Brandywine Valley: Weekend Getaway

Spend the weekend in the Brandywine Valley

Just a few hours from Manhattan and close to Philadelphia, the Brandywine Valley is known for illustrator N. C. Wyeth and son Andrew, who drew inspiration from the rolling green hills. Spend the weekend strolling more than 3,000 acres of landscaped gardens, museums, restaurants, wineries and local shops.

The 12 mile stretch of the Brandywine Valley from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, to Wilmington, Delaware, may seem brief, but it takes a few days to truly enjoy. The continued allure is evident with the announcement of of the hugely successful Clover Market coming to Kennett Square {mushroom farming capital of the U.S.} on Sunday June 18th {Father’s Day}. Voted best market to shop by Philadelphia Magazine, the open-air market will feature dozens of food and beer vendors, plus local handmade goods and antiques {see complete list of vendors}. Clover Market has been pleasing shoppers in Bryn Mawr, Chestnut Hill and Collingswood for years with its spring and summer schedule of outdoor markets. The one-of-a-kind market will be located at 600 S. Broad Street.

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With more than one million visitors a year, Longwood Gardens is regarded as one of the most spectacular gardens of the region. The Main Fountain Gardens return May 27th after a two year renovation. Inspired by the great fountains of Europe, this 5-acre masterpiece was created by Pierre S. du Pont, in the early 20th century.

Visit the Brandywine River Museum often called the “Wyeth Museum” for its extensive collection of works by the internationally acclaimed Wyeth family – grandfather N.C., father Andrew and son Jamie – the Brandywine River Museum is housed in a converted 19th-century grist mill on the banks of the Brandywine.

Enjoy touring eight wineries that make up the Brandywine Wine Trail, including Penns Woods Winery, where owner Gino Razzi create wines made 100% with Pennsylvania-grown grapes. Extend your stay and enjoy Winterthur and Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Delaware just 15 minutes down the road. Where to stay? The Inn at Montchanin Village was once home to the workers of the du Pont powder mills.

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Creativity abounds at WorKS in Kennett Square (432 S. Walnut Street), open Friday – Sunday the concept store offers 10 new artisans vendors, in addition to vintage finds. Founded by vintage maven Tara Dugan as a curated group of high-end purveyors of artisan, designer, and one-of-a-kind goods. “The creative offerings that Clover Market brings to Kennett Square fits perfectly within our efforts to create an attractive and eclectic retail pop-up experience alongside worKS and the Creamery.” said Tara Behan. For several years, Clover Market founder Janet Long and manager Pat Norton, had been looking at Kennett Square as a potential future destination.

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The Creamery pop-up beer garden is located at 401 Birch Street in Kennett Square and will be debuting their second season starting Memorial Day through October, 2017. Built in 1902 and re-imagined in 2016, The Creamery is a community gathering space and pop-up beer garden for the whole family in the heart of Kennett Square. A setting that’s rooted in Kennett Square history, The Creamery is committed to re-purposing and re-vitalizing a once-industrial space into a unique environment for the whole family. Nestled on historic Birch Street, The Creamery offers a variety of food options through rotating food trucks, craft beer, lawn games and live music, making it a destination for both Kennett Square residents and visitors alike. With a distinct focus on highlighting the many local talents of Kennett Square’s active art and music scene, the Creamery truly has something for everyone to enjoy.

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A few of our favorite shops include: houppette, No 109, Scout & Annie, Ashley Austin, Terrain at Styers, and Talula’s Table {owned by Aimee Olexy, one of the most recognized personalities in the Philadelphia dining scene}.

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photo: Little Nest Photo Glen Mills, PA

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Bon anniversaire No. 109 Shop

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Bon anniversarie to No 109 Shop in Kennett Square! Cheers to Heather Robitzer on an amazing first year and many more to come! We want one of everything.

Winter Wardrobe With the holiday madness behind us and the frigid weather ahead of us, we felt it was time for a “pick me up” shopping spree at No.109 Shop in Kennett Square. Whether you are searching for a great pair of jeans or a sparkly cocktail dress, this charming boutique is the answer.

