Why visit the Brandywine Valley & Delaware Seashore? Many reasons! Here are the highlighted stops on my 5 day trip!
Have you ever considered a long weekend in The Brandywine Valley (PA&DE) and the Delaware Seashore? It is an incredibly scenic trip with historic homes, rolling countryside, covered bridges, walking trails, charming beach towns, coastal vistas and abundant historical significance.
I recently spent 5 days visiting The Brandywine Valley followed by The Delaware beach towns of Bethany, Rehoboth & Lewes, Delaware. I started the long weekend visit in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania home to the world-renowned Longwood Gardens.
First Stop: Kennett Square Pennsylvania
I like off-the-beaten path spots, and Kennett Square " The Mushroom Capital of the World" ranks high on my list of unique spots. The Quakers settled in Kennett in the late 1600's. The borough of Kennet Square was founded in 1853. Around 1885 one of the town’s founders, who owned flower greenhouses, was looking for something to grow alongside the flowers. On a trip to England he discovered a small indoor mushroom industry and took home some spores to experiment. This industry grew rapidly and ultimately dominated the Kennett area. Follow the link above to read about how mushrooms are grown and harvested.
Kennett Square is the epitome of quaint small town USA with a delightful main street, cute shops and a vibrant community of residents. We shopped at the Friday afternoon farmer's market with fresh local produce and local crafters. On weekends there is a favorite gathering spot for residents called The Creamery Beer Garden . It is held outside in the Summer and indoors in the Winter. Local craft beer, entertainment and culinary treats are the highlight. I just missed the annual Mushroom Festival which was held the first weekend in September annually.
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We love staying in airbnb's. I booked this lovely casita hosted by an empty nester couple and local Realtors. It was within walking distance of historic Kennett Square and Pete & Joelle were super helpful in offering up suggestions for restaurants and other activities. We took their recommendation for Sovana Bistro and we were happy that we did! Sovana Bistro describes their food as "European style cuisine with modern American flavors while drawing the attention to some of the great local resources in our region". In town we walked to Talula's Table for a farm to table sidewalk brunch reminiscent of a European cafe.
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See Copenhagen in 16 hours & 19 miles on foot
Copenhagen is a wonderful place to visit on foot or by bike. I did a self-guided walking tour so that I could meander through the city at my own pace and enjoy the nooks and crannies of the cobblestone streets. The first day I walked 6.6 miles and the second day I walked 12.5 miles to see as much as possible of this magical city.
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and the most populous city with approximately 777,000 residents. It began as a Viking fishing village in the 10th Century. Copenhagen is situated on an Island called Zealand separate from the mainland of Denmark. It is one of the World's most expensive cities to reside, but is ranked high among surveys for its quality of life.
Stops & Sites along the Way - Day 1
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I recently visited Helsinki Finland for 10 days, and it is easy to understand why this charming City is considered one of the happiest in the World. Here are a few observations I made while visiting and 10 reasons why I think you should visit Helsinki.
Green, Clean and Safe
1. The City of Helsinki is green, clean, quiet and safe. The landscaping is beautifully maintained, but not overly manicured.
Stunning and Diverse Architecture
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Travel Tips & Fun Adventures!
Hi there....Nice to meet you! I'm Judy and I love to travel to unique spots all over the World. I love experiencing beautiful places & different cultures. I also enjoy adding elements of adventure to my travels. I hope you find some tips & ideas here for your next trip.
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