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Philly area locals- help wanted

We will be in New Holland PA (30 minutes east of Lancaster) for a event. Considering exploring and making a road trip of the area. Would rent car in either Philadelphia, PA or Wilmington DE and then loop back to return it.

Any suggestions/ itinerary would be much appreciated.

Not interested in Philly trip--- have done that :)

Many thanks in advance.

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When? (No point in recommending outdoor activities for December.)

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May be there are some historical parks or battlefields in the region...?


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Oh, that's great -- you'll be here in one of the absolutely prettiest times of the year, with the best weather!

Please consider this your personal invitation to visit The Brandywine Valley!




Since you asked, wow, do we have a battlefield for you! Brandywine Battlefield Park, where The Father of Our Country lost -- yes, lost! -- to the Brits on September 11, 1777. (Yeah, I know. 9/11. . . . ) But GW and Lafayette spent time here and you can see their quarters. There's also a narrated driving tour: ushistory.org/BRANDYWINE/…index.htm In past years there has been a re-enactment on a September weekend, but I'm not finding any info on that for 2011.

But the Battlefield is, frankly, a minor attraction in this area. Not to miss: Longwood Gardens, a world-class outdoor garden of 1,000+ acres with an indoor conservatory covering more than 4 acres. Fireworks & Fountains on Sept. 3 if that's when you'll be here.

You like history? Winterthur. http://www.winterthur.org/ . But even more, Hagley Museum. http://www.hagley.lib.de.us/ (Fab antique car show Sept 18.) Old New Castle (Delaware) thebrandywine.com/go/historic_new_castle.htm… Hard to describe how amazingly old and cool the restored sites are.

Check the Brandywine Valley websites above for lots more to see and do -- and great places to stay and to eat. There are several more museums, opportunities to canoe on the Brandywine, some small arts venues. Please post here or PM me for specific advice on lodging, dining, sightseeing.

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National Geographic Traveler Magazine has listed The Brandywine Valley as one of the world's most beautiful, interesting, and off-beat road trips. Included in the list were Italy's Amalfi coast, the Pirate Route in Jamaica, the Pacific Coast Highway in California, and the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. They said "the 12-mile stretch of the Brandywine Valley from Kennett Square, PA southeast to Wilmington may seem brief but it takes a few days to truly enjoy."

You can stop at Longwood Gardens, the Brandywine River Museum, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, and The Hagley Museum. Also worth mentioning: the newly renovated Nemours Mansion & Gardens, the gardens of Mount Cuba Center, and

The Inn at Montchanin which includes Krazy Kats Restaurant.

4 of those sites are thanks to the DuPont family...

The NG said you could enjoy all this in a few days but you can easily fill a week. If you like the ocean Rehoboth Beach is approx. an hour and 1/2 south of Wilmington and has a wonderful boardwalk. 10 minutes away is Lewes - a quaint beach town with lots of interesting architecture and both offer great shopping and dining. Next door is Cape Henlopen - an undeveloped and preserved State Park - it can be a lovely hiking destination combined with Rehoboth or Lewes. Bike trails connect them all.

And as the last post mentioned - Old New Castle is awesome.

(FYI - The full moon always rises at the waterfront/parking circle at the dock if your timing is right...)

Have a good time exploring -


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Cant thank you enough for all your very excellent suggestions!

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