The four of us had a divide and conquer approach as we entered the store. We were on a mission to select an outfit we felt was lacking from our current, winter wardrobe. Once we found what we were looking for, we compared notes.

While we all have a little black dress hanging in our closet, Sydney was drawn to this navy version. Perfect with heels for dress up or tights and a blazer for a more casual look, we couldn’t resist this beauty.

Carroll is headed to Costa Rica this month and selected a gorgeous, olive jumpsuit ideal for travel. The fluid fabric was so figure flattering and the fact that it was pants and not a dress had her name all over it.

Lauren was searching for pieces to elevate her casual, workday attire. A button down denim top with black skinny pants and a plaid blanket scarf fit the bill. Adding a clutch with a pop of color helped pull the ensemble together.

Kelly was obsessed with a fur jacket to wear all winter long. Paired with white, flared denim, the look had an unexpected twist that would stand out in a crowd.

What pieces do you feel you are missing in your wardrobe this season? Be sure to stop by No.109 Shop today or check out their Facebook page and Instagram for all the latest arrivals!

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Design, Wine & Shopping in Chester County

Every home has a story. From new construction residences and country retreats to antique landmarks, a home is a piece of living history that preserves remnants of its past. The Chester County area is steeped with history, art and culture.  We came across several farms and unique properties that exude charm and design on our tour of the countryside.

The homes throughout Chester County are all very different, yet commonly share one binding chapter in each of their stories— The Veale Family (Mary owns the staging company EDIT) made a clear connection to the elegance and style combined with architect Wayne Simpson vision to capture the rustic feeling of the home with New York Loft stylings.

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941 Sills Mill Rd, Kennett Square

The countryside is dotted with hidden gems such as The Farm at Doe Run, where you can find award winning cheeses, fresh micro greens and vegetables. The original Doe Run Inn (circa 1741), was moved off the road in the late 1960s. The Doe Run Village Historic District was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Take a hike in the Laurels and then stop by The Whip Tavern for a pint by the fire while enjoying some bangers and mash.

Kennett Square is known for its rich historical heritage, and it has a great number of old buildings and museums that provide a comprehensive account of its illustrious history. Longwood Garden, Winterthur Museum and the Brandywine River Museum are all within a 15 mile radius.

The charming and historic town of Kennett Square offers much needed retail therapy and more. Lately, the treelined streets are bustling with activity. Restaurants and coffee shops such as Talula’s Table and Philter offer cozy atmospheres for breakfast meetings or lunch with the girls. Shop all things beauty, skincare and more at Houppette. For the latest trends and classic styles in fashion and accessories, stop by No. 109 Shop. If you have an upcoming event, a trip to Blown Away: Dry Bar and Salon is a must. Finish the day at Victory for local and fresh pub fair. Make sure to stop in Terrain for some holiday shopping and inspiration.

The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, which is one of the most famous wine trails in the country. Along this trail, you can visit 8 of the finest wineries in the region, each of which has its own unique selection of wines.

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Design Trends 2014 – Vintage Finds

We spoke to Francesca Rudin of +Details in Kennett Square to get her thoughts on the year ahead.

2014 may officially be the year of Radiant Orchid according to Pantone…but many sources believe it to be the year of turquoise! Lindsay Souza author of The Pursuit of Style says current trends come and go at such an accelerated rate due to social media that vintage finds remain a strong trend in 2014. What better way to keep things unusual, interesting and unique.

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Accessories courtesy of +Details – Kennett Square

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Francesca recommends blending turquoise with other shades of blue and combine with acrylic furniture to stay on trend. Designers agree that acrylic furniture is not only great for small spaces but it makes any environment feel light and airy. It is everywhere this year!

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Vintage furniture & acrylic bar cart available at Scout & Annie – Kennett Square

Lighter wood tones are also returning after so many years of ebonized tones. It is a perfect way to incorporate mid century finds while remaining completely current.

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Let the outside in by lightening your approach to window treatments. Select sheer fabrics and interesting wovens to separate your grandmother’s curtains from what is modern, fresh and very 2014.

Add copper metal accents to further brighten your interior. This new metal color will add warmth and lend your space an updated edge.

Visit Scout & Annie +Details where everything old is new and everything new is now.

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