostalgic photos of the original theatre as you butter up some popcorn in the lobby. Convenient location to local dining. 120 N. High St., West Chester, (610) 692-6920

Dive into even more historic sites.

For the naturalist:

Spend an afternoon at Stroud Preserve outside of West Chester. One of the many wildlife conservancies within Chester County, the preserve features 151 acres of hiking trails, wildlife and vista views of the Brandywine Valley. Be sure to bring a camera or binoculars and comfortable shoes. 454 North Creek Rd., West Chester, (610) 353-5587 ext. 504

Dine here: Drift back in time as you dine within the historic village of Marshallton at the Four Dogs Tavern. This vintage stable turned eatery serves up a New American brasserie-style menu with a full bar. Sample artisan cheese flights, pasta or seafood while enjoying a great craft beer selection and inclusive list of wines. Dog friendly. 1300 W. Strasburg Rd., West Chester, (610) 692-4367

Stay here: Unwind in the scenic fire pit and relaxation area behind the Courtyard Philadelphia Coatesville/Exton, or make a splash in the indoor pool. Spacious rooms and modern amenities make it easy to recuperate after a day of outdoor activities. 600 Manor Rd., Coatesville, (610) 380-8700

For the gardener:

Spend a drizzly morning or a sunny afternoon enjoying the all-year splendor of Longwood Gardens. Stunning orchid displays, acres of meadows and wildflowers, manicured topiaries and fields of breeze-blown tulips await the discerning or the casual horticulturalist at this classic mainstay of Chester County. 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000

Dine here: No need to leave Longwood Gardens as you dine in splendor at the elegantly appointed 1906 Fine Dining Restaurant. Culinary artistry is evident in the upscale menu using local ingredients. Or keep is casual and delicious in The Café with a cafeteria-style feel and gorgeous seating overlooking the grounds.

Stay here: The Pennsbury Inn Bed & Breakfast is a tranquil setting on eight acres situated within the lush valleys of Chadds Ford. Period decorated rooms and seasonal romantic gardens and wooded trails make this the perfect spot for gardeners. 883 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-1435

Tap into even more eye-catching Brandywine landscapes via the Garden Trail.

For the snack food lover:

Who doesn’t love crisp potato chips, cheese curls and popcorn? The Herr’s Factory has been producing snacks since 1946. Enjoy the educational, family-oriented one-hour Herr’s Factory Tour conducted during the week. 20 Herr Dr., Nottingham, (610) 932-9330

Dine here: Originally built as a National Bank, Twelves Grille BYOB in the sleepy town of West Grove offers upscale farm-to-table dishes. Seasonally inspired soups, appetizers and small plates to share—as well as delicious entrees like grilled salmon or catfish, short ribs or steaks or the “pasta of the day”—round out this rave-worthy menu. 10 Exchange Pl., West Grove, (610) 869-4020

Prefer a low-key stop for a high-energy snack to help push you through the day? Head into historic Kennett Square and swing by The Market at Talula’s Table for something sweet, savory and simple. Or cross the street and cozy up to a hot cortado at Philter102 W. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-8255; 111 W. State St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-7687

Stay here: Sitting adjacent to Longwood GardensThe Inn at Whitewing Farm is historic and completely breathtaking. Ponds, gardens and a tennis court add relaxation to large guest rooms and suites. 370 Valley Rd., Kennett Square, (610) 388-2013

With so many incredible destinations in our breathtaking corner of the world, it’s up to you to decide where to go. Come book a trip (or two) with us this year. We know you’ll enjoy what we have to offer here in the Brandywine Valley.

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 (gardensmuseumstrailshistoric sites), energized restaurant culture, thriving breweries and wineriesspecialty shops and farmers’ markets, year-round events and much, much more!

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