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Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley Trip May 6 – 8, 2020 Three-Day, Two-Night, Art & Culture Tour with Estelle Berg

SOLD OUT! Call to be added to the waiting list!

Tour includes: Roundtrip luxury coach transportation; Two-night accommodations at The Hilton/Christiana Hotel; two breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners; Delaware Theater performance, museum admissions with docent-led tours,              and all gratuities.

Great Neck Resident:

Single: $1295; Double: $1095

Nonresident:

Single: $1310; Double: $1110

 

Withdrawal through March 6: a refund less a $50 processing fee will be issued.

After March 6: a refund less $50 will only be issued if you can be replaced from our waiting list.

Please call (516) 441-4949 to register.

The Brandywine Valley is nestled amidst the rolling hills of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania and northern New Castle County, Delaware, just 3 ½ hours from Great Neck.

With picturesque countryside reminiscent of France, the famed du Ponts settled here, made their fortunes, and built their mansions. Much of the rolling hills and idyllic vistas remain today, protected from development by the Brandywine Conservancy. This is also where paper was milled for the Declaration of Independence and America’s first currency, and where three generations of Wyeths have lived and painted landscapes and people of Chadds Ford.

We are offering a wonderful three-day, two- night trip led by community leader Estelle Berg and her husband Stan. The trip will feature an all-inclusive, guided tour of the best of the mansions, gardens, galleries and theater.

Day One: We ask that you arrive at Cumberland no later than 7:30 a.m. to check in and load luggage, so that we may leave promptly by 8 a.m. Our luxury bus is equipped with all modern conveniences, including restroom, Wi-Fi, and DVD player. We will make a restroom stop en route, before arriving at the Hagley Museum and Library. It is here that the du Pont family first settled in America, built their first home, and began the black gun powder manufacturing business. We will have a buffet lunch in the Soda House on the property, followed by a guided trolley tour of the picturesque gardens, the home, and the stone ruins of the black powder industry, while learning about the manufacturing of gunpowder.

Then onto our hotel, the Hilton/Christiana to check in and freshen up.  A leisurely delicious dinner will follow at the famous Krazy Katz restaurant, housed in a renovated blacksmith’s shop, complete with one of its original forges. It is known as much for its creative cuisine as its whimsical décor.

Day Two: A full buffet breakfast will be served at the hotel before leaving for Winterthur, beloved childhood home of collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont. It is regarded as one of America’s most beautiful historic homes and mansions with 175 rooms. Here we will have a private docent led tour of the premier entertaining rooms, marvel at his outstanding collection of more than 90,000 antiques displayed in stunning interiors, and be transported to an era of unparalleled style and elegance.

We will also be treated to a garden trolley tour of the magnificent gardens.

Then onto the Wyeth family’s Brandywine River Museum of Art, where a buffet lunch will be served in their café overlooking the tranquil Brandywine River. After lunch we will be taken on a docent led tour showcasing the highlights of their collection devoted to American Art, with particular emphasis on art of the Brandywine region. All of the work is created by three generations of the Wyeth family.

Next, we will be taken to N.C.Wyeth’s house and studio. In 1911, with proceeds from his illustrations for Treasure Island, Wyeth purchased 18 acres where he built his house and studio. Throughout the tour we will get to know the Wyeth family more intimately, discovering how it all began.

We return to the bus for an early dinner at Buckley’s Tavern, located in the heart of historic Delaware.

Following dinner, we will attend the performance of “Million Dollar Quartet” at the Delaware Theater. On December 1956, a twist of fate brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee at the Sun Records Storefront studio.  The show captures the contagious spirit, freewheeling excitement, and thrilling sounds of a once-in-a-lifetime event where four of music’s best talents came together. A newspaper wrote, “the quartet could sell a million”; shortly after that they were known as the Million Dollar Quartet.

 

Day Three: After breakfast and checkout, we will drive to Nemours Mansion, where we will feel like we have magically stepped into Europe. Modeled after Versasilles, Nemours is a masterpiece of design with its mansion, fountains, artwork, gilded sculptures, and the largest formal French garden in North America. It is built to resemble a French Chateau with its 105 rooms on five floors that occupy 47,000 square feet.

  

Here we will view a short movie in the Visitor Center, have a narrated garden tour in an estate shuttle, including a stop at the chauffeur’s garage, and then a private docent tour of the mansion.

A full plated lunch will follow at the popular Columbus Inn, which for more than 200 years has been a part of Delaware’s dining history. In 1812, it became a tavern; by 1849 it became known as The Columbus Inn and was a tollgate stop for the City of Delaware. Notable visitors included Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley.

Following lunch we board the bus for our return to Great Neck.