Monday, January 12, 2015

Two Reasons to Plan Your Visit to Brandywine Valley Area Now.

Longwood Gardens: Orchid Extravaganza
Some people would not automatically consider a day trip to rural, southeastern Pennsylvania in the winter.  In fact, I can almost hear you thinking, "Drive to Pennsylvania, in the winter? In the snow? Oh no!"  However, I don't think I will have to work very long or hard to convince you, there are two very exciting reasons to visit the Brandywine River area of Pennsylvania. Especially at this time of year.

Longwood Gardens: Orchid Extravaganza


The first reason to travel to Brandywine Valley, during the cold months, is the Orchid Extravaganza.  Longwood Gardens is an amazing botannical garden and is a highly recommended destination during any time of year. Last year was my maiden voyage to Longwood Gardens and it was just coincidence that the orchid extravaganza was in full swing at the time. It was amazing. I will never forget the sights and the scents. I was lost in a world of tropical flowers while there was still snow on the ground outdoors.

This year the Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens dates are January 24 to March 29, 2015.  I will return this year. I advise you to not miss it. 

Brandywine River Museum: Wyeth exhibitions


The second reason to travel Pennsylvania during the cold months is Brandywine River Museum and the Wyeth art exhibitions. If you like Wyeth art, as I do, you will be thrilled to learn that the Andrew Wyeth; Lines of Thought exhibition continues until March 15, 2015 and the Jamie Wyeth exhibition will be held January 17 through April 5, 2015.

I think Wyeth art (all three Wyeth's) is breathtaking and well worth the drive to see it in person. I've been to the Brandywine River Museum a handful of times and have had a wonderful experience each time I've been there.  I will go up for the Jamie Wyeth exhibit this year. 
Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic

If you aren't able to visit the museum in person, but enjoy Andrew Wyeth paintings, I highly recommend Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic.  It is a 224 page in-home art exhibit.  Clearly, seeing the paintings hanging on the wall just a few inches away is the best way to view them. but this is the second best way to see a wide selection of Andrew Wyeth's works. 

Snow and cold, or not, just go.  I don't think you will regret it.  Longwood Gardens and Brandywine River Museum are just two little nuggets of travel gold in this area of Pennsylvania.


8 comments:

  1. I would enjoy both the Orchid Extravaganza and the Wyeth art exhibit. I can imagine the tropical aroma inside the Longwood Gardens with an array of orchids on display.

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  2. Longwood gardens was amazing..indoors and out. But indoors, with the orchid show, was magical.

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  3. I have no doubt that a visit to Brandywine Valley would be fabulous! Just to start with, I love orchids and I know I would enjoy the Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens. Since I am not familiar with the work of the Wyeth's, it would be discovering new artists for me to visit the museum and I love that! I am already intrigued by the piece used on the cover of the book. It would be fun to take a few days and travel to Pennsylvania. Who knows, I just might jump in the car this week and set out for an adventure!

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  4. It sure sounds like I would like both of these, I grew up in Pennsylvania, and now live in Western New York, so snow this time of year is a way of life. Thanks for a great review.

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  5. Dawn, ever since I first read about your description of Brandywine River Museum I've wanted to visit. It sounds fascinating. And the added attraction of the orchid extravaganza is very enticing.

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  6. I would love to go to Brandywine to see the orchids and the art!

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  7. You have me wanting to go there today! I would love to see the Orchids as well

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