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Brandywine River Museum of Art

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Experience artwork from the Wyeth family at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Credit: B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

The South of France, Just West of Philly

Escape to the rolling hills and charming villages of Chester County’s Brandywine Valley. Stroll through the beautiful chateaus and the extraordinary landscapes of Longwood Gardens. Browse timeless art, shop with panache and celebrate the avant-garde at museums and attractions throughout the region.

Locally made wines and fresh farm-to-table cuisine of the Brandywine Valley let you experience pleasures of the South of France, just a little west of Philly.

Official Chester County Tourism Website

Visit BrandywineValley.com for official trip planning information for Chester County and the Brandywine Valley.



Towns of Chester County

From public gardens, arboreta and miles of open space to acres of grape vines and specialty shops, explore 15 Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside in our new interactive guide. Discover a selection of charming towns in Chester County, below.

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  • The Wharton Esherick Studio and Museum

    A master woodworker’s creations, housed in his unique studio

    Exterior of the Wharton Esherick Studio.

    Nestled in the woods near Valley Forge, the Wharton Esherick Museum is truly a hidden treasure. Esherick, called “the Dean of American Craftsmen,” built his studio/home himself in an organic, flowing style–even the roofline is curved–over a span of forty years.

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  • Longwood Gardens

    One of the world’s premier horticultural display gardens

    Spring at Longwood Gardens.

    When you’re at Longwood Gardens, it’s easy to imagine that you’re at a giant, royal garden in Europe. Stroll along the many paths through acres of exquisitely maintained grounds featuring 11,000 different types of plants.

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  • Herr’s Snack Factory Tour

    Go behind the scenes of the region’s favorite snack foods

    See how the chips are made on the Herr’s Snack Factory Tour.

    See how some of the region’s favorite snack foods are made at the Herr’s Snack Factory Tour in Chester County.

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  • Jenkins Arboretum

    A hardwood forest abloom with rhododendrons and azaleas

    A hardwood forest abloom with rhododendrons and azaleas.

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  • Chaddsford Winery

    Enjoy a fine wine in gorgeous Chester County

    Chaddsford Winery

    Now owning the distinction as the biggest winery in Pennsylvania, the Chaddsford Winery is nestled in the heart of the scenery that painter Andrew Wyeth made famous. International awards, such as the Tasters Guild International Wine Competition Gold Medal, keep piling in for the husband-and-wife owner team, who boast about their premium varieties, with special emphasis on their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and spiced apple wine.

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  • French Creek State Park

    Two lakes and forested hiking trails amid the picturesque farmland of northern Chester County

    French Creek State Park

    Two lakes and forested hiking trails amid the picturesque farmland of northern Chester County

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  • Northbrook Canoe Company

    Kayaking, canoeing and tubing along the scenic Brandywine River

    Northbrook Canoe Company

    Northbrook Canoe Company offers kayaking, canoeing and tubing along the scenic Brandywine River in Chester County, Pennsylvania, about an hour southwest of Philadelphia.

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  • Sadsbury Woods Preserve

    One of the largest unfragmented woodlands in Chester County

    Sadsbury Woods Preserve

    A 500-acre nature preserve ideal for walking and hiking, Sadsbury Woods is also an important habitat for interior nesting birds and small mammals.

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  • Marsh Creek State Park

    A 1,700-acre park in the rolling hills of northern Chester County

    Marsh Creek State Park

    A 1700-acre park in the rolling hills of northern Chester County

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  • Downingtown Fall Fest

    Seasonal celebration of food, craft beer, shopping and live music

    The fifth-annual Downingtown Fall Fest welcomes more than 5,000 guests for a day of live music, great food, shopping and craft beer from Victory Brewing Company.

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  • Brandywine Valley Harvest Festival

    Celebrate the 2014 vintage along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

    Paradocx Vineyard is one of six wineries and vineyards taking part in this year’s Brandywine Valley Harvest Festival.

    As summer turns to fall, it’s harvest time at the region’s wineries. Last year’s crop is already turning into wine and, once again, it’s time to celebrate the harvest in the Brandywine Valley.

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  • Autumn’s Colors and Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens

    Celebrate fall with chrysanthemums, music and more

    Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors.

    Longwood Gardens celebrates the harvest season with Autumn’s Colors, a festive showcase of fall colors, and the Chrysanthemum Festival, when more than 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums take over Longwood’s four-acre conservatory.

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  • Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

    All things mushroom celebrated in “The Mushroom Capital of the World”

    The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival is a major draw for families.

    Mushroom lovers across the nation converge in historic Kennett Square each year on the weekend after Labor Day. They come to celebrate the humble fungi known as the mushroom at the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, a two-day festival of food and family fun.

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  • Iron Hill Twilight Criterium

    Sunset bike race through streets of downtown West Chester

    Hundreds of cyclists will take to the streets of West Chester for the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium

    Hundreds of cyclists, including national professionals and locals, will challenge themselves on the streets of downtown West Chester during the 10th annual Iron Hill Twilight Criterium.

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  • Black Walnut Winery

    18 varietals and blends made in a refurbished 200-year-old barn

    Black Walnut Winery uses grapes from neighboring vineyards to produce 18 varietals and blends.

    Started by two couples who turned a hobby into a career by refurbishing a 200-year-old bank barn, Black Walnut Winery uses grapes from neighboring vineyards to produce 18 varietals and blends. A variety of events, including live music, take place throughout the year at the winery and its off-site tasting room in downtown Phoenixville.

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  • Artisans Gallery & Café

    Check out works from Chester County artists and eat a sconut

    Artisans Gallery & Café displays and sells handmade pottery by local artists while serving up homemade food, including “sconuts,” a scone/donut combo available in a variety of flavors.

    Artisans Gallery & Café displays and sells handmade pottery by local artists while serving up homemade food, including “sconuts,” a scone/donut combo available in a variety of flavors.

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  • Colonial Theatre

    One-of-a-kind theatre hosts art and indie films — and Blobfest

    Considered the cultural center of town, the Colonial Theatre opened its doors in 1903.

    This one-of-a-kind 658-seat auditorium presents art and independent films, classic and modern pictures and live children’s shows and concerts.

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  • Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House
    West Chester

    Old-school quality on the half shell

    Doc Magrogan’s is designed as a throwback to the golden days of oyster saloons.

    Designed as a throwback to the golden days of oyster saloons, Doc Magrogan’s prides itself on selling the freshest seafood, along with a large selection of wine and beer.

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  • Carlino’s Specialty Foods
    West Chester

    Old World recipes meet new world trends at this authentic gourmet take-away spot

    Carlino’s Specialty Foods acts as a purveyor of artisan cheeses, homemade desserts signature pasta and sauces and more.

    Carlino’s Market offers an authentic gourmet take-away experience, where respect for Olde World recipes blends with new world trends, in a bustling marketplace steaming with hospitality, foodstuffs and a la carte delicacies for everyday, easy entertaining or big occasions.

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