Located where Pennsylvania meets Delaware—about 30 minutes from Philadelphia—the Brandywine Valley is a vibrant area, steeped in history and culture. Since the first settlers arrived in the early 17th Century, the valley has offered a mixture of rustic charm and chic, urban action. Given its unique location and characteristics, Brandywine Valley can provide business travelers with elegant event spaces, fine dining options, and more than a few ways to relax and enjoy their time.
Holding an Event? Consider One of the Brandywine’s Historic Gardens
For large events, consider one of the valley’s many historic gardens. Some of the most luxurious spaces include:
- Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library: Erected in 1810 by Eleuthère Irénée du Pont. Winterthur is a 175-room house set in a 1,000-acre woodland preserve. The estate boasts a 60-acre garden, a museum of decorative arts featuring 90,000 pieces, and a number of dining options. Winterthur is also perfect for corporate entertaining: the staff specializes in lectures, luncheons, retreats, holiday parties, and conferences.
- Welkinweir Estate: The historic stone mansion at Welkinweir is not as large as Winterthur, but the house and its grounds are no less impressive. For smaller catered functions, Welkenweir simply cannot be beat.
Treat Clients to an Exceptional Meal at a Classic Brandywine Restaurant
For business lunches, the Brandywine Valley offers a number of impressive options, including:
- Brandywine Prime Seafood and Chops at Chadds Ford Inn: Built in 1736 and recently restored and renovated, the Chadds Ford Inn offers “upscale casual” dining in a down-to-earth setting, according to the Zagat guide. The Inn also received an excellence award from Wine Spectator in 2014. Private dining rooms are available.
- Dilworthtown Inn: An award-winning restaurant, specializing in fine wines and innovative American cuisine, where the dining experience is bolstered by the Inn’s antique colonial atmosphere.
- Harry’s Savoy Grill and Ballroom: One of the most celebrated restaurants in all of Delaware, Harry’s Savoy Grill and Ballroom is a special favorite for fans of exquisite steaks and high-end wine and spirits.
Recreation in the Valley: Golf, Ballet, Wine Trails, and More
History buffs can visit Brandywine Battlefield Park—which includes a museum and two historic houses—or Valley Forge National Historical Park, which served as Gen. George Washington’s winter encampment during the Revolutionary War. Washington’s headquarters are still standing and open to visitors.