Brandywine Valley
Art-inspiring landscapes down on the farm

From the April 22, 2002 Issue of New York

Three hours west of Manhattan lies the gentle landscape of Andrew Wyeth country, with its winding roads, open fields, and 200-year-old stone farmhouses in Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania. Sure, there's culture to uncover, but the setting has the kind of laid-back romance that suggests an afternoon in bed at the inn. Sweetwater Farm, an eighteenth-century farmhouse B&B, has a fireplace in every room and acres of hiking. But check out the collection of the Wyeth family's art at Brandywine River Museum, set in a restored mill overlooking the river. Nearby Longwood Gardens, on the grounds of the DuPont Estate, offers miles of exquisite hothouse botany indoors and several hours' worth of strolls along paths exuberantly lined with flowers, shrubs, and even topiary. Locals will recommend the Dilworthtown Inn for a top-flight meal, but we preferred the more casual feel of Pace One Restaurant and Country Inn, a wood-beamed charmer with excellent steaks.  

Sweetwater Farm (610-459-4711 or; Longwood Gardens (610-388-1000); Brandywine River Museum (610-388-2700); Pace One Restaurant and Country Inn (610-459-3702).


Photograph: Evan Sklar