AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, Unique event venues: This and that. Here and there.

This is the seveth part of a series on unique venues in the Brandywine Valley. Read our first chapter here on the Battleship New Jersey, And our other installments here: The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, Gardens and Arboretums, Ridley Creek State Park, Wineries, IceWorks.

Two other local venues also offer creative locations for kids and adults alike. The Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA is able to host many different types of functions in a variety of spaces, including the new 3,100 square foot Duke Gallery. The new gallery with soaring ceilings, post and beam construction and great light is air-conditioned and fully accessible. Exhibitions in the gallery enhance the ambiance and feature the works of both locally and nationally recognized artists. Situated on four acres of landscaped grounds, the Arts Center is centrally located with easy access to I-476. Kids’ birthday parties are also held here and include the use of a room, an instructor and arts and crafts activity. Creative kids also celebrate at the Darlington Arts Center in Garnet Valley, PA at parties designed around an artistic theme – either music, art, dance or drama. As with the Community Arts Center, Darlington is also available for more grown-up events and frequently hosts cocktail receptions in their open dance studio, often with instrumental music provided by the school’s music students and faculty.

The Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau is available to assist you in your site search. Descriptions of hundreds of locations are included in the listing sections of this guide, and links to many of their web sites are available online at www.brandywinecvb.org. For individuals responsible for planning corporate events or large group tours, the event specialists at the BCVB can help with questions you may have and arrange customized tours of event locations.


Our area has been entertaining visitors for centuries – all the way back to when William Penn and his Quakers first landed on the banks of the Delaware River. Even then, the Native Americans who greeted them had spectacular scenery as a setting for that historical occasion. Whether you are looking for an event for hundreds with a view of the water or a gathering of a few in a kid-friendly attraction – and anything in between – Delaware County’s Brandywine Country is the place to be. We look forward to being the place where your celebration memories are made.

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, Unique event venues: Ice is nice!

This is the sixth part of a series on unique venues in the Brandywine Valley. Read our first chapter here on the Battleship New Jersey, And our other installments here: The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, Gardens and Arboretums, Ridley Creek State Park, Wineries.


For party animals who want an extra dose of energy in their parties (can someone say…kids?!) we have several suggestions. For literally the coolest birthday party ever, head over to IceWorks in Aston. With several party packages to choose from and party hosts who assist with set-up, serving and clean up, the party is really a treat for Mom and Dad too. Corporate events are welcome and feature two hours of private ice time, rental skates for up to thirty people, meeting room space, use of a professional coach for forty-five minutes and – maybe the best part – a customized, personal chocolate bar for each employee.


The Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau is available to assist you in your site search. Descriptions of hundreds of locations are included in the listing sections of this guide, and links to many of their web sites are available online at www.brandywinecvb.org. For individuals responsible for planning corporate events or large group tours, the event specialists at the BCVB can help with questions you may have and arrange customized tours of event locations.


Our area has been entertaining visitors for centuries – all the way back to when William Penn and his Quakers first landed on the banks of the Delaware River. Even then, the Native Americans who greeted them had spectacular scenery as a setting for that historical occasion. Whether you are looking for an event for hundreds with a view of the water or a gathering of a few in a kid-friendly attraction – and anything in between – Delaware County’s Brandywine Country is the place to be. We look forward to being the place where your celebration memories are made.

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, Unique event venues: Wine and dine and it will all be fine!

This is the fifth part of a series on unique venues in the Brandywine Valley. Read our first chapter here on the Battleship New Jersey, And our other installments here: The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, Gardens and Arboretums, Ridley Creek State Park.


For those of you planning a no-prince required (NPR) event – such as a girls’ night out – we have a number of options that are a little more upscale than the normal social scene. Our Pennsylvania countryside is home to a handful of family-owned wineries that offer not-so-ordinary spaces for special occasions. One such venue is Chaddsford Winery on Baltimore Pike in Chadds Ford. Whether it’s an all-girl bridal shower or a high-end corporate event, Chaddsford offers a uniquely tasteful atmosphere. In addition to facility rental, Chaddsford is able to produce custom-labeled wines showcasing corporate logos and personalized messages – great gifts for corporate contacts or as favors for wedding guests. And if, by some chance, you can’t come to an event, they can bring an event to you! The winery will send the Chaddsford experience to any home, business or other event location and can include wine and cheese parties, educational wine tastings and seminars or wines for non-profit and corporate events. All of our Brandywine Valley wineries list more information about each of their locations online at the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail’s web site at www.bvwinetrail.com.
The Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau is available to assist you in your site search. Descriptions of hundreds of locations are included in the listing sections of this guide, and links to many of their web sites are available online at www.brandywinecvb.org. For individuals responsible for planning corporate events or large group tours, the event specialists at the BCVB can help with questions you may have and arrange customized tours of event locations.


Our area has been entertaining visitors for centuries – all the way back to when William Penn and his Quakers first landed on the banks of the Delaware River. Even then, the Native Americans who greeted them had spectacular scenery as a setting for that historical occasion. Whether you are looking for an event for hundreds with a view of the water or a gathering of a few in a kid-friendly attraction – and anything in between – Delaware County’s Brandywine Country is the place to be. We look forward to being the place where your celebration memories are made.

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, Unique event venues: Cinderella style at the mansion at the Ridley Creek State Park

This is the fourth part of a series on unique venues in the Brandywine Valley. Read our first chapter here on the Battleship New Jersey, And our other installments here: The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, Gardens and Arboretums.


Speaking of weddings, if you’ve always dreamed of a Cinderella wedding – complete with a castle, a grand staircase and wood-paneled ballroom to spin around in – then the mansion at Ridley Creek State Park is for you. This grand estate, also known as the Jeffords Mansion, is truly designed to host a wedding worthy of a fairy tale. The grounds of the estate are manicured to perfection, with reflecting pools, formal gardens and outdoor terraces adding a little sparkle at every turn. Even the circular driveway lends itself to dreaming about arriving in a horse-drawn carriage under a canopy of fireflies darting about in the twilight. Alas, the last time we checked, the only thing guests are required to supply is their own prince.


The Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau is available to assist you in your site search. Descriptions of hundreds of locations are included in the listing sections of this guide, and links to many of their web sites are available online at www.brandywinecvb.org. For individuals responsible for planning corporate events or large group tours, the event specialists at the BCVB can help with questions you may have and arrange customized tours of event locations.


Our area has been entertaining visitors for centuries – all the way back to when William Penn and his Quakers first landed on the banks of the Delaware River. Even then, the Native Americans who greeted them had spectacular scenery as a setting for that historical occasion. Whether you are looking for an event for hundreds with a view of the water or a gathering of a few in a kid-friendly attraction – and anything in between – Delaware County’s Brandywine Country is the place to be. We look forward to being the place where your celebration memories are made.

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, Unique event venues: Gardens and Arboretums

This is the third part of a series on unique venues in the Brandywine Valley. Read our first chapter here on the Battleship New Jersey, And our other installments here: The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center.

With such breathtaking foliage available throughout the Brandywine, it’s no surprise that some of our most spectacular events happen surrounded by nature’s beauty. Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, one of our area’s premier attractions, is available for private events with various facilities available. Functions can be held in conjunction with garden visits and on-site catering is available through Longwood’s Terrace Restaurant. Many groups enjoy planning events during Longwood’s phenomenally festive holiday displays or breathtakingly colorful spring arrangements.

A smaller outdoor site – but charming and picturesque in it’s own right – is Tyler Arboretum in Media, home to more than 650 acres of Mother Nature’s most artistic works, including rolling meadows, towering trees, fields of wildflowers and butterfly-filled gardens. Each season brings a unique quality to events – from spring’s brilliantly bright colors to summer’s golden sunsets and fall’s fiery hues to winter’s snow-capped branches. Many marriages have been celebrated at Tyler’s stone bank barn (circa 1792), which is able to accommodate 80 guests itself, and up to 150 when the adjacent terrace is tented. A freestanding tent can be placed on the Painter Library lawn or alongside the Fragrant Garden for even larger parties. With such beautiful natural resources, and the convenience of an on-site caterer, Tyler is definitely a popular choice for weddings.

The Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau is available to assist you in your site search. Descriptions of hundreds of locations are included in the listing sections of this guide, and links to many of their web sites are available online at www.brandywinecvb.org. For individuals responsible for planning corporate events or large group tours, the event specialists at the BCVB can help with questions you may have and arrange customized tours of event locations.


Our area has been entertaining visitors for centuries – all the way back to when William Penn and his Quakers first landed on the banks of the Delaware River. Even then, the Native Americans who greeted them had spectacular scenery as a setting for that historical occasion. Whether you are looking for an event for hundreds with a view of the water or a gathering of a few in a kid-friendly attraction – and anything in between – Delaware County’s Brandywine Country is the place to be. We look forward to being the place where your celebration memories are made.

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, Unique event venues: The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center

This is the second part of a series on unique venues in the Brandywine Valley. Read our first chapter here on the here Battleship New Jersey.

If your reunion group is bringing together those who took to the skies instead of the seas, head out to West Chester and The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center – the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to rotary wing aircraft. Where else can you have an event where your guests can actually enjoy real helicopter rides? Now that’s what we call taking your event to new heights.

One of the best parts about scheduling a gathering in Philadelphia and The Countryside is being able to choose a location that lends its star-power as a world-class attraction to the personality of your event. For example, the Brandywine River Museum, home to three generations of art by the Wyeth family, lends a distinctive country elegance to any occasion. Housed in a 19th century gristmill, the museum’s entire western wall is made of glass, giving guests an intimate view of the Brandywine River – the same picturesque scenery that inspired so many art pieces on the gallery walls. With exposed, original wooden beams and worn, wide-board floors, it’s a naturally formal setting with a beauty born from simplicity – lending itself as the perfect atmosphere for informal cocktail gatherings or sophisticated seated dinners. Whether your guests are prospective clients, dedicated employees or loved ones from all different walks of life, everyone will be thrilled by the opportunity to explore the open museum galleries during your special occasion.

The Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau is available to assist you in your site search. Descriptions of hundreds of locations are included in the listing sections of this guide, and links to many of their web sites are available online at www.brandywinecvb.org. For individuals responsible for planning corporate events or large group tours, the event specialists at the BCVB can help with questions you may have and arrange customized tours of event locations.


Our area has been entertaining visitors for centuries – all the way back to when William Penn and his Quakers first landed on the banks of the Delaware River. Even then, the Native Americans who greeted them had spectacular scenery as a setting for that historical occasion. Whether you are looking for an event for hundreds with a view of the water or a gathering of a few in a kid-friendly attraction – and anything in between – Delaware County’s Brandywine Country is the place to be. We look forward to being the place where your celebration memories are made.

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, Unique event venues: Battleship New Jersey

This will be the first part of a series on unique venues in the Brandywine Valley.


Ever long to host an event at a location that people will be talking about for years to come? To be the one that has the party that everyone remembers, not because of who was there, but because of where it was?


If that’s the case, then it’s time to think outside the box and plan an event in the culturally rich and attraction-filled countryside of the Brandywine. We have a little of everything here…galleries lined with masterpieces of art, naturally brilliant gardens and landscapes, historical locations saturated with meaning and contemporary, energetic, kid-friendly spaces. Events here are limited only to the boundaries of your imagination. Pick a place, choose a date and your affair to remember awaits.


Here’s a first location to consider. This is a colossal space where you truly get some bang for your buck. Have an epic event on the Battleship New Jersey, the most decorated battleship in US Naval history. This super-sized monument to modern engineering is now docked in the Delaware River and is a phenomenal space to host any size event – 24/7.


“There’s nothing we don’t do,” says Gary Abramson, a member of the events staff on board the ship. “We can accommodate anything from 15 to 3500 and we are available 24 hours a day.”


To date, the ship has played host to almost every type of event – from bar mitzvahs to celebrity birthday parties and post-prom celebrations to military functions. Just imagine hosting a formal dinner for a group of retired service members on the deck of this storied battleship with the 16-inch gun turrets that defended our nation for decades in the background. It’s a reverent and inspiring setting that such a gathering deserves. Or, imagine taking a scouting troupe on a special overnight on board. Overnighters get to stand watch just like former crew members, enter the gun turrets, visit the Combat Engagement Center and participate in a simulated launch of a Tomahawk Missile.


The Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau is available to assist you in your site search. Descriptions of hundreds of locations are included in the listing sections of this guide, and links to many of their web sites are available online at www.brandywinecvb.org. For individuals responsible for planning corporate events or large group tours, the event specialists at the BCVB can help with questions you may have and arrange customized tours of event locations.


Our area has been entertaining visitors for centuries – all the way back to when William Penn and his Quakers first landed on the banks of the Delaware River. Even then, the Native Americans who greeted them had spectacular scenery as a setting for that historical occasion. Whether you are looking for an event for hundreds with a view of the water or a gathering of a few in a kid-friendly attraction – and anything in between – Delaware County’s Brandywine Country is the place to be. We look forward to being the place where your celebration memories are made.



